We selected this hotel purely due to the other reviews it had received and it didn't disappoint.
We wanted a trouble free break in the sun to escape the January weather and that is exactly what we got!
This hotel is amazing, in so much as it is spotless and the staff are exceptionally helpful and courteous (no one looks for tips!!) our room and the guy looking after it were just great with clean towels daily and nothing too much trouble!
We stayed at the Gardens which is just a short stroll (or free Tuf Tuf!) down to the sister hotel near the Beach.This means that you can have the best of both worlds experiencing any type of pool you have a fancy for that day. as there are quite pools, children's pools,an active pool (heated) and even a wave pool and all with plenty of sunbeds (oh, and don't forget the immaculate beach!) although as it was early in the year some of the pools were a bit cold.
The food was plentiful and I feel that even the fussiest of eaters would be able to find something to satisfy them, this includes Italian, Indian, Chinese and Lebanese restaurants (which was great by the way and a bit different!) that you can choose to eat at a couple of times during your stay, as well as the main buffet in both hotels that had a few theme nights a week!
Don't be daunted by the spa guys who come around to offer deals. these are well worth taking up on and the massage is great and a lot cheaper than home if you can haggle a bit! (all part of the experience!)
I am in danger of sounding like some sort of holiday ad for this place but in all honesty it would be difficult to find anything to grumble over and would go back any time (soon I hope!)
My only tip would be to any of you who like to drink a certain BRAND as the local drinks don't really show any resemblance to ours and if you do like a certain 'tipple' then get it on the plane, keep it in the fridge in your room and enjoy!!
P.S Shame about the Russians but what exactly can be done as they do behave badly everywhere??!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stella Di Mare Makadi Beach 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