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DUB-AGA-DUB EI Iberostar Agadir + 2 Anetters+Pics

Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:18 pm

I needed a week in the Sun after a cold Winter that doesnt seem to let up. I looked at various options. Cruises out of Miami and Barbados and Cuba. I decided in the end I didnt want a flight longer than 5-6 hours. I looked at Dubai and Egypt also but then saw some great offers to Agadir with Aer Lingus. I knew a few of the hotels down there and right away one leaped out at me. The Iberostar Founty Beach 4* All Inclusive. Aer Lingus flights were cheap so I booked them then booked the hotel on Iberostar.com. All in was about €800 which was for nothing and a great deal.

I have regular contact with fellow Anetter Gareth and in one of my emails I told him I was heading to Agadir. He emailed me back and said he would love to get away for a week. I emailed back and said ''why dont you come along?'' . He replied he might think about it and needed to get time off work etc.. Anyway a few emails later I get a reply ''I just booked''. So that was it our first trip was confirmed. We had been talking about doing a few flights together for ages.

So for a few weeks we kept in touch chatting about the hotel and what we could do down in the resort etc.. trip advisor was brilliant and had lots of tips. Nearer to the time I was getting a bit worried as the weather was not good but lucky enough a few days before it got better and I was a bit more relaxed. Finally the day came and I took the bus from Newry to Dublin Airport and Gareth took the bus from Galway. We met at 1130am in the check in area.



AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
ROUTE: DUB-AGA
DATE: 20/FEB/2010
CLASS: ECONOMY
SEAT: 29A&C
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A320
REG: EI - DEP Named ''Eoghan''


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After dropping our bags we proceeded to the Aer Lingus Gold Circle lounge.

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Jet4You heading to Agadir one hour before us .

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Dont know if I will get any BA Miles ....but worth a try

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The much down sized EI lounge but enhanced catering for sure. Not bad .

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Time to head to the former A gates. Dublin Airport have changed all their gate numbers just causing confusion especially to their staff and airline staff.

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Soon it was time to board and the load wasnt bad , only 37 seats free. It was time to head out onto the freezing tarmac and some very dark snowy clouds !

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We were greeted by a friendly member of crew at the back steps.

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Soon we were closed up and ready to go. The pilot came over the PA and gave us detailed route information.

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After take off the crew commenced their BOB service. I had my eye on the Southern Chicken wrap which I love.

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We chatted for most of the flight and it went by very quickly. Soon we were entering Moroccan air space.

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Time to say goodbye to the crew and enter the welcome warm air. Passport control was quick enough and so were the bags.

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Our driver was waiting for us in the arrivals and within 30 mins we were at the hotel. The reception gave us two nice side sea view rooms next to eachother so we were more than happy.

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The porter took our bags and took us to our rooms .

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We decided to go for a quick walk and have dinner.

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Gareth and I are not a big fan of shows but we went anyway to see and I have to say we were pleasantly surprised. It was Moroccan night and it was not too long and quite good.

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I have to admit I dont like Snakes so stayed back lol...

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So after the show we had a drink from the bar and decided to call it a night. We were quite tired.

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The next morning we agreed to meet at 9am and take breakfast. It was dull and raining but we expected that anyway so we were not too upset.

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Then decided to go for a walk around the resort as it was not a sunbathing day.

It was actually great because we saw places we probably wouldnt have seen otherwise we had a good 3 hour walk.

What I liked about the hotel is the Moroccan styles.

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I had wanted to look at the Sofitel next door so we decided to take a look .

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We liked the hotel but decided it was not worth the extra money and lacked something that the Iberostar had. Still a nice hotel. Alot of the rooms did not have balconies and that a big negative in my books as I like to sit out.

Anyway time to go back to the hotel and relax a bit before taking a shower and going for dinner.

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The food was not much different from a Greek lentil dish called Faikes which I love. Nice to see local dishes rather than western ones. The one thing that struck us were the friendly staff who really made us feel welcome. They made an effort to come by and say hello. The hotel manager was there 24/7 and made sure everything was being done properly which is a good sign.

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Time for the show and we decided to go since we enjoyed the other one.

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The next day we woke up to a warm sunny day thank god. The place looked totally different .

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The only complaint was the coffee which I like strong. It was too weak compared to by morning Nespresso but we found a guy called Moha
 
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Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:24 pm

called Mohammed who knew what we liked and made good strong fresh coffee every morning for us .

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Why Speedos are not for all !!

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Time to get pool towels and lay out.

Mehdi part of the entertainment team and a real character.

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Gareth is a translator so notices these things so had a good laugh.

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Im sure people by the pool looked and thought what the hell is he taking those pics for  

The hotel was mostly Belgians/Germans/French and Dutch. I only saw 3 British families. Everyone was friendly and exchanged greetings when you passed them in the hotel. Bonjour/Morgan etc... Mostly older couples.

After a roasting day it was time to cool down. We had a few drinks by the pool bar and then at 4pm it was fresh Crepes cooked outside. This became a fav of ours. Time to head inside then for showers and get ready for dinner.

Local money

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A few days went past and we kind of did the same things.

9am Breakfast

10am Coffee and checking the internet. I had my netbook and the hotel had free wifi which was great.

Midday laying by the pool with BBQ lunch by the pool.

4pm crepes

8pm Dinner then show, a few drinks at the bar then sleep.

It sounds very lazy but we just wanted a relaxing week. Gareth would read his books and I listen to my music whilst getting some sun. The weather was excellent with a peak on the Friday of around 31c ( 87F ) .

Towards the end I decided to go to the Souk. It was to be an interesting experience , not many tourists and a very local feel which I loved.


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Ripp off DVD's . I was tempted to get Sherlock Holmes for €2 but it was only in French so wouldnt understand it.

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It had been a cool experience walking through the narrow lanes of the souk just being a part of the local daily routine. Lots of interesting things and spoke to some very friendly shop keepers and felt so welcome. I bought some items and bargained them down. Im used to it after many years of visiting the souks in various African/Arab countries.
 
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Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:29 pm

Back to the hotel and a nice sunset

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That night we had booked the speciality restaurant and it was traditional Moroccan food which we loved.

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Then time for the show which was good as usual. After getting to know the entertainment team it was even more enjoyable seeing them perform.

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One of the days Gareth knocked on my door and said there is an Irish mercedes parked outside ! Sure enough it was a 06 CE County Clare . Must be an Irish person who lives in Agadir.

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One of the nights Gareth spotted this wrong label !


Dont know why but I couldnt stop laughing , just had to be there I guess .




The last night was an Irish themed show ''Riverdance'' type called ''Celtic Pride''. We both looked at eachother when we were told about it and wondered if it would be any good. We decided to go along anyway and give it the benefit of the doubt and also the animation team kept reminding us that we had to go   We had seen a demo and I have to say they danced better then alot of Irish people.

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I have to say we thought it was fantastic , the moves and effort were amazing and everyone stood up at the end clapping. It was the best show to end the week with and after the show the team joined us at the bar and asked us what we thought. 10/10 to them they worked so hard to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves.

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That evening it was so warm and we went for a last walk along the long promenade. It was 18-19c at midnight.

The next day we packed and got ready then went for the day by the pool. It was a lovely day upto midday then got overcast. We didnt mind as we had already got tans.

Some last minute Tagines

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Soon it was time to say goodbye to everyone and head to the airport. Our driver was waiting for us at reception and we ''zoomed'' to the airport. Gareth looked a bit nervous at the driving lol...

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AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
ROUTE: AGA-DUB
DATE: 27/FEB/2010
CLASS: ECONOMY
SEAT: 29A&C
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A320
REG: EI - DEL Named ''St Canice''




We arrived at the airport .

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Time to check in

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Love the old boards. This one still has the 80's EI logo on it ! Did they ever fly there in those days??

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After checking in getting boarding cards and passing through security we were in the Duty Free. 600 Cigs for €58 !! Amazing price although I dont smoke  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/387_800x600.jpg

Nice models

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AGA-CMN

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I loved the old style of the airport building and the tiles.

RAM Boarding passes

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FR

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Soon our A/C landed 45 mins late .

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Que for EI flight to DUB

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After a while it was time to board.

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We were greeted by friendly crew and row 29 and 28 ABC were free so Gareth and I took a row each.

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Pilot came over the PA and gave routing info also appologised for delay due to DUB-AGA strong headwinds meaning it took them 4hrs 10 mins outbound. He said good news was that return would be only 3hrs 10 mins. So we would be in on time. I recognised a crew member from the outbound flight the week before.

I mentioned about her being on the week earlier and about having to divert on the return AGA-DUB to SNN due to heavy snow closed DUB. Those dark clouds I talked about at the start were going to cause trouble.

We took off into some heavy rain and bad turbulence, the crew had to delay their service. After a while it finally began and Gareth and I got the Chicken wrap ! What else.

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The flight was un eventful and I watched my music videos and Gareth read his book. Soon it was time to land flying up from the South of Ireland ( Cork ) into Dublin.

We parked at the B gates . Passing a Jet2 737

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The flight again had been quite full maybe only 15 seats free and the duty free sales paid for the flight itself . They sold hundreds of Euro worth. We thanked the crew and disembarked the aircraft. Passport control took seconds and then we went for our bags.

Gareth was to catch his bus at 0045 and I thought I had missed my 0020 to Newry by just a few mins. We went to look and lucky it was still there I just made it. I said goodbye to Gareth and got on the bus.

So thats the end of this long trip report. If you got this far then fair play !  

I had a lovely week and I hope EI keeps this route, its a gem. Flights were comfortable and hassle free. Agadir is a place I will go back to again and the Iberostar Founty beach also. Everything was perfect, the food the people and lastly the company  

@ Gareth ... you know where I want us to go next and your language skills will come in useful LOL... thanks for being great company and the laughs, even the bad jokes LOL...

Hope you all enjoyed this report and I love to get all your comments as usual so dont be shy .


Kind regards

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Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:48 pm

Hi Philip,

What a lovely report to AGA! I have never been to Morocco before and the country looks wel worth a visit thanks to you.

Nice to know you and Gareth had a great time. The A.net gathering is just great. I have got addicted to it after my Christmas trip.

The food offering of Iberostar is just amazing. Wise choice to stay with them for a week!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
All photos taken out of the window courtesy of Gareth with my Camera as I let him have the window
That's very kind of you.  


Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I have to admit I dont like Snakes so stayed back lol...
Me neither. Especially cobras!

Thank you and Gareth for sharing. I really enjoyed it.

Cheers,
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Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:51 pm

Wow Philip, that was quick! A truly great account of a fantastic week away! Thanks again .

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
All photos taken out of the window courtesy of Gareth with my Camera as I let him have the window

Because you're so generous! I actually took some pretty good shots out of the window. I'm inpressed  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Why Speedos are not for all !!

I just wet myself laughing at that pic. I'd completely forgotten it!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Gareth is a translator so notices these things so had a good laugh.

I intend to show that to all of my colleagues tomorrow. It'll give them all a great laugh.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
One of the nights Gareth spotted this wrong label !


Dont know why but I couldnt stop laughing , just had to be there I guess .

You nearly got us chucked out of the hotel lauging at that!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
10/10 to them they worked so hard to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves.

They were brilliant at the Irish dancing. Such a great show and I'd recommend anyone go to see it at the Founty Beach!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Gareth looked a bit nervous at the driving lol...

I was sh**ting myself! You have to admit that driving in the middle of two cars in lanes one and two is slightly suicidal  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
@ Gareth ... you know where I want us to go next and your language skills will come in useful LOL... thanks for being great company and the laughs, even the bad jokes LOL...

Thanks for that Philip. I'll try and refrain from the shit jokes and rude football chants next time   .

Once again, cheers for a brilliant report and a fantastic week. We shall do it again. Inshallah!
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Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:56 pm

Thank you for posting the pictures of Agadir. Tripadvisor is a wonderful site for hotel reviews.

It seems it was warm enough to swim in the pool but am I correct that no one seems to swim in the ocean? The ocean does not look too nice. Cold? Shallow? Rough?
 
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Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:03 pm

Hi Phil,

Great work, definitely refreshing to see some sun, sand, sea and palm trees in the middle of this snowy winter. I had a very bad experience on an all-inclusive hotel in Spain last summer, but yours looks much much better. AGA would make for a nice break, glad that you found some local culture as well.

I never knew EI operated this route, how long has it been running?
 
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Quoting LYchemsa (Reply 5):
It seems it was warm enough to swim in the pool but am I correct that no one seems to swim in the ocean? The ocean does not look too nice. Cold? Shallow? Rough?

One of the pools was heated so we were able to swim in that. I did go into the cold pool most days but Philip was too much of a wimp  . I also went into the sea once and it was fairly warm but the currents were very strong so I didn't feel safe swimming in there. Many people went surfing and body boarding though.
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Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Thank you and Gareth for sharing. I really enjoyed it.

Thanks glad you enjoyed it you should certainly consider a trip.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 4):
I was sh**ting myself! You have to admit that driving in the middle of two cars in lanes one and two is slightly suicidal

Haha well maybe  
Quoting LYchemsa (Reply 5):
I correct that no one seems to swim in the ocean? The ocean does not look too nice. Cold? Shallow? Rough?

Like Gareth said you would need to be a strong swimmer, I hear its better in Summer. There had been exceptional storms a week before we arrived and lots of driftwood and rubbish had washed up so it spoilt the beach a bit but they were clearing it fast while we were there. Everyone said its never been like that before. I guess its the bad weather pattern all over the world this Winter.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
I never knew EI operated this route, how long has it been running?

Im not sure also like I said the old Shamrock logo was on the old flickr boards. So it must be a long time. Although I do believe they had a break in service.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 7):
One of the pools was heated so we were able to swim in that. I did go into the cold pool most days but Philip was too much of a wimp

Yep Im a wimp lol.. Why go into a cold pool when there is a heated one next to it !!

And to prove Gareth did indeed ''paddle'' in the Atlantic  
 
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Yep Im a wimp lol.. Why go into a cold pool when there is a heated one next to it !! /i>


But it made the warm pool feel like a bath!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
And to prove Gareth did indeed ''paddle'' in the Atlantic

I went in further than that but you didn't take a photo  

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Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:55 pm

Hey, Phil,

what a nice sunday evening read.
High class pix as well, feeling like another time in Agadir also for me.
My ride to Marrakech coming up also in a week or two.
With Christoph/Contact Air also visiting Morroco lately it seems there is good demand here
around us A.netters.

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Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:30 pm

Great report Phil,

Nice to read about this route, Aer Lingus have been operating it since late 2007 and it seems to have done well so should be sticking around. The chicken wrap is tasty, I was disappointed when they removed to the pizza from the menu but the wrap makes up for it. Agadir looks very nice, a friend of mine is heading down there soon after a few weeks in Egypt, the benefits of having parents from both countries I suppose!

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Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:23 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Im not sure also like I said the old Shamrock logo was on the old flickr boards. So it must be a long time. Although I do believe they had a break in service.

As far as I know phil, they did do the odd AGA charter service, even back in the 80's. I've heard EI are happy with AGA, and it will be sticking around.

Great report by the way, and although I was considering a trip to AGA, you have pretty much convinced me now..... 
 
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Great report! Agadir looks nice. Is Maroc cheap?
 
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Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Mehdi part of the entertainment team and a real character.

Real cute too  

Great report as always !!!
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Hey Philip,

Great report, thx for sharing. Nice photos of Agadir, it looks like a nice place, remind me southern Turkey a bit.

I have no idea why, but there is a burgers restaurants chain in Israel called "Agadir". Can't say it's because Israel's good relations with Morocco.

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Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 9):
I went in further than that but you didn't take a photo

Indeed you did , another 2cm lol...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
My ride to Marrakech coming up also in a week or two.

Hey Markus , nice . I have to say I will be back next year hopefully. Its great this time of year.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 11):
the benefits of having parents from both countries I suppose!

Nice mix and lucky to have places to stay in the Winter that have heat.

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 12):
you have pretty much convinced me now..... 

Cool , you chosen your hotel yet? Alot of Irish go to the Agadir Beach Club but Gareth and I took a walk and looked at the hotels but I wasnt impressed by it to be honest.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 13):
Is Maroc cheap?

Yes very cheap to eat out and taxis , shopping etc...

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 14):
Real cute too  

LOL... Gareth has his email address I think to forward him the photos/videos of the shows. ...

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 15):
Can't say it's because Israel's good relations with Morocco.

Yes I saw the immigration officer looking at my TLV stamps but nothign was said. I checked before I left and everyone said no probs at all and some Israelis commented they had no issues either. Tel Aviv still has the best beach though and its on my wish list for this Summer.
 
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 14):
Real cute too

LOL... Gareth has his email address I think to forward him the photos/videos of the shows. ...

Sorry to tell you that I only have Youssef's e-mail and Samira's (the belly dancer) who was far more to my taste  
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Cool , you chosen your hotel yet? Alot of Irish go to the Agadir Beach Club but Gareth and I took a walk and looked at the hotels but I wasnt impressed by it to be honest.

It would be the Sofitel Phil, I get a very substantial discount at that chain. At this point, it will probably be late this year when I get the chance...
 
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Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:46 am

Hi Philip

Nice report - you made an EI report very interesting with all you holiday pictures.

I absolutely wasn't aware that Morocco was offering the sort of package scene - it seems to pull it off not too bad either. It certainly doesn't seem to get the Uk market yet...though the cities are getting very popular.

Was alcohol included in hotel? And was it dodgy stuff is so or nicer mainline brands? I have always wanted to go on an all inclusive - my buddies often do - its alot of eating and drinking which are activities I hold in high esteem...
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Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Why Speedos are not for all !!

I would quite happily bet a £100 he was Russian! It's wrong, just plain and simply wrong!

Great TR by the way, really enjoyed it.

Cheers!
 
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An interesting TR, all that sun and great food bring back memories. I was in Agadir around 15y ago, was a mixed experience. I really enjoyed the day trips to Sahara and Marrakech but I found Agadir rather boring.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 14):
Real cute too

LOL... Gareth has his email address I think to forward him the photos/videos of the shows. ...

I can see you did meet several local talents   Back in 1995 it was confusing to get unexpected attention from the local guys, my straight ultra-blond travel mate was especially popular.
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Phil:

What wonderful and colorful TR! I think this one is your best one yet! Morocco is such a beautiful and colorful country, and the culture judging from your pictures makes it even more amazing! Great TR!
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Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 18):
It would be the Sofitel Phil,

Thats a nice hotel as you can see. Good nightclub there apparantly.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 19):
Was alcohol included in hotel? And was it dodgy stuff is so or nicer mainline brands?

Yes it was included and wasnt bad, the wine was a bit dodgy but the cocktails were nice but I didnt drink that much as I prefer soft drinks which was real stuff, sprite , coke etc..

Quoting TravelsUK (Reply 20):
I would quite happily bet a £100 he was Russian!

Didnt see any Russians, cant remember what he was but we noticed that he loaded his plate every night and couldnt walk properly due to his size, a bad state to be in .

Quoting Andaman (Reply 21):
my straight ultra-blond travel mate was especially popular

LOL..true they like all new blood Male or Female .... When in Rome  
Quoting SXDFC (Reply 22):
What wonderful and colorful T

Hi Bobby, Glad you liked it ! I even got some pics of the local girls for you lol..
 
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Hi
Great report and pics. Sounds like a total blast of a holiday.
I'd love to go that part of Africa, it's next on my to do list.

Some of those locals could easily be on the next "Would Yout Hit It Pink" thread...!
 
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Quoting gardermoen (Reply 24):
Some of those locals could easily be on the next "Would Yout Hit It Pink" thread...!

Indeed they are lol...
 
 
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Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 26):
I've uploaded a number of videos of the shows to Youtube. The links are below if any of you want to look at them. The Celtic Pride show is definitely worth watching.

Cool was going to ask you to post them. Well done  
 
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Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:33 am

Great job! I really liked checking out your pics, especially of Agadir and the hotels. And the men.  

My hubby and I traveled to the Iberostar Tucan in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for a week stay a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Looks like the same setup over in Morocco as in Mexico for Iberostar all-inclusive.stays. I didn't care for all the families there, but I was shocked at the sheer numbers of Europeans at the place.

As well as that hairy beast of a tennis instructor.....yowzah! (say no more...)
 
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Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:59 am

Hi Philip!
as said by others, it's indeed a nice report again! Well done! Morocco looks a great place, and is on our list to visit this country for a while already, but time lacks (we go too often away). But that hotel is great, and the people as well judging from the pics   I must say the bazars look very familiar to the ones I know from Tunesia and Turkey. Did you do some good shopping?

btw, thanks for showing the BA*G card. Good to see it with you  

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Great report, thanks for sharing your experience with us.
I especially enjoyed the pics, reminding me of many fun trips to AGA and Morocco the in past.
Ahh, I need to go again....

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Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:28 pm

Good evening Philip, an excellent and very interesting report, I would say it's your best so far! 

The pics from Morocco were great, they bring back lots of memories. I'm might consider spending the whole summer there, this year.

I did not know that EI flies to AGA, have they recently started this route? The EI lounge in Dublin looked nice, though not as nice as the BMI Lounge, in my opinion. So why not use that one instead?  

The hotel in Agadir looked pretty nice to me. Though I haven't been on many hotels there, but I find the standards to be a bit lower than in Europe, obviously. The hotel food looked good actually... well except for the moroccan dishes. They looked nice though, but IMHO a couscous or pastilla (did you try them btw?   ) would have been better suited for serving at a hotel.

About that Irish car, it's a pretty fun thing with foreign cars there, especially in the summers, when lots of Moroccan people living in EU come back to visit the homeland. Most of them by car, and they're usually from France, Holland and Belgium. I always try to look out for any Swedish cars, but they are very rare.

About that Private jet, it wouldn't surprise me if it was the Moroccan Airforce Gulfstream IV, used by the King. He's got a residence there, where he usually spend the summers and winters.

Agadir is a great city for tourism, much better than Casablanca, which by the way is not to recommend, mainly because it's a boring and dirty city, not too many hotels either. When going to Agadir, we usually rent a small triplex house, in the outskirts of the city. Usually those houses have their own private beach, and the prices are pretty cheap too. Around €50 per night  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 29):
btw, thanks for showing the BA*G card. Good to see it with you

Where else could it possibly have been?  

Thanks for sharing!
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Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:50 pm

Hi Philip,

Great report and lots of fantastic pictures - thanks a lot for posting!

The City of Agadir seems to be worth a visit. The Iberostar Hotel looks great as well - probably an idea for a future holiday for me as well.

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Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:20 am

Quoting johnboy (Reply 28):
Great job! I really liked checking out your pics, especially of Agadir and the hotels. And the men.

Your welcome thanks for reading.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 29):
Did you do some good shopping?

Hey Eric Yes I got a few things nothing major though.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 29):
btw, thanks for showing the BA*G card

Welcome and it will come in useful in the next few months Im sure  
Quoting robffm2 (Reply 30):
Great report, thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Thanks glad you enjoyed it . Certainly worth a visit if you can make it.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 31):
moroccan dishes. They looked nice though, but IMHO a couscous or pastilla (did you try them btw?

Hey Jonas , The Moroccan dishes were actually nice. We both enjoyed them. We tried couscous and pastilla and it was nice. My favourite was chicken or beef in prunes. Really tasty.

As I said I loved Morocco and would certainly go back .

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 32):
Great report and lots of fantastic pictures - thanks a lot for posting!

Glad you like it thanks for the comment.


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Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:05 pm

Thanks for a great report. I was in Marrakech in February, my second visit to Morocco (first was merely a day trip from Algeciras to Tangier)........what a wonderful country, people, food etc. I'll definitely be going again, and hopefully EZY will keep their MAN - RAK route going for years to come. At MAN, we only have TOM and TCX charters to Agadir, but I think FR operate LPL - AGA.

I'm not too keen on hotel 'shows' either, but I went along to a couple and thought the entertainment team really deserved my appreciation! They were great.

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 24):
Some of those locals could easily be on the next "Would Yout Hit It Pink" thread...!

Oh yes indeedy!  
 
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Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:56 am

Quoting mainMAN (Reply 34):
thought the entertainment team really deserved my appreciation! They were great.

Yes thats one thing that we thought you kind of went as they were so friendly and nice and also were great at their job.
 
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Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:58 pm

Hi Philip! Really enjoyed reading your report, and LOL at some of the comments on your entertainer friends! Can you say a bit more about the onboard service- attentiveness etc. of your crew? Cheers  
 
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Quoting IrishLPL (Reply 36):
Can you say a bit more about the onboard service- attentiveness etc. of your crew?

You couldnt fault it , standard service nothing special, crew on return were better than the crew outbound not saying anything bad about them but the craic was better on the return maybe because we knew one of the girls from the outbound and had a chat.
 
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Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:02 pm

A great TR! Thanks for sharing!  

That duty free shop has some nice models....and deals!

Thanks,

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Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:38 pm

Hey Phil

Another excellent trip report, though not quite as good as the last coz I was in that one lol..

Love the pics of Agadir. It was never somewhere I considered before but I could change my mind now. Professional performance from EI as we've come to expect.

Good to hear you had an enjoyable trip with a fellow Anetter, again!!!

Roll on the next one
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:31 pm

Hi Philip,

Nice report and pictures there, seems we all need a break from the dreary winter weather, Jan/Feb seems an ideal time as it's a bit quiet.

I've got to say I never knew EI flew this route, hopefully the loads you experience are the norm, always nice to seem the unusual routes perform.

The hotel looked good too, and as you commented, looks like a different place when the sun is out!

Cheers

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Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:04 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 40):
Hi Philip,

Nice report and pictures there, seems we all need a break from the dreary winter weather, Jan/Feb seems an ideal time as it's a bit quiet.

I've got to say I never knew EI flew this route, hopefully the loads you experience are the norm, always nice to seem the unusual routes perform.

Pretty much anything to the sun performs well for EI!!! Try getting standby on a canaries or agadir.. nightmare!  
 
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:21 pm

Hi Philip,
Cracking report,enjoyed the photos and I have to say they have given me an added buzz for my DXB trip next month,although I dont think i could ever match the standard of your trip reports.
Anyway keep them coming,all your reports are a welcome insight into the world of travel.
Thanks again
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Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:11 am

Hi Phil,

very interesting report with many nice pictures from Agadir. It seems you had a great vacation there.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I had my eye on the Southern Chicken wrap which I love.

How much do they charge for it?


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Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:33 am

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 38):
That duty free shop has some nice models....and deals!

Yes sometimes aviation models are in the most unlikely places.

Quoting EIRules (Reply 39):
Good to hear you had an enjoyable trip with a fellow Anetter, again!!!

Thanks Andy .

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 40):
I've got to say I never knew EI flew this route, hopefully the loads you experience are the norm, always nice to seem the unusual routes perform.

Loads are supposed to be good so hope they will keep it, much better than the usual Canaries IMHO.

Quoting Nibog (Reply 42):
an added buzz for my DXB trip next month

Look forward to a TR maybe?? Have a good trip.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 43):
How much do they charge for it?

Its €5 which is quite good really for something that tastes good.

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