17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Got back today after spending 10 days there. Hotel, staff and food lovely, no complaints at all. Did the day trip to Marrakesh which was very good but a long hot day in all. Well worth the money. Went on the fantasia night, big disappointment. Don't bother. Weather could have been better though,. Cloudy and misty for first 5 days but we still laid out in it. Would recommend this hotel. Lovely to see they look after the cats too. They have their own little houses and are fed twice a day "
- Travel date: Fri 12th of September 2014
"We are still dreaming from my wonderful stay in RIU TIKIDA.
This is the place where you can just stay in the hotel.There is so much going on every hour from Aqua Gym to Arabic class,pin pong,belly dancing,etc..not to mention the Spa for a massage and Hamam.The gym and the
pool with sea water that gets very warm in the late afternoon.
We went inclusive and Brahim the lobby teaman makes the best mint tea in the whole world.Nabil and Nick from Thomson holiday is laos the best rep we have ever met.They even had a champagne bon voyage for the group.
the staff,the room.AMAZING!
We were there for christmas and you can't imagine how wonderful evrything was."
- Travel date: Fri 20th of January 2012
Disappointing - would not recommend
"Was looking forward to this holiday after reading the reviews but was very disappointed overall, glad we were only staying one week.
Although no-one can do anything about the weather we were not warned that it is usually cloudy/misty everyday, we only had 2 sunny days the week we were there and it was sometimes cold and misty all day.
To get a sun lounger you have to get up early and put towels out to reserve one, sometimes these were 'taken' by other people so you couldn't leave the lounger for too long. The sun loungers have no padding so are not very comfortable. Incidently beach towels are provided as part of the all inclusive which we hadn't been told.
The food was not very good, usually only luke warm (if you're lucky) and very repetative and not much choice compared to all the other all inclusive holidays we've had.
The grill is probably the best choice of restaurant, I wouldn't recommend the Moroccan restaurant as both my wife and I had upset stomachs after eating there.
To get a meal on the last night you have to pay extra even though we missed the meal on the first night as we didn't get to the hotel until 11pm so its not totally 'all inclusive'.
The room was cleaned daily but not to a high standard, empty cups and glasses were not removed for 2-3 days. Although generally the hotel was clean glasses were not always collected from around the sun loungers and pool area.
The only good points about this hotel were the pools, they were nice (although quite cold as there was little sunshine) and the drinks were good e.g. coffee, hot chocolate and the beer, gin, whiskey etc. There were not any real queues at the bar but quite often the french would push in and expect to be served first. If you only required soft drinks or beer they were on tap next to the bar so you could help yourself but you did have to use the bar for coffee or spirits.
Overall I would not recommend or return to this hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 4th of August 2010
The tikida Dunas Hotel
"I am 13 and i went with my family. Our age range were between 13 and 18 for the children and we always found something to do. We all found the hotel Exquisite and interesting. There were loads of activities for the whole family to get involved in. We had a brill time, the Catering was exillent and the hotel all together was clean and well presented. The food was fantastic but we didn't try it morrocon side of food but the food was still great. All the time we were there the staff always made us feel welcome and always wore a smile. Even around the pool we found it was quiet and peaceful and there was always someone round the pool to clear up or inform you of all the activities. The room was great all clearn and well organised. We were always topped up with drinking water to put in the mini frigde. I found it on the whole the best vacation of all time where i could have fun in the day and chill out and watch the sunset at night. And i will never forget it. So thanks"
- Travel date: Sun 18th of July 2010
Safe, Clean, Friendly, Beautiful Family Holiday
"I went with my daughters aged 19 and 12 and a baby aged 17 months. It was very beautiful, the pools were wonderful, the place was immaculately clean, people were always cleaning the pools and beach. The accommodation was roomy with lashings of hot water and plenty of soft towels. Everything, including the beach were so accessible which is great if you have a baby or toddler. Very child friendly and helpful. The food was delicious with lots of choice, tempting to stuff your face though cos its a buffet. Loved the Moroccan restaurant cos it had a relaxing atmosphere. All the drinks are free all the time, including alcoholic ones and mint tea available in the main reception with cakes and a chat with the host. There is entertainment if you want it but we declined apart from an organised visit. the tv is good, lots of channels and good picture. pool is available to play in the hotel which i liked. No need to worry if you dont speak the language, the hotel staff were fluent in english."
- Travel date: Thu 20th of May 2010
Just got back from a week .Great place i...
"Just got back from a week .Great place if you dont mind playing second fiddle to the Germans and French who get waited on hand and foot!!
Thomson didnt bother to tell us of the significant noise and diesel fumes from all the beach building- still nothing on their site today!!The rep never even bothered to come back to us after we raised it either!
Food good although quite often cold- desserts were excellent though.
Too many time restrictions on opening of shop. gym and internet
Not a 4 star but a good 3 star site- the former respond when there is no hot water- and spotlights hanging down from your bedrom ceiling!!"
- Travel date: Tue 29th of January 2008
"We have just come back from an absolutely amazing holiday at the Riu Tikida Dunas. We spent 2 weeks there from Fri 10th November and didn't want to leave! We had the time of our lives from the moment we arrived until the moment we left (with a tear in our eye!)
Things we liked:
The food in the hotel is amazing, and there is plenty of it!
Breakfast is served from 7-1030 in the main restaurant. Due to extreme laziness, we didn't manage to make it there until the end of our first week., However, after out first visit we started putting our alarm on so we could go every morning!!
There is a huge selection of food, including a choice of about 10 different cereals, yogurt, cold meats, cheeses, croissants, pain au chocolat, danish pastries, sausage, potatoes, beans, crumpets, potato cakes, pancakes with a choice of syrups.....and my favourite -you take a small bowl and select from large bowls of cheese, onion, tomatoes, herbs, turkey, then hand it to the chef and he cooks you a fresh omelette.
If you don't manage to get up in the morning, there is a continental breakfast served from 1030-1230 in the downstairs restaurant. This is a smaller version of the main breakfast and includes sausage, potatoes, beans, croissants, pastries etc...
Lunch is 1230-330 and again, there is a wide selection of food. Every day there are 2-3 different pizzas - which are delicious, especially the margarita!, chips, burgers, salad bar.There is always a choice of plain pastas/spaghetti and different sauces such as bolognaise, tomato, creamy herb.... Then there are about 10 or so different meals which vary each day - e.g. honey and ginger chicken, beef kebabs, chicken steaks, fresh fish. If you can still manage to eat after your main course there is a selection of cakes and you can help yourself to ice cream with a choice of sauces and sprinkles.
If you miss lunch or are feeling peckish, they serve "snacks" from 330-530.These include croque monsieurs (cheese+ham toasties), pancakes, sausages, and more cakes and ice cream.
Dinner is in two sittings the first at 630 and the second at 8. You are allocated a sitting when you check in but you can change it if you want to.
There are 3 restaurants: the main buffet restaurant, the Moroccan restaurant Alhambra, and the Grill. You have to book the Moroccan restaurant and the Grill 24 hours in advance, you can do so in the main buffet restaurant by speaking to one of the waiters.
The Moroccan restaurant serves - unsurprisingly - Moroccan dishes such as couscous, tajines etc. There is also a salad bar with Moroccan salads and starters, and a cake buffet with delicious Moroccan cakes and biscuits.
The Grill is not to be missed! It is downstairs in the restaurant where lunch is served.It is much quieter than the main restaurant with only about 20 people max per night. The food includes steaks, chicken kebabs, fresh fish, lobster, squid, beef grill steaks, chicken steaks, roast chicken, chips, potatoes in foil... and of course a wide selection of cakes! The Grill was definitely our favourite place to eat.
The main buffet restaurant has an extensive choice of food, there are 2 salad bars, and a choice of 2 soups every night. You will definitely not have any difficulty in finding anything to eat. There are 3 different pizzas each night, pastas with a choice of sauces, a different roast meat every night - turkey, beef, gammon etc...couscous with vegetables. In the 2 weeks that we were there, they managed to serve different meals every night so there is no chance of getting bored. There are also theme nights twice a week - we had Italian, Spanish, Moroccan and oriental( which is Egyptian food?!)
We were absolutely amazed with the food and couldn't believe the choice available. We had no complaints whatsoever, the food was always hot and there was plenty to go round.
The weather was perfect. After visiting Tunisia in February when it wasn't very warm we didn't get our hopes up too high. However we were lucky enough to have sunny, hot weather every single day for 2 weeks. Temperatures ranged from 26 - 33 degrees C in early/mid November. However it wasn't too hot - you could walk around and do stuff without passing out from the heat.
The hotel itself
The hotel was spacious and clean and the decor was really nice. The rooms are set away from the main part of the hotel (only a 2min walk) and set out on 3 open air levels around a small lake and palm trees. Even though the hotel was quite busy whilst we were there, it never seemed overcrowded and you can be sure of getting a lounger by the pool, or a seat up on the terrace.
The staff were genuinely friendly and helpful and seemed to go out of their way to help you and be nice to you. We were always served with a smile at the bar, and our plates cleared away quickly in the restaurant. Reception staff were pleasant and very helpful.
We had special cocktails made for us by some of the bar staff, and one guy even gave us some Moroccan tea and a teapot to make it in on our last day!
The beach is probably the nicest we have ever seen. It is so clean, we didn't see a single bit of rubbish the whole time we were there. The sand is golden and really soft, and the sea is so clear that you can see right to the sea bed. The beach is huge and so never gets crowded, and there are some good waves for body boarding!
We had relaxing massages, and reflexology in the hotel spa, for about half the price you would pay in England. A visit to the spa is definitely recommended, there is a wide range of treatments available including massage, shiatsu, reflexology, manicure, facials etc...as well as hairdressing.
However do not miss a trip to "Les massages d'Argan" Our tour rep organised trips there, but it is only about a 10min drive away. For about Â£20 we got a 2 hour massage which commenced with a cup of herbal tea while we soaked our feet in rose petals. Our feet were then massaged before we lay on a bed and had a full body massage including face and head. It was so relaxing and so good that we went twice! The price also includes a return taxi so it is an absolute bargain. Not to be missed.
We didn't go on any other excursions as we had just gone for a fully relaxing holiday ! (i.e. mainly spent our time round the pool or on the beach)
However there were a number of excursions available through our tour operator Thomas Cook, and I think the other operators offered more or less the same.
These included a 2 day trip to Marrakesh, a 2 hour camel trek, a trip through the Atlas mountains and a fishing cruise.
We walked into Agadir along the beach to the promenade - it took us about 45 minutes. There is a little train that stops outside the hotel, you can get this into Agadir for about Â£1.The promenade is mainly restaurants and a couple of souvenir shops, there is also a McDonalds and Pizza Hut!
Things we didn't like
Not much! The only things we can think of that stopped the holiday being absolutely perfect were....
The hotel has its own private bit of beach with plenty of sunbeds and parasols. This is up at the top part of the beach, separated from the main beach by rocks.
However, once you get onto the main part of beach, you will find yourself approached by numerous sellers trying to flog you anything from postcards, donuts, shells and camel rides (although there were no camels in sight.....)
They're not aggressive or threatening, if you just say no and walk away then they wont bother you. It just gets a bit annoying cos there are so many of them.
Yes we are getting a bit picky here, but a jacuzzi by the pool would have been nice!
Overall this was a holiday of a lifetime and would be 100% recommended to anyone!"
- Travel date: Tue 28th of November 2006
Fantastic Pre-Winter Holiday
"We arrived at Tikida Dunas for a weeks Holiday on Monday 6th November not really knowing what to expect.However we soon discovered what a well run and efficient Hotel this is-How nice it is to see happy smiling faces from all the staff and that applies to all Departments within the Hotel set up.Polite,helpful and yes it does help if you speak a bit of French but you can certainly get by just fine if you can't.The room was spacious and very clean and well maintained during our stay-the choice of Restaurants was great and we were not disappointed with the standard of food,the Bar staff were great fun and a particular vote of thanks to the Animation Team who kept us involved in most of the activities.Quelle surprise-a General Manager who could not resist the temptation to 'sing with the band' during the evenings entertainment-talk about 'hands on'-this was something else but he clearly has great respect from his staff and we came away thinking this was one of the best Holiday hotels we have been to and a thoroughly good experience.By the way the weather was superb wall to wall sunshine 27c-33c daytime and around 21c at night not bad for second week in November !! If you do venture into Agadir itself forget the Taxi's -Take the little Train that tootles past the front of the Hotel every 45 minutes or so.Have no doubts about this Hotel , it's big but not so big that the client becomes a number and you do feel that they are pleased you are in their Hotel enjoying your Holiday experience, Go for it !!"
- Travel date: Fri 17th of November 2006
"Having juat returned from a weeks holiday at the Tikida Dunas I can safely say that it is one of the best holidays I have ever been on!
The hotel itself was very modern and excellently presented. Our rooms were brilliant, much bigger than average with ample places to relax. The hotel is split into many blocks so you could be placed in a number of locations, all of which were very pleasant. The maid service was very efficient and they cleaned every day.
The food was also of a very high standard. Be sure to eat in the Moroccan restaurant to sample the local cuisine, a truly memorable experience. Buffet restaurant was excellent, serving a wide variety of food at both breakfast and dinner, as was the pool side restaurant which served lunch.
The entertainment team catered for all languages, sometimes not giving an english translation, but only if english people didn't join in! They worked very hard and were also very helpful, without forcing people to join in. The pool area was amazing and lagoon style, a real treat!
If you go on any excursions be sure to take small change as you will need it for tips, a trip to the Atlas mountains comes highly recommended, a glimpse of REAL Morocco!
If your looking for a relaxing mostly hotel based holiday then this is definetly the place for you."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of November 2006
Overall a great holiday
"Agadir: Club Tikida Dunas: "Overall a good holiday!"
Date: October 2006
We have just returned from Club Tikida Dunas, after spending a weeks break. It was our intention to have an autumn break in the sun based on beach and pool activities, which were well catered for.
We are a family of four with two children aged 8 and 3. As the previous comments implied that the hotel was full of children running around and misbehaving, I cannot endorse this as we found that we were well in the minority (at a best guess there were probably only 20 children in total within the whole complex during our stay). My wife and myself were together for 13 years before we had children and if we wanted a holiday without children running around we would not have picked an all inclusive holiday in the school holiday periods (which are at a premium in any event) therefore my suggestion would be that this hotel is ideal for all tastes as long a you are sensible when you decide to go.
It is also true that the French do seem to get preferential treatment especially from the the dining room staff. NB make sure you do get your table allocated for the evening meal on your arrival as we walked straight in and asked if we could sit anywhere and was told yes only to be later removed quite rudely by the head waiter, with no admission that their procedures were at fault (not a good start to the dining experience). It would appear they try to make the evening dining a more formal experience which backfires and becomes a bun fight that is rushed and you are sat canteen style with little or no break between yourselves and other diners. The breakfast is far more relexed and you can also sit where you like. The afternoon snack self service reteraunt was our favourite serving more or less the same as the evening with a more relaxed and an private seating.
All the staff made a fuss over the children and encouraged them to help themselves to what they wanted and not to feel shy.
The entertainment staff were not pushy at getting you to join in activities (which we have found in past holidays). The entertainment was low key and the live musical entertainment in the reception was awful.
Reception did change travellers cheques (when they had Dirams available)
Rooms were larger than the norm, clean and well maintained however our particular balcony did have a seaview but was totally in the shade.
Tipping is the norm at the end of the holiday and all the staff seem to know when you are going home and start to get even more friendly.
On the whole an enjoyable holiday and one which I would recomend for all tastes dependant on the time of year and we shall be booking again in the future for a week in the sun."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of October 2006
"Arrived at the hotel, met efficiently and checked in effortlessly, bar still open for the first of our all inclusive drinks.
Arriving at the room was very pleased to see how clean and amazingly big they were, coupled with a big balcony and fabulous views right onto the lovely beach and atlantic ocean.
The rooms was a long way from reception however this was a pleasant walk everynight after you had eaten in anyone of the three restautants. The grill restaurant was not nice to eat in as it was dark and dingy however the buffett was very good and the moroccon restaurant was outstanding. As with all all inclusive hotels boredom does set in so we did eat out several times and had very good food - try the onion soup with cheese on top, lovely.
Good restaurants and bars to eat and drink in.
Take a trip to Essouria, hire a man and a car as very good prices and you can relax and watch the scenic coastline views. I visited with 2 boogie boarders who thought they had died and gone to heaven as the surf was up every day... and it was big.
Hire the quad bikes and go into the real morocco villages - a great way to see the country.
Lee-Ann, Dean and Steve - Hove
Thoroughly recommend Agadir, we had great time, Thomas Cook rep was excellent."
- Travel date: Thu 12th of October 2006
Awful.....A Total And Utter Disappoinment. Don't Go!!!!!!
"Having stayed at this hotel for our honeymoon in July 2006â¦.I can say we were TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED.
The hotel itself was made up of several buildings which were well maintained and kept clean. I cannot fault the physical structure or layout of the hotel, or indeed it's cleanliness.
The grounds were also lovely.
The hotel location is OK - its approx a 25 minute walk into Agadir.
However, the hotel is almost entirely french, with most of the activities in French with an english translation as an after thought. I am not saying this is wrong but please BE AWARE as an english person you are not so well catered for. Thomson did not make us aware of this.
The entertainment is also geared towards children, and finishes around 10.30 at night.
The hotel is VERY popular with children. Children play everywhere and the staff don't stop them. This makes for running, screaming children in the restaurant, bar and the, what we had hoped would be, relaxing reception lounge area. They are also permitted in the fitness centre and treat all the equipment like it is a toy. Firstly, this has clear health and safety implications and secondly, makes using the equipment almost impossible.
The children play with the food and drinks in the restaurant and have no idea what it is to queue.
My husband and I suggest this is a great hotel for parents who are happy to let their kids run riot while the stay relaxing on the beach.
Then, there was the food.
Wellâ¦.on our first night it seemed quite nice. However, every meal after that was BAD. Infact, it got to the point where we started eating out.
The food was often cold, and that was if there was any left. They continually ran out of items and, even when advised of this fact, were in no hurry to replenish.
The salads were quite fresh but the children would often treat it like it was a toyâ¦.again, the staff made no effort to stop them.
The bars were also poor. There was no effort to interact with the guests and very rarely a please or thankyou - and never a "hello, how are you".
The beer was served in glasses that literally held about a quarter of a pint and, watch them when they make the cocktails because they rarely add any alcohol. When we complained about this to the bar manager he didn't even apologise.
We got the distinct impression that the hotel didn't care about their guests - being an all inclusive hotel they already had the money so tempting them back into the bars and restaurants was not necessary.
If you want an overpriced hotel designed for children who will have ASBOs (or the French equivalent) in a few years time, then the Tikida Dunas is for you.
Otherwise, keep your money in your pocket!! A TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY.
Oh, and just for the record, although Thomson assured us that the Tikida Beach would welcome us (the next door hotel), they did not want to know (despite being all inclusive guests at their sister hotel)."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of October 2006