We have just spent our tenth visit in Egypt, we have visited many different hotels and resorts over the years, Sharm, Marsa Alam, Taba etc, we have visited the Grand Makadi two years for Xmas and watched the Spa being built so were looking forward to spending a Xmas there.
The hotel is beautiful and spotless, and the suites are well kept and large with a huge balcony, had a bit of a problem when we drained the bath as water flooded all over the floor but had a word with the room steward and the next day it was sorted, there is also a minibar in the room which has two beers, one bottle of 7 up, one bottle of Fanta Orange and coke which are replenished daily, remember to leave your empty bottles on the top of the unit above the fridge or they might miss filling the fridge up. We didn’t bother trying the Makadi Mall as you have to go to the Sunwing between 1-2pm daily to book a table there so we just tried the buffet (very good choices and we are fussy people), the Asian (we went there 4 times the food is excellent, one of the best restaurants we have ever been in Egypt given the limited menu high praise is deserved here), the Spanish (not impressed with main course but the Tapas was great and you can have as many as you like), the fish restaurant (this was not good, we both ordered the fish and chips and were given three pieces of curled up barely cooked mush, the chips were frozen, needless to say we walked out in disgust and returned to the buffet!, we were sure someone would contact us to ask why we were not happy but nothing, so quite surprised on this score, The General Manager Gerard Hansen is seen drifting around the grounds on an hourly basis, and I have to say it looks like he doesn’t miss a thing and definitely takes an active hand in geeing things up where needed, however I did feel as General Manager that he could interact with the guests more? Bars – the Tapas bar is open until 11pm however it was empty most of the time, the Animation Bar which is where most of the entertainment takes place is open until midnight although we only seen entertainment three times in two weeks, the garden bar was opened on Xmas Eve which is lovely and outside but watch out for the mozzies this is open until 11pm, the lobby bar is extra charge and 24 hours but was pretty much empty most of the time, although we did buy a bottle of 7 up and they charged us $8 dollars!! Yikes!!....I would like to point out that the bar staff are fantastic and really look after people, special thanks to Ashley Cole, Osama, Mohammed x 3, also the waiters in the World Buffet & Shimmers are a credit to this hotel they really work hard and take care of people.The Pool ~ if this was heated it wasn’t heated enough when we arrived and was freezing, the sea was warmer… however toward the end of our two week stay it seemed that they worked out that any hot water was being sucked out through the grids, once these were turned off the warm water gradually heated the pool up and it was lovely and relaxing, however like other reviews have stated the bottom of the pool is a disgrace and the tiles are popping up everywhere and it also could do with a good clean..
Xmas – Xmas is celebrated on Xmas Eve, there was a huge buffet in the World which was included in the price of the holiday, however should you wish to dine alacarte there was a charge for the oriental, Tapas, fish/steak which ranged from 35 Euros pp to 75 Euros pp, not that fully inclusive, plus they made the animation bar extra charge for drinks along with the lobby bar so the only bars included were the tapas bar and the garden bar which both closed at midnight, they did mention they were serving gluwein on the beach but I doubt many would have gone down as it was cold and of course extra charge, I kind of felt that this was a bit of a money making exercise as we had already paid once so why do we have to pay again? All in all we did enjoy ourselves immensely and met some lovely people however British guests are definitely in the minority these days and the hotel has more Russian and German clientele. I doubt we will return as stated this was our tenth visit to Egypt and we are looking toward the Caribbean in the future as there is precious little difference in the price now, however if you do fancy a week in Egypt at Xmas I would highly recommend this hotel out of all the others we have stayed in, however please remember that this is Egypt and their idea of a 5 star is not the same as a 5 star in some countries…. if you have any questions please feel free to message us.
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- Ideal for couples wanting to enjoy time together, this top quality boutique hotel is unrivalled for its standard of accommodation, cuisine and service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay