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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:16 pm 
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Hi there,

I am trying to find out if there are any direct UK to Praia flights. I have seen talk of Stansted and Manchester, but can find nothing on the internet.

Does anyone know anything about direct flights?

Kevin

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The best people to ask are Cape Verde Travel. They've always got the latest info.

The last I heard the direct flights to Praia had been put on hold until September/ October


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In a recent communication Sambala announced that they will be opening the resort early (this summer I believe). The great thing for owners is that because Sambala are running it like a hotel resort they'll be bringing in tourists to rent our properties. This means that they must be working with an airline partner to fly people to Santiago.

The other good thing about this is that we should be able to earn more rental income than just going with the standard 5% guarantee and have a lot less hassle than trying to find our own rentals. Investment in this project is looking better and better as it progresses.

See you in Santiago for a cool G&T in the summer Kevin?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:29 am 
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Hi LeeC

Did you bought on Praia as well? What you think better to invest Praia or Sal?


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this depends on your motivation for buying, Santiago is a more attractive island than Sal but the fact remains island Sal is the country’s main tourist destination, with 61.4% of all hotel entries, followed by Santiago, with 19.4%, and São Vicente, with 7%.

The number of nights spent in hotel establishments shows a similar trend - 76.9% on Sal, 9.3% on Santiago and 4.9% on São Vicente.

Sao Vicente will also have an international airport by 2009, so your best option is to take an inspection trip and look at Sal, Sao Vicente and Santiago these islands will give you a real feeling of whats on offer in Cape Verde.


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Yes John. I bought in Sambala.

It's difficult to argue with historic stats, but I would say that those figures can be misleading. The majority of those hotel bookings go to relatively long established hotels such as the Morabeza and the Rui etc. Private owners don't earn anything from people staying in these places.

As I'm sure you know, the investment decision is made of a number of factors:

If you want a property in a good quality hotel resort (ie. where someone else is bringing in the renters) then places like Sambala and Vila Verde will earn a quicker return as they are closer to opening their doors.

If you are more interested in using the place yourself then Sal and Santiago offer different things. Sal has a better beach but Santiago offers more to do and see. I'm not interested in bringing down Sal so these are the best things about Santiago in my opinion:
- Tarrafal beach - safer than most in CV and a really friendly atmosphere
- Praia - lots of really good places for eating and drinking out and loads of new investment
- Sao Francisco beach - quiet, clean and loads of potential for watersports
- The interior - Fantastic scenery, excellent mountain restaurants and great for walking

My plug for Sambala is that the resort will be open this year and the golf course is likely to be ready earlier than any other in CV. That means I'll be earning from and enjoying my investment earlier than if I'd bought elsewhere.

ps. I know people are looking to sell their completed Sambala properties now, and at a reasonable price too.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:19 pm 
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I agree that Santiago offers more, but the thing I think you missed Leec is that it also has a lot more real culture than Sal. Everyone I know that comes to Santiago/ Praia and spends a little bit of time here loves it.

Sal is not the real Cape Verde. From my experience of living here and spending time in Sao Vicente, both have more heart and soul than Sal. Despite the protests I can't see beyond Sal turning into another Tenerife. This may be fine for investments in the short term but people will keeping coming back to Santiago time and time again.

Ready for the backlash!!


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ps. on the subject of the original string... I was told that Sambala will be chartering flights to the resort next year.


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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by KevinandElaine</i>
<br />Hi there,

I am trying to find out if there are any direct UK to Praia flights. I have seen talk of Stansted and Manchester, but can find nothing on the internet.

Does anyone know anything about direct flights?

Kevin

Kevin & Elaine
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In my opinion the soluction are:
1: UK/ Lisbon(in low cost for exemple)/Santiago(Praia) : UK/Portugal(Lisbon)/ Santiago (Praia), You buy the tiket in the airport(TAP agent is a Portuguese Company )fly to Praia.
2: UK/Portugal(Lisbon)/Santiago(Praia) : In TACV( Cape Verde Company but is no possible buy the tiket in the airport(Lisbon)
3: UK/Cape Verde(Sal island)/Santiago islnad(Praia) and you buy the tiket in the airport(Sal) The flying to Praia is in smal airplane.(ATR72 2007)

Regards ,

Dennis


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Hi Mindelo,
Where have you been hiding?
Any news on Sao Vicente airport?

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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by KevinandElaine</i>
<br />Hi there,

I am trying to find out if there are any direct UK to Praia flights. I have seen talk of Stansted and Manchester, but can find nothing on the internet.

Does anyone know anything about direct flights?

Kevin

Kevin & Elaine
Sambala
Sandiago
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carol


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[quote]<i>Originally posted by KevinandElaine</i>
<br />Hi there,

I am trying to find out if there are any direct UK to Praia flights. I have seen talk of Stansted and Manchester, but can find nothing on the internet.

Does anyone know anything about direct flights?

Kevin

Kevin & Elaine
Sambala
Sandiago
Ive just read this on the Capeverdetravel site:

News Flash

Arrangements in progress for flight Birmingham - Praia, Santiago

Winter Season - Commencing October 2008

there is an email address given for further info

carol


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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 7:08 pm 
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At the end of the day , what brings people to Cape Verde is mostly for the winter sun and it's beaches, and other that tarrafal which is on the other side of the island about 70 Km, and the beach in Praia ar around are nothing to compare with the ones in Sal.
Praia has it's beauty for some , no doubts but not for beach holiday makers...sal has all more $ and 5 star hotels than all the other islands together.
has more 5 star projects (including the Hilton Hotel ) and golf courses, marinas ans casinos them all the ither islands together BUT there's restrictions in the expansion which will lead to an excelent resakle market if you bought in a good location.

S. Vicente is also more cultural for sure but the beach in santa Maria in absolutly amazing. Sal has it all, even the prices, i saw one T1 for under 40.000 euros in St Maria town.

Tastes are like colours, there are so many, but the investor will know were to go to get a faster and safer return... Think about it



<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by lemanistan</i>
<br />I agree that Santiago offers more, but the thing I think you missed Leec is that it also has a lot more real culture than Sal. Everyone I know that comes to Santiago/ Praia and spends a little bit of time here loves it.

Sal is not the real Cape Verde. From my experience of living here and spending time in Sao Vicente, both have more heart and soul than Sal. Despite the protests I can't see beyond Sal turning into another Tenerife. This may be fine for investments in the short term but people will keeping coming back to Santiago time and time again.

Ready for the backlash!!
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Agent Investor, you've clearly been so busy plugging your properties in Santa Maria that you haven't had the time to pay a visit to Boa Vista. If it's beaches you're after, that's the island to go to - the beaches are in a totally different league to Sal's. Don't take my word for it, this is what the Daily Telegraph had to say about the place a few months ago...

"<b>Recover on a beach in Boa Vista, where the endless dunes and turquoise waters rival anything in the Maldives, Mauritius or the Caribbean</b>."

All the islands in CV have their own respective charms, their own unique selling points, but as soon as the new Riu on Boa Vista opens in 6 months time and the punters start seeing how utterly breathtaking the place is, Boa Vista will very quickly overtake Sal as the place to holiday/invest in Cape Verde. Mark my words!


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I will second that!!

John Dowling

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