Our first trip to Makady Bay, almost everyone we met seemed to be regular visitors & it's easy to see why.
A nice clean hotel, friendly staff, a good mixture of clients - catering for all ages (Saga to toddlers) and a good mixture of nationalities but appearing to be mainly Italian, German & British.
A fair selection of buffet style meals, not earth shattering menus & a little bit repetative after 2 weeks, but still something for everyone. No obvious food hygiene worries, heard the odd complaint of the old Pharohs revenge which was probably down to individual constitution rather than dodgy catering, no mass outbreaks.
The hotel itself is a large sprawling complex composed of 2 wings, both with their own restaurants & pools with easy access to a long stretch of shared beachfront. The New wing is the quieter of the 2, housing the Saga guests, older couples and younger families. The Old wing houses the "fun" beach & pool area, home to the impossibly hyperactive Italian animation team, (great if that's your thing). Thankfully, the sound of "fun" is not overwhelming away from the Old wing pool area & their forrays into the New wing area "to get the party started" were minimal & relatively brief.
The main draw for this destination is probably the House Reef, situated a few metres off the main beach, making snorkelling & diving (after sunbathing) the most popular daytime activities. Special mention goes to Carlo & Erika who run the relatively small Italian iDive outfit. I found this to be one of the most friendly, inclusive & professional dive operations I have encountered on the Red Sea. Catering for all abilities, there's some very picturesque dive sites within a 10-20 minute boat journey & as mentioned the House reef is on the doorstep. I would recommend this as a place to learn to dive or gain experience in a sheltered environment, the currents are minimal & 18-20 metres covers the usual depth profile. Hardcore divers may find the standard dives a little tame, but Nitrox & trips further afield to more challenging sites are possible. iDive also run larger all day island & snorkelling boat excursions as well as the glass bottom boat for those unable/unwilling to dip a toe in the sea.
All in all. a top 2 weeks, would recommend this to anyone & it will be my first choice when booking our next trip to the Egyptian Red Sea.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa, & Villas promises tranquilityand opulence with its 444 luxurious rooms, suites, privateapartments and 14 newly built villas.Four dining venues, five swimming pools, including a children's pool(three of which are heated), a state-of-the-art gym, world class Thai managed Spa and sports facilities as well as I-Dive, a five-starIDC PADI dive center, guarantee a fun and unforgettable hotel experience.Inspired by the Sardinian roots of its architects, FortArabesque Resort & Spa combines distinctive Italianand Arabic accents in its architecture, from its imposingmedieval fort structure to its interior touches and décor,where the different shades of Egyptian cave stones fromAswan blend with the antique fine wood furnishings oforiental designs.We would like to introduce our new concept as well, which is unique in Egypt.Nestled within the Fort Arabesque resort, The Villas offer its guests luxurious accommodation, space and privacy in addition to a more personal and dedicated service. Each of the 14 Villas (8 units with 1 bedroom + 1 bathroom, 6 units with 2 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms) is tastefully decorated to reflect the mix of Arabic accents and Mediterranean influences of the Fort Arabesque Resort. All units have private garden and terrace with private access to a secluded swimming pool exclusive to The Villas. To ensure a fast and efficient service, the check-in is done through a private reception. The residents also have access to the Pavilion which is a private lounge where the villa guests can enjoy a semi-served upgraded breakfast in the morning. For lunch and dinner time the Pavilion functions as an A’la Carte Restaurant, giving the opportunity to enjoy a fine dining experience. The extra benefits of the Villa Guests include free Wi-Fi, free Gym usage and various discounts in the different outlets of the hotel.Guests at The Villas are free to use all the facilities and enjoy the same ‘all inclusive’ benefits at the resort with quick access to the main restaurant and the beach as well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fort Arabesque
- Fort Arabesque Makadi Bay
- Fort Arabesque Hurghada