Hot Sands holiday apartment is located in the town of Santa Maria. This bright, sunny top floor apartment is located just off the beach, so it's easy to pop back for a break from the sun as and when you need to. It's our holiday apartment when we are in Sal and we love it. Please note that whilst we are by the beach we are also in town, close to restaurants and bars. The bars are meant to stop playing music at midnight but that doesn't mean they always do. Transport is provided to the apartment.
Bedroom - with double wardrobes and wall safe; the Safe is located behind the bedroom door and you will find a key for the safe on the key ring with the apartment keys.
Kitchen area - gas hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, iron & board, kettle, toaster, full utensils and matching crockery for 4;
Dining area - table and chairs to seat 4;
Lounge area - includes large double sofa-bed
Bathroom - small but with walk in shower and bidet;
Terrace - with lovely sea views, table and chairs
General - two large fans for comfort (although you don't really need these - leave your windows open for a cool breeze!).
We have had fly screens fitted to all windows we would ask you to please be especially careful with the patio door one as it may not be easy to see when it is closed. If you walk into it, it will tear and a replacement costs 65 euros.
You will need to bring travel plugs with you for UK appliances. We do have some at the apartment but they tend to go walkabout. YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN BEACH TOWELS AND BATH TOWELS
Toegang voor gasten
Access is via a gated atrium. Sometimes it is tempremental but if you pull the key out slightly it will unlock. This is kept locked at all times and access is via the key we will provide or by using the buzzer to the apartment where the gate can be opened too. There is a release for the front gate on the right at the bottom of the stairs. Please pull the gate shut behind you.
Please always lock the patio door, bedroom and bathroom windows also the front door, using the key, please do not just pull the front door shut. Never leave windows or doors open when you are out.
Interactie met gasten
We are happy for you to contact us at any time. We also have an English couple who live on the island and who look after the upkeep of the property for us. Please see below for their contact details. There is some free WIFI around town but it is better to buy the WIFI cards which are available all around town.
Andere dingen waar je op moet letten
If you are not able to get hold of us and in an emergency only please contact our agent in Sal Shirley Dobbie on (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or email (EMAIL HIDDEN)
Water is brought to the residence by tanker and should not be drunk from the taps. Bottled water can be purchased from local supermarkets, or take a filter drinking bottle with you and save adding to the problem of plastic bottles.
Water and electricity are very precious and we would ask if you could be very conservative in their usage.
The main electrical power trip switch for the apartment is inside to the left of the front door. The main water control is on the ground floor by the stairs.
The water heater switch is underneath the tank in the bathroom (the water heats up very quickly, please turn off after use as it will overflow).
In the event of a power cut the water will not be pumped to the apartment. There is water in plastic bottles under the sink. THIS IS NOT DRINKING WATER IT IS FOR WASHING ONLY. (PLEASE REFILL BOTTLES when water is restored).
We have installed a washing machine but as each wash uses the equivalent of 10 euros of water please use sparingly and use the RAPIDE setting only.
You can buy WIFI from CaboCom and signal strength is good on the balcony. The Santa Maria office is located on the main street, across the town square, 50 meters from the apartment. You can pay around 400 CVE for the package of 10 GB of data, available for 2 devices, valid for one month. If you bring a gadget like the HooToo Tripmate Titan you can easily extend the WIFI signal into the rest of the apartment. No Netflix available in Cabo Verde though, so you might want to download some series for offline availability before you leave home.
We endeavour to have washing up liquid, toilet rolls etc available to you but please know that you may have to replenish them during your stay if they run out.
-Please don't smoke in the apartment but you are welcome to on the balcony.
-Free WIFI is freely available in Santa Maria and it should be possible to access from the apartment. However you can also buy WIFI cards in town. WiFi cards can be bought from a shop just down from Tam Tams and just before relax cafe, one road across from the apartment.
- Electricity and water are very precious on the island and we would ask you to please be conservative in your use.
- Switch off the lights and the devices when you go out.
- We do have a hairdryer but you will need to bring travel plugs for your appliances. Also please bring towels.
- The check out time is usually at 10 a.m. but if you let us know we are happy to make arrangements for you to store your luggage. If we have no one in the apartment immediately after you then we are also happy for you to use it until you leave but we would need to know that you wish to do that.
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