I've just returned from Be Live Saidia and we (myself, husband n 6-year-old boy) had a truly wonderful time. Our only complaint: the lack of politeness of some guests, and I'm ashamed to say that some of the rude ones were fellow Portuguese.
The hotel is excellent, clean, large rooms, several restaurants, food is diverse, abundant and of good quality. If you're too picky and don't want to try local food, there's always pizza, pasta, paella, grilled fish and meat (strongly recommend the lamb and picanha), fresh fruit, pastries and ice-cream. But, please, keep an open mind and try Moroccan food, it IS very good. We just didn't like the Asian Restaurant, but that's just us.
The local wine (Toulal Prestige) is very good, I favoured the Rosé but the red and white are very good, too. Still and sparkling mineral water is always available (some1 here complained that the minibar, was empty...all you had to do was ask for a couple of bottles), the mojitos r good,too. Gin, rhum, whiskey and beer aren't all that good, but I was fine with that, wasn't there to get wasted.
All rooms have a safe, it's free and easy to use, you make your own code. If you find it closed ask for some1 to come and open it, you may have to insist as communication between reception and other areas isn't always perfect.
People are friendly and work hard, but communication isn't always easy, most speak either French or Spanish, some English, few Portuguese and many only Arabic
SPA is very expensive, more expensive than the ones in the Algarve, so we didn't try it. Beach and pools are great, always with lifeguards. You can sail and kayak for free, but must pay for the camel ride.
Animation was quite amatourish, but they tried soooo hard, it's just that some of them should not be dancing...they were so bad it was actually funny. But a couple of the girls were very good, and there was a French-Moroccan kid (Saber, I think his name was) who was very cute, a great and funny dancer and wonderful with the younger kids (and very popular with teenage girls ;-)
Renting a car is next to impossible, excursions r very expensive, but if you'r the adventurous type you can share a "Grand Taxi" from Saidia to Oujda (60km away, great kashbah/souk, perfect for souvenir- shopping) at 2 euros per person, but be prepared to skeeze in with the natives, they take 6 people per taxi, if you don't want to share it will cost you 14 to 20 euros per trip. It's perfectly safe to leave the hotel, policeman r everywhere and they respect tourists, nothing like Tunisia where they touch and harrass you.
The Marina doesn't have much yet, few shops are open, restaurants r expensive and not worth it (not with the great food at the hotel)
All in all, we had a great time, it was cheap (1400 euros for 2 adults+child, all-inclusive) and I strongly reccomend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Be Live Collection Saidia is a 5 star hotel that will make you enjoy the distinctive flavors of the Mediterranean coast of Morocco. We offer our customers the fomula of "all inclusive" with its attentive service and wide variety of daytime and evening activities , which will make your stay unforgettable. The Be Live Collection Saidia is situated at the beachfront of the best seaside of Saidia, in the easternmost part of the Mediterranean coast of Morocco, just 80km distance to the east of Melilla and 50 km north of Oujda. In a paradise of wonderful contrasts between its green mountains and the blue of the sea that bathes a superb long beach with fine golden sand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Be Live Grand Saidia Hotel Saidia
- Be Live Collection Saidia Oriental