The suites are larger rooms with a lounge area. You'll also have a flatscreen TV, ceiling fan, mini-fridge and tea and coffee facilities. Just so you know, the image is of the planned appearance of the room from November 2016.
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Me and my mother went for a weeks holiday in this hotel. We were very happy with pretty much everything. We even made some friends to visit when we come back again!
We went on an island tour with the locals (Janilson) which was great and they were very kind. We could choose to sit inside the jeep or outside.
We went sightseeing in Santa Maria which was lovely it's just a personal taste thing that I don't like to be stopped every second to buy something. But if you are firm and kind they will leave you alone when you say no.
At night we went to bar Calema which was quite a popular place especially in the weekends with happy hour from 2pm till 10pm! Cheap coktails which were tasty. Dont expect fresh fruits or juices for all is imported even water but it still tastes very nice.
The animation team at the hotel were working hard all day to keep everybody happy! We met a guy called Mamadu who also took us to town. He was a very nice man who told us all about his life which was very interesting to hear.
The only thing I was a bit disappointed with was after the shows by the animation team they would introduce ALL staff that were performing and after the second show I had seen I got quite bored with it. After the shows end and you are all hyped with energy they tell you to go to their club which has always been empty because there is a one hour gap between the end of the show and the opening time of the club. So we mostly just went back to our room.
There was food there for everyone's taste which was great. A big buffet where everything was cooked while you stood there. All staff in the hotel were very nice and helpful. I would love to go back again when my bank account allows me to!More
Winter sun holiday
This hotel is definitely tired and need of refurbishment. But apart from this the hotel is great. We had to change rooms on day 3 of our holiday due to our room leaking into the room below (no fault of ours). We requested a sea view room if we had to move and were very pleased to receive a excellent sea view room plus a bottle of fizz to say thank you.
We had a fantastic time. The staff are brilliant and cannot do enough for you. We varied our meals between the main restaurant and the themed restaurants. Also ate out a couple of times and would recommend Mareas, a bit hard to find but so worth it. Did a boat trip with Cube Libre, without doubt the best sailing trip. Booked through Gloria on Santa Maria pier. Wish her And Henri all best on the baby due at end of April. All in all a really great holiday. Thomson really should put entertainment on the mid haul flights but did enjoy the food. Sad to be home after all that lovely sunshine.More
Decent winter break
We have just arrived back from a week at the Funana and we both enjoyed it having gone with no expectations, given the wildly varying reviews on TA. We normally stay in smaller hotels and it was a bit daunting when we checked in, but we soon found our way around.
Check in was very slow, with only a few people in front of us we queued for about 25 minutes however our cases were delivered promptly and we were able to settle in quickly and go and enjoy a drink at the pool bar which was close to our block 4.
All our meals were in the main buffet restaurants and on the whole were ok, although some of the pre cut meats were like leather! We are not early eaters so if we wanted to skip breakfast first thing a continental buffet is served in the Santa Maria restaurant from 10.30 until 12.00 which was fine.
The lobby bar is where a lot of people congregate for the wifi, mine worked fine all week but my OH couldn't get into it at all for some reason. It has a lovely outdoor terrace and beer on self service tap, although the bar service was always very good. We spent quite a few hours just sat there relaxing.
We spent most days at the pool area, despite watching a never ending stream of people going to reserve beds from first thing we never had a problem finding a decent spot, we usually ambled up about 10 am, the two pools were both really nice.
We caught a cab into Santa Maria town a couple of times for lunch and dinner, there are a few nice restaurants right on the beach, which is a lot less wild than the beach at the Funana. We always felt very safe even wandering around some of the back streets.
I look forward to coming here again once the refurb has taken place!More
Just got back from a fortnights stay and after reading some negative comments I have to say did they stay at the Funana ????
The Staff were brilliant nothing was too much trouble ( even providing cling film for our picnic for the plane home )
The grounds were clean tidy and as well kept as they could be in the dry heat
THE FOOD WAS THE BEST WE HAVE EXPERIENCED ( BEEN TO 11 ALL INCLUSIVE HOTELS )
There were some rude and selfish folk who thought it was OK to not only reserve one pool lounger they had several !!!! reserving one in the shade one in full sun the full sun one was duly put in the way so they could catch more rays
The entertainment was well planned the mini club was early enough that tired little ones were asleep by the time the main entertainment took place , ambient music first followed by a themed show we chose the tribute band and had a lovely eveningsMore
The hotel was just lovely and the staff were very friendly. The facilities were great although the gym needs expanding. If you didn't get down there before 8am then there was nothing for you to use.
The food was good although a little repetitive after 10 days or more - but other restaurants on site can break up the routine. Drinks were free flowing and the measures were generous :)
I would definitely return to this hotel. We went for New year and the fuss the hotel made of its guests, and the party they through for us was a cracker!More