The Ca´ Nicola complex directly overlooks the long Estoril beach just a stone’s throw from the main Sal Rei square. It was built from white local stone and features a Sahara-inspired orange-based colour scheme designed to meld seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. The complex boasts a total of 27 apartments, each with a large fully-equipped kitchen and private terrace. The furnishings were carved by local Cape Verde craftsmen and are flanked by bamboo pieces to create a warm, cosy atmosphere. After a decade of experience in the Cape Verde tourist and real estate sector, the Cape Verde-based, Italian-managed company Casitalia Lda introduced a new kind of hospitality model to Boa Vista: the aparthotel. The aim in doing so was to give visitors the convenience and freedom of their own private residence so that they could explore Boa Vista without having to stick to a set schedule or the usual tourist routes plied by pushy guides. Ca’ Nicola gives its guests plain, truthful information, provided by local Cape Verde people or those that have chosen the island or the aparthotel itself as their home. The result is straightforward suggestions about local bars/eateries and must-see areas of the island. Excursions are tailored to meet the requirements of each individual client and span everything from hikes to boat trips to Boa Vista’s hidden beaches, visits to colourful inland villages and spins to the archipelago’s other islands. Ca’ Nicola also provides guests with a low-key but comprehensive hotel service with a few extra privileges also. They can choose, for instance, to have breakfast served on their own balcony if they wish to laze around after getting up. Equally, they can stroll down to the bar to order whatever they’d like without having to pick and choose from a group buffet. Private dinners can also be organised in the apartments each evening. A Cape Verde chef will prepare visitors’ favourite dishes from their stay on the island or indeed others that only the island elders still remember. You can experience it all or just a small taste: because holidaying at Ca’ Nicola is truly different experience.