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I have literally just returned, it was amazing! I've never stayed in a Riu before so had no comparison but I was blown away by how fabulous it was. Nothing was too much trouble and so relaxed - when they say "no stress" they mean it in ever sense! Our room was lovely - no problems at all! The facilities was brilliant - lost count how many restaurants and bars there were in this complex! It was my friends birthday when we were there and with bottles of free bubbly we just couldn't complain!!food was brilliant and everyone's tastes were catered for! My favourite themed restaurant was the Mandalay! Did a couple of trips out Dillon and Ola were the best, saw pretty much the whole of the island on the back of a jeep! Will defo return to Cape Verde it really is a treasure. Look forward to seeing piccys after this hotel has been refurbished as I thought it was beautiful as it was! Honestly wouldn't of changed a thing! My only negative was the flight - Thompson really need to sort out the aircraft situation - it was so cramped!!! If the person out there seat back in front they might as well of sat in your lap for 6 hours and no film or nothing!!! So my overall opinion was Cape Verde amazing - hotel amazing - flight - THOMPSON SORT IT OUT!!! will defo return to Cape Verde for another tropical island fix â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ More
Fab lastminute.com holiday
This was such a last minute holiday, acquired from a friend who wasn't going so had 2 weeks to plan before departure and just before Christmas so pretty hectic but well worth it!
This place wont disappoint for a holiday destination, it was totally unspoilt, not commercialized at all (like most places nowadays). The weather was 28 or above for the 11 nights we stayed, plenty to do whilst out there too, we booked our trips through a tour guide called Marlee whose normally located just outside the beach gates. He was the most friendly, helpful and cheerful guy you could meet, he planned the excursions to suit our needs so if we wanted to visit somewhere in particular en-route then this would be no trouble.
We would highly recommend the 4 x 4 trip, which allows you to see the island, local towns and visit the salt baths, it was brilliant. Also we would recommend Scuba diving as the waters are lovely, strong current at times but clear! Me and the other half wouldn't hesitate to come again, and to the same hotel!More
ok bad points.......wifi only in reception but hey I'm on holiday......and mozzies bit me to hell my fault for being tasty.
good points.....everything else,what a fab holiday ,beginning to end,plenty to eat,plenty to drink,every where very clean,met great people,sunshine every day,great day out around sal, santa maria beautiful beach.ticked my boxes and if anyone has a video of me on the stage in the baraccuda 11 june after the match please get in touch lolMore
Not quite as good as expected
I love Rius and I trust the name, the hotel was ok but a bit tired and not quite as clean as I would expect. The towels stink! The fresh ones still smell...time for some new ones. We were using the pool towels and getting them changed morning and vermin to avoid the room towels. The cleaner was actually fairly good at removing them and forgetting to replace them.
The hotel on the whole was ok, buffet was varied enough that everyone should be able to find something to eat.
The evening entertainment was cringeworthy unfortunately and running round spraying water over the guests in their evening wear is possibly not the best idea!?
Bit disappointing but you'll always be ok with a Riu I think.
Excellent hotel, great food, great island
My partner and I stayed in the Funana in may 2016. Although the hotel is due to be refurbished soon, we had a great time.
Food was excellent, always a good variety in the main restaurant and the themed restaurants offered a good alternative. The African and Cabo Verde restaurants were our favourite.
Rooms were always clean and tidy, they just need updating slightly. The pools were well designed to cater for both adults and kids and always plenty of sunbeds.
The beach was nice and there is a sand dune on the beach if you take a 5 mins walk. Almost everyday it was on red flags due to the strong waves but we just went to the pool.
We went on the Sal island tour and would definitely recommend it. Perfect way to see all of the islands main sites in one day and really good food / drink was provided.
All in all an excellent holiday and I would definitely return.More