For a week all inclusive in the sun which cost about £550 each this was a great holiday. The snorkelling was the real draw to Makadi Bay for us and having explored the whole of the bay (about 6km - makes a good run) we were very glad we were staying at the Makadi Spa!
LOCATION: Half an hour transfer from Hurghada was great. The whole bay is just hotels which have pools and grounds stretching down to the beach where they have loungers. Between beach and grounds there is a path (most of the way) so you can wander round each hotel's grounds if you want. We saw no beach hawkers, beggars etc so presume the bay is carefully controlled. Building appeared to have started in the 80's the other side of the bay to the Spa and the hotels there are pretty grim and appear to mainly cater to Russians. Think rusty sun loungers, plastic tables and chairs and canteens. As you head back to the Spa the hotels get more attractive. The Spa is great in that the infinity pool cascade acts as a barrier between the pools and grounds and the beach so people wandering along the beach or path can't ogle you lounging beside the pool.
HOTEL: less than half is finished so it's pretty empty-which is great! Guests mainly English or German, some Swedish. Couples of various ages. Quiet round the pool but a bit noisy at night in the garden bar. Some hammering and angle grinding audible round the pool-would disturb you if you were snoozing on the sun lounger but didn't really bother us. Rooms were fab-huge and v comfortable bed. The lounge area was great and the balcony good for relaxing on. Bring mosquito repellant for the evenings. Pools were fine, clean and well designed. infinity cold but refreshing. The main pool was huge and good for proper swimming if you wanted.
FOOD: the cove was the best for breakfast, good location and friendly staff. Pancakes and egg station and fruit as well as pastries, bread, cereal etc. the view good for lunch, quite varied. The infinity bar by the pool did good burgers and chips but after having the chicken on the last day my husband got an upset stomach (still ongoing as I type 2 days later. We shared everything else on his plate apart from that and I'm fine so that's why I'm pointing the finger at the chicken). Spanish taverna v hit and miss-think they should give up on tapas. Steak v tasty-best was the Asian restaurant-well up to uk restaurant standards, but book well in advance (as soon as you arrive). Portions are small and artfully arranged (with a smear of this and a sprig of this) so mix some of the a la carte dining at the Spa with buffets at the Palace or the Grand next door (if you're facing the sea They are on the left of the Spa). The Dome or Lagoon were fine. Avoid the Melange, due to being open air I saw some of the little birds tucking into the cakes on offer. Enough salads and fresh fruit on offer so plenty of healthy options. As to booze, the beer is fine (we found that if you leave a tip in the room the mini bar will be stocked with large cans rather than small cans) and of the wine the rose was the most drinkable. Cocktails were fine too, not very refined but definitely alcoholic!
SNORKELLING: awesome. With beach shoes you can walk out on the dead coral opposite the hotel up to your knees and see the fish! With a snorkel and mask and fins you can snorkel off the beach anywhere. We mainly turned right out of the Spa and walked along then beach and went in the water where it's sandy at the Prima Life resort and the reef from there along to in front of Fort Arabesque was amazing. Clear and so many fish that come over and see if you've got any food. Water was warm enough to stay in for over an hour before you got too chilly.
OTHER BITS AND BOBS: not too sure if they actually wash the beach towels (don't smell like it) so don't bury your face in them... Staff very pleasant, speak slowly and clearly when giving orders. Women: if you wander off on your own you will attract attention from Egyptian men but staff were polite. Housekeeping was very thorough - even cleaned my hairbrush (creepy or attention to detail?). Wifi available in reception (prime mosquito biting spot however). Visas-thanks to other Tripadvisor contributors we dodged the queue being herded by red sea holidays staff to buy visas and went to the blue bank of Egypt booths on the left when you enter the terminal and paid $15 US dollars each-no fuss. Tipping- we spent about 300 Egyptian pounds throughout a week - reception broke them into 5/10/20 notes which we gave to waiting staff, pool boys, housekeeping etc. Weather was sunny every day bar one. Temperature was warm, sun hot enough to burn but didn't feel overly hot. Gets dark about 4.30/5 and you need a cardigan for the evenings.
TOP TIP: Monarch has no entertainment on the flight (5 hours out, 6 hours back). If you have BBC iplayer download programmes to your iPad/iPhone/laptop and you can watch them without a wifi connection on the plane. If you have a connector from your ipad/iphone/laptop to your tv at home take it with you as you can plug it into your tv in your room too!
CONCLUSION: This was a great week of snorkelling and relaxing with a varied choice of food and beautiful surroundings. The place will be massive and expensive when finished so go now!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An oasis of peace, relaxation and tranquility. The Makadi Spa*is the Red Sea’s largest custom-built Wellness resort. Recently opened, it focuses firmly on all aspects of wellness, with its accommodation,and dining tailored specifically to the needs of the most discerning of its adult-only clientele. *The Spa is as yet not in operation, awaiting construction completion within the next months to come. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your The Makadi Spa Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay