My boyfriend and I stayed here in March so apologies for the delayed review, but it’s better than never!
I'll start off by saying that after reading the reviews, even before staying here I felt that some of the things written were harsh or unfair, and now that I have stayed I can confidently say that a lot of the reviews ARE harsh AND unfair! It’s remarkable what people find to moan about.
We went with an open mind, and had a lovely time.
So, from the start - arriving at the airport:
Morocco Airport is tiny, and you can expect to potentially take a loooong time getting through passport control, but you have to remember that the Moroccan way is a much slower pace, so try not to get frustrated - it won’t do you any favours!
Once you get through passport control this is where you will get your Dirham (pronounced Deer-ham), there is a choice of currency exchanges and the prices are about the same.
Once you get to the exit of the airport you will be bombarded with men in brown uniforms offering to help you with your luggage for a fee. The journey is so minimal from the airport to your taxi or coach that I wouldn’t bother (100 yards maybe). We did get some assistance, but that was because we were confused and tired! On the way back, we were wiser. The particularly favour English money.
We had a nice but slightly scary taxi ride to the hotel amongst the donkeys. The area is deprived and under developed so made me feel a bit bad for swanning about in a taxi, staring at the locals.
We arrived at the hotel, which is big - and checked in at reception. Again, this took a bit of time, but hey, you're on holiday so what's the rush?!
A nice man helped us to our room with our luggage and we gave him a tip. You will do a lot of tipping, but you don’t have to tip big 5-10 Dirham is about right (50p - £1).
Our room was a bit dated but perfectly adequate. The shower was awesome and massive. We had a nice little balcony too. We didn’t spend a huge amount of time in our room so didn’t need anything luxurious.
Once we had got ourselves settled, we went for an explore (to the bar!). On the way there are some market type shops and the guys there will try their hardest to make you buy their wares! Don’t feel pressured, it is more than fine to have a bit of banter, but to walk away. You obviously don’t need to be rude or impolite though. If you do want to buy anything, make sure you haggle - their prices start verrrrrry high for this reason!
So on to the bar/pool area:
A big area, with plenty of seating and a pool table. The bar can be a bit of a struggle to get a drink at times, but once you figure out their way of working you should be fine. There isn’t much of a queuing system, so don’t be offended if you were next but you don’t get served first – its probably not personal.
The drinks served are beer (on tap and bottled, but you don’t get a choice of which!), spirits and mixers (contrary to other reviews, I felt that the measures were rather generous), and ‘cocktail’ this is hilarious, there is only one ‘cocktail’ and it will rot your brain/stomach. It is vodka and some kind of squash like mixer. I wouldn’t personally recommend it!
In the bar/pool area there are plenty of sun loungers, we personally didn’t have any issues finding empty ones, but that’s probably down to the time of year we went.
There is an arena thing where they put on variety performances each night, ranging from karaoke, weird baby based comedy (don’t ask), and traditional Moroccan dancing. Always a bit of a giggle.
There is a night club next to main reception which is OK, we only went there one night. You have to pay for drinks there, it isn’t part of the all-inclusive thing.
The on-site entertainers, called the Animation team are brilliant, a bit annoying sometimes – but that’s just because they are so full of energy all the time! They work very hard, morning, day and night to keep the punters happy. They organise daily competitions, games and pool based stuff in case you get bored. And twice a day you can do the Agadir dance, which is ridiculous but funny. We made friends with a few of them, and if anyone reads this and goes to this hotel, give Dris a high five from us!
So there is a feeding frenzy that kicks off at 7pm in the main restaurant. A vast space full of different types of food to suit most palates. It’s pretty samey most nights, but it was more than good enough for my tastes. Beer, wine and soft drinks included. This isn’t waiter served, it is a buffet style – so help yourself. Some people have mentioned that they had to use plastic cutlery…. There was no evidence of this during our stay. We had proper grown up cutlery. My main issue with the restaurant was trying to find my way back to where we were sitting, but that has more to do with my lack of navigational skills!
For breakfast, check out the egg guy. He is awesome.
If you don’t fancy the massive restaurant you can book a table in one of the themed restaurants, but you have to book in the morning. We only went to the fish one, but the food was exactly the same as in the massive place, with the addition of table service. The waiters were pretty grumpy though so it wasn’t great.
The snack bar is awesome though and we went here most days. Tipping the waiter will do you well. We were very well looked after. Beers/drinks always replenished and a table always available. A nice selection of basic burgers, hotdogs, salad, sandwiches. This was my favourite place to eat.
In response to some of the reviews mentioning D & V’s as a result of eating the food, I wonder whether the amount of booze/sun consumed had anything to do with it….? No? Just a suggestion.
We ventured to the beach a couple of times, there are sun lounger guys who seem to just come up to you expecting a tip for not having done anything – but this is how they make their money. Just give a small tip, or if you really don’t feel they deserve a tip – decline.
I will admit that there were a couple of times when I felt intimidated by local men, which may sound a bit harsh but true. Try to avoid booby tops and the such (in keeping with Moroccan culture), it is acceptable to wear summer wear but try not to have too much flesh on display, you WILL attract the wrong type of attention.
All in all, we had an excellent time. The hotel complex although dated is quite nice, there are nice little pockets which are nicer than others.
The food and drinks were fine and plentiful. The weather was sunny and not too hot, the evenings get nippy though so make sure you bring your cardy.
The staff were great.
In general, be aware that Morocco is not England and things are done differently and you will be fine.
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