The staff are amazing and very attentative. The weather was fantastic. The entertainment is ok but the staff work hard. The hotel itself is looking a little tired and the pool area is not well maintained. the sunbeds looked dirty and the pool water was not very clear and had a scum on it, which was a little disappointing. The food was good but boring after two weeks. We went with Thomson and the flight was appauling, the crew were miserable and not helpful at all. We had a 24hour delay to get home and ended up in Tenerife for the night. The attitude of the air crew was disgusting. There is also no inflight entertainment so take an ipad. The rooms were a good size and always very clean. I marked the clenliness down due to the pool area. The pool could also do with a lot of maintnenance. There was always hot water and the showers were decent. the flies during the day were a little irritating. We did some island trips. I would recommend the quad bike trip and the 4x4 trip with Elvis, he gave us lots of information about the island and we were never rushed. The others who wnet on the Thomson trip complained of being constantly hurried along. The Thomson reps at the hotel were useless. Overall the island is beautiful. Be careful of the waves, they sneek up on you and wipe you out. hope this helps. Cape verde will be the place to go in a few years time. The locals were great and did not pester you in Sante Maria.
- 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/Ilha Do Sal - Santa Maria