Review: Salav Guesthouse, Praia, Cape Verde


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A charming beachside retreat, the Salav Guesthouse provides the indulgence of a relaxing home away from home experience. A lovely alternative to hotel accommodation, the Salav offers luxury travellers the opportunity of more independence from the comfort, security and privileged location of the residence.

Why We Love This Hotel

We love the Salav for its comforting, and blissful atmosphere. The location is prime for exploring what the town has to offer, and the views from the guestrooms and garden are sublime. Tastefully decorated, with the ocean at your feet, you’ll be sure that your stay will leave you feeling indulged and pampered day after day.


Praia is the capital city of Cape Verde, which lies off the coast of West Africa. The city is located on the southern coast of Santiago Island surrounded by beaches and boasts plentiful shops and restaurants as well as the old town to explore. The Salav Guesthouse is an upper-class townhouse set in the middle of the embassy area of Praia, close to the sunny and sandy Quebra-Canela beach.

Best Time To Visit

Cape Verde has a subtropical and dry climate. The weather year-round is beautiful, with a daily constant temperature between the islands, with an average of 25 to 30 degrees. July through to September is the hottest time of year, however with the most rain. The period between October through to June is the driest, with more wind but cooler evenings. The geographical location of the Cape Verde islands, means that the temperature of the sea is often warmer, ideal for swimming and water sports!

How To Get There

The total direct flight time from London, to Nelson Mandela/Praia International Airport (RAI) is approximately 6 hours and 10 minutes. Flights to Cape Verde are departed from most major airports including: London Gatwick Airport (LGW), London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and London City Airport (LCY). Most of these flights include stopovers in Lisbon, Portugal increasing the flight time to between 8 and 10 hours. The Salav Guesthouse is only a 10 minute drive away from the airport, making your journey swift, and easy for when you arrive in the beautiful Cape Verde.

Style & Character

Throughout the guesthouse there are Afro-Arabic décor touches which offer a striking, yet cosy ambiance, mixed with traditional design elements. The guesthouse provides a true beach house experience, with modern and contemporary touches, but remaining true to the Island culture.

Service & Facilities

A selection of common areas and public spaces are available, where guests can mingle with the locals and immerse themselves in the Cape Verde lifestyle. The luscious terrace, and garden allows guests to sit, back, relax and reminisce in the sunshine. The guesthouse offers free Wi-Fi throughout, and a freshly prepared breakfast every morning.


Rooms are spacious and well furnished, offering a seating area, and private bathroom. Guests can experience the individuality of the rooms, as each one has it’s own personality and name. All rooms boast natural lighting, and some offer a private terrace, and delightful sea views. You can be sure to find fluffy towels, Wi-Fi, bath, shower and A/C during your stay.

Best Rooms

Our favourite is the Cairo. Delicately decorated with authentic touches, the double or twin-room with shared bathroom, offers a spacious stay with breathtaking sea views, from your very own private balcony. Colours of the décor are neutral and cosy, with ambient lighting and rustic vibes with woodwork tables and mirrors.

Food & Drink

Served on the guesthouse’s balcony terrace, overlooking the scenic beach view and swinging palms, the breakfast buffet is made fresh everyday, with local ingredients and produce. Guests can indulge in fresh juices, pastries, the island’s fruits as well as the traditional, eggs, sausages, tea and coffee. The short walk from the guesthouse to the town, means that guests can experience the mouthwatering authentic dishes that Cape Verde has to offer.

If you would like to book a stay at this luxury hotel, or a business class flight, contact our luxury travel concierge to get a quote before booking. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, deals and special benefits.

Salav Guesthouse, Praia, Cape Verde

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