Just retutned from the garopa after a 14 night stress free holiday.
Arrive at airport only 10 mins late, get to passport control, 1 hour wait,and very slow(still no stress). Get cases very quickly and onto the transfer bus for the short trip to hotel.First impressions...WOW. All staff very helpful, welcome drink and the magic blue band. Cases taken to room by very hard working chap. Our first meal of the day (dinner)plenty of choice and all fresh looking,the same can be said for all of the meals, no complaints, and no stress.The room was large with comfy bed, but the bathroom is of the open plan type. Good air con and TV. The hotel is linked with its sister hotel making for one large place,but easy to find your way around.Plenty of bars with friendly,happy and hard working staff.The beach is a short walk, and very good.But beware, even on cloudy days, you will burn easily. We took the island tour, book with Elvis at the beach entrance, 25 euro each and worth every bit, a great day out.Also booked a trip on the cattamaran,very disappointing, 40 euro each and a very lack lustre trip,one to avoid if you want a fun trip. The entertainment team worked hard all day and into the evening, the shows were very samey but all full of energy. Pool area was very large as was the number of people there, plenty of sunbeds, but felt quite penned in at times.Water was a bit cold but not freezing, the sea was warmer and crystal clear, but waves will knock you over at times.Overall a great no stress holiday, not much to do, very baron landscape,but wonderful people,and always a smile.
- Also Known As:
- Riu Garopa Santa Maria
- Riu Garopa
- Riu Garopa Hotel
- ClubHotel Riu Garopa Cape Verde/Santa Maria, Ilha Do Sal
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Main building and 2-story annexes * Situated on the beach front together with the ClubHotel Riu Funana * Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach * 1.5 km to Santa Mar??a * 15 km from the airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa ... more less
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