Porto Antigo Residence combines the independence of staying in a well-equipped apartment, with the excellent facilities and services of a high-quality hotel. The apartments are housed in two separate blocks, each just a couple of minutes’ walk from the main square of Santa Maria town.
The apartment complex owes its name to the ‘Old Harbour’ (‘Porto Antigo’) which is situated just in front of it and gives it a unique and scenic feature. Indeed, the harbour – unused by boats – provides a sheltered place for residents to cool off, away from the Cape Verde sunshine. For the adventurous snorkeller, an underwater statue lies about 50 metres away in front of the harbour, while for the lazy, the large pool at Porto Antigo offers an alternative option for taking a dip.
Between the harbour and the apartments is a small stretch of beach with sun loungers, which can also be found around the pool area. Larger areas of beach are close by, to the east and west.
The apartments are found in two separate buildings (Porto Antigo ‘1’ and ‘2’). They are either on the ground or first floor and either 1, 2 or 3 bedroomed. Each has a well-appointed living / dining area, cooking facilities and fridge and is equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, veranda or balcony and free WiFi. In addition, daily cleaning services are provided. A substantial and varied buffet breakfast (at extra cost) may be taken in the complex’s Papaia’s restaurant which overhangs the harbour and also has an excellent reputation for its evening meals. Half board and B&B options are available, on request.
At Porto Antigo ‘1’, there is a busy, helpful reception desk and the Italian-run complexes are set in well-maintained and planted gardens, with some vibrant, colourful murals adorning the exterior walls.
Santa Maria Beach on the island of Sal, Cape Verde's most famous beach.
These apartments close to the beach are ideal for people who don't want the formality of a hotel. Within a short walk there are many opportunities to enjoy the water sports on offer, as well as shops, bars and restaurants.