The sandcastle-shaped Riu Palace Cabo Verde pairs an activity-filled beach with a great pool scene. And it’s getting a new look for November 2016.
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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- 20kg luggage allowance on Thomson Airways
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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 balcony or terrace
twin room with balcony or terrace and interconnecting room
These interconnecting rooms are available from 1st November 2017.
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Stayed at hotel for 2 weeks,hotel is very clean we stayed in block 3 which was middle of complect ,bed got to be best bed we've slept in,food was lovely plenty choice,pools were lovely,beach lush but red flag whole time we were there,only negative was to windy for us More
Lovely, chilled relaxing time!
Flight: This was actually quite good as we normally go long haul this was easy peasey! My only main gripe for the flight is as it's approx. 5:30 hrs, I would of thought free drinks and entertainment would of been standard and much appreciated by many. Arrival: Although there was a long line of people getting through immigration it went quite smoothly, registered our on line visa via first choice website. We personally didn't have any problems getting through, nor do I think anyone else on our flight. Swiftly to the coach and transfer approx.: 20 minutes. Check in to hotel was very quick, with a much needed welcome glass of bubbly :) Hotel Rooms: We was allocated a room in block 3 our initial thought was ah, how lovely what a fab room, very clean. Our view was of the opposite block which didn't bother us at all as we was only going to be sleeping in the room after all. However, after our 2rd night the smell was becoming unbearable and actually woke us up, it was almost like a methane gas smell. We obviously went and spoke to reception and they immediately come out to investigate. We was then offered a room in block 4 (4111) which I have to say was so much better, no smell! but also the view we did now sit on the balcony off an evening, overlooking the path towards the beach and overlooking the pool area. The bed has to be the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in :). Never have I been all inclusive and received a mini fridge stocked well and also optics in the room free. Great touch I think. Restocked every 2 days (you can get bottled water from the bars should you run out). Restaurants: Buffet food was brilliant, how anyone can moan is beyond me, there is just so much choice at breakfast and evening meals. (Can't comment on the lunch as never went.) The area again was spotless so we never saw any bugs or rodents in the two weeks we was there! We booked into the Mandalay restaurant I really liked it and have a right feast although the hubby wasn't keen as he doesn't like Chinese food as much. Other restaurants can't comment on as we couldn't get booked into Krystal in the whole two weeks we was there as response was always fully booked, from reception even trying at 9:00am plenty of days. Beach: On arrival to the beach you will get approached by the beach boys/man, good prices on trips. We never went as we wanted to do literally nothing. A polite no and they leave you alone. Amazing lovely long stretch of pure soft sand. Plenty of sunbeds, more than enough really. Building our little shack to prevent the wind from blowing the sand on us with other sunbeds, we was content. You can have more shelter near the beach bar but we found this area too busy for us, hence no comment on the pool area, we looked,but everyone was packed in like sardines. It's so much better watching the kite surfers on the beach. The beach bar only offers beer and soft drinks but that's enough if you want a spirit get it from the optics in the room. Entertainment: Mmm what can I say 'your either love it or hate it, bit like marmite'. Although they did try their best we don't like marmite. Coffee bar/Drinks: I loved the coffee bar excellent choices, we visited this after the day at the beach. As we never went for lunch we always had a snack here, cakes and sandwiches many too choose from and all good. Drinks in the bars where all branded, which was good. The wine is ok however in the al la carte restaurant wine is much better. Cava plenty off 'champers' actually alright. Cocktails a good choice too, not that we went through the list off cause. Santa Maria: We went into town via taxi 6euros return, not much in the town many shops the same and lots of hawkers. They will tell you they are security from your hotel but they just clock your wristband, pleasant No and they leave you alone. A visit to the fish market on the pier is a good seeing the fish come in and the women bartering for a good price to sell. Many places alone the beach to sit and eat/drink, we stopped at the one by the pier good food and prices. Staff: They are a credit to the hotel there is nothing they can't do for you, always smiling and happy to chat. I would like to thank Arny and delvin who worked in the lobby bar for always being a good laugh and chatting but thanks again! Overall: Although we both loved the time together (much needed when your kids keep bouncing home ;) we both feel we wouldn't go back, only due to the size of the place. No pleasing everyone!!More
Excellent Value for Money
I've rated this hotel/ complex as 4. Certainly more than an average three, my view is that it is impossible to deliver a 5 star experience within the "all - inclusive" paradigm. O.K. I've got that off my chest. So let us focus on the good points. The flight from Glasgow was over 6 hours in an 757 so the transfer time of 20 to 30 mins. is welcome. Check in was quick and efficient, we were directed to our room and our luggage followed a few minutes later. We were allocated block 5 which was distant from the reception area, main restaurant and entertainment area but close to the beach and pool. People with mobility problems may want to request Blocks 1 and 2. The room was large enough, plenty storage area, his and her washing basins a large shower and separate toilet. We forgot to specify the upper floor which we prefer as they capture the cooling breezes better. Room was kept spotless by the maids. All-in-all well pleased with the room. The beach is superb and we walked in both directions, it takes about an hour to walk into Santa Maria. In the opposite direction the beach is dominated by a sand dune. Walk towards and over it to a small beach-side restaurant where you can people watch or watch the kite surfers all day. Food is of a very high standard both in the buffet restaurant and the two specialist restaurants we used. Both of us enjoyed the Santa Maria steakhouse which was close to block 5 and the beach. However my wife and I disagreed about the Krystal restaurant which is a bit nouvelle cuisine which I like but my wife doesn't. Every evening we retired to the coffee shop for "a wee cup of tea and a bun" and relaxed before changing for dinner. Now for the areas of improvement. The pool area appeared to be preferred to the beach by the majority of guests. As a result it got very busy and loungers ended up cheek-by-jowl. It also was sheltered from the cooling breezes which made it uncomfortable for those with a Celtic complexion. I'm a keen gardener and like to admire hotel gardens when on holiday. The Palace's gardens are very much a work in progress. The evening entertainment was patchy - there was pop group who performed on three occasions whilst we were there - neither of us liked their act, but to be fair most of the audience applauded with enthusiasm. I loved the animation teams take on "Chicago". Trips - we went on the Island Postcard trip organised via Thomson/Tui at 75 Euro each. This is available from the guys at the beach for 25 Euro (no lunch provided) and by all accounts just as good as the Tui offering. Of course insurance issues need to be considered if you are nervous about that sort of thing. So! All-in-all A very nice fortnight break in early March - not 5 star but excellent value for money.More
Just returned from this hotel. If anyone can find fault they have have a problem. What you have to bear in mind is where and what Cape Verde is and then consider what you get. Wonderful people who just want to please,fantastic hotel and food and cleanliness which puts the UK to shame.More
Fantastic stay with some minor gripes
We stayed in this wonderful resort for 12 nights (13 days) from 4 through 16 march 2017 and we enjoyed it very much. The resort exists of 5 apartment blocks with a main building where the lobby, main restaurant and the krystal and italian restaurant are situated. There are 2 pools (one heated with a swim up bar) and adjacent to the pool is the second restaurant (where you can have lunch and snacks and in the evening this restaurant is a steakhouse restaurant). The hotel has been restored recently and this is done pretty good, though we think it should have been done a little bit more carefully in the rooms (wall paint on the skirtings ore tiles for example). The Palace hotel is abutting the funana and as a guest of the Palace you could freely enter the funana premises, but a guest of the funana is not allowed to enter the palace premises. Room. We had a room in block 2 which is approximately in middle of the resort. you have to walk a little to the pool as well as to the restaurant but both strolls are short. The room is equipped with 4 topics and a full mini bar which is replenished every second day. The bed is very good and I had a wonderful night rest is this bed. The shower is with a rain shower and you have two sinks. Swimming pool. There are two pools adjacent to each other. One pool is heated and the heated pool is equipped with a swim up bar. The sunbeds near the pool are very good. As mentioned by other guest are the sunbeds pretty close to each other, so you don't have a lot of privacy. Restaurants. The main restaurant is really outstanding. There's so much to choose from. You can only have breakfast in the main restaurant but you can have lunch also in the restaurant adjacent to the pool. We did both and both were good with more than enough choices, but we liked the main restaurant more. We liked the main restaurant better because this is less busy, so you could have your lunch more relaxed. For dinner you can go to the main restaurant (buffet) or you can reserve in another restaurant (max to 3 days in advance). We visited the krystal (Fusion) and the Italian (two times). Both where good but I liked the italian the most. In the italian restaurant you have an a la carte main course and for the starters and dessert you can choose from a buffet. Strange for me was that the Italian restaurant doesn't have pizza as an main course but to my surprise they have a lot of choices pizza as starter. I liked it this way more. The food in the krystal is also really good , but as a non wine drinker I didn't get any drinks (only water). I think that's ridiculous and they should do something about it. When we were seated they asked which wine we wanted to drink and my girlfriend chose her wine and I said that I didn't want wine, my girlfriend got here wine but they didn't ask me if I wanted something else to drink. After the starter they came to ask if I was intended to drink wine and I answered no, so they took away my wine glasses but again no question if I wanted something else to drink. Of course I could ask it by myself and I would if a was very thirsty but I think this is really ridiculous and made the whole experience of the krystal a little bit of a disappointment. We were also placed by the staff on a table very close to our neighbours and we don't like that. I can understand this if the restaurant was fully booked, but to our suprise we saw after finishing our starters that there were still a lot of tables free, so we didn't understand this and didn't like this at all. The Main restaurant is so good that in our opinion you don't have to reserve an other restaurant, but for a change it is nice to eat one or two nights in any other restaurant. Staff The staff is very friendly and do above and beyond for you to make your stay as good as possible and they don not only smile or help you for earning a tip. Weather. We had really good weather only some clouds on the day of arrival and departure and for the rest of the days only sun with only occasionally some high clouds. Most of the days there is a strong wind and the temperature was almost constantly around the 27 degrees centigrade. Gym The gym is situated on the Funana site just after the fence. The gym is equipped with 3 home trainers, 3 cross trainers and 3 treadmills and also some weight appliances. You have to bring your own towels and I think they should alter this, it would be a much better service if they provide towels in the gym. They also need extra cooling in the gym because the humidity is pretty high in the gym as well is the temperature. Some extra appliances would also be a plus I would think, because sometime (especially in the morning) all the appliances are taken and you have to wait a while. Entertainment. We liked the entertainment. There is an almost whole day entertainment program. During the day they organize a lot of things to do around the pool and if you don't want to join that is not a problem at all. Just before lunch they are performing their dance at the pool, nice to watch. The evening show is most of the times pretty good and I don't completely understand the complaints about this by the earlier reviews. Yes not all the shows are really good (and hey this is not broadway), but most shows are pretty good (we liked for example the grease, crazy and rock show very much). Not each day there is a show. Two days a week there is live music. We didn't like this very much, the only time we loved it was on the seventies rock music night, this was pretty good. So all in all this was an almost perfect stay and the only cons we encoutered were. - no towels provided in the gym - the gym could use some extra cooling and appliances - and the worst experience was that I didn't get anything to drink in the Krystal restaurant when I didn't want to drink wine. - final touch of the rooms. (no wall painting on the skirting or tiles would make the room perfect) Without above mentioned cons this is certainly a 5* hotel, now it is almost a 5* Would we recommend this hotel, certainly. Would we return most likely yes and for sure if above mentioned cons are solved.More
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