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Stella Di Mare Beach Resort & Spa Makadi Bay
Ranked #18 of 30 Hotels in Makadi Bay
Certificate of Excellence
North West England
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“VALUE FOR MONEY - OH YES IT IS !!!!!”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

We visited this hotel 5-12 March. Welcomed in reception with a drink and efficient reception staff, within a few minutes we were on our way to our room. The room was well appointed with a good balcony, fridge and television (which actually had 50 viewable chanels) Free safety deposit box and overall very comfortable.

The main restaurant was spacious, had themed food days including BBQ'd, mediteranean style food. The food which should have been hot was, there was a great selection of salads and deserts to die for.

There was a dine around A la Carte option which included Lebanese, Italian, Indian and Chinese. Reservations for these restaurants were made on the morning you wished to dine. This feature was part of the all inclusive package and well worth the experience. In general the staff were totally focussed in each of the restaurants to ensure a professional, enthusiastic standard of service was maintained. Well done!

The beach restaurant catered for all those idle bums who wished to stay local to their sun bed.
Food was BBQ fast food type including pizzas, salads, chips, etc...

We stayed by the quiet pool to avoid being annoyed by the hawkers on the beach and the main pool who were trying to sell you, massage, pedicure, boat trips etc... The pools were very clean and well catered for with parasols, plenty of sunbeds and swim up bars.

The animation team worked tirelessley to involve all the multi-nationals in activities throughout the day. However, of an evening they proved to be somewhat self-indulgent and often not entertaining. Visiting artists were very good and dancing/drinks continued to 11 pm.

We did take a trip to Hurghada town, which was instantly forgettable, due to having to run the gauntlet from vendors. The town reflects the sad economic state that Egypt has been experiencing. Partly finished building sites, empty properties and poor maintainance of roads and pavements. Would suggest you give it a miss.

It was our 10th trip to Egypt in as many years and overall we found this hotel complex to figure in the top 3 in our experience. Would recommend and would return. Weather was very good as always varying between 28 and 35 degrees C.

Room Tip: A few of our fellow tourits were not happy with their allocated room and reception did move them if...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wassenaar, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Stayed with my wife and son of 14 for 9 days in February in Makadi Beach Resort.
Very nicely shaped hotel with lots of space and swimming pools.
I have been about 6 times in Egypt during the last years staying in 5 star hotels and this one was the best. I want to specify that I am familiar with the hotel business.
The hotel was not even for 50% occupied so there never was any problem getting beach-or pool mattrasses. The place is so large and has so many pools that even with full occupation this should not be a problem.
Food was excellent. We even had lobster one night in the main restaurant.
Rooms are large and very well cleaned. Rooms at the shady side though are a bit dark.
We got 2 such rooms although there were many rooms available at the sunny side. Management should avoid this if possible.
So we come to the small minor points.
Lots of waiters to take your plates away but very few to serve you. Not even in the bars. Totally self service. A bit meager for a 5 star hotel.
I complained several times about the low water pressure in shower without result.
Too many Russians loading there plates as if this were there last meal and very badly dressed.
WiFi for 5 euro an hour nowadays is ridiculous.
We had an evening flight back but got no courtesy room. We were charged 10 euro for every 3 hours after 12.00.
Too many vendors bothering you on the beach and at the pools.

I gladly will come back to this hotel!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Just returned from stella makadi gardens hotel on 5th march 2013.We had 2 great weeks.This was a great hotel.great selection of food.The chinese restaurant was excellent.The staff very helpfull and friendly especially shazly our waiter and mohda in the bar they treated us like roayalty.We had a great room it was spotless cleaned every day.Had many animals on the bed all made out towels and flowers.The service in the hotel from the cleaners to management were excellent.We went down to stella makadi resort & spa a few times to eat but we liked the gardens better.Both hotels are excellent.We like to walk so makadi bay is ideal as you can walk around the bay through other hotels.Stopped at other hotels for a drink 2 beers £4.This was our first holiday on the red sea and i would definately recommend it.

Room Tip: Room 1754 over looks a nice pool.Nice and peacefull.The service round the pool was excellent
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

I stayed here in February with 13 of my family the hotel was so clean staff could not do more to help you with every need so friendly all spoke and understood English so much food and so many choices plenty of restaurants to chose from could even use the other hotel if you didn't like the choice I did stay at the sister hotel to this one stella makadi gardens swimming pools all very clean could not of wished for a better holiday and will be coming back next year

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We have just returned from Egypt having 5 nights at this hotel followed by a cruise down the Nile. Our room was immaculate and the man who cleaned it was first class, he even lined up our toiletries, put things in drawers etc. The food in the main restaurant for dinner left a lot to be desired but the A La Carte restaurants were excellent in particular the Lebanese restaurant where the food and service were as good if not better than any good restaurant in England. The fruit in the main restaurant left much to be desired as was often over ripe. The only other criticism I would have is that the bar staff in the hotel and at the pool nearest the beach left a lot to be desired and treated you as if they were doing you a favour by serving you. They should take lessons from the staff at the Lebanese restaurant. Also beware of what you purchase at the shops located at the Stella Makadi Beach hotel as I was ripped off a couple of times and bought " camel milk recommended for sunburn" for around £10 which turned out to be camomile lotion. Overall though I would recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

just returned from stella makadi gardens hotel on 8th march 2013. we stayed last year at the spa and beach resort after a nile cruise which we really enjoyed hence the return.we decided to stay at the gardens resort this year for 2 weeks just for a change.we requested a room with a bath as well as a shower which i have to say was handled wonderfully by adrea prior to us arriving.we had a wonderful room overlooking the wave pool,really quiet block very near to the spa resort.we also had the added bonus of a extra resturant for breakfast as we were so far from the main resturant it was brilliant no waiting around.Staff were absolutley wondeful from top to bottom so friendly and polite.Room was spotless cleaned every day,excellent.The whole hotel was spotless ,public areas toilets even all the glasses collected on the beach.we enjoyed the a'la carte resturants especially the chinese and lebanese excellent food and service .the ony resturant we didn't enjoy was the Italian it was very rushed and it felt like the food had been pre prepared,but in all fairnest that was our only negative. main resturants were fine with plenty of choice because of our location we used both depending on what we were doing.Entertainment was limited but depends what you want ther was something for everyone if you wanted to join in they were friendly and did try hard even if you didn't want to join in they wer still friendly.All in all i would certainly recommed this hotel especially if you want some winter sun.You feel safe comfotable and well cared for,hopefully we will return again and would like to have the same room.Thank you to all the team.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shalford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

This was a splendid hotel .great selection of food . staff very helpfully and friendly. Thomas cook reps excellent You could not want for much more a place defiantly worth a revisit close to airport. Just be careful of the quality of the things you buy

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Stella Di Mare Beach Resort & Spa Makadi Bay
Address: Makadi Bay, Makadi Bay, Hurghada 84511, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada > Makadi Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Makadi Bay
#10 Spa Hotel in Makadi Bay
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Makadi Bay
#14 Romantic Hotel in Makadi Bay
#17 Luxury Hotel in Makadi Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Stella Di Mare Beach Resort & Spa Makadi Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 605
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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