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TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde wins Travelife Award

Opened to guests in late 2016 TUI’s esteemed Sensimar brand finally arrived on Sal Island, Cape Verde when TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde opened its doors to eager guests in December. Now in its second year of operation, the Resort has been recognised by the international sustainability certification Travelife with its Gold Award for sustainability in tourism. The third Resort developed by The Resort Group PLC to be awarded the recognition, TUI Sensimar Cabo…
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Meliá Llana Beach Resort & Spa Welcomes Belgium Minister for Foreign Affairs

We were delighted to welcome the Deputy Prime Minister of Cape Verde and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Mr Didier Reynders, on a working visit to the Cape Verde islands earlier this month. Supported by the Mayor and Victor Fidalgo – Consultant to The Resort Group PLC – we welcomed Mr Reynder’s delegation ahead of a guided tour which took place on 4th April 2018. Mr Reynder’s party enjoyed the many luxurious…

Protecting our guests, our employees…and all our futures

When you’re as active as we are in such a beautiful part of the world as the Cape Verde Islands, you take your responsibilities for its people and places very seriously. The Resort Group PLC certainly does. From Health and Hygiene to long term environmental sustainability programs, The Resort Group PLC is taking great measures to improve the welfare of the Islands, our employees and our guests in innovative and exciting ways. Our Sustainability…
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Cape Verde Announced as Part of TUI’s 2019 Summer Programme

As the ABTA Travel Trends Report 2018 reveals that more people are taking holidays now than at any time over the past 5 years, TUI releases its 2019 Summer Programme. Having already been awarded the TUI Top Quality Winner 2018 Award for its MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa and the TUI FAMILY Champion 2018 for MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort, The Resort Group PLC is delighted that Cape Verde features in the new programme.
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Rob Jarrett Devotes Another Decade to Tourism in Cape Verde

A decade after founding The Resort Group PLC, CEO Rob Jarrett spoke in a recent magazine interview, Expresso das Ilhas, of his devotion to Cape Verde and his extensive plans for the next 10 years.   Not a pioneer, but a partner Rob Jarrett is the first to say that he wasn’t a pioneer in his move to invest in Cape Verde. The fact that other investors such as TUI and Hilton Worldwide…
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Investing in Cape Verde in 2018

A beautiful location. An eye-catching investment The crystal-clear waters. The flawless beaches. The endless sunshine. It’s little wonder Cape Verde remains increasingly popular as a tourist destination. It’s also hardly surprising that with ever-growing numbers choosing to holiday in this still unspoilt paradise, opportunities for investors continue to look healthy. The Islands have seen steady growth for a number of years now. Despite the 2008 global economic recession, Cape Verde remained strong and the tourists…
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Santa Monica Beach Win’s Trip Advisor Award

The Trip Advisor 2018 Travellers Choice awards have revealed Cape Verde’s Santa Monica Beach to be one of the top 25 beaches in the world. The location where The Resort Group’s luxurious new White Sands Hotel & Spa will reside in 2019, Santa Monica Beach has earned hundreds of plaudits from Trip Advisor reviewers. White Sands Hotel & Spa is the first of six developments planned by The Resort Group PLC to open on…
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Finale of Celebs Go Dating Comes to an Epic Conclusion in Cape Verde

Just last month, we welcomed the Celebs Go Dating cast and crew to the Sal Island shores to film what would be an action-packed finale for the programme. The seven stars had their last chance to take a date with their would-be partners while they spent their time soaking up the sun on the Island before a party at the glamourous Bikini Beach Club. Ollie Locke, Sam Thompson, Gemma Collins, Mike Thalassitis, …
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The Properties at White Sands Hotel & Spa

The Island of Boa Vista is set to welcome a luxury 5-star Resort to its shores as White Sands Hotel & Spa comes closer to the grand opening. Due to complete construction in 2019, the hotel, which will be managed by Meliá Hotels International, is set to revolutionise the Island – which is the largest of the archipelago and yet the least populated. There will be a variety of properties available to investors and guests,…
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The Global Kite-Sports Association World Tour 2018

The Resort Group PLC is sponsoring the Global Kite-Sports Association World Tour 2018, by providing accommodation to 30 athletes and riders at our 5-star Resorts. The tour attracts the world’s biggest kitesurfing talents so it’s an honour for it to be held on the archipelago for the first time. It takes place between 17th February and 25th February on Ponta Preta Beach and Kite Beach with many homegrown riders getting the chance to compete in known…
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Hilton Praia Agreement Signed

Cape Verde is going from strength to strength as businesses, tourists and investors set their sights on this emerging hotspot. The development of the archipelago is further helped by new projects, such as the Hilton Praia hotel, set to be built in the capital of Cape Verde, and this week saw the government of Cape Verde sign the Establishment Convention with The Resort Group PLC. Victor Fidalgo spoke about the signing, explaining that it was a…
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Celebs Go Dating filming in Cape Verde

With its romantic sunsets and beautiful beach walks, Cape Verde is ideal for a loved-up vacation so it’s no surprise that we recently welcomed the hopefuls from Celebs Go Dating to the shores of Sal Island. Seven celebrities, including MIC’s Ollie Locke and Sam Thompson, Gemma Collins from The Only Way is Essex, ‘Muggy’ Mike Thalassitis, singer Tallia Storm, presenter and comedian London Hughes and Olympian Jade Jones, arrived…
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Festivals in Cape Verde

It’s nearly time for the start of festival season in Cape Verde and a welcome array of bright colours, incredible talent and traditional music. It is an important part of Island life and culture and, as such, we wanted to take a look at some of the best events from across the archipelago. Sal Island The Fetsa Nossa Senhora De Piedade, which translates as the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, takes place on Sal…
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MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa wins at Luxury Travel Guide Awards

Starting 2018 as we mean to go on, The Resort Group has recently been awarded at the prestigious Luxury Travel Guide Awards. The MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa picked up Luxury Beach Front Hotel – Cape Verde and a Special Double Winners Badge. This is a rare recognition, granted to only a few winners who collect an award over two years. Following our success at the 2016 ceremony, we are honoured to win this special…
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Weddings in Cape Verde

Getting married abroad is on the rise, with an estimated one in four British couples taking to the skies to celebrate their ceremony on foreign shores. Amongst their favourite destinations is the inimitable Cape Verde, a collection of ten unique Islands, just off the west coast of Africa and it’s not hard to see why. Not only does the archipelago offer a stress-free experience, as per their enviable way of life, we are able…
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Nightlife on Sal Island

As more people than ever are flying to Cape Verde to take advantage of its famous Winter sun, we take a look at all the incredible things you can do once the sun sets on Sal Island. There is a variety of nightlife available to holidaymakers and Cape Verdeans are famous for their welcoming hospitality. Without further ado, we present our six favourite after-dark spots in and around our Resorts and the best nightlife on…

Cape Verde named as the most searched holiday on Google

Cape Verde has become increasingly popular since we first arrived on Sal Island 10 years ago. The crystal-clear waters and flawless beaches have welcomed more and more tourists over the years and still retains its undeniable charm. It seems quite obvious, then, that the archipelago, which lies just off the coast of West Africa, should top the list for Google searches. Specifically, Cape Verde has come number one on the search engine for ‘most searched…
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White Sands Hotel & Spa December Update

Situated on the beautiful Boa Vista Island on Cape Verde, the White Sands Hotel & Spa is set to be one of the biggest attractions on the Island when the doors open. Construction continues and the latest video shows some exciting updates. In a sign of great progress, blocks 1, 6 and 7 are the most progressed so visitors can see how the Resort will look. They can also take in…
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10 years – A Decade of Accolades

From the moment our first project launched, we have enjoyed unprecedented success in the industry. Each Resort is held in high esteem by experts in the field and it is not hard to see why. From the praise we have received for our luxuriant Resort surroundings and service that goes above and beyond to the reviews that have resulted in high rankings and accolades from TripAdvisor, it has been a decade of success when it…
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TUI Group issues awards for 2018

It has been announced that MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa has just received the TUI Top Quality Winner 2018 Award. Launched in 2015, the TUI Top Quality is an award reserved for the very best TUI hotels – the absolute favourites as declared by guests. The conditions of winning include at least 30 assessments from the TUI guest survey within twelve months, scoring at least 8.7 out of 10 possible points in the TUI…
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The latest from our European offices

The Resort Group has had great success in Europe for well over a year now, paying special attention to markets that will recognise the property prospects on offer in Cape Verde. With that in mind, several events have been arranged recently across different countries. It has certainly been a busy couple of weeks for our European partners as they focus their efforts on reinforcing The Resort Group’s presence on the continent. Just last…
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ARC Ratings reaffirms “investment grade” status to The Resort Group PLC

ARC Ratings, S.A. (ARC Ratings) has re-affirmed the final public “BBB-” issuer medium and long-term rating, with a stable outlook, to The Resort Group PLC (“TRG”), based on the expected capacity of the Group to develop its activity, taking advantage of Cape Verde as a secure, political and socially stable emerging touristic market, and to generate funds with an increasing contribution from leisure and hospitality revenues.   The Resort Group Profile Established in Gibraltar…

A new partnership with Smartchange

It is a time of great expansion for the Group and as such, we have held many events over the past year. These serve to bring The Resort Group brand to a bigger audience and educate people about our investment opportunities. The most recent seminar was held in Gibraltar on Monday 27th November with our new exclusive agent for the region – Smartchange. The introductory seminar, which was held at the World Trade…
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Resort Life: Issue 14 and the 10-year special edition

Issue 14 of the much-anticipated Resort Life is now available to read. This issue even comes with a special edition of the magazine attached as we celebrate 10 years of The Resort Group PLC in 2017. Expect all the latest news, from our recent success at awards and our expansion into Europe to our White Sands updates and fundraising with The Cape Verde Foundation. Browse our special edition for all the 10-year highlights, taking…
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Happy Platinum Wedding Anniversary to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great honour that we were invited to be involved with a commemorative book in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th Wedding Anniversary. It follows many seminal achievements for the Group, including our feature in the exclusive The Queen at 90 publication, the Cape Verde medal awarded to Rob Jarrett for his work in developing the Islands and celebrating our own 10-year anniversary in…
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Cabo Verde Cachupa

The Resort Group PLC is celebrating ten years of trading this year and we have had plenty to celebrate. As a nod to the country who has welcomed us and in honour of our ten-year tenure in Cape Verde, we present the delicious national dish. Cabo Verde Cachupa is a popular recipe that exists around the world in different guises, depending on where you visit, but it always tastes as good. Try making it yourself…
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Staff Spotlight: Miguel Rosa

Excellent cuisine is such an important part of a truly 5-star experience. As such, we work with chefs who have incredible knowledge of their craft and are prepared to go the extra mile to ensure guests eat food that surpasses their expectations. One such valued team member is Executive Chef, Miguel Rosa, who is passionate about the job at hand and an expert when it comes to the 5-star food world. What is your name…
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Staff Spotlight: Esther Montoro

Marking 10 years since The Resort Group was established, we have been speaking to members of the team to find out more about our operational Resorts and the part they play in making them as popular as they are. This week it is the turn of Hotel Manager, Esther Montoro, as she gives a sneak peek behind the scenes at our exclusive adults-only Resorts. 1. What is your name and job title? Esther Montoro, I…
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Our Positive Impact on the Local Community

This year marks our ten-year anniversary and it has been a decade of incredible growth and progress for both the Group and Cape Verde. It is a partnership between country and company that has seen a great deal of achievements, and whether that be economic, environmental and social, we have been proud to be a part of each and every one. Cape Verde is blessed with an outstanding natural beauty and we are all aware…
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Staff Spotlight: David Dumble

It is time to look at another member of the The Resort Group team as we turn the spotlight on David Dumble. Our International Sales Director has been with the Group since the very beginning and has expert knowledge when it comes to our investment opportunities in the wider market.  What did you do before you worked with The Resort Group? For many years I was involved in the Financial Services sector with the last years…
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10 Years of The Resort Group: Favourite Memories

With 10 years of Resort success and experience under our belts, The Resort Group is proud to be celebrating their first decade with a series of blogs highlighting this milestone. We have looked back at 10 years of a changing Cape Verde and spoken to members of staff about their experience but now we cast the net further afield. We have tracked down team members from the early days of the Group to…
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Introducing the Rob Jarrett Scholarship

Earlier this year, The Cape Verde Foundation supported the build of the new University in the country’s capital Praia as part of the bid to improve educational facilities on the Islands. Officially inaugurated on the 26th May 2017, it was an auspicious occasion that marked a modern, forward-thinking approach to learning. Amongst other pursuits, the new school is intended to help the next generation of manager and business people prepare for their contribution to…
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Ten of the top things to do in Cape Verde according to TripAdvisor

Cape Verde is more than just a tropical paradise in Africa, it is a tropical paradise full of beautiful beaches, unique nature, magnificent views and delicious cuisine. To celebrate 10 wonderful years on these stunning Islands, let us show you what we’re talking about – here are 10 of the top things to do in Cape Verde according to some of the best reviews from TripAdvisor.   Pedra Lume Salt Crater Inside the…
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White Sands Hotel & Spa October Update

Work has carried on with enthusiasm over on the shores of Santa Monica as more of the incredible White Sands Hotel & Spa takes shape. Construction began back in December 2015, and as MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa, MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa and TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde completed and opened to guests, attention turned to our first Resort venture on Boa Vista Island. White Sands Hotel & Spa is situated on the…
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Staff Spotlight: Kais Mbarek

The Resort Group PLC is celebrating 10 years in 2017 and as part of the celebrations, we have been talking to team members from across the Group and our partners. This week, we hear from Kais, the long-serving and talented General Manager who has been impressing guests from day one. 1. What is your name and job title? Kais Mbarek, General Manager of MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa and Sol Dunas Resort with a…
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Staff Spotlight: José Luis Garcia Cuevas

To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, we have been speaking to members of the team, both here and in Cape Verde, to discover their perspective of the Islands where The Resort Group has made its home. This week, we turned to a senior and valued member of the MELIÃ management team to find out more about guest experience at the Resorts.   1.What is your name and job title? My name is José Luis Garcia Cuevas…
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MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort wins World Travel Award

MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort has received the World Travel Award for Cape Verde’s Leading Hotel for another year. Our original Sal Island Resort has won the award on no less than four previous occasions, in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as a nomination in the category last year. It is an award that symbolises our distinction as a luxury 5-star destination. Our win was announced at a glittering gala event, held…
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How Cape Verde has changed over the last 10 years

The Resort Group PLC was founded in 2007 and although it would still be four years until Rob Jarrett’s dream of opening a Resort on the stunning Island of Sal would be realised, Cape Verde was already an exciting prospect. Having originally worked in the banking and financial sector, it wouldn’t be long until Rob Jarrett translated his success into the overseas property market. It was a tip from a colleague that led…
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Staff Spotlight: Jessica Love

As Sales Support Director, Jessica Love works tirelessly to ensure that investment is easy and smooth, whether you’re a seasoned or first-time purchaser. We spoke to her about her time at The Resort Group and got her insight into the sales process.   How long have you worked for The Resort Group? I have worked for The Resort Group since very early 2008, so it’s nearly ten years now.   What did you do before…

The Cabo Verde Tourism Awards 2017

The Cabo Verde Tourism Awards 2017 took place on the 30th September, an event that honoured the best tourism achievements in the last year through a series of Excellence Awards. There was a variety of categories, designed to promote the achievements of the diverse tourism offering on the Island of Sal, and specifically in the Santa Maria area: Excellence: Hotel Excellence: Aparthotel Excellence: Resort Excellence: Rural Accommodation Excellence: Restoration Excellence: Travel Agencies Excellence: International Airlines…

Why Cape Verde is the perfect Winter Sun destination

Are you waiting to book your winter sun break? Hesitate no longer – there’s a reason why Cape Verde tops the charts when it comes to escaping the cold. 1. Year-round sun Rarely descending below 24C, the Cape Verdean sun is a reliable entity when you’re deciding on your winter holiday. Often settling somewhere amongst 25C and 30C in the high-season months between September and January, it is truly a heat seekers…
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The Resort Group Financial Results 2016

The Resort Group PLC has reported transformational results for the year ended December 31st 2016 in its Hospitality division, with revenue rising by 69% to deliver divisional EBITDA of €8.6 million, up 211% on 2015. Overall, group revenue for 2016 was €136m and adjusted EBITDA, €32.8m. Development revenue from property sales is in line with expectations at €78.8m. Market valuations show a surplus to cost of €45 million for operating resorts at the year-end,…
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Miss Turismo returns to Sal Island

The exciting Miss Turismo came to Sal Island again this weekend as participants from each Island competed for the title. Hosted by VIP Eventos, the much-anticipated contest took place on Friday 15th September, on the Island of Sal at the MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa. The Resort Group was honoured to act as the main sponsor of the contest, which aims to make a splash in the world of tourism in support…
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BBC apology to The Resort Group PLC related to the Panorama programme

The edition of BBC’s Panorama Programme, which aired 11th July 2016, made numerous false and unfounded allegations regarding The Resort Group PLC. These allegations were inaccurate and contained misleading information that resulted in an unbalanced and unfair portrayal of The Group. In addition, the presenter of Panorama, also made highly defamatory statements on the BBC Radio 4 Show, “You and Yours”, which previewed the Panorama programme on the 11th July 2016. The BBC…
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White Sands Hotel & Spa Update September

There will be a wide range of properties available at the White Sands Hotel & Spa and an incredible array of 5-star facilities so it is exciting to see how far construction has come on the shores of Santa Monica beach. The beautiful Boa Vista, which will play home to White Sands Hotel & Spa when it opens, boasts surrounding turquoise waters and pure white beaches, from which the development takes its name. The…
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Hospitality at The Resort Group

The Resort Group PLC is known amongst investors for its long-term plans, excellent track record and dedication to the ongoing success of a development. With the latter in mind, the Group has made great strides in expanding the hospitality side of the business – working hard to create a well-rounded experience for guests. The start of our wide-ranging integrated businesses began as soon as the MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort opened its doors.
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Our Award-Winning Resorts

From the very first development by The Resort Group in Cape Verde, the awards have been forthcoming – praising everything from the guest experience to the luxurious facilities on which we pride ourselves. Alongside our other 5-star Resorts, in the three years since MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa opened, the awards have not stopped. Continuing to highlight the superior service on offer, as well as our success in other areas, such as Resort location…
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In the Press

With interest growing every day in the tropical paradise of Cape Verde, the Group’s popular Resort destinations have had plenty of press coverage recently. From visiting travel writers to an interview with our CEO and Founder, there has been a great deal of activity as journalists prepare for the winter sun season. Following the success of Britain’s Next Top Model final three episodes, all eyes turned to Sal as the next big thing in holiday…
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Resort Life: Issue 13

It’s time to get your latest fill of all The Resort Group news as we release Issue 13 of Resort Life. The Summer edition features our CEO and Founder, Mr Rob Jarrett, receiving one of Cape Verde’s highest honours, up to date images from the construction site at White Sands Hotel & Spa, and the very best overseas property investment opportunities from Boa Vista – as well as much more from around the Group.

The history of tourism in Cape Verde

Tourism has played a huge part in the achievements of The Resort Group PLC in the ten years since it started operations on the Islands of Cape Verde. Every year, it seems the statistics have risen, with tourists paying more attention to the colourful and culture-rich archipelago off the west coast of Africa. It has been quite the story with tourism numbers increasing 115% since 2000, but popular though it is today, Cape Verde has…
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New partnerships with Italian and Scandinavian sales agents

We, at The Resort Group PLC, believe in expanding our horizons, which has been proven with our growing network of agents across Europe. Our latest venture shows the true partnerships we have developed with the leading Real Estate agents in Italy and Scandinavia, amongst many other countries. Our most recent trip to Cape Verde welcomed Nuccia Barile and Vittorio Savoia from Remax, Fabrizio Bordunale from BF Servizi Immobiliari, and Winston Roberts and Esko Trofast from…
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The bars at MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa

If you haven’t visited our latest development on Sal Island, the brand new MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa is a luxurious getaway with everything you might want from an adults-only holiday. It’s natural then that special attention was paid to the array of bars available to holidaymakers with three distinct venues, as well as a VIP area open exclusively to LEVEL guests.   AVENUE BAR The all-day open air bar sits at the…
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10 facts about Cape Verde

Cape Verde was a little-known archipelago off the west coast of Africa just a few short years ago. But, as tourists came trickling in, it was noticed as the next emerging hotspot by industry experts, such as The Resort Group PLC, and it has thrived as an Island of economic stability based on this influx of tourism ever since. With the idyllic holiday destination ever more present on the world stage, it’s always good to…
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Staff Spotlight: Steve Hallam

As part of our staff spotlight series, we spoke to Director of the Group, Steve Hallam, about his life before The Resort Group, Cape Verde’s investment potential and what he sees as the next step. What did you do before you worked with The Resort Group? The bulk of my pre-TRG career was spent in the FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) arena. Having held positions in the drinks division of Princes Group, my first move…

White Sands Hotel & Spa Update – July 2017

Santa Monica Beach has certainly seen a transformation in the past few weeks as White Sands Hotel & Spa enters a whole new phase. The newest images from the beautiful Boa Vista beachfront shows development for both the villas that sit nearest to the shore and the stunning hotel suites.
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The latest from The Cape Verde Foundation

It’s been a busy few months for the Cape Verde Foundation, with a variety of events taking place. First, long-term supporters of the Foundation Kevin Thornton, Chanelle Ruddock and Stuart Campbell came to Cape Verde in May to donate sports equipment to Espargos schools. The team collected the donations in the UK, with the kits made up of various shirts, shorts, clothing, training balls and gloves.
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JazzSal Live Concert 2017

Based on the excellent experience last year, the second annual JazzSal Live Concert was held over the weekend. The first event took place in Praça de Santa Maria, and it saw the launch of a project that took the Island by storm. The musical and technical quality as well as the creativity on show went down brilliantly with both the public and the media. The aim in 2017 was to improve on this success –…
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Founder of The Resort Group awarded highest honour of Merit Medal

The President of the Republic of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, has awarded founder and chief executive of The Resort Group PLC, Rob Jarrett with Second Class Merit Medal for his unwavering positive contribution and investment to the country. Jarrett has been awarded the accolade for not only his contribution to the economic and social development of the country, but also the creation of hundreds of jobs.  The honour, which is one of the…
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Olympic Swimming Pool to open on Sal

Just under a year ago, The Resort Group PLC was proud to open the Acadêmico Football School at a ceremony that marked a new beginning for sport on the Island. The event, which took place on 15th July at the stadium itself, also included a tour and a musical performance by local artists. The synthetic grass field, large auditorium and multipurpose hall included in the Academy, alongside the Group’s sponsorship…
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How Bikini Beach became a must-visit destination

Opened in December 2016, Bikini Beach Club has become synonymous with a unique style of luxury. It was a welcome addition to the Santa Maria shoreline as regular visitors and first-time guests expressed a desire for something different to do during their stay. Whilst most holidaymakers revel in an all-inclusive experience, we discovered a certain appeal for an off-Resort activity. With that in mind, we set about creating a once-in-a-lifetime beach club, set 40…

What to expect from White Sands Hotel & Spa

White Sands Hotel & Spa is advancing quickly as the stunning suites take shape and work on the perfectly tailored facilities continues this month. Excitement and anticipation are high as properties are becoming available for investment and the structure itself becomes more recognisable by the day. But what can you expect from our latest luxury offering? An idyllic Island Boa Vista, the easternmost and third largest Island of the 10-isle archipelago, is quite rightly…

Summer on Sal Island

Are you heading to the perennially sunny Island of Sal soon? There’s so much to see and do in the summer months on Cape Verde’s tourist hotspot. While some call it a place of eternal sun, there are actually two seasons in Cape Verde. Namely, the Tempo das Brisas from October to mid-July and the Tempo das Chuvas from August to September. As they are virtually unrecognisable to visitors, tour operators tend to stick to the traditional four…
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Partner Spotlight: GRUPO SANJOSE

As construction continues on White Sands Hotel & Spa, we turn the spotlight on our construction partners – GRUPO SANJOSE. The experienced company is highly trusted within the industry, with major projects under their belt and an ongoing working relationship with The Resort Group PLC. Based in the Portugal headquarters, Joaquim Morgado, the Director of International and Special Projects, took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about the Group that has…

Happy 6th Birthday to the MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort

It’s at this time of year that we often look back to the opening of our inaugural development, the MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort – and this year marks an incredible six years since we opened its doors. Following the ground breaking ceremony for the development in February 2009, sales began with enthusiasm as the team discovered an appetite for the as-yet-undiscovered Islands – many were already calling it the next tourism hotspot. By November of…
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Prime Minister visits White Sands Hotel & Spa

The Prime Minister of Cape Verde recently made an official visit to Boa Vista Island for three days of fact-finding around its latest public and private enterprises. Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva visited to variety of institutions, some still under construction, with the main aim of discovering their constraints, challenges and perspectives. This is a new model of governance for the country, following last year’s election, in which the State plays a major role in…

The University of Cabo Verde Inauguration

Although the University of Cabo Verde Business and Governance School started opening its doors to students as soon as the building was ready, to maximise its potential for learning, Friday 26th May saw its official inauguration. The launch unveiled twelve classrooms, a new sports ground, laboratories, cafeteria, amphitheatre and a library in the new school.
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The European Expansion

The Resort Group PLC is always looking for new opportunities so it’s no surprise that our successful business model has made its way to new areas of interest recently. Although based between headquarters in Gibraltar and an office in the UK, such was the interest in other parts of Europe, the Group are now established in the Czech Republic and have recently launched an operational centre in Portugal. This coincides with our timely launch of…

Sal Beach Soccer returns to Santa Maria

The beach was full of spectators as the teams took to the sands to commence this year’s Sal Beach Soccer. Held between the 19th and 21st May, the Island of Sal hosted the second edition of the sports event, which is promoted by the Chamber of Tourism, in partnership with Beach Soccer World Wide and FIFA. In 2016, the inaugural event involved 50 people, 63 athletes, 47 goals, 23 sponsors and 371 hotel nights. And…
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Britain’s Next Top Model Final

It was all leading up to this week’s grand finale and we were blown away by the amazing catwalk at Bikini Beach Club. We said goodbye to Tallulah last week so the episode started with just three of the girls left in the final. As Alannah, Olivia and Jennifer enjoyed the luxurious villa, 5-star hospitality and beachfront setting of MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa, it was clear the nerves were setting in as the…
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Britain’s Next Top Model heads to the hotspots of Sal Island

The excitement ramped up another gear yesterday as the final four found themselves out in the Atlantic for one shoot followed by a taste of the real modelling world with a long day travelling around the Island. https://theresortgroupplc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Final-4-Twitter.mp4   After saying goodbye to Simone last week, the girls made the most of the Cape Verdean sunshine with a quick dip in the pool at MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa, then it was back…
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The Britain’s Next Top Model girls arrive in Cape Verde

It was an exciting episode on Britain’s Next Top Model last night as the five finalists touched down on Sal Island and headed for the MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa. Their welcome was incredible as Director of Animation, Nelson, and his amazing entertainment team took over the entrance to the Resort and made sure the girls were suitably impressed. From a fire show to contortionists and acrobats, as well as…
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Investment grade Securities delivering double-digit returns

Escher Marwick PLC issued securities delivering annualised returns of 11%. ISIN Codes: GB00BD4F3X58 (£) GB00BD4F4095 (€) GB00BDHF4S41 ($) The Escher Marwick PLC (Series 2016-4) MTN programme invests in a portfolio of Hotel/Resort properties principally with The Resort Group PLC, in the Cape Verde Islands. The underlying assets benefit from a guaranteed revenue agreement with a globally recognised tour operator. The strategy is an absolute return designed to outperform traditional equity and fixed income based investments in terms…
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Britain’s Next Top Model and The Resort Group PLC

It may not have been the best kept secret but last night revealed the exotic destination to which the finalists of Britain’s Next Top Model would be flying for the last three episodes. With its stunning sandy beaches, reliably sun-soaked backdrop and undiscovered feel, Cape Verde is the perfect place for a fun-packed few weeks of fashion shoots. It all came about due to the collaboration between the Group and Britain’s Next Top Model’s…
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Staff Spotlight: Eliseida Fortes

In light of the expansion of the Analita Boutiques in recent months, we caught up with manager Eliseida Fortes to find out how she found herself at the helm of the popular Boulevard stores and what she loves most about it. 1. How long have you been manager of the Boutique? I’ve been a manager of the Boutiques for two and a half years. 2. What did you do before you worked at the…

Then and Now: The growth of the Cape Verdean economy

It was over ten years ago that Rob Jarrett, Founder and CEO of the The Resort Group PLC, imagined a business model that would bring luxurious Resorts to a small set of Islands, just off the West African coast. In that time, the Group has established itself in Cape Verde as a developer of luxury 5–star Resorts, with hospitality and high quality environments at its heart, but it has also had an impact on the archipelago’s…
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Cape Verde in the Press

We recently commissioned research that found that 50 percent of UK holidaymakers don’t know where Cape Verde is. One of the best kept secrets of the travel industry, Cape Verde has so much to offer holidaymakers with its year round sunshine, unspoilt beaches and activities from whale watching through to kite surfing – it really does have something for everyone. It’s been a busy few months… last December we invited a number of UK journalists…
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Bikini Beach Watersports starts making waves

Always looking to improve the Cape Verde experience, The Resort Group PLC has embarked on many ventures since our inception onto the Islands to improve touristic capital. With Bikini Beach Club in full flow, having welcomed bloggers, journalists and celebrities through its doors from the day it opened in December 2016, it was time to start work on aligned brands that would expand on this exclusive offering. The new Bikini Beach Watersports is there…

Travelife Gold Certification for two of our Resorts

The high standard of service and 5-star hospitality at our operational Resorts is of utmost importance to The Resort Group PLC. That is why we take every accolade we achieve seriously, such is their contribution to our ongoing success in this emerging tourism hotspot. Recently, both the MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort and the MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa were granted the Travelife Gold Certification. Travelife is an international sustainability certification scheme,…
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What happens when you upgrade to The LEVEL?

Our Resorts provide 5-star luxury around the clock, all year round, with the best that Cape Verde’s famous hospitality has to offer. But for those looking for a holiday that transcends this warm welcome, our Resorts offer an even more deluxe experience. The VIP package at our three Resorts is called The LEVEL and such is Meliá Hotels International’s commitment to high quality service, it presents the opportunity for you to upgrade and personalise your…
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Britain’s Next Top Model at the Analita Boutique and Beauty Salon

When we learned that Britain’s Next Top Model was coming to Cape Verde, and one of our Resorts in particular, we knew exactly who should be involved. Working tirelessly to ensure our guests are immaculately dressed, well-groomed and feeling fantastic, the Analita Boutique and Analita Beauty Salon play a hugely important part in making sure the Resort maintains its 5-star luxury, no stress ambiance. Namely, by providing a place to relax while holidaymakers receive their…
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Partner Spotlight: The TUI Group

As we moved to create a Resort experience to suit every type of holidaymaker on the Island of Sal, our natural partners were the TUI Group and their Sensimar brand. Concentrating on relaxing, stylish holidays at adults-only destinations, this synergy tapped into a market that The Resort Group PLC was keen to introduce to the laidback, undiscovered Cape Verde Islands. The TUI Group is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world, having…
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Partner Spotlight: Deutsche Hospitality

Established in 1930 by Albert Steigenberger, Deutsche Hospitality has enjoyed incredible success since his first hotel acquisition in Baden-Baden, Germany. Today, their headquarters in Frankfurt is the epicentre of a €500 million operation that includes 116 hotels in 12 countries on 3 continents, and with such a unique and varied portfolio, this is clearly just the beginning. Constantly evolving and finding new niches in the market, the business originally found its foundations in…
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Llana Beach Hotel open on the shores of Sal Island

On Saturday 10th December, CEO of The Resort Group PLC, Rob Jarrett officially opened the 5-star luxury Llana Beach Hotels in the company of Cape Verdean Minister of Economy & Tourism Mr. José Gonçalves, the Mayor of Sal, representatives from Meliá Hotels International and selected guests. Mr Jarrett hosted a VIP Executive meal to start proceedings, in which he welcomed representatives from The Resort Group PLC such as Non-Executive Chairman Sir Peter Middleton, Non-Executive Directors…

The Resort Group PLC accorded Investment Grade rating by Arc Ratings

ARC Ratings S.A. a fully accredited European Commission Rating Agency accorded The Resort Group PLC (TRG) a corporate ‘BBB-’ rating due to The Groups strong business model, partnerships with international hotel brands and low leverage. The ratings come as The Resort Group PLC prepare for the December launch of MELIÃ Llana Beach Hotel and Sensimar Cabo Verde (TUI Group), which will increase The Group’s market share to 46.9% of the 5-star resort segment…
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Two New Hotel Developments in Cape Verde by 2020

The Resort Group PLC has signed agreements with Deutsche Hospitality to develop two new hotels in Cape Verde, which will become home to the Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts and Jaz at the Beach brands. Deutsche Hospitality is a world-renowned brand which brings together three separate hotel brands – Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts, Jaz in the City and Intercity Hotel. The Deutsche Hospitality brand encompasses a total of 116 hotels, 18 of which are at…
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Glitz, Glamour and Reality TV comes to Cape Verde

Shining the spot light on Cape Verde is important to us and being able to showcase our world class Resorts while educating the industry about what this amazing destination has to offer is a priority for the Group. That is why we were delighted to host and work in Cape Verde with British production company Thumbs Up Production to film the glamorous fashion TV programme, Britain’s Next Top Model. A hugely successful franchise, which…
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The Resort Group on the Radio

In a move that will see a Cape Verde community radio station continue transmitting, The Resort Group PLC have invested in local advertising. Community Radio Santa Maria, which talks about tourist activities on Sal Island concentrating especially on the city of Santa Maria, have struck up a partnership with The Resort Group PLC to allow the program to be sponsored by the Group. At the beginning and end of each program, listeners will now hear…
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Resort Life Issue 10

Issue 10 of Resort Life has arrived and it’s packed full of the latest news from The Resort Group PLC. From our involvement with the sports scene in Cape Verde and the exciting launch of the first Bikini Beach Club, to Llana Beach Hotel’s finishing touches and development from the White Sands Hotel & Spa construction site – there’s everything you need to know. …
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From CGI to reality at Llana Beach Hotel

There isn’t long to go now until Llana Beach Hotel opens its doors to guests and excitement is building so we’re inviting you take a virtual look inside before you visit. The all-suite 601 room hotel sits between the two other operational five-star resorts developed by The Resort Group PLC, MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort and MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa,  and will add to the tourism trade of…
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Progress at White Sands Hotel & Spa

White Sands Hotel & Spa in Boa Vista is a major development for The Resort Group PLC. Construction is coming along on schedule and properties are already being sold off-plan as work continues on site. Some properties are expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and there are up to 150 people working to make this happen with six cranes, three telehandlers, one excavator and four trucks available to help them. As…
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On the Boulevard

If you take a stroll down the Boulevard, you’ll discover the eclectic variety of businesses and services available to you during your stay at MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa. Amongst the ice cream store, luxurious Level lounge and gift shop are three businesses that continue to go from strength to strength as tourism and occupancy rates rise every year. The Analita Beauty Salon, Boulevard Boutique and Analita Boutique offer a number of holiday treats…

Fantcha performs at Cabo Verde festival

  Raj’d artist Fantcha recently performed on the first day of the famous Baía das Gatas festival in São Vicente, Cabo Verde. The music festival has become a cultural institution for the Islands and traditionally takes place in August during the three days of a ‘full moon weekend’. Held since 1984, the event has expanded every year, with artists now flying in from around the world. This year’s festival opened with Vasco Martins, and also…

Cape Verde at the Olympic Games

As the Olympic Games in Rio start to heat up, we take a look at Cape Verde’s drive to win their first medal. Their first involvement in the Olympics was the 1996 Atlanta Games, where four athletes took part in sports including the marathon, athletics and gymnastics. The archipelago has sent athletes to every Summer Olympics since, but unfortunately they are yet to win a medal. This year, the excitement started as soon as the…
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Figures show promising future for Cape Verde tourism

Positive tourism statistics from the World Travel & Tourism Council predict a steady rise for both the investment in and the benefits of tourism to the country over the next few years. The World Travel & Tourism Council is an independent authority that investigates both the economic and social impact these factors have on countries. Specifically focused on promoting sustainable growth, the council engages with government and international organisations to increase employment, drive exports and…
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The Resort Group PLC and Meliá Hotels International sign with Leading Travel Company

  The Resort Group PLC and their long-time hotel partners Meliá Hotels International have secured a major commercial agreement with a world-leading travel brand. The new move will see the unnamed company delivering nearly one million customers to The Resort Group PLC’s three Resorts on Sal Island in Cape Verde over the next three years. As part of the multi-million pound deal, the travel brand will take the large majority of rooms at MELIÃ…
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The Sal Island CPLP Games

After an incredible opening ceremony, attended by The Resort Group PLC founder Rob Jarrett and other dignitaries, the CPLP Games were off to an impressive start. As gold sponsors, The Resort Group PLC were proud to offer rooms in MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa and MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort for both athletes and organisers. The Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Games is a multinational under-16s sporting event that has been encouraging young athletes…
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Progress from Bikini Beach Club

Bikini Beach and the Blue Lagoon – one of our most exciting projects, bringing Cape Verde’s first premium beach club to life on the cool crystal waters of Algodoeira Beach. 2015 Construction has come a long way since we laid the first stones of the arms that will protect a swimming-friendly area surrounding the beach club. By August 2015, the manmade lagoon was starting to take shape, with surf-breaking rocks providing the base of the…

Investment Spotlight: World’s leading economies investing in Cape Verde

Many countries have taken a strong interest in Cape Verde, and China is potentially the best example. After years of investment and diplomatic relations, the 10-island country and huge nation see their work as mutually beneficial. During the Cape Verdean fight for independence, the Chinese nation stood by those campaigning for freedom, and it sparked the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Over time, there have been numerous investments to improve the infrastructure and facilities on…
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The Resort Group PLC supports sport in Cape Verde

The Official Opening Ceremony of the Acadêmico Football School The Resort Group PLC is a proud advocate of Cape Verde sport, constantly looking at ways we can help to further sporting activity in the country. With that in mind, Rob Jarrett recently visited the Acadêmico Football School for theunveiling of the plaque and the official opening ceremony. The football team that plays at the stadium, Acadêmico do Sal, also enjoys sponsorship from The…
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Five Years at Tortuga Beach Resort

It’s been five years since we opened the doors at MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort, and we couldn’t have imagined what a success story it has been. We take a look back at the high points of our very first development in Cape Verde. Occupancy levels have remained strong since launch, with consistent growth and an impressive average of over 70% in the last 5 years. During high season, which traditionally stretches from October to February…
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Media Statement

12 July 2016 The following statement is in response to the BBC Panorama programme ‘Pensions Rip Off’, which aired at 20.30 on Monday 11th July 2016. The Resort Group PLC takes the matters raised extremely seriously. It expects any company that it works with, whether owned or a third party, to operate to the highest standards and to comply with all legal and regulatory requirements. There are clear policies and training in place to ensure…
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Partner Spotlight: Meliá Hotels International

Meliá Hotels International recently celebrated its 60th anniversary and, as one of our key strategic partners, we are delighted to see how it has become one of the world’s largest hoteliers. Since being founded in 1956, Meliá Hotels International has grown from its first hotel in Mallorca, Spain, to a presence today in 40 different countries. It provides more than 350 hotels under seven brands, and there is no sign of slowing down. Meliá…

Our Work with The Cape Verde Foundation

It was his relationship with the Island and connections with the local Government and community that made Rob Jarrett, CEO and Founder of The Resort Group, want to help. So began The Cape Verde Foundation – a charity organisation that seeks to enrich the lives of children as well as assist with fundamental issues such as education, healthcare and the long-term development of the Islands. In the years since it…
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Luxury Hotel Group of the Year 2016

The Luxury Travel Awards is an annual determination of the foremost industry leaders in five-star international travel. Focusing on individual regions, the panel identifies the very best accommodation in the most sought-after locations for consideration. So, naturally, we were thrilled to hear that the Meliá Group has received the award for Luxury Hotel Group of the Year in Cape Verde from the Luxury Travel Awards. It’s a true honour to win this…
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The Resort Group opens Prague office

Furthering their international reach, The Resort Group have opened an office in Prague for the Czech branch of the Group. This week saw the official opening presentation of the new Czech office in Prague New Town, with a mixture of agents, clients, investors, business partners and guests in attendance – including the Consul of Cape Verde and the Ambassador of Portugal. The event also welcomed guests from Stadtquartier Vienna, Luxent, Traficon, Alexandria Real, the…
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Partner Spotlight: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

There are few bigger names in hotels than Hilton Worldwide. The international company is one of the most recognised brands in the industry and, since being founded in 1919, has opened more than 550 hotels and resorts in around 80 countries. Today, Hilton continues to be an innovative, respected and forward-thinking global leader of hospitality. The hotel chain is now growing faster than ever before and it continually strives to provide a preferred venue for…

The Resort Group to appear in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration publication

2016 will mark The Queen’s 90th birthday, and The Resort Group has been selected to feature in the official commemorative publication. The album coincides with a fantastic line-up of events in May and we are honoured to be part of this historic celebration. While The Queen’s actual birthday is on 21st April and her official birthday is on a Saturday in June, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration will take place from 12th to 15th May…
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Analita’s Boutique comes to MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort

Style came to MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort over the weekend as we opened a second boutique. On Friday 8th April, guests gathered to see the ribbon cutting of the Resort’s newest offering – a boutique designed to cater to anyone in need over the course of their holiday. Available to all are a variety of casual, essential and evening styles for men, woman and children, along…

White Sands Hotel contracts signed with Grupo San Jose

The Resort Group has signed contracts this week with construction company Grupo San Jose, which sees White Sands Hotel & Spa move one step closer to construction starting on the development. The company, which has also been appointed to build the new University of Cape Verde campus in Praia, will commence construction shortly on our newest venture. CEO of The Resort Group, Rob Jarrett, Andy Lawson, Managing Director of Resort Construction Services and Group Development…
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Cape Verde Prime Minister meets with the Board

In a move that sees even greater collaboration between The Resort Group and the Cape Verdean government, our board of directors recently met with Prime Minister José Maria Neves in the capital city, Praia on the island of Santiago. As we forge forward with more developments across Cape Verde, it’s essential that we do so in a way that benefits both the community on the islands and the people who govern it.
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The Resort Group Breaks Ground at White Sands Hotel & Spa

Planned touristic development in Boa Vista to attract overseas property investors Derby, UK – 16th December 2015 – Property investors looking for a new buy-to-let opportunity might want to consider purchasing a property on a hotel complex in Boa Vista, Cape Verde. The island has just been given a significant boost after The Resort Group announced it would start building White Sands Hotel & Spa, with a groundbreaking ceremony chaired by Cape Verdean Prime…
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The Resort Group Announces Groundbreaking for Hilton Hotel in Cape Verde

Ceremony kicks off construction of 201-room hotel in capital city’s business district Derby, UK – 16 November 2015 – The Resort Group has celebrated the groundbreaking for the first Hilton Hotel in Cape Verde’s capital and largest city, Praia, at a ceremony. The property developer’s CEO Rob Jarrett joined Cape Verdean Prime Minister, Jose Maria Neves, and President of Praia City Hall, Ulisses Correia e Silva, to mark the beginning of construction of Hilton Praia…
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The Resort Group CEO Awarded ‘Tourism Merit Medal’ in Cape Verde

Rob Jarrett recognised for contribution to tourist development Derby, UK – 22nd September 2015 – Rob Jarrett, the founder and CEO of overseas property developer The Resort Group, has been awarded the Tourism Merit Medal by the Municipality of Sal in Cape Verde. The new honour officially and publicly recognises Rob’s positive contribution to tourist development on the island of Sal. Mrs Dirce Évora, Chairperson of Sal City Council, presented the award at a…
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The Resort Group Agrees New Hotel Agreement with Hilton Worldwide

New 201-room hotel to be built on Santiago Island, Cabo Verde Derby, UK – 29th January 2015 – The Resort Group has today announced that it had signed a management agreement with Hilton Worldwide to open an upscale Hilton Hotel in Praia, on Santiago Island, Cabo Verde. The newly constructed Hilton Praia, will offer 201 guestrooms and suites across 15 floors, and also feature a business centre and leisure facilities including a fitness and spa…
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Dunas Beach Resort Launch Event

The Resort Group hosts memorable pre-opening event for exclusive guests 29th October 2014 – Property developer The Resort Group put on a glittering launch event on 24-27th October to celebrate the completion of MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa in Sal, Cape Verde. Hundreds of people, from property investors and sales agents to partners involved in the construction, enjoyed getting a first glimpse into the five-star, all-inclusive resort. The Resort Group’s…
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The Resort Group’s MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort Signs Agreement with Leading Travel Brand

Exclusive Deal Boosts Return on Investment for Cape Verde Property Owners Derby, UK, 23rd September 2014 – Respected property development brand The Resort Group Plc has today announced that it has signed a major deal with a world-leading global travel brand. This latest move sees the unnamed leisure group take a high percentage of pre-paid rooms at the MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa on Sal Island, which opens on 1st November 2014. This multi-million…
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