We went to Morocco for our first anniversary with Itaka. The country is quite exotic for us and will obviously not suit for everyone. For us it was an interesting and valuable experience.
The hotel itself is very nice. It is located in a tourist part of the town, with other hotels nearby. There's a promenade which allows for some nice walking. All the hotels have staff on duty checking who enters hotels from the promenade. There are not many local people in this area - they tend to keep to the older parts of the city - with the exception of Saturday afternoons, when local families visit the beach en masse.
You can use the promenade to get to the town centre with some bars and shops (including Western brands). It take about an hour to get there with no rush.
The reception staff is very helpful, a few able to communicate in English very nicely (and there's always someone who can on duty), altering room allocation as needed. The waiters (as well as show-cooks) are also very friendly with a "no problem" attitude. Customisation in bar service is also possible.
The rooms are nicely up-kept, clean and practical, with balconies organised to maximise the sea view and privacy at the same time. Some rooms, however, are a little chilly and dark as they are to the north - the staff do warn about that on check in though (so if You like basking in the sun on the balcony - do tell them). There was nothing to complain about with the bathrooms.
The beds are comfy, but not that good for couples - if You get two separate, they may slide away from each other!
Food. The food is simply excellent. A lot of interesting choice, local cuisine as well as international, many different meats, fish, vegetables, fresh fruit. Tasty cakes and sweat creams. There's also some variation between different days especially in the show-cooking area, with foods raging from Moroccan meatballs (full of cumin) to fresh sushi. Pizza for those addicted was also available, as well as pasta, freshly cooked with sauce to order. A special feature was a Moroccan day with many different "tajine"s to choose from (usually there was just one or two).
It is also worth visiting the themed restaurant if You have this option. The pool restaurant, though obviously offering a much simpler choice, was still a nice option for day-long sunbathers.
Beverages: we didn't try many alcohol-based drinks despite our all-inclusive offer, but other guest seemed to like them a lot, concerning their lack of appearance on optional excursions ;). What we did get we did like and a special mention must go to the mint tea: nothing as good as having a freshly made mint tea after leaving cool waters of the Ocean!
Sports: outdoor swimming pools are nice, especially the heated one. It offers some space to swim and the temperature is perfectly set to the level that is already comfortable but still not hot enough to discourage You from swimming.
The indoor swimming pool is of limited access (unless You use the beauty centre) but there's an hour or two on midday when there's free aqua-aerobic and, later, free swimming possibility. The pool is not of Olympic or even school dimensions though, so don't expect to be able to continue Your pre-Olympic training ;)
The value for money seems very, very good. The All-Inclusive is very beneficial, especially if You don't plan many local excursions (though I would be a little sorry to fly several hours and not leave the hotel at all...). We definitely recommend the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The IBEROSTAR Founty Beach is an all-inclusive 4-star hotel in Morocco, on the Atlantic Ocean. Located very close to a beach of fine sand and less than a half mile from the centre of Agadir, Morocco's main tourist centre, the IBEROSTAR Founty Beach hotel is the ideal accommodation for enjoying the beauty and culture of Morocco. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel Agadir
- Iberostar Hotel Agadir
- Iberostar Hotel Founty Beach
- Founty Beach Hotel
- Founty Beach Agadir