We returned on Fri 24th May following a week at this wonderful resort. We stayed at the Palace only 8 weeks ago, we kept walking past the spa and thought it looked lovely. We didn't think we would be returning so quickly, however this was a family holiday and to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The weather in that short space of time had increased dramatically most days it was 40 deg & evenings about 26-28. We were all stunned at some of the negative reviews, as we all agreed, that we could not fault the hotel overall. There was a good mix of nationalities, lots of English people. From the moment you arrive to leaving, you can't help but be drawn into the beautiful serenity of the whole complex. Our rooms (6225,6227&6231) were just as the photos portray, we had no mini bar though, just water?! This did not bother us, as there is plenty to drink at all other times. The food, in all on site restaurants were delicious and varied. Our first evening we ate in the World buffet, there was fresh salmon, langoustine, beef fillet, chicken dishes, vegetarian choices, the quality of food for a buffet we found to be excellent. You can eat a la carte for lunch (shimmers, steakhouse, fish) we tried all for lunch and dinner plus 2 poolside snack bars (burgers/chicken/Kebab or sandwiches/pasta etc). We loved Shimmers, fantastic sea view, food and wait staff. We also used the lobby bar for tea/coffee & cake in the afternoons from 3.30-5pm part of all inclusive a few times, a nice retreat from the heat of the day. For dinner we tried the tapas (wedding anniversary - very slow service) but food very good, the steakhouse was really delicious all courses incl dessert. My favourite had to be the Asian, excellent food, I had fillet steak cooked to perfection, followed by fried ice cream and bananas. We also went back to the mall - Italian, we paid extra for a few choices, prawn cocktail and shrimp risotto (£4 each) however, all courses were very, very good. We also went back to the Indian, very slow service, food we found to be just ok. They were showing the film The Mummy that evening in the main square, nice touch. We were invited to the manager's cocktail party, however, we did not attend due to restaurant reservation, and as others have said, he has a presence, during the day around the main pool areas etc and is very keen to talk to you. Other guests that we spoke with, had changed rooms, without any problems. We were asked if we wished to move, we overlooked the palace pools, but as we were all together we were happy. The room/bathroom's are stunning, but finishing touches could include slippers/robes and tv does need to be moved, so you can watch whilst in bed. We did email requests in advance, incl request for restaurant for wedding anniversary on the Saturday, this was not met and we ended up eating in the tapas. This did not in any way dampen our holiday experience, we have already said that we will return to the Spa next April. So many guests that we spoke with were on their second,third visits, and planning visiting again. I think that in itself tells you that for value for money it's hard to beat. I just hope that the prices don't increase too much.
- 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