We have just got back from an amazing week at the Tikida palmeraie! I have been to Marrakech before and stayed in the Riu Tikida Garden which was a fabulous hotel but as the pool was quite small we decided to book the Palmeraie instead as the pictures of the pool sold it to us!
We were not disappointed on arrival with a welcome drink and dinner waiting, and after checking in our luggage went off to our room and we took a leisurely stroll over (via the bar!) there were numerous staff members waiting outside to show us to our rooms (it was dark and the complex itself is massive!)
The rooms are huge and the air conditioning a welcome relief after a day by the pool.
The pool is a large infinity pool and there are plenty of sunbeds (although it can be a struggle to get one with a shade, they are pretty much all gone by 9am!) The pool attendants are always around and will help find you a sunbed and somewhere to sit!
The food was lovely and there is plenty of choice, a visit to the Moroccan restaurant is a definite (Book with the head waiter!). There is also an Italian restaurant which was nice but not quite as amazing as the Moroccan!
With 4 different bars and 3 restaurants you could always find somewhere you wanted to be, smoking is allowed in most places around the hotel which I found to be the only negative.
The animation team try very hard, I will take my hat off to them for the effort and hours they put in, I would have liked to have seen a bit more live entertainment maybe singers, bands and acts in the main theatre bar of an evening.
Make sure you get out and about and see the real Marrakech, a guide book and some haggling with the taxi's will get you to all the sites! Most of the sites in Marrakech have very small entrance fees, 10/20 diramhs.
Overall and amazing hotel with fabulous staff that really looked after us!
We have even looked at booking up for next year and we only got back yesterday!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Opening winter 2009/10 * Located in Marrakech * Main building and 2-storey annexes * 65,000 m2 gardens * 5 km from Marrakech's old quarter * 800 m from various shops * 13 km from the airport * 900 m from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa ... more less
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