The Makadi Spa is a wonderful hotel approx. 40mins from Hurghada airport. I had my reservations about going to Egypt (even though I had been numerous times). We were nervous about safety with all that has been reported in the news. We couldn't be further wrong, from the moment Andrew (the fantastic representative of Red Sea Holidays) met us at the airport, to the excursions we did - not once did we feel anything but welcomed and safe. The hotel was only 40% full, great for us, but sad for the Egyptian tourism.
The hotel itself had warned us that there would be a bit of building work, but we didn't hear it at all. Apparently soon some of the suites will also feature private pools and Jacuzzi's for approx. 20 euros a week (how indulgent!). Everything from the food, attentiveness and friendliness off staff, to the cleanliness, facilities and location - was simply "perfect". A wonderful winter get away, and whilst we only landed 48hrs ago, plan to return next year with family. Our favourite restaurant was the oriental, but do make your dinner reservations for the restaurants between 3pm - 6pm. The Thai restaurant at the Makadi Palace was also fabulous. Evening entertainment was incredibly low key, very chilled out, so if you do fancy a bit more lively, the Makadi Palace had a party by the pool each night. The weather for late November is still in the high 20s, and the sea is warmer than the pools with the most amazing snorkelling off a reef - you do need to wear shoes as it can be rocky, but there is a jetty. The snorkelling was far better than the Great Barrier Reef, and just as good as the Maldives, it was like sticking your head in an aquarium. We went on the Barawaya excursion booked through Red Sea Holidays, it was a long and fun filled day, quad biking, Jeep safari, camel rides, tea with the Bedouins (and learning about the tribe traditions) through to dinner and folklore show. Again thoroughly recommend it.
Tips: take British pounds or Egyptian pounds. We took US dollars, and didn't them. Tip small but often, don't wait until the end of the holiday. Don't just think about it, book it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An oasis of peace, relaxation and tranquility. The Makadi Spa*is the Red Sea’s largest custom-built Wellness resort. Recently opened, it focuses firmly on all aspects of wellness, with its accommodation,and dining tailored specifically to the needs of the most discerning of its adult-only clientele. *The Spa is as yet not in operation, awaiting construction completion within the next months to come. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay