My wife and I, along with our niece and nephew recently spent a week at the "RIU Tikida Dunas" and we had great time. This was our first time in a RIU hotel and I must say we were really impressed. My wife and I came to Agadir back in November 2006 and I must say it's a great city.
On arrival we were met with a complimentary cocktail and proceeded to be checked-in speedily and efficiently. We were a little tired as we arrived at approximately 11:30pm (blame this on the flight times from the U.K), but we found our room to be spacious, clean, and the bed really comfy. Our balcony looked out onto the communal gardens and paths around the hotel and we could see the sea through gap in the accommodation block opposite (!!). When leaving the room it looked out onto the main road at the front of the hotel but this wasn't too bad.
Pools and the surrounding area:
There are three large pools; a saltwater pool, and two other swimming pools. All three are cold but really quite refreshing once you've managed to get over this and got straight in. There are loads and loads of sunloungers, but if you really want to reserve those in the more desirable areas of the pool for sunbathing you'll have to be up pretty early as these are gone sharp-ish. The areas around the pool were spotless and the gardens were green and well maintained. There was also entertainment around the pool during the day, e.g. bingo, water aerobics, darts, children's entertainment, etc.
If you like to sunbathe on the beach the hotel has beds on a private spot on the beach just outside the hotel grounds. Simply leave the hotel at the back through the security gate and walk over the promenade to the beach. We found the beach to be really clean and were not pestered by hawkers like we were when we last came 7 years ago. The sea was great with plenty of waves (ideal for body boarding) but beware of the under-current as this is rather strong and we struggled to get out at one stage.
The beach was great, especially after having lunch so you could have a walk right down it into the centre of Agadir and back to help your lunch go down. In the evening, walking along the promenade into Agadir was lovely and a good way of seeing the sun set.
The main restaurant where you ate your breakfast and evening meals was enormous with plenty of space for everyone. Breakfast consisted of the usual English items, cereals, toast, pancakes, etc, with also meats/cheeses for the continental-style breakfast, and there was more than enough for everyone. The waiters were very polite and courteous and cleared the table quickly (sometimes too quickly as our nephew hadn't quite finished his breakfast before his plate was whisked away)!! One of the downsides of the all-inclusive package was seeing some children piling their plates with food only to leave it all as they couldn't eat it. Evening meals were tasty with plenty of choices of European and Moroccan dishes. We couldn't really fault anything food-wise at all. Lunch was served in the outdoor restaurant, again, with plenty of choice of European and Moroccan dishes, along with the obligatory chips, burgers, ice cream. The only downside we could think of was the buffet-style service was a little too busy for our liking and at times became a bit of a free-for-all.
We ate in the hotel's Moroccan restaurant (next to the main restaurant) which like all of the others was buffet-style service. The food was great in a relaxing setting.
A couple of nights we ate out; once at "La Mauresque", a Moroccan restaurant just down the road from the hotel (very nice), and once at "La Lampara" just around the corner from "La Mauresque" - this served European and Moroccan-style food. Of the two we would recommend "La Lampara" for it's food, service, and frienliness of the staff (we just happen to have eaten here before when we came 7 years ago and it was just a good then).
Hotel lobby and Reception:
The lobby in the evening was clean, comfy, and generally rather relaxing. There is also a shop so you can buy snacks, postcards, and any souvenirs but this is pricey. Next to the shop there is a chance to have a mint-tea (Moroccan whisky) where you sit on comfy chairs and learn how to make it (drinking this is lovely and refreshing on a hot day). There was entertainment in the form of a band most evenings, and then they had Moroccan-style dancers too. Wi-fi is available in the lobby but this by all accounts is rather slow. It was quite amazing to see numerous families all sat together but tapping away on their smart phones and iPads not communicating with each other.
If you miss the football whilst away from home then fear not as there is a T.V just off the lobby showing live Premiership and other European matches (we managed to see bits of the "El Classico" match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as two of Chelsea's games against Manchester City and Arsenal - this made my nephew rather happy as he's a Chelsea fan). In this room there are also card tables, and a pool table for any pool-sharks amongst you.
The receptionists are helpful, friendly, are available to exchange money for you (there's also a cash machine in reception), and will give you any information you require on the general area of Agadir. However, we requested a late check-out room as our flight home wasn't until 10:40pm on 31st October (we were picked up at 7:45pm by our coach to take us to the airport) and were assured they would do what they could to arrange this - we were asked to request this the night before our departure. Check-out of our room was at 11:00am, but reception only granted us an extra hour until 12:00pm as these rooms weren't available. Luckily, the reception have rooms where you can wash and change but only permit you 20 minutes usage per couple!! Although friendly, there were times when we found the receptionists to be very inflexible and they were not always willing to listen to any particular gripes other guests may have had.
Trips - booked via the Thomson reps:
As our niece and nephew had not been to Agadir, or indeed Morocco before, we did the "Agadir Experience" trip. This was a great way of seeing the city, learning about Agadir's rebuild following the earthquake in 1960 which destroyed the old city, and also to experience the local souk. We also went on the "Camel Trekking" which is great for all the family (a good 2 hours with two to a camel). Finally, we did the "Marrakech Royale" trip which was unbelievable. Our pick-up time was at 7:00am which meant we were up at 5:30am showering, changing and having our breakfast at 6:00am (if you do this trip book your breakfast at reception). It's a good three hour-plus trip to Marrakech, but the guide was brilliant and made the trip really interesting. After a bit of sight-seeing, a hearty lunch and a trip through the souk we had a good two hours to ourselves where we could go back into the souk for a spot of shopping and a chance to haggle. The "Djemaa al Fna" square was amazing, is very in-your-face (we loved it), and has to be seen to be believed. Whatever you do, DO NOT pay the snake charmers or monkey handlers for photos - these animals are badly treated. The monkeys wear nappies, have chains around their necks which they pull back on, and looked really unhappy and stressed. The snakes have their back teeth removed so they can't bite nor eat properly. Paying these handlers for a photo only extends the animals misery.
When haggling, one tip: don't offer more than 25% of the asking price, but steadily negotiate the final price up to no more than 50% of the original price. After dinner in a restaurant we met up at our coach at 7:30pm and were back at the hotel at 10:45-ish. A long day but more than worth it - this is a trip that comes highly recommended!!
Another of the trips we did, not via Thomson, was to the "Medina d'Agadir" which was to a house which was designed via the Italian designer Coco Polizzi. There are various shops in the grounds, a restaurant, and a chance to look at all the weird and wonderful furniture there. This cost us 120 dirhams there and back (about £10.00) and the tax-driver waited for us throughout (about 2 hours).
For those cat lovers amongst you:
There are a couple of "Cat cafes" dotted around the hotel grounds where guests can feed the hotel's feline residents. These cats are well fed and cared for, neutered/spayed, de-flea'd, and have had all of their jabs. You'll see them around the pool asleep on a sun umbrella, sun lounger, or generally hanging around the restaurant at lunchtime and are very friendly. You should only feed them at the "cat cafes" but we saw guests giving them scraps from their plates.
The only real downside to this hotel was the rooms did not have any tea or coffee-making facilities - disappointing as we love a brew when we get up.
Another gripe was that of the flight times to and from Agadir (something Thomson and the other tour operators could resolve) - landing at 2:20am back in the U.K is not ideal at all.
All in all, this was a great hotel with staff who were very friendly and attentative, with great food, and this helped to make a great week away. We would come back to Agadir anytime and this is a hotel we would recommend to anyone who wants to come here too.
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