All turrets and towers, the stylish ClubHotel Riu Funana has a great location, right by a powder-soft beach. And it's getting a makeover for winter 2016, too.
Winter 2016 is set to welcome a brand-new look for this property. It’ll have 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 will look just as modern.
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Based On 334 reviews
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- 4T and 5T hotels
- Minimum 4/5 Trip Advisor score
- Luxury properties
- 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 an adjoining whirlpool bat. Sunbeds, parasols and towels are on the terrace and beach.
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.
Rooms ► View all
suite with balcony or terrace
double room with balcony or terrace
Double rooms come with a ceiling fan, TV and mini-fridge. Just so you know, the image is of the planned appearance of the room from November 2016.
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Very friendly ,clean place
Went a week away with friends , weather was fantastic , rooms very clean , restaurant clean , food very good , fridge and safe in room , they use 240 volts so my electrical things works great , there's an hairdryer in the room also towels, soap, shower cap ,sewing kit and shower gel . Take mossy spray got bit a few times. Couldn't fault the beach but can be very rough ,dosnt have any toilets down there.. Drinks are large and plenty Tea and coffee plenty Only seen 2 cats there , but they where very friendly but didn't beg for food or hang around the tables Would we go again yes It was my husbands birthday when we where there , so we asked for a cake for him , which was brought out when we had our meal and happy birthday was sung to him by the staff ,(it made his night ) More
Fantastic hotel & location
Just visited in the Easter holidays, huge hotel, but extremely quiet around the grounds. Room: excellent size, great storage, large shower, general facilities very good and extremely clean. Food/drinks: outstanding buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Huge selection of cheeses, meats, salads, desserts, soups, ice cream, drinks and more!! Great Easter display with specialist foods / varieties in addition to the normal buffet through the week. Three other restaurants on offer that must be booked in advance, Asian, Gourmet and Grill. Tried the Asian and Grill, I preferred the normal buffet personally due to the fact that the Asian offered a lot of greasy foods. The chicken curry was excellent but extremely spicey! Grill: not that impressive. Swimming pool: great size, varied across the length of the pool to appeal to children, families and those wishing for a quiet time. Swim up pool bar-this was the busy area, a lot of children and families. Excellent bar facilities-lots of cocktails and soft drinks. Games offered and aqua aerobics etc throughout the day. Excellent team of staff, extremely enthusiastic and hard working!! 30 minute walk along the beach to Santa Maria, or you can get s taxi outside the hotel for 3 Euro in to the centre of Santa Maria or 4 Euro by night due to the use of lights! Extremely friendly staff and lovely people all round. Gym: excellent facilities, small but very hot!! Could do with air con or fans that work! Sun beans in through windows on tread mill and bikes, very hot! Evening entertainment: starts at 9.30pm - quite late due to second dinner sitting in restaurants I'm assuming! Excellent, enthusiastic and fantastic dancers, great team!! Would definitely return and highly recommend. Exceptionally clean at all times! More
A fun packed 10 days !!!!! But do your research about the island
Well folks, this is MY take on the hotel etc and Sal and as a traveller to various locations around the world I wont compare to any others, a honest review with added tips. Tip1..do you homework and know what to expect where are going, culture, geograghy, religion and history. Cape Verde is a group of islands in the ATLANTIC !!! Flights/booking/transfer.... All good, no issues, the plane was the usual European model going to various locations, so if you are 6` 6", book extra leg room. Met at the airport and the drop off to the hotels went fine Hotel/room..... Very good, clean towels and sheets every day, maybe 4.2 star, clean, tidy, great decoration, we were in 7009, and spot is in the middle of the complex, close to the bars, pool, spa, and the beach. The cleaners were just great, very helpful and leave a tip. There is a safe and a fridge in the room. Tip 2...block 7 is far enough away from the night time entertainment if you want a early night!!!! as you go for breakfast put out your green card and your room will be first to get done as the maids arrive. Bars..... Great, plenty of drinks both in the hotel and at the pool, tea coffee and fizz very helpful staff and willing to mix a great cocktails, beach bar does beer and fizzy only and water Tip 3...tequila sunrise Restaurants.... Espargos is the main one, self service, grab a table and I have to say it was very good, a lot of choice for anyone, if you like just chips and pizza, well stuff yourself. You can make your own meal if you have a flair, always cooking going on and never a shortage, unless the popular dish is being cooked, eg prawns, then you might have to wait.9/10 The turn over is very high, so well done to the staff on all meal times. The pool bar has plenty of choice bar and open longer than the main, closing around 5pm Tip 3... time your visit and miss the very busy period if you can, which is 7 till 9. Mandalay Restaurants... Book this, self service and again gets busy, so allow a day or so, good, brilliant, 9/10 Kulinarium..... Well, waiter service, finner dinning, but alas did not rate too high, 4 out of 10 Beach bar at Night.... 5/10, best go to the main, no different food really. Tip 4...always have bottled water with you, keep hydrated. Beach/trips..... A walk along the wall of the Palace, then you will meet the locals selling trips. We went with the man Cent(name on the shirt) a Island day trip. Had a fantasic day on the back of a pickup, you can sit inside if you want. Saw loads, sharks within 2 metres of me, floated in salt water etc, will cosy 25 Euros with added costs which he will tell you about Went on the four wheeled buggies two hour trip, and the last 20 mins was just brilliant in the dunes, wife clung on for dear life. The beach is one of the best I have been to as far as space, beds, drinks, entertainment (if needed) Scuba diving, snorkelling The sea can be rough and they fly the flags, mainly red. Count the waves as number 7 will take you out if the sea is active. A few local stray dogs are around the beach, they only bother certain folk, mainly single black men walking on their own??I fed them, so they are ok and will sleep under your sunbed too Tip 5...Beach, walk both ways, Santa Marie about one hour, and the other way, go to the small harbour, take some water, no bars etc Scuba diving..... My son went twice and dived on some ship wrecks, so says it all. he did the 99 euro introduction, and the second dive was 39 euro. Santa Maria..... Tip 6...don't forget your camera walk via the road, easy to find, paths are not English standard, go to the pier, she the local gutting fish, buy a coconut, have a walk around the shops, never had a problem with the locals hassling us, be polite and say no, or say just looking. Spa..... Well I wont tell you my secret or everyone will go, so DONT GO THERE AT 6pm!!!??? it is so busy in the steam room and bubble bath...lol My wife had the back and neck massage and she said it was 10/10 Night time entertainment...... Tooo knacked to bother.... Pool...... Very busy, but clean and plenty of towels, so don't forget or lose your card when you arrive Money...... We took Euros as the shops take them Taxi....... Always plenty outside of the hotel The Palace Hotel next door....... They could come into our Hotel, but not visa versa, maybe they had better Gin???? Home bound...... As we were the only pick up.... they forgot us.... but the reps at the hotel called in the cavalry and the Landrover defender zoomed us to the airport, 15 mins. Conclusion...... Ten days of fun and bliss, I have not told you everything, because it will spoilt your fun. If you don't follow the few tips I have put on here, don't moan and groan about your holiday as it will be your own fault for not doing your research. Very glad we went and above all you make a holiday what you want, do nothing or do a lot. Not much to much to do if you are looking for nightclubs, but if you want to give your money away go to the casino in Santa MarieMore
andrew e, 186226
A little bit of Paradise
Just returned 20/4/17 one week stay absolutely fabulous.The people are very friendly,staff are amazing,food was really good anything u wanted lovely fresh cut fruit meats deserts great presentation always nice meats getting cut for you, fish,everything you could ever want.Anamation team were amazing fantastic shows they put on costumes were fabulous,and some live bands very good.Rooms are spacious clean tea & coffee in room free safe,one negative thing and this is nit picking the towels in room are very hard,but the pool towels were great.Pool areas good swim up bar and restaurant at the other side,for snacks ,lunch afternoon T.Took my grandson he is 11yrs not a lot going on in the kids club tor that age.Lovely beach just a short walk away beach bar sunbeds.Sea very rough but lovely very strong tides,lovely sand dunes.Locals selling trips outside great value a lot cheaper than Thompson we used Elvis & Tony brilliant done Island tour great day out but very windy on the back of a 4x4 got shuck about a lot but good fun.Santa Maria was great day watching the fisherman bring in the catch tuna, barracuda amazing day 3 Euros in taxi or u can walk.Recommend hotel would definitely go backMore
Never a 5 star, but good 4 star
Good = food quality, staff, clean bedrooms, beach, activities. Ok = evening entertainment, Bad = accomodation blocks are like echo chambers, they need carpets or something to lower the noise, plus soft close doors. If thomson were honest and sold this hotel as 4 star then not be a typical sales fault of over promise and under deliver.More
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This hotel will be having a full refurbishment to a 5T standard of tour operator rating for Winter 2016.