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Chris & Gail

Member since: 2008
Speaks english, french, german, portuguese, italian

Penthouse apartment with sea views, Boa Vista Island

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Sal Rei holiday apartment

Self-catering, close to beach, romantic and private

The property has been built using the colours and style of Portuguese colonial architecture, with a single central courtyard, typical of the colonial past, overlooked by romantic wooden balconies. It consists of only a few clean elegant apartments and stylish reception, cafe and bar.

The penthouse apartment has the romance of sea views, seclusion and privacy ideal for 2, but can sleep 4 easily. The large private terrace can only be accessed from the penthouse and is for the exclusive use of the occupants of the penthouse only.

A short stroll to the beach, beach restaurants and Sal Rei, and a short drive from the airport.

Credit Cards in Cape Verde: Mastercard is not usually accepted in Cape Verde, so bring Visa debit card and Euros.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chris & Gail (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks english, french, german, portuguese, italian


based on 26 traveller reviews

Penthouse apartment with sea views, Boa Vista Island
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 26 reviews

Beautiful Place, beautiful people!

  • 4 of 5

Casa Velha is a large, shutter clad property, colonial in style and comprising maybe half a dozen self contained apartments. We were staying in the top floor penthouse, a fabulous one bedroomed property with extensive outside balconies and terraces. The apartment was furnished in the IKEA style, had an open plan kitchen/living area and on this floor was also the small bathroom. Upstairs was the single bedroom which had french windows and glorious beach/sea views from the bed which was our 6am vantage point as the sun rose. The owners claim the property would sleep 4 but that would rely on 2 sleeping on the sofas in the living area which might not be ideal.

The kitchen was well appointed-fridge with small freezer, kettle, toaster, gas hob and oven. The cupboards were perhaps short of cooking essentials such as a colander, bread knife and large lidded saucepan, otherwise it was clean and well appointed.

The bathroom was beginning to show it's age but I believe this is soon to be remodelled which will be a big improvement. It also housed the only loo in the property which was a chore if you needed to pay a visit from the upstairs bedroom during the night.

The bedroom was a good size with wardrobes and table lamps. The views were simply amazing, to lay on your bed and have an uninterrupted view of a giant sun setting is a joy to behold.

The terraces were also outstanding, 4 large sofas, a couple of loungers and a small dining table and chairs, it was perfectly possible to live outside!

Accessing the apartment could be challenging if you have young children or mobility problems-it's a climb of 60 odd steps up fairly steep flights of stairs.

The beach was a five minute walk away, the town similar. There's a small minimart for groceries and household essentials. We were a little surprised that food shopping and eating in restaurants was similarly prices to the UK, how the locals get on I don't know.

The local beach bars are good, Alisios particularly so, we ate out a few times and the food was ok but not the abundance of fresh fish we were expecting.

We will certainly return to this African odyssey and this property in particular.

Finally mustn't forget the marvellous folks at The Utility Room, Matt & Sam who manage the penthouse on behalf of the owners. Very helpful and totally reliable, they even have the foresight to present guests with a mobile phone pre-charged and connected to a local network in case you need to get hold of them

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Constructive and fair comments. The shower room has had a complete refurbishment (Feb 2016) - shortly after these guests left. Most guests are couples, although the sofa beds are useful for families. The local currency has an exchange rate fixed to the Euro, so prices can vary. Generally we find them to be about two thirds of UK prices. Fresh fish is VERY cheap when bought at the fish market, but fruit & veg is similar to the UK.
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First time at Boa Vista and this property

  • 5 of 5

For us it was an experiance to travle to the Capo Verd and specially to Boa Vista. The Penthouse Apartment is place to relax and enjoy the sun rise and set. The space inside and outside at the terrace is beautyful. The sleeping room on top of the appartment give´s an Idea of a perfect holiday. It is a quiet property and the surroundings also too. If you like you can choose the have your breakfast down stairs in the little Bistro in the property, or walk agross to the next bakery of your joice and have a relaxing start into a beautyful day. This Penthouse Apartment was a recomondation from friends of my. They have been to this lovely place serveral times.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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2nd time as good as the 1st!

  • 4 of 5

Our second stay at this penthouse on Boa Vista was again a very nice time during our holidays in Cabo Verde. A warm and well-organised welcome by Matthew; the flat ready for us and clean; an immediate feeling of relaxation and enjoyment.

Yes, we recommend this place: a flat with a real holiday flavour, a huge terrace with furniture, close to the beach, close to Sal Rei but where you can be on your own.

Worth the trip! Definitively!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fantastic base for a beach holiday

  • 5 of 5

The Penthouse Apartment is perfectly situated near to all the action - beaches, restaurants and shops. It is fully furnished with all the necessary kitchenware, bedding, etc., and has a lovely terrace for sunny breakfasts, romantic evenings (beautiful sunsets, soft lighting, comfy sofas) and sunbathing/relaxing. The property is very well maintained and is cared for by a dedicated team of staff on the ground floor of the apartment building - where there is also a restaurant/bar and internet facilities, as well as good advice about holiday activities, local restaurants, etc.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wunderschöner erholsamer Urlaub

  • 5 of 5

Wunderschönes Penthouse mit Blick aufs Meer. Die Dachterrasse ist wirklich einmalig. Leider ist wind- und witterungsbedingt das große Sofa-Element nicht mehr ganz so weiß wie abgebildet, was uns jedoch nicht weiter gestört hat. Die Wohnung ist nett eingerichtet, in der Küche alles vorhanden. Aufgrund des Wassermangels auf der Insel, kam es jedoch auch mal vor, dass wir kein Wasser hatten. Die Angestellten waren wirklich sehr nett, Handtuchwechsel etc. kein Problem.

Ein wunderschöner Urlaub für Leute, die Erholung suchen und für die Sonne, Sand und Meer genug ist. Die Insel hat keine Highlights zu bieten und wir haben gerade deswegen einen super Urlaub verbracht. Kein Handy, kein Internet, keine Zeitung, kein Event, was man verpassen könnte. Einkaufsmöglichkeiten sind sehr gut zu Fuß zu erreichen und man kann gegenüber des Supermercators noch nett sitzen. Sehr schön auch die Strandbar Alisios, nette Bedienung und gutes Essen. Wir haben zwar eine Ferienwohnung gebucht, jedoch kaum gekocht, da nette Restaurant ganz in der Nähe vorhanden sind. Alles in allem ein für uns gelungener Urlaub. Vielen Dank auch an Chris und Gail, die uns im Vorfeld schon viele hilfreiche Tipps gegeben und jede unserer Fragen ausführlich beantwortet haben. Gerne wieder....

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ja - wir haben in der Penthouse im folgenden Monat, und sofort gemerkt, dass die Terrasse Sofakissen benötigt Waschen. Dies wurde getan, während wir dort waren, zusammen mit anderen Wartung. Leider ist die Insel leidet unter gelegentlichen Stromausfällen, was auch bedeutet, kein Wasser. Es gibt eine gute Handy-Signal in der Casa Velha und kostenlose WiFi ist in der nahe gelegenen Office Bar erhältlich. Jedes Mal bleiben wir finden wir gute neue Restaurants - die Qualität hat sich so sehr verbessert!
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Stylish home from home in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

What's not to love about this place, this island and it's beautiful people?

We've been to Boa Vista 4 times now, in 2 years, just returned. Casa Velha, located a stone's throw from the stunning Estoril and Chaves Beaches with their smattering of laid back beach bars and cool surfer dudes, is always our first choice in Boa Vista.

We are welcomed like old friends to this elegant place, beautifully designed and staffed by the loveliest people. They work hard to make your stay perfect, whether it's mixing a killer cocktail (Otaldina you know what I am talking about!), arranging an activity or making a dinner recommendation, nothing's too much. And smiles all the way!

Locally try Alisios for GREAT food, wild Mojito's and the coolest staff in Sal Rei. Marcos, Victor and Ailine rock!! Ca Luisa does fantastic pizza...the best outside of Napoli! Morebeza has a great vibe, and great tunes, set in the dunes. And Blu Marlin in the Praca has the best fish served simply.

If you can, pass on the big all inclusives and stay at Casa Velha. It's a gateway to a different kind of experience. You get to slip behind the scenes of Boa Vista, meet locals and make new friends.

It's a privilege to come home from a holiday and feel a sense of belonging and affinity with the island, it's beautiful warm people, and that there's a great place to stay at the end of each day.

Leaving is hard but made easier, so much easier, knowing we will be making trip #5 later this year...Back to The Penthouse.

The love affair continues!

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Car: not necessary

Less than 10 mins drive from Boa Vista International Airport (BVC). We arrange for airport transfer to/from Casa Velha in advance. Car hire is not necessary. Please contact us if you need help in finding flights - we can provide details of how you can usually reduce the cost of flights from the UK.

The local small town is Sal Rei, a short stroll from the apartment. This is a new resort, so new facilities and buildings are appearing all the time

Other Activities: kite-surfing, turtles hatching


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Sal Rei

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2 Jan 2016 - 24 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$8 per night, per additional guest
Xmas 2016
25 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$8 per night, per additional guest
2 Jan 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$8 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices are for the property per week, based on 2 guests. Extra charge of GBP 35 per week per additional guest.
Airport transfer on arrival costs EUR 20 in total, payable to our concierge in BoaVista.
Breakfast available, but not included in price.
25% deposit required. Balance due 60 days before stay commences.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Sal Rei, Cape Verde

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 115 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
  • 4 poster bed with wonderful sea views. Wooden veranda. Extra 2 sofa-beds in living room The bedroom has a romantic wooden balcony, the highest point around and therefore wide views. Facing south-west, ideal for watching the sun setting over the sea.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • bay
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The apartment is suitable for couples or for families. Large private terrace, with sea views, 4 large sofas, 2 sunbeds, outside table and chairs etc. This is fantastic living space. The bedroom has a romantic wooden balcony, the highest point around and therefore wide views. Facing south-west, ideal for watching the sun setting over the sea. Linen and towels (not beach towels) provided. Changed weekly. The penthouse is cleaned weekly. Extra cleaning & laundry can be supplied by arrangement. There is a a small cafe / bar at Casa Velha. Not suitable for disabled or the elderly, due to stairs.