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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- 4T and 5T hotels
- Minimum 4/5 Trip Advisor score
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- 20kg luggage allowance on Thomson Airways
Food & Drink
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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.
Rooms ► View all
Suite with Balcony or Terrace
Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace
Twin rooms come with a TV, mini-fridge and ceiling fan. There's either a double or twin beds and for some outside space, you'll have a balcony or terrace.
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This was our 1st trip to Cape Verde and the island of Sal 1st point to mention is the flight from Manchester and lack of any entertainment so download your own stuff as there isn't any on the plane. The hotel Rui Funana was excellent and the staff were lovely and couldnt help you more if they tried, the was very good and catered for everyone if if your a hard to please there's always something to eat. Weather was great a constant 29 degrees the beach was great. Only one downside is there's nothing to do or go unless you go on a trip but a half day should see all there's to offer. If you wanted to a magazine or paper there's no shops but if you want a nice peaceful and relaxing holiday it's the place to go. The entertainment staff are brilliant and work very hard to keep you entertained would we go back can't really say but never say never More
Go now before it becomes commercialised
Just returned from a lovely week with family. Everything everyone has said before we agree with. As a family we prefer the beach to the pool and you will not be disappointed. The beach and sea is so much like the carribean and even those waves never stopped us from going in. As Peter Kaye would say 'red flag is out , the waves are out, everybody in !!!'. Best fun we had watching everyone get smashed and bashed but luckily no injuries. The pool was lovely for the kids and for watching the world go by. Rooms and service all excellant but go now before the island looks like a concrete jungle. More
sarah g, 186334
Solid hotel but needs updating and more motivated staff
Booked with Thomson and told it was 5* on the website - definitely not but rep said it was 5* for the "local area". Website also said that it had been refurbished in April 2017 but not true- Rep said that all rooms had been painted and given some new furniture. Aircon kept the room 25 degrees or more only. Family room is just a double room with a sofa bed so both beds are together and no floor space. Staff fine and some friendly but no sense of being valued. Also - avoid paying by card at the hotel, especially in the spa as prices are quoted in Euros but converted to local currency for card payments with very random conversion rates leading to about a 10% surcharge. Have put no safe because ours had no battery compartment back so batteries fell out if you shut it. When we arrived, only given 3 pillows for 4 people (rectified) and TV remote did not work until we asked for it to be repaired 3 times.More
PEACE AND TRANQUILLITY IN SAL
We were looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday in the sunshine and could not have chosen better than Clubhotel Rui Funana in Sal in the Cape Verde Islands. On our arrival the hotel with all its turrets and towers had an impressive look and the staff who were brilliant throughout our stay were very welcoming. We were allocated a very spacious ground floor room in block seven which was very convenient from the front entrance for reception, the dining areas, bars and the entertainment, while the back exit took us quickly to the pools and the beach. There are four restaurants and seven bars and we managed to try them all. The main Espargos buffet restaurant had a wide selection of food at breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the other three restaurants had to be booked in advance. Only the Kulinarium had waiter service, but the choice of Asian food in the Mandalay was impressive. We were not so impressed by the Mambana restaurant in the evening, but we did eat there for lunches as it was close to the pools area and god for that purpose. We were impressed with the huge lagoon pool and more so that sun-beds were plentiful and always available and had good cover from the randevels, as temperature was around 29C the whole of our holiday. The superb beach was only a few minutes away and a chance meeting with Ola with his distinguishable Chinese hat there led us to book a day trip around the island at 25 euros each whereas Thomson were charging 75 euros. We had a lovely trip, just four of us in a jeep type vehicle and saw that the island had more than we expected. The stops included time at the fishing villages Madeira and Palmeria, lunch in the capital Espargos, Sharks Bay where at least twenty sharks were gliding past lots of spectators, the impressive Blue Eye of Buracona, the Mirage in the desert at Terra Boa and the salt lakes at Pedra de Lune. We had learnt in advance that a few hours were allyou needed to see the whole island. That was certainly true but we throughly enjoyed our trip to Sal. Looking back this was our first visit to Cape Verde and we certainly felt t was very good value at the hotel and for our trip around the island .More
Len C, 186394
Our second time in a Riu hotel in Cape Verde. Stayed at Funana this year with Thomsons. On the whole the resort was great, very clean, excellent choice of bars & restaurants. Pool warm & swim up pool like a bath. Food good & entertainment ok. Room very clean, must have been a refurb. Only negatives were staff not as nice pleasant as those in Boa Vista, although they did think it was hilarious when I pointed out I had seen a rat. All in all I would say it was a good holiday, well placed for a trip into Santa Marilha. From what we were told by other guests you are as well staying here as the slightly dearer one next door..as they share many facilities anyway.More
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This hotel will be having a full refurbishment to a 5T standard of tour operator rating for Winter 2016.