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
|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 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.
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Double Room with Balcony or Terrace
Double rooms come with a ceiling fan, TV and mini-fridge. There's either a double bed or twin beds.
Suite with Balcony or Terrace
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Annual Family holiday !
Apologies for the review being a bit on the detail side ! I will definitely recommend this place to stay for a week, max 2 weeks ! Our first visit to Cape Verde, also 1st time RIU hotels & they didn't let us down not 5* but will give it 4* 12 of us went for a week my family & my 2 brother's families youngest 20 & 59 oldest. Thompson won't tell u but found out later on after paying @ reception (it's on their web site) 2 euros tourists tax per day so for us it was 168 euros in total !!!! Nice & clean place with very well maintained gardens & buildings, there were flies in some areas but we were told that was due to recent rain! Coconut growing all around the island including the hotel gardens but surprisingly no coconut water served at all ! Good spacious 1 storey accommodation with large size comfortable bed & house keeping lady kept it spotless, bit of a let down mini bar, only water or sparkling water & there is plenty of it out side in corridor if you run out in the room. Beach is about 10 mins walk,smooth black & white sand, nice clean & v good for walking too Sea is only for experienced swimmers, the week v stayed v never saw it calm . Well maintained & Gd size jacuzzi & gym. Food & drinks available all round the clock. We had 4 vegetarians (Hindu) amongst us & they were happy with choice available for them mind you the food labelling was not up to standard so had to check up with a staff member who spoke English. @ Esperagos buffet place the stir fry chef or the pizza chef would happily cook for them a veggi version also @ the three ala carte restaurants they cooked up something for them too, & for rest of us there was lots to choose from hot or cold @ esparagos breakfast,/buffet restaurant & the grill was mini version of it not as much choice but some thing for everyone. Over all food quality & hygiene was good, if u like sea food this is the place For u as there is more choice compared to meat & chicken dishes & all the sea food is fresh. It's repetitive food everyday & It was a bit disappointing that there was no local food corner or even local food in the buffet to try. All the bars are well stocked up with local drinks & the cocktails are average too. Did not use the beach bar so don't know what they served. We had v good weather for the seven days v stayed, pleasant around 30c Super friendly cheerful & v hard working staff, also saw the manager of the resort Mario walking every day on his daily rounds from early morning till late & also bumped in to him a few times, v polite & down to earth guy & every time he asked are u enjoying & if any issues please see me or any of my team. A big thank u to all the staff for a fantastic holiday, especially Restaurants managers Arlindo & Quintino & staff Lino & Vera, @ lobby bar Marina,ciza, Eva,Rita,David,Romario @ pool bar Monterio, Veronica,Tata, Zalinda & Helder Swimming pool manager VLA & his team of Danny,Isaac & 2nd Danny Kept it in immaculate condition & worked v hard to provide fresh supply of towels,they had to wheel big cages full of towels from the laundry which was besides the main gate! Entertainment during day time was limited that was just what we preferred & pool side music was limited to bar area so rest of pool area had nice quiet atmosphere. Night time dancing & singing shows were a Gd time pass in the main arena Really enjoyed the karaoke @ 22:30 it was every night @ a smaller venue @ a Building Nxt to reception, good wifi & bar, DJ Salatiel was fantastic entertainer & dancer helped by his lady colleague even when some of guest singers were rubbish. On Previous night of my sister-in-law's birthday I went to reception and gave them a birthday card to be delivered to her room next morning and to our surprise manager Mario send a bottle of bubbly and a fruit basket with it ! (Thank u for that) There was a turtle hatchery run by save the turtle volunteers on the hotel beach (only during egg laying season) & every evening @ 17:30 they start digging up the nest for hatchlings to be released in the sea @ night, it was a wonderful experience as long as u can put up with the smell & flies, went there couple of times. We done a safari tour of the island With Carlos of Iramos tours whom v met on the beach by the hotel on our 1st morning, turned out a gr8 local guide & spoke v Gd English we all wanted to go together so he arranged a 12 seater mini bus for us Started early @ 9am saw the fish market on the pier @ Santa Maria, saw a veriety of fish caught by boats during the night being traded, expected fishy smell but hardly any also had a quick visit to local municipal vegetable market. Next drive through town spotted 7/8 Chinese shops scattered around,on asking found that they started coming a few years back & are undercutting as well as selling fake goods & are taking trade away from local shops & small vendors in return not contributing anything to the local economy ! Next we drove through the slum,It was sad to see some places in town seem to have poor people with run down houses but this part was worse no electricity,water or drains, this people live in terrible conditions. Same situation in the capital Espargos but on a bigger scale The society is divided in to three tiers rich,working class and poor. Sadly the money from tourism doesn't reach all parts of the society Coming back to the Safari after Santa Maria briefly stopped @ volcanic rock beach over looking Mount lion Which is surrounded by sea, we then drove to a beach where sea salt is made, workers here work under the Sun all day for very little wages. Then drove up to the top of aviation control tower mountain to view capital city Espargos , got 360 degree view, a drive around the city and then for lunch @ restaurant in the city Next stop was a beach to see sharks in shallow water, for 2 euros u hire water proof shoes from local guys. You walk in the rocky sea get to about 12 inch deep Crystal clear water then wait there standing up for the sharks to come to you, we were lucky we saw five, about 2 foot baby sharks swimming around Our legs and in between them as well. It's an unforgettable experience and also they warn you not to put your hands in water as they bite. Next stop was Blue eye, it's turquoise reflection of the Sun in to a cave opening which has a pool. Its only for a limited time around midday We were lucky the Sun was out &. Being Sunday the place was almost empty, so had a good view.its absolutely beautiful, The surrounding view of the sea is magical so is the Lava land scape.there is a bit risky down climb it takes you to natural lava swimming pool where some of us swam, you can only do it when the sea is calm. The bonus is the 3 Euro fee goes towards the betterment of local community. Our last stop was the salt lake in a Extinct crater, The salt production has long been stopped it's a long walk, Some of us cannot swim but were told by our guide it's a magical experience you will be floating & the Water is only about 2 foot deep Plus it's beneficial for your skin, it turned out to be true ! As a non swimmer I was thrilled & really surprised there I was lying on my back motionless & was floating instead of sinking! A must hav a go when in sal island. Entrance fee 5 euros PP & there is a long walk to the middle of the crater to the lake. One of the guests told us about viverio botanical garden & animals & birds rescue centre nearby. Next day took a taxi (always waiting by main gate) to visit the place, Cost 5 euros for taxi, 5 euros entrance fee. It's like a small garden centre with lovely local flora and fauna with some rescued animals and birds. It's run by an Italian lady & her Argentinian Husband. She was very friendly and gave us a tour of the place. She said that this place is now a educational centre as well for the school kids of the island Who come here on day trips and learn how to grow things as well as look after birds and animals. There is a lovely garden cafe too. We spent about two hours here. We also went to see sea turtles Coming on shore to lay eggs (only during egg laying season) for this trip we left at 9 o'clock night time Returned back a midnight. Our guide was again carlos from Irmaos Tours he said that there is no guarantee of seeing turtles laying eggs but will definitely see some turtles going in and out of the sea. The dress code was everyone had to wear dark clothes and only red lights allowed, the mobile phone light also not allowed as it mimics moon light which turtles follow & have to be very quiet while walking on the beach. 12 of us were driven on a minibus 1st 20 minutes from the hotel we were on a well lit road and then we went down this dirt track about 25 minutes in total darkness & got to a remote beach. We all got out of the minibus, Carlos our guide asked us to follow him quietly, A few yards walking on the beach in total darkness he turned on his red led Torch, there in front of us was a huge big turtle returning back to the sea in the next hour we saw another four including one which had just finished laying eggs and was covering the nest with sand. we saw them from touching distance. I was thinking we were lucky it's been a good night then suddenly Carlos asked us to sit down and be quiet, he disappeared in the darkness for about 15 minutes and then came back, we sat there another 15 minutes or so & then he asked us to follow him quietly in a couple mins we got to a mound, on top of it there was a turtle just started to lay eggs! Once they start laying eggs they go in a trance so you get to touching distance & sit down & see them laying eggs, you are only allowed to approach from the back of the turtle & touch and take photos with night vision camera Flash photography not allowed! With the turtle population shrinking less and less are coming to lay eggs so it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. All the excursions were much much cheaper then Thomson! All together the trip was around three hours but well worth. Please take some sweets, pencils,pens & note books to give to children when out & about on the island it will be greatly appreciated them. Apologies for being a bit long & Thnx for reading!More
Great hotel and staff so helpful and lovely,great choice of food and fantastic if you only want to relax and recharge your battery's. The rooms were clean and we had tea and coffee making facilities in our room as well as a hairdryer,also a flat screen tv with at least six channels of American tv and BBC world news and sky news. Shop in hotel dry expensive as a bag of crisps were 5 euros and a pack of sweets 3 euros. Pool area great and weather wonderful.More
Lovely hotel for couples/adults - not great for kids
We visited for a week with our 2 year old daughter. The rooms were spacious and clean, the resort is very large and the reception area is lovely. The food in all restaurants was great with plenty of choice. Our favourite was the Asian restaurant. The main pool is huge and was very busy while we were there. Towels could be changed every day which was brilliant. As we had our daughter with us we visited the kids pool every day. It is pretty small and felt crammed with 8 kids in there. There are also only 8 sun loungers around this pool which just wasn't enough. The staff were very friendly apart from the lady that checked us in at reception. She was quite rude but luckily it was just a one off.More
NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED
This is a true and honest opinion of our holiday at the Riu Funana, which we returned from last Wednesday 20/09/17. The complex on the whole is good clean and tidy, although is in need of refurbishment like it's sister hotel the Riu Princess as it's looking a little tired and dated in parts. And in our opinion is not a 5 star hotel. The staff are excellent and couldn't do enough for you. The entertainment team all work very hard day and night to keep people entertained, putting on their own shows nightly. The food is adequate with plenty of choice in the main buffet restaurant. Both the Mandalay and Kulinarium restaurants were nice and made a pleasant change from the main restaurant which after 2 weeks became a little monotonous. The pool areas were kept nice clean and tidy although we've never witnessed people smoking in a swimming pool before. The beach is about a 5-10 minute walk and is good although you can't always swim due to the dangerous currents.Although there are warning flags. It seemed to be red and yellow flags most of the time, only seeing 1 green flag our entire holiday. Although there are life guards there in attendance. The beach bar only serves beer and soft drinks, no food or snacks. Also en-route to the beach there are locals trying to sell trips etc. If you don't like being hassled by locals trying to sell you goods STAY IN THE COMPLEX, as we ventured out only once and returned within 2hrs as we found it intimidating and utterly unbearable. You couldn't walk down the street in Santa Maria without being stopped at every step. Which was a shame as we didn't get to see much of the town. Outside of the complexes is another world and makes you aware how poor these people live, with little children on the pier selling sea shells for 1 euro which we found upsetting. All things considered we won't be returning.More
Great holiday but a lot of walking
Just come back from a 1 week stay here. The hotel itself is nice however it is quite spread out therefore a lot of walking. We stayed in block 9 and its approx a 10 mins walk to the beach and approx 5-10 mins to reception/lobby. The food is standard and doesnt have much flavour however there is a variety of food so you will always find something that you like/is bearable. After reading so many reviews about people falling ill, we was extra cautious.. we used the handgel before entering any restaurant and stayed away from the poolside restaurant/grill as it was covered in flies and mosquitos, we also checked that the meat wasnt pink etc before eating.. we didnt fall ill at all during our stay and I genuinely believe that its because we stayed away from the poolside restaurant. Would definitely reccommend booking the chinese restuarant. Having spoken to several tourists they were all complaning about the mosquitos and flies and they all had several bites. We took trek and jungle formula mosqito spray and used it several times a day.. the result.. we came away with no bites. As for the island itself - there isnt much to do however there are a few excursions. Would definitely reccommend the postcards of sal trip through thomson.. this trip was a great eye opener. Would also reccommend booking quadbikes and the turtle walk through the guys on the beach. We also done horse riding and booked it with santa marilha before flying out. As for santa maria - theres not too much to see however again its a good eye opener. I would say it is safe however to be careful as one guy did try to take my sunglasses of my head. There are stray dogs and cats around the island and plenty of cats around the hotel. They are gentle and are fine to touch. I did do my research whilst i was there about how the animals are treated and did come across a few things that did concern me however all of the cats that i saw were in fairly good condition.. yes a little skinny but not dehydrated and we did give the cats some food on several occasions. The hotel is very spread out and it does take a while to walk from one bit to another however its not as long as what some people make out. The drinks are unbranded however you cant take taste the difference that much. Would deff reccommend trying the fanta! The airport needs some developing there is only 1 cafe and 2 duty free shops so take plenty of food to keep you going as the cafe food didnt look the best. Whilst we were there the duty free was fully stocked and very cheap. Overall - a great place and holiday, 1 week is enough. Would I go back - yes, however it would be good to leave it 10 years or so to then see how the island has really developed. Also google SOS cats and dogs Cape Verde if you want to try and help out the dogs and cats. More
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