These twin rooms have an interconnecting room. You'll need to book 2 of these to get the connecting rooms. They sleep 2 adults and 1 child in one room and 2 children in the other room. They come with satellite TV, and tea and coffee facilities.
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This trip was our second visit to Sal and the Funana was our choice of hotel. This hotel shares the same complex as it's sister hotel the Garopa. The process of checking in was very simple, fast and efficient. The staff throughout the complex are friendly and polite and nothing is too much trouble for them. Our room was well furnished and very well laid out. Each room is complete with tea and coffee making facilities, Hairdryer and TV. The housekeeping staff are really good and your belongings will be perfectly safe to leave in your room, although I would suggest the use of the small safe for cash and passports etc. The use of the safe is free and you will be given the key upon check-in.
The food in the main buffet style restaurant is excellent with plenty of choices to suit all tastes. There are four themed restaurants that can be visited during your stay - Asian, Cape Verdian, African and a Grill. We tried three of these places and were pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of each. To book the restaurants simply go to reception and enquire about availability.
There are seven bars in side of the complex and another on the private beach that is specifically for the use of the hotel guests. Also on the beach are a large amount of sunbeds for the guests which cost nothing.
The one thing to be aware of is that inside of the reception area there are a small number of shops. I would strongly suggest that any visitor takes things such as shampoo, conditioner and sun care products as these shops are extremely expensive. However, there a number of small shops and supermarkets in the nearby town of Santa Maria which are far less expensive than the hotel but it has to be remembered that everything on the island is imported so prices will be somewhat higher that other resorts.
There are four pools on the complex and all are equaly well looked after and kept very clean. Towels for use at the pools are available by presenting a card that is issued on check-in and these can be changed on a daily basis. (Remember to hand in your towels at the end of your stay and you will be given the appropriate cards to hand in to reception on check out.
All in all a very good hotel with enough entertaining things to do that will keep most guests happy. An animation team operates during the day to organise entertainment for both children and adults. An evening show is put on in the main theatre every night. If the entertainment is not to your taste a quick taxi ride into Santa Maria should suffice as the small town offers a fair number of bars and restaurants.
We had a very good break here and can thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a week or two in the sun with no hassle or problems.More
Rick W, Swindon
Great winter break.
Have just returned from a week stay with my two adult daughters.
We had a great time. Weather was cloudy but lovely and warm. We still got a great tan without burning.
All hotel staff very friendly. One of the waiters Lino, was exceptional! Hotel and grounds very clean. Beach lovely golden sand with clear blue sea. Waves quite strong so enter with caution.
We didn't venture of the hotel grounds as had just gone for a bit of winter sun and relaxing.
Saw the baby turtles.
Entertainment staff great. So much energy.
My only negative comment - don't bother with the on site hairdresser.
Loved it here any would go again and definitely recommend.More
Elizabeth M, Baughurst
3/4 star hotel and no wifi !
Altough rated as 5 star, this complex deserves 3/4 stars max. Most anoying is the wifi (only available at the reception area .. but not really available .. ). Food is ok but not excellent, cleaning : african way .. and most of all ' No Stress' in this Riu complex .. A bit disappointed because standards at Riu Playa del Carmen; Punta Cana and Jamaica were way higher! More
Mieke V, Brussels, Belgium
Summer all year
A nine-hour flight took us from the cold and wet autumn in Oslo to the warm island of Sal in Cape Verde, and only an additional 20 min bus ride from the international airport on Sal to the hotel. The hotel check-in was very efficient, and within 15 min of arrival, we were getting ready for the beach. The room was large, tidy, nicely furnished and clean. The room was located in the first row of six buildings and closest to the reception and the main restaurant area; very convenient for breakfast. The beach was five minutesâ stroll away.
The hotel area is huge with six large restaurants, a large stage and entertainment area and four large 27 degC swimming pools, all well maintained and well run. The all-inclusive package gave good value for money. Food and drink were available at various restaurants all day. Beer, wine and pop were mostly self-service from taps while drinks mixed to order from several bars. The variety of food was ample, well presented and clean.
The several miles long sandy beach is wonderful. Lots of parasols and sun beds are free for guests. The bar on the beach is very convenient and provides an endless supply of drinks. One piece of beach advice, though. Be aware of breaking waves. I was wading on the beach and taken by surprise, hit by a breaking wave, tumbled around a couple of times and surfaced without cap, prescription glasses (never seen again) and a sprained wrist. Incidentally, there is a very efficient medical clinic located two minutes taxi ride from the hotel. Consultation, x-ray and prescription within 15 min of arrival.
At no fault to the hotel, do not expect a speedy country entry/exit. The airport is small, undermanned, somewhat chaotic, and more so at departure check-in. But what is an hour airport delay when on holiday.More
Visited with my girlfriend for her birthday is september, an wow what a stay!
Flight was ok but had an idiot behind us who later in the week got arrested but thats a whole different story.
I upgraded our room to a suite and requested a sea view if possible...george on reception did not dissapoint by giving us room 5150! Literally the balcony is metres from beach, the room is so spacious i could of hosted a party for the whole block! Thanks George!!
The food was fine, always found something to eat, we tried both the asian and grill restaurant which were great however they say it is strictly Trouser only policy... this is not used i was there sweating away in my trouser whilst other men walked in wearing swim shorts! Very annoying so either enforce the policy or get rid of it!
The beer! STRELA pretty much heaven in a cup thats refillable all week long, cocktaila are great to along with the nice coffee to help you out in the mornings.
The pool area is great, the staff really get you envolved and the tall guy that runs the aqua gym will make you laugh all day long!
We done the quad 2 hour tour which we booked with first choice which was great fun also the island tour which is well worth doing for the money!
Rooms could be updated etc blah blah blah, its sunny, the food is good, the drink is good and it beats being at work!