HURGHADA AIRPORT - Forced into buying Visas and then stuck in a queue for an hour with 500 Russians to see one of the 3 passport control officers. Nightmare. Happily, this was the worst bit of the holiday.
THE HOTEL - Massive, so big you could fit every Wigan Athletic fan in the world within its walls! (Both of 'em). It's about the size of 3 normal sized All Inclusive hotels and looks like it's getting bigger. Plenty of sunbeds, plenty of pools and plenty of room on the beach. 6 Al La Carte restaurants and 2 buffet restaurants. Very clean, both in the lobby and the gardens.
WEATHER - This was fantastic, didn't see one cloud, and about 40 degrees every day, but the low humidity and sea breeze made to feel like a British summer's day, but despite it not feeling too hot the sun will still rip your flesh off if you stay in it too long.
SWIMMING POOLS - 3 main pools all with swim up bars. Our room was near the small family pool which had limited sunbed space, (so prepare to be up at 6am to get a decent spot!) but was nice and quiet with a good atmosphere. It got a bit murky one day but was put right within 24hrs. The large family pool is very big and has slides for aduts and kids, but not too large and no queues. This pool also has a small food station serving pizzas & chips, then a daily changing grill of beefburgers, chickenburgers and hot dogs. You've gotta meet the pizza chef, he looked just like Ronaldo! The largest pool is split into different sections including a quiter pool for swimmers and a more vigourous freeform pool for volleyball etc.
SNORKELLING - There's little to see in the hotel's designated swimmimg area, except a Moray Eel that lives to the far right about 25ft down. But you can walk to the left to Fort Arabesque where the water is clearer and the fish are everywhere, even no snorkellers can enjoy them.
ROOMS - We had a family room which was very spacious and had most things you could want, except a decent british TV channel (Why's it always BBC World!) we watched Polish VIVA most nights while getting ready, it's like listening to Capital FM but with a few strange Polish boybands thrown in! The decor was a little old fashioned but the bed was huge.
FOOD - This is the best bit. We were worried before we came here due to reports about the food. But with Thomas Cook you get Ultra All Inclusive which allows you to book the A La Carte restaurants as often as you want. This is not available to many of the other guests so it's not that hard to book, just turn up around 10am and you'll queue for about 5-10mins. The alterntive is to go in one of the buffets. Ugh! The Arounf the World is too small and the main buffet is too busy, pushing and shoving, cold food, unhygenic. Go A La Carte and get warm food cooked to order in a much more relaxed atmosphere and less chance of getting the Pharoah's Curse! The wine is poor but the beer is ok, and because you're Ultra All-Inclusive you can have Smirnoff Vodka and Gordon's Gin from the lobby bar. There ar 6 restaurants now, Mediterranean, Asian, Italian, Steakhouse, Mexican and Bedouin, serving everything from Pigeon to Gregg's pasties. My tips would be: Fillet Steak in the Italian and Steakhouse; Pigeon in the Mediterranean; Shish Kebeb and Gregg's Pastie in the Bedouin; Duck in the Asian; and chips in the Mexican!
OVERALL - An excellent holiday, great value for money and a hotel I would go back to. I've never said that before. When you can get a tan, snorkel in the best waters in the world and eat fillet steak every night, then it's got to be top of my shopping list for next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunrise Select Royal Makadi is located in the heart of Makadi bay. The hotel is built on relaxing landscape, with spectacular avers and fine sand beach for enjoyable vacation. Distance form Hurghada international Airport 30 minutes, from Hurghada downtown 35 minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunrise Royal Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay
- Sunrise Makadi Bay
- Sunrise Royal Makadi Bay