We booked this apartment though Holidaylettings.co.uk directly with the owner (Wendy B.).
The owner of apartment 330 was very responsive to any enquiry we had and the booking was straightforward and hassle free.
From the moment of our arrival at the apartment our expectations were surpassed by the location, facilities and cleanliness.
The apartment is located next to the childrens pool/club and should one have brought small children with you, you could easily have sat on your ground floor terrace and observed them either on the outside trampoline, playing on the pool table (free), splashing around in the small swimming pool or inside the club house where they would be entertained by the pleasant friendly staff.
The larger pool is some twenty meters away surrounded by plenty of sun loungers.
It was with great hilarity we observed guests placing towels on loungers from some as early as 6:30 only to return after a hearty breakfast to discover that all towels had been removed by hotel staff and taken to the main building. Despite some guests trying to outsmart the staff by also placing books on the lounger (which were available from in the small bookcase by the side of the pool) theirs too were removed. I must compliment the hotel for this, much fairer to all.
Our apartment was clean and tidy and had all which we required. Excellent beds, safe, air-conditioning in front room and master bedroom, flat screen tv's (with movies, news and sport also in English) constant hot water with good pressure.
The hotel is located on a beach though as others have mentioned it is not ideal for swimming due to waves and rocks in the sea.
We spent almost everyday on the beach in Santa Maria, left to the pier. Lovely clean beach and crystal clear sea, plenty to observe and free sun loungers courtesy of Sal Beach Club (and where you can grab a pint for 3 Euro, free wifi and Premier League football).
A hotel shuttle into town is available or a taxi for 3 Euro, we chose to take a leisurely 40 minute walk from apartment to pier. The town of Santa Maria is such a contrast to the luxury of the Tortuga Resort however one which should not be missed. Lots of different types of restaurants and amazingly friendly people.
Trips of the island are available and we chose to use a local operator "Dilan & Ola Tours" rather than the more well known at nearly twice the price. For 25 Euro p.p. we were picked up and returned to the Tortuga after a seven hour tour of everything there is to see on Sal from the blue eye, sharks bay, salt lakes, turtle beach, Palmeira fishing village, oasis, radar tower etc etc. Personal service from Ola who provides you with plenty of information without any stress of the clock. The day was for his customers and this shone through.
The Tortuga Resort is a well run complex where no drunken loutish behaviour was observed, though a mixed atmosphere of young and old. A good balance in this FIVE STAR complex.
With respect to the All inclusive program we chose not to part with 81 Euro p.p.p.d. though would have liked to have been able to purchase a drink from one of the resorts bar without having first open up an account at reception with a credit card. However a bottle of wine purchased in town was great to partake in whilst sitting on the apartment terrace listening to the varied evening entertainment and watching the people walk by.
Sound proofing in the apartment is excellent and never woken by noises from outside.
To sum up, lovely luxurious apartment, great resort and fantastic Cape Verdean people.
It's a must to return which we hope to in 2015.