Enjoyable winter break (1 week). Sunshine pretty much guaranteed. Nice breeze on the beach so not too hot also. Spotlessly clean hotel and rooms, food OK for all inclusive, buffet style. There are four other separate you can book in the evenings which are slightly nicer, a little more intimate, but still buffet style. The entertainment is good for families. Don't expect much from the local town about 3/4 hour walk away, nothing there really. One visit was enough and you get pestered by the locals wanting you to buy things. However we just wanted a beach holiday and the beach was lovely and clean, soft golden sand, sunbeds and parasols plentiful and free, sea looked great but could't go in as red flags were flying throughout our stay. Bars are plentiful around the hotel, including one on the beach. Drinks ok, wine tasted watered down! Staff very friendly and helpful. Will definitely consider going again as it ticked our boxes.
I'm six feet two and managed the flight OK although a little cramped over six hours.
Only complaint would be the Wi-fi charges, 3 euros for 15 mins and 7 euros for an hour. If you just want to pick up emails it's a rip off!!
- 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