Having never been to an all inclusive or visited Morocco this was a new experience for my partner and I.
Tip - When you first arrive at the airport a 'porter' will literally try to take your luggage, keep a hold of it - they will expect payment for this.
When we arrived at the hotel there were many people checking in, but we were all dealt with swiftly as there were lots of staff at the reception. We were also handed a glass of some sort of cocktail. We were given a label with our room number on to put on our suitcases, and a hotel porter took them to our room (he waited for a tip when he left them but we had yet to change our money). The Moroccan restaurant was kept open for new arrivals so we got a meal that evening, even though it was quite late. In that restaurant they seem to put you on a large table with people from your own country. Being socially awkward, we found this slightly uncomfortable, although others may find this a good way to get to know others.
The room was large and basic. The beds were hard, but we slept very well every night. At the welcome meeting they did say the mattresses were new and they could be changed if they were too hard. There is a TV but the only English speaking channel is BBC World - with a catchy theme tune and it is slightly repetitive, but good for just getting the news headlines. The room in general was very good, but if you are on holiday you shouldn't really be spending much time there anyway.
The cleaners were excellent, very efficient and friendly. The room was cleaned everyday, but it would vary what time of day - it is a large complex so they seemed to stagger the cleaning. We didn't see them much, but as with all the staff they would always say hello.
The Food - As vegetarians we were expecting to struggle to find something to eat, as we had heard all inclusive can be poor for vegetarian options. We need not have worried. Breakfast options were varied, lots of egg (boiled, scrambled and omelettes), donuts, pastries, bacon, little sausages, cold meats, cheese, cereal, toast...everything. Lots of juices, coffee and tea. They cater for British, German and the French (which all seem to be the main customers of the hotel).
Lunch was in the restaurant on the lower level, and did get busy, however you could always get a seat. You never had to wait long for either food or drink.
There are 3 evening restaurants, the main general buffet, the Italian and the Moroccan ones. The latter two you had to book, but there always seemed to be a waiter wandering around at breakfast and lunch to book with. We ate at the Moroccan and Italian, they were good but I didn't think there were significantly better than the buffet one (which had some Moroccan and Italian food anyway). Snacks were available all day and there were 2 bars open from 9 for drinks. The beer was weak, so too the cocktails. The spirits or wine are probably the best to have if you want to get tipsy.
The complex - 3 pools - they were very cold. You need to get up early to get a sun lounger as people tend to 'reserve' them early. There are some kittens/cats that seem to live on the complex, but they don't bother you and are in fact rather cute. Don't feed them though, the hotel seem to do that.
The entertainment - The animation team...well what can I say. They are very enthusiastic. If you are not into that kind of thing, they would probably still attempt to get you involved, but if you have any gumption you would be able to say no. We didn't, hence got dragged to play darts 3 times. Please be aware, it generally does not just involve darts, one included finding spoons in the swimming pool then doing the Gangnam style on the bridge. So, if you play darts and that's all you want to do, leave immediately after and don't hold hands with anyone! Anyone! Because they will lead you to the next game. Also, if you are not a fan of Gangnam style - be aware you will hear it many times a day. It was a good way to meet people, even for us socially awkward people.
The Animation team work very, very hard (as do all the staff)- they are constantly active.
Tip - remember that if you get involved once you will more than likely be asked every day after.
In the evening the same team put on the evening show. The first once was comedy night, which was like having a drug induced 'bad trip' but I think they cater for the European sense of humour. We did go every night, and they had different shows on. The Mr and Mrs style one was amusing. The activities for the children seem excellent, parents seemed to be able to leave their kids with the team most of the day.
Outside the hotel - There is a private beach at the back, which has sun loungers. When were decided to walk along the promenade we did feel awkward as you do get harassed by people trying to sell things. We walked into Agadir and got the 'petite train' which takes you round the city for 18dh. In terms of the city the one day around there was enough. We got a petite taxi to souk al haj (gate 2) which was 30dhs there and 20dh back. We expecting it to be awful in terms of being approached but it wasn't as bad as we thought.
Weather - It was odd, there was kind of a mist/fog and was often cloudy. It was warm, but some evenings required a cardigan, or light jacket. We did get tanned and even sun burnt - so be careful. It is deceptive.
Excursions - we went on 2, the camel trekking and the Altas mountains trek. Both were hard work, but enjoyable. In terms of the Thomson reps that was all the were useful for. I would happily just dealt with the hotel.
I have rambled on enough but the main and the best thing about this hotel is undoubtedly the staff. I can not sing their praises enough, from the gardners, cleaners, entertainment team, to the waiters, bar staff. They are always happy, and seem really genuinely pleased to see you. They work so, so hard, and it must have been tough since it was Ramadan during our stay. The managers are readily available, you see them often around the complex.
In terms of going there again. I don't think we would go back to Agadir. We felt that we had done what we wanted, and seen the sights of Morocco. We would definitely go back to the hotel, and would opt for a Riu hotel on our next holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in Agadir * Separated from beach only by the beach front promenade * Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the hotel???s private beach * Main building and 2-story annexes * 50,000 m2 gardens * 1 km from downtown Agadir * 500 m to a supermarket and shops * 25 km from the airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa ... more less
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