Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort
What We Love
- Hammam and argan oil massage in the Daniel Jouvance Spa
- Fireside shisha in the Le Riad bar and cocktails in the Le So nightclub
- Nightly music and performances give insight into Moroccan culture
- Beachfront location, but the hotel is also within strolling distance of the bars and restaurants on Agadir’s central boulevards
What To Know
- Rebuilt following an earthquake in 1960, Agadir is a modern resort city; it lacks the traditional ambience of other Moroccan cities
- There are more than 300 rooms and suites — do not expect an intimate boutique hotel
- European families descend en masse during the Christmas holidays
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Inspired by traditional Berber architecture, the Royal Bay brings to the heart of modern Agadir a sense of the ancient calm found in the Moroccan countryside. Hand-crafted cedar doorways, arches, fountains and domes create the feeling of a sumptuous palace or riad — as imagined by architect Chan Sau Yan, whose other buildings include Singapore’s landmark Tokio Marine Centre. The decor amplifies the sun-drenched splendor, with antiques, artworks and Moroccan carpets, poolside palms and fires flickering in the balmy evenings. The dominant color is orange; it’s seen everywhere, from the seats in the alfresco restaurant to the towels at the beachfront pools. It reflects southern Morocco’s citrus groves and year-round sunshine. While this five-star Sofitel hotel is a perfect spot for dedicated sunbathing, it’s also easy to pass the days with water sports, golf or daytrips to the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the Sahara.
In the Area
Agadir’s long, golden beach is the best place to spend time; available activities include windsurfing and jet-skiing. Within walking distance of the hotel are the Musée du Patrimonie Amazigh, which displays Berber craftwork and artifacts, and the Mémoire d’Agadir museum, which commemorates the earthquake that devastated Agadir in 1960. At sunset stroll up the seafront promenade to the marina, which has excellent restaurants including 33Yacht Adress, or embark on an excursion to the 16th-century kasbah overlooking Agadir. For an authentic experience of Morocco, take a taxi two and a half miles inland to Souq al-Had, where a jumble of stalls sells everything from local crafts to herbal potions.
How to Get There
This was the first visit for me and my family to Sofitel.
Overall, I would say we had a very relaxing and enjoyable experience.
POOL AND BEACH
The facilities were of a very good to excellent standard in terms of cleanliness and availability.
There were 2 main pools. We generally swam in the kids pool as this was of a warm temperature.
Health and safety is of key concern as demonstrated by the very alert lifeguards who ensured that instructions were adhered to. Eg no jumping / diving where not permitted.
Staff in the cordoned beach area were very attentive and helped us to find suitable sun beds . Thank you to Marcelle (?) from the Ivory Coast for his hospitality in particular. Good luck in your studies and all the best! You will do great.
Our trip was in the busy August period and at times, there were a lack of sunbeds and towels available but staff always did their best to accommodate under the circumstances!
For breakfast and dinner, there were a wide selection of cuisines available eg Moroccan, French, Continental.
At breakfast time, in the outdoor area, freshly made breads, pancakes, doughnuts and eggs (eg omelette, fried egg) were available.
At dinner time, freshly prepared grilled meats, vegetables, fish, pasta, spaghetti and pizza were available. Several traditional Moroccan dishes were also served as well as international cuisines and freshly prepared salads.
A good selection of deserts were available. On several occasions, a chef was on hand to decorate brownies and various other deserts. This added a nice personal touch.
Freshly cut fruit was also served.
Overall, there was a wide selection of foods available to suit all taste buds/palettes.
Due to the busy August period of our stay, cutlery and napkins etc were not always available promptly.
Hot and cold drinks were only available via the waiters , as there was no self service facility available for these.
Due to this, waiters were extremely busy and guests needs were not always met promptly. If would be better to provide a self service facility for hot and cold drinks as experienced in other hotels, to give the waiters capacity to tend to their guests and other duties more efficiently. Despite this, they always did their best to accommodate our needs in a friendly and professional manner.
One tip I have is that the 3 ladies preparing the breads and eggs at breakfast time should smile abit more as they did come across a little unfriendly at times. My 8 year old son noticed this also! We are not fluent in French but still know how to smile! It is a nice welcoming touch first thing in the morning and is the level of service that you would expect from a 5 star hotel.
Lastly, I did mention my feedback to Guest Relations but didn’t have any follow up prior to my departure.
I think such feedback is crucial to ensure guests staying in the future have an even more pleasurable stay that we did.
This was performed to an excellent standard and staff were always on hand to assist where needed.
Many thanks to Jilal for looking after our room during our stay. He always went the extra mile with his wonderful displays of Origami with the towels to make sure we had a very special stay indeeed.
Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel. We had a very pleasurable and relaxing stay and we were sorry to be leaving.
I hope I have provided future guests and management with a balanced and honest review of my stay here. The staff work well and are generally motivated to tend to guests needs even in very busy peak holiday periods as we experienced.
We like to spend a long weekend in Agadir and Sofitel Royal Bay Resort was used to be one of our favorite choice.
Unfortunately, last experience was below our expectations. Indeed the hotel requires a renewal which is undergoing (as they told us). However, the service overall was a disaster starting from Reception, but pool and beach bar also was below the typical Moroccan hospitality.
Check in formalities were the most terrible experience (with a waiting time for our room longer than 2 hours...). We got some good treatment for this discomfort but the bad taste still remains.
The location is great and the swimming pool is Top.... but do not dare to ask for drink or meal there....
My partner and I stayed in this hotel at the end of July, when we flew in from London we arrived very late due to lost luggage. The gentleman on the reception desk, Annas, was incredibly helpful and explained the amenities of the hotel to us.
When we got into the room, we were greeted by a beautiful view of the pool and beach, and an incredibly comfortable king size bed - our first nights sleep was amazing. The bathroom was huge. It had a full size bath and shower, a toilet and two sinks. There was air conditioning that was incredibly useful and effective - even if it did take a little while to work out!
when we went down for breakfast the following morning we were greeted by Sara who showed us to the restaurant and explained everything we could have wanted to know. She was there most mornings and most evenings and always greeted us with a welcoming smile!
The food at La Caravan was amazing! It was a buffet style restaurant with so much choice. The had a salad bar, a hot food buffet which included plenty of Moroccan dishes, and they had a pasta bar outside. My partner and I are both vegan and the chefs were so knowledgeable about which foods we could have and helped us out as much as they possibly could!
The service at dinner was amazing as well, after we were shown to our table a waiter would come over and take the drinks order from us. The drinks menu was concise but still had a lot of choice and the cocktails were all amazing! We had Mohammed serve us most nights and he was incredibly lovely.
When we finished dinner we would normally go into the foyer area for a few drinks and shisha. They had a large shisha menu with plenty of choice so we never needed to have the same thing twice! Khadija served us our drinks most nights and she was an amazing waitress, very attentive and positive. She was super understanding when there was a bit of disruption from a nearby family to us and made us feel super looked after.
During the day, we mainly spent our time at the pool. The pool was massive and there were so many day beds and loungers around that there was never a rush down in the morning to take "the best ones". There are always lots of staff members walking around to help you with anything you'd need - towels, drinks, food - and they were all very attentive. Ousseini really suck out for us, he was chatty and friendly and would always make our day when we got to speak to him.
All in all, my partner and I will definitely be coming back whenever we are able to. The location, food, atmosphere and definitely the mint tea really made the holiday special for us!!