Travel Blogs from Santa Maria
I´ve been put in an institution.
I knew it´d happen some day but never expected it to be this way. Don´t get me wrong, I´d rather be here than at home and at work, with the cold and darkness surrounding me. I am here with some colleagues from my day job thanks to a very kind and generous employer to whom I am very thankful. So let´s just get …
We docked in Mindelo at 8am. The temperature was 22C and was not expected to rise much above this. It was a lovely sunny day but there was a stiff wind. The Cape Verde Islands are situated about 400 miles due west of Senegal in West Africa and the group of islands in which Sao Vicente is located are also called the Windward islands, probably because the Trade winds blow regularly here. The view of Mindelo from the ship was dramatic. The small town is surrounded by ...
'For the ignorant old age is winter for the learned it is the Harvest' (Chassidic saying)
During the three day voyage to Cape Verde we enjoyed the activities on board and mostly meeting other people in the Aviator's bar amongst whom was a lovely couple from Derbyshire, Maureen and Alan, who shared the same sense of humour as us and Pat and Tony from Cleobury Mortimer just down the road from us. The world is a small place.
... cloudy, with drizzle and wind inhibiting sun baking and swimming to some extent. Our travel mates from Europe and the UK are more disappointed than we are, as they so crave the sun. We have become adept at finding a sheltered spot on deck and books in hand, lazing on recliners have remained perfectly happy and slothful –stirring occasionally to take an amble around, seek out a coffee or gelato or generally just enjoy the festive atmosphere. I have managed to continue my ...
- Stopped in Cape Verde Islands, traveled southwest and reached the coast of Brazil towards Cape St. Augustine
- The rest of the voyage was disrupted but claimed to continue South
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Riu Funana Santa Maria
Acabamos de llegar de Sal Cape Verde y nos alojamos en el Riu Funana por una semana. Primero toma nota de que el complejo es nuevo y está a medio construir, la otra parte aún está en construcción, pero no era nada que me molestara, sólo el ver algunas máquinas de construcción y jardines sin plantar. La Isla de Sal es el paraíso de los windsurfers y los kitesurfers por una razón: ¡el viento! Toda la semana estuvo haciendo viento, pero no mucho, podíamos estar en la playa o en la piscina tranquilamente, y el viento sólo nos refrescaba del calor del sol.
I think the previous reviews have been a bit harsh to be honest. Yes it's a big hotel and yes it will get bigger, but the reality is that tourism to Sal is going to increase phenomenally in the next few years, and Riu have seen the writing on the wall.
La verdad es que estamos en Cabo Verde, no estamos en Europa, asi que la calidad del hotel no es comparable.
Falsche Bilder vom Riu
Die Bilder, die von dieser Gruppe benutz werden, sind total unehrlich! Sie zeigen das Hotel, als wenn es am Strand liegen wurde, weil sie besondere Objektive benutzen. Es liegt in Wirklichkeit 500 Meter vom Strand entfernt. Das Hotel wurde auf einem einsamen Streifen, 2 Meilen von Santa Maria entfernt, gebaut. Auch die Bemühungen, die Umgebung um das Hotel zu bepflanzen, schlagen wegen des schlechten Bodens fehl. Die Zimmer sind groß und komfortabel.
Disillusion with the Riu
The photos used by this group are totally dishonest. They show the hotels as on the Beach using telephoto lenses to shrink the distance. Actually it is a good 500m from your room to the beach. The hotel is built on empty desert two miles out of the town of Santa Maria. Although they are trying to grow plants the hotel compound is mostly baked bare earth.
Rooms are large and comfortable but the hotel is patronised by middle-aged overweight Germans whose make their presence felt both at the buffets and in the race for pool loungers.
Just arrived from Sal Cape Verde and stayed at Riu Funana for a week. First view is that is a new resort that is only half built and the other part is still building but nothing that bother me, just the view of some building machines and some not yet planted gardens.
We stayed at the Riu Funana for the first 11 days of April.
We have just returned from Riu and found that it met the high standards of the chain.
Stayed at the Riu for 1wk 9 Feb 2006. It has 500 rooms (very few sea facing and you can't prebook them)Another 500 are being built. The construction site which includes its own cement works is screened off from part already opened but there is also building work near the pool.Although only opened in Oct 2005 parts of the hotel are already undergoing repair with large cracks being repaired in many of the blocks. This is noisy if you are unfortunate enough to be in one of the affected blocks (block 4 when we were there)