Winter sun in Morocco

Jayne Lomax on 26 March 2024
It's always good to know where you can go to get that bit of winter sun, right?

I have just been to Morocco during the (early) Easter holidays with my family for exactly that, and it didn't disappoint.

We stayed in the coastal town of Agadir, at the Founty Beach Hotel. This 4 star Iberostar hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean was a great choice.

With an All Inclusive offering, there's something for everyone. A main buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and with a dedicated vegetarian stand, I felt happy that there would always be something for us veggies to eat!

Food was varied, with different types of food served each night, as well as some fab staples available every day - some delicious Moroccan dishes, as well as salads, pasta, pizza and chips.

As well as the main buffet restaurant, there is a pool snack bar, which is open for a late breakfast, lunch and late afternoon, as well as a bar serving drinks throughout the day.

There's also an a la carte restaurant open 6 evenings a week. You need to book in advance to eat here (as well as choose your main course at the time of booking - make it clear if you have any dietary requirements at this time), but there is no additional cost. Here, you can experience a traditional Moroccan meal, we had a delicious soup, starter, lamb tagine or veggie cous cous, and a mix of Moroccan deserts.

With 2 large pools, and one of them heated in winter (always a good find for families), there's no excuse for not getting in. But if lounging by the pool isn't your thing, there's ample opportunity to get involved in other things - there's football, volleyball, archery, petanque, table tennis, darts, as well as a spa and small gym. The entertainment team are also always on hand working hard running activities for both adults and kids.

And if you do fancy something a bit different, you can book various excursions at the hotel. We went sandboarding on the dunes north of Agadir. It was an amazing experience, some of us were better at it than others (you don't fall quite as graciously the older you get!), and we also got to witness the sun setting over the ocean. Ask my daughters what the best part of the holiday was, and they don't hesitate to say sandboarding! Other excursions include jeep safaris, quad biking, local city tours, boat trips and surf lessons.

Straight out of the hotel is the beach, a great expanse of golden sand and crashing waves. We had hoped to try our hand at surfing, but the waves looked a little too big when we were there (tip - head to the end of the promenade by the marina where it's more sheltered, this is where most of the surf lessons looked to be held). The prom is about 5km long, with exercise equipment to break up the walk/run (yes, there were plenty of runners making use of the long flat promenade to keep their fitness up whilst on holiday). Although it's mainly lined by large hotels, there's also the odd cafe and restaurant, and a few small souvenir shops. A street signposted just off the prom leads to a small souk, ideal to visit if you're apprehensive about visiting the larger ones in town. At the end of the prom there's a few more restaurants and shops, as well as a marina.

There is also a new cable car ride, which takes you up to the Oufella and the kasbah (a prominent sight on the Agadir skyline). Giving great views of the surrounding area, along with information boards to tell you more about the kasbah,it's worth a visit, and would be especially beautiful at sunset.

As ever, I love Iberostar's commitment to sustainability. And it was very much present here in Africa too. There's no single use plastic in the hotel, there's a big commitment to recycling, evident from the bins around the hotel, and filtered water is freely available from fountains, encouraging guests to refill the bottle provided in the room. Refillable toiletries in the bathrooms are standard (and smell great!). The hotel also supports local communities such as a women's argan oil cooperative, we were able to watch a demonstration of the argon oil making process and buy their products (my daughter was overjoyed to be able to buy a certified cosmetic argon oil whilst supporting the women who made it). There's even a nod to sustainability in the kids Star Camp activities.

All in all, we had a great Easter break in the sun. If you're after a winter/spring (or even summer/autumn) 'chill by the pool holiday' with a few different activities to the norm, I would 100% recommend Founty Beach.