Just returned from the Riu Tikida Palmeraie, I went for one week with wife and one of our sons, a 29 year old who saw this as a last family holiday. Arrived on the 1st July 2013. Greeted with a drink and ushered into the dining room for something to eat. Everybody is different at meal time so when we finished and went back to reception there was only one other couple registering. Our cases had been brought into reception and we were given room number stickers to put on them and they were swiftly taken to our rooms. The whole registration process was smooth and a lot better than queuing with a coach load of other guests.
Rooms were pleasant and our son who went as a single guest was given the same standard of room that we had. Air condition worked as did the fridge, which was better than last year’s trip to Djerba on the North East coast of Africa.
Staff could not be more helpful and did everything they could to make our stay pleasant. The food was good with lots of choice in the main restaurants. There were also two other restaurants an Italian and Moroccan that you needed reservations for, however there were no restrictions on the number of times you could eat in them and their was two sittings in each, we preferred the Moroccan.
Have seen reports that the hotel is overrun with cats, not so. There are a few as the general manager likes cats, they were not a problem in fact we quite enjoyed seeing them and reacting with them.
Sun beds were as normal and there were plenty about, if you wanted a prime position you had to be down around 7am to 7:30 am, same was true for the sun bed pillows and tables that were a bit fewer in number. But that was OK as breakfast started at 07:30 with a late breakfast from 10:00 at the pool side Italian restaurant that also served lunch including a BBQ.
Entertainment and animation team worked hard and were always lined up at the main restaurant in the evening and the lunch time restaurant to great you. They were not too pushy and accepted a no if you did not want to join in.
We went with Thomson and the two reps, one English and one Moroccan, were excellent in there help and advice, they were also on site a lot of the time. It was hot, evening temperatures, after the sun went down were 33 to 37, on average the day time temperature was in the mid 40’s and towards the end of our week it hit 50. All in all we would go back again.
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