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.
we actually stayed at The Riu Palace Tikida Agadir the first week of November 2015 after our friends had stayed there several times and invited us along. We werent disappointed - everything was as they had described from the fabulous all inclusive food and drink package (which included branded drinks),fab cocktails and the staff were so friendly and couldn't do enough for you. I can't say enough good things about the hotel , its so lovely and right on the beach too.
if you get a bit stir crazy you can walk along the vast promenade,or take a taxi to the huge souk,where we had a most enjoyable day shopping- or take an evening stroll around the harbour at the end of the promenade where there are plenty more shops and restaurants.More
Excellent week of great weather and very good hotel
Booked late and main criteria was temperature, value and not long haul. Really really pleased with choice. Possibly one of the best Riu Palaces and we have tried quite a few. Room was top notch (and just a regular room but pool view), food was great. All staff from animation to waiters, pool guys, room staff and groundstaff were friendly and chatty. A bit of schoolboy french goes a long way in Morocco .
Drinks were all OK or even more than OK. Enjoyed lovely long outdoor lunches where wine was served by the bottle. Unlike earlier reviewers who appreciated this so they knew how little they were drinking, i liked the fact that one bottle was swiftly replaced by another...Class..The Rose was particularly good
Like others it would have been nice if Gordons gin etc that was clearly on drinks menu was actually available.. ey ho not a big deal and would most definitely return here.More
A lovely hotel set in lovely surroundings nice spacious bedroom staff were nice and friendly. The food in the restaurant was nice, the only downside was go in early or late to miss the rush and the bar staff saw to your every needs the entertainment was more like butlins entertainment and in the restaurant all the chefs can do was crack a egg but it was not a smile More
ANOTHER GREAT HOLIDAY BUT.........
Our fifth visit. We had two glorious weeks (9 â 23 January) with warm sunny weather which was a real bonus. There were one or two niggles which is why Iâve only awarded 4 stars.
Having booked a sea-view Junior Suite we were delighted to receive an upgrade to a full suite - luxury in the extreme! Large bedroom, spacious living room (TVs in both), usual lovely bathroom with bath and walk-in shower, WC and twin hand basins, a second separate WC, and a good sized dressing room where wardrobes and safe were situated in addition to a fair sized entrance lobby. Both rooms had patio doors opening onto the massive balcony with table, chairs and sunbeds. There were two sliding doors between the rooms which provided good sound proofing should one of us want to sleep whilst the other watched TV.
We arrived by taxi and a porter was on hand to carry our luggage up the few steps to the door. Check-in was quick and efficient with no queueing. We were greeted by a charming young man at reception who filled in our forms for us (maybe we looked too old and doddery to do it ourselves!) and a porter escorted us to our room immediately so no waiting for our luggage.
Our rooms, public areas, garden and pool area were all spotlessly clean but sadly the hotel is starting to show some signs of wear. There were scuff marks and chipped plaster work in the corridors and quite a few cracked tiles around the pool. These are minor points but they should be addressed before the hotels begins to appear âscruffyâ.
The hotel was fairly quiet when we arrived but started to fill up during our second week. Whilst the level of service from all the lovely, hardworking staff did not falter we found that some things were suddenly in short supply. In particular we were upset to find that branded spirits were no longer available or ârationedâ. Weâre not huge drinkers but my husband does enjoy a decent G&T (Gordons or Bombay) and I like a Triple Sec after dinner â both available for the first few days then local stuff only. We felt very sorry for the bar staff who were obviously embarrassed by the lack of decent bar stock. One guy did slip off and hunt out a bottle of Gordons for my husband but we felt he might have been âbreaking the rulesâ to do it! As mentioned by a previous reviewer I gather that management have introduced a cost cutting exercise which seems to include rationing the amount of branded drinks in the bars. The hotel could well lose its official five star rating if this continues as their stated branded drinks policy is one of the things that elevates it above the two 4 star RIUs in Agadir.
The friendly, hands-on approach of the management team that we have experienced during previous visits was not in evidence this time. We barely saw either manager and were never approached or greeted by them. The heated pool turned very cold after our first few days and we watched maintenance staff digging a series of holes through the grounds, obviously trying to locate a fault in the heating system. The problem was rectified eventually and it was a joy to swim in warm water again! Of course no-one can be blamed for a system failure of this sort but I feel that the failure to display any notices advising guests of the reason for the cold pool is an indication of the lack of interest being shown by management.
The final blow was the theft of my husbandâs Kindle! Mostly his own fault having left it on a table at the pool bar whilst he went to the loo but enquiries at the bar, towel hut and reception proved fruitless and, again, there was little management interest.
However, despite all the above, the Palace is still a wonderful hotel with good food, impressive public rooms and beautiful gardens. It feels luxurious and comfortable and the friendly and attentive staff go out of their way to help you enjoy your stay. We look forward to returning next January.More
Not quite the same
We stayed in January last year and returned again in January this year. Nothing had changed, lovely hotel, wonderful staff, all seemed as was. We noticed things changing during our stay. First to go was the orange juice, apparently the Deputy Manager told his staff that it could not be served with the coffee, never mind asking the guests! I always start my breakfast with orange juice.. The next day the bottle wine left on the table was vetoed. With a bottle on the table we know exactly how much we have drunk and at what speed we drink it, previously the bottle was opened at the table and left, under the new DM regime the bottle disappeared and a bottle re-appeared to top us up. The DM patrolled the dining room inspecting knives and forks and wines glasses, surely this should be done before service? Also, he was not in the least bit friendly which is odd when all of his staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them, we would have thought that he would lead by example. The evening menu was more repetitive than last year but the wonderful service was the same.
Whinge over: It is a fabulous hotel, rooms are spotless and spacious, the grounds are wonderful, the staff are exceptional in their friendliness and attention to detail. It's a shame that a cost cutting exercise seems to be happening but, given the decline in numbers travelling to Morocco, it is understandable.
We'll return and hope many more visit this fabulous hotel.More