The excellent Oasis group expand to Tarrafal on the northern tip of Santiago Island to include the Oasis Tarrafal Alfandega Suites.
Here’s Santiago’s best beach and it’s an absolute cracker – three bays separated by a harbour and promontory with beach bar. Tarrafal Bay is blessed with safe swimming the vast majority of the year as its sheltered golden arc is protected from the prevailing north-easterly winds and currents.
The rooms of the Oasis Tarrafal Alfandega Suites all face the sea and are all ensuite. On the ground floor are the Family Rooms with Terrace facing the town’s golden beach. Upstairs there’s the Deluxe Family Rooms which are identical save for the terrace. Then the Suites, same as the Family Rooms but set up for couples; and the Double Rooms, some of which can be communicating. The Family Rooms and Suites all have kitchenettes, useful for an extended stay but must be requested in advance.
Downstairs the restaurant and breakfast room extends onto the wrap-around terrace, making full use of the enviable location overlooking beaches to both sides. The smaller Mar di Baxu to the west feels more intimate and is 30 seconds from your accommodation. The larger twin-bay Praia do Tarrafal is only a couple more minutes walk away. Or perhaps you could swim round?