The comfortable Hotel Pontao is run by friendly Cape Verdean staff and only a couple of blocks from Santa Maria beach. The minimum stay here is 3 nights, and it’s a good choice if you’re interested in a good quality hotel and don’t intend to spend much time indoors.
The hotel rooms are gathered around a spacious interior courtyard, the central feature of which is a small swimming pool, essential for cooling off in the Cape Verdean sun. There is plenty of space around the pool for sunbathing, though the town’s main beach is only a few minutes’ walk away. The hotel has WiFi in some public areas, at extra charge. Coffee and tea are served in reception.
Rooms are mainly twin-bedded and are spacious and bright. This hotel has 77 double en-suite rooms (some with a balcony) and 2 suites, all come with a minibar, A/C conditioning, hairdryer, satellite television and telephone.
There are many good, local restaurants in Santa Maria and staying at Hotel Pontao means you’re only a short walk from a fun and interesting eating out experience.
Like all the hotels on Sal, there is much to do when it comes to water sports. However, being just off the beach you would be ideally situated for some chill out time if you found watching all this activity too much!