Let me start by saying we had a really good holiday at this hotel. First impressions were good, we were put in a great room by the pool, grounds looked lovely and people seemed friendly. We arrived in the dark so come morning we had a chance to have a proper look, and again, everything seemed nice....so set up for a nice relaxing holiday.
However, basically to cut a long story short, if you do not like the French, do not come here! The 'animation team' are based in the hotel from 9am to gone midnight and do not speak anything other than French. All the poolside activities (which never stop all day) are in French...aerobics, dancing, constant games...are all performed very loudly by the pool all day. So take your ipod. Same for evening entertainment...we only went once but it was enough...conga in French, dancing in French, games in French...you get the idea. 90% of the guests are French and this could be seen as annoying, depending on your opinion! We tended to go out after eating our dinner, or even eat out and stay out all evening...
Which leads me onto another thing that no-one seems to have mentioned about Marrakesh (maybe I was just stupid not to realise), but very few places sell alcohol outside of hotels. If you had an image of sitting in a café in the square watching the world go by with a glass of wine, good luck with that! You cant buy alcohol in the Medina (old town) at all...maybe a few underground places but we never found them. The new town has a couple of places but again, quite hard to find. Drinks in the hotel were awful (although did do the job to be fair unlike other all-incs we've been to) so if drinking is important to you, take this into account.
On a more positive note, once you've got used to everything it's actually alright, and Marrakesh is lovely...if a little hectic, you really do take your life in your hands every time you go out. Would recommend as a nice bit of sunshine out of season...just brush up on your GCSE language skills beforehand!
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