The sandcastle-shaped Riu Palace Cabo Verde pairs an activity-filled beach with a great pool scene.
This place was given a stylish new look ready for Winter 2016, so you can expect box-fresh interiors throughout the hotel. Head outside and you'll be just a stone's throw from a powder-soft beach.
The bigger the better is the theme here, so stylish suite rooms are on the cards, and you've got a choice of four eateries to dine at.
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Food & Drink
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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.
The spa has a steam bath and a whirlpool bath for your use. Adults only.
RiuLand Kids' Club
A fun packed kids' club which will allow your little ones to let off steam. For ages 4-7 and 8-12 years. You'll find this at the neighbouring ClubHotel Riu Funana.
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Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace and Interconnecting Room
These interconnecting rooms are available from 1st November 2017. Please note that these rooms may come with a double or twin beds.
Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace
Twin rooms come with a flatscreen TV, ceiling fan, mini-fridge and tea and coffee facilities. For some outside space, you'll have a balcony or terrace. Please note that these rooms may come with a double or twin beds.
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Stayed here with my partner for two weeks it was lovely not much to do, so a great place to relax and unwind. The hotel is all inclusive branded drinks which is good, the hotel Funnuna which is joined partly is not branded drinks, the restaurant serves a vast selection of food all very nice some is cooked in front of you, there were quite a lot of flys when we went which did fly around the food a lot that was the only thing I did not like, also there are 4 other restaurants that you can book into the Mandalay which was in the Funnuna side was my favourite it was Chinese very nice.The staff at the hotel are very friendly and lovely and polite the hotel and the grounds are spotlessly clean and there is always staff about cleaning and gardening, there was the entertainment team doing things around the pool in the day and shows at night. The hotel is in the middle of nowhere you can walk or get a taxi down to Sal worth a visit to watch all the locals on the pier bringing the fish in daily and all the local kids playing on the beach, just be aware it’s not your normal beach we got a Lounger for free from one of the bars the kids carried it out to the beach for us, there were lots of dogs on the beach digging about under the sun loungers a bit strange. More
Don’t listen to the rubbish, this is fab!
I’m a mega seasoned traveller and an ex holiday rep so it’s fair to say I know not to take everything you read on Trip Advisor as truth but I have to admit that even I was becoming worried about our holiday to Riu Palace following some of the reviews on here! The truth is this place is fab and doesn’t deserve half of what has been written about it! Don’t let it spoil your holiday excitement. The Palace is impeccably clean everywhere, from rooms to toilet, pool and restaurants. Completely spotless and you can see them making real efforts to keep everything clean to stop flies etc especially at pool bars and bars in general. The restaurants are all great, hot and tons of choice I honestly don’t know how people can say there’s not enough choice. There’s always at least 3 chefs cooking fresh and the buffers are well tended. The speciality restaurants also deserve a mention, so make time for these especially Kristal, this is phenomenal! The Santa Maria at lunchtime is outside seating so can be a bit more fly prone due to everyone drinking fizzy and sweet drinks and food. It’s certainly no infestation as some have mentioned but if it’s not your thing then go to the bigger indoor restaurant, simple! Rooms are big, clean and beds are the most comfortable I have ever experienced. Couple of simple problems in room such as toilet not flushing and safe ran out of batteries, all resolved quick and easy. The towel thing at the pool is a thing but the main issue is that people save them and then don’t use until later in the afternoon. However we were a group of 4 and only had an issue with getting a bed on one day when we were returning from a trip so bit later. Staff are phenomenal, happy to help and service everywhere is excellent, well done all. We did the salt lakes on our own as it was cheaper to organise our own taxi than do a trip, ask reception to help. They arranged Silvio for us who was great and happy to wait whilst we enjoyed the lakes and then return. The Palace does have all branded drinks which you don’t get at the theatre bar as it’s shared with Funana. Entertainment is amateur but entertaining and you can not fault the animation team, they’re energy and enthusiasm is first class! One very small negative is that they only give bottles of water out at reception bar and only glasses of water at pool bar, would be nice if you could get bottles there too. There is so much more I could mention in an exceptionally positive light but just go, enjoy your holiday and ignore negative comments on here. You’ll love it!! More
Beautiful Cabo Verde
My husband and i returned from this beautiful hotel last week. We had 7 days at the RIU Palace and enjoyed every second. We flew with Thomson which was around a 5.15 hours flight. The flight is classed as short hall which it is really but this means you don't get any entertainment on the plane and it would be nice to get something. Not a lot of room compared to bigger planes that fly long haul it was quite cramped. You do however get a meal free of charge. We arrived in Cape Verde late afternoon and arrived at the hotel once dark on our Thomson transfer. Transfer was quick and easy, only took around half an hour to our hotel and this included stopping at a few others hotel on the way. When we arrived at the hotel check in was again quick and we were brought a welcome drink while signing in. You do have to pay a tax to the hotel on checking in and i think it is 2 euros per night per person. We were given room 3109 and had previously requested a kingsize bed and balcony as we dont like ground floor and that was what we were given. We couldn't fault the room it was very modern and clean and looked just like the pictures online. We stayed in this hotel years ago now and the improvement is amazing. There are optics in the room to use as part of the all inclusive as well as bottled water, beer and soft drinks in the fridge. The only thing we could see missing from the room was an iron. We asked about borrowing one evening and were told that a 20 euro deposit was needed in order to do so. Bit silly really as its just an iron. Pool - the pool is lovely and we enjoyed having a swim everyday. People are correct in saying that it gets very busy and most of the sunbeds are taken very early in the morning. Most times we went to the pool after breakfast which was around 10 and we still managed to get beds however they might be out of the way or in the shade. One day we went down slightly earlier around 8ish and managed to get two in a good spot however loads were still gone which can be frustrating when half the day some people dont even use the beds they reserved. You do have to kind of join them in the end if you want a good spot. Bar staff at the pool are lovely and friendly. Service is generally quick. You do tend to have flies around the bar and in certain areas around the pool which can get a bit annoying but it is a hot country and there are sticky drinks around. Beach - We really liked the beach, you have to go out of the hotel gate at the back to get to it. Right outside you will have the sellers trying to sell you trips etc but if your not interested just be polite and they will happily leave you to it. We didn't buy a trip from them and they were always friendly and polite to us. Recommend walking further down the beach by the sand dune as this is beautiful its so much quieter and the sand and water is gorgeous. Be careful of the waves they can get very choppy. Restaurants - main buffet restaurant is lovely and air conditioned we ate there most lunchtimes as lunch at the steak house you did have a lot of flies as was outside. Good variety of food, lots of fish and different meats. Its really nice food but could imagine it getting a bit boring if you were there for two weeks. We ate in two of the other restaurants the Steakhouse and the Asian. We loved the Steakhouse but more for the setting than the food. You sit outside which is nice in the evening as no flies and its waiter service so you get a break from the buffet. We had a great evening here with lots of prosecco. Asian was buffet this is over in the Funana the sister hotel. Its really good food but buffet so would be better if waiter service. Must try the ribs here though they were so good. Good service on drinks and all brought to you in each restaurant. Turtles - highly recommend going down to the beach for 5pm in the evening to see the turtle nests. There is a group called project bio diversity and they are an organisation that is helping loggerhead turtles in cape verde and giving them a safe place to hatch before they help them into the sea. We saw baby turtles come out their eggs and got a close look at them. If you wish to help you can donate or sponsor a turtle or a whole nest. We adopted a nest and we will receive information when they hatch about how many survive and pictures of them, its a lovely thing they are doing and nice to do your part to help. Drinks - branded drinks which is really good. Even little bottles of coke/zero/fanta etc to have with lunch or dinner. if you like red wine i would suggest having the merlot blue top bottle in the restaurant this was much darker and a nicer wine that the other one. Entertainment - All in the Funana hotel. This was the one thing we wasnt impressed with. The shows were very similar and we weren't that fussed on watching them towards the end. There is a nightclub that we visited a few nights and opens at 11. Nice to have a late night drink and listen to some music. There is a karaoke bar which is good fun think thats on for an hour until around 10.30 and there is also a sports bar where you can play pool. Late drinks and food that you can microwave in here if you want something after a few drinks i.e. burgers hotdogs, they have sandwiches and salads too. Spa - huge hot tub which we had to try out. Also nice relaxing beds outside to chill on. Sauna wasn't hot so didn't use and the gym looked good but again didn't use. Coffee shop - lovely and cool and nicely air-conditioned as a lot of the main reception etc isn't. good coffee according to myt husband as i dont drink it and you can get mini cakes and sandwiches in here too. We did a quad biking trip through Thomson it was a 2 hour trip and was great fun. You get to see the salt plains and visit a few views before driving through desert and some on road. Was a great laugh and we really enjoyed it. Would recommend but take your sun glasses as were advised you dont need as there is a visor but this wasn't the case when we got there and luckily the guide had two spare pair of glasses for us. Also would take something to go over your mouth and nose as you do get covered in sand. We brought two bandana's 5 euro each from the place so you can do this. There is room to put water, sun cream etc in the quad so take if you need. pictures are taken and you have a chance to buy at the end of trip at the bar you stop in before going back to the beginning. We brought our pics and were pleased. If you fancy an afternoon out of the hotel you can walk or get a taxi for a few euros to Santa Maria. This is the local town and its nice to see a bit of the culture here. You can see fish being caught and prepped on the pier or stop at one of the bars. We also visited the charity school while we were there and took them some supplies from home i.e. pens, toys, paper etc as this really helps them. Bikini beach is also somewhere good to try for a drink or food. This is the oppersite way to Santa Maria. We had the best afternoon here. We hired a private bed for 80 euro and then we got to spend that money on food and drink. DJ playing tunes all afternoon and we got the pool to ourself mainly as it was really quiet when we went. loved it. Airport - very small and not a lot there however it is lovely and come along way since we last saw it. There is an outside part with a bridge and water running under it and lights up at night. There is 2 small duty free shops and 1 cafe but thats it really. To sum up we had a great time in cape verde and hope to go back again one day. beautiful place with beautiful people and a gorgeous hotel that looks like a giant sandcastle in well looked after grounds. We looked round the grounds of the Funana too which is also nice but hasn't been updated like the Palace. Also the palace you get branded drinks and you can use all the facilities where as if staying in Funana you can't get into Palace. If your visiting have a fab holiday.More
Me and my boyfriend (both 23) have just got back from a weeks break at RUI Palace and overall had a really lovely holiday, we would definetly return. FOOD Food overall was nice, lots of choice and we ate at all the three speciality restaurants, with Krystal being our favourite, definitely worth a visit. Word of warning though, I got bitten to death by Mosquitos when we ate out at the Steakhouse so bare this is mind if visiting this restaurant! POOL After reading all the reviews we were sceptical of the reserving sunbed situation. However we always managed to get two beds together no matter when we went down (which was never before 10am!) so I'm not sure why there are so many reviews complaining about the sun bed situation! ROOMS Rooms were lovely, cool and modern and the optics and minibar were a great extra. EXCURSIONS We booked four trips, two with Thomson and two with Carlos (a local who was selling trips down by the beach). We had great experiences with Thomson (turtle tour and catamaran boat trip) and a mixed review of Carlos (Shark beach tour and 2 hour Quad Bike/Buggy trip), the buggy trip was amazing, the highlight of our holiday by far and it only cost us 70 Euro (compared to the 120 Euro Thomson were charging!). However we were less than impressed with the shark beach tour which was essentially a taxi ride to and from the beach and a paddle around some water for 10min, not worth the 70 Euro he charged us. SICKNESS Unfortunately the morning of our checkout I came down with awful stomach cramps, sickness, diarrhoea, despite me being careful with food/water/hand santizer etc. We weren't allowed late checkout despite my boyfriend going to reception early morning and telling them I was sick and the member of staff he spoke to was quite rude to him about it. This is the only reason I am not rating five stars. We had a 7pm flight and having to hang around in the lobby waiting for our transfer whilst sick was not a fun experience!! More
Riu palace great holiday
Just back from two weeks staying in the Riu palace. Had a lovely holiday. The room was very clean, the bed very comfortable, the dressing gowns provided were soft and fluffy but the towels were well warn and thin. The food was good and the choice of fruit and salad plentiful. We were finding the food a bit repetitive by the end of the holiday though. The staff were in the most friendly and helpful. The cocktails were lovely, I really enjoyed the mojitos and can highly recommend them, so long as they don't run out of mint as that was a common occurrence. The entertainments team were exceptional and were constantly doing things with guests. If it's not for you they don't pester you. The pool wa lovely but getting a sunbed was difficult on some days, other days you could have sat anywhere. The toilets at the pool were spotless and the girls that cleaned them well deserved the tips I gave them, they were cleaner than most public toilets in this country. It is a long way to the beach so if you have trouble walking I would give the beach a miss. The men touting for business for their tours soon leave you alone if you tell them politely that you are not interested but to get to the beach you have to pass. We had a lovely relaxing holiday here and the lovely breeze stops it from being too hot. I wouldn't say this was a five star hotel, more like a four star. If you stay in a Riu hotel the standard is always going to be high and this certainly was. There is not lots to do so if you just want a relaxing holiday you will get that here.More
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