If you're looking for winter sun and wanting to do nothing but unwind in the sun this is the perfect place to do it. The hotel is large and its 'sister' hotel Funana is actually adjacent and shares the same facilities so book whichever is the cheapest! The hotel grounds are large and clean and even though it was pretty full there was plenty of room at the pools, on the beach and in the restaurants. The atmosphere is very laid back, a great place to unwind and the weather was superb, but quite windy- ladies take something warm for the evenings! The staff are accomodating but don't expect them to be friendly, it seems the best staff are all situated at reception and the lobby bars. Roger in the lobby bar was particularly friendly and the only one who chatted.
Choice and quality of food is very good, there seems to be something for every palette in the buffet and the themed restaraunts also serve a good variety of dishes.
The beach is lovely, we walked in the opposite direction to Santa Maria to Ponta Preta and enjoyed a couple of drinks in a relaxed atmosphere.
Althought there are drinks available all day I did miss having tea making facilities in the room and the mini bar was not stocked during our stay. There was 1 bottle of water when we arrived and we had to get replacements from reception. Our only very minor complaint. Thoroughly recommended, can't wait to go again next year!
- 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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