My husband, myself and 12 year old have just returned home from a two week stay at the Riu Tikida Palmeraie. We travelled with Thomson Holidays and have had the most amazing two weeks in Marrakech.
The hotel is stunning. The grounds are immaculate, rooms spotless, communal areas amazing and food brillant. The pool area is massive with plenty of beds for everyone. It does get really hot so a dip in the pool is refreshing on very hot days ! The breeze was a blessing on some days.
Our room was plenty big enough for three of us - plenty of wardrobe space and floor space ! Huge balcony !
The hotel staff are incredible, they work extremely hard in the heat, 45 degrees most days - especially as during our stay it was Ramadan. They soon recognise you and even remember what you drink. A vist to the Italian and Morrocan restaurants are a must. The Italian was our favourite as we found it very relaxing in there. Morrocan restaurant is good, great tagines, plenty of cous cous and sheeps brains ! The main restaurant was also amazing - King prawns on one night which were incredible. Champagne breakfast on sunday morning is very welcoming. Check out the range of puddings on display !
We used the free hotel bus to travel into the heart of Marrakech, which worked really well. A visit to the souks is a must. You never know what you are going to come across as you venture further into the little alleys ! Bargains are to be had - the deeper you go the better bargain you get ! Be prepared to haggle - its great fun - be prepared to be chased by a stall holder eager to complete a sale ! We were chased with a hat !
You will come across all sorts of sights from chickens waiting to be bought, to funky slippers, football shirts, handbags, fruit and veg, meat and PLATES ! Traffic everywhere watch your backs as mopeds also use the small alleys.
The snake charmers can be avoided and so can the men with monkeys. You must find the square dentist !
We also did an Atlas 4x4 trip and a day trip to Essaouria (beach resort).
The trip to the beach was a long day but we did get to see the goats climbing the trees to get to the argan nuts ! Essaouria is pretty - used to film Othello. The walled city has many shops and an amazing, but smelly, fish market.
The 4x4 Atlas Mountain trip is not for people who suffer from travel sickness ! The jeep travels at speed through the roads that snake up and down the mountains ! You stop at a pottery shop and also to have tea with the Berber people. This was incredible ! The little village perched on the side of the mountain was home to the Berbers, who welcomed us into their home for mint tea. The children are brillant beggars ! Take some pens with you. My husband was almost mugged for a packet of biros ! You stop for dinner in the National Park, which is the gateway for walkers who venture further up into the mountains. The meal was amazing.
We also walked to the Metro supermarket - if you need crisps or any suncream take the short stroll as it is much cheaper than the hotel shop.
We have had a brillant and exciting holiday discovering Marrakech.
You will not be disappointed by this hotel.
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