I visited Stella Makadi during Oct 2008 with my mum and me needing a 2 week girly holiday. Booked through Thomas Cook who I always travel with for inclusive holidays. This resort is in the middle of nowhere pretty much the local town is 30-40 mins away but the hotel provides a free shuttle. Inside resort you will never feel secluded inside the grounds.
First off the Hotel drive and reception is absolutely stunning - absolutely massive and right on the beach. check in was ok, we were given a room which showed the dry dessert which wasn't to our taste so we went back to reception asked to change and with a little fuss we were given a garden view room which was much better. Theres a massive shopping area on site buy unfortunately some shop keepers were very rude and unfortunately to the point where we complained! The reception staff were also not so friendly. But this didnt faze us too much.
Our hotel room was really clean, spacious and modern complete with mini bar (which they refilled every morning) and tv and all the luxuries you would get here in the uk. Rooms cleaned every single day and the maids are so lovely if you can leave them small tips or your left over toiletries at the end of your trip.
The balconies were also really nice and me and mum often dried off after a shower on the balcony under our towels of course.
The breakfast,lunch,dinner buffet, nightly bbq was so nice, plentiful and tasty, Bar staff were also lovely (all males though). DONT drink the tap water or brush your teeth with it and be careful with hygiene - I was bed ridden for 3 days or so but a quick trip to the chemist helped me out. My mum had a dodgy stomach for a day or so too - probably more so the change of habitat!
Hurghada main town is amazing and me and my mum regularly took the free bus there and we even booked our Cairo excursion in the town with a great travel shop (much cheaper than with Thomas Cook) although unfortunately i don't remember the name. Note to please be extra careful in the local town as some locals will try rip you off and trick you with your change etc. Its always best to book taxis etc through your hotel. There are also some great restaurants in the main town and they are ridiculously cheap - x2 two course meal for £10!!!!
Hotels a la carte restaurants are not included you must pay extra which we didnt want nor feel we needed to! buffet was great.
The pool is fabulous, really clean and pretty to look at and the best thing is it leads upto the beach. Take snorkelling gear because on the beach theres a pier where you can snorkel from the fishes are beautiful. Theres plenty of watersports to do and diving also.
Night entertainment could be better and after two weeks got repetitive but hey what do you expect your on holiday!!! Daily animation team were fab too and I did most exercise classes.
There was an amazing gym overlooking the sea which we b=never used lol and also a spa but it was pricey so we didnt use this either
If you love quads like me book through the sales guys around the pool and get a good deal £15-20 is good don't pay more!!! They will barter with you so you should with them too.
All in all a fab holiday. I recommend highly :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stella Makadi Resort & Spa is located in the prominent Makadi Bay area, on Egypt's beautiful Red Sea Riviera. Makadi is a peaceful bay with many opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. The semi-tropical climate makes this both a summer and winter resort. With its warm, healthy climate and the beauties of the coral reefs, this is a place to delight sun seekers and water sports enthusiasts alike. Makadi Bay is a convenient 25km south of Hurghada International Airport. The location makes it easy to access the town of Hurghada, and there are many other notable places of interest nearby, such as the island of Giftun, which is a Marine National Park, where desert and marine life are protected by law. In fact, much of the Red Sea area has a protected status. The Stella Makadi Resort & Spa is situated on a white sandy beach, and has a spectacular house reef very close by, which guests may use for snorkeling. In addition to the natural beauty of its setting, the resort has the advantage of many facilities and services to ensure a holiday that offers a wide choice of activities. There is a Spa and Health club, a shopping mall and a discotheque, to name just a few Stella Makadi Resort & Spa guests are assured of dedicated service, with all their needs taken care of in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stella Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay