The Riu Palace Tikida Agadir takes the term ‘luxury’ to a new level – a beachfront location and a chic pool scene are among its top credentials.
This hotel is right next to the beach, part of which is reserved for hotel guests, so it’s easy to flit from pool to sand throughout the day. It’s on Agadir’s shop and restaurant-lined main promenade, too.
A huge pool steals the show outside, while indoors you’ve got a handful of à la carte eateries and a spa.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, with optional dining at Fusion, Moroccan and Italian restaurants.
Unlimited selection of local and imported alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, served until 24.00.
Snacks at set times.
It's here that you'll have the choice of eating in the main restaurant or al fresco on the terrace. There’s a mix of local specialities and international favourites, so you’ll find everything from chicken tagine and couscous to pasta dishes on offer, along with live cooking stations.
These bright, modern twin rooms come with a pool view and either a balcony or terrace, offering that extra space outside. You'll also find that rooms include a TV, air-conditioning, and an extra bed that means you can sleep up to 3.
Righto! Will try to give a brutally honest review in a way I would find useful!
Overall - good hotel with excellent facilities, generally helpful staff and exceptional levels of cleanliness. Food quality and preparation is fantastic; if you can't find something to eat you are very, very picky.
Things you can't change! The guests - some very rude and exceptionally arrogant guests of all nationalities. Tipping early in your stay will guarantee better service, whether you like it or not. Either tip or be self sufficient, don't say I didn't warn you!!!
Beds at dawn. I'm going to be honest, the only time we had problems getting sunbeds was when there was a big influx of Brits. We are definitely the worst nationality for reserving beds, and not using them, come on guys!!!!
The weather - can be overcast until as late as 1pm, don't be fooled, you will still burn.
The hotel: the speciality restaurants are excellent, the Italian wasn't open during our stay, but if as good as the others, I wouldn't hesitate to book.
Lunch is in the beach restaurant, which is your usual fare. A 5 star rating would lend itself to something which would be made to order, but this hotel is just too big I think, which is a shame.
Breakfast and dinner are in the main restaurant, and are good quality, high variety of food. Anyone who can't find food has to be a really fussy eater (off the scale fussy!!!)
Entertainment: the team are visible and not pushy, a standard programme offered, with a properly structured Aqua class (very welcomed!). Whilst most people don't want a structured exercise class, the gym is only basic and a class would be great (especially given their obvious combat training!). However scheduled afternoon classes invariably didn't run. I can only assume lack of demand.
Evening entertainment is poor. Sorry. The bar singers are trying to cater for too many tastes, which I get. The children's club runs until about 8pm and then it's entertainment black hole until someone opens the curtains for a 45 minute, very questionable quality slot. Curtains close and it's bed time.
This may seem harsh. The team itself has great potential (apart from the two girls who wander around all day, looking bored and then grace us with their stage presence with an occasional booty shake to prove their worthiness!). Most of the team are enthusiastic, apart from the aforementioned, and have obvious skill, talent and flair. What they lack is direction and decent choreography, relying on the boys six packs and obvious 'breaking and spinning' skills. I would strongly suggest that a halfway decent manager should sort the wheat from the chaff, use the 8:30 to 9:30 slot to engage the guests to boost interaction and attendance, and provide some 'dancing' type activity for the younger clientele post 10:30. I'm a bit too old an knackered to be boogieing until dawn, but if you are in the 20 - 35 year old bracket, seriously consider outside entertainment or an early night with a good book!!!!!!
Half day agadir trip, good trip and excellent value for money. If guide offers a fixed price shopping trip, don't go if you are considering the Atlas Oasis trip. Better quality and cheaper products.
Massage - fantastic. My partner hates all things touchy, but looking at a spa break as enjoyed this so much. Best tan ever as well!!!!!
Atlas Oasis trip, guide is brill, full day of interesting sights and culture.
Pure Passion restaurant; in my top 3 meals ever. That good. Just book and enjoy. We did watch a young English couple trying to haggle a deal, another example of the Brits lowering the tone!
Agadir is clean, friendly and safe, didn't feel threatened at all and the people are lovely. I think with its ongoing investment, cosmopolitan feel and high standards this resort will become increasingly popular. Would I go back - looking to book Morocco again already!!!!!!
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We stayed here for 7 nights and this has to be one of the best hotels I have visited. I loved the fact that the hotel had a 24/7 bar! All staff are extremely friendly and helpful. This hotel is located in a great location near all bars clubs and restaurants. Rooms are modern and beautiful. Food is delicious. However wifi was only available in reception and pool area I think having wifi in the rooms would be great too. Pool area very pretty literally few minutes from the beach. Overall I would come back here and definitely recommend this hotel while staying in Agadir. More
Hit and miss
Ok so if I had reviewed this hotel on day 1 and 2 it would have received no more then 1!
My initial opinion was very low and I was disappointed to have chosen Riu palace ESP after great trip adviser reviews
In a nutshell in March I made a special request for two quiet bedrooms next to each other - I followed this up again before traveling. On arrival I was given rooms down the corridor from one another and a really noisy room where ppl said bye near the lifts to the bar and you could hear their whole conversation and they were clearly drunk
One night these English lads had a huge fist fight right outside our room -bear in mind I'm traveling with a small baby and toddler
I spoke with reception straight away saying there had been some mistake and I had made a special request and the night manager was unbelievably shockingly rude - waving her arms and telling me to come back later. She kept telling me the only email I sent was re veg food ( confusing another guest with me). When I took this up with Alberto the manager everyone raves about he didn't acknowledge my complaint at all nor did he accept that his reception staff had been unprofessional - at that point he was rude and dismissive ... End of
I just wanted a standard room next to me my family which was quiet for when my girls slept - which 5* doesn't accommodate that ESP when asked politely in advance
Then I was talking to other guests who had been given free upgrades by lying about an anniversary- that annoyed me plenty
I never complain unless needed so I was fuming at their unprofessionalism
Because we had booked for two weeks the lovely Dan (Thomson rep ) to let it go and get back into holiday mode - which I did
Lovely grounds and gardens
Plenty of food choices
Generally apart from reception the staff is ace
Pool areas spotless
Pool staff are so friendly and accommodating
Good service around all bars
Thomson have excellent hotel presence
I didn't find the spa expensive at all for the treatments I had so go and indulge at the lovely spa
Animation team is lovely
Housekeeping was great - the girls work hard and deserved tips
Well equipped gym and classes
Main restaurant - completely hit and miss - some days you could be looking for your own cutlery
No wifi in rooms
Food when staying two weeks is repetitive
Plenty of food choice - however the cooking stations could use some more imagination as the food can be bland
Kids club was a joke - which child wants to sit and simply colour in this day and age - the staff was lovely but they wasn't working with much in terms of games end equipment compared to other kids clubs I have been to
The evenings shows could be better given the hotels own Animation team is v talented
The hotel should have a kids dining area with appropriate cutlery
Now to mention this separately as this is no fault of the hotel but it did attract some weirdos which I was surprised about - some particularly unsavoury characters. As we were due to come home a bunch of lads came and they were simply throwing their weight around and intimidating people around the pool
Would I come back? no not to this hotel More
we never go same hotel twice, but we did here
2nd holiday to this hotel, went same time last year, such good value that when we was looking for a cheap week away it was too good to miss.
rooms very nice, had a 4th floor this time but faced the car park area to the side and didn't get any sun but we don't spend any time in the room apart from sleeping so it didn't matter that much.
i am very fussy but know it's my problem and always found something to eat, there is loads of choice in the buffet, just that i don't like much.
drinks are branded but this year we did find they are kept in the cupboards where as last year they was on display. maybe a cost cutting exercise. they did usually run out later on in the evening but had more again the next day.
pool is very big with lots of beds, we never got there before 10 ish and always got beds in our 'spot'. very nice 3" cushions too. some of the pool towels need replacing, frayed at the edges and faded but just ask for fluffy towels.
animation team work very hard but as is usual for hotels the shows were not great. probably better for families, the kids show looked good tho.
a small tip goes a long way here, they are not hanging about waiting like in some AI hotels/countries.
husband is quite happy to return next year but i would like a change but if the price was as good as this year i would go back, we know what we are getting. we flew with thomsons no problemsMore
OUR THIRD VISIT
Still good value for money, hotel staff absolutely amazing.....however quality and choice of food gone right down since our last visit 2 years ago!
Our main bugbear was the fact that this 5 Star Hotel has always advertised and previously readily supplied 'International' Brands Alcohol .......NOT NOW I'M AFRAID!!!
The last 2 times it was available in all bars but this time only in the Reception/Lobby Bar (albeit hidden away in a cupboard under the bar). You would almost have to beg for this and after you'd had a few then they would conveniently say that they'd run out!.... New Management Cut Backs Maybe?!!!More