For adventurous travellers wanting more than just a fly and flop holiday, Parque das Dunas Hotel (www.parquedasdunas.com ) on the ‘sand dune isle’ of Boa Vista in Cape Verde is a year-round, sun seeker’s paradise.
Located just off the west coast of Africa, Boa Vista is the third largest of 10 islands that form Cape Verde and boasts uninterrupted sunshine, an intriguing cultural history, miles of unspoilt beaches and a reef-ringed coastline ideal for a wealth of beach and watersports.
Situated directly on Boa Vista’s Praia de Chaves beach, the boutique and friendly Parque das Dunas Hotel has stunning sea views and is the perfect base for guests to try a choice of exciting activities, from surfing, scuba diving and sea kayaking to quad biking tours and deep-sea fishing. The hotel can also arrange various excursions including dune buggy rentals and off-road trips to discover the natural attractions of Santa Monica and Ervatão.
One of the most exhilarating beaches in Cape Verde, the seven-mile long Praia de Chaves is also a renowned windsurfing and kite-surfing beach, with some of the best conditions in the whole of the archipelago.
What’s more, Boa Vista is a haven for wildlife, from mating humpback whales to exotic sea birds and it’s the third largest breeding site in the world for loggerhead turtles, with the nesting season taking place between June and September.
Summer is also a great time to witness the island’s colourful festivals, which include the day of Santa Isabel, the patron saint of Boa Vista, on 4 July and the Santa Cruz Music Festival in August. These lively events are celebrated with processions, swimming, horse racing, tours and a public ball.
Offering guests informal, barefoot luxury, in a relaxed setting, the Parque das Dunas Hotel is available to book this summer from £848 per person with The Cape Verde Experience (0845 330 2071 / www.capeverdeexperience.co.uk). Valid for selected departures in July and August from Manchester or Gatwick, the price includes flights, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, resort transfers and taxes. Popular with couples and families alike, the hotel’s bungalow-style rooms each come with patio and stunning sea-views and many with direct access to the beach, whilst facilities include an open restaurant, bar and large swimming pool.