Me and my boyfriend spent a week in Sal, it was our first time in Cape Verde so we did not know what to expect. We were not harrased once by the locals, they ask you to look at their souvenirs/trips but after saying 'no thank you' they leave you alone which is nice. The complex was also very safe as security guards were on site which was reassuring.
It was our second time in a RIU and it was beautiful!! The hotel was spotless, staff worked very hard to keep the hotel clean. The smell of lemon disinfectant was pleasant and reassuring that your hotel is kept clean. We will deffo be using RIU chains as they try to cater your needs.
All staff are very friendly, day and night entertainment available if you want to get involved or you could just relax like we did with a few drinks. The food was amazing, nicely presented with various show cooking. The selection of restaurants (incl use of Riu Funanas facilities) meant that there was food to suit everyones' needs!
However, the island is very windy! (much like Fuertaventura) and cool at the night so pack a cardi! The cocktails were very strong which is a shame as it spoilt the drinks! The rooms were cleaned everyday with a supply of fresh towels, but the dangly beads as wardrobe doors got irritating.
The beach is out of this world!! white and beautiful and the sea is nice and clear.
The Riu nightclub 'PACHA' was dead when we were there, but great tunes and i'm sure it would be more lively in the summer months. The night entertainment was great too, with a different show every night.
We strongly recommend the jeep safari trip, fun ride and got to see the local fishing bay, take a swim in the salt lake and visit a volcano... great day trip!
Overall, great holiday and we will return to Cape Verde maybe a Riu in Boa Vista next time.
- Also Known As:
- Riu Garopa Santa Maria
- Riu Garopa
- Riu Garopa Hotel
- ClubHotel Riu Garopa Cape Verde/Ilha Do Sal - Santa Maria
- 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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