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 5 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 3 eateries.
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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
Pool towels, parasols and sunbeds are available for your use.
Barbecue themed restaurant
This barbecue themed restaurant offers African style cuisine, in the Garopa side of the hotel. Reservation is required.
The spa has a luxurious sauna and a Jacuzzi® for your use. Adults only.
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Great value for money
We stayed here for one week in November. Hotel was lovely and clean and bedroom tidied everyday with new sheets and towels. A little disappointed with the sea as always red flagged, but that hasn't affected my overall score, but if you like swimming in the sea Cape Verde isn't the place to go. Lots of activities to do in the day. Water polo was a firm favourite. Pool a little cold. Food was plentiful and really very nice. All the restaurants are buffet style with lots of variety. Ventured into Santa Maria twice but felt a little unsafe not that anything happened it just gave us that feeling. Overall we Enjoyed our relaxing stay.More
May be a 5 star in Cape Verde but on the continent just a 3
Very disappointed to say the least. The hotel is very clean and comfortable but lacks so very much. Personally much of it is down to poor management and this could so easily be a top resort. The majority of the staff will not smile or even interact with you, and some of them even look sad, which you really do not like to see when you are trying to enjoy yourself! When requesting something from reception or in any of the restaurants, the general feeling you get is that you're being a pest. Example,.Having chosen a salad for lunch and then endeavoring to find any dressing to accompany it, all to no avail. I then asked a member of staff if there were any dressings for my salad and was simply told, ketchup? The dining plates are unbelievably small! I am not a big eater but still had a problem with fitting one meat selection, one carb, and two veggies on at one time. I feel that for the people with healthy appetites embarrassment would ensue, as you either have to have a plate piled ten centimeters high or go back for thirds. Not right! Still on the subject of food. The menu in general is not really geared around the Brit's, although I have to say we are a minority here, which is fine no problems with our European cousins, we all got on very well. Don't bother either with the specialty restaurants as the food is average and you still have to get out of your seats and help yourself. The bars do not have a great selection of drinks and the brands are substandard. Also the beach bar only serves water, beer and soft drinks. No tea, coffee or cocktails as you would expect at a similar resort. The Beach. We love to spend our days on the beach and I would have to say that the water is much too rough and much too cold for little children to enjoy. In fact over the seven day we were there, the amber flag was flying seven consecutive days. Amber means only enter if you are a good swimmer. Additionally if you go to the beach and need the loo, be prepared for a long walk off the beach, past the local ticket touts and back onto the complex. On the positive side there are ample sunbeds both on the beach and around the pool.More
We stayed for two weeks in a standard double room end-November to mid-December and enjoyed every single day. The "No Stress" attitude really comes to life in the whole club. Be prepared and willing to relax and you will love it. The Funana and the Garopa are pretty much the same hotel. Most rooms have the same shape and size from what we saw. We stayed in the cheapest one available which had a big room with the double bed and the bathroom. It is a bit unusual that the bathroom hasn't got a door, only the toilet but you will survive this, I am sure. No room in the Funana is close to the entertainment, so all very quiet. Be aware of the fact that the walks can take a little longer as the whole area is set up with lots of space between the buildings. You can book the restaurants (Japanese, African, Grill, Fish) three days in advance without any extra costs. Hardly any restaurant was over-booked when we were there, so you have a good variety of food although we strongly recommend to use those specialty restaurants and not the main one as lunch and dinner are pretty much the same. The biggest plus in the resort is the staff. Everybody is incredibly friendly and the management does everything to make you enjoy your holiday. One day in the second week it seemed like everybody wanted to stay at the beach and not the pool and at noon all sun loungers were taken. First the staff asked guests from other hotels politely to leave their loungers and 30 minutes later two trucks from somewhere arrived and brought sufficient supply. This really shows the dedication and the urgency they are working with. But it is also good to be welcomed with a smile each morning from the service staff in the restaurants. The whole atmosphere is friendly. Animation is also there but not too aggressive. They do a lot but if you don't want to join, they leave you alone. The beach is beautiful and huge. Yes, the resort is very big and there are lots of tourists but if you want to be by yourself, just walk for a minute in one direction and there is almost nobody anymore. As mentioned before, if you are thinking about booking the Melia, be aware of the fact that lots of their guests come over to the Riu (altough it is a 20 minute walk) and stay there for the day - complaining about the other resort all the time. Not enough sun loungers, unfriendly staff, bad food etc. We were quite surprised. If you want to complain, you will surely find something: - no door to the bathroom - no toilet at the beach, so you have to walk back in the resort - lunch and dinner at the main restaurant offer pretty much the same - mosquitoes in the evening in the restaurants outside - Wifi only in the lobby But in the end it is your holiday and there are countless positive things to be happy about, so that those smaller issues shouldn't get too much attention. No Stress! We will certainly come back!More
The M, Germany
Riu Funana, Cape Verde
We returned from Cape Verde in mid November. The Hotel and staff were lovely. The rooms could do with updating, but the staff worked really hard. My first impression of Cape Verde was that it was very baron. This is the ideal place to go if you want to do NOTHING as there is not alot there at all. The beach was lovely golden sands, the food at the hotel was good but repitious (as to be expected) all self service except for the themed restaurants. We went for 7 days which to be honest was enough. Santa Maria was lovely and well worth a taxi ride. But the rest of SAL I personally found "dead". It is very expensive to buy anything e.g. if you forgot shampoo a bottle would cost you 16 Euros. So take all toiletries with you. It is worth the trip for the sun and sand,; so if you just want to get away and read a book this is the ideal place.More
Val C, London
A Mixed Bag
If you are expecting a 5 star boutique hotel you are going to be disappointed. When taken along with the Garopa (to all intents the Funana and the Garopa might as well be the same hotel) the Funana is a big hotel which caters for mass tourism. Having said that the hotel is clean, well maintained and comfortable. Service is prompt and friendly. The food is average. The drinks are OK. It is, however, excellent value for money. Hot sun only five and a half hours flight from the UK in November when the weather is cold and miserable at home - priceless! The food is OK. It could be hotter sometimes and it varies little from day to day especially at breakfast and lunchtime. At breakfast there's the usual sort of selection and at lunch it's a case of burgers, hot dogs, a hot dish or fruit and salads with a small selection of deserts. The small selection at lunch is helpful in keeping down the calorie intake! There's plenty to chose from at dinner with fresh salads, pasta, pizza, a roast, various meets and fish in "sauce" and a good selection of vegetables. Drinks aren't that great. The soft drinks are excessively sweet, the beer is a bit too gassy, the white wine is tasteless and the red wine takes the enamel off your teeth! Cocktails are OK and not particularly strong so they make a good alternative in the evening. The coffee from the machines is strong and with a good flavour. Brewing up in the room is bizarre until you get used to it. The tea etc provided initially is not topped up so you need to grab refills from by the coffee machines. 2 styrofoam cups are also in the room when you get there but these are not replaced so you need to take cups and saucers from by the coffee machines too. Wash these up and hide them in a drawer when you've used them or they will be taken away and not replaced! Take fresh milk up to your room from the cold milk dispenser at breakfast and keep it in the fridge. Milk from the coffee machines in sweetened. The entertainment team are all very friendly and great fun. They work very hard but alas I think their efforts at the evening entertainment are just a show too far unless frenetic dancing and miming are your scene. The guitar duo "Steve and Greta" are worth your time. They cover all the favourites and are pretty accomplished. Steve is awesome on the electric guitar. They do a good 2 hour gig in the Barracuda bar which is worth going to. The environment inside the hotel is peaceful but it can get manic on the beach at times. The pools are crowded and noisy with lots of entertainment and games. There are loads of sun beds both on the beach and by the pools so there's no need to rush out to reserve your bed. If it's a peaceful rest that you want then walk 150m either side of where the hotel exit meets the breach and it's bliss. Just the sound of the waves and the occasional passing plane to keep you company. You will run the gauntlet of the guts selling trips every time you leave the hotel for the beach. They will take no for an answer. They are at their most persistent when you first arrive. Most of us are pretty conspicuous at this stage because or our pale skin! The beach is a delight but take full notice of the flag system. It's pretty rough when it's a yellow flag but it is brutal when it's a red one. The waves can be enormous. We saw waves over 6m high but even the small ones can produce a vicious undertow. Get caught in a decent sized roller and it will throw you back and forth with no mercy! It's well worth the gentle stroll to the headland overlooking the Melia Tortuga. Here you get a great view of the surfers when the waves are up and there's a conveniently located bar to keep you refreshed. If you walk in the opposite direction it's a peaceful stroll along the gloriously unspoilt beach around the southernmost tip of the island towards Santa Maria. The waves on the Santa Maria side can be spectacular so it's worth the walk. You can do a shorter walk along the side of the hotel if walking on soft sand does not attract you. Santa Maria is worth a couple of visits but you will get the hard sell from the various street traders you pass whether taking the beach route of the shorter route out of the front of the hotel and along the roads. There are plenty of bars to refresh in because it gets pretty hot. The smaller ones are cheaper and quieter. It's worth watching the fishermen on the jetty. It's a bit gruesome as they gut and prepare the fish straight off the boat. There's blood everywhere! There's very little sightseeing on Sal which bears more than a passing resemblance to the surface of Mars - reddish brown, very dry and very flat! The island trip is worth it but it's easily done in half a day. If you get the chance (season dependent) go out on one of the conservation trips with the turtle team. It's educational and you get to see some quite different stuff. If, as we did, you end up excavating recently hatched nests you might be lucky enough to free up some trapped babies and release them into the sea. We set free 5 and it was an emotional and humbling experience.More
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