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Stella Di Mare Beach Resort & Spa Makadi Bay
Ranked #16 of 30 Hotels in Makadi Bay
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 26, 2011

I have just returned from 2 weeks here, and frankly didn't want to come home. There is not a lot at Makadi Bay, but for a sunshine holiday this was ideal. The weather was fabulous and the sea warm enough for snorkelling.
In true Dunkirk Spirit we hardy Brits were the only ones in this hotel which was under 20% occupancy as all the other nationalities had retreated, but the situation in Cairo and Alexandria didn't affect us one little bit. There was a lovely atmosphere, with so few guests it was all very intimate and friendly - I think I was on at least nodding terms with most guests and staff and met some lovely people.
The food was very good - ok not cordon bleu, but for AI there was nothing to complain about. It was better the first week, but that may have been due to supply shortages in the 2nd week. We were treated to freshly prepared smoked salmon starters, freshly griddled large shrimps, excellent kalamari and super roast leg of lamb. Plenty of salads, fruits and vegetables at each meal
The evening entertainment is never my thing in hotels, I'd rather sit and chat or read a book, so I can't really comment on it, but I did enjoy the aquarobics and aerobics sessions. The spa is super, and with things being so quiet was offering 4 for the price of 4 - ladies, I would really recommend the Cleopatra and the Rameses. There is also a steam room, sauna, and a jacuzzi which overlooks the sea.
My room was kept beautifully clean, and I had a balcony overlooking the pool and a sea view too. There is a fridge, and each day 2 small bottles of water are provided in the room, with water coolers at every bar and in the main restaurant for topping up.
The only thing that let the bar drinks down (and the restaurant at breakfast) was that rather than real fruit juice, we were supplied with sickly sweet squashes. However, there are shops just outside the hotel reception so I purchased a litre of OJ and kept it in my fridge.
I had one day of illness, gastric - but a trip to the pharmacy just along the beach sorted me out and within 24 hours I was back in the sun. I doubt that my illness was a result of any problem in the hotel or restaurant, more likely to be something brought in by a guest.
The staff at the hotel are all lovely, and it needs to be borne in mind that they work extremely long days, 7 days a week, for very low pay. Due to so many tourists deserting the country many people have been laid off, and I doubt that they are receiving any kind of unemployment pay. No-one in the hotel ever solicited a tip, but were delighted to receive a gratuity. They are also extremely grateful to the Brits for not abandoning them, as so many other nationalities have.
A quick plea to animal lovers - there is a litter of 4 kittens living in the fake rocks by the pool bar, not yet old enough to hunt but mum has left them to it - a bit of fish or chicken is always appreciated, as is a drop of fresh water.
I did two trips through Thomas Cook, both by boat in view of the fact that in the Red Sea area there is more to be seen under the sea than above it. The one day trip on a dive boat for snorkelling was very good. The day to Mahmaya island is great too - very Robinson Crusoe, but with clean toilets and a good lunch, plus some optional snorkelling - on this trip we were lucky enough to see dolphins.
I'm sure that the hotel will have a different feel when full, but that its true of anywhere. Reading some of the earlier reviews I have to say it's a shame that some people don't research properly and choose a hotel which would suit them better.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 25, 2011

We went at the time of the political unrest and had reservations about what to expect. Our fears were needless. The hotel staff gave us a very warm welcome and this continued for the two weeks we were there. The hotel was very quiet as only Britain were sending to tourists to Egypt and this gave us exclusivity - no problems acquiring a sunbed!!! Food was excellent, entertainment was poor. The vsiting entertainment was good (African Dancers etc) but the on site team needed to be a lot more professional - it is a 5 star hotel after all!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2011

Me and my girlfriend booked this holiday 12 hours before departure. Wasn't sure what we was getting with such a late deal. But wow, Absolutley fantastic hotel.

We stayed 1 week when all the trouble in Cairo was happening so the resort and hotel was very quiet. The Russians and Germans had been advised to leave the country so there was only English.

There was a different theme night with the food every night, and the food was freshly cooked.

Would have no hesitation reccomending or visiting this resort or hotel again.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Reviewed February 23, 2011

arrived feb 22nd 2011 flies in the room torn bed sheets. left to go for food at 8pm food was cold and not fit to feed to my dog.service for the drinks was terrible only 1 bar open and less than 180 guests in this hotel if it had been full you would have had a long wait for a drink.heated pool was cold and not clean .entertainment was lousy.had sickness and the trots nothing for our teenage daughter to do. . would have come home .3 days of hell got a move to another hotel.you may like this hotel if your 70+.and want to sit on the beach all day..ment to be 4 star what a joke.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 23, 2011

The staff were brill up for a laugh all the time. The hotel clean tidy and well maintained. Cant fault the food it was plentyfull not always my cup of tea but im a fussy bugger, it was to a very high standard. The hotel, grounds , rooms, pools and beach were brill.
The sea was crystal clear and the fish in it spot on .All in all a beter spot tham sharm for the reef. i will go back later in the year

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

We stayed at the Stella Makadi for a week following a Nile cruise.

It is a really large resort, well laid out and beautifully appointed. The buildings are nicely done and everything is immaculately kept and clean.

The restaurant and room service staff are very friendly and will do pretty well anything you ask of them if it is in their power/remit.

The only problem we had was when we left my wife's jacket in the restaurant and after being passed to the reception desk was given to the wrong person when they claimed a similar jacket. We are still waiting to hear from them as to the outcome.

All the drinks were free, as long as you drank the local Egyptian versions of well known drinks - these all tasted the same to me!

After all said and done, we had a really great, relaxing week here.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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kent
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

Hi Just thourght I would le you all now my husband a& I had a week herebut rarly lovely didient wont to go home
the hotel is set out well with the main resturant for most meals which they chaged them daily so you didient get bored, you can get basics at the kids area & pool bar for lunch if thats whatyou like .
The beach gargens are nice & the beach is lovely the walkway to the reaf is loog but worth the walk even if you doneed help you can swim snorkel from the end wheather permiting.
I have mobiliy issues & every one tried to help with this the warm sea & sun I feel so much more human . So for anymore cronic pain suffers if you can stand the flight take some extra pills its rearky worth it even if you only feel better for a couple of the days the rest will do you so much good If you take photos you can spend more time remebering you stay keeping that happy felling.
Well I hope any one who decided to go will also love this hotel I hope we will be back soon sd our 25th aniversary is comeing up so see you all soon

Sarah Chris

  • Stayed February 2011, 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:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Makadi Bay
#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 (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Stella Di Mare Beach Resort & Spa Makadi Bay 4*
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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