Thanks Verde Much...

The Cape Verde Is­lands are a celeb hotspot and the place to get the per­fect palm-tree-filled Insta shots, as Look’s Sarah-rose Har­ri­son found out


Sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful clear seas and white sandy beaches, Sal is a to­tal dream. It’s part of a group of 10 is­lands that make up Cape Verdei off the coast of West Africa. It was orig­i­nally dis­cov­ered by the Por­tuguese and there’s a vi­brant mix of Brazil­ian, African and Por­tuguese in­flu­ences, es­pe­cially within the food and mu­sic. With op­tions for ev­ery­one, there’s no bet­ter place (or time!) to un­wind.

STAY Opt for a del­ish all-in­clu­sive stay at Thom­son’s Club Ho­tel Riu Fu­nana (from £1,022 per per­son based on two adults shar­ing, in­clud­ing flights from Gatwick and trans­fers). Set by the beach­front, you can have your toes in the sea within five min­utes of leav­ing your room. Or pop to the la­goon pool, nes­tled into a ter­race with palms and nat­u­ral leafy para­sols where you can work on your tan, take a break from your sum­mer read­ing list and cool down at the swim-up bar. Af­ter a hard day’s snorkelling, take ad­van­tage of the Ren­ova Well­ness Spa, which has a range of beauty treat­ments, a sauna and a (highly In­sta­gram­able) whirlpool bath.

EAT With four din­ing spots to chose from, hit up Es­par­gos, the in­ter­na­tional buf­fet with ev­ery­thing you could ever imag­ine for break­fast, lunch and din­ner – think pan­cakes, tuna steaks and all the as­para­gus a girl could dream of. With fresh fish and seafood op­tions avail­able daily, sam­ple the fu­sion of African flavours and Brazil­ian spice at the Mam­bana restau­rant or mix things up with Asian cui­sine at the del­ish Man­dalay restau­rant – the tem­pura shouldn’t be missed. Be sure to book into the new Kuli­narum restau­rant for a four course treat and a half be­fore pop­ping to watch the evening en­ter­tain­ment.

SEE Take ad­van­tage of the trade winds (which blow from Novem­ber to June) and book a boat trip; you’ll see white sandy beaches, the vol­canic peaks of Fogo and, if you’re lucky enough, some nat­u­ral wildlife. I saw two tur­tles and ap­prox 101 fly­ing fish! Check out the tur­tle hatch­ery based close to the Riu Fu­nana, where (sea­son depend­ing) you can watch lit­tle hatch­lings mak­ing for the waves.

PLAY Bor­row a snorkel from the Scuba School and ex­plore the reefs just off the shore. The crys­tal-clear sea makes spot­ting fish su­per-easy. Take a trip to Shark Bay, where you can walk into the sea and see the fins of 6ft Lemon Sharks as they swim in the wild. Thrilling is an un­der­state­ment!

Post­card-per­fect beaches await

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