A five-star residence on Agadir Bay, just along the promenade from the city’s palace and medina (old town), and lining a sandy, golden beach. The calming style sees Berber architecture – hand-crafted cedarwood doors, archways and fountains – and a riad-like shape enhanced by French lighting, citrus scents and facilities befitting a resort hotel. Next door is another Sofitel, the Thalassa Sea & Spa, and, beyond that, golf courses and surfer towns.
Comfortable and luxurious, there are 273 rooms, including 18 suites, one royal suite and six garden villas (sometimes called bungalows), which come with private pools. All bedrooms have mahogany beds, air-conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi.
Guests have just the nine restaurants to choose between: there are Moroccan, European and Asian options, and, for the terminally indecisive, a dinner buffet which does everything. Afterwards, the Lounge Bar offers cocktails and live music, So Zen matches wine with a chilled-out vibe, and So Fun is a strobe-lit nightclub. By day, an impressive spa centre competes for attention with a pool terrace accompanied by hammocks and four-poster day beds.
The hotel’s central courtyard is a nice place to read: a tranquil place of rose bushes, tinkling water and over-sized sofas. Other options include butler-brought drinks on the beach, golf or watersport excursions and drives up to the local kasbah (fort), from where you can watch the sun set over the city and ocean.
For your Moroccan beach holiday at the Sofitel Royal Bay, call 01672 500555 to discuss your plans.