This was our first trip to Egypt, we stayed at the beach resort, we weren't looking to leave the hotel as we have a little girl, so it was more convenient and safer to stay in the hotel. This hotel was perfect for us as it had everything and more that we needed, so we never got bored. We'd spend 1 or 2 days at the main pool, then 1 or 2 days at the relax pool, then the waterside pool and then the wave pool. We were at the water slide pool in the garden resort the most as this was my daughters favourite. This is also the only pool bar that serves food, so we didn't have to get out of the water to eat. This is also the only place that makes proper chips. The other chips are all homemade crisps, my daughter preferred chips , which is also why she loved it there. Eid the bartender there was lovely and always made us laugh. The head chef there was also amazing and made every effort to make our stay special. He even booked the Chinese restaurant for us in advance as he was cooking there that evening which saved us having to queue up 45 minutes before to reserve a table. You had to book them at 6pm to eat at half past, but as its first come , first serve, so it was better to get there at 5:50pm to make sure you got a table. While my daughter and I were showering my husband always went ahead first and we met him there which worked quite well. The al a carte restaurants were all equally delicious, we preferred going to these rather than the buffet as it was difficult to carry my daughters plates and drinks swell as my own, so it was easier to be served. The lebanese was my favourite, they had a stone bread oven outside making fresh pita breads and they brought a mini coal grill to the middle of the table, filled with different skewers of meat. Delicious!! As my daughter's name is Leila, which is an Egyptian name, everybody was always making a fuss of her. Mr Abdula was absolutely amazing, nothing was too much trouble for him and he made every effort to make us feel special and part of the family. He also offered to reserve a table for us in advance for the lebanese and upon arrival at the restaurant he came to greet us and bought my daughter a toy camel which she loves and appropriately named "Mr Abdula". We visited all the pools and pool bars so can honestly say the best bar tender by a mile was Mahmoud Amoud at the relax/quite pool at the beach resort. You never had to ask for a drink as he would top it up for you, he was always walking around the pool offering drinks to everyone and serving them, even if you sat miles away from the bar. He was extremely quick and efficient and always full of jokes, so kept everyone happy,relaxed and well taken care of. We got a room over the quite pool which was beautiful. Our room cleaner made the most amazing towel art everyday which kept us giggling. The animation team at the garden resort were better, and animation chief Messi was hysterical. So, to some it all up this hotel was definitely 5 star, we had the most amazing time snorkelling off the private jetty and taking pictures of fish. The food in all restaurants was delicious and the staff were amazing. Would definitely recommend this hotel to everyone, it was breath taking on arrival and even more so when we left as all three of wanted to stay longer. Would definitely go back.
- 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