by Amanda Norcross
It’s all in the name at LABRANDA Aqua Fun Marrakech! This is a gorgeous, colorful, beachfront, water park resort! Featuring the largest water park in Morocco, this resort has 58 waterslides and 16 pools — seven of which are just for kids! If you can peel the kids from the pools, head to the beach, playground, or kids’ club. Other offerings include a spa, Turkish baths, fitness center, live entertainment and onsite dining, with kids’ menus and buffets available. Oh, and did we mention this is an all-inclusive resort?!
Family rooms (two rooms connected by a door) are available; splurge for one that’s located poolside! All guestrooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, mini-bars (included in rates), and air conditioning.
Our Editor Loves
- Largest water park in Morocco
- Family rooms
- Beachfront location
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Parks
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
We have just returned from our 9th stay at the Aqua Fun. We absolutely love our visits here. The hotel is always spotless, the staff are constantly cleaning everything. The gardeners are extremely busy keeping the grounds beautiful. Every member of staff is so helpful and never pass a guest without a smile and a good morning or good afternoon, We have never stayed in a hotel quite like this one for really trying to make every single guest feel welcome. The water park is amazing and has slides for everyone from the many children's slides up to the really big scary adult slides there really is something for every age group.
The food is lovely with a good variety so plenty of choice i'm quite a fussy eater and have never had a problem finding something to eat. The restaurant staff are great too, we always have the same waiter if possible Younes Lrafiri although to be fair if he his on leave we are very happy to have any waiter they really are all so lovely and willing to get anything you want. Some people have commented that there can be a bit of a await at the bars whilst this is true if the hotel is busy it is never that much of a wait, and to be fair to the bar staff they really do try and serve people in the order they get to the bar, not always easy when some nationalities don't seem to want to queue!! We have booked to go back to this amazing hotel in March and this time there will be 10 of us what more can I say............
by Steve R
Aqua Fun Park is an O.K. Place to stay but can be extremely frustrating at times.
It is set in a beautiful location near to the Atlas Mountains ( approximately 30 mins from the airport ). The complex itself is large, and contains multiple swimming pools, tennis court, 5 a side football pitch, Air Rifle range, Kids Park (and club), Mini Golf, table tennis, multiple pool bars , an inside heated pool and of course, a water park. It also has 4 restaurants, 2 rooftop bars, Spa, Gym, and Shish area. It is suitable for both family and 18-30/couples holidays, although I personally couldn’t stay for longer than a week (more of that in a mo).
The rooms are of a good standard, great size bathroom, and in our instance, a great view from the balcony (see pics) - all very clean. You can also exchange money at the front desk, and there is a cash machine at reception which you can access 24/7 (it does charge you for withdrawal).
Now - we travelled in October so it wasn’t as busy when we first arrived, as when it would obviously be during peak time - however what we experienced, can only be described as disorganised.
The staff can be both frustrating and lovely in equal measure. The breakfast staff for instance, are somehow always late to open the restaurant (breakfast is 7-11 I believe) - rarely clean the table of any plates, and forget to do basic things such as plugging in toasters, or removing cling film from food trays. The food itself (over breakfast, lunch and dinner) is OK, but gets boring very quickly, with mostly the same dishes served everyday. There can be small changes; but mostly the same dishes. It should be noted that although we were not there for Peak Time, when we did have a large influx of guests - food ran out by 8.30pm (dinner is supposed to finish at 11) - with people literally elbowing each other out of the way for what little was available (honestly not an exaggeration). I’m not sure if this happens all of the time, but it happened 2/3 nights of the 7 we stayed.
The times of meals are breakfast 7-11am, Lunch 12.30 - 2.30pm, ‘snacks’ 3-5 (with ice cream outside at 3pm) - and Dinner 7-10/11pm. Despite being all inclusive (which some presume is 24/7) there are small times of the day when food is not available. So if you have children plan around that - we made sure to always be there at open time; mainly for our child, but also to ensure we could actually eat. As mentioned already, the food does become boring very fast, and certainly isn’t the variety it says it is.
The bars whilst stocking local wine, beer and spirits are similar to the restaurants - sometimes run out, however I found all of the barman to be lovely. The outside bars by the pools are SWARMING in wasps due to the fact they do not use pumps for drinks - they buy bottles and bottles of Pepsi, 7UP etc which attracts so many wasps, that they have to pour a glass of orange juice or similar to attract them away - so my sympathies to the barman (and the customers who brave sitting there). If you are allergic definitely use the inside bar !
The staff in general were superb. I strongly advise tipping a little for an even better experience. We tipped small amounts like 20Dh (about £1.50ish) to the waitress and waiters, and they genuinely appreciate it (and quite honestly they give you a better quality of service). I have seen other reviews saying staff were rude, but I have witnessed people being waited on hand and foot, and barely even given a thank you let alone tip. It is your right not to tip, but don’t be surprised if someone else is receiving the better service.
The water park and pools were all lovely (if a little chilly at times ) - but well worth a go. The pools have both loungers and sofas around them which is very relaxing, although you will find the usual Sun Lounger battle if that’s your thing (one family on our trip “reserved” 15 every morning - regardless of if they used them or not).
Last of all they do provide a free shuttle into Marrakech, which also brings you back to the hotel. You must book 24 hrs ahead if you would like to use it - there is also a gentleman in the lobby who can arrange specialist trips for you - again with 24 hrs notice , and at a fair price.
All in all it is NOT 5 star as they claim - 3/4 at best, but I would visit again. I would just hope they have improved the food quality and variety. Hope this helped!