Having just returned from Stella Beach, I do find many of these reviews farcical and so surprised that holiday makers seem to have spent so much of their holiday feeling niggled about having to wait in a queue and all these other petty complaints. Honestly, yes there were times that you had to wait but queues never really more than 5 people, and at mealtimes this was only where items were cooked to order such as pancakes, omelettes, etc (a la carte restaurants excepted) which from reviews make it seem far worse than this.. Is that really an issue when you're on holiday? We never had any problem with any staff being rude , in fact they all made an effort to engage in conversation, and we found out lots about life in Egypt, family life and their experiences in working in this hotel and indeed others.
We had two rooms which were kept very clean, and toilets around the hotel were cleaned very regularly and we never had any issues on that front. The food in the buffet was varied and had a different theme every evening, so lots of choice if you took the trouble to try different items, however there was always pasta, meat, vegetables, salad available for those with less adventurous palates. Certainly the amount of food that wafted passed on people's plates didn't hint of there not being enough choice, very interesting to see how people combine their food. We also never had a problem getting a sunbed.There was always plenty at the beach, though we were able to find them round the pools anyway. In essence - this was a great hotel, our two teenagers loved it, a very relaxing holiday for us. You are in an African country, it is going to be hot, the food will be different, the staff do not speak English as their first language, however they are on the whole very good, they are catering for travellers from lots of different countries. Be pleasant to the staff, and you'll be rewarded with genuinely friendly responses, we would certainly recommend it and would very much like to return. Other couples we got friendly with at the hotel during our two week stay also shared our experience so it's very hard for us comprehend why other reviewers experience was seemingly so different to ours. It's FIVE STARS from us and a certain return to a lovely hotel, complex and area
- 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