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Stella Di Mare Beach Resort & Spa Makadi Bay
Ranked #16 of 30 Hotels in Makadi Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 13, 2014

We stayed at Stella Beach for a week from 23rd May.Staff at this hotel really amazing,room cleaner did brilliant job,restaurant staff always attentive and helpful.Food was great,good selection and always plenty to choose from.Pools very clean and sunbeds always available.Tried the spa, had facial and manicure & pedicure,all very relaxing and professional.Only downside was that the hotel had a large no of Russian guests who were very arrogant and rude and certainly did not know how to queue! Our 10 year old daughter had two riding trips and throughly enjoyed the experience.All in all a very relaxing holiday!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 7080,near the quiet pool and away from the music end and sea view,fab!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

We would like to say Thank You to all Staff.
Memo our room cleaner kept it clean ever day of our stay. April to June.
How can a bar run out of glasses every night & 1 bar open when Hotel was 70% full.
Ala Carte Restaurants over 2 Hotels Beach~Asian, Italian Garden~Chinese, Lebenese food great needs more verity.
Said made everyone Happy great man was in lots of restaurants.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Witchdoctor2
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

2 weeks from 16-30th May,retired couple.I will get negatives out of the way first.There are 4 a la carte restaurants on the 2 sites and all are very good,but to book you have to queue outside the evening you want to eat there in 95 degrees not even sure to get a table.The other niggle was that we could not get away from the inane animation team and poor entertainment each evening because there is only 1 bar and 1terrace.Now for the good things,food plentiful and good ,the breads are amazing.Lovely pool areas and beach.Snorkeling fabulous.The room was large as was the shower room and very clean as was the whole hotel.The are to be commended, all lovely and extremely hard working especially Mamoud in the swim-up quiet pool bar.You have use of Makadi Gardens which enjoyed.Would we return,no.Have been to nicer hotels in Egypt.

Room Tip: For sea views choose second floor ,all the rooms face the sea and beautiful gardens.
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3  Thank Sharyn H
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

I stayed at the Stella Beach for one week with my mum from 20th May. My first visit to Egypt and her second, though not at this resort. First impressions were good. We arrived around 10.00pm, and although the dinner service had finished, we were shown to our room and then told that they would sort out some food for us. We had booked a sea view room and were not disappointed - it was round 60 feet from the beach (room 5027), right by the pools and the poolside cafe. Our first morning and we explored the resort. It really is huge! Very well kept and I was impressed by how well they keep the grounds - you will always see someone tending to the plants/lawn. I had a read a lot of the previous reviews of the resort which mentioned the Russians and the problems that ensued with lack of queuing etc, but I have to say, we didn't experience this to any great extent. Yes, the resort is mainly Russians/Ukraine and Germans, but you have to accept that and that their ways are different to ours. I did find that the staff responded well to us as English, but then again, I tend to say good morning to staff when I see them and they do seem to appreciate being acknowledged.
On to the food. I have stayed in quite a few all inclusive resorts and I'll admit that the food and amount of selection was not as good as others, however, I had no complaints with anything that I did eat, and at the end of the day, I wasn't ill, so thats always a positive! There was always fresh fruit and yogurt available for breakfast, so that suited me, and juice drinks and coffee/tea available also. I read another review that said they found it difficult to find a clean table and cups/saucers, but we never experienced that. It does depend on what time you eat of course, as there are peak times, but it was certainly always possible to get a table and the waiters made every effort to clean away dirty plates as soon as they could. Occasionally the saucers would run out for the cups, but that wasn't a major issue. The waiters and chefs all seemed really lovely, and once again, if you made the effort to speak with them, they really liked this, as many of the other nationalities did not bother and came across as quite rude. On some nights, there was barbeque food available also, which was lovely (the chicken especially). We only ate in one of the al a carte restuarants - the Italian, and had no problems getting a table. We queued for about half an hour for the 8.30pm sitting and it was fine. The food was okay, but I wouldnt necessarily eat there again. Now for the drinks - local spirits - admittedly the worst I have ever tasted, but almost funny because they were so bad - whiskey that smells like whiskey but tastes like water - you get the picture! I stuck with beer! The main bar did sometimes end up with a bit of a queue as there often seemed to only be one barman actually serving, but to his credit, when there was a long queue one night and a Russian man tried to cut in, the barman told him to get to the back of the queue - good on him! There was always tea/coffee available in the seating area by the terrace, so something for everyone.
Onto the entertainment now. The first part of the evening was devoted to the kids and then the latter part for the adults. There were varying types of entertainment, from a singing duo to belly dancers. Okay, so it was a bit cheesy, but it was free and quite funny at times - we were in hysterics at the versions of some of the songs being sung! It did get quite smokey at times in the inside terrace - we forget that the smoking laws are quite different from England, so as a non smoker, it was a bit much at times, but you just have to accept that that is how it is there and move to different part of the terrace.
Accomodation. Our room was large by general standards with large twin beds. There were two wardrobes and a safe, as well as a dressing table and one bedside table. The TV was a flat screen with lots of channels, though limited English, but again, I didn't go to Egypt to watch tv. The BBC world news channel was available so that was fine for us. The room itself was clean. Yes, it was maybe a little tired in parts, but we had no issues otherwise. The sheets were lovely and soft and the beds comfortable. We had a problem with our blackout curtain not opening properly. We reported it to reception and it was fixed within the hour by our cleaner. The air con worked and was needed! The bathroom was small but fine, with a large walk in shower (no bath). The shower was lovely actually, with a non slip surface. There was also an extendable shaving type mirror which was handy, as the main mirror above the sink is always a bit far away to see into (for us ladies trying to do makeup!). Towels were changed daily if you wanted and bottled water left everyday in the fridge. Overall, I was really pleased with the room. The beach now. Fairly clean, but if you want fine, white sand, then you would be disappointed, as the sand was more like a fine gravel. which you cant really tell from the pictures of the resort. We found no problems with the beach sellers - yes, they would approach anyone new going onto the beach, but when we said no, politely, they took this as no and left us in peace. The sea itself was warm and lovely, very shallow also, only around a foot deep for at least a couple of hundred yards. You definitely need splasher shoes, which we took from previous recommendations, as there is a lot of rock to negotiate. The coral unfortunately is not as brightly coloured as I had hoped, due mainly to the presence of humans, but there are a lot of fish to see and its worth going out to the coral at the end of the jetty. Trips. We did two trips together, one to Hurgadha for the day, which included a trip on a glass bottom boat - okay, but again, the coral is fairly brown. I did a day trip to Luxor wich was fantastic, although 4 - 5 hours each way on a coach is a long day, but for only around £60, well worth it for the amount packed in - Valley of the Kings, Karnac etc. The one trip that you really should do, is to Mahmya Island. This is where the white soft sand is. The island is protected by the goverment so they limit how many people can go. There is snorkelling there with all equipment provided, though we took our own. The coral again is a bit brown, but there are flashes of colour and fish and lunch is included. Oh, I should mention the Spa at the resort. I booked 4 massages for 120 Euro and the lady doing my massage was wonderful. She even remembered that iit was my birthday on one of the massages and decorated the room with flower blossoms!
So, to sum up, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Egypt and the resort and would happily stay there again and would easily recommend it. Happy holidays!

Room Tip: 5027 - nearest to the beach.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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6  Thank Debbie C
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Me and my girlfriend had a vacation this May at Stella Makadi Garden.
We arrived to the hotel at 10 am. We were told that check in at 14 00. I had to give the guy on the front desk 3$ to make this faster.
The room was OK, everything was fine except the lack of the iron. I asked for it at the front desk for three times and never get it. All the stuff speak very bad English, it was a real problem to explain the situation or to ask a question. Housekeeping was great, we really enjoyed it. The guy, whose name was Hussin made a good job. Thank you, Hussin.
The way to the sea from the room took about 8-9 min. Not a problem, but at the beach you gonna have to spend some more time, because there was a pier, and if you want to swim you have to use it because of corrals that make imposible to swim right on the beach.
Sea was fantastic, enjoyed fishes.
The animation was terrible, guys were definetly making it like for the first time. Games were boring, jokes were extremely stupid.
A lot of rude and drank RUSSIANS spoiled the atmosphere.
The food was awfull. The products were unfresh and loads of flies in the buffet.
In total it's not a five star hotel, probably three.
Vacation was unpleasant. Will not come again

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Tom K
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Travelled 16 - 23 May 2014. Overall excellent holiday.
This was my second trip to this hotel and I will be returning. Have travelled many times to Egypt to different resorts and hotels both as a solo traveller and with friends.

Flights with Thomas Cook from Manchester on time and ok. (Book extra leg room if you can. Worth it particularly if return trip is at night as mine was). The fee to enter Egpyt has gone up in price - £19 per adult but my tip is to pay in English currency (if you have it). For me seemed to work out cheaper. Transfer to hotel about 40 mins.

Hotel - rooms are fine, kept very clean, always with fresh towels. Towel art during the week in various shapes and sizes. Free use of safe. Room was on a high floor near the quiet pool which was convenient for most things and quiet at night. The little mini buses (blue in colour) are free and useful if you don't fancy the walk between the beach and gardens part of the hotel and run until 11pm at night.

Food - pretty average buffet restaurant. Fresh omelettes, pastries etc in the mornings. Butter is available but you have to search for it or ask. If you try the salad section at the beach side of the hotel it was there every day. The a la carte restaurants certainly worth a visit. Favourite by far was the Chinese (Stella Gardens side). Visited twice. Wahid and all his staff were brilliant. The only negative is the booking system or lack of it with these restaurants. Queueing for up to an hour before the required timeslots of 6.30pm or 8.30pm is not the most convenient or pleasant of experiences particularly due to other hotel guests of different nationalities who are clearly not used to politeness or queueing!! The hotel management should take note of the numerous comments on this and make some adjustments. (18 months ago when I visited there was a better system in place).

Beach/Pools - stayed at the beach side which was convenient for both areas. Quiet pool lovely if you are looking for peace and quiet. (No loud music or pool games). The addition of the pool bar waiter serving drinks to your sunlounger is a nice touch and boy he works hard!

Entertainment team - they all work really hard too. The type of entertainment is not unique to this hotel, it is pretty standard all over Eqypt - it wasn't my thing particularly, but there were plenty of others watching it. However the team have plenty of smiles every day - Massimo was fab, definately made me smile and was so funny. (Watch out for his antics in differnet guises on the beach).

General - Everyone at the hotel seemed keen to get to know you and were friendly without being pushy. Yes on the beach there are quite a few people asking you about booking the spa, snorkelling trips, quad bikes etc etc but a swift and positive 'No thanks' is all you need. I found all the Egyptian people welcoming, keen to make sure all was well and wanted to ensure you were having a good holiday.

Room Tip: Rooms on high floor near the quiet pool (stella beach side) - better for quietness.
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Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

After reading recent reviews on the Stella resort I was a little worried. Was this second visit going to be as good as my first in August 2012?!

Stella gardens

I emailed reception prior to our visit asking for a room round our favourite pool and on the ground floor, I also requested a kettle for my babies bottles (10 months) when we arrived we were greeted with fresh juice and taken to our room, it was where I wanted and they gave me a kettle.......fab!!
Restaurant was still open for late arrivals.....result!
Rooms clean, spacious & have a great bathroom with a hair dryer. Safe is easy, good and big & it is big enough for an iPad ( someone on here said it wasn't)
Pools beautiful, clean, good temp and pool bars are great, Emad at the heated pool is a wonderful guy.... In fact everyone that works there are lovely, even the guys selling excursions are great if you treat them with respect (after all they just wanna earn money like the rest of us) we done quads and jungle water park. Quads are great and cost £25 each. Jungle cost £30 for adults & £20 for kids, babies are free.
( next time I return to Egypt I'm going to take English rather than the Egyptian pound as English gets you more)
Visas seem to vary and depends what mood they are in as I got charged £100 for myself, partner, daughter & baby son. Others only paid £18 each.

Transfer to stella takes approx 30-40 mins depending on stops.

Food- look around there's enough places to go, there is something for everyone but some people can't be satisfied. Main restaurant does good choice of breakfast. Chips are served at the slide pool at lunch time and the beach bar does lovely pasta, pizzas and burgers. Dinner time has huge choice but by far italian is my fav. There's a choice of restaurants...italian, chinese, Lebanese & Indian which you can book in advance, when to book the restaurants vary depending on how busy the hotel is so ask reception on arrival.
The Egyptians love the English because we have manners, please and thank you's go a long way, Russians point, groan and grunt and have no idea on how to form a line and wait. I started to get good at dealing with them but unfortunately I can't share on here!
I seriously love this place and so does my daughter (8) she was never bored and joined in with the much improved kids club. The animation team are lovely people and they had so much time for my son, they couldn't walk past him without giving him a hug. Infact all the staff loved my kids and entertained them. Taking a baby was easy and there's nothing to worry about, I used boiled bottled water for feeds and I used the travel cot as a play pen in the shade on the terrace. Food in the restaurants was fine for my 10 month old son. He even had his own cocktails made him out of different juices which cooled him down.

I have 2 requests for stella resorts-
First- ice cream!!!!!!!!!!!! Kids need it to cool down and we love it!

Second- better spirit selection please..........Malibu!!!!'

Looking to book our 3rd visit back for July next year and we can't wait. Miss everyone and the friends we made. All the best to you all xxxx




Stayed: May 2014
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Address: Makadi Bay, Makadi Bay, Hurghada 84511, Egypt
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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:
#9 Spa Hotel in Makadi Bay
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Makadi Bay
#14 Romantic Hotel in Makadi Bay
#15 Luxury Hotel in Makadi Bay
Price Range: $67 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Stella Di Mare Beach Resort & Spa Makadi Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 605
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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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