We were dubious after reading some negative reviews so werent sure what to expect. We stayed from 15-29th may. Had a great time. Transfer is only 15 mins which was great. We were greeted with some fizz and check in was quick and easy. Our room was nice-bed was huge with camp type bed for daughter who is 7 years old. 37" TV in room..at first we thought there were only 2 English speaking channels but you can go through the settings to change most channels into English which was nice at times although there was a lot of violence and horror when flicking through . The staff are lovely always polite and friendly. Whole hotel is very clean..staff are constantly cleaning. Food was really good with lots of changes through the 2 weeks we stayed. Pools are chilly but clean and big . Ok if brave enough to jump in! Get the shoulders under! Beach is really nice but can get windy and sand blasts you and sea is rough most days. Beach party every Friday which was fun. Entertainment team are excellent, they put so much into their shows and they are great with kids. We used Blinkys Tours to do an Island tour...visiting a local shop for souvenirs and tasting local spirits. Visited the eye and the salt lake had lunch provided and also paddled with the lemon sharks. We thoroughly recommend Blinky who is from UK and lovely. The price was €25 euros each..tour operators charge 48. She has a Facebook page . She also does other days out on quads and 4×4 a few other trips. Coffee and tea are available 24/7 and bars are too. Drinks machines for coke etc is in reception/ bar area . would take own coffee though as not great . Room only has polystyrene cup left on first day so take one from reception area. Milk can be got from there too and sugar etc. Fridge in room . Shops in hotel aren't cheap...sweets and snacks are expensive . Take plenty of suncream as that's pricey as is paracetamol etc. Lots of people were caught out by weather and got very burned when it was overcast so slap on the cream even if the sun isn't out. High factor needed too. Lovely gifts in shops ..again not cheap. We took a taxi into Santa Maria for €3 , the beach is stunning and calmer than hotel one. We didn't stay too long as we were pestered by locals selling their wares. All in all a great holiday. So glad we went.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Situated on the island of Sal in the Cape Verde Islands * 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 Maria * 15 km from the airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Funana Santa Maria
- Hotel Riu Palace Cabo Verde Cape Verde/Santa Maria, Ilha Do Sal