About This Listing
Lovely double room in the heart of Sal Rei -
2extra single rooms available
UNDOUBTEDLY THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY CAPE-VERDEAN CULTURE
FREE WIFI IS AVAILABLE AT THE MAIN SQUARE (2MIN walk)
My family lives in a lovely house in the centre of Sal Rei (Vila as it's known) and we have a double room and two single rooms, there r two toilets n a shared bathroom, guests can use the kitchen as well.
There is also a spacious living room and dinning room where one can relax and enjoy the family type home.
Guests have access to the entire house.
There is an amazing terrace where one can read n enjoy the wonderful view.
Interaction with Guests
My mother used to live in Paris, therefore she speaks fluent French, she understands Spanish n Italian, unfortunately she does not speak English, however, you shouldn't her because she proved already that she's a great communicator even with English speakers guests.
I live abroad so my mother lives in this house with her nephew.
They're all lovely so U will enjoy having their company.
Lovely and quiet neighborhood, beaches just 5 minutes walking distance. Absolutely fantastic
Big Island, small town...nothing to say, no maps, no direction, is just a paradise...
Other Things to Note
There is a stunning view from the terrace.
If you fancy countryside my mum can help with any infos how to spend a very quiet day around the farmer fields, she can also suggest you a couple of good and cheap restaurants in the neighborhood (we're not commercial type B&B thus we leave guests free to explore).
People are not allow to smoke inside, but there is designed area for smokers...
Filo (Vino's mum) is the most charming and welcoming host I could have hoped to encounter. A former school teacher, she knows the ins and outs of Boa Vista and is generous with her local knowledge. Thank you Filo and Vino for a magical stay on a magical island!
A notre arrivée, notre chambre avait été louée à quelqu'un d'autre...
Nous sommes resté dans une chambre qui avait la taille du lit, qui était très inconfortable.
Nous avons donc eu à chercher une chambre en dernière minute...bon début de vacances.
Le prix de la chambre est celui d'un bon hôtel et les conditions d'annulations encore plus restrictives, mais l'attitude de Vino est au mieux amateur.
Je peux comprendre qu'il y ait un problème mais sa gestion a été très mauvaise : après avoir remis en cause la somme que nous avions payé, Vino nous a proposé de nous rembourser de main à main (?) 111€ sur les 197€ payés. Ce qui fait cette "chambre" à 86€ !!!
C'est bien sûr inacceptable et le litige est en cours de gestion par airbnb.
Filo est une dame très agréable, mais au final je trouve l'approche principalement commerciale et vous n'aurez pas de conseils touristiques.
A vous de vous faire votre avis, mais, et c'est la première fois que je dis ça, je préfère à ce logement un établissement professionnel. A mois qu'ils ne changent...
Très agréable, confortable, belle vue du spot de Kite depuis le toit.
We had a great time staying here! Vino's mum was not there but he arranged his nice Lina, and she was great.
We had some trouble because our suitcases did not arrive and Lina went shopping with us and lend us things like soap, shampoo and flip flops.
Great way to experience the real Cape Verdian way!
One of the best decision I ever made when travelling alone to Boa Vista for 2 weeks was to stay with Filo and her family. Filo as she is known to the community was a great hostess and although she spoke no English and I had to rely on my school French we understood each other. Due to my stay with the family , I had the opportunity to interact with the community and be part of team Filo. The hospitality of the family is truly amazing and they were willing to share with me. Filo was attentive to my needs and even made sure I had fruits at breakfast when she realised how much I enjoyed them. Filo also gave me a a mobile phone and with a local SIM card I was able to call abroad at much cheaper rates. In the main square you have access to free wifi and while surfing the net you get the chance to people watch.
Filo's grandchildren are well mannered and equally charming. It's up to you decide how much interaction you wish to have with the family, as the family respects your decision should you wish to be left alone. Although Cape Verde has become part of the tourist trail,the local population are not benefiting from the tourism and as usual it's the resorts and multi national companies who are raking in the profits. By staying with Filo and her family, not only do you get the opportunity to see the real Boa Vista but you also support the local community. The local bakery and restaurants are highly recommended ( try the local drink tamarind grog ) and within close proximity of the house. If you get the chance visit the local school and explore the neighbourhood.
During my stay, Filo's son Vino(host) joined us.Vino is clearly his mother's son and is equally generous and hospitable. He took me along to meet his extended family in rural Boa Vista (Norte)which was an enjoyable experience. I had the opportunity to experience so much more which would have been denied to me had I not stayed with Filo. Filo is a great cook and treated me to a seafood feast as well as the local dish of couscous which is a sweet dish.
I had a great time and would not hesitate to recommend Filo to the airbnb community and the world. Ciao
Well. What a lovely lady and family. I had a wonderful holiday and sure it would not have been the same if I were anywhere else. Filomena (vino's mum) was the perfect host, making delicious breakfast for me every morning and offering to cook my freshly caught fish everyday. She could not have been more obliging. She is the local school teacher and everyone on the island knows her, she is Mrs Boa Vista! The communication between vino was excellent and the room is right off the main square right near the action. I can't possibly speak more highly of the family who were friendly and happy people.
Thank you! If I come back to Boa Vista, no thought as to where I'll be staying!
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