Your junior suite will come with either a balcony or terrace for some extra room outdoors. The suite includes a lounge area, ceiling fan, TV, twin beds and an extra bed in the bedroom. The junior suites have a luxe feel about them thanks to rich earth tones and a dark coloured rugs.
These interconnecting twin rooms are relaxing spaces thanks to neutral, eathy colours. They come with either a balcony or terrace. The rooms include a ceiling fan, TV, twin beds and an extra bed in the bedroom. You'll need to book two of these room types to get these rooms. The twin rooms are connected by a private entrance off of the main corridor.
Just had a week at this resort our second stay and once again we loved everything about it.
They give a good broad selection with the food, always fresh and well cooked and variant changed daily.
Excellent pool and sunbathing area.More
Michael B, 504154
Oasis of calm
If you've never travelled to Marrakech, it's bonkers. Smelly, noisy with thousands of people all wanting to sell their wares, all of them trying to get the highest price possible and get your money into thier pocket! Having said that I loved it.
I am glad however that we stayed a little out of town, that kept me sane.
On arrival at the airport, we were grabbed by a man who just took or bags and escorted us to bus no. 2 for the transfer to the hotel. He wasn't from Thomsons and of course expected a tip. As Morroco has a closed currency and we hadn't had any time at all to visit an ATM he was pleased to accept the few English coins we had.
The journey to the hotel was short and I was amazed at how much traffic was on the road. Don't even consider self drive, there doesn't seem to be any rules and how we didn't see more accidents?! The hotel security is good. The bus was searched well and everyone was scanned as they entered the hotel. We had been a little delayed and the hotel had kept the resturant open for us. A welcome drink was thrust into our hands and we were ushered straight through to dinner whilst our bags were taken to our room.
After dinner we made our way to our rooms to find the porters loitering on the stairs waiting for thier tip. I was a bit perturbed but in fairness this was the one and only time we felt under any pressure at all to tip.
We were looked after very well by all hotel staff, all of whome went out of their way to be more than helpful.
Rooms were large and always spotless ( if a bit dark for me as I'm registered blind )
Food was always good with lots of choice. The Morrocan resturant is especially nice ( book able but still Al inc ). Try to stop yourself from sampling everything all at once you'll be happier as the menu doesn't vary that much.
The pool was just warm enough to use and is huge. Loads of sunbeds.
thomsons trips are as usual expensive, for example we negotiated a Nightime trip around the city taking in all the sights, on a horse drawn carriage for around Â£12 for 3 of us, Thomsons were going to charge us attuned Â£30 each!
Make sure you haggle they expect it and if you don't will still be happy to take your money! Also make sure the currency is clear. We had a snake charmer agree to 40 dirham and afterwards tried to say he meant euros! He didn't get it!
Oooh! Make sure you go to the city at night, it's amazing!More
Lovely friendly Hotel away from it all.
My husband & I went to this hotel in April 1st to 8 th. What a lovely hotel it is, away from the hustle & bustle of the medina. The hotel puts a bus trip on free every day a few times a day & evening, it's worth a trip for the experience. Horse & carriage, snakes, monkeys, smells sights & spices. Go for a ride on a carriage it will take you round the city... Amazing. Back to the hotel a impressive reception, fabulous massive pool also indoor one at the spa. The staff around the hotel were always very friendly, animation team invite you to join in activities but no worries if you just want to relax like we did. The rooms were great bed really comfy. You got the birds chorus in the mornings & frogs chorus in the evenings. Lovely well kept grounds, herbs, ponds with plenty of fish.
Nothing was too much trouble with any of the staff, the guy at the bar remembered your drink every time you visited. We know the rooms didn't have tea making facilities so we took our travel kettle but my husband forgot to pack the lead.... We mentioned this at reception and guess what? We returned to our room and there was a full size kettle.... Thank you so much a lovely touch I thought. In fact I would like to thank all the staff at the Riu you looked after us so well. Oh I forgot to say about the food it was all buffet even in the other speciality restaurant nice food you will not go hungry something for everyone. Last of all the weather, it was lovely all week except for one day it rained.
We love Riu Hotels, we like the Palace in Agadir too. Thanks again for a lovely holiday, will come back to visit soon.More
Me and my boyfriend stayed at this lovely hotel from 19th June 2015 to 3rd July 2015. It was our first holiday abroad together and we weren't let down.
Room: On arrival, reception checked us in, gave us our all inclusive bands and our room keys and then sent us on our way. We put our room number on our luggage as someone would be delivering our luggage to our room. Yes there may be no help to find your room, but imagine if every guest from a coach-load had to shown to there room? it's just not that easy, and would there really be enough staff? I doubt it. So it did take us a while to find our room, but when we found it we weren't disappointed. The room was clean, well-presented and big. We were surprised at how big it actually was. Each day, the maids did a brilliant job of maintaining the cleanliness of the room - always made the beds, changed the towels to clean ones, left new bottles of water in the fridge everyday and they also left little towel swans on the bed which was added effort.
Location: The location was slightly in the middle of no where. It's not close to a beach or the THAT close to the main Marrakech town. Down the road is a little petrol station which does sell food/snacks and drinks. It's a short coach trip to the Marrakech town. Many people have their opinions on the town but we loved it and even if we didn't it's nothing to do with the standard of the hotel so doesn't need to spoken about in length.
Pool + sunbeds + pool bar: The pool is without a doubt huge. It's got a shallow end and which gradually gets deeper and then shallow again. you can sunbath in the water by lying down at the really shallow end which is nice to do. the water was pretty cold, but you wouldn't want it to be warm after sitting in 30degrees+ heat! You want it cold! It was also clean from what I could tell. never noticed anything grimey about it and I'm usually fussy with things like that. There did need to be more sunbeds considering how many guests stay at the hotel at one time. In order to bag a good one you had to get up fairly early. At one point i got up at 5am to get one of the beds under the parasole sheet. Other times it was 6am-6:30am wake up to get other sunbeds or a large bed if you were lucky that one was still available. The sheets were difficult to tie up to the poles but luckily if you asked, the pool guy was willing to do it for you. The pool bar was fine. I didn't go to the bar very often as my other half would go for us. Beware of the wasps. This is not the hotels fault though. There's not much they can do about them. Wasps are drawn to the sugar in the drinks so are obviously going to be around the bar and the drinks dispensers. Yes it's not nice if you don't like wasps but not much can be done. I don't blame the hotel for the wasp problem at all. There was always ice at the mini pool bar/drinks machine and clean cups to hand.
Entertainment: The entertainment team were so lovely. They did there dance every day at least 3 times around the pool which the little kids seemed to enjoy and even some of the adults. The entertainment team would come around the sunbeds chatting to you and asking if you;d like to join in with the next activity. They were never pushy. Thy made jokes and were always really friendly. You could win bottles of champagne by winning the games during the day which we did on one occasion. My boyfriend won a game of bingo so they gave him a bottle of champagne. There was one particular man on the entertainment team who would come and speak to us everyday and we grew a real friendship with him. At the end of the holiday he gave us both gifts each to remember him by and added us both on Facebook. The shows in the evening were not exactly great but they were okay; again you could win bottles of champagne; which we did again on a disco night.
Food + Drink: I'm a fussy eater so it's always difficult for me to find food I like anywhere I go so I didn't really eat much apart from a bread roll for breakfast, a cheese toastie for lunch and plain pasta and chips for tea. The food looked great and my boyfriend ate really well there. There were loads of options and he really liked the food. There was also two separate restaurants, Morocco and Italian, which you have to book a table for - we did not eat at either of these so can't really comment. The drinks were fine. I don't drink alcohol so I only drank water as I found the juice a bit too sweet for me. My boyfriend said some of the alcoholic drinks were very weak but he drank them anyway.
WiFi: Yes there was wifi, but only in the reception area and you were lucky if you could get connected and actually use it. The only reason I wanted to get connected was to message on Whatsapp and also put a few pictures up on Facebook and Instagram. It was difficult to get a decent connection and you could spend a good hour there trying. But why go on holiday if you're just going to sit in the lobby bar on your phone? You could do that in the pub at home.
Spa: On our last day we bought a spa package for couples which included a relaxing hammam, a body scrub with honey and shea butter, a clay and floral water wrap and then a face and full body massage afterwards. It was absolutely gorgeous. The oriental scents smelt lovely and it was incredibly relaxing. Afterwards we bought some of the products from the spa such as the clay rub which was used in the clay and floral water wrap and I also bought some body wash which smelt just like oil used in the massage. I've still got some of both products left and very time it takes me back to Morocco. It's a must.
Excursions: We went on a few excursions throughout the two weeks we stayed here. we were provided with a little two week calender to write down what wee were doing on each day and to help us stay organised. We went to the Marrakech town at night by horse and carriage and my boyfriend had an allergic reaction to the horses. When we arrived the tour guide took us to a cafe where we could get a drink. We were then allowed around an hour approx to do what we wanted and then meet back at the assigned meeting point. Me and my boyfriend spent pretty much that whole hour in a small trainer shop which sold pretty good replicas of branded trainers. We did haggle a bit and ended up leaving with two pairs of trainers each. We also went on an excursion where we were shown around the souks during the day. It was so busy but really interesting. There weren't many opportunities to stop and look at the little stalls though. We stopped at a leather making area and also to a local pharmacy which we could sit down out of the heat. The pharmacist talked about lots of herbal medicines and oils to help with different things. You could buy things from there before leaving if you so wished and could also pay for a neck and shoulder massage if you so wanted one. We were then allowed to go shopping for a short while but honestly not for very long. You really do have to haggle a lot. It's almost funny. You pick something ask, ask how much it is, offer a lower price and when they say no, you put it down and then they get all flustered and go "OKAYOKAY your price!". Another excursion we went on was on a 4x4 up the atlas mountains. We shared a jeep with another couple which were thankfully lovely (and have since met up with them twice since being back in the uk). We stopped at certain spots to take pictures of the breathtaking views. We also sopped to look at what one of the local houses on the mountains was like and it was so small and dark with basically nothing in. + then we were taken to a much nicer one where we could sit down and were served homemade bread and hot mint tea (both of these I refused). There was also a shop selling pottery and figurines made from the precious stones found in the atlas mountains. I bought a small stone elephant and a rock which when you opened had amethyst crystals inside. when we got to the top we stopped at a little restaurant where they were serving traditional Moroccon dishes . With being a fussy eater they were very accommodating and bought me a plate of chicken and chips, however the chicken's spine was on the plate...but chickens don't have spines...so not quite sure what it actually was. Lets just say, I was put off meat for the rest of the holiday.
Overall, the hotel was outstanding we thought and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Marrakech. We'd really recommend it. It's full of different culture and it's a good experience.More