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Diary of a Medical Student in Cape Verde | The Resort Group PLC

The Diary of a Medical Student in Cape Verde: Part 1

The Resort Group PLC, working through The Cape Verde Foundation, is committed to developing and improving healthcare across the Islands. In addition to its donation drive for much-needed medical equipment for local hospitals and its own integrated Medical Services, The Resort Group has enjoyed welcoming trainee healthcare professionals to its Resorts – offering them a restful haven while they complete work experience placements at hospitals and clinics across the Islands. In June, Alexandra…
TUI Awards Top Quality Awards | MELIÁ Llana Beach Resort & Spa | TUI Senimsar Cabo Verde | The Resort Group PLC Resorts

MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa and TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde Win Guest Approval with TUI Top Quality Awards

The summer months arrived with a splash in June, as The Resort Group PLC discovered that two of its luxury Resorts have been awarded TUI’s Top Quality Award for the 2018/2019 season. MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa and TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde attracted the accolade thanks to guest survey results across the season. TUI launched this prestigious award in 2015, which is presented to the very best hotels in the TUI…
A Proven Model For Overseas Property Investment

A Proven Model for Overseas Property Investment

When you think of Cape Verde tourism, you think of The Resort Group PLC. Founded in 2007 by Rob Jarrett, The Resort Group PLC has rapidly grown into one of the foremost luxury Resort and hospitality brands in Cape Verde, catering to nearly 60% of the country’s tourists. Our success has been the country’s success and is a great model for overseas property investment. Here is our story.   Growing from strength to strength With our nuanced…
How Airlift To Cape Verde Has Changed

Our Award Winning Legacy

When Rob Jarrett established The Resort Group PLC in 2007, he did so with the aim of making the most of Cape Verde’s natural beauty. He knew it was a tourist destination worth putting on the map. And, in 2009, he got the opportunity to do just that –The Resort Group PLC secured an agreement with MELIÃ Hotels International to manage their Resorts on Sal. It has been a decade since then and The Resort…
How airlift to Cape Verde Has Changed | The Resort Group PLC

How Airlift To Cape Verde Has Changed

Cape Verde’s skies have never looked more different. There was a time, years ago, when Cape Verde could only speak of two airports and two aeroplanes in its service. Now, each of its nine Islands has an airport, and the country is serviced by 112 direct flights by 12 airlines, with flights coming in from all over the world. The skies have changed, thanks to the increase in airlift to Cape…
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The Benefits of Vertically Integrated Businesses | The Resort Group PLC

Why Take An Integrated Approach?

Many businesses are now choosing to adopt a vertically integrated business model, due to its many benefits. The Resort Group PLC is no exception. But what is a vertically integrated business model and why do companies choose an integrated approach?   Defining Vertical Integration According to Investopedia, “vertical integration is a strategy where a firm acquires business operations within the same production vertical.” This means that companies essentially acquire businesses that are in the…
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Santiago Fort Real de S Filipe | Santiago – the Island of Many Delights | Cape Verde | The Resort Group PLC

Santiago – The Island of Many Delights

The beautiful island of Santiago has so many delights to offer that it’s hard to keep count. Not only is it the largest Island of Cape Verde and home to more than half of the country’s population, but it also has the most diverse topography of any of the Islands. Here, you can find majestic peaks and long sandy beaches, fertile valleys and brittle steppes – Santiago houses a world within its shores. Here is…
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White Sands Hotel & Spa | Construction Update March 2019 | The Resort Group PLC

White Sands Hotel & Spa Construction Update March

Blessed by vast stretches of untouched golden sand, surrounded by crystalline waters and boasting a relaxed and low-key atmosphere, it’s no wonder Boa Vista is rising in popularity amongst holidaymakers. The perfect destination for those looking to escape the demands of daily life and enjoy a rejuvenating holiday, the island boasts some of the archipelago’s most beautiful and rewarding beaches, with the sands stretching for 55km. Settled amongst those endless sands is The Resort Group…
Government Support for Tourism Investment in Cape Verde | The Resort Group PLC

Government Support for Tourism Investment in Cape Verde

Tourism to the lush Islands of Cape Verde is set to increase to unprecedented levels, thanks to government support. Already a favourite among holidaymakers and luxury travel agencies, the country welcomed over 765,000 tourists to its shores in 2018, which led to more than 4.9 million overnight stays, with a growth of 6.8% and 7.4%, respectively, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE). Now the government aims to grow this number further, planning to attract one million…
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Supporting Sport in Cape Verde | GKA Kitsurfing Competition 2019 | The Resort Group PLC

Supporting Sport in Cape Verde: GKA Competition

The Global Kite-Sports Association (GKA) advocates that kiting as a sport can be done in all countries in harmony with nature. Although not founded as an organisation to run competitive world tours, GKA is an alliance of key kite-sport brands – so has naturally progressed to promote a range of competitive tours which ensure a healthy, ambitious and aspirational, professional competitive environment amongst its members. Returning to Cape Verde for a second year running…
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TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde Resort & Spa wins esteemed TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award | The Resort Group PLC

TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde Resort & Spa Wins Esteemed TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

Going from strength to strength since its launch in December 2016, TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde is the epitome of relaxation and recuperation. The 5-star Resort, which is managed under TUI’s adults-only premium brand Sensimar, is TUI’s hotel concept for couples and adults travelling in twos without children, attaching importance to peaceful, stylish, comfortable hotels offering personal service and varied culinary experiences. The ultimate in 5-star indulgence, it comes as no surprise that this year sees the Resort win…
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White Sands Hotel & Spa Construction Update January 2019 | Beach Front Suites & Villas | The Resort Group PLC

White Sands Hotel & Spa Construction Update January

Year-round sunshine, means that Boa Vista – home to the latest development by The Resort Group PLC – is always in its prime, especially during the winter months. Settled upon on one of the Top Beaches in the World according to TripAdvisor, the Resort is making progress in construction. Comprising of 835 properties including a range of hotels suites and villas, the 5-star development will be ready to support the expected tourism hike following the…
New Visa rules to help Cape Verde tourism

New Visa Rules to Help Cape Verde Tourism

In a change that is set to make a positive impact on Cape Verde tourism, visa-exempt visitors travelling to the islands will now register online in advance for free entry into the country. Announced back in April 2017, the shift in policy intends to increase competitiveness in the tourism sector and double the number of tourists visiting the country, which is currently around 700,000 a year. Cape Verde’s visa-free entry policy for European citizens was…
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Christmas & New Year at Our Resorts

Staying at one of our five Resorts this festive period and want to know what’s on? Making the most out of this special time of year, our hospitality teams have been working hard to put together a packed events programme, catering for every holidaymaker this merry season.   MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa Those lucky enough to be staying at the 5-star adults only MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa will be able…
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Whites Sands Hotel & Spa | Construction Update | Nov 2018 | The Resort Group PLC

White Sands Hotel & Spa Construction Update November

With world-renowned beaches and a cultural blend of African and Portuguese influences, Boa Vista is now on the map as an emerging destination for an unforgettable sunshine holiday. At only 620 km² the most eastern Island in Cape Verde boasts 55km of white sandy beaches and 350 days of sunshine each year and is the ultimate holiday destination. Embracing the opportunity that this sun-soaked Island offers, construction on The Resort Group PLC’s first of six planned…
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World Luxury Hotel Awards Winners

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognised global organisation that provides luxury hotels with the recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests. Established in 2006, World Luxury Hotel Awards has been recognising prestigious hotel venues for over a decade and is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry. Offering international recognition as voted for by guests, travellers and industry players…
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The International Music Festival of Santa Maria 2018 | The Resort Group PLC

The International Music Festival of Santa Maria 2018

This month, the much-anticipated International Music Festival of Santa Maria came to the shores of Sal. This annual two-day event sees locals and tourists flock to Santa Maria Beach to celebrate local Cape Verdean and international music. The weekend brings together a spectacularly diverse audience of all generations, but their aims are the same—dancing, singing, and celebrating—all fuelled by delicious festival food and drinks. Once again, The Resort Group PLC was proud to sponsor this…
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Tenerife Cabo Verde Investment Partner Talk

A New Partnership With Invest Cabo Verde

Invest Cabo Verde Establish The Resort Group PLC’s Presence in Tenerife A founding principle that has been instrumental to The Resort Group PLC’s success as a World Class Developer since 2007, is The Group’s ability to forge strong relationships with strategic partners internationally to create, develop, market and operate our Resorts. Expanding our network further, this time with an established presence in Tenerife and Canaries, The Resort Group PLC are proud to announce a new partnership…
Road Infrastructure | Boa Vista | Cape Verde

New Government Road Network Supports White Sands Hotel & Spa Construction

August see’s even more great news for our latest Resort, White Sands Hotel & Spa, as the Cape Verdean Government begins work on the local road networks, improving access not only for the Island’s population and visiting tourists but also for our hard-working construction teams. Owned by Cape Verde Republic and represented by SDTIBM and Road Institute, the new infrastructure will complete one of Boa Vista’s key road networks, connecting Boa Vista Airport to the already established…
7% for 7 Years Offer | White Sands Hotel & Spa | The Resort Group PLC

Immediate Returns When You Invest in White Sands Hotel & Spa

As construction of the 5* luxury White Sands Hotel & Spa picks up the pace, The Resort Group PLC are offering an amazing investment opportunity. Located on the Island of Boa Vista, the development is taking shape to reveal the piece of paradise that will be on offer. Santa Monica Beach, named one of the world’s top 25 beaches, was chosen for this haven — on the largest but least populated Island of the…
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Fogo National Park

The Natural Wonders of Cape Verde

Interest in Cape Verde has risen significantly over the past decade. According to the latest report by the World Travel and Tourism Council, the Islands now welcome over half a million visitors a year, and in 2017 the travel and tourism industry directly contributed 17.8% of Cape Verde’s gross domestic profit (GDP). The natural wonders of the archipelago account largely for it becoming such a sought-after destination. What is particularly special about the Islands…
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World Luxury Hotel Awards Voting Now Open

MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa joins MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort as nominees in this year’s World Luxury Hotel Awards As of Wednesday 1st August 2018, luxury hotels across the globe will once again compete for the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards, as voting opens to over 300,000 international travellers. Established in 2006, The World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry, offering international recognition as voted for by guests, travellers…
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Construction Update | White Sands Hotel & Spa | July 2018

White Sands Hotel & Spa Construction Update July

White Sands Hotel & Spa will be The Resort Group PLC’s first development on the Island of Boa Vista, currently second to Sal in overall visitor numbers. The luxury 5-star Resort will consist of 835 property units comprising of a range of hotels suites and villas, serviced by only the highest quality facilities. Construction work continues along the shores of one of TripAdvisor’s Best Beaches in The World, Santa Monica Beach, as White Sands Hotel…
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Tortuga Pool

MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort enters The World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018

A promising start: MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort The first all-inclusive Resort developed by The Resort Group PLC on the then largely undiscovered Islands of Cape Verde, MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort has gone from strength to strength in the last seven years of operation. Opened in May 2011, with an impressive launch event that was attended by performing artists, celebrities, notable figures and dignitaries, the Resort has proven a key asset in The Group’s investment portfolio. …
Literary Festival

Celebrating Cape Verde’s Literary Culture

As well as being world-renowned for its beautiful beaches and year-round sunshine, Cape Verde is also proving to be a cultural hotbed – particularly when it comes to the written word. Following the success of the first-ever literary festival to be held on Cape Verde in 2017, The Resort Group PLC sponsored the second World Literature Festival Sal in 2018. Held across Sal Island from 21st-24th June, the prestigious four-day literary festival hosted 40 writers…
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The Resort Group PLC Celebrates Prague Office’s Third Anniversary

Celebrating its third anniversary, The Resort Group PLC recognised the success of its Prague Central and Eastern Europe Office with a celebratory evening hosted at the Consulate of Cape Verde in the historic centre of Prague City, Šítkova 233/1. With over 70 attendees, guests were welcomed by Vladimir Trkal, Honorary Consul of Cape Verde, who explained the latest from Cape Verde and its significant investment success over the last 10 years. A speech by Mr. Pierre-Philippe Möller…
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Boa Vista Festivals & Culture

Boa Vista Breathes the Culture of Cape Verde

Culture is everywhere when you visit Cape Verde, no matter which Island you’re on. It’s colourful, it’s vibrant, and it’s well worth planning a trip to Boa Vista around some of the events that happen throughout the year. Carnival Carnival is celebrated on every Island of the archipelago — and Boa Vista is no exception. The most anticipated event of the year, Cape Verdeans take to the streets for three days before Ash Wednesday…
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World travel and tourism council

Cape Verde’s Economy is Flourishing in 2018 Thanks to Travel and Tourism

It is hard to imagine a time when Cape Verde was not known around the world as a tropical paradise. It now welcomes some half a million visitors per year to its shores – drawn by the promise of crystal-clear waters, unspoilt white-sand beaches and endless African sunshine. The Islands have flourished while developing their status as a tourist hotspot, and this has had a significant impact on the Cape Verdean economy. This is evident…
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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde and MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa awarded TripAdvisor accolade

Established in 2011 to recognize hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service across the world, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a designation that many look for when choosing their next holiday destination. The accolade is given to those businesses that consistently achieve excellent reviews over the past 12 months and isn’t won through an application process, but instead is a list chosen by the Review organization for their achievements earned over time. Those…
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Cave Diving

Diving in Cape Verde

Cape Verde is a diving dreamland. Due to its geographical location, both the underwater terrain and the wealth of marine life create a utopia for divers. A world of underwater caves, canyons, rock formations, ledges, and sharp wall drop-offs make for a stunning aquatic landscape that offers endless adventures. Thanks to the cool currents drifting in from the Canary Islands and the warm waters from the Gulf of Guineas, this part of the Atlantic Ocean…
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Boa Vista Boat

What To Do When You Next Visit Boa Vista

Boa Vista may be small in size, but its offering is big. The perfect location for the outdoorsy holidaymaker and animal lovers alike, the list of things to do on the Island is endless. Beautiful beaches A glimpse of Boa Vista on Google Earth shows an Island surrounded by 55 kilometres of white sand beaches. From the stunning Praia de Chaves and Award Winning Santa Monica Beach to the smaller coves, many an…
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2018’s Biggest Travel & Tourism Trends

News from the ABTA Travel Trends Report 2018 shows that more people are taking holidays now than at any time over the past 5 years. Times are changing when it comes to travelling and tourism — and they’re changing fast, with new and exciting trends appearing. Responsible Tourism The foremost travel trend for 2018 is responsible tourism. After mounting negative reports from unhappy locals and tourists expressing concern about overcrowding, the tourism industry as…
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The Resort Life Issue 15

Resort Life: Issue 15

The fifteenth edition of Resort Life is now available to read online and includes all the latest news from The Resort Group PLC. Packed with The Group’s most recent updates, readers can catch up on what happened when Celebs Go Dating filmed in Cape Verde, and read about the latest awards received by The Resort Group PLC. Browse this edition to see how Cape Verde is establishing itself in the property…
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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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Cape Verdy Boats

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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Tui Boaing Plane

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 Dedicates Another Decade to Cape Verde

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  already had a presence…
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Investing in Cape Verde in 2018

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 | Boa Vista | White Sands Hotel & Spa

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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Celebs Go Dating | Bikini Beach Club | The Resort Group PLC

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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Africa & Middle East Awards 2018

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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Pura Vida Bar at Melia Llana

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…
Melia Llana The Level Room Ocean View Balcony

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 in construction December

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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Miguel Rosa

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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Esther Montoro

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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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

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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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…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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…
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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 has…
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The Resort Life Issue 10

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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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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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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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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