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Stella Di Mare Beach Resort & Spa Makadi Bay
Ranked #16 of 29 Hotels in Makadi Bay
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

The Stella Makadi resort is excellent and dont be put off by the negative comments.
We had a NORMAL flight on a shabby Thomas Cook plane, no wonder they have been voted the least popular airline. We have been to Sharm many times and if you want to travel outside of Sharm then a visa is required. Indeed any traveller to the following destinations require a visa. Nationals from the UK travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Newiba or Taba resorts ONLY for up to 14 days. At the moment its £13 each or 150 Egyptian pounds. If you go to Hurgahda then no visa is required.

The hotel reception was lovely, clean and bright. The reception staff were very helpful and speedy checking us in and we had a lovely room with a sea view.

As you would expect at busy times the main restaurant is busy also you have to contend with the Rusians, who do not respect anything or anyone. The food, however is generally good, and we found there was always something for everyones taste. The cheifs were assessible and on hand to request any dietry requirement and all of the food was quickly assessed and replaced.

There are two other resturants on site, an Italian and Indian, these are not included in the all inclusive package. We didnt try them so I have no comment.

The day time bar service was really good and the staff were very helpul but evening bar service could be very slow unless you had a good report with the staff.

I found all the hotel staff are very willing to help and assist, especialy UK guests, provided they are treated with respect.

This is a lovely resort try it

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

We had a TERRIBLE flight on a dirty Thomas Cook plane, and what can only be described as pandamonium at the airport in Hurghada (an experience we NEVER wish to repeat!) Please make sure you read your tickets - you have to pay an entry fee for a visa, and if you dont have the correct money, they did not seem to be giving everyone their change. The staff were intimidating and we were quite upset by the way we were treated at the arrivals desk. At the moment its £13 each or 150 Egyptian pounds.

We arrived in the dark, so didn't see too much of the surroundings....... but were pleasantly surprised with the hotel, it made a good 1st impression.

The hotel reception was lovely, clean and bright. The staff were very helpful and speedy checking us in and to our delight, we were upgraded to a "suite" which had a lovely king size bed, 2 bathrooms, sofa, and sea and pool views!!

The next day though, things started to take a down turn...... Believe us, we dont want to sound negative, and later we will get to the good points and there were MANY.

The food is NEVER hot, sometimes if we were lucky it was luke warm. The restaurant is always heaving. There is no queuing system WHATSOEVER, and we were stepped on, pushed out the way, elbowed - you name it. It was HORRIBLE. You would think some of these people had not eaten for months! Dont even get us started on the snack bar at the beach, after seeing the queues and examples of the food we decided to give that one a miss.

UNFORTUNATELY, the Thomas Cook Sunset brochure is somewhat misleading about the 2 x restaurants on site. We have been all inclusive MANY times, all over the world and NEVER have we EVER been expected to pay to use the restaurants! What is that all about. We re-read the brochure when we got home and at no point does it mention you have to pay to use them, although the rep was insistent that it did! They were the only option if you didnt like the cold food in the main restaurant and at 15 euros a go, there was NO way we could have afforded to pay that every night for a meal, that was a joke.

The bar was exactly the same, you stand there for 10 mins, the staff see you waiting, then people just push in and get served! Sooooooo annoying! The drinks are indescribable. VOLGA make vodka had us in stitches, we could only liken that to paint stripper, the other spirits didnt even resemble what they were supposed to be! The lager is ok unless its draught, the bottles and cans are drinkable.

The evening entertainment was something we are NOT interested in whatsoever, after going to these sort of resorts often, we prefer to go somewhere quiet, and the kids disco didn't start until 2030hrs, so at that point we made a sharp exit, so cant comment on the quality of that.

One of us had terrible stomach problems the whole week - believe the rep - you DEFINITELY need to go straight to the chemist on the complex, cause the stuff we brought from the UK DOES NOT work at all! We heard that a lot of other people had the same problems.

Shopping in the centre there was an experience, we found the 2 fixed price shops were the only ones that we didnt feel intimidated in, oh, and they sell the snorkel sets for £7 which is £3 cheaper than Thomas Cook.

From the rather gravelly beach, you can walk to the end of a long jetty and the fish are AMAZING, it takes you out onto the reef itself. Unfortunately when the tide goes out, the beach looks like mud flats!

Away from the bad and onto the good....

The grounds and communal areas of the hotel are lovely, very well kept, by incredibly hardworking staff.

All the pools are lovely and clean, one pool is "where its at!" so stay away from that one if you want peace an quiet! Both the main pools have swim up bars, and they are lovely, we have never been to a hotel with them before.

The staff in general are friendly and helpful, and most can hold an interesting conversation in English which surprised us. We kept the room on for the last day, and had a problem with the keys and the door lock, and within 2 minutes, there was a security guard and an engineer on scene mending them. Also earlier in the week, we had a problem with the TV, and we hadnt even called for an engineer when one turned up - which was a bit spooky!

When you go for breakfast, the omlettes and pancakes are nice :-) but you have to queue for them, sometimes for a VERY long time! Its worth it though, they are hot.

The beach bar is lovely, it stays open in the evening and is a lot quieter than the main bar and terrace, so well worth going there if the entertainment is too much for you.

We met some nice people while we were away, had fun in the sun, and a relaxing time. For what we paid, it was fine. We definitely won't be going back to the Stella, or Hurghada, but will definitely return to Egypt.

Go to the Stella if you dont mind being literally in the middle of nowhere, there is nothing at all apart from the hotel which is at the end of a very long desert track, apart from the hotels own restaurants, there is nowhere to go in the evening, and no choice of anywhere in walking distance to eat/drink other than the hotel. Makadi Bay can only be described as "up and coming" and in several years when the building work is complete, it will probably be a really lovely resort.

Sadly at the moment, away from the hotels pools/beach the bits that we saw when going back to the airport in daylight, arent.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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leeds
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Reviewed July 20, 2010

the flights with thomas cooke were awful sardines in a tin comes to mind. the resort was spacious so were the rooms. now we come to meals... if you like eating cold sloppy food then this is the place to be .i was ill for 4 days yhink it was the spring rolls that were . [frozen ] in the middle . the other restraunts had to be paid for.some men wore long pants and some didnt it all depended if your face fit. the reception area was lovely but dont be fooled the toilets in there stink. the beach area is very gravely. the jetty is realy the only place to swim from and snorkel from and theres not realy that much to see. anyway all i want to say is i would never go back there again ..

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2010

Me and my partner have just returned from a weeks stay at the Stella Makadi hotel. All in all it's a great hotel although there were a few things that let it down a little.

As mentioned in a previous review there is a slum to the left of the resorts entrance but dont let this put you off as its over a mile away from the reception entrace where the accomidation starts and does not cause any problems. One thing you will notice on your trip from the airport to the resort is that apart from desert, abandoned or unfinished houses, slums, rubbish and resorts, their is not much in this part of Egypt. Although sayiong this the resorts themselves are of a very high standard.

The first minor criticism was that it is definately not all incusive as expected. What is included is breakfast between 7 and 10, lunch between 12.30 and 3, and dinner between 7 and 10. Theres also ice cream available from 3.30-5 free of charge and local spirits are included. Bottled water is extra as well as imported spirits, fruit juices etc. You have 2 small bottles of water delivered to your room daily but additional bottles are charged. Although there are a couple of water dispencers where you can fill the bottles up, which i highly recomend to save you some money! Also on site there are two additional resturants not included in the all inclusive, an italian and an indian. These are priced at 225 egyptian pounds per person for a 3 course meal and makes a nice change if you become bored of the buffet although the food is pretty average.

One thing that really let the holiday down for us was not the hotels fault but was the people staying there at the resort. The hotel is swarming with russians who were nothing but rude for our entire stay. They feel that it is there duty to stare, dress very inapropriatly by ignoring dress codes (one not so tiny women was often flashing her bum cheeks in tiny shorts in the restaurant at dinner). They also are incapeable to que for food, be considerate of others, remember any form of manners and treat the staff very poorly.

The entertainment at the resort is definately not aimed at the english but is alot more suitable for families with young children. The "animation team" can grate on you a bit with their "lets disco disco, mini disco" but you soon get used to their cheasey antics.

One thing i highly reccomend is the excursions. Was not aware of the cost untill we arrived but most are very affordable! We booked ours through our Thomas Cook rep which i reccomend doing as the other companys have not passed the health and safety checks and cannot always be trusted! We did two excursions, shop and rock where your taking shopping in Hurghada followed by a meal at the hard rock cafe (food that was very welcome after having alot of chicken and rice) and Desert adventure which really was worth while whichincluded an amazing day of camel riding, 4x4 trip into the desert, visiting the bedouin tribe, star gazing, amazing food, egyption entertainment in the form of dancers, belly dancer, fire eater, stunt man etc and Adam our guide was amazing!
Price list for excursion follows which should give you an idea on how much spending money to take:
Mahmya (boat trip to uninhabited island)- Adult £55, Child £28
Shop and Rock- Adult £16, Child £8
Cairo by Flight- Adult £165, Child £150
Cairo 2 days- Adult £160, Child £80
Luxor 1 day: Adult £65, Child £33
Luxore 2 days: 4*= Adult £145, Child £73 and 3*=Adult £110, Child £55
Balloon ride over Luxor- Adult £70, Child £45
Dolphin Safari- Adult £50, Child £25
Snorkeling- Adult £30, Child £18
Desert adventure= Adult £30, Child £15
Waterpark= Adult £25, Child £13
Sinbad Submarine underwater trip- Adult £35, Child £18
Glass bottom boat trip- Adult £19, Child £10
Scuba Diving- Adult £49 (was £75!), Child??

The cleanliness of the entire resort was of a very good standard. Our cleaner was a lovvely man and loved to make animals out of the towels and organise your stuff immaculately!

The staff at the hotel were also very helpfull and always genuingly polite and welcoming. Their language skills were all very good with most speaking good english, french, russian, german and of course arabic.

The facilities at the resort are very good, tenis court, lovely beach, pools etc although i wouldnt reccomend the shops on site if you dont want to be hassled! Most guests seem to opt for the pools in place of the beach which often means the beach is very quiet which is lovely. If you fancy a swim i reccomend going down the ladder half way down the jetty in order to avoid the rocks in the very shallow water. Bringing your snorkels on this holiday is a must with beautifull coral reefs, rish, starfish etc right on the beach!

As to whether we return herw i do not know as you are mainly confined to the resort but would be worth a visit if you fancied doing cairo and luxor in 2/3 day trips as these places are not as nice to stay in.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Gravesend
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

We have just come back from a week in Stella Makadi and we were totally thrilled by the overall complex. although large it does not feel that way with the staff being very friendly and keen to make sure you have an enjoyable stay. the rooms are very clean and are made up with fresh towels and sheets everyday. There is a vast amount of food available to meet everyones tastes. We holiday every year in an all-inclusive and I must say that i think this has been the best. we will be happy to return again. The only issue was the in-house entertainment is not always up to much, but there is something every night and activites throughout the whole day. Would totally recommend a visit.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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LONDON
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Reviewed July 7, 2010

great hoilday the hotel is very nice the staff are very helpful its so clean great size pools good size rooms food is ok great for a 7day hoilday to relax would get boreing if any longer would recommend this hotel great

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

Me and my partner have just returned from this hotel, and I am suffering from holidays blues!! But to cheer myself up we have booked to go back before christmas. It was just the best holiday ever!!
Our main thing was we could not beileve the how wonderful the staff were, we got really chatty with alot of them, and they couldnt do enough for us!
The food is gorgeous, fresh fruit and salad all day every day, they have a themed night most nights such as 'oriential night' 'sea bass night' 'italian fever night' but they still have the good old chips, pizza, and ketchup!
There is such a wide choice of excursions its untrue, theres is something for everyone.
Someone had put theres a slum at the entrance...this is not true!! they have built new holiday homes and they are quite far away, but the hotel has a a gate and a long impressive lit road to the actual hotel, u cant even see it when u step off the coach, its just fabulous with its own massive enpowering water fountian just before you step into the palace of 'Stella'
Plus the weather wont let you down!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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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:
#9 Spa Hotel in Makadi Bay
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Makadi Bay
#14 Romantic Hotel in Makadi Bay
#15 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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