My girlfriend and I stayed at Beach Albatros from early September for 2 weeks. We were all inclusive and overall the hotel and holiday was pretty good.
Room/Lobby – we requested a sea view room with a double bed and got provided with exactly that, in fact the bed was king size! To be honest the sea view wasn’t exactly directly ahead looking from the balcony (more to the left) but we did have a head on view of the Kasbah mountain which looks great in the evening. The room itself was spacious and very clean and although it was starting to look a bit dated, overall we was very happy with it. The maids came in daily and left the room spotless with clean towels. The noise from the main road and restaurants at times was quite loud but we adjusted to it eventually and it didn’t cause many problems. The air conditioning did work but we didn’t use it and we found it cool in the evenings. The lobby area, was very spacious and contains plenty of leather sofas ready for the evening entertainment.
Staff – all of the staff were very friendly and very helpful. The animation team, particularly Yassine and Amine were absolutely brilliant, always trying to get people involved in the pool activities during the day and then the dancing in the evening! They were very friendly and always smiling! The evening bar staff were very helpful, especially once they got familiar with you and would regularly bring drinks to your tables. The maids were also extremely friendly and did a great job of keeping the hotel and rooms clean.
Entertainment – there were various acts on a weekly rota including magician, parrot show, gymnasts, dancers, belly dancers and a couple of others. Generally they were quite entertaining but unfortunately none of them lasted more than half an hour which was slightly disappointing. There were 2 resident singers who, after 2 weeks, got quite boring as they seemed to repeat the same songs over and over.
Food – this was without doubt the worst element of the holiday for us. If you’re English like us and enjoy a good fry up in the morning then this hotel doesn’t really cater for you. Yes they do have a fantastic egg station where they will cook you fresh fried eggs or an omelette every morning but this can get boring after 2 weeks. Unfortunately, there were no beans, bacon or mushrooms. You did have some “wurst” sausages which to be honest tasted exactly as the name suggests, some very runny scrambled eggs and some other bits and bobs but essentially we lived on omelettes and toast for 2 weeks. The lunches/dinners were very hit and miss. Some of the food was really really nice yet some of it was very very bland, especially the soups. Each night was a themed service but generally there was a couple of meat dishes, one fish dish and then a few rice/potato dishes. Regardless of the dish, a lot of them did taste the same. The meal at the Tajine restaurant was again pretty average and we felt very much like we were being rushed by the waiters.
Drink – throughout the hotel were various drink machines where you could help yourself to coke/Fanta/sprite etc which was very handy and saved you asking a barman for a drink. The local beer, called Stork, in my opinion was one of the nicest lagers I have ever tasted and at 4.7% it wasn’t long before we found ourselves dancing in Le Pacha, the hotels night club! The cocktails were very nice (and strong) with the exception of the ones which contained wine – they were horrible. The wine itself was ok, the rose was nice, white was nice and the red was average.
Location – Beach albatross was a short walk from the beach, literally about 100 metres across a road. En-route, there is a Mcdonalds, Pizza hut and various small shops and restaurants. There is a small zoo called bird paradise next to the hotel which is worth a visit mainly because it’s free. For 20 dirham (approx. £1.50) you can get an orange taxi to the Agadir souk, a very good place to buy spices, oils, leather, replica watch/designed clothes etc. There is a bank not too far where you can exchange your money, as the hotel does not offer this facility although it does have a cash point.
Weather – during the 14 days, we literally had one day where the sun didn’t come out and to be honest the sea wind made it too cold to sit around the pool. We had several days where the sun came out early afternoon and it was blazing but you don’t realise the temperature due to the sea breeze. The remainder of the holiday was sun sun sun and we went home with reasonably good tans! We were unlucky enough to catch the “mist” that everyone talks about, but the sun soon burnt it away!
Excursions – We booked our excursions through the hotel rep, Abdul and found they were cheaper than what Thomson were advertising. Our first excursion was the Fantasia dinner evening. This is a chance to watch various traditional Moroccan dancers/acts whilst sitting in a tent eating traditional tajine. After dinner, everyone ventures outside to watch gymnasts and horsemen. We would highly recommend this evening. Our second excursion was the boat trip. Despite the rough seas resulting in several people feeling sea sick (including me), this trip was excellent. You have the opportunity to swim and fish for mackerel, which later are filleted and cooked in front of you for lunch in addition to some very artistic work from the chef. Our third excursion was the day trip to Marrakech. A very long and hot day but was a perfect opportunity to visit the city. After a 3 ½ hour coach trip, you visit a garden which was very nice. You then move onto the souk which was like a maze, but the guided tour was ideal to avoid getting lost. After this you go for a nice lunch followed by a visit to the palace and then on to the square. The square itself was quite intimidating, with snake charmers and monkey owners trying to force you into having pictures and then paying for them! You have 90mins free time to roam the square and visit the souk so we stuck in a small group to avoid getting lost or harassed. The last excursion was the camel riding. This was a brilliant experience but I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t like heights or not being in control as they can be a bit wobbly and unpredictable!
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