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Hotel Riu Tikida Beach
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Chemin des Dunes BP 901, Agadir 80000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #12 of 80 Hotels in Agadir
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“Riu Tikada Beach Hotel chill out in the sun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Stayed with a friend having requested a 'quiet' apartment each with Thomson and were delighted to find we had this with the added bonus of large rooms overlooking the sea and the pool. The room maids are a gem and leave your room spotless and are very polite in a friendly way. All staff are quick to identify your needs and preferences which are guaranteed with a small 20 D tip after service and a short, polite response in French from you.

Food choice is great for all tastes and although I loved their fish, the roast duck carved for you was delicious and even roast pork was cooked one night despite this being against Muslim culture. Great for veggies too and they do fab potatoes in many ways and lovely cauliflower cheese. Got addicted to adding natural yoghurt with figs , other fruits and honey to start breakfast, followed by egg dishes and pastries. The sweets in the evening were too varied to mention but gorgeous and reckon this is why the French stay here as pastry chef must be good.

Weather was windy most days which gave low humidity so you do not sweat but gave a nice tan, so beware and use factor 30 if you are a medium tanning Brit. Beach area is roped off for our use only, with bar staff attending and a great place to watch everything and meet the locals at the sea edge which is always a surf riders paradise.

Pool is a magnet for children and some who go topless ( not sure why they think this ok with Muslim women on holiday there too, but hey ho). Pool terrace bar is my preference to eat lunch along with a bottle of rose wine which is your best bet and i am a red wine person . You will not get Gordons gin if expecting this as all drinks are branded locally. Look for waiter called Hishaam and he will get you really great mint tea after or before alcohol and is a young hard working family man with great attention to you and a great smile when you say it " was good".

In all, this was a great relaxing holiday as I was restricted having had a wrist fracture before going, so only did Agadir trip, train route and walked the promenade or beach. You will get hassled to buy things but " non merci " , sunglasses and keep on walking, will work if you are not interested. Beds are the best I have ever slept in , so along with the great cleanliness , save a bigger tip for the maids.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Stayed here for 2 weeks 25.03.13 to 08.04.13 with my family, 8 adults in total ages ranging from 20-50 and 3 kids, aged from 3 months to 6 years. We requested 4 sea view rooms but ended up with pool view, this wasn't a problem, it was still a lovely view.
Rooms:
The rooms are big and tasteful, the bathroom is a bit dated but spotless with a hot powerful shower. The beds are surprisingly comfortable with really soft linen and thin duvets, rather than the blanket and sheet combo usually found abroad. They were cleaned every day but the timing of the maid varied, sometimes she came at 3pm, other times she walked in on us asleep. It wasn't a problem though, if we were in the room she would come back later. They also left 2 1.5L bottles of water every day.
Hotel:
Around the pool is lovely with big double beds to sunbathe on with pillows and umbrellas, as is the beach. The entertainment team would try to rope you into joining activities but would leave you alone once you said no and there was always a waiter hanging around to get you a drink. The reception area was a bit dated but plenty of seating and also indoor smoking. There is an ATM machine and a counter where you can change pounds into dirhams. It is mainly French guests but we didn't find this a problem, everyone was pleasant.
Entertainment:
The entertainment team were absolutely brilliant with the kids, as were the waiters. We befriended one guy called Khalid, he took us out one night to the English bar and a nightclub as we didn't know where to go. It was also pretty funny watching them drag the pensioners up to dance. There is a singer and some form of entertainment on every night in the bar; the shows were good but repeated on a weekly basis so the second week was pretty boring. The singer was brilliant and always came over for a chat, one night he even gave us a lift into town for a night out. Tipping the waiters is advised early on in the holiday, about 20 dirhams is ok (less than £2), we found that by doing that they learnt what you drank and brought it before you even asked for it.
Food:
I found breakfast pretty limited. There is a good choice of cereals, cold meat/cheeses and pastries/crepes but not much in the way of cooked items. I also found the choice at other meal times quite small; i mean there was a good selection, but less than usual at an All Inc. With that being said there was always something that was enjoyable, particularly the chips, for some reason the chips were amazing. I travelled with two fussy eaters and they didn't go hungry, but again with going for 2 weeks it did get repetitive. Bottles of red/white or rose wine are served with the meal, as is sparkling or still water and you can request other drinks.
Drinks:
The alcohol spirits were brand named and there is a good selection of cocktails and soft drinks, i'm also told the beer was nice. Some drinks were a little bit strong but you either get used to it or ask them to use less.
Out of the hotel:
The beach front makes a nice walk down to the marina, about 40 minutes. You do get hassled by some people selling trinkets, henna tattoos, excursions and drugs. I learnt the Arabic for 'No thank you' and that kept them away, apart from one man selling camel tours who followed us right until we went back into the hotel. There's also a man with one leg on crutches who just holds out his hand and wants you to give him money. Nice few restaurants on the front though not many shops, there are a few in the marina.
We only ate out one night at 'Le Maxwell', if you follow the road in front of the hotel to the roundabout it's there with a few other restaurants and bars. It was nice and well-priced; the Gambas prawns’ starter was amazing.
We went on the train, which picks you up outside the Valley of the Birds which is behind McDonalds and Pizza Hut, for 18 Dirham (Not even £1.50) it's worth it just to get your bearings around the town. The Valley of the Birds also makes a nice walk as you come out at UniPrix, be aware though that some of the animals aren't well looked after and it is a bit upsetting, but it's free entry and you don't get hassled. UniPrix is good if you want to visit a Souk but don't want the hassle of haggling as it's all fixed price, plenty of souvenirs and it's not that expensive. I got a few things and it cost me about £17.
We visited the Kasbah on our own, not as part of a tour which i would advise against. You can get a taxi driver to take you, wait an hour and then drive you back to the hotel for 150 dirhams, which is good. However we were the only tourists there and got hassled none stop, a man engaged us in conversation and began to lead us around the Kasbah, explaining all the sites. Really you need this as without the knowledge none of the ruins would make sense, you might as well have been looking at a bunch of stones. However he rushed us around for 10 minutes, taking us to a man to have a photo taken with a 'baby camel' which was a goat and then demanded 20 dirham for the privilege, fair enough but i didn't even want to touch it, it literally got thrown at us and you had to put your arms out so it didn't fall. The man originally wanted 100 dirham for it, about £8, but as we were talking him down our unofficial guide stormed over and asked what our problem was, to give him 20 dirham as it's only £2 to us, which i found especially rude. One guy slapped a bracelet on my friend’s wrist after he said no, and then took 5 dirham from him. After our unasked for whirlwind tour i offered the guide 100 dirham, he said it's each, so my friend gave him 100 dirham as well, then he demanded 200 dirham each. So we gave him 400 dirham (Just over £30), i'll be honest i felt intimidated which is why i paid it. If you want to see the Kasbah i highly recommend you go with an organised tour, it is worth seeing and there are lovely sights but we got so rushed around we couldn't take anything in, i was desperate to leave from the moment the man started talking to us. That then put us off going to the souk, as apparently people attach themselves to you as tour guides there as well, which is why we went to UniPrix instead.
We did the dune buggies Thomson Excursion which i cannot recommend enough; it was a brilliant day out. It cost 1000 dirham per buggy (£77) but you could have 2 in a buggy and take turns at driving, you cover about 20 mile on a really good track and stop off for Moroccan tea and food at a house half way. You can also do Quad Biking but you have to go direct for that, it's about £35 per quad for the same experience. We went as 4 men ages 22-50 and 2 girls 20-21 and we all had a brilliant time.
We also did the Fantasia Dinner show which is well worth a visit, that cost 400 dirham per person (About £30) which includes coach transfer, a traditional Moroccan meal and entertainment, drinks are extra but they weren't too expensive. A storm started during our visit so we couldn't see the entire show as it's all outside, but they did do what bits they could and that was still enjoyable, you had to give them points for still carrying on, especially the woman belly dancing in the pouring rain.
There is an English bar just down the road, which wasn't very English. It had karaoke and often we were the only English people there, you also could never get on the karaoke. Worth a visit as i believe it sells English beers, but it was expensive and i got hassled no end by foreign men. One man from Mexico kept hounding my Dad to let him dance with me (My response after i'd already told him i didn't want to dance and he kept asking was to tell him my father said no, thinking he would respect that more) literally for hours he wouldn't leave us be, when we tried leaving he followed us down the road. I'm fairly laid back but even i was getting quite irrate with it all.
Theres quite a few nightclubs, not to my taste but then im not into that kind of music but all pretty expensive to drink in.
The nightclub attached to the hotel is pretty horrific, i went once. It was about £40 for a round of 4 beers and 1 mojito, chocked full of prostitutes/escorts and Russians. It was the only place i went that even though i was covered i felt leered at, which was surprising seeing as the prositutes barely had anything on. I could see how a room near it would be unpleasant, you could still hear the music on our balcony at the other side of the hotel (You couldn't with the door shut), but i suppose they'll be cheaper rooms.
Overall i would say it is a nice hotel and we did have a good holiday, although 2 weeks was far too long to spend there, we all got really bored in the second week, but i would recommend it for a week. The staff are possibly the nicest i've ever encountered before.
Note: There wasn't much in the way of kids clubs or child activities, which was the only bad point of this hotel although the pool kept them busy enough as did dancing to the singer in the evenings. The 1 year old we took became notorious around the hotel for dancing on stage with the singer, everyone ended up knowing his name.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Arrived late in the evening but found plates of cold meats, cheese etc in our rooms waiting for us along with a fruit bowl & fresh flowers, this was a great start after a long day traveling. The hotel is lovely, clean & spacious, there is plenty of seating areas around the foyer (where you can get wifi).
The staff couldn't be more friendly or helpful especially the entertainment team who made you feel welcome without pestering you. The food was fantastic and having never left the hotel for a week we never felt the meals were repetitive, with 3 restaurants & an Italian snack bar the variety was great. Drinks were good quality and easy to get as waiters are very attentive, by day around the pool & by night in the bar. The variety of entertainment was very good & professional. All in all we will be returning next year.

Room Tip: It may be advisable to ask for a room away from the night club.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I travel a lot with my job & stay in many 5* hotels that are contemporary & stunning but don't have the ambience that this hotel has. Not filled with British lager louts, mainly French some Italians & Germans which made for a peaceful, pleasant week. Food is very good with a huge choice, all drinks good quality & no issues getting served whatsoever. All entertainment etc. finishes around 11pm-midnight within the hotel bar but if you wish to carry on there is a nightclub til 5am. All staff here are very good & pleasant & work very hard. The entertainment team are funny, enthusiastic but not in your face - there were 3 of us in our early forties & a 7yr old - we are hoping to return next year.

Room Tip: Over looking the beach would be lovely but really bumps the price up.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Just back from a great week. The welcome was good. We had two spacious rooms clean and comfortable. Good beds and bedding the rooms were spotless and cleaned everyday providing towels as requested. The bathroom has an unusual shower arrangement but as the bath was large and hot water plentiful it didn't prove a problem.
There was a wide range of food available to suit all tastes. A previous review said there was a lack of choice at breakfast. This was not our experience at all. A range of cooked items, fried and boiled eggs and omelettes. Always pancakes to the delight of our son. A range of croissants and continental breads and meats etc fresh fruit and cereals. The Italian snack bar by the pool provided lunch and afternoon snacks. The Churrito restaurant provided hot and cold buffet lunches with beautiful views out to sea. We experienced the traditional Morrocan restaurant where you needed to book. There was no choice here but the staff were very welcoming and keen to give you a traditional meal. The Churrito becomes a fish restaurant in the evening where booking is necessary. We visited this restaurant twice again no choice but good quality food.
The evening entertainment may not be everybody"s choice but the bar staff are friendly and good fun and nothing is too much trouble. The singer is not unpleasant and provides background music. We didn't visit the night club so can't comment on that. The noise reported in other reviews was not a problem to us.
Saad the Thomson rep was good and gave lots of info at the meeting. No hard sell on the trips.
The reception staff at the desk need to be a bit more on the ball and follow up client requests.my son's room shower head stopped working and we had to report it a couple of times before it was sorted.
The animation team work hard and are friendly and approachable. They make a real effort to involve everyone and invite you to participate and use the facilities young and old alike. The pool is good and very clean and the bar staff very attentive.
We had a great week and would visit again. I would recommend a stay here. I know this review is a bit lengthy but I wanted to give a full picture. They say the food/ accom is good because a lot of French people visit. I think it's because the staff are good at their job and keen to please and give good service!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We had an excellent week here 19th - 25th March 2013. Very clean, modern hotel. Large bedrooms, ours overlooked the pool. Food in the restaurants was incredible - so much choice and lots of food freshly cooked while you wait. Pool clean and attractive but was not warm enough for us although many people did use it. Staff courteous and efficient - helpful if you could speak French but not necessary. Evening entertainment in bar varied and adequate. Wifi in the reception area. Hotel sited by a well used and well maintained promenade which was safe at all times of the day and evening. A few street vendors but once you say No they do go away. Trips - morning round Agadir a good investment. We also visited Tourandt which was a authentic look at Moroccan life. Overall an excellent restful holiday.

Room Tip: We were in room 4 and 14 which were very quiet, and recommended. Could get noise from club at the fr...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Returned home Monday 18 March. What a great week, cannot praise the hotel, staff and food enough. Weather great and fantastic prom to walk along, felt very safe and had no problems from the few street sellers we saw. Will certainly return to this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Chemin des Dunes BP 901, Agadir 80000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Agadir
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Agadir
#7 Romantic Hotel in Agadir
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Agadir
#8 Spa Hotel in Agadir
#9 Luxury Hotel in Agadir
#12 Family Hotel in Agadir
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Tikida Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 233
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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