We arrived on an early flight, and on arrival at the hotel was told that our room would not be ready until 2, but we could use all of the facilities until then. Opened suitcases in reception so my boys, aged 13 and 11 could go and investigate the pools etc and had a late breakfast. At three we were shown our room which was very disappointing - two 3/4 doubles for 4 people. Went back to reception and were then showed to another room which was far better. This does seem to be a bit of a policy, so if you're unhappy with your room when you get there, ask for an alternative.
During all of our moving about, my 11 year old lost his ipod - bought with birthday money the week before. He went back to reception, was taken to the first room and then we retraced his steps, but no luck. Reported to Reception and the animation team who just shrugged their shoulders.... since we have been back I have reported to our insurance company who need confirmation from the hotel to say it was reported.
I emailed the hotel but did not receive a reply, so contacted a friend that we had made over there and asked them to ask at Reception. The hotel want proof that it was lost on their premises before they will confirm that the loss was reported. Not possible, and unrealistic. One very sad and disappointed 11 year old. Appalling service...
So back to the hotel...
Room we were eventually given was large, comfortable, nice views over the olive grove at the back towards the Atlas Mountains.
Restaurants were fine - lots of choice for everybody - burgers on the raw side so best avoided but everything else good quality and plentiful.
Pools - clean, plenty of comfortable sunbeds, life guards present during the day, and also on the nights that they play night water polo.
Entertainment - Fantastic band in the Piano Bar every night except Sunday - went down very well with the mojitos! Lots for the littlies but a bit lacking for the teenagers - could do with a games room or something similar.... also be careful with alcohol being served to younger people - bar staff not particularly bothered!
Also beware of one of the animation team who whilst friendly on the surface was very pushy and predatory to the young ladies - one girl in our company had to complain as he was being quite forceful towards her, waiting for her to come out of the ladies and trying to kiss her etc, then went back to her group of friends and saying how "easy" she was etc. Not ok.
Hotel shuttle to Marrakesh fine - book in advance as it gets booked up quickly... hot trip but worth it! Morning couple of hours trip not quite long enough so would recommend the afternoon.
Nowhere else to travel to or walk to, so organised trips necessary if you want to explore.
Weather - hot but not unbearable - easy to cool off in the pools when necessary... quite often clouded over at lunchtime for the rest of the afternoon which was disappointing, but always hot and breezy - like being in front of a hairdryer! Amazing sand storm one day which blew the roofs off the cabanas and sent everybody scattering but over quickly and amazing to see - as is the fantastic night sky!
Overall, very relaxing, low key holiday - comparable price to four star Canaries for the time of year and a far higher standard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The LABRANDA Aqua Fun Club overlooks the Atlas Mountains and is built on 5 hectares of land surrounded by shady olive trees, just 15 minutes from the city center and features magnificent views over the Atlas mountains. It features 16 pool and 2 heated indoor pools and the largest water park in Marrakech. Each air-conditioned room has a modern design and feature a private balcony. The rooms are equipped with a seating area with satellite TV. A buffet breakfast is provided each morning and all guests receive a mint tea upon arrival. The restaurant serves traditional Moroccan and International cuisine. Guests can also enjoy a drink at the bar and have a night out at the private night club. The hotel also offers a tennis court, a beauty salon and a well being center. Also available is a kid's club and free WiFi access in the 24-hour reception. Free private parking is provided. This resort is located 18 km from the Marrakesh Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pickalbatros Aqua Fun Club Hotel Marrakech