All turrets and towers, the stylish ClubHotel Riu Funana has a great location, right by a powder-soft beach.
Winter 2016 welcomed a brand-new look for this property. It’s got a new name, too – ClubHotel Riu Funana. It was formerly known as the ClubHotel Riu Garopa.
As for the interiors, you can expect to bed down in stylish, contemporary rooms, while the rest of the place looks just as modern.
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- 20kg luggage allowance on Thomson Airways
Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks|
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
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2 outdoor pools
The outdoor pools have sunbeds, parasols and towels.
Espargos international buffet restaurant
The buffet restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The specialist show cooking station is the main draw for this restaurant.
RiuLand Kids' Club
Daytime entertainment programme for children aged 4 to 7 and 8 to 12 years.
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Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace and Interconnecting Room
These twin rooms include a balcony or terrace for additional outdoor space and come with either double or twin beds. Some rooms already include a child bed, otherwise one is available on request.
Double Room with Balcony or Terrace
Double rooms come with a ceiling fan, TV and mini-fridge. There's either a double bed or twin beds.
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Four of us visited the Riu Funana from the 28 Aug to 11th Sept 2017 Check in Check in was fast and pleasant with the very friendly staff Where they will give you directions to your block and the Wi-Fi key They will provide stickers for your cases with your room number so the porter can deliver them to you You also need to pay the local tax of two euro per day for the first 10 days on check in 10/10 Room our room was in block 9 which is a bit of a walk from reception as the whole complex is huge. There is a large map on the walkway just outside of reception which was helpful and we had no trouble finding our room and there is signposts at all the walkway junctions. Our room (number 9141) was just big enough for two people .it was very clean and bright the bes was large and comfy. The room also has a large screen T.V. with a mixture of channels in various languages (English movie channels) The bathroom has a large enough shower and a separate toilet cubical The mini fridge is placed under the sink (only water is provided in the mini fridge) And a free to use electronic safe is located in the wardrobe There are sockets by the bed that also provide USB ports for charging devices As well as the aircon there is a large ceiling fan. The view looking out onto one of the gardens was ok it was also very quite as the blocks are so far from the reception area 10/10 Food The food was excellent particularly if you like seafood You are spoiled for choice for breakfast and lunch fresh pizza was in abundance and was fantastic at least a six different types to choose from. For the evening meal if you not a fan of seafood there is always plenty alternatives and I was never stuck for something to find to eat There is also the alternative restaurants that have to be booked three days in advance and are well worth visiting (Long pants are required at these) There is a 24 Hour sports Bar down near the pool also get snacks there the Pasha nightclub is located there as well 10/10 Pools there are two pools one of which has a swim up bar. There are loads of sun loungers and shade if required. There is plenty of activities during the day provided by the excellent entertainment team There is a kids pool with slides next to the SPA near the entrance to the beach 10/10 WI-FI This is a disaster.There is no Wi-Fi in the rooms!!! Wi-Fi is only available at the pool area and reception And can be very slow at times. Hopefully they will fix this in the future as it’s a major pain Calls and mobile are very expensive from Cape Verde from a UK/Irish mobile (€1.50 per min and €5.00 per Mb For data) 5/10 Overview we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Riu Funana I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. The staff are extremely friendly and always smiling With the exception of the Wi-Fi and the fly’s around the pool snack bar I have no complaints And would love to return to SAL cape Verde in future before it becomes too commercialised 10/10 John and Jackie Kerrigan Sept 2016More
Not as good as our first stay
We first stayed here in January 2016 (when it was called the Garopa) and enjoyed it so much that we booked again for December 2016 and January 2017. However, on our return we were disappointed with certain changes made to the hotel. First of all the food was not as good - the quality of the food was fine but the cooking was very hit and miss and some food was under cooked, other food was luke warm, and there was stringent control on how much meat was dished out on the carvery. The entertainment was also very disappointing. First of all the karaoke evenings which had taken place at the Barracuda during our first stay no longer took place and the entertainment which did take place here was poor and hardly anyone attended. The entertainment in the main theatre consisted of alternate evenings from the animation team and a band. The animation team did OK but some of their evenings were poor. The band was clearly five peaople who had not played together before doing this booking and were not entertaining, being more interested in playing music that pleased them rather than the audience. The staff were all still lovely and hard working, and the daytime animation team were great. We personally like the style of the rooms and the beds are comfortable. The pools, sun loungers, beach facilities are all good. Sadly due to the negatives we experienced compared to our first visit we will not return to this hotel.More
Flies, flies and more flies!!!!!!!!!!!
Myself and my partner came to this hotel for 2 weeks in September 2017. I will start with the positives first. The entertainment/animation team was brilliant. Entertainment around the pool and activities throughout the day were good. The Michael Jackson/lady gaga show was the best. The karaoke bar was ok for additional drinks after the main shows, but the same guests seem to be singing most notes and the same songs. Myself was afraid of lizards, of which there was many on the walls therefore I could not enjoy the entertainment. Pascha nite club was ok for drinks after the karaoke bar had finished, but why children was aloud in there running around whilst there parents continued to drink is beyond me as the club was open 11pm til 2am. The pool was very clean and a nice temperature but during our 2nd week they added chlorine which damaged several pairs of my partners designer shorts. The restaurant situated next to reception was by far the best food, but the staff was quite poor in service and we mentioned we didn't want a dessert as we had over indulged in having the starter and the mains. We politely told one member of staff we didn't require our fruit dessert to which she was very rude. Now to the negatives. I contacted Thomson prior to our vacation which they contacted the hotel to ask could we be on the 1st floor and not on the ground as I am petrified of lizards. We was advised by 2 couples we knew had stayed there previous not to stay on the ground floor. Upon arrival we had been given the ground floor so I therefore asked to be moved to the 1st floor. Our room was probably the worst room we have ever stayed in on any vacation. The bed was uncomfortable, the room was clearly not big enough, and the toilet and shower was the smallest we have ever stayed in. The fridge was only ever topped up with water and nothing else. Several times we ran out of coffee and powdered milk and had to go to reception as the cleaner never replaced them. The sun loungers was a joke. They was crammed next to each other and every morning we had to set our alarms for 7am just to make sure we got one as many guests had to go to the beach as there was no beds available. This is a holiday and we was setting our alarm as though we was getting up for work every morning. The towels were available from 9am but several times we was told we had to wait approx 20 mins as they had ran out of clean ones. The pool bar floor was dangerous and several times we slipped as people were spilling drinks and they were not being cleaned up. For the first hour of the bar opening at 10.30 there was a massive queue every morning where you was waiting approx 20 minutes to be served. The restaurant which was situated near the pool we went to for the first 2 lunch times. The doors was open constantly therefore flies were all over the cold food/fruit and cheeses. We therefore decided not to continue eating here. The main restaurant was ok but yet again flies over the cold food/fruit and cheeses. Not as bad though. The Asian restaurant was ok but you had to queue for the starters for quite some time. We booked the pool restaurant one night as we were told by reception it was the steak house. This clearly was not the case as there were no steak available. The only difference being this restaurant they served cooked chicken on the bone as to why you had to book this restaurant is beyond me. My partner became poorly throughout our holiday so went to speak to the Thomson rep. She advised my partner she had had an upset stomach as well as other guests. We mentioned the flies on the food and told her that no food in any restaurant was covered and we thought the flies was the main reason. My partner had to then pay 60 euros to see a doctor and another 40 euros for medication as the sickness and diarrohe was ruining his holiday. We spoke to several guests who had been poorly during there stay and this was a very big problem. I have never been to a place that has so many slides. You could not relax as every few seconds you were wafting the flies away. This after 14 days was driving us crazy and ruined it for us. We was situated in block 8 which was the furthest block from the reception and there was a walk way leading from one block to another block which to me was very disgusting. Between the two blocks of 8 there was no foot path only sand and this also had pipes running along the floor and was disgusting to walk through. The path from our block to the reception had no lighting and was very dark at an evening and once I walked by myself and felt very afraid. There was hardly any light at the seating area where people was having drinks outside the reception bar. We could not play cards as it was too dark to see. I would return back to Cape Verde, but I would not stay at this hotel. We have stayed at the Rui hotels before and by far this was the worst EVER!!!!!!!More
Nice relaxing holiday
We ve stay here for a wk, lovely hotel, staff friendly. Weather nice and hot, foods plenty of choices to choose from. Few min walk to the beach. Problem to many flies. And why dont they serve coconut and there are plenty, i would pay to have itIt a shame no wifi in room only by pool and lobby but I guess better than nothing. Praise the staff for working very hard and house keeping always make room nicely. Beautiful place just to relax and do nothing. Weather was warm and sunny and nice breeze just to cool it down. Overall a nice pleasant stay. More
Lovely restful week away
We visited this Riu in August for a restful family week in the sun . Lovely greeting on arrival in the spacious lobby area , a cold glass of fizz which was gratefully received after a long day travelling and it was still very warm outside. First impressions were great , staff were friendly and efficient and we were fully checked in and bags taken to the room in 10 mins. The room was lovely , spacious and clean . The most pleasing fact was the additional bed in the room for my 14 year old daughter , it was a proper comfortable bed with a good quality mattress and not a cheap put me up !! There was fresh water in the mini fridge every day and the room was kept immaculate throughout our stay . The food in the restaurant was good with a huge selection . We tried all 3 speciality restaurants whilst there , the stand out one for us was the Kulnarium which is the only one that actually serves you the full meal , all others are buffet style .The steak in here was absolutely beautiful and cooked to perfection . The Asian restaurant was also very nice . There is never a time that you can't get food , 24 hours a day . My husband and I ate breakfast every morning alfresco which was lovely . My daughter likes to eat a bit later and so she would get her breakfast in the Grill which opened at 10.30 once the main breakfast restaurant was closed . This kept the whole family happy . The beach is a 5 min walk from the hotel and is absolutely beautiful , if you have young children be careful though as the current is strong and the waves break with force very close to the shoreline . The pool area was lovely , clean and the entertainment staff work very hard . There are plenty of activities in and around the pool , the staff are encouraging but not pushy if you don't want to be involved . Sun beds - there are plenty but I agree with others you do need to be up early to reserve as despite signs saying you can't do this - most beds are reserved by around 8am . I read all the negative comments before we flew out and was a little nervous but I did not need to worry . Yes this is NOT a 5star hotel but I would give it a 4* . There are plenty of excursions to do but they are quite expensive . We didn't bother as we just wanted a chill out week but if we had been there for longer than a week then we would have got cabin fever as apart from walking on the beach it is not an area that I would walk around once the sun went down . We did walk to Santa Maria one day which is approximately 30 mins to walk , you then see the poverty amongst which luxury hotels are being built which is quite sad. We walked back from the town along the beach which leads you straight back to the hotel . You can do this trip in a taxi for about €3. The only negative I have about the holiday is the cocktails , they are all pre-mixed and all seem to taste the same . All in all I would definitely return if we just want a do nothing holiday ...... thank you RIU Funana for looking after us 😎More
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