We recently returned from a weeks all inclusive holiday through Thomas Cook at the Sunrise Royal Makadi. We had a brilliant time.
The service here is truly excellent, the staff make this place. The hotel discourages individual tips and instead has tip boxes that are a great idea. Takes away the constant tipping that is common at Egyptian resorts.
On site Shisha cafe with Egyptian tea is lovely (tea is included, shisha is around £2)
Local Egyptian beer (luxor i think) is a nice light summery lager. Spirits are nothing great but nothing terrible, everything is free poured so be prepared for a boozy drink! Especially the cocktails.
The pools are clean, well maintained and staffed. There are seperate family pools, kids pools and 2 pools with swim up bars (1 heated). 5 of the 7 pools are heated.
Beach is clean and the red flags (meaning leave us alone) for sellers worked for us on the whole.
We had no problem with upset stomachs, everything is washed in mineral water and the ice is mineral ice. We drank bottled water all week and you could walk up to any bar and grab as many as you liked.
A la Carte restaurants were excellent. (we tried Steak, Asian, Arabic and Mexican, there is also Meditteranean, Greek and Italian) all were included in the all inclusive.
Room was clean and well maintained. Sheets changed daily, and mineral water topped up daily.
It was my birthday while we were there and we came back to our room to find a cake and balloons, a very nice touch. We also got another cake at our a la carte meal that night. (but they do make you dance to earn that one!)
Coral reefs at the beach are lovely, with the chance to dive them as well as snorkel.
Entertainment at the 'Showtime' is a little questionable, but it's a free extra any way
Shower could be a little temperamental temperature wise
Buffet food is not anywhere near the quality of the a la cartes. I'd recommend getting there early or ordering from one of the made to order stations (omelettes/pancakes in the morning, chicken and things at lunch and dinner)
The spa and beauty sellers can be a little annoying, as they seem to tackle the beach in a group so you can get the same pitch 3-4 times in 5 minutes.
We had an issue with one of our trips(unfortunately on the last night), however Thomas Cook where very good and refunded our trip.
On the whole a brilliant trip, and i would most definitely stay at a sunrise resort if i was visiting egypt again.
A little isolated if you want to leave the makadi bay area, to get anywhere involves a 30min plus drive
Walls are not the thickest, didn't bother us but light sleepers may want earplugs.
Hurghada, or at least the bit we saw on the shop and rock trip, is a bit of a disappointment. Very tourist driven and much of the same stuff you see in the shops at the hotel.
Egyptian wine is either an acquired taste, or just nasty, depending on your view.
It's well worth a walk along the beach (to the right), it lets you link around into makadi bay centre, where there is a larger Souk and a couple of bars/cafes.
We never got round to it but apparently the reefs at Fort Arabesque to the left are impressive, and all the hotels in makadi bay don;t mind guests moving between for the beaches.
The lobby bars seem to serve the best/least booze driven cocktails
The lunch snacks from the Pergola bar, especially the stone baked pizzas are a great option.
There is an official dress code for the main restaurant and the a la cartes, although when we were there it seemed quite lax.
All inclusive here really is that. The lobby bar is 24 hours (although no alcohol from 6am-10am) and you seem to be able to get food almost all day.
Asian restaurant was our favourite of the a la cartes.
Sorry for long rambling review but i think this answers most of the questions i was asking myself before we went. Although there are negatives on the list i see them as fairly minor, and for the price we paid i am definitely happy giving a 5 star rating.
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