Iberostar Founty Beach
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Agadir is a great town situated on the Atlantic Ocean, surf crashing, sand, nice hotel, quite an upgrade from Ouarzazate.
We walked out from the hotel to find a place to eat the first night, too expensive, by Moroccan terms at the hotel, and had a pizza in a little bistro. The closer we move up towards the north of Morocco the more French …
... of Marlene's, Tati (Annie), who just moved into a large property on the outskirts of the city, invited us to lunch. The meal, French (Belgian) fries included, was prepared by Olivier, Sergio and Noah (Esther's son), a delicious chocolate mousse had been prepared by Esther. What more do you want? We all enjoyed an afternoon filled with fun and laughter and even a yoga lesson.
In the evening, ...
... than they had started, and her bed drenched! Luckily we have a spare bed in our room.
The evening meal was not as good as previous but we finally got some cous cous, however I still think the Ainsley Harriet Moroccan medley you buy from waitrose was better!
Desert came in the form of Moroccan tea and pastries. The tea smelt like mint sauce - yum but tasted ...
... We had to take a 4X4 off road track to get there yet at the other side there were plenty of normal small cars there – these Moroccans are crazy! The beach was quite nice (apart from the rubbish – but everywhere has mountains of rubbish, even the national park was full of rubbish) and there are caves in the cliffs which are used by local fishermen. We then headed back to Agadir where Ross and I were quite happy to shower and ...
... is not something I was hoping to hear…
Finally, I head on my way, wandering through a couple of neighbourhoods that didn’t exist back then, including a large section near the coast that is being turned into a whole new residential/tourism zone. Right now it’s still dark and dreary with just a scattering of houses, hotels and cafes.
And that brings my 3rd “Adventure Day” in the South Coast Region to a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Iberostar Founty Beach Agadir
Great hotel but what to wear?
Just got back from Iberostar (Founty Beach) Hotel, Agadir, Morocco. First time in Morocco and was very impressed with hotel (although not so much with Morocco). Hotel staff very helpful and looked after us but did get fleeced by cab drivers taking us to wrong place on purpose & shop keepers wanted extra money after doing the deal. Had some great trips around Morocco but wasn't sure what to pack clotheswise. Had heard best to cover up so as kaftans are in fashion now took a few of them. Found didn't need to as everyone in normal strappy tops, shorts etc. Just thought you might want to know.
Would recommend this hotel though - great big rooms, bid balconies & we were definitely spolit by the staff. Also great entertainment in the bar and a couple of good shows downstairs in the inhouse theatre. The entertainment staff were also very friendly.
All in all, had a good holiday. Agadir is about a 20 min walk from hotel and hotel is a bit of out of the way on the outskirts of Agadir. Agadir itself has good roads, lots of new hotels being built but needs to be more built up as not many shops to be founf apart from the souk itself which wasn't that great.
Have a good holiday.
Recomend the hotel
5th -19th Aug 2005
Enjoyed the holiday very much,hotel was excellent it was very clean, the food was excellent and was plentiful, but dont expect an English breakfast and watch the cooking of your eggs. the only problem at lunch and evening meal was getting the second glass of wine - very slow at times.
The pool area I thought was very crowded, we went down to the private beach which was ok, oh and set your alarms to get a sunbed.
Staff were helpful some more than others,but in all they were good and always had a smile, they will greet you with Bonjour till they realise you are English then its hello.
There was a nice sizable poolside bar which was good for lunch and hot and cold drinks. plenty of tables some under cover some not but all with sun brollies
If you are a sun worshipper your in for a shock it was cloudy most mornings and for the first few days, but dont be fooled you will get a tan or burnt shoulders. and when it did peak thru it was very hot.
Teenagers in the 13-16 group there isnt a lot to do there's sports activities, pool table, but I think they should have put on a disco for them at nights, there was a room that wasn't used much.
Night time was limited to the hotel which was fine, It would have been nice for the poolside bar to stay open for a quiet drink
Animaters worked hard both day and night and was very friendly, look out for Micheal Jackson impersonator, he was very good.
Overall we enjoyed it very much indeed, and I would recomend it.
ps watch the sea it is treacherouse and the sellers on the beach.
Not the best holiday I've been on...
I went on this holiday with my boyfriend, as a break away from work and as a celebration for completing my exams. We chose the resort for its lively reviews yet I'm sorry to say I was actually very disappointed. I am a well travelled person, and am normally very happy to overlook small problems and do not let them affect my holiday as a whole, yet I found this to be impossible by the end of my fortnight at the Founty Beach.
When we first entered the hotel, we were very impressed by its grand decor and clean appearance, and I was very excited at the prospect of the wonderful holiday ahead of me. Whilst we were still checking in, the porters took our bags to our room, so we were unable to follow them and therefore did not know where our room was actualy located. When I asked the receptionist, she merely shrugged and we had to wait until a British holiday maker went past and asked for directions...not a fantastic start!
The room was lovely, really spacious, with full air conditioning, a mini bar and safe and plenty of drawer and wardrobe space. We were on the right side of the building and our balcony had a wonderful view of the sea and out to the port.
We then made our way down to the pool area, which was lovely, well kept, very clean and lots of beds. If you didn't fancy being around the noise of children and the entertainment then the provate beach ws perfect for relaxing sunbathing.
It wasn't until the second day that the severe stomach upset kicked in, which rendered me bed-bound for a day as i was in so much pain and needed to be near a toilet. My boyfriend also suffered, and we found this to be a great pain as we both enjoy tasting food from different cultures, yet whatever we ate made us ill, so we were left with plain potatoes and soups for meal times as this didnt have quite as drastic an effect. This lasted for the full two weeks that we were away, and aside from all else, this ruined my holiday for me. There appeared to be no particular food which caused it, and the dining area was very clean and staff spotless. When we spoke to other british holiday makers we found that they too were suffering, and after trial and elimination we still could not pin point any particular food or ingredient.
The entertainment team were fantastic, and put on some brilliant evening shows which were brilliant for all ages, if not a little dragged out due to the repetition of everything in about four different languages! I did find however that they were a little too persistent during the day when trying to involve you in activities. After having my feet tickled, my sunbed tipped and flip flops hidden for the umpteenth time I began to resent them a little! The 'lazy english' jokes they continuosly made also became a little tiresome when i just wanted to relax with my book!
The pool area was very nice, but i found that the pool was not at all suitable for a relaxing swim as it was very deep and being 5ft 7" i couldnt actually stand anywhere in the pool. And I wasn't going to get in the baby pool!
The staff in the restaurant in the restaurants and pool areas were very friendly, very helpful and extremely polite. They did seem to struggle with english as a language sometimes and i was often given gin and tonic, when asking for a lemonade!
We did go on some of the thomas cook excursions but due to the cost and the extreme heat we faced we didn't do any trips in the second week as we didn't want sunstroke on top of tummy upset!
The hotel does have some rules which my boyfriend and i were happy to follow but they did not appear to apply to all. For example there was no eating by the pol, which we saw many doing, no diving in the pool which virtually all did, and appropriate attire (trousers and sleeves for men etc) for dinner which to some meant still wearing their bikini. This also became a slightly frustrating niggle!
This is a magnificent hotel in pleasant surroundings but it could be much better. The fact that we were ill, as were many others really tainted the holiday which was a real shame as it really had the potential to be a holiday of a lifetime. I dont think it was worth the money I paid, or the months I spent in anticipation. I definitly won't go back.
First class Hotel
We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Ibrostar Founty Beach. The hotel is magnificent and we have never experienced such incredible service before. It was so lovely that it was hard to drag ourselves away from the hotel to go out and about, we had everything we needed.It was so hot and busy there, we couldn't wait to get back to the peace and tranquility of the hotel.
my 4 and 3 year old daughters love going to the mini club, the staff are very good with kids I felt confident leaving my girls in the mini club for 2 and a half hours while me and my husband have some peace and quite!!, the girls always come back happy and exited about the activities they done, they do baking, makeup and fancy dress and the staff even reapply sun cream on the kids when they take them out to build sandcastles.
The entertainment in the evevings was excellent a lot of effort goes in to it and every night is different.
I would say this hotel is suitable for someone in a wheelchair or with walking difficulties, good acces all round.
the variaty of the food was very good and fresh. my favourit was the hand made doughnuts in the mornings very nice.
Overall I would say this is probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in
Good Family Hotel
We have just returned from a weeks all-inclusive stay at the Iberostar Founty Beach and would recommend it. The hotel facilities were excellent and the large comfortable rooms were spacious and kept very clean. The pools were excellent but if you want a more peaceful day head for the hotels beach. The beach is guarded by hotel security men. You will be hassled to buy something if you head for the sea.
Our only moan would be the food. Although most of it was good, menus did seem to be repeated quite often. The lunch at the poolside bar was not very exciting. The bar staff at this bar were also sometimes slow to serve.
This would be a great hotel to take young kids as they are fussed over by the staff. The staff in general were excellent.
I have just returned from a weeks all inclusive holiday (party of 4 adults and 3 children all 5 and under) at the Iberostar Founty Beech in Agadir, the hotel was amazing and very clean, the staff are all very friendly, polite and could'nt do enough for you.
On arrival our luggage was taken by a porter to our rooms which was situated on the ground floor right beside the baby pool, the rooms were cleaned every day and we even came back to find rose petals had been sprinkled over the basin in the bathroom! The pools were clean and maintained daily and the gardens were well kept and watered every night (much to my annoyance as a sprinkler was right outside our room!)
The private beech was clean as was the public beech but be warned you do get hassled for camel rides on the public beech but if you say "no thank you" they will say maybe tomorrow so say "no thank you" again and they do leave you alone.
The food was excellant with a wide choice althogh me personally would probably of got fed up with it after 10 days and bottled water was included in the all inclusive deal.
The evening entertainment was a bit of a let down and the only reason i say that is because the English were the minority but they did cater for all nationalities but it was a bit like listening to the eurovison song contest as it was said in that many different languages! The shows were very entertaining to watch even in other languages.
The centre of Agadir is a fair walk from the hotel especially with children but there was always taxis outside the hotel (we got one back to the hotel for 20 durahms, which is just over £1!) - Dont be alarmed at all the police on most road junctions our rep told us it was the norm and especially in tourist areas.
All in all the hotel is brilliant and i could'nt fault it (even if they dont do Peach Snaps!) Would definately vist again.
Family fun in Morocco
My family and I stayed at the Iberostar in Agadir for 7 nights in May 2005 as a family party of 8. The hotel was well maintained, clean and generally ran like clockwork. The air-conditioned rooms were also clean and well looked after with a comprehensive information pack to be found within. Each room has a telephone and all the hotel services are only the press of a button away. There is also a very efficient and reasonably priced laundry service. There is a TV in each room but it only has the BBC world service in English. Good internet facilities can also be found within the hotel. The room cleaning staff were very pleasant and efficient and they actually seemed very happy at their work. There is a minibar in each room which is only stocked upon demand. There is also a safety deposit box in each room for passports and valuables which costs an additional £1.00 or so daily.
Daily sports facilities include tennis and ping pong, a pool table, football, volleyball, keep-fit classes, synchronised dancing/keep fit in the pool, darts, boules and a myriad of spontaneous silly games by the pool. Gentle but polite encouragement is employed by the distictive yellow and blue coated "entertainment team" in an effort to entice you to join in the many activities but a simple negative gesture is all that is required to let them know you would rather be left in peace. The staff never pester you in any way and if you are peacefully soaking up the sun they leave you well alone.
The entertainments team consisted of about 8-10 exceptionally pleasant young people (alternating daily) who were extremely helpful and friendly especially with the children who soon felt they were "special" to each one of the team. They ran a twice daily indoor creche with painting and games. We did not use this facility but the kids I did see in the creche seemed happy and well supervised.
The team also put on some highly entertaining shows in the evenings which were suitable for all ages. The shows consisted of singing, dancing and general clowning around with a subtle adult content expertly and tastefully delivered above the heads of the young and innocent.
All of the impessively multi-lingual staff at the hotel seemed genuinely happy to be there and seemed to be well looked after by their employers - it was not unusual to hear the cleaners laughing and joking together when there were no guests about.
I would give all the staff 10/10 for helpfulness, attention to detail and friendliness. Well done Iberostar, your obvious effort in aquiring and keeping good staff is appreciated and was noted by all of our family group and all the other guests I spoke to.
We ate only in the hotel apart from the food offered on the "Official" Thomas Cook tours and suffered no tummy bugs whatsoever, not bad for a party of 8 with ages ranging from four to forty eight. The hotel food was well prepared and presented with varied selection offered on a daily basis. The restaurant and buffet areas were clean and well maintained. Food is available all day either in the restaurant area or at the poolside bar. Drinks are also available throughout the day, they are generally locally produced but named Europen brands are available with a small surcharge.
The 3 pools were clean and the terraces were well maintained and were washed (and scrubbed!) every night. The childrens pool was 600mm deep and the other two pools ranged from 1400mm to 2000mm deep. Poolside ettiquette was well observed by all the guests with no shrill whistles or over-zealous rules and regulations. Sun beds and parasols were always available (this may not be the case during peak periods). Getting up early and placing towels over the sun loungers was not permitted and did not seem to happen.
There is a clean and safe beach directly in front of the hotel and 200 metres further down the soft non-volcanic sand you can hire jet-skis and camel rides at reasonable rates. The entire beach is patrolled by friendly policemen on quad bikes and horses (What a nice job!) You can walk down into Agadir centre (about 1 Km) along the sand, this is very pleasant in the evening.
This hotel is specifically aimed at families, couples or older guests and is not really suitable for a "Club 18-30" type of wild holiday although there are nightclubs and casinos in nearby Agadir. I did get the impression that loutish behaviour would not be tolerated in the hotel although I did not witness any unacceptable behaviour by anybody, either staff or guests, throughout our stay.
Gripes? Well I did see the occasional poorly-washed plate in the restaurant although the cutlery was clean. On a couple of occasions the restaurant could have done with additional staff to clear the tables. Also the views from the balconys of the rear-facing apartments were rather uninspiring. The busy terraced bar staff seemed to work a very long shift and occasionally by late evening their demeanour would reflect their obvious tiredness, not really a problem but I would suggest additional staff or a better rota system. The room key-cards would sometimes inexplicably cease to function but a replacement could easily be attained from reception. Small gripes really and certainly nothing to detract from an otherwise extremely pleasant stay.
By way of contrast the camel-ride and quad bike touts on the beach were far too persistent but this is no reflection on the hotel of course as these people were outside their juristriction.
So, generally my wife and I found this to be a very good hotel. We have no connection with this or any holiday establishments and I have no motives or interests within the travel industry so I feel that from a totally independent point of view that we can highly recommend it.
Don't Stay Here...
The hotel looks amazing when you arrive and the staff who deal with despatching your baggage to your room were friendly and efficient but for the rest of our stay here (last October for two weeks) we were very disappointed for several reasons.
The main reason being that we were ill with tummy upset for most of the two weeks we stayed, as were almost all the other British guests and all the other Europeans we spoke with. The kitchens, restaurant and bar areas were clean but something was going wrong somewhere...
The food wasn't fantastic either (when we could eat it). The breakfast omelettes were good but someone needs to tell their chefs that if they're adding minced meat, this ought to be cooked first...!
The room was advertised as having aircon but this didn't work. When we asked about it, the unhelpful receptionist said he would look into it but never came back to us. We asked again and the same thing happened. Someone else suggested that as the main summer season was over, perhaps the aircon was switched off. If this was the case, all they needed to do was tell us.
It was clean in the room and the bathroom large and well-equipped. Having said that, I did have a scare with a light-bulb exploding in there above my head one day. I told the staff but no-one seemed to bothered and it didn't get replaced.
Many other things I could comment on
- the tour operator did not warn us that we'd booked during Ramadan and this affected restaurant/bar opening times.
- bar staff were often rude, especially in the pool bar and we were served drinks in dirty glasses on some occasions.
- the pool smelled very strongly of chemicals and wasn't pleasant to swim in.
- the tiled pathways in the gardens were not made with non-slip tiles and became dangerous sometimes.
- the gym was badly maintained and unsupervised; we stopped using it after finding someone had their three young children in there with them and allowed the children to "play" with the equipment.
- the treatment centre was good but I still think it was a bit pricey.
All in all we can safely we will not be returning.
Highly Rated - Superb All Inclusive Option - Excellent for Children
I have now spent 2 trips at the Iberostar Founty Beach in Agadir with my family in the past 4 months, with a child under 1. According to the English reps, this gets the best scores on the food and overall accommodation. It is beach situated, and has a private beach area too, and is far enough down from town not to be affected by any noise.
Times spent there were:
Dec 11 - 17th, 2004 (weather good 50% of the time)
Mar 4 - 18th, 2005 (weather perfect every day 23-30C) - though had rained for the previous week
Firstly, this hotel is probably is superb on the all inclusive deal - the food is excellent all around... from the large number of tarjines in the evening, to the lunchtime grill sessions, salads and drinks. Evening meals can either be in the "a la carte" (3 times a week - though the menu is fixed), or (as most people do) and probably best, in the main dining area. Always a wide variery of Moroccan food as well as other traditional italian and other European food - roast turkey/lamb, lots of fresh fish, octopus, etc. Plenty of fresh fruit, cheeses, soups, salads, and Wonderful desserts!! High chairs are available for children.
On the All-Inc, virtually all kinds of drink were included - eg. beer, wine, vodka, martini, rum, whisky, orange juice, bottled water. Most were local labels, though all good. For a couple of euros you could get named labels.
There is tennis, basketball, gym, pool table, volleyball, table tennis, pampering spa area (good prices compared with Europe), aerobics, darts, boules & 3 outdoor swimming pools (1 for children)
Variety and standard of food was very good. Always different each night - plenty of variety, even during the day
Staff friendliness - indeed, travelling with a 8month old infant,
Room cleanliness & maid service very good - Rooms sufficiently furnished
Pool & Garden area kept very clean & well kept
Staff "team" were always friendly with guests and children. Evening entertainment was a good effort by all of them - it showed that a lot of preparation had gone into each one
Has a small section of market traders in on a Fridays near the pool - though not intrusive.
Both times, unless you are going on additional trip, or buying lots of presents need not take much money. All currencies can be changed at std rates in hotel.
Cots are available for the rooms.
Best rooms IMHO are those on the ground floor opening onto the pool
Admittedly you do pay a bit more than some of the other hotels in Agadir, though on hearing other people comment on their hotels there were always faults - for the main aspects of the Iberostar - room, food, complex as a whole - absolutely nothing to fault on here.
Good Aspects of Agadir
Everyone very friendly, and do not intrude into personal space.
Everyone excellent with children
Little hassle from tradesmen - one "No" and then they leave
Excellent value for money
Visit to the Medina was well worth it - only about 60Dh each (6Euros), though v. interesting and good crafts there.
Best time to visit from mid-March until October
Iberostar Founty Beach Agadir
Stay 12th to 19th February 2005.
Fantastic hotel. Great large rooms & bathrooms. Good entertainment day & evening.
Excellent (Italian) musician 20.00 to 20.15 and again after the show to 23.00.
All inclusive very good value. International food which was good but not a great deal of variety.
Good sunny weather 22° during the day. Very pleasant indeed.
Taxis are cheap but the cars are rather old.
Great fun bargaining at the souks. The Moroccans are very friendly and welcoming.
Visit the Medina a few kilometres outside the town.