The sandcastle-shaped Riu Palace Cabo Verde pairs an activity-filled beach with a great pool scene.
This place is all set for an upgrade for winter 2016. After the refurbishment the property will be called Riu Palace Cabo Verde. It was formerly known as the ClubHotel Riu Funana.
The bigger the better is the theme here, so stylish suite rooms are on the cards, and you can dine at the Asian restaurant at the neighbouring ClubHotel Riu Funana.
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Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
Facilities ► View all
2 outdoor pools
Pool towels, parasols and sunbeds are available for your use.
Mandalay Asian restaurant
A reservation is required if you'd like to dine at the Mandalay Asian restaurant. Just so you know, this is located at the neighbouring Riu Funana Hotel.
The spa has a steam bath and a whirlpool bath for your use. Adults only.
Rooms ► View all
Family Room with Terrace
Double Room with Balcony or Terrace
Double rooms come with a flatscreen TV, ceiling fan, mini-fridge and tea and coffee facilities. For some outside space, you'll have a balcony or terrace.
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Lovely place if you're after a relaxing break. Rooms were a great size and had everything that was needed in an all inclusive resort. The food was lovely. Location in relation to the town isn't great but a taxi ride/ long walk every now and again isn't bad. We did the island tour and went scuba diving both of which we loved. Would definitely recommend Cape Verde and this hotel.More
NO STRESS - STUNNING HOTEL AND HOLIDAY
If you trawl the reviews then itâs clear this Hotel is amazing â and it is. It is a switch off and âno stressâ island so donât moan about having nothing to do â thatâs the point! Just back from two weeks away and aside from Thomson Rep being useless and the waves sometimes meaning a red flag was up I really could not fault anything at the hotel, with these not being under the hotel control anyway - so don't log against hotel. I have travelled extensively and stayed in some amazing places and this is right up there. Iâd go as far as to say food wise for an all-inclusive itâs potentially the number one ever for me. The choice, the variety, the quality, the smaller plates meaning less waste by guests and the service are my reasons why. It was fresh, warm, replenished almost too often and simply too good to at times want to leave for the sunshine again. Rooms very clean and the optics and mini bar â great touch and branded drinks all day/night. Coffee lounge in reception with Irish Coffee to die for â another amazing add-on!! Staff are friendly and reliable and the odd 1Euro especially in the main bar means you almost need to fight them off for refillâs or fresh drinks. Felt as safe everywhere on the Island as would be at home with armed Police in and around the hotel and on the beach just in case â they have learnt from Tunisia etc and are open about it. The âsellersâ outside the hotel gate and in town if you say ânoâ politely and firmly you donât get followed, they smile, thank you and you can move on ââno stressâ in evidence again. Lots of poverty, but it is an island that relies on tourism and fishing. For the cost, the flight time from a local airport (roll on Dreamliner coming in), lack of it yet being commercialised and the people â would be back like a shot!!!! Tips * Pay the few quid and get the taxi transfer â in your room by the time coach arrives and going back you are front of queue at the very slow airport. * Ask for block 4 or 5 if want to be closest to the beach/pool â block one closest to reception and noise. * Go with Elvis and Dream Tours on the Island tour â 25 Euros versus Thomson Â£75 and Dream take you to more places including the lemon sharks (take sea shoes/crocs for the sea walk to the sharks). * Walk to Santa Maria and get there 10.30 to 12.30 and watch the fish come onto the jetty â Tuna and Barracuda and shark if lucky. Shells â donât pay more than 1Euro â they will accept 1Euro! The walk is bang on 2 miles by road and a tad shorter by beach but of course much harder walking! The less energetic itâs 3Euro by taxi â 4E at night! * In Santa Maria â go to La Villa to the left of the jetty as you face it and you can get the best Mojito youâll have tasted. Thank you Riu Palace and Cape Verde.More
pros & cons
Pros The room was lovely The pool was lovely The food was fantastic, there were optics in the room for vodka, gin, Bacardi and whisky, with beers in the fridge along with cokes, orange, water etc. in the fridge, which was replenished every day if you wanted it, the service and staff were fantastic â lovely people and a beautiful hotel Cons The entertainment was totally appalling, every night (aside from 2 nights) the entertainment was carried out by the animation team! All they did was jump about on the stage it was total crap. Everyone was moaning about it, when I spoke to the Tui rep heâs response was âwell youâre in Africa!â I have been to Africa many times and the entertainment has always been top class, when we stayed at the Rui in Boa Vista the entertainment was brilliant, real West End standard. The entertainment in Sal was insulting to say the least. As you canât go out in the evening (you can but Santa Maria is a shanty town) it ruined our holiday, one night we just watched telly. So get your act together Rui Palace and start booking some professional entertainment. The night the animation team were replaced by a singing group it was FANTASTIC! They were brilliant, everyone was up dancing and you felt as though you has SEEN a show, then the following night it was back to the animation team jumping around the stage! Tedious. People who had been there for a week (by the time we arrived) never went to the âshowsâ they just sat outside in lovely wicker chairs, but again no music, nothing it was like an old peoples home! And if it wasnât bad enough that we had to watch the animation team every night, we also had to suffer them around the pool during the day doing the same thing they did at night! The toilets absolutely stink, we had to move rooms after the first night, although we moved to another room we still had to hold our nose when we used the loo, the Tui rep said that all the waste is filtered and used for loos and also for watering the grounds, so the grounds smelt as well. Overall, it was the entertainment - or lack of it, that took the shine off what could have been a wonderful holiday.More
Just returned home from 7 nights stay. Absolutely amazing holiday. The hotel and grounds are absolutely immaculate. We stayed in room 2040 which is in a lovely quiet bit with nothing overlooking balcony. The choice of good is amazing. Friendly staff and always keen to please. Entertainment wasn't up to much although the Grease night was good. Optics in the room a nice extra, all branded drinks. We did the jeep tour booked with Elvis on the beach which was a fantastic day out. Would definitely recommend this hotel and will return More
Fabulous honeymoon and wonderful people
My husband and I booked this hotel based on previous reviews. We stayed from 1st May to 11th May this year as our honeymoon. Really wonderful reception with "champagne" on arrival, rest of the staff are all very friendly and warm. Food was fabulous, although a buffet...which can get a bit samey, the quality is fantastic. And everything you could ask for! Beach is a couple of minutes walk from the rear gates, and has guards and armed police always milling about. We felt very safe and the Cape Verdean residents are really lovely and go to such an effort to make you feel welcome. We did the quad bike and island tour, we were meant to do a yacht trip but it was a bit too windy. First tour organiser on the left was fab! We saw very few mosquitoes but nothing a bit bug spray won't get rid of or the stretch wrist bands you can buy on line. Great selection of alcohol including optics in the room, mixers and beers topped up every other day. Pool was warm and yes as others say, you have to get up early to get a sunbed, but doesn't every hotel? Free towels at the poolside. We really enjoyed our time here, flew on the new Dreamliner from Gatwick which does have onboard entertainment. Others I believe don't. Booked through Thomson, not really sure what their staff do? Overall lovely hotel and staff- beautiful country.More
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