Caribbean Village Agador
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Unfortunately due to weather conditions surf was a no go today as it wasn't safe enough for us novices. Therefore it became a pyjama day with a few outings to the roof terrace when the sun broke out, where also I should now have luck for the rest of the trip as a bird pooped on my leg... yuk, however it was much to Mel's amusement.
We decided to try washing some of ...
... I didn't know why I was still talking like this and she replied "I know, top of the morning to you" haha I do believe that is actually Irish!
After yoga we got ready and headed to the BBQ at the Auberge where we sat on a roof and enjoyed some life music. We actually got meat as well which was a pleasant surprise and got to try some local beer (speciale). Really good evening but absolutely shattered now so off to bed I go...last full day in Morocco ...
... in ours. Then we went just to the south of Tafraoute to a cluster of huge, strangely shaped rocks known as Napoleon’s Hat.
We then headed back towards the coast and passed through the town of Tiznit known for its silver making. We were shown a workshop full of amazing silverware and jewellery. Then we headed back east into the little Sahara where we went for lunch at the traditional house we were to stay at that ...
... was only me, and as it turned out, upon further examination, there was a bit more to it than that. Seems I had picked up some version of the same thing so many others had fought with at one time or another throughout the week but, unfortunately, since everyone was leaving there was no one left to offer sympathy and consoling "hmmming" noises while secretly doing a mental touchdown dance to celebrate that it wasn't happening to them. The end result was that I ...
Day Totals: 8 hrs, 17.7 kms
Dusk is setting in as I approach Agadir, but I've still got a thirst for adventure inside me. As I pass through Ben Sergao, the town where I rented my own place for the first time back in 1997, I feel the urge to take a stroll down memory lane. It’s true that I revisited it officially back in 2008, but a place as significant as Ben Sergao could certainly use another revisit.
I get off at ...
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Great for the Money
Just come back after two weeks at the Caribbean Village.
Our first time to Morroco. We booked this hotel due to its price which at £500 for two weeks all-inclusive is a steal. We were lucky to have a great room overlooking the central garden. Block 29. The rooms are basic but clean, we had a walk in shower in ours but I understand some rooms have baths. We did hear that some people were not so happy with their rooms and complained about the maid not cleaning it properly. We had no such problem. All the staff are friendly, we tipped our waiter and at the reception bar and pool bar waiters. They earn such a pittance at £225 per month. Its ok to go out of the hotel and you don't get bothered too much, just say No Thank you firmly and they leave you alone. The weather was great, sunny every day and over 31. Go on the little train, which takes you around the city for just over a pound and takes about 45 minutes.
The Beach is great, I've never seen so many lads playing football. They are fanatics. The beach will take you around 50-60 minutes to walk end to end. It is patrolled by Police on horse back and 4 wheel drive beach buggies. We did not see any trouble while we were there. They are building a Promenade along the beach and in places this is noisy with large diggers and lorries. Unfortunately the Hotels beach bar is right next to the construction.
Do go to Marrakech if you can, the place is fantastic and the coach trip is a real eye opener to the way the local people live. They rely totally on donkeys and mules for their transport within their villages. The 1st Choice trip was very good and cost £90 per head, this was for a guide, transport, hotel, lunch and evening meal. You also go to Essoura on the second day.
Back at he hotel the larger pool in the centre of the complex is the noisiest and its where all the animation team are. Not our scene at all so we used to go to the smaller pool with the bar. Two other smaller pool areas are also available.
Food is ok and for a 3 star is probably above average. A word of warning, do check the food at the specials bar. We did find one night that the fish kebabs were not cooked all the way through.
You also have a choice of booking the speciality restaurants. Don't expect too much, but they are worth going to.
Overall, as long as you are not expecting 5 star luxury this is an ok place. We may actually go back next year as we want to do a few more trips to other parts of the country. At the height of the season it would be far to busy for us. We were told that there was around 8-900 guests the weeks we had. The hotel can hold 1600 at peak holiday times. I would imagine that you would have to que for drinks etc.
Fantastic for the Money!!
Well, Firstly, Being a travel agent myself I quite often have to sit here and listen to people moan that they paid £2.50 and didnt get 5 star treatment on their "We want All Inclusive as cheap as possible holiday".. well guys, news for you here, you get what you pay for!!!
Myself and my gorgeous friend Leiah spent a week here from the 13th June 2007. What fantastic value for money.
Working in travel I have been all over the world and yes, have stayed in some fantastic hotels. To be honest, I was unsure about booking a 3 star, but why, god knows, value for money it was fantastic.
The rooms are basic, but provide all you need!! Lets face it, how long do you spend in your room?? As for noise... do people sleep with ear tumpets permenatly attatched to their ears to ensure they do not miss the slightest sound? As I certainly did not have any problems with noise and I sleep very lightly indeed!
I must admit the main pool area was very large and what I would describe as "happy clappy... all singing all dancing kids"... urgh!
But there are 3 other smaller pool areas to choose from. All with bar's serving refreshments during the day. Pools were not cold!!! Its character building and I jumped in each and everytime!!! Deal with it people!!!!....
Didnt sample the A la carte menu's, but friends did, very very good. And the wine was flowing!!! Shame I didnt make it!!!
The buffet was fine, very samey each day, but with the massive turn over of food it would be hard not too!! It was fine fine fine!!
However, the snack bar is fab!! Waiter service, constant drinks - AND NOT HAVING TO TIP!!!! So not sure where people got that idea!! We tipped a total of 20 dirhams (£1.20) all week and were constantly provided for... even in the buffet restruant!!
We ended up being a group of about 6 and not once were we refused a round of 6 drinks at the bar. Everyone was ever so friendly and really made the holiday!!
Entertainment - Crap! Entertainment team - Rubbish! ...
But hey... Leiah, Ann, Kath, Becky and I were the entertainment team for our week.. even gatecrashing the kiddy disco.. eek.. under the influance.
So, in conclusion, great value for money! Would totally return.
A holiday is what YOU make of it! Don't waste your time moaning when you've paid peanuts coz guys, we don't wana hear it!!!!
Ok for a cheapish late deal
My Partner and I spent the last week in May at the Agador. The best thing was the gorgeous weather!
Most of the hotel was very clean and well kept. The rooms were basic but who escapes the british weather to spend a holiday in their room?! We actually had to move rooms twice thoughout the week- there is a disco opposite the hotel which goes on every night until 4am so if you are facing the front of the hotel you may find it impossible to sleep as the music is so loud- I am suprised that nobody has mentioned it, maybe they were lucky enough to have a quiet room! the second time was due to the fact that our room was directly above a kitchen and all we could here was incredibly loud banging around and staff shouting. we eventually got a quiet room facing the 'garden' which was great.
I do agree that the french get the special treatment like being allowed to take more than the 2 'allowed' drinks from the bar and little things like that but hey they speak the same language and some staff speak very little english but then why should they, us brits need to make more of an effort- I certainly tried!
the food was ok but quite samey- half way through the week we discovered a new bookable buffet restaurant that has a different theme of food each night- this one was the best as it had choice where as the other bookable restaurants only have a single set menu for the evening so if you don't like it you can lump it!
I have to say that in our experience if you did not tip the waiting staff within a couple of days of arriving they barely aknowledge you after that which was fine for it just being the 2 of us as we weren't particularly bothered though it was obvious who had been tipping who! also there is no organisation in the main restaurant so you kind of get pushed out the way by the French who believe that they are the more superior guests- we have never seen such pushing and rudeness before! I found it best to give them the 'look' if they pushed me!
we spent our time at the pool furthest away in the complex- this was the quietest away from the main pool which is where the entertainment happens and generally where all the loud people go with their kids!- we were slightly disappointed that none of the pools at the time were heated- they were pretty chilly and it was entertaining to watch new guests getting in the pool for the 1st time to find a shock to the system! - also the evenings were chilly even at the end of May.
we take our hats off to the animation team who work 9am-midnight days- entertainment is not our cup of tea but they do work damn hard and are always smiling. we also got on very well with Mohammed the cocktail barman, he told us to give him a small tip and we could have any cocktails as and when we wanted instead of the all-inc. cocktail of the day which was always the same! apart from him most of the barman were generally quite rude and grumpy and had a habit of serving you the wrong drink and then contesting it! they were alright if you are female though!
would we go back? no probably not. I think that if I had not got a cheap deal and paid the full price I probably would have been quite disapointed. Go there with an open mind and little expectations and you will enjoy it..........
A great hotel for the price.
We stayed here the last week in April, we were really happy with what this hotel had to offer, its not luxurious but then that is reflected in the price, its really clean and well kept. The staff are more than helpful and in return a tip is really appreciated which we did at the end of the holiday. The only thing i was surprised by was there was no air conditioning availabale. It wasnt a problem for us at all because although the weather was fab and really warm during the day (around 25deg) in the evening it was cool and it was for that reason i think that the room never felt too warm there was definately no need for air con had it been available, but in the height of the summer i would imagine it would be a differnet story but i did see that it was possible to rent a fan for the week.
I would suggest bringing your own towel preferably a distinctive one you dont mind having robbed, we didnt bring towels so rented 2 for the week at the cost of 100dirhams (approx £6.50) each which you get back when you return your towel, one day we left our towel on a lounger by the pool while we went to lunch when we came back a while after they were gone, because all the rented towels were yellow it would seem people were taking them and returning them for the 100 dirham deposit, if we had had our own distinctive towel this wouldnt of happenened, it was because nearly everyone had the same rented yellow towel that we couldnt tell who had taken it.
The hotel has its own private part of the beach which is really nice, the beach is still being done up but it didnt really have a negative effect. Agadir is nice but be warned there is not much to do apart from relax eat and drink but day trips are available. I would have liked to visit Marrakech but it was 4hours away the day trip was from 6am-11pm which i felt was just too long a day but other people did go on it and said it was really worthwhile.
I am a really picky eater but i have to say the choice of food was brilliant, we ate in all the ala carte restaurants, they were lovely ala carte is not really what i would describe them as but for the money it cost to stay all inclusive they are more than adequate.
We returned last week (9th May 2007) after a week in the Agador. Briefly.. the tour guides were faultless but un-needed for us, accommodation first class, food much better than expected, animation team must be the best in Morocco, waiters and staff exceedingly friendly. Most enjoyable experience.
Great place, good value
Rooms are spacious and cleaned every day, Our first time all inclusive and we thought the place was great. There was a good selection of bars and restaurants, including themed restaurants (would recommend the Morroccan restaurant). There are 4 pools, all clean and well maintained. The staff are really friendly and there are plenty of activities on site - archery, tennis, mini golf. About
a 10 minute stroll to the private beach, which currently seems to have some building work going on around it, but beach is clean and there seemed to be less demand for sunbeds down there. The entertainement staff are keen for everyone to get involved - great if
you have kids, fairly easy to avoid them if you're just after peace and quiet.
Great all inclusive hotel a little way from the centre of town...taxi's wait outside but be careful not to be ripped off.
The rooms are spacious and clean and the staff are friendly. There are several resturants and places to eat and drink some staying open till about 2 in the morning.
The entertainment is good and goes on most of the day and evening. The pools are a good size and clean and the beach is about 5 minutes outside the hotel although the hotel has got a reserved section of beach.
Bang on for the money!! ;-)
Usually you only get people come on these sites if they've had an awful experience or an amazing one.
I'm here to give an honest review of the hotel.
Booked it on the advice of Going PLaces agent with 3 wks to go. Was open minded but became slightly concern when i read some of the reviews.
For a 3 star hotel this place is amazing. NO i didnt say it was amazing - I said for a 3 star it is. If you want amazing then you book a 5 star. NOTE TO ALL YOU MOANERS OUT THERE! You get what you pay for, Or in this case you get a lot more.
Great variety of restaurants. One for every night of a 1 wk holiday. Cant understand the people who ate in teh Oasis buffet every night, although it was more than adequate.
The main pool near the Oasis restaurant seemed to attract the "pikies" - guess becasue that's where most of the entertainment was, but there was so many lovely sections of teh hotel. ie, the pool by the Rotunde pool bar. Lovely! spot on.
The great thing was that this place is like a resort not a single hotel. it has so much to it and being joined with the pueblo tamlelt means you really have so much around you - its liek a mini town.
A downside to this place is the way they take your All Inc band off you at 12 midday on your last day even if you leave in teh evening so you cant get anymore pool bar drinks after that which is cheeky. They do give you a lunch voucher though which gets you fed and watered on last afternoon.
My tip here is to pay a few visits to the lunchtime snack area during your stay. Its outside the pizza restaurant. Open 1300-1600hrs. They outside table service is amazing and youll find that if you tip the attentive waiters about 20 dirhams (£1.40) They will be your best friend and personal waiters for as long as you want. Trust me - wristband or not on the last day, they will take care of you ;-)
Try to get a room away from the main pool if u want some quiet in the evenings. Blocks 2000, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2400 with pool views will be noisey until the entertainment stops about midnight, These blocks facing away from pool (over tennis courts and garden) wil be better. Blocks 3100- 3400 should provide more quiet at night.
Not the sort of person who goes back to places ive been before purely because there are so many places to go in the world but would consider this for the guaranteed weather. Its the new canary islands,
People had moaned about the locals outside the hotel but they are fine rreally. You get a few approaching you at the beach trying to sell stuff but if you say firmly and politely No thank you, they leave you alone.
We walked down to the main town near the bird zoo thing and got the Noddy train around the town of agadir which i recommend. You do get some people trying to attract you but if youre not interested they get the picture. Its no different to walking around in spain and have those english reps trying to get you to eat or drink in their bars. Just say no thanks.
What you must remember is that these people in morocco are trying to make ends meet and survive, thats why they need your business. Be prepared to haggle - 25 to 30% of their start price is a good price to pay. PLEASE, dont do what i saw some stupid woman doing in the airport and buying a moroccan cooking dish that she could have bought in town for about a fith of the price it was in the airport shop! Mug,
Happy holidays, a great place to go for sun and to relax.
Oh and dont just blame "die Germans" for stealing the sun loungers - us brits are just as bad. You have been warned - get them before breakfast or you wont have one. haha.
Darren & Sam
Great value for money
We have just returned from a fantastic holiday.
Our 2 year old loved it, he got so much attention from all the staff. However we did find it a little difficult navigating the some parts of the complex with the pram, due to the number of steps. I would not recommend this hotel for wheelchair users.
We were really supprised at the size of the complex. There were lots of places to relax and plenty of places to get involve with activities.
We were quite worried when we received a letter 2 weeks before we were due to fly out to Morocco. It had stated that there was building work going on but it was not going to be disruptive. In fact it turned out to be some painting and the mini golf being renovated. It was quite good to see they were keeping things upto date.
The room was basic and a little old fashioned but very clean and we always had fresh sheets and towels.
We were not warned about the building work going on on the beach - they are building a prom. I heard this will be a 3 year project. This meant that we did have to walk past the diggers etc. to get to our part of the beach. Our son loved it thinking it was Bob the Builder. Once on our bit of beach we couldn't see or hear any of the building work. The staff on the beach are 5 star, especially Abdul.
The weather was perfect during the day however it did go a little chilly in the evening so take some sweaters.
I can not recommend using the Launderette as out of the 10 items we put in 2 were lost and 1 was ruined. Our First Choice rep was no help. He said that the Launderette was not owned by the hotel (although it is part of the complex and in the brochure) and so could not offer any assistance. All we needed was for him to translate as the language barrier made resolving the issue difficult. He promised to find us but never did untill we caught up with him as we were leaving.
The hotel seemed to be full while we were there so sometimes it was difficult to get a sunbed by the pool. Our advise is don't bother it is far nicer on the beach and you get treated like royalty there. They even have buckets and spades for the children to play with so you don't need to carry your own down there.
Dispite the minor hiccups we really enjoyed this holiday. So much so that we would like to go back next year.
Absolutely fantastic, best holiday ever, food was fantasic.
I travelled with my wife for a long stay holiday at this hotel for 2 months.
Having stayed in over 200 hotels all over the world mostly 4 and 5 star, because of my job i was worried about booking a 3 star hotel, especially in a developing country like Morocco.
The facilities in this hotel are endless.
To be honest i think the food is better than most 4 and 5 star hotels i have stayed in.
We booked this holiday through First Choice and i must say they are the best company i have travelled with. Our rep who is called Cem met us at the airport and took us on the coach, he waited until everyone had checked in and talked with everyone for ages.
Very friendly and he is from Turkey (looks a bit like Fred Flinstone) alway there when you need him.
The staff at the hotel are the friendliest i have ever met.
Considering this is Morocco the standards are very high for a 3 star, better than places i have seen in greece and spain.
The food in the hotel is amazing, so much selection and great choice of international dishes. 15 different salad dishes to choose from, soup, meat, pasta, fish, the list is endless.
Normally every other hotel we stay at we get bored of the food after 1 week. but 2 months later in the Agador we where still not fed up.
We booked the A La carte restaurants twice a week and i must say the sevice and food was five star, the choices of A La Carte restaurants includes the following: Steak Tex Mex, Fish Restaurant, Chinese, Sushi, Moroccan, Pizzaria.
The hotel has 2 snack bars, one open from 1 - 4pm and one open 22:30 - 24:00, day time snack bar i recomend the hotdog and the chicken sandwich.
So if you are the new age junk food person then the snack bar is for you.
Main buffet restaurant is open breakfast, and dinner.
As Morocco has such a high French influence i was expecting continental breakfast which most hotels in Morocco have, (Toast and Croissants) I was wrong again, athough its not the english breakfast they do have pancakes, Moroccan Sausages, eggs, omellets.
One thing to remember about Morocco is due to importing laws most food products are not allowed into the country, so they have to make do with what their own country can provide.
If you like alcohol then this is the place for you.
Free alcohol all day and night, its a dream come true for most British.
5 bars in total.
The hotel has 4 pools 2 of which are heated.
Ive never seen so many hotel staff in my life, how can they afford it.
No negatives for you im afraid.
A bit of advice, do not book excursions from people in the street as they are illegal and the trips are pathetic, we met many people who booked outside the hotel and they where very dissapointed.
We booked our trips through First Choice.
We want to Marrakech for the 2 day overnight trip and i would recomend it to anyone, its an amazing city, the tour is guided so you dont get hassled of the locals if you are with a guide, and without the guide you will get lost in the market total maze.
As i would say to anyone why come to Morocco if you are not going to visit Marrakech.
We also went on the 4x4 to the mini sahara, berber evening excursion was also excellent and very cheap, you get food, wine, transport and an excellent show for next to nothing.
Hotel overall 10/10
Food is 5 star.
Our rep Fred Flinstone is an asset to First Choice and very good at arm wrestling.