Firstly may I say there are some real moaners out there whom I think would complain about any holiday they go on but hey its their perogative!
My husband, daughter of 5 and myself had the a fab time on our first visit to Egypt and Le Meridien Makadi Bay on March 10th,lovely hotel. We cannot wait to go back!
On arrival at Hurghada we had to obtain the visa which just to make clear, as everyone seems to pay different amounts for their visas at the airport is in fact 9 GBP. Go to the little kiosk bank that is in the passport control area, they clearly state £9 but you can pay in either GBP,Euros or Egyptian £. It is quite confusing as unlike most european countries who just accept the euro, Egypt actually accept 4 currencies. My advise is take euros and egyptian£. The $ is not so strong so you loose ou but is best for tipping as a 1$ note is better than a £1 coin.
Anyway enough about currencies, we arrived at the airport and was met by our transfer. We arranged this directly with the hotel. Beware though we were quoted 30 euros via e mail but was then advised that was a mistake and it was 20 euros.Actually on arrival at the hotel the driver only asked for 15 euros (bargain at £10) so we were pleased but rather baffled as to how it started of at 30 euros.
Oh well, we checked in with lots of other people so you did have to wait a bit which was tiring for my little one after a long flight.Our luggage was brought to our room so we just got our keys and went straight to our room which was great. Our bed was a super king size, you could fit 3 adults quite nicely (not that we did). We also had a fold up bed for our daghter which was really comfy (so she said). We had a lovely view of the hotels gardens which are so well maintained and
beautiful. Our wardrobe was really roomy with an in room safe (no extra charge) and a light in the wardrobe too!
God this is getting really long now and I could go on on for hours but I better make it short.
Food - Aladdin restaurant is no way as bad as some reviews have made out. It is not like school dinners. The choice of salads, bread and hot food was fine.
They have a seperate pasta station and kids buffet every evening (not much choice though). Only thing we were dissapointed with was the dessert buffet it was more or less the same each day but still was fine if you could fit it in.
Our favourite was Fridays Themed "Egyptian" food. All the wonderful middle eastern foods mmmmmmmm I an taste it now.
Bread Lady- this was the highlight of my holiday. Made fresh pitta brad in front of you at Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner. ooooohhh I can smell it now. I miss this the most.
Prince Karim - This was a lovely experience (it cost about £5 extra per adult, children free) but was worth the experience of having your choice of food cooked for you but you still had to line up for it. Again desserts a bit dissapointing but the fruit platter was lovely. worth a visit, we dined there twice.
People - All staff were fab, no one was rude and could not do enough for you. One bar man in the Dockers bar deserved a big tip at the end of our stay as each night when he saw us he would get us a table even when the place was busy and bring us our drinks so we were getting tipsy as we din't know how much we had.
Cleanliness- 5 stars, the hotel, pool, restaurants are superb. All staff are really busy and they really do work hard. Its a huge hotel so always lots to do.
One thing that was strange is all the staff are male. The chefs, reception, waiters, even animation team are mainly men. The only female we can remember was at the kids club.
Kids club - this is not a club where you can leave your little ones for a few hours and go and have some "me time". There is a sign saying that children are their parents responsibility. The kids club is right next to the Kids pool and we sat right outside the kids club so our daughter could wander in and out as she pleased. There is also an undercover playground with sand, swings, slide which was great. She spent everday from 11am - 5pm here and we were happy too as we could relax and keep an eye on our daughter at the same time. There is a little train that goes around the whole complex (you need it as it is huuuuugggggeeee.
If you want to buy souveniers go to the "souk Makadi" which is in the Iberotel hotel complex next dood to the Le Meridien. If you walk to to the beach past the kids club, turn right and walk straight through into the next complex. its about 10 minutes walk but better shops than in Le Meridien's.
A visit to down town was an experience. Not for those who do not like to be hassled. We were used to it as we have been to Turkey many times and is similar in that. But good experience.
My husband booked a day trip to Cairo through the hotel which cost £145. well worth every penny he said.
He had a fantastic time and would have paid double for the experience. Not to be missed. I stayed with my daughter by the pool as not really a place to take a 5 year old in the heat. Do not bother looking around for cheaper trips as we looked back home before we left and all the tour companies were quoting around £200.
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would go back tommorrow.
We paid total of £350 for a week AI, where could you go in UK for that!!!!!!!! and at least you get staff who are curteous and go out of their way to smile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Egypt's spectacular Red Sea coast, TIA Height's large resort is ideally situated on a stretch of sandy beach in Makadi Bay. The hotel faces the magical waters of Egypt's Red Sea, nestled between desert dunes and breathtaking mountain ranges. The bay provides a superb location for scuba-diving and snorkeling. Built over 250,000 square metres (in a total surrounding area of one million square metres of land), this five star resort boasts an international standard Aqua Park, a 6,400 square metre swimming pool that is considered the largest pool in the Middle East. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tia Heights Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay
- Hurghada Le Meridien
- Meridien Makadi Bay
- Le Meridien Makadi Bay Hurghada