There are lots of detailed comments already that accurately reflect most of the good and bad points about this resort hotel. We booked last minute and got a reduced price for some late Winter sun and were not too disappointed with what we got for our money. However if we had paid full price we would have been disappointed.
Good points - the people / staff are amazingly friendly, the place was spotlessly clean, the rooms are a good size although some do smell a bit musty, the food is good quality albeit somewhat repetitive. Very generous with the drinks measures if thats your thing.
Bad points - towels on sunbeds from early morning which is not policed, very busy with quite a few children so noisy by the pool, limited entertainement, not much else to see or do. They need to be aware of food hygeine with some people picking up food with their hands and then putting it back. Poor wifi connections which are not free. Limited English TV channels.
The brochure description is a bit misleading as this is really one huge hotel with the next door hotel sharing all facilities and only separated by two Reception areas. If anything the hotel next door has better seating areas.
Speciality restaurants not that special, the Grill and African were not very good and not worth bothering with, the Cape Verdian and the Asian much better.
The complex is vast and the rooms spread arounf five blocks, Block 1 is very close to reception and the entertainement and Block 5 is best for the pool and beach with the others in between. The stroll from one to another is not a problem though unless you have mobility issues.
Two weeks would send you stir crazy!!
- 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 Garopa * Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach * 1.5 Km to Santa MarA-a * 15 km from the airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Funana Santa Maria
- ClubHotel Riu Funana Cape Verde/Ilha Do Sal - Santa Maria