We chose the Riu Tikida Palace for our honeymoon in March for 10 nights and we are so glad we did! From arriving at the hotel and being greeted with a cocktail to checking out we enjoyed every minute. I had read some of the reviews before we arrived and noticed quite a few that said the age range of the guests was over 50 and wasn't really a hotel for the younger guests. Well we are in our late 20's and saw plenty of couples and families around the same age as us, it just depends what kind of holiday you are after. We wanted to relax in the sun all day with cocktails & enjoy a nice meal & a few drinks at night and this is exactly what we got. If you want loud music playing into the early hours and late night bars then this isn't the hotel for you!
The hotel is so beautiful, the entrance area joins with the bar area where there is lots of seating and was so relaxing to sit in the afternoon with a cocktail to get out of the sun (or the rain which we had on 2 days) was always cool in that area and you could pick up the wifi. It did get quite busy in the evening though.
Pool area was quite big, 2 bars, 2 pools (one heated which was ideal for the time of year) and plenty of sunbeds. As other people have said by 7.30-8 when we were going for breakfast the wooden sunbeds with mattresses already had towels on them. I think the hotel maybe needs to do something about this just because some days we had been around the pool all day and some of the reserved beds were never touched, its a bit unfair to other guests. Most days there were enough beds for everyone as there were stacks of the plastic beds around.
When the pool area got a bit crowded some days we went down to the beach, just through the gate & across the promenade. Plenty of empty beds on the beach and it is all roped off and only for the hotel guests to use. Always clean and tidy.
The locals do walk up and down the beach trying to sell you things but cant get any further than the ropes so if you don't want to be hassled pick a bed in the middle of the area!
I think maybe more people would use the beach if there was a beach bar or a waiter who could come over and take drink orders as we were going backwards and forwards to get more drinks throughout the day, not a problem though, just us being lazy!
You will never go hungry at this hotel! I think there is 2 hours between late afternoon and evening were you cant get food! So much choice and all really nice! Try the tagines they are lovely, every night it was made up with a different meat, chicken was my favourite!
The restaurant at night could be really busy at times, we found it was at it busiest around 8.30pm so started to eat around 7.00-7.30 when it wasn't as busy.
We preferred to sit on the far left as you enter the restaurant on the tables for 2 and after a few nights the waiter who looked after that side (Redouice I think his name was) noticed this and noticed the time we were eating and always had a table free for us. (without tipping!!)
One night we walked in and he showed us to a table set up and there was even a bottle of wine chilling in the cooler by our table, we felt like royalty!!
I have never seen anyone work as hard as he did, he was never still, as soon as someone got up to leave, he had the table cleared, cleaned and ready for someone else.
We didn't feel the need to have to tip all through our holiday, we left it until the end and tipped our favourite staff who really did go out of their way to look after us.
Our room was on the 3rd floor, which was the same floor as reception, the restaurant & the bar so very convenient for nipping to the bar and taking drinks back to the room! We were towards the bottom end of the 3rd floor so could see the sea to the right of our balcony, really pleased with our room as we didn't pay to upgrade to a pool view.
Rooms are so big, big comfy bed (not even sure what size beds they were, we could have got four people in our bed!), a step down to a sort of living area with a table & 2 chairs and a sofa & coffee table. Balcony with table & 2 chairs. Wardrobe area, drawers, safe & mini fridge (which was restocked every 2 days) bathroom with his & hers sinks, bath with overhead shower and separate toilet with doors the same as the wardrobe (Felt a bit like you were going into the wardrobe to go to the toilet!)
The 2 days that we had rain we had no problems staying in our room relaxing with a few drinks and were so impressed that we had 2 film channels that showed English films! Makes a change to having a TV with just news channels. You can also order food to your room, breakfast, a selection of baguettes & salads and cake. We ordered breakfast to our room one morning which was nice change, can't comment on the baguettes as didn't order any.
Had such an amazing time, hope the hotel keeps up the same standards in the future.
Thank you for the most amazing honeymoon!
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