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Overall really lovely place, ideal if you would like a very relaxed holiday
Lots of choice at buffet Restaurant with nice fresh food. x4 theme Restaurants which are again buffet's. Cape Verde, African, Asian and Steak/grill.
Swimming pools are nice and big with lots of seating in the pool, perfect for when its so hot with a drink from the swim up bar
I would recommend the spa, i had two massages and each day there is a daily deal - 50 minute deep tissue massage cost 45 euros and you are given a 10 euro discount voucher upon arrival
The private beach is huge with lots of sunbeds, white sand and clear water
Entertainment team were great, full of energy, really nice people and would always say hi. not pushy at getting you to join the activities either!
Not much to do outside of the hotel, 3 euro cab journey each way to Santa Maria with a few little shops and a beach jetty. We didn't go on any excursions but there are boat trips, quad bike and horse riding on offer mainly
Beds were comfy and plenty of storage space for clothes, Tv/hairdryer/balcony all there
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VLH_UK, Essex, United Kingdom
So we arrived on a monday afternoon greeted with a drink which was very pleasant. Check in was very quick and no problems. Slight annoyance were the bell boys being adamant to bring the case to the room and 40 mins after we went to investigate and our two cases were just there on their own.
Getting to the room they are all in blocks of 50, yes they are dated but nothing to complain about apart from the odd mosquito being squashed on the walls. The whole hotel is being refurbed next year. Rooms tidy and the maid comes in every day which is nice. There is a mini fridge and a few bottles of water.
The complex is very large and takes a good walk to get anywhere really. The swimming pools are large and aren't overcrowded at all. You get given towel cards for the beach and pool and the towels are large. I recommend changing these before heading back to the room to use them as bath towels as room towels are very small. The beach is amazing although the sea is so rough so be careful if you go in it.
Rep was on hand on a daily basis, we went on the quad bikes, 4x4 trip, catermaran and a turtle walk. Quite cheap excursions and can get them even cheaper on the beach.
Food was nice although repetitive, the Asian speciality restaurant is to die for although the grill just felt like an addition to the buffet.
Anyone who is unsure about the funana or garopa then they are exactly the same and a mirrored complex. The garopa lobby appears slightly newer but thats it.More
Really one of the best holidays ever.
We really loved this place. Everything about it. We traveled not knowing what to expect, little afraid of a cold water. But nothing like this was the case. Water crystal clear and warm, great weather, hot and sunny, bearable wind. Loved the people, the ocean, the weather, food just loved it all. Hotel maybe little bit tired but great space, really generous, amazing tropical garden, really nice. We came back home happy, relaxed, just wishing we could stayed longer. Looking forward to come back one day....More
Isabella D, Prague, Czech Republic
Nice but not 5 stars
Stayed at the Riu Funana for one week and travelled with Thomson.
Only real thing that ruined the holiday was a six hour flight with no TV! Well the plane had a TV but all it did was show the planes path. You only get a TV with actual entertainment on if you travel on the dream liner! This was going out and back that we had no TV.
You will clearly see the Thomson reps waiting for you after baggage control and if not there are more outside standing by the coaches. Travel from the airport to the hotel is very quick, about 15 minutes.
Hotel was very nice on arrival and they greeted you with a welcome drink. You do have to pay 2 euros per day per person due to a tourist tax in place. You can pay this when you arrive or when you check out. We was given our key and a map of the resort and pointed in the direction of where we needed to go. It was very daunting trying to find our room as it was quite dark and there isnât much light. We eventually found our block after about the third wrong turn. We were in block 5 which was ideal for the pool and the beach but the furthest away from the main restaurant and entertainment. You also leave your bags when you check in and they are taken to your room for you. We immediately got some food when we arrived but when we arrived at our room they were waiting outside.
Rooms are nice with bed, TV, safe, fridge and an air con that actually works. In fact some nights we turned it off as the room was too cold. Wardrobe, fridge and safe are in the bathroom. I was a bit worried with the open planned wardrobe what with the steam from the shower getting on the clothes etc but it was ok. Room was cleaned every day we were there. I think we were quite lucky with our room compared to others as some seem to be invested with mosquitos. One couple we spoke to killed about 20 as soon as they arrived. We only found about 2 but we did keep our balcony doors shut the entire time.
Itâs worth going to the welcome meeting. What was nice is that the managers from each section (housekeeping, catering etc) come on stage and introduce themselves so if you have any problems you know who to go to. You will see the manager walking around the hotel a lot and he even serves you drinks some nights when you go for dinner. The entertainment lady also joins her guys on the stage for the final Macarena type dance which I thought was a nice touch.
Pool was very nice and big. We never struggled to get a sun bed and I loved the fact that we got a clean towel every day. Pool tiles could do with a bit of a clean but the pool water was cleaned every morning. Pool bar and towel collection opens a 9am.
We only went on the beach one day. You will get harassed by the men waiting by the excursions. Even though they see you walking away from one they will still jump in front of you and then carry on talking to you when you are nearly on the beach. Beach bar doesnât open until 10am. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, as soon as it opens everyone wants a drink and with only one person serving we gave up and went back by the pool. The beach was nice though and again no trouble getting a bed.
The main restaurant in Funana had a great choice of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some items had labels while others didnât so it was a bit hit and miss with what you were eating. We found the food in Funana to be a lot better than the food in the restaurants by the pool (Santa Maria and the other one on Garopaâs side which I cannot remember) We booked in the Grill and African restaurant. The grill was nice but it just seemed like they had re-used the meat from lunch time. The only difference to booking in to a restaurant is that they sit you at a table and will serve you drinks more often than they do in the main restaurant. For the African night which was on Garopaâs side wasnât any better. The mosquitos seem to be in full force. We moved tables when we arrived as I had 4 dead ones on my chair. When we found another table I still had to flick to dead ones away but then found a live one on my napkin. I also discovered a dead one in the soup bowl.
Drinks are very sugary!!! If you want to give your drink a bit of a kick (as it is the local alcohol I.e. not very strong) we found a shot of tequila in everything made it better.
The entertainment was a little disappointing. They is only one show at 9pm for an hour. We had 2 good nights which was a rock band where the entertainers mimed to rock songs while dancing and a Big Reunion night where a foursome from England did songs from Oasis to Atomic Kitten etc. The rest of the nights just went very good. Such a shame as for such a big hotel they could have put so much more on. Quiz, bingo, an x factor competition that lasted a few days. They could really do something that had audience participation as well.
I have never gone all inclusive before so I was interested to see what it would be like. I honestly thought that you could go and get any kind of food whenever you liked. Sadly it was not like this. I like to snack on crisps when on holiday (especially by the pool) but you had to buy these from the shop and at 4.50 euros for a big bag I decided that I wasnât that bothered. It seemed that food wise it was only meals or nothing. Not even ice creams (cornettos etc) where served at the bars. Ice cream was in each restaurant though so you could take a bowl to the pool but not ideal. I did think the array of drinks would be better. The bar staff would make drinks up for you if they werenât on the menu but sometimes it seems that you just got whatever the person next to you ordered. The cups by all bars arenât that big so if youâre thirsty you may want to get 2 at a time in. I also thought that being 5 star they would come round serving you drinks by the pool. They did this once.
By the way , you can turn the hotel TV into English on certain channels (mostly Fox and a couple before that) if you are watching an English programme dubbed over in Spanish select tools and then second from bottom it will say something like âAnglishâ select that and choose âInglishâ hey presto â English programmes. We found this very useful especially when we left the entertainment.
Wi-Fi works but very poor. Works in 40 second intervals.
We did the 4x4 Island Discovery excursion. I may have been a bit dumb but I honestly thought it would be along the roads going round the island. It was all off road driving with the drivers going as fast as they possible could and then doing sharp turns. Was good for about 10 minutes but then just got too scary and sickly. One stop will be to see where the boats coming in and then you happen to be next to a souvenir shop which also happens to have the only toilet. Just an FYI. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day so we didnât get to see the Blue Eye or an lemon sharks but the salt mine swim was pretty cool.
Donât be afraid to venture out of the hotel. The music festival happened to be on when we was their so we went Friday night and left about 2am (although it didnât really start till about 4am) We did take a walk into town with the Thomson rep on Saturday who also turns it into a bit of a sightseeing tour. We left half way as it was too hot and just wanted to get into town but be warned, the shop owners will jump on you. We managed 20 minutes before we got a taxi back to the hotel. Me and my partner did eat out at an Italian one night and it was fantastic (ask for Baileys Bar â it is right next door) the woman speaks great English. Loads of people walking their dogs and security seem to be on every building. We wished that we had ventured out to other restaurants more.
Even though you may feel secure at the hotel, lock up your valuables in the safe and donât leave anything by the pool if you are going to be leaving it for a while.
Above all the hotel was very quiet, cheerful staff, the entertainers where full of energy but the night time activities were dyer. I would say this is more of a 3-4 star.More
SARAH W, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Spent 2 weeks here(got back last week) and very disappointed.
Rooms dated and need of serious refurbishment.
Beds hard and aircon needed mending.
Nowhere to get cool after evening dinner with no aircon in public areas.
Smoking area adjacent to reception/lounge area which meant non smokers get no relief!
Food was so repetitive it became mundane. Ok if you like chips.
We heard that the resort was due to be shut next year for refurbishment and it definitely needs it in all areas.
They will struggle drastically when the new Hilton Hotel Resort next door opens in a couple of years unless serious money is spent.
As for the wi fi. That was a joke. Most of the time it was impossible to get on!More