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Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria

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On the beach, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, windsurfing
Front of property - evening/night
Double Room (Swim-up - Adults Only) | Free minibar items, in-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets
Snack bar

Overview of Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria

Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria

5.0 star property

9.2/10 Wonderful

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • All inclusive
  • Air conditioning
  • Spa
Cabocan Lote E2, Santa Maria, Sal, Cape Verde, 32

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationPonta Preta7 min drive
  • Popular LocationSanta Maria Beach18 min drive
  • AirportSal Island (SID-Amilcar Cabral Intl.)20 min drive
  • Popular LocationSanta Maria Pier21 min drive

Room options

About this area


Located in Sal, Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria is on the beach. Viveiro Botanical Garden & Zoo is a local attraction and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Ponta Preta and Santa Maria Beach. With scuba diving and snorkeling nearby, you'll find plenty of adventures in the water.

What's nearby

  • Nazarene Church - 3 min drive
  • Ponta Preta - 7 min drive
  • Santa Maria Town Square - 11 min drive
  • Santa Maria Beach - 18 min drive
  • Santa Maria Pier - 21 min drive

Getting around

  • Sal Island (SID-Amilcar Cabral Intl.) - 20 min drive


  • Palm Beach Bar & Restaurant - 8 min drive
  • Morabeza Beach Club - 8 min drive
  • Breakfast Terrace - 6 min drive
  • Restaurant Cabo Verde Riu Funana - 18 min walk
  • RIU Cabo Verde Restaurant Promenade - 6 min drive

About this property

Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria

5-star luxury hotel by the ocean
You can look forward to a free breakfast buffet, free water park access, and 2 swim-up bars at Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria. This hotel is a great place to bask in the sun with a beachfront location, sun loungers, and beach umbrellas. Indulge in a massage at Renova Spa, the onsite spa. Be sure to enjoy a meal at any of the 5 onsite restaurants, which feature fusion cuisine and al fresco dining. Aerobics classes are offered at the gym; other things to do include windsurfing, beach volleyball, and kayaking. In addition to 2 poolside bars and concerts and live shows, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
Other perks include:
  • 5 outdoor pools and an indoor pool, with a waterslide, 2 swim-up bars, and sun loungers
  • A gift shop, a 24-hour front desk, and evening entertainment
  • Smoke-free premises, water sports equipment, and multilingual staff
Room features
All 1001 rooms include comforts such as air conditioning, as well as perks like free WiFi and minibars (stocked with some free items).
More amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with showers and hair dryers
  • Wardrobes/closets, balconies, and electric kettles

All inclusive details

This hotel is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Food and beverages

Buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
In-room minibar (all beverages included)
In-room liquor dispensers

Water activities

Surfing/body boarding

Land activities

Fitness facilities
Spa facilities
Limited spa services
Kids club


Onsite entertainment and activities
Onsite live performances

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Travelife, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.


English, Portuguese, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Property is disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer
Follows standard cleaning and disinfection practices of Covid-19 Health Protocol (RIU)

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • No onsite parking available

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily
  • 2 poolside bars
  • 2 swim-up bars
  • 5 bars/lounges
  • 5 restaurants
  • A coffee shop/cafe

Restaurants on site

  • Dorayaki
  • Krystal
  • La Pappardella
  • Palmeira
  • Praia

Things to do

  • 5 outdoor pools
  • Beach volleyball
  • Children's pool
  • Concerts/live shows
  • Evening entertainment
  • Fitness classes
  • Free children's club
  • Free water park
  • Full-service spa
  • Gym
  • Indoor pool
  • Kayaking
  • Playground
  • Surfing/bodyboarding
  • Water sports equipment
  • Waterslide
  • Windsurfing

Family friendly

  • 5 outdoor pools
  • Children's pool
  • Free children's club
  • Free water park
  • Indoor pool
  • Playground
  • Waterslide


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Hair salon

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Multilingual staff


  • Beach loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • On the beach
  • On the waterfront
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace

Full-service spa

  • Massage
  • Spa open daily
  • Steam room


  • No elevator


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bedsheets provided


  • Hair dryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Electric kettle
  • Free minibar (limited items)

Outdoor space

  • Balcony


  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Phone
  • Safe

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - midnight
Minimum check-in age: 18


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
This property does not permit name changes on reservations. The name on the booking must match the name of the guest who is checking in and staying at the property; photo ID is required.

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: CVE 276.00 per person, per night. This tax does not apply to children under 17 years of age.

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property reserves the right to pre-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival.
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

This property does not have elevators
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property
Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the fitness facility
Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa

Property is also known as

Riu Palace Santa Maria Sal
Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria Sal
Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria Hotel
Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria Hotel Sal
Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria All Inclusive

Frequently asked questions

Does Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria have a pool?

Yes, this property has an indoor pool, 5 outdoor pools, and a children's pool.

How much does it cost to stay at Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria?

As of Apr 1, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria on Apr 12, 2023 start from $202.34, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much is parking at Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria?

This property doesn't offer parking.

What time is check-in at Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria?

Check-in is from 3:00 PM - midnight. After-hours check-in is not available.

What time is check-out at Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria?

Check-out is at 11:00 AM.

Are there all-inclusive benefits at Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria?

Yes, the property is all-inclusive. Activities include windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and more.

Where is Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria located?

Nestled on the beach, this Sal hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nazarene Church, Santa Maria Beach, and Ponta Preta. Santa Maria Pier and Santa Maria Town Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).




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10/10 Excellent


Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great experience, looks just like pictures, worthwhile resort…although pricy

8/10 Good

Peridice, Brockton

Traveled with family and small children
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Beautiful Property but doesn't have any of the local architecture or culture in the design or esthetics of the property.
Stayed 6 nights in Jul 2022

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with family and small children, Traveled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The property was very clean and big. You can be sure to walk off all the food from the all inclusive. The staff are very welcoming. Special mention to reception staff Lewis and Leno Reis who were patient with our requirements and also made recommendation on must visit local places. They were always on hand with any queries we had. Also a special mention to bar member Giovanni who went out of his way to ensure he assisted me as i was carrying a baby and another child on hand. The entertainment was also great. My 4 year old loved the kids' club and the staff really do have patience with the kids! There are enough pools to choose from and further entertainment in the pool giving it the Cape Verdian atmosphere. The weather is the beautiful African heat even when they say clouds are grey; the wind you get on that siade of the coast is actually welcomed. I will most certainly visit again.
Stayed 8 nights in May 2022

8/10 Good


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities
Stayed 7 nights in May 2022

4/10 Poor


Traveled with partner
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
My wife and I are very happy positive polite people, our glass is always half full as oppose to half empty, we rarely leave feedback but on this occasion I must. My wife and I visited the Rui Palace Hotel from the 10/03/22 to 20/03/22, We were so excited having had friends that stayed there over Christmas They so enthusiastic with the array of fresh seafood that was on offer, Tuna and Grouper etc on a daily basis, and to celebrate my wife's Birthday (my wife is a vegetarian with the addition of fish in her diet,So 5 star luxury with fresh sea food, delicious fruit would be perfect However our experience was not a pleasant one, Quantity is not better than Quality, the food was very bland and invariably cold or lukewarm, the salad and fruit had no taste, the only fresh looking fish that was on offer once, was a whole trout obviously cooked from frozen, plenty of frozen hake fillets was cooked daily tasted of nothing The fish I caught from the beach in the early mornings, that was graciously cooked by the lovely lady's at the swim up bar was the only fresh fish I ate, my wife was ill room bound for three days (tummy bug) I was the same a few days later. (no food eaten off the complex) I emailed the manager with our experience and had no response VERY DISSAPOINTED The entertainment staff were fantastic
Stayed 10 nights in Mar 2022

10/10 Excellent


Stayed 6 nights in Mar 2022

10/10 Excellent


Stayed 7 nights in Mar 2022

10/10 Excellent

Jackson Flomo

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Nice, very nice!
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2022

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 10 nights in Mar 2022

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great stay
Stayed 4 nights in Mar 2022

General hotel information

Highly Rated Amenities
Outdoor Pool & Beautiful Rooms
Star Rating
Cabocan Lote E2, Santa Maria, Sal, Cape Verde