We stayed for one night in transit at this strangely shaped concrete block of a hotel just off the road to Hurgada and within reach of Makadi Bay. The hotel is not on the beach but you can take a shuttle or a golf car or a taxi, or you can walk; and you can use any of the other hotels facilities in Makadi Bay. The main attraction is the golf course, of course! Being a non golfer I have never understood how you can justify such green grass in a desert. However I did go for a jog along the greens, and really enjoyed it.
There is an annex which has just opened, with more rooms, a snack restaurant and a beautiful brand new pool which is heated and very good to swim in. The fitness room was a disappointment and needs a little attention as was the small spa area.It had literally just been built and still smelt of paint and plaster.There were two running machines which were not connected, some weights, a rowing machine,and a water dispenser that did not work. They had two big LG flatscreen television sets which were better quality than the ones in the rooms. I have never understood how people can watch TV while they exercise. I prefer music. But they did not have any.Take note that the jacuzzi they show here on the hotel photos is actually the one from the sister hotel. The golf hotel only has a very small jacuzzi and no one had bothered to turn on the sauna and steam room.The whole area felt as if it had been finished in a hurry.
The hotel has a strange layout which makes it difficult to get around if you do not use the lift. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and appear very elegant and modern. On closer inspection however they are rather cheaply finished and furnished. Ours needed cleaning a little better.The air conditioning was a bit loud as well. There was a big balcony overlooking the golf course. Overall they were excellent rooms. The food was very good too, served in a smart restaurant with a trendy terrace looking out towards the built up area in the distance. We noticed that people came from other hotels in the bay to eat here. The staff generally tried hard to please and were polite; with the exception perhaps of one or two who were loud and arrogant. We could not help noticing,as is the custom here, that there were no female staff at all. Consequently my wife felt uncomfortable sunbathing on her own, close to the bar.
The hotel is small and personal and has all the comforts as well as a beautifully landscaped golf course on its doorstep. If you play golf and use the amenities of the sister hotel Star and Spa and visit the Makadi Bay beach area, you will have a good holiday.
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