At the sandcastle-shaped ClubHotel Riu Funana, an activity-filled beach is paired with a great pool scene.
This beach hotel clocks up a pair of pools and five restaurants, as well as a long list of activities that crosses off everything from scuba diving to volleyball.
The bigger the better is the theme here, so stylish suite rooms have plush lounge areas. You’ll also have access to the neighbouring hotel’s restaurants and spa, giving you an extra three eateries.
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- 20kg luggage allowance
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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
These modern studios feature bright furnishings and a light decor. There’s room for 3 with twin beds and 1 extra bed in the bedroom. You’ll have a lounge and kitchenette furnished with 2 electric rings, microwave and toaster. And there’s a balcony for a bit of space outside. Just so you know, air-conditioning is available from May to October.
Barbecue themed restaurant
These light and airy studios have plenty of space on offer, and they even have a balcony. They come with a twin bedroom, along with a kitchenette, and a lounge area. Inside, you'll also find air-conditioning, and a TV available.
The spa has a luxurious sauna and a Jacuzzi® for your use. Adults only.
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Great place for a holiday
My self and my 17 year old daughter traveling. Just returned from 2 weeks at the Funnana at St Maria Cape Verde. We went to the same hotel last year for 2 weeks. The flight from Gatwick left 35mins late but arrived in Sal on time. First time on the Dreamliner and what a plane masses of leg room good choice of films on the headrest TV screen, very quiet plane and the staff very good. On arrival we had not done the visa online pri to leaving so had to do it on arrival it was actually quicker getting through the airport than just qoing for the passport control as there was only 2 of us in the queue you get back the fee back from the rep. On arrival at the Funnana the whole process is very easy and you are off to your room. Food is very good if a bit repetitive but everything is imported it is amazing how many ways you can serve up sprouts. All of the Thomson reps from the other hotels eat at the Funnana as the Torurga and Dunas have far worse food. The facilities are very good the beach is excellent. As you go to the beach as you pass out of thee hotel towards the beach you pass the local independent tour agents they do not pester you but they do give you far better value tours than the reps from the tour operators that you book the holiday with. The broucher says wifi available, it is only available in reception and the entertainment area (the stage) the wifi is rubbish and keeps throwing you off. The pools area is very good. The pools would be do with be being cleaned as the floor of the pool has a great deal of sand on it and also there are a few plastic glasses on the floor of the pool. My daughter had a problem with the male pool bar staff they are like stallions on speed they offered to take my daughter for a walk down to the beach at some time maybe in the evening or night they also wanted to know who she was with when she told him she was with her dad and he is over there and pointed towards me he changed his mind. I am a professional sports promoter and spend a lot of my days in gyms that seems to put him off. One of the barman Kimber was also very pushy with any young females, I over heard several cases of them approaching young females and trying to get better acquainted with them. On this point the older woman are usually approached at the evening entertainment during the dancing before and during the shows. They offer to take them to discos in the town of St Maria and get them VIP booths. Whilst we were there 2 rooms that were broken into in the Garopa hotel which is the sister hotel next to the Funnana which both share the facilities of either hotel. The reps will tell you that there is no crime on the islands I beg to differ. One of the excellent bars in St Maria is Tam Tam the husband and wife running the bar went out for a holiday in January and returned to run the bar on the 1st April they are from Yorkshire. Whilst they were staying at an apartment just a short way from they were bar they were broken into whilst they were asleep in the apartment. Late into the night there is a very high instances of prostitution in St Maria so to say there is no crime I find hard to believe. In the hotel there is heightened security one police officer is walking around all the time also they are now employing a private security firm. After every thing that I have said above we had an excellent holiday and will be going again. If you are considering going there I would suggest going sooner rather than later as they have restarted building hotels and hopefully it will not end up like Benidorm. On the note of building if you want to build, land is 30 Euros a square meter. If you want any duty fee they do have a duty free at the airport with spirits and wine a choice but not a great choice.More
Frank N, Basildon, United Kingdom
WOW.Simply amazing - the island of no stress..Brilliant !!!!
Just back from a lovely sun soaked holiday.. read lots of reviews but never in doubt... So lets start with the Negative,, We all know what's coming, Thomson flight - the plane, itâs a 3x3 configuration , a bit tight on the old knees, not a lot of leg room, no inflight entertainment, so make sure you down load a few films onto the ipad and your sorted, but really Thomson should look at this, they recon itâs a mid haul flight, another 15 mins and the dreamliner comes out, but hey, what comes after its amazing... The hotel, Sat on a huge site with the Garopa, they share the same site, use each otherâs restaurantâs, and pools etc, access to the beach is through the Funana tho. The main Buffet restaurant(ponta Petra) is spacious no problems finding tables etc, loads of space, Breakfast is fine, everything you expect and loads more, you can also have lunch and Dinner in here too, only ate in here once at Dinner, never at lunch, was more of a Breakfast place for us. Lunch for us was the Snack bar, This was the Santa Maria restaurant, they did the Grill in here at night, and in the day, served Salads, burger, pizza, pasta etc, loads to go at, was the nearest place to pool and beach so that was us sorted. For Dinner, we ate in the Asia restaurant, (Asiatic mandalay) was ok, âid give it 7 out of 10, was nice but not a lot of dishes to go with all the rice etc, a tad disappointed really as everyone seemed to rave about this place. They gave us a really nice table, decked up and some Champagne as it was a special occasion for us, sent the hotel an email before hand. Santa Maria restaurant was the snack bar in the day but the Grill at night, again 8/10, kebabs, fish, salads etc. Mambana restaurant on the Garopa side was the African restaurant at night, again this served as the snack bar for that side during the day, Went here twice, very similar to the Grill but with some different side dishes etc give this 8/10. Lastly was the Cabo Verde restaurant serving traditional Cape verde food, buffet for starts and puddings, table service for the main, was very basic but I think this was the best out of the 4, giving it 9/10. Went in the Garopa main buffet restaurant (Espargos) agin just same as Funana really, plenty of choice and loads of space. Drinking, well you got no problems here, must be 10 bars around the place, the ones in the lobby are 24hrs, the restaurants have self service wine, beer, soft drinks so what ever you want itâs all on hand. Spirits are measured by the eye, really strong and all good stuff, had to keep getting extra lemonade and coke to dilute the drinks as they were really powerful. The rooms were nice , clean, we had connecting rooms, one double one twin, kids happy with LCD TV, they took memory stick , just in case, so they had music and movies on the TV â brochure shows really old Tâs but looks like theyâve spent some cash on upgrading. We were in BLOCK 5, again, I sent an email requesting this from reading on here, best location , next to beach and opposite pools, Took 7-10m min to walk to main block for breakie, but rest of the day the room was just 2 mins away at any time. Nice and quiet location but all the blocks seem to be out of the public bars and entertainment sections. The main staged for the shows is bang in the middle of the grounds, shared by both hotels, so just the one show at 9-10, didnât watch many tbh went into town most nights after tea. Now Town is 3 euro in a taxi take 5 mins, bit of an eye opener, like walking round Jamaican suburbs, scary at first but people are really friendly, they are skint and want you to buy something, they ask, but donât pester too much. Trips with Thomson over priced, the lads outside the hotel at the beach entrance are all good lads, we went with Dream Tours, Elvis and Josimar looked after us, hired a 4x4 they took us round the island was the quickest 6hrs ever, could have cut it shorter if we liked but enjoyed every minute, even had our own photographer with us taking snaps all day, only charged 25 Euros for the CD which also included all his own snaps of the island, well worth it, the private trip was 90 Euro for the 4 of us. We also went on a Snorkelling trip 2 hrs, booked on the beach, 18 euros each took us to the wreck was great. Went Jet skiing too, and hired some buggies for a bit of a laugh around the dunes. The staff are great and will do everything possible to make you have a great holiday. WIFI was in the lobby, worked well for us, could get a signal in the main restaurant and around the stage area too so kids were happy. If you want a stress free holiday, with no Neon lights, shops or bars then this is the place to go, Try the Tam Tam bar in the Town owned by a couple from Leeds, Sky TV to watch footie, and cheap drinks, if you go on the Rep walk on Saturday she will introduce you to them, we went here after tea. All in all had a great time, feel that in 10 years it will be like Tenerife and so another gem will be spoilt, take advantage whilst its in its natural state.. Enjoyâ¦More
Bert T, Leeds, United Kingdom
Fun time in hotel funana
Not long back from Cape Verde and I have to say that I was shocked how bleak the island looked it was completely brown, but when we got to the hotel we where pleasantly surprised as it really was lovely, the staff on the reception checked us in very quickly and efficiently, we where shown our room which was a really good size. Once we where settled in we thought we had better try the local brew which I must say was not bad at all but I kept trying it for the next 2 weeks just in case I had made a mistake, which I'm glad to say it proved very nice everytime. The next day we tried the pool area which was really good and the amination team really worked hard to entertain everyone and we loved the swim up bar. The food in the funana was really good and as a picky eater that was very good. The entertainment at night only lasted an hour but we always enjoyed it we should have been in Tunisia for our holiday and wished we could have still gone there but thomson's did a great job getting us this holiday in such a short time and Cape Verde is not a bad substitute, so we would like to thank thomson's and the staff of funana for saving our holiday More
Lovely staff and a great location but not a 5 star Riu
The Funana is set in a private location right on the bet beach in Sal with its sister hotel the Garopa. You can walk to Santa Maria along the beach in about 30-40 minutes. The Garopa has a far more impressive lobby area but the facilities provided are identical. Rooms are what you expect from the Riu chain but I was disappointed that the fridge was not stocked with soft drinks as they are in Mexico and Jamiaca. The buffet dining room was adequate but not 5 star food. We went to the African specialty restaurant and wished we had not bothered. It is a buffet just the same as the main restaurant but with less choice - consequently we did not bother with the Grill. The best place to eat was the Chinese specialty restaurant which had really well cooked, well presented chinese food. Tip : book it for a couple of visits as soon as you arrive - it gets filled up quickly! The pools are great - clean and safe with plenty of sun loungers for everyone - no need to worry about saving them here. The hotel is on the beach so a short walk and you are there. The beach is lovely - totally unspoilt and it goes on for miles. Sea is quite rough though - you could not allow children to bathe in this. Evening entertainment was as expected in all inclusive resorts - they do a good job with the limited resources that they have. Hats off to the animation team for always working hard and keeping everyone smiling! Wi-fi is free in the lobby area and most people seemed to get decent access although my friend had problems with it continually dropping off. I would go back to the Funana for a totally relaxing holiday - it really is no stress.More
Susan J, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Me and my partner have just returned from 2 weeks in Cape Verde. We were a bit worried at first as we didn't know what to expect but what a great choice it was! Hotel is lovely and clean and the staff very friendly. Brilliant entertainment. We loved the shows and it was handy having the Pacha nightclub if you wanted to carry on afterwards. We managed to visit all of the al a carte restaurants twice - the African and the Asian were the best ones but all very nice! The buffet also has a huge selection. The beach was beautiful and the water is so clear - yes the waves can be a bit choppy sometimes but that didn't stop us! The dogs on the beach were so friendly. We fed them and gave them water each time we went and they didn't hang around waiting for more they eat then go and find some shade to rest. Such lovely dogs. We did two excursions with Thomson the first was the glass bottom boat which was nice. They drop the anchor so you can have a swim in the sea. We also did quad biking which we loved. The views were breath-taking!! - would definitely recommend. All in all I would definitely recommend Cape Verde to everyone. Such a beautiful place with friendly people.More
Daisy T, London, United Kingdom
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