My Husband and I stayed at this hotel from the 18th – 25th October 2012. We wouldn’t usually go for this kind of holiday, but wanted something relaxing, which was lucky as there wasn’t much to do in Agadir. We arrived early evening to a lovely greeting with cocktails. We were given the key cards for our room and the receptionist said that we had been given a quiet room as I had requested by email due to reading the reviews on here about people having rooms above the nightclub. Our cases were brought to our room immediately by a porter. The room was perfect! HUGE double bed, which was so comfy. We had a partial sea view, which was a nice surprise. The beach is very large and was pretty much empty most of the week we were there. The sea was very rough and not swimmable. We also spotted a jellyfish! We preferred to be by the pool. The pool was nice, cold but a relief after sunbathing (the temperatures were late 20s). Pool was cleaned every morning, but did have a few tiles missing on the sides and bottom, which made it look a bit tatty. We spent a lot of time by the pool as there wasn’t much to do in Agadir, a few lame shops and a nice marina, but that’s about it. There is a shop called Uniprix where everything is fixed price, no haggling required, very cheap and hassle free. The souk was a nightmare, I was excited about visiting it, but was disappointed. It was very cheap, but only really sold fruit and veg, herbs and shoes! It was so dirty, loads of flies and chickens everywhere! We got a taxi from our hotel for 20 Dirham. There is a little train that takes you around Agadir for about 30/40 minutes, but it doesn’t really see much, mainly empty shops and half built hotels, but then it is only about 80p! We did the First Choice day trip to Marrakech and Marrakech was much more traditional and interesting, but so hot. The trip is such a long day (we got picked up at 7am and got back at midnight), but it is so worth it. We were actually taken by minibus as the coach was full, this was quicker and more comfortable, but it did mean that my Husband and I couldn’t sit next to each other! There were only six of us on the bus and we had our own guide, so that was very good. He was called Azizi and was very informative and very laid back. The fact that we were a small group meant we could be more relaxed about the plans for the day and what time we left to head back to Agadir. We visited a mosque, old school, herbal pharmacy and old presidential palace in Marrakech as well as being taken around the back streets and around the main square. We also had free time to explore. Azizi definitely took us places we wouldn’t have felt comfortable going on our own! The trip included lunch and evening meal. Both were very similar, the usual mixed salad, meat tagines, vegetable cous cous, Moroccan pastries and grapes followed by mint tea. Nice, but we were a bit bored of the food by the end of the week. The hotel food was the same kind of thing. Always something nice to eat and always left the restaurant feeling full, but it did get a bit samey. The tagines were nice and the meat was always beautifully cooked. They did lamb kebabs and pitta breads one night, always a fish choice too. Puddings were ok, the usual pastries, occasionally a hot pudding, chocolate brownie one night which was delicious. The ice cream was also lovely. The lunch time restaurants were slightly disappointing. The Italian had a very small selection of salad, sometimes pasta. There was always a sign up for Panini and Pizza, although we never saw any. Saying that, you could order pizzas fresh and they were ok. The buffet lunch restaurant was ok, nice views of the beach. Usually a tagine plus a couple of other hot choices and a salad cart (off putting as always covered in flies). Needed a refurb, very tired with flaking paint, etc. Breakfast was the nicest meal of the day. They had the usual boring croissants, etc and cheese and ham and bread, etc, but they also had omelettes, crumpets, muffins and pancakes freshly made to order. Delicious, especially the crumpets! The cooked breakfast was very nice too, although slightly too spicy for first thing in the day! Small chorizo sausages, Harissa beans, crispy bacon, fried potatoes, roasted tomatoes and aubergine. We visited the Moroccan and fish a la cartes. The Moroccan one was done out very nice, very traditional. You do have to share your table with others, which would normally put us off, but luckily we were sharing with a very nice couple, also from England. We had soup (very strange, not sure what the meat was, very fatty), seafood pastilla (very tasty, I really enjoyed this – it was also served in the main restaurant some nights and a chicken one, even nicer), lemon chicken with olive tagine and cous cous followed by Moroccan pastries and mint tea (again). Nice atmosphere though and the couple we were sat with had a Birthday and so we got to share champagne and Birthday cake, which certainly added to the fun! The fish restaurant (which was the lunch buffet restaurant) was lacking in atmosphere and the service was not very good. We were served a watered down bottle of wine to begin with before it was replaced. Prawn cocktail, followed by fillet of John Dory with Dauphinoise potatoes followed by cake. Very nice! There was different entertainment every night – Diversity/Flawless type dancers, Michael Jackson impersonator, saxophonist, magician, Moroccan dancers, musicians, etc. The Moroccan night was very good. A stall was set up outside selling spices, different musicians throughout the evening and dancers. All the staff were in traditional Moroccan dress. There were two singers every night, not the best and mainly very cheesy songs, but better than nothing! They were on early evening and came back on after the main entertainment. Apart from the Moroccan night, the main entertainment was only on for half an hour. One evening we went to the Fantasia show (trip organised by First Choice). Beware, our rep said that it would take half an hour to get there, but it actually took an hour and fifteen minutes! We were offered a drink and dates on arrival, but no one seemed to try it as they didn’t say what it was! There was a snake charmer and lady cooking bread in a traditional oven, which we could try – very nice! We were then seated in a large traditionally decorated Moroccan tent for the meal (included) – sharing with others again! Entertainers performed between each course. It was ok, a bit noisy and random and they tried dragging everyone up to dance! Cringe! The meal consisted of….you guessed it – tagine! After the meal we went out to the arena and watched men on horses, belly dancers, fire breathers, acrobatics, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in Agadir* Separated from beach only by the beachfront promenade* Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the hotel's private beach* 4-story building* 12,000 garden* 1 km from downtown Agadir* 500 m to a supermarket and shops* ... more less
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- Riu Tikida Beach Hotel
- Riu Tikida Beach Agadir