I have never written on here before but after reading some untrue reviews I thought I would write my own. Apologies for the length of the review but I want to cover all important areas:
I was part of a group of 8 work colleagues going away on a well earned incentive break for 4 nights.
I booked the flights via Easyjet, flying from Gatwich direct to Marrakach. The flight took just over 3 hours. I booked the hotel via alpharooms, booking 3 twin rooms, and 2 double rooms (for single occupancy) on all inclusive basis. We got superior rooms.
Inside the airport you can change your UK £ or Euro's into the local currency. UK £'s get a better rate. At the time I travelled it was just under 13DM to the £ or just under 11DM to the Euro. PLEASE NOTE: When you return to the airport get rid of all your local currency at the currency exchange BEFORE you go through security. There is limited use for them in the departure lounge, the Duty Free shops only take £ sterling, Euro's or plastic! All prices are in Euro's. Limited food shops will take your odd few dirhams.
Taxis were easy to find outside the airport and pay no more than 250DM per taxi for a one way journey from the airport. Be prepared to get white knuckles as the taxi ride is fairly hairy at times!!
On arrival at the hotel is out of the way of the main town which is actually nice for a relaxing break. Arrival was very speedy and we were soon checked in. All of the staff without exception spoke English, some in more depth than others, but all attempted English.
The hotel is a French Thomas Cook Village resort so do expect the majority of guests to be French, expect the staff to speak mainly French, and expect most of the evening entertainment to be in French. HOWEVER the animation team of Ahmed, MoMo, Navine, and the others will get you involved and will talk to you in English.
The room was spacious with lovely balconies, a TV (only English channel was BBC World News, but that did not bother us), a mini bar (turned on but empty.get water after dinner and store it in your room), 2 large single beds, and a very clean bathroom with bath and shower over it, 2 sinks, toilet and bidet. All towels are provided. There are no tea and coffee facilities but you can always find somewhere for tea or coffee around the hotel. The rooms are in blocks (ryads) or approx 18 rooms per block with a courtyard on the inside of each block.
The pool area is great, with 3 pools, a main pool, childrens pool, and leisure pool (chest height , ideal for water polo and water aerobics). It is a little chilly at first but get your shoulders under and its quite nice. There are plenty of loungers so need to wake up at 6am and get your towel out!! To use the pool towels you will need to buy a towel card from reception for 100DM (approx £9.50) although you get this refunded on your last day when you hand your towel card back in. There is a snack bar by the pool. Even if on all inclusive the snacks are charged, approx £5 for burger and chips. All drinks are free on the all inclusive inc freshly ground coffee. They do not hold back on the alcohol so be careful, you may wish to ask for half measures, which is still a double!). There are about 4 different activities a day in and around the pool inc water aerobics, water polo, boules, beach volleyball, step aerobics etc. There is an area at the back of the resort where there is a basketball court, beach volleyball court, and 4 french boules courts. There are also tennis courts and a spa (inc gym) at the front of the hotel.
The food at the hotel is great, although sometimes the food is a little cool. There is plenty of choice. Breakfast is fairly french with lots of pastries, french stick, croissants, jam, cereals etc. Although you may find eggs, spicy sausages and tomatoes. Lunch and dinner offer mainly moroccan dishes with meat balls, lamb, and chicken.
The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the centre of Morocco. The times are on reception. Note: you need to walk to the end of the drive and wait outside the gate for the bus. Do not wait outside the hotel or you will miss it. You can go by yourself at approx 150DM for a taxi each way. The courtesy coach does not drop you off right outside the market area, you need to walk approx 15 mins to get there. WHat an eye opener!! Be prepared to haggle lots, and don't expect to get any super deals. It is quite expensive and they do not come running after you if you walk off whilst haggling. It is difficult buying alcohol in any bar in the centre for religious reasons. Eat on a local food store, a great experience.
Overall a fab trip. Lovely weather, approx 32oC and no rain. The hotel was spacious and clean. The staff do speak English. Good food, and drink a plenty. A very relaxing stay. I would go again. Get yourself booked.......................
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Marrakech Ryads Parc and Spa is home to 260 light and spacious rooms, distributed across 13 riads in keeping with traditional Moroccan architecture. Each air-conditioned room includes satellite TV and a mini bar, plus a private balcony or terrace from which views of either the swimming pool, lush gardens or dramatic Atlas Mountains can be enjoyed. With its huge outdoor swimming pool, children's pool and terraces, guests at Hotel Marrakech Ryads Parc & Spa can soak up the year-round sunshine before cooling down with a refreshing dip. For a respite from the Morocco sun, head to the hotel's additional indoor swimming pool or unwind with a cocktail at the poolside bar. For the ultimate in relaxation, the hotel's renowned EDEN Spa is on hand to provide a wide range of treatments. This sensation wellness centre offers multi-sensory spas and a spectacular range of treatments and facilities that focus on the five elements of the Earth. For energetic guests, the Ryad Parc and Spa Marrakech boasts several sports courts including tennis, basketball and football, plus an on-site gym. With a varied entertainment programme on offer during the day, followed by organised shows every evening and an on-site nightclub, guests can rest assured that both relaxation and activities are catered for at the Marrakech Ryads Parc and Spa. The two restaurants offer a delicious range of modern and traditional dishes, served buffet style or a la carte once a week. Or perhaps jump on the hotel's free organised bus service into the centre of Marrakech to indulge in the wide range of Moroccan delicacies and sample the local cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marrakech Ryads Parc Hotel Marrakech