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.
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.
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Just returned from a week at the Funana. It's ok but not great. The hotel itself is a little tired looking and needs money spending updating it. The rooms I thought were very out dated. The beds were comfortable tho and the shower was great. Room smelt when the AC was on but was hot so had no choice but to leave it on.
The pool area is nice although I was up and down by 7 to get decent sunbeds as the hotel was full. I know I went in August so I can't really complain lol but there was so many kids. They show the sun beds in the water in lots of pictures, what they don't say is that this is used by parents with little ones mainly as a kiddies pool so no chance to lay there and relax.
The food is really good, much better than I expected.
Beware of Mosquitos! Took Avon skin so soft but got bitten to death.
The beach is insane! By far the best bit of the holiday. Beware of the waves tho, they are so powerful. Saw so many people knocked off their feet. Me included. We only went in the water in twos as I've never felt waves so strong. No exaggeration there.
This hotel is a long way from anywhere, so evening strolls here I'm afraid. There was nicer hotels down the road but this island is still very much under development. If laying by a beach/pool all day and staying in the hotel bar at night is ok then Sal is for you. I will go back, just not for a few years and definitely not to the Funana.
Ps the airport is small and hot! More
Debbie M, Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
We stayed at the Riu Funana in March. The weather was great as was the hotel.
We liked the fact that you could safely walk into the town which took about 20 minutes.
There were quite a few shops. Be warned you may be approached by a local saying he had seen you at the hotel as he worked behind the bar and he works in his fathers shop to help out and then proceeds to try and take you to the shop to make a purchase of wooden goods that he says his father makes.!! not true they are in every shop. He is clever as all he needs to do is look at your all inclusive arm band with name of hotel on it.
Apart from that it was quite nice looking round the town albeit it very primitive.
The beach bar was great they had dancing there in the morning.
Sun Loungers no problem.
Food good as good as you get at All Inclusive.
Would we go back no as we like to go to different destination. But would recommend it.More
gill51143, Greater London, United Kingdom
7 TIMES SO IT MUST BE GOOD
In July of this year we stayed at the Funana for the 7th time and are going back in December for our 8th visit.
The six hour flight is quite long on a cramped uncomfortable plane but it is definitely worth it once you arrive and experience a taste of what can be described as the African Caribbean. We did actually fly out last time on the new Thomsons Dreamliner which was absolutely fantastic, however, we understand this was a one-off but feel it should be permanent.
When you first arrive on Sal it's like landing on Mars, very barren, very dry and a lack of greenery. The transfer from the airport to the hotel only takes about 15 minutes.
The Funana is advertised as a 5 star but is probably only the equivalent of a 4 star compared to other resorts we have visited. In our opinion the Funana is the best located hotel on the island and definitely has the best beach. The rooms are always cleaned to a very high standard with a fridge and safe in the room to which you are given a key upon your arrival. There is flat-screen TV in the room but unfortunately a lack of English channels. Some of the decor around the hotel is starting to look a bit tired in places but each time we go they are making improvements.
The white sandy beaches are absolutely stunning and you can walk for miles without seeing another soul. Being on the Atlantic you do get the big rollers every day but are still able to swim and it is amusing to watch people getting obliterated by the waves from time to time. During the winter season there are a lot of surfers and kite-surfers to watch. Only once have we had a day where the red flag was flying and it was not safe to enter the water. Beach beds are always available and you are entitled to a clean beach towel every day.
There is an all inclusive bar on the beach serving soft drinks and beer, along with daily beach entertainment; boules, aerobics, volleyball to name a few and a weekly beach party where they serve a local cocktail. One event not to be missed are the Capoeira boys demonstrating their martial arts on the beach in which you can participate if you are brave enough.
As you enter the beach you will be greeted by locals selling their 4 x 4 excursions of the island. This can be a little intimidating but a firm no thank you will normally suffice. These excursions are far cheaper than booking with Thomsons. We have been on the island tour and we booked ours with Spencer who is a top bloke and put us under no pressure whatsoever. He allowed us to spend as much or as little time as we wanted in each destination and even took photos for us. We would thoroughly recommend Spencer for this tour, he has a great sense of humour and speaks very good English. .
There are a couple of locals selling their wares on the beach and are both very friendly. In fact, Carlos who sells sand pictures on the beach is now a personal friend of ours and he is always pleased to see us. The gifts from Ortelindo's stall are a lot cheaper than in the hotel as well.
There is a police presence on the beach which is quite reassuring but we have never witnessed any trouble. There are a few stray dogs on the beach but they are very tame and do not bother you.
The hotel restaurants we feel are excellent, serving a variety of fresh dishes every day. All the meals are buffet style. The fish is exceptionally good and there are loads of different salad and vegetable choices. There are 4 themed restaurants within the resort, the Asian being our favourite. Our only criticism is that there is often only one toaster working in the morning at breakfast which can be frustrating.
There is a large swimming pool at the Funana with a swim-up bar. We cannot really comment about the pool as I have only been in it once and my partner has never been in it at all. We much prefer the tranquility of the beach.
The evening entertainment is not bad and the entertainment team work very hard to keep all amused. This summer however there was a 2 male and 2 female 'group' that did a Beatles night and a boy band night, they were unfortunately quite cheesy and to tell the truth.... rubbish, you will see better entertainment in your local pub. Certainly not up to the normal standard, bring back Steve and Greta!
The Staff at the hotel are really friendly in all areas. You always get a very cheerful "ola" when you are strolling around the walkways.
To sum up, this hotel is ideal for people wanting a relaxing chilled out holiday. The island of Sal is rapidly being developed, so book your holiday now before it becomes the next Benidorm.
Remember the local mantra...... 'NO STRESS'More
Tracy0007, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Fun at the riu
We visited here in may 2013
We had a great stay hotel was fantastic can't go wrong beautiful hotel and beautiful grounds lovely beach and very helpful staff.
We had our 2 little ones with us who were 1 and 3 at the time while we was there it was my sons birthday so he had a cake bought out for him for dinner and the hotel were really good on the day also room service bought us a bottle of champagne and a present for my son that was a toy was nice of them.
Food at this hotel wasn't bad but wasn't great either the main restaurant was OK bit of a let Down and I felt the quality of the food wasn't a good as other places I had visited.
We ate at some of the al a carte restaurant they were better than the main one.
Beach is nice a clean sea was a little rough so we didn't go in the water but made sand castle everyday.
Pool was lovely clean .
Kids club was good my son was there for a few days .
Went on a trip for a day was nice but I was sea sick out in the sea but the trip was still good .
A great place for a good family holiday More
"Disappointing at best"
My Wife and I recently travelled to Cape Verde for our honeymoon (we got married on the 8th of August) and we can only say that we were immensely disappointed by the whole experience.
Having read through possible destinations, we choose Cape Verde on the recommendation of Thomson after looking through their website at the accommodation available and the descriptions of the destination. We choose the ClubHotel Riu Funana. The hotel is a platinum rated hotel with an official rating of 5 stars. Quite frankly I really do not know how they work this out!
Although the hotel is generally clean and the staff are friendly and polite, it is a 3 star at best. I have stopped at other 5 star hotels through other operators and this was nowhere near the standard I would have expected. Our room was not great, the tiles were cracked in the bathroom, our fridge did not work, the tv signal was atrocious, the wall had the remnants of previously squashed/smeared insects on it and I removed a dead bug from the room which distinctly reassembled a cockroach! (This was the only one that said). Speaking of bugs, lots of Mosquitos!
Our board basis was all inclusive and the food was ok, about 2.5/5. All meals are served as a buffet including the themed restaurants on site. Baring in mind that one of these restaurants is a "grill". The food at the grill had been grilled at some point but not fresh as we were led to believe. This was a major disappointment. In terms of drinks etc, you could always get soft and alcoholic drinks, the standard of which was quite poor.
The entertainment programme at the hotel is a throw back to the old fashioned holiday camps. Darts, Bingo, Karaoke, Dancing Shows, Abba tributes to name but a few. Hence most people resort to drinking from as soon as the bar opens as there really is nothing of any substance to do. Additionally there is only so much drinking and sunbathing any one person can do. Should you stay by the pool, which is one of the few options available to you, expect screaming children at all times! Do not get me wrong the staff work hard and desperately try to keep everyone entertained but I have genuinely never seen so many glum faces when on holiday!
In terms of Cape Verde as a destination I would strongly advise against visiting. The hotels are glorified holiday camps and you cannot go anywhere, unless you want to pay an extortionate amount for an excursion of course. We did venture out one day, in a taxi to the local town of Santa Maria. To say this was an experience is an understatement! On arrival, we were pounced on by local traders before we even got to the pavement from the taxi. It was very intimidating and the only way to get rid of them was to buy something from their shop, if we hadn't of bought something there is no doubt in my mind that we would have been robbed. I am well travelled and no ones fool but the only way we could protect ourselves was to buy something and virtually run for the nearest taxi, where we were accosted again! We literally had to run away fearing for our safety. Our trip to the local town lasted 15 minutes max. I would have expected the Thomson reps to have made people aware of this on the coach transfer but guess what, they were too interested telling us about the excursions you can purchase through them! In fact they did advise people to go and have a look at Santa Maria pier....... Right by the taxi rank and the waiting hordes!
The clues are there when the resort is surrounded by a perimeter fence with both employed guards and police patrolling the grounds. It genuinely felt like you were trapped in the hotel grounds.
Our whole package didn't start particularly well. Bare in mind that the flight time is approximately 6 hours, there was no entertainment of any kind on the plane journey. For a tour operator of Thomson's size I find this an absolute joke. Just two days after coming home we flew to Madrid with a budget airline, on the same model aircraft, and there was entertainment and the standard of the plane was far superior. As an aside to this, drinks were sold to other passengers in excessive amounts so you can imagine how comfortable this made the flight for everyone. Thomson are meant to be one of Britain's premier tour operators, on this showing I suggest they won't be much longer! I will certainly think twice about booking with Thomson again.
The highlight of our week was our flight home! Admittedly this was obviously the wrong destination for us but that said, it doesn't justify any of the above. And to reiterate we were recommended Cape Verde as a honeymoon destination by Thomson.
I never write reviews but have felt compelled to do so on this occasion. This was not a cheap holiday and I can't help but feel we have paid 5 star money for a 2 star experience at best!More