This hotel is still in the early stages of operating so, as you would expect, everything is new, clean and up to date from the sunbeds to the rooms themselves. We had a minor issue on arrival in that the room allocated smelt of drains but they changed us immediately to another room with no problems. The rooms are spacious with good quality fittings and the beds are firm but very comfortable. The TV seemed all singing and dancing but we don't go on holiday to watch TV so didn't check what was available. We didn't have a pool view but were on the side of the hotel with a partial sea view. This is perfectly acceptable as we only sat there for an end of evening drink when it was dark so we didn't need to see anything!! If you intend to sit on your balcony rather than at the beach or pool then book a pool view, otherwise there is no need!
The staff are extremely keen to serve, whether this continues remains to be seen, but in the main they were veryb efficient, friendly and polite, even the maids in corridors spoke to us! Tipping seems to ensure the service continues but sometimes I felt it was expected just because they had said 'Good Morning'.
The food in the restaurants is excellent and I couldn't fault any of it. The chefs seemed very happy working there and were on hand to explain dishes if required. There is a huge amount of choice, with a pasta\pizza station, a carvery section and a main section doing everything from fish to curries. There were usually two soup choices as well as salad and cold meat options. The desserts were amazing!! Breakfast was also varied with the normal eggs, bacon, beans etc but also pancakes, pastries, cereals, yoghurts, cold meats and fruit. All this washed down with Champagne if you so wish!!!
We had booked the Moroccan restaurant but unfortunately my son was ill (from before we got there - nothing to do with the hotel) so we changed it to the Italian. This meal was also fantastic and a slightly more intimate setting. The dress code is definitely adhered to which is great to see. It's good to see people can make an effort when required. It also stops the football shirt and shorts brigade from booking here, which can only be a good thing!
The bars serve pretty much anything you'd expect and the cocktails are worth trying.The champagne and cocktails are available at no extra cost unlike some other so called 5* AI hotels.There are some lovely seating areas around the bars, inside and out on the balcony where you can watch the amazing sunsets.
The pools are bigger than they appear on photos. There are two, one of which has Aquafat, sorry, Fit, at 12pm which I have to say got a good number of participants. The other is slightly larger with a swim up bar so it is popular but is large enough to swim in or laze around. The pools are also immaculate, being cleaned morning and night. There were a fair few pool attendants and we even saw one wiping down the metal posts of the railings after it had rained which was exceptional attention to detail! Sorry, yes there was a bit of rain and sea mist but if you have done your homework you will know this can occur. There is a decent size indoor pool that can be used if this is the case so it wasn't all bad.
My only negative is the now normal issue of sunbeds being reserved. Unfortunately we didnt cotton onto this for a couple of days but then you are forced to join in just to get somewhere to sit. This really does need to be looked at as it appears that the pool staff are getting tipped to hold these beds. There were beds near us that were free, but 'reserved' from 9.10am and were still not used when we went to our room at 5.45pm. I also saw someone try to take towels off two beds for the guy next to them to say that 'their friends were at lunch' which was a complete lie! No-one used them all day but what can you do?! I don't know if the hotel was fully booked as it never seemed too busy they couldn't cope, so I can only imagine how much worse it could get if this continues.
There are sunbeds over the promenade within the reserved section of the beach (a 30 second walk!) which I imagine doesn't get the same issue. The beach is great and the 'hawkers' few and far between and easy to say no to.
Hotel Riu Palace Tikida will appeal to a slightly older clientele, or those wishing to avoid the Brit crowd and masses of children. There are some activities but they are low key so its a perfect place to chill out without music blasting in your ears or hollers of 'Volleyball' that can occur in other hotels. We looked at ClubHotel Tikida Dunas and if you want kids club, mini disco, water polo, volleyball etc etc then that is probably a much better option for you. Hotel Riu Palace is much quieter and a fantastic place to recharge and grab some sun. I highly recommend it and would definitely go back if I was to return to Morocco.
On a side note Agadir itself isn't that great so unless you really want to see a marina or a souk I'd say just relax in the sun!!!
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