We travelled as a group of 6 varying ages and toddler. Hotel is 20 mins transfer from the airport also to warn Visas have gone up in price to $25. I would advise to get your spending money in Egypt as its £1 to 12 EGP £. Check in to the Gardens was quick we were in 3400s block 3 rooms next to each other was handy and walking straight out onto the large pool with bar was just pure relaxation, sun beds were never an issue throughout the holiday in all areas they had sun visors on the head which is a good idea. As there are multiple pools, slides, wave pool, relax, heated pool it never seemed crowded.
Rooms are large and bath with shower and separate shower cubicle handy for large families, free water in the mini bar, you pay extra for beer £4.50 per can £1.50 soft drinks. Cleaned brilliantly every day. Being in the last block in the gardens meant walking to the Beach buffet seemed quicker than going to the gardens one. The beach buffet had better (more English) choices. Butter was rarely there however so best stock up when you see it. we always had breakfast around 9 so tables never an issue and as we needed a large table asking a waiter to make one up for us was fine. The choice of food was nice however the same every day so they could benefit by doing themed days to make it more interesting, the slides and beach was best to eat for lunch, kebab sandwich/pizzas/chicken pittas.
The system for a la cartes seemed far too complex, there are 2 sittings 6.30/8.30 where you have to book 30mins before however by the time you go there is already groups of families waiting and no line system to stop people pushing in. We managed to visit the indian really tasty but very spicy! Chinese had good selection however half the tables remained unused which was frustrating especially when you couldn't turn up without a booking. I would suggest they copy the other hotels and give 2 visits per week and book when you arrive to the hotel simple no stress.
The beer and wine on AI was better than other hotels however the other alcohol was not nice very sickly strong and juices used for cocktails was very cheap watered down I suggest they have someone taste these and change the drinks used as we couldn't find much drinkable its a shame not to be able to have a drink on a holiday.
I suggest doing any small activities from the beach sellers snorkel/scuba/horses/quads cheaper than reps although we did manage to get a private scuba boat for the day for £52 a person.
The entertainment was fun for kids and was the usual hotel shows and was never kept awake by music.
I would wait until the airport to buy souvenirs as they were all 3EUR for small items papyrus etc.
Its such a shame that Egypt is quiet there are so many brilliant things to do/see its sad to see please go we all had a great time and take advantage of the quiet hotels and excursions.
- 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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- Stella Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay