Stayed from 8th to 15th October and had a really nice time. No upset tummy to speak of. Good selection of food. Plenty of drinks to choose from. I spent lots of time swimming and managed to come home weighing less than I went - though lost only a little weight. The aqua park was really lots of fun. I did hear of one man cutting his head open and some of the slides are a little scary at first but I think you just have to use some common sense and you should stay safe.
Had a nice room (4106) in a block of five which was groung level and close to the pool and to the bar and also a reasonable distance from the louder music when the animation team were doing their thing. Also had a view of the mountains in the distance.
I have to say that I did not think much of Marrakesh itself. Went in on the shuttle bus the first time with a bit of a hangover which did not help. Very busy, noisy and a little smelly where you get dropped off as it is by the horses and carriages. Walking through the souks is a bit daunting during the day as its very easy to lose your bearings but worse than that is the scooters buzzing past you. If you are going with children you will need to be very cautious. A second trip into Marrakesh in the evening was certainly as crazy as during the day. I kept away from the souks so have no idea if scooters are still buzzing about. Lots going on in the main square in the evening and lots of noise to go with it. There were lots of children to bug you into buying junk and almost as many women carrying babies and begging.
The worst part of the whole experience for me was the airport. There must have been upwards of a thousand people going through passport control so it took a while and coming back is no different. Be prepared for queueing and be sure to get to the airport in plenty of time when coming home. A word of advise - you need to fill in the same entry card on leaving so have a pen handy. Maybe take some with you to the hotel and fill them in at your leasure.
Don't worry about buying Dirhams as they readilly accept Euros. I carried single US dollars which I had no trouble with and was good for tipping.
Some of the previous reviews have focused on the attitude of the staff. In my experience please and thankyou go a long way and being polite costs nothing. Tip the staff and be polite and you will have a very nice holiday. I found ALL the staff very polite, courtious and happy. Some of them cheeky but they like to have a laugh with you - not at you.
Some of the previous reviews also said about the lack of hot water. I think this is due to the hot water only being heated through solar energy and if the block you are staying in is busy then you are going to find that if you leave it late to have a shower you are going to get a cool one. I did not let it bother me and for the most part my block of five rooms was not heavily occupied.
I hope this review helps you and I wish you a happy holiday.
- 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