Yesterday I got back from a fabulous sun-drenched holiday in Cape Verde, which, up until a few weeks ago, I hadn't heard of either! So you're in the know, Cape Verde is a cluster of islands just off the coast of Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean, with picture-postcard beaches of talcum-powder soft white sand stretching for miles.
Mister Ruffles and I holidayed on the island of Boa Vista, staying in the Riu Touareg, one of only 8 hotels on the island. To say that Boa Vista is in the infancy of tourism is an understatement, there's literally nothing around for as far as the eye can see! Which was perfect. It made for a great opportunity to turn off, tune out and drop off in the sunshine after a chaotic and crazy few months. We revelled in having absolutely nothing to do bar relax and spent virtually the entire time horizontal, with our heads either face down on a sunbed, or buried in a book (five read in 11 days, and yes, I read Fifty Shades of Grey, please don't judge me!) With the sea never far out of earshot I enjoyed the luxury of al fresco naps, and being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves lapping the shore, and quite possibly the after-effects of a few too many mid-afternoon cocktails!
It was a holiday of three-course breakfasts, Piña Colada-scented skin (from the suntan lotion opposed to bathing in alcoholic drinks!), eating watermelon on the beach, swim-up bars, sipping champagne in the jacuzzi pool and watching the sun set from the balcony. It was also the holiday that when playing "let's jump the wave" I lost a much-treasured holiday-hat (yep it's the one in the photos!), and Mister Ruffles lost his sunglasses for the 3rd time this year.
In a nutshell it was brilliant fun and blissfully relaxing and I've come back feeling rested, rejuvenated and with a renewed sense of vigour. And in my book, that's exactly what holidays are for.
We stayed at the Riu Touareg, for more information visit their website here.