26 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Just arrived back from 2 weeks at Founty...
"Just arrived back from 2 weeks at Founty beach 7th July 2006, Having read other reviews on other internet sites I was worried about what to expect for anybody who has read them DONT WORRY !
I was wondering if they had been to the same hotel?
My party consisted of 4 adults and we were on the all inclusive option which in my opinion value for money this must be taken. The food was varied from day to day but like the other reviews after 2 weeks did get abit repetitive, but there are loads to choose from if you want freshly cooked pizza and chips every day you can, but there is other thing to choose from meat vegetables salad etc. My partner is a vegetarian and there was plenty of choice for her.
If you are concerned about the money I will try and break it down a little when we were there the exchange rate was 15.773 dira to the pound
Dira - pound
And so on you can get some great bargains with your money.
The room are clean and spacious we decided to tip the cleaner on arrival 50 dira, and she made different things with the towels and bedding (BOWS, SWANS, HEARTS) that kind of thing just something abit different. The meal times are as follows:-
Breakfast 7:30 10:00
Lunch 1200 1500
Crepe and cake 1600 1800
Dinner 1900 2200
The all inclusive bar is 930 0030
The local beer is not bad and funnily enough the more you drink the better it tastes. The staff are friendly and the animation team try hard to get everyone involved the snake charmer was good on one of the evening entertainment nights and the magician; the animation team evenings are ok
I would recommend that you take a train that will pick you up from outside the hotel and take you around the resort and at least you get your bearings only 18dira
I really enjoyed the al carte restaurant we went on the Moroccan night good fun eating there local dish tajine.
Hope this helps slightly.
If you are going to this hotel iâm sure you will have a great time!
- Travel date: Fri 14th of July 2006
Arrived for a 5 night stay in April to a...
"Arrived for a 5 night stay in April to a large, clean 4* Founty Beach Hotel. The reception was large & cool. Firstly we had to complete a registration form before checking in (First Choice rep gave these out on the coach for guests staying at another hotel, so could not understand why she could not have done this for this hotel, as would have saved lots of time.)
We had a ground floor room, which was large & clean with a large terrace, which looked out onto the vast pool area. The bathroom was clean, with fresh towels every day. The pool was clean & not too cold to swim in this time of year. The children pool had plenty of sun beds for mums & dads, as did the whole area. There were plenty of beds to go around. The beach was down some steps, which was overlooked by a security guard & was excellent (once you had got past the hawkers!)
The entertainment staff were good. They worked very hard ensuring everyone was having a good time & stopped & chatted at every opportunity. The kids club was well organized, although my 5 year old son was the only English child in the kids club, they made a good effort in speaking his language to keep him involved. The staff also put on the âshowâ every night, after the mini disco. These guys are very talented but do not expect too much & you will not be disappointed.
The restaurant felt like a canteen, which was a little off putting. The food was all right, pasta, pizzaâs cooked fresh while you waited which the kids enjoyed. More authentic Moroccan stews for the adults, along with a variety of meats & fish, something for everyone. We had our lunch at the beach bar everyday, which consisted of a grill of the day, either fish or meat & a variety of stews, rice, pasta etc & a good salad bar. There was also plenty of ice cream for the kids. The bar staff ensured that drinks were served immediately & no one was left waiting at the bar (unusual for some all inclusive bars where they keep you waiting as long as they can!) This was ideal as it meant you didnât have to leave the pool area. The hotel bar overlooking the pool area was very good. We found the service efficient, not as fast as the pool bar, but they always got the drinks right & made sure you glass we not empty.
We ventured out for a stroll to the local âstripâ which was a short walk past the other large hotels along this stretch. There were some restaurants & plenty of shops to haggle in. We also took an orange cab (20 dirham) to the supermarket, which was a short drive away & this was well worth the trip. If you do not like to haggle or feel that you will be ripped off then the supermarket is the place to go. They sold everything from spices to garden furniture. We didnât try the souks as didnât feel comfortable dragging our 5 year old around them, but some guests did & they said it was good fun haggling with the shopkeepers.
Overall Agadir is not a pretty place, in fact very bland. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1960 & is now being rebuilt, so expect a lot of building work & rubble. Some guest took a trip to Marrakech which they said was excellent & resembled Morocco as it should be, but be warned itâs a 4 hour coach trip from Agadir & left a 6am & got back at midnight, so not for the kids.
Would we go back? Yes we would, but only for a 5 night break in April, to unwind, relax & soak up the guaranteed sunshine, in a nice all-inclusive hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of July 2006
The Hotel was large and very clean. The...
"The Hotel was large and very clean. The pools were clean and there was plenty of room. The relax pool was a good alternative to the activity pool which was quite noisy with loud music and activities going on throughout the day.
Even though it was half term we were the only English family in the hotel which hindered the children from enjoying kids club. The hotel stated that they kids activities went up to age 15 but there were only a couple of activities which my son was able to take part in e.g. Archery and one game of water polo. Which was disappointing as there was a big animation team. Our rep was very helpful, as were all the hotel staff. We found the animation team to be quite friendly, although I don't think we were particularly a popular nationality with them.
The evening entertainment was good, we did two excursions to an amphitheatre and a traditional evening, both were enjoyable and we took a taxi into Madhya which was interesting and different. The food was good, ice cream by the pool would have been nice for the kids and the small plastic cups were a pain if you just wanted a cold beer, as most of it was froth and you ended up with a sip, likewise with coke.
Overall, we had a good holiday, there was something to do all the time, it was clean and the staff were friendly. We were not sure what to expect from Tunisia but we were pleasantly surprised. The weather was changeable it did rain a couple of times and it did get windy in the evenings.
The beaches were beautiful and not crowded, there were security guards on our area of beach so you did not get bothered by hawkers. Would go back, perhaps in august when apparently there are more Brits (just for the kids sake really, as were found it a welcome change!)."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of June 2006
The hotel is new busy and large! The roo...
"The hotel is new busy and large! The rooms are spotless and the restaurant busy. There are plenty of sun loungers and the pools are kept in top condition. The beach is at bottom on garden! Food was a bit boring as it seemed to be the same each day but plenty of it and the children loved the ice cream at dinner.
We found the Bar was where you had to ask or even go looking where the drink you asked for had gone. Our holiday Rep and the Security man on the front court where so helpful and friendly. They saw to it we got to where we wanted to go and all in all enjoyed our two weeks in Agadir.
Would we go back to the Founty Beach Hotel? Perhaps if in a party of friends but found it lonely just being the two of us in the midst of so many."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of May 2006
"Although rated as a 4 star, this hotel is top quality. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable and maintained to a high standard i.e. they are very clean and tidy. The All Inclusive package is very good value for money - breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets have great variety. The food overall is of an excellent standard and you are bound to find something to suit your taste.
The hotel bars serve good local wines and beers but if you want popular brands of spirit etc. then there is an extra charge. There are local brands but we did not try them.
Above all the Staff in the bars restaurants and room service could not be more pleasant or helpful. They were always friendly and so happy to be able to serve you.
The hotel is set away from the main tourist area ( an advantage) but it is very pleasant to stroll along the beach or take a 15 minute walk along the road to reach the restaurants and bars, but you don't need to because everything is on hand in the hotel. In addition the Orange Taxis are always lurking outside the hotel to take you where you want. (Some of them will try it on though). There is also a Road Train which ferries tourists around the town.
All in all a great place to relax - January however is not as busy as other times of the year - the Hotel was only half full. In the peak periods it may be more hectic and service may well be slower.
Before booking excursions consider the travel times involved. Some people found the journeys far too long - it's a big country and a day trip to Marrakech means about 4 hours on the road both ways and a 4x4 adventure to the desert is just as long with 7 or 8 people jammed in a sweaty off road vehicle and no proper toilet facilities on the journey. Best to sit on the beach and get your moneysworth in the nearby hotel beach bar."
- Travel date: Sat 28th of January 2006
"Stayed here from 18 Dec till 01 Jan and enjoyed every minute. Luxurious hotel with keen, friendly staff who couldn't do enough for you. Large, clean rooms - though we did have to move to a pool view room - we would've spent the holiday overlooking a service road otherwise. Best to clarify which room you are in when you make your booking and insist on a POOL view. Although a muslim country, they really pushed the boat out for our Christmas. Santa arrived on a camel with pressies for all the kids which was a nice touch. Fab gala dinner on xmas eve and again new years eve. Energetic and enthusiastic animations team try very hard - ents every night in the show bar after the kids disco. Food was great - gave us all the chance to try different things - something for absolutely everyone - wotever your taste. Immaculate grounds and pool area - swing park for the kids. Easy 10 min walk into town - nice to get out of the complex and see a bit of the local area. Visit to the Souk (market) is a must to haggle for your holiday gifts and of course you must ride on a camel while in Morocco! This really was a fab holiday. A great way to spend xmas and new year. We didnt want to come home - but now I am - I am trying to shift the weight gained by the fab food and excess alcohol enjoyed on the all inclusive package!! We would defo go back to this hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of January 2006
"we've just returned from a week in agadir, 30/12-06/01 and am glad to say that the positive reviews in previous posts were all spot-on,
great big rooms, wonderfully friendly people, loads for kids to do, good buffet style food which i was not looking forward to but the kids, 7, 5 and 4 loved being able to try lots of different things.
the locals are indeed incredibly friendly to children, bit odd at first but genuine.
plenty for kids to do with or without the kids club, the nighttime entertainment was a big hit, kids disco at 830 followed by a range of variety type shows 930 to 11.
i wont repeat all of the logistical details covered in oher posts but ....a couple of tips, the taxi to and from the airport shouldn't be more that 150-175 dhms, agree the price and you'll avoid small scale rips offs, you're most vulnerable when you arrive!
the moroccans don't like you taking currency out of the country so try and plan to have as little as possible when you leave, the couple in front of us put notes and coins thru the security scanner and almost had it confiscated- fair enough, their country, their currency and their rules)
I'd recommend asking for a room that is pool or sea facing, we had two on the ground floor which didnt get any sun in the afternoon so the excellent clothes drying facility was wasted, ask for an even numbered room.
we had a gala dinner on new year's eve, usual dinner with a band , raffles and other stuff which sadly we were too tired to stay up for but they did make a big effort
we did the camel ride- all muscles still sore 4 days later, a one off but small kids get a bit scared being 3 metres up on a big beast, worth it for adults tho i wouldn't want to cross a full desert on one.!! the feedback on the other trips was positive from other guests
we'll probably go back next year, all in all a great place for a winter break in the sun"
- Travel date: Sat 7th of January 2006
We give Iberostar a 5 Star rating
"The Iberostar Founty Beach is certainly working towards becoming a 5 star hotel. It is rated 4 Star plus by First Choice at present.
We arrived at Agadir airport from Birmingham on 23rd December 2005 and was there over Christmas untill New Years Eve. The airport is small and security is high. Very quick change of luggage from plane to airport, very impressed! The first choice reps were very friendly and efficient on our arrival and the coach left almost immediatly. You even get help to the coach with luggage by airport staff!
Our proffessional guide talked us through procedures etc... and the transport time is only 25 mins to the hotel. Yet again, hotel porters took our luggage in, and also took it to our rooms. The reception area is really impressive, very different to any other hotel. We were shown to our room and couldn't believe the stardard - extreamly clean, modern and large. You would never know that anyone else had stayed in the room. This was the case throughout the week. the chambermaid was excellent. We were on the ground floor over looking the pool. There are two outdoor pools, one of which is slighly heated. These were so clean!!! They even have a member of staff on poolside at all times. The hotel has its own private beach area leading down onto the public beach. Lovely views and security are there to ensure no one enters your area!
The food in the hotel is to the highest quality, although there is a wide choice, you can end up eating the same thing if you are a fussy eater or dont like fish. The staff are excepional! Anything you want, anything that needs to be done and they are so friendly and willing to please.
First choice also recommend going on different tours/trips. There is a wide variety and we chose to go on Agadir City Tour which is every sunday for around four hours. It is very good insight into the town and it is nice to go in a group. We had a lovely guide who stayed with us the whole time and was very proffesional. However, we were unprepared for going up to the old city, up a big mountain with a narrow road. It was a bit scary and if you survive the ride, you will never forget it! We also visited other places, a carpet shop, mini zoo and the port. We also went to the market. WOW! Its scary, different and if you are used to England prepare! You all must stay in the group or you may get lost. You walk through the local market and then stop at a more 'tourist' shop spot. We prepared for the stallholders to come over and want you in their shop, buy their products. A polite and firm No, thank - you - repeated a number of times usually did the trick. A good idea is to wear sunglasses. Its hard if they start to pull you but you are in control and it is very unlikely they will hurt you are anything simalar. It is well worth going, you will be looked after and you will never forget the experience.
The hotel was superb, we really recommend it. Dont forget that Morocco is still developing but Agadir is for torists and there are new hotels being built all of the time. The weather is GREAT! First choice are a really good company. If you fancy something with quality and different then Morocco is the place for you. Hope you enjoy your time there like we really did!
Lynn, Bob and Greg (Lincoln)"
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of January 2006
Great all inclusive, a wow of a hotel!
"Just returned from a great week at the Founty Beach. the 3 1/2 hour flight was smooth and easy and the under 45 minute transfer was just as expected.
The pictures on the iberostar website do not do the place justice as you are greated by an impressive looking hotel and efficient reception which includes an area where you can transfer your money into to local currency dirhams. All rates are fixed across morocco so it doesnt matter where you change your money the rate is the same. keep your receipts as if you need to change a lot back at the end of your holiday you may need them. This is usually done at the airport.
The porters take your bags to the room, and a tip is not expected but greatly received if given, in any currency including coins. Tipping is generally expected in Morocco but at the hotel you can get on fine if you don't.
The hotel itself is located about 10- 20 minutes walk away from the centre of Agadir. All the 5 stars are away from the town and for any shops, restaurants bars etc you do need to be closer in, but there are taxis camped outside and the noddy train which goes past every 1/2 hour to get you around for generally around Â£1 if your feet don't want to do the walk.
The rooms around the hotel are on 3 levels. Our room was on the lower floor, with a patio area with a table and chairs and a cloth airer, those higher up have a balcony. Our room was a twin but a quick call to reception and they can convert the beds to a large King for you. The room was large with a table and chair area inside, in addition to a sofa/3rd bed. No kettle, but TV with 2 english channels BBC world and a Movie channel (who wants to be watching tv anyway) a hair dryer in the bathroom, a mini bar which was empty so you could store your own stuff or the bottled water which was provided in the room, or you could request it to be filled with soft drinks etc for you. There were also laundry service available. (ps plenty of hangers in the wardrobe)
The lights in the room operate using the room key. We used a credit card or store card if one of us went out without the other to keep the lights/tv on.
Large bathroom, with shower and bath, toilet and bidet, only winge toilet paper could have been a bit softer
Food: The all inclusive buffet restaurant was great with a wide variety of food for meat and veggie lovers, I'm a fussy eater and still always had a choice of foods to eat. The fish was my highlight amazing. Didn't like the a la carte as much but great food non the less. Do go out and try the local eateries too. There is a snack bar and grill in between the pools and the beach which offers grilled meats and fish, veg, pizza chips and icecream during the day between 12 and 6pm.
The hotel has its own spa therapy area. Which has a large array of treatments from leg waxing and massages to seaweed wraps and saunas. Prices are from around Â£4, with packages from 2 hours to 3 days ranging in prices from Â£40 to Â£200. Do treat yourself they are great. All that pre holiday waxing buffing and hairstyling you do can easily be done at the hotel with better results.
We did two trips, the 1 day to Marrakesh Â£40 and a Berber evening Â£20 both were great but probably only the Berber evening would rank for me as a must do. 1 day just doesn't do Marrakech justice. You are on the coach at 6am, 5 hours there 5 hours back, a few hours sight seeing and just 1 1/2 free time in an 18 1/2 hour day, it wipes you out. The berber evening by contrast was an amazing event with great food, company and belly dancing! With prizes to win silver jewellry for the ladies.
Shopping: The rules, haggle haggle and more haggle. When you want to leave a shop just walk a away and don't look back and all will be fine. It sounds rude but the rules of the trader is never stop trying to get a sale. Saying you are not interested is seldom good enough as an answer for them to stop trying to sell you something different. There are great bargains to be had in leather goods, silver jewellry, beauty treatments and souvenirs. Try a fixed price shop first to give you a guide price on things and then go haggle. I knocked 65% off the opening price of a leather jacket and could probably have gone lower!
Single woman should feel safe travelling around the area, I often left the husband at the beach and went off on my own, walking and shopping and felt safe doing so. The traders/taxi guys etc were very respectful and polite.
If you don't do the city tour, do try the noddy train to take you around its only about Â£1.20 and takes 1/2 to go around agadir, and you can get on and off at any time. It was great to get my bearings for when I went out on my own steam and allows you to see more shops or get to MacArabia if the golden arches as opposed to cous cous is what you prefer.
Some Taxi drivers will try to take you to where they want to take you as opposed to where you want to go if you say you want to go to a souk but they mean you no harm and are just sharing the wealth to equally if not cheaper priced shops that cannot avoid the main resort charges and will wait for you at no additional charge to yourself. Be firm if you want to go to a specific place.
Overall: The founty beach was a great place to stay for a relaxing fun filled holiday, the entertainment team were great, the weather warm, the food safe and excellent, the beach clean, plenty of sun beds and towels and great service. Without detracting from the amazing hotel that this is for families, singletons and couples, for a 2nd trip to Agadir I would go closer in and go half board as the all inclusive does tempt you to stay in the hotel and then you would only see a glimpse of the great bars and cafes that Agadir has to offer."
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of November 2005
lovely hotel but has hygene problems
"my wife and i stayed at this hotel from the 11th to the 18th november 2005 and had a lovely holiday apart from the sickness and diarrhoea and 3 star food
the hotel building itself and staff were excellent and the rooms were clean and spacious the beach area was spacious with plenty of sunbeds.i would only rate the food 3 star.the hotel does have hygene problems because anyone i spoke to had had sickness or diarrhoea and i could not reccomend this hotel on this basis
I did suspect the swimming pool as the cause of illness as this was the only thing my wife did not do that i had done (or eaten)"
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of November 2005
a taste of morocco
"hi have just returned this morning from a weeks stay at the iberostar founty beach hotel(13/11/05-20/11/05)
have had a brilliant holiday, very enjoyable and would visit again.
the hotel its self is very nice with a huge lobby and reception area with the orion lobby bar coming off to the left side of the lobby, this is were you can sit and drink all day and in the evening there is a man who plays the keyboard and sings(a few people even get up to dance)and he sings a range of songs so entertaining for all ages.(plus hes very good wich helps)
to the right of the lobby is the main entrance to the resturant it is a very large dining hall but is very well set out and kept very clean,
you can change your money in the reception and there is no need to take any thing except english Â£ as only dirhams excepted wich you can only change up in morocco,
there is a large glass wall with doors opposite main entrance wich leads to balcony with seating area over looking hotel grounds and beach, the rooms run along the left and right side of the hotel giving the horseshoe effect,
on the lower floor is the show room + bar, the a la carte resturant and the childrens club also very nice shower and changeing rooms, all this leads out to the pools and sunbed area, past this section is the pool bar and snack area wich gives a good view of beach and hills, then behind glass partitioning is the privatebeach area leading to the beach.
the hotel rooms are very comfy and kept extremly clean there is hairdryers in the bathrooms plus towels wich are changed daily, also shampoo and shower gel are provided, the beds are made up every day and rooms cleaned daily although if you want a layin as such leave do not disturb sign out as maids start at 8am.(but remove when ready to go or rm wont be cleaned)
could only get bbc news for first few days on tv but after a couple of days us movie channel and iberostar channel(live video of showroom in evening then reapets of shows +music in day)appered wich was better as nothing worse than a foreign language as background noise,
there is a safe in room wich you pay for and beach towel are provided, you pay a deposit wich is giving back on last day and these you can change each evening for clean ones, its 100 dirhams each (Â£6)
the sea is extremly cold and there is signs warning not to swim in sea as dangerous, its ok to paddle but very strong current and big waves so not advisable,
there is a huge pool (not heated) a smaller pool (heated) and a childrens pool (although the large pool was closed with no notice for 2 wks for maintance while we were there -not impressed)
there is a vast range of food in main resturant pizza and chips or spagetti bolo for people playing it safe to traditional moroccon food (tardine), soups breads, fruit, cakes, ice cream, meats, cheese and biscuits, salad bar, fish, omelettes, fresh made doughnuts, etc etc never had the same meal twice,
theres fried eggs moroccon bacon frankfurtes and a lot of above at breakfast, the snack bar has a smaller selection for lunch and you can wear swim stuff here (this is were your supposed to get coffee and cakes but never saw any and closed earlier than advertised)
the evening shows are very good and entertaining and there is things to do at odd times in the day if you want to join in, the animation team are very good at there job and very friendly,
we travelled with my travel/airtours and the service from start to finish has been very good and helpful.
flight is only 3 1/2 hrs so not to far to go, the airport has a cafe and 2 duty free shops and dont panic if your going to gatwick at 9pm but queing in manchester different airline different time flight Q with some going manchester 8pm some gatwick 9pm some manchester 9pm!!!!!!!!!!!
really dont know how but u and cases manage to get home ok(unique airport)
the a lacarte resturant was ok but found dining hall better, its only open 2 times awk monday moroccon night fri italian night(we went fri, maybe mon better?) you need to book this at reception when arrive.
the trips are very cheap we paid Â£85 4 4 we did a half day agadir trip(good) half day taradount trip(ok) ber ber night(very good) and day in marreksh(brilliant not to be missed) if you dont fancy any trips there are shops bars&resturants and a souk in agadir wich you can walk to or get a taxi around a Â£1 to, taxis do tend to take you different place than asked and one couple even ended up having dinner and meeting taxi drivers family!!!!!!!!! but all taxis have a number and reps will deal with any problems.
if you get 2 single beds in rm,s just ring reception and they will come and make it in to a king size in ten minutes.
need travel kettle mugs powder milk etc for rm as no t making facalites in rm and nothing in mini bar,
very cheap in agadir and cheap leather bags, try to knock them down to 1/3 of what they ask or if you dont like haggling there are some fixed price shops around.
all in all a very enjoyable holiday would def go back, the only thing didnt like is that on the day before last you are left a note in rm stateing that all all inc will end at 12 pm on day of departure, wich cause a lot of unneccesaray stress if leaveing 6.30pm as this is not the case once bags are handed in to luggage rm and keys giving in you keep your band, still receive all inc food and drink and use of towels until u leave hotel. if you get deposit for pool towel back a couple of hours before u leave reception will give you a towel to shower before u leave. hope this helps, claire x"
- Travel date: Mon 21st of November 2005
Top class hotel, fabulous place!
"I stayed here for a week at the end of September. The hotel was fabulous and the location right on the beach was superb. The hotel has a private beach which was great, although if you want to dip your toes in the sea you need to run the gauntlet of lots of people trying to sell you things you didn't realise you needed!
The rooms are a good size and very clean. Bed linen is changed a couple of times a week and towels are changed every day.
We stayed on an all inclusive package. The food options were excellent apart from one day when there were very few guests. The choices that day were however adequate. The fruit selection at breakfast was the only let down as this was mainly tinned fruits in syrup. We found the drink measures to vary depending on whether we ordered direct from the bar (too strong measures) or from a waiter (weak) and also according to time of day.
The hotel entertainment staff couldn't be more helpful and friendly during the day. The evening shows are excellent and the staff work incredibly hard to put on different shows each night. Even the bingo was fun!
We didn't find the hotel shop until the last day as its out the front of the hotel and you don't really have a need to go that way - its much more picturesque walking into town along the beach.
I'd be really happy to go back to this hotel - very unusual for me as I'm usually someone to explore new places!"
- Travel date: Wed 12th of October 2005