We stayed here as part of a Red Sea Holidays Nile cruise and stay. We had 5 star luxury all the way. It was a well organised check in. We were escorted to our room and shown how things worked. The room was large and very nice, as was the bathroom. After our cruise we returned to the hotel and were given a free upgrade which wowed us! It was a huge suite with a sitting area and a dressing room off the very large bathroom.
There are about 7 al a carte restaurants and each has a part of the menu as AI but quite a bit is at a supplement. We ate at them all except for the Indian and Chinese, we just didn't have time in our week. However, the Thai was so nice we did go twice at dinner and once at lunch. The choice in the buffet restaurants was huge, I defy anyone to struggle for choice. In the main staff were efficient and friendly. The Egyptian restaurant was a pleasant surprise, the staff were great and seemed genuinely pleased that you wanted to try local cuisine.
Plenty of beds on the beach and by the numerous pools. Drinks were served to your bed by waiters. Everywhere was very clean but you may still experience an upset stomach but it will be the heat more than likely, the food was well prepared.
WIFI in the lobby is free.
Two areas drinks are payable, the lobby and the Sports bar, why, I don't know. They should at least include the Sport Bar as it was usually empty when no live sports were showing, a shame really. This really was a stunning hotel, I didn't fully appreciate until I went to the Hilton in Sharks Bay. The Hilton was still lovely but Makadi shone!
Waiters, bell boys etc all appreciate a tip in any currency and no matter how small. Some will offer you pound coins in exchange for a ten pound note, it's not a scam, it's easier for them to exchange officially I think. We changed some and were glad to then have ten more coins to tip with. Tipping is entirely up to you though.
One thing that may go against it is that it's in middle of nowhere, there is a courtesy bus to Hurgada but we didn't bother as we wanted to chill after our busy cruise.
Entertainment could be better but we had travelled with good company so didn't need to take advantage of it if we didn't fancy it.
Would I go again? Yes, I would
Would I recommend it? Most definitely.
What are the negatives? The AI not having the lobby and sports bar Inc ( by the way, the lobby terrace is AI and they get the drinks from the lobby bar - bizarre)
Pestered by spa and massage sales people a bit but you get this in most hotels I think
My only advice, relax and enjoy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Makadi Palace Hotel is set in lush gardens famed for their beauty, and offers the perfect space to relax unwind and enjoy a well-earned break. Tranquil surroundings, attentive staff, an extensive choice of à la carte dining – both on-site and at the Makadi Mall – as well a stunning beach and a wide choice of sports facilities at the Makadi Sports Centre ensures guests will be reluctant to stray far from their holiday home away from home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Makadi Palace Hotel Makadi Bay
- Makadi Palace Bay
- Makadi Palace Egypt