Just got back from Egypt in the early hours of the morning and thought I would write about it while its fresh in my mind. We had wanted to go to Egypt and decided to go to Hurghada instead of Sharm as it gives you a lot more options for exploring and getting a bit of culture in Cairo or Luxor. There is not a great deal around the hotel but there is a shuttle bus that goes into Hurghada centre if you've had enough of the beach or pools.
The Stella Makadi is made up of two sites, beach and gardens. Obviously the beach is right next to the beach and the gardens are set behind, easily walkable but there is a free shuttle bus that goes all day every day between the two. This was great because sometimes it was just too hot for a walk no matter how leisurely! We stayed in the gardens resort which is the newer of the two sites. The rooms were fantastic, a lot bigger than I expected and the bed was massive and really comfortable. The bathroom had a seperate bath and shower which and the whole room was kept spotless by the cleaning staff.
The pools at the gardens were fantastic as they are pretty new. The pools at the beach site were also good but maybe a little tatty round the edges where a few tiles have broken off over the years. This didn't matter to us as it was safe and clean and that was more important than aesthetics. There are so many pools that you could lay by a different one every day, thats if you can beat the germans and the russians to the sunbeds! The private beach was well maintained and lots of room, plenty of sunbeds too. Towel service is great because you don't have to worry about packing your own towels and can save on weight. They give you a card per person for towels when you check in and you swap the cards for beach towels. There is a towel station next to every major pool and on the beach and also a pool attendant by nearly all of the pools to help with the manouvre of sunbeds etc.
The main buffet restaurant at the gardens was great, there was a lot of choice and it was different every night for two weeks. It might not suit everyone's tastes but there's always something for everyone. The food is beautifully presented and they do a different theme each night. We ate at all the other a la carte restaurants, I would definately recommend getting up early to book though or you might be disappointed as they are very popular. The food in these restaurants was some of the best I've ever eaten. The head chef could be found every meal in one of the restaurants and he was such a nice guy! He was so proud of his food and asked us every day how everything was. You could tell he cared so much about whether we enjoyed it and he told us a lot of background about the egyptian dishes.
I can honestly say that the staff in this hotel were the best anywhere we have every stayed in any country. When they clicked on that we were English they were so chatty and friendly. The waiters in the garden buffett restaurant were exceptional, they were literally tripping over themselves to get you drinks. After 2 weeks we felt like family and were on first name terms with a lot of the waiters. I was so sad to leave them and have swapped email addresses with one so that we can keep in touch.
On the beach there are a lot of people walking round advertising and selling trips and services which I know some people find annoying. They didn't annoy us at all, the trips they advertise are genuinely really good and they are also really nice people. We made good friends out of a few of them and really enjoyed chatting to them. Even if you didn't book a trip with them they were quite happy just to chat. We booked with Thomas Cook and they have their own trips and excursions which are great if you want to go to Cairo or Luxor but for the local trips I would reccommend you book with the guys on the beach. They need the money much more than Thomas Cook and offer much cheaper prices and are just as safe and reliable. We went on a snorkelling boat trip which was fantastic, so many beautiful fish and the coral further out towards Giftun island was stunning. We also went quad biking and horse riding in the desert and had a massage at the spa. They were all value for money and a great experience which helped make our holiday great fun.
I would definately reccomend this hotel to everyone whether you are going as a couple, family or a group you will have a great time. The Egyptian people really were the icing on the cake for us, we weren't sure what to expect but they were the most welcoming and friendly people I have ever met. I would go back time and time again just to see some of the people! A fantastic holiday, definately money well spent.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Stella Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay