Me and my partner stayed at the ‘Rui tikida palmeraie’ at the beginning of March. The first two days we where unlucky with the weather and the hotel was struggling. All of the facilites where overcrowded and ques began to form for everything. We found it very frustrating having to que for buffet food and drinks at the bar. We couldn’t even find a seat in the lobby due to the amount of people taking advantage of the free wi-fi. We eventual returned to our room for some peace.
The hotel complex and rooms are excellent, very spacious and well maintained. The hotel grounds are huge, so be expected to walk a fair distance to use all the facilities. We where located in block 5 which seemed to be the furthest away from all the catering facilities. The gardens are exceptional with a great backdrop of the snow-capped atlas mountains.
The restaurants and meals where adequate. The food was of good quality but got a little repetitive after a week, you where often lucky if it was hot. Both the Italian and Moroccan restaurants are worth a visit, but book early, they are very popular. The wine seemed to be of better quality at the themed restaurants, the waiters do a good job of keeping the bottles from you. In other areas of the hotel the larger and wine is average to say the least, the spirits however are very poor. Nothing is branded other than Martin products and soft-drinks. The glasses thoughout the complex are very small, so expect to visit the bar at least 10 times during an evening.
Both pools and the sports facilities are well kept. The gym is however a little on the small side given the size of the hotel. The indoor pool is of a good size, but not particular warm. We didn’t have the pleasure of using the outdoor pool as it was freezing during our stay.
The hotel entertainment was dreadful in the evenings, it was just the hotel staff dancing about. There where a few themed nights including ‘Irish dancing’ and ‘African dancing’, but instead of hiring in local professionals, again it was just the hotel staff prating around in costumer.
During our stay the hotel was overrun be French travellers, this also seems to be the first language at the resort. Be prepared to be ignored and barged in front of at the buffet, the French don’t do queuing. The hotel staff are exceptional and will cater for your every need, a little tip is much appreciated for there excellent service. Overall we had a warm break away from the British weather, but doubt very much we’ll return.
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