The sandcastle-shaped Riu Palace Cabo Verde pairs an activity-filled beach with a great pool scene.
This place was given a stylish new look ready for Winter 2016, so you can expect box-fresh interiors throughout the hotel. Head outside and you'll be just a stone's throw from a powder-soft beach.
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.
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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.
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Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace
Twin 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. These rooms sleep up to 4.
Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace and Interconnecting Room
These interconnecting rooms are available from 1st November 2017.
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Happy & Chilled
Returned the end of last week from this hotel. Hotel had been refurbished and upgraded since we last visited. Staff were friendly and so helpful. Food fantastic in the restaurants - but even the buffet restaurant had plenty of freshly prepared tasty food. The Cappuccino bar is a great addition. The only weak point is that the evening entertainment is a bit repetitive. That said I would recommend this hotel and would be happy to return in the future.More
Loved to stay
Very good holidays. Perfect place within a short flight time from Europe. Fantastic people and amazing buffet with variety and quantity. Highly recommended if you want to spend a nice time in a stress free environment.More
Great 1 week Break
We went for a week chill break. This is a great 5 star hotel and the staff there really look after you. The room was spacious, lovely and cleaned daily. The pool was great and the food was fantastic. We eat in the buffet 3 times (plenty of choice for everyone) The Italian once (Good) The Kristal restaurant 3 times (This was our favourite) No problems with sun beds or space around pool area. Good wi-fi in hotel pool, lobby and added bonus of the room ( Only had to log on once) Lovely cappuccino and cakes place in lobby area. If we returned to cape verde we would stay here.More
Craig B, 528878
Went for two weeks , first two weeks of June ....unfortunately we weren't able to fly out on the Dreamliner due to a technical prob ( but these things happen) The hotel is great , ticks all the boxes .... lovely hotel, great staff, good food , wonderful weather , what more can you ask ??? Have to wonder what some people expect ....we will definitely return , even going into town was fun ( just for a break) but if you didn't want to you wouldn't need to. Only minor issues, perhaps the speciality restaurants could be tweaked , when eating a starter I don't even want to consider a dessert..... & after two weeks even the most varied menu can get boring but honestly how bad is that ....and the staff are so friendly, everything done with a smile ....LOVED IT!!!!More
We flew out to Sal from Gatwick on the dreamliner - this makes a huge difference to the flight as it kept us alot more entertained! When we arrived the transfer was quick and easy as was check in. We were greeted with a drink from a member of staff which was a nice touch. The Bell Boys take your suitcases to your room for you which was also a lovely touch! Hotel:- You absolutely cannot fault the staff at the hotel, they were all incredibly polite and very helpful throughout our visit, they are very friendly and all happy to go the extra mile. The hotel was spotless and I have never seen a team of cleaners working so hard to achieve this so I take my hat off to them! We didn't spend much time by the pool as we prefer to be out exploring however it did seem that the sunbeds were always taken, this didn't bother us too much as we prefer to be in the pool anyway and there was always sunbeds available on the beach! WARNING: Be very careful what you eat and drink out in cape verde - me and my friend both experienced food poisoning which we believed was down to the water at the hotel as I discovered the maid had left REFILLED bottles rather than fresh bottles for us! Once we had experienced this we were incredibly cautious of what we ate and drank. Excursiouns:- Definitely wouldn't recommend booking with Thompson as they are very expensive and the locals that work just by the beach offer more. They will all ram you for bookings on your first few trips however they are all very polite and a simple no thank you is fine if you don't want to book anything. Once they have met you once they tend to just say hello and tell you to have a nice day which is fine. Santa Maria:- We decided to go for a walk around Santa Maria, as soon as we stepped out of the taxi we were bombarded with people trying to sell us things. One man told us that he was from the hotel and wanted to meet his mum and get a card for some treatments she offered - we followed (god knows why, just to be polite I think) and he led us to a shop where we were pressured and pressured into buying something, we stood firm and walked out but be aware that these people will not stop! On our way back to the taxi we pretended to ignore them as the people of Santa Maria do not understand "No thank you" and are incredibly pushy. If you ignore them they will run after you. Overall it was a nice holiday but I wouldn't go back , the hotel was nice but in terms of leaving the hotel the people made me feel very uncomfortable. More
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