We stayed at the Spa for the second time last week, we stayed for two weeks and had an absolutely fantastic time. As lots of other reviewers have said this is a fantastic hotel, it is hard to say how good it really is.....the best way to find out is to visit and see for yourself!!! As it was our second stay and as we were also planning on getting engaged while we were away we e mailed the hotel before we went and requested a pool view room, they allocated us a beautiful room (6204) which was big and clean with a lovely view of the sea and the pool.
The hotel is not finished but this doesn't really make a huge difference, it is good to have the dine around option but in all honesty since the world buffet restaurant opened along with the other existing restaurants there is no need to even leave the hotel, they cater for everyone even a very fussy vegi like my fiancé. A couple of special mentions for Ahmed Said a chef in the world, after a couple of days he knew what I was going to ask for and how I wanted it, the mark of a professional. As well as the world we tried the steak restaurant which was good but our favourite was the Asian, not only was the food excellent.., the deep fried ice cream was to die for but Abdullah and Esmad who ran front of house were absolutely fantastic, they were friendly but totally efficient and professional, they are an absolute credit to the hotel. At lunchtime we tended to go to the dome in the Makadi Palace (another special mention for the waiter Ibraheim, another total star) on the day we were coming home we discovered Shimmers for lunch, I only wished we had found it sooner it was absolutely brilliant.
The hotel is trying its best to make it a true 5 star hotel, in the evening gents are not aloud to dine in shorts or open toed sandals in any of the restaurants. They have also brought out a policy of not being able to save sunbeds, on several occasions during our two weeks one of the managers would come around before 7am and if people had put down towels but left them he would move them away leaving the beds vacant again, this is an excellent idea in principal but unfortunately in practice it did cause several arguments as once he had moved the towels he then disappeared leaving the new and old occupants of the beds to argue amongst themselves as to whose bed it was.
To sum up this is a lovely hotel whose staff make it absolutely fantastic, everybody was friendly, and efficient and nothing was too much trouble. The only little niggle that I have is the fact that the lobby bar and now the mini bar in your room are both now chargeable. Mr Hansen the manager told us during the 'meet the staff meeting' that the lobby bar was changed because it was 'over subscribed', in our experience both weeks we were there (and on the first week it was 100% occupancy ) the only people using the lobby bar were people using the wi fi, nobody was actually buying a drink! The free mini bar was an added bonus, I know in most hotels the mini bar is payable but we are paying quite a lot of money for a hotel that isn't yet finished (and probably wont be so for another year) so in my opinion they should re instate the free lobby and mini bar at least until the hotel is finished. It is a brilliant hotel but it does still need to compete with others of a similar nature.
Would I go back.....absolutely like a shot, we are now looking to go back in October I just hope they don't out price themselves.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay