Hotel Riu Tikida Beach
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Riu Tikida Beach Agadir
Great food, great service, great rooms, great everything! Need to come back!!!!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Riu Tikida Beach Agadir
Terrible hotel, Terrible service
I was in RIU Tikida Beach for 3 weeks and hated it.
The staff are very rude and dishonest, the hotel shop and restaurant owners are very rude, the rooms are unclean and the hotel shop charge you more than 10 times the normal price for things. Who ever heard of a bar of chocolate costing 7 dollars?
Also, if you speak English, you can forget about finding someone at the hotel that speaks English since most speak Moroccan Arabic and some speak French. Thats it!
Also, you can forget about the city itself. Theres nothing to do outside the hotel.
If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, or a time away from work, you can forget about staying in the RIU Tikida Beach.
Staying in this hotel will simply turn your relaxing holiday into a not so 'relaxing' holiday.
Riu Tikida Beach Hotel, Agadir, Morocco (April 2006)
The downside to the start of this 12-day holiday was having to fly to Agadir on a Thomas Cook flight from Gatwick. The A320 airbus was the most cramped plane we have ever travelled in and the video was poor, as was the food. Never again.
This Riu Hotel here in Agadir is not quite up to the old Riu standard since Thompson's (TUI) took over the chain, however it was very comfortable, the food was good (both quality and variety), and the pool and beach area were well catered for with sun beds. Bottled water is plentiful both with and without gas.
We had asked Eclipse for a quiet room and were disappointed to find ourselves only 20 metres for reception and on the ground floor corridor used by all the guests on the way to their rooms! As the hotel was full, moving was not an option.
We found most of the staff to be very friendly and helpful, though tips were always appreciated and in a number of cases, well justified. For example, the beach area was 'run' by Ahmed who would always go out of his way to greet everyone and find them a sun bed; in fact, he, not the Germans, reserved many beds in the morning so that there was always something available. He took great pride in 'his' beach and it was always clean.
The entertainment at the hotel was adequate, singers, dancers etc., but we saw very little of the Animation Team perhaps because we spent most of our time on the beach.
We did two tours that were from the Rep's list; a half-day "City Tour" of Agadir which was very informative about the town, and another to the town of Taroudant to see the old medina (walled town) and the goats that abound and can be seen climbing the Argan tree.
Regrettably both of us were sick for 24 hours but on different occasions and having not eaten the same food. Neither of us is prone to sickness as we have travelled extensively and we were unable to determine the cause. Though we subsequently found that other guests had suffered in the same way. One cause for complaint was that we saw glasses being washed by hand under a cold tap at the beach bar!
The beach in front of the hotel extends a long way in both directions, is flat hard sand when the tide is out, and has few traders, probably due to the quad-bike mounted police that patrol frequently. Generally the area is very safe, and even in the souk we never felt threatened in any way, only the persistence of some of the shop-keepers is partially annoying, but if you say 'no' firmly enough they get the message.
If you can speak some French it helps, but many on the local people can also speak some English and German; we never found communication to be a problem.
The weather in late April was a bit disappointing. Quite a few days with early morning cloud and strong winds later in the day, while on the day of our wedding anniversary it was cold, with some heavy rain and blowing a gale for most of the day!
Having said that, of the 12 days we had at least 8 where the temperature was in the upper 20s and with low humidity.
Perfect Winter Sun Destination
We took a short Dec sun break in Morocco & chose the Tikida Beach following our caribbean experience of Riu hotels. We have stayed in Tunisia about 5 times before, so North Africa is one of our favourite places, but I do know it's not to everyone's taste, so if you're not sure just go for a week first time to try it.
The hotel is well located within easy walking distance of Agadir - not a lot of culture or history but shops are Ok & the town is clean. The taxis are plentiful & cheap and right outside - go for the orange ones, much cheaper than the newer Mercedes, but will get you there just the same.Try the Bird Garden (Valle des Oisseaux) for an hour's distraction - it's pennies to get in !!!!
The rooms are immaculately clean - just don't let them put you in the ones in the main building above reception unless you want to be kept awake until 4am by the nightclub!!! This happened to us, but after a visit from the Rep at 2am, we were moved the folowing day & upgraded FOC to a suite, and experienced nothing but peace & tranquility.
The food is excellent - typical Riu high standard & choice. The buffet restaurant has a non-smoking section, but the Moroccan Restaurant does not, so if, like me, you don't like people smoking when you're eating, I would give the Moroccan restaurant a miss, but you won't miss out as there's a Moroccan theme night in the main buffet restaurant where you can enjoy the same food. There's moroccan dishes on offer every night along with grills, salads, pasta, freshly prepared dishes and a sweet selection to die for !!!! Try the ice-creams, they're delicious!
During the day the best places to eat are either at the beach front or Italian Restaurants - wonderful choices & fabulous surroundings.
The evening entertainment is varied & of good quality - snake charmer, magician, arabic dancers and the resident singer, who does wonderful renditions of Elton John songs. There's dancing for those who want to join in, but we preferred to chat & watch the world go by !!!
During the day Jimmy & the rest of the animation team are always on hand with something to distract you if you get bored with lounging by the pool. Try the Archery - it's great fun!!!!
The BEST part of the Tikida, though, has to be the staff - I cannot praise them highly enough - friendly, warm & above all genuine.Nothing is too much trouble, and they always seem to have time to chat. If you have experienced true Caribbean or American Deep South hospitality then be assured you will get the same here. OK the vendors or 'looky-looky' shop keepers do try to get you to part with your hard earned cash,, but don't forget it's how they make their living - they have no state aid to bolster their low incomes - if they don't work, then the family doesn't eat - so a polite 'no thank you' is all that's required.
We will definitely return to Morocco - probably for 2 wks this time - and you can be sure we'll be staying at the Tikida Beach - Go and ENJOY !!!!
!st Class holiday
We've just got back from a week at the Tikida Beach and have loved every minute of it. The rooms were spacious, very clean but basic. Our balcony overlooked the pool. There was enough to do on site, the Gym is fairly well equipped, but you had to book the jacuzzi, which was strange as we seemed to be the only people to use it. We had a Hammam in the hotel. It is a steam and a body scrub. Certainly left you squeaky clean. We did the trip to Agadir, the fishing port (It was closed the day we went but nothing to see anyway), the Kasbah hmmm (nice views though and the Souk. They take you to a fixed price shop first so get an idea of prices. We still got a bargain but could have done better. Felt very safe walking around the local resorts and on the beach. The odd person comes up trying to flog us t shirts/rocks but a firm no and they left us alone.
The entertainment guys, especially Jimi were great. As it was so quiet my wife had free tennis tuition. The food was amazing. So much choice and such good quality. The drinks were all local produced but they do give good measures if you ask. Would definately go back.
Quality and Service
Sorry to be boring but I'm going to continue the trend of praise of the Tikida Beach Hotel.
We stayed in early March 2006 and found the hotel to be spotlessly clean, spacious and with first class facilities. The staff are friendly and take pride in their hotel and really halp to make your stay very relaxing and enjoyable. While we were there all the other guests we spoke to were very impressed - very much in contrast to comments about other hotels from other holiday makers we met on the shared excursions! I think we chose very well! (I would echo the comments below about a few of the rooms - we got room 262 - which was a bit noisy because of the downstairs bar, but that said it wasn't too disturbing and never impacted upon our ability to sleep).
Having never been on an 'all inclusive' holiday before I wasn't to sure what to expect, but be assured that the food at Tikida Beach is excellent, with lots of choice. Drinks are readily available (both soft and alcoholic) and the facilities are first rate.... we particularly enjoyed being 'Robin Hood' at the archery.
Evening entertainment was varied including magic, snake charmers, acrobats and the the daily singer. Whilst the singing isn't going to be featured on 'x- factor' it was pleasant enough and encouraged people to get up an dance. The main Cascade Bar area was always full of an evening and a relaxing place to spend an hour or two.
Overall I would suggest that this is a great hotel for couples wanting a relaxing holiday in quality surroundngs.Just don't all book it up, I may want to return next year!
PS - Out of interest we also took a two day trip to Marrakech and Essouaria. Bartering in the Souks in Marrakech was great fun, not as intimidating as you might be lead to believe. Although it is a bit horse or course. Essouaria was a different experience, but probably not really worth the detour. The journey to Marrakeh is a long coach trip and its not a day-trip destination. The hotel we stayed in in Marrakech, the Odaya (?) was functional and nothing more, really bringing home to use just how good the Tikida Beach was!
I've never stayed in a 4star hotel before so this was luxury!!
Rooms were kept spotless and had plenty of room.
All the staff were very friendly, and spoke great English, especially Mustapha, Tariq (bar staff) and Jimi (entertainment).
Drinks are very alcoholic, and can become unbearable to drink. I started asking for small spirit and large coke and it was manageable.
Evening entertainment could be a bit repetitive-same songs in the same order and a lot of french songs!! However as we made an effort to dance, sing, clap the singer played to us and even borrowed CD's so he could learn new songs!!
During the day you werent pressured into joining in any activities, and Jimi and Zuber would sit with you and chat if they had the time. We did an arabic course and used it on the staff amid laughter (we were told its as they are used to people speaking French!)
Celebrated my 30th,Jimi organised petals scattered on my table, a cake and everyone singing Happy Birthday!!
Food was great-plenty of choices at every meal. The Moroccan restaurant is a must.
Didn't rate the resort much, keep your wits about you, and barter really hard!!
Top draw!! Very good food and very generous barmen!
I can't believe this hotel has only two reports - it was fantastic!!!! The only downside with the hotel is the French, there's too many of them.
I'm not going to bore you all with the details of the arrival, room etc so I am going to do it a little different for you.
ARRIVAL - 9/10 Greeted with a cocktail
Room - 9/10. Very spacious, clean. But we did get bored of CNN and Eurosport after two weeks!
FOOD - 10/10 Top draw! Great choice and loads of it. Book into the Moroccon restuarant, that is a must!
Booze - 8/10 Lots and great! If you ask for a glass of Whiskey - thats what you get - a glass! The wine wasn't too bad either. Had a few G and T's and they were ok too.
Entertainment - 5/10 Didn't really experience this much. Night entertainment was mainly in French.
Staff - 10/10 Couldn't fault them one bit.
Location - 9/10 Right on the beach!
Zanzibar - A BIG rip off! Two whiskeys, two small beers and two rounds on the sheesha (I cant spell it!) came to £24!!
Agadir itself, becareful. There are a few unsavoury characters around so look after your belongings!
...oh and you must visit Marrakesh - its ace!
Fabulous hotel with one flaw
There's only one flaw with this fabulous hotel- if you are allocated room 263 or nearby. Nothing wrong with the room - views are spectacular and the room is what you'd expect from a 4 star hotel - but this particular room is directly over the Zanzibar bar and restaurant where live music is played every night until 0300 am, fine if you're a party animal but not so good if you like to be tucked up by at least midnight. We continued to stay in the room as we loved the views and the room itself - luckily we were given some earplugs! Tourists in adjoining rooms who complained about the noise were re-allocated another room, but this may be a problem during high season. However, I must reiterate that this hotel is fantastic, the location is right on the beach near but not too near the centre of Agadir, the staff are all friendly and very helpful and most of them speak enough English to understand what you need but some French would be an asset-if only to be polite! We were at the hotel for two weeks and the food was consistently excellent as was the service in all the restaurants and bars. The hotel was exceptionally clean and well maintained both indoors and out and finally, to entertainment - lots of daytime activities (if you feel the need) and evening entertainment varied from magicians to Moroccan night, but the highlight for us was the resident duo in the Cascade bar, fantastic singer & brilliant keyboard player - well worth spending an evening in the hotel!
Riu Tikida Beach - All Inclusive Fun!
We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Riu Tikida Beach in Agadir. We wanted to write a review for anyone concidering visiting because reviews seem a little scarce!
I will try and break the review down into bite size pieces...
The transport to the hotel was very good and very quick, we were through the check in very quickly, however we did later hear reports of very long queues to get through passport control - One at a time only here I am afraid. Our best advice... quick as you can off the plane and to the front of the queue! We travelled with First Choice and our rep was Mohammed, he was very good and looked after us. A brief introduction to Morocco was provided to keep you entertained on the way to our hotel.
After a very smooth check-in we were escorted to our sea view room by a porter (please remember to tip these guys if you think they deserve it... they earn a pittance!) our room was fantastic. We were over looking a beautiful sunset and beach as far as the eye could see. The room has everything you need for a good holiday including complimentary fluffy bath robes, but no mini bar! A fridge yes... but no mini bar.
As we arrived quite late our next stop was the buffet for our evening meal. We dived straight in to the wide variety of foods available. Overall there was a wide selection of meals available including different themed nights. Breakfast was a continental buffet, fruit etc... there was also a hot buffet. Do not miss the PANCAKES! Lunch time was poolside and consisted of pizza / pasta / salad or a sit down meal over looking the beach... Your choice.
All in all a good selection but after two weeks a little bit repetative. We definelty weren't served the same dish twice, some of the Moroccan tangines were similar. The sweets were very good including ice cream, cakes and various hot on-the-spot sweets.
The waiters are fantastic, Zahid was awesome he reserved our table everynight and had a chilled bottle of Rose waiting.
Throughly cleaned every morning, you can't swim before 9am but at least you know it is clean. Pool towel cards similar to most AI hotels for fresh towels every day - Some people did reserve beds quite early but always plenty left. No need to say anymore, never too busy and very, very refreshing.
The day time staff work incredibly hard! I really mean that. The kids club looked popular but not having any kids meant we have no idea if it was good or bad.
Various activities are going on throughout the day, from aqua aerobics to archery, something for all levels of energy. Feel free to join in as often as you like, they aren't pushy at all.
The man who made our holiday extra special was Zuber (When you find out who he is tell him Gregg says hello!), he is one of the entertainments team and is fantastic. Daily football internationals were arranged by Zuber. England and France were the regular participants... Zuber is happy to put himself out to make your stay better and even more special. If you see him ask him where he is from.
The evening entertainment is quite sedate and a bit repetative, the best bits are the Mr / Mrs Tikida Beach, Snake Charmer and Moroccan Wedding... other than that the singer and piano music could send a glass eye to sleep. Once again Zuber and co do their best here and are again superb at getting everybody involved. The 'Mini Disco' goes down a storm!
Just a quick note on the weather... A common trait in Agadir is cloudy / misty mornings and hot and sunny afternoons. If you see clouds in the morning it generally wont clear until 11am / Midday. We didn't know this before we went but would have found it helpful. Just a warning though... You can still get burnt through the clouds and when it is hot it is HOT.
These are limited and I (and First Choice) suggest that you only go on the formally organised trips, not by various street touts. We only went around Agadir, this was cheap but not really full of cultural interest... The Souk was fantastic! Easily the best bit.
We really did have a fantastic time in Agadir and made some good friends (Hello to Roy, Diane, Corrinne, Marcelle and all the Rochdale crew including Nathan 'Michael Owen' White!).
Our last bit of advice... take a packet of Imodium as we did have an upset tummy but couldn't put our finger on the cause.
Be prepared to brush up on your French before you go as it is the first choice language and the majority of residents are French. Zuber and co made us feel welcome and continue our experience of wonderful staff in Riu hotels.
Don't know if we would go back, but only on account of the many other magical places that we want to visit across the world. Hope this review is helpful if you need anymore answers please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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