This hotel is a work in progress but this didn't stop us having a lovely time. I have just returned from The Makadi Spa hotel we visited between 12/07/13-26/07/13. I do tend to do my homework on places before I visit so knew up front that this hotel is still in the process of being built.
ARRIVAL-This was smooth after a good flight with Monarch we arrived to be given a nice welcome and a cool drink, our keys and detailed sheets of the hotel and it's facilities were given to us. We were taken to our rooms and our luggage was delivered about 10 mins later.
ROOM-.The rooms are gorgeous, very spacious, nice big bed, his and hers sinks separate toilet and bidet,shower and large bath. Very neutral in colour so easy on the eye, Safe provided and a large T.V, separate seating area all very comfortable, air con a bit noisy. We were in room number 6304 on the 3rd floor overlooking the pool and the sea, shaded throughout the day a blessing I feel as it helped to keep the room cooler.
RECEPTION/LOBBY AREAS- Spacious reception area with seating and free wi-fi connection. There is an area with two computers fr those who did not bring a laptop/tablet. We found the staff on reception helpful and pleasant at all times at no time during our stay did we feel staff were rude as I have read in other reviews. Yes sometimes you have to repeat yourself but they always got what we were talking about in the end. The lobby bar is a nice area but during the hours of 10am-12 midnight you pay extra for drinks except in the afternoon where you can get tea/coffee and cakes all inclusive. During the hours of midnight and 10am there is no extra charge for drinks so if you get up to watch the sunrise (worth doing) pay Wagdy a visit he likes a chat and makes a good cuppa, he is also knowledgeable if you have a bit of a tummy upset which I want to say is NOT caused by the food or hygiene problems but more likely the heat best thing at first sign of any problem go to the chemist opposite
WORLD BUFFET-Large restaurant giving plenty of choices of food, the best advice I can give is go in have a good walk around find out where things are then tuck in, we didn't have anything in there we didn't like and found it hot and tasty. You have the option to eat out on the terrace but we did find it too warm and preferred to eat inside in the air con, top tip if eating outside make sure you have tropical strength mosquito spray I found this worked and didn't get bitten the whole two weeks. Again all staff in this area very eager to please, small tips regularly go a long way rather than a large tip all in one go.
ASIAN RESTAURANT-Loved this place the food is consistently good, service is also consistent and you don't go thirsty the waiters constantly topping up your water and bringing your chosen drinks, the menu is varied and delicious for a small charge you can order teppanyaki, well worth the show as the chef cooks in front of you and he is very proud of all the food he cooks and when he gets the chance he will come and talk with you, this we found to be very nice and something that happens in upper class restaurants at home, a very nice touch. Both the food and service really complimented each other, needless to say this was our favourite place to eat . You need to pre-book your table which you can do in the lobby area during the afternoon.
SPANISH RESTAURANT-The food is ok in here although there seems to be a misunderstanding of the word Tappas, Tappas means small dishes of which you can order a variety, we were told we could only order one thing from each page this kind of defeats the object but what we had was nice again no problem with drinks they were constantly topped up and the staff again very nice and accommodating
SHIMMERS RESTAURANT- Nice lunchtime menu overlooking the sea. If there is something on a dish you do not like make it very clear when ordering to avoid any confusion. They are more than happy to accommodate for changes but you need to be clear. If they do get an order wrong they are more than happy to put this right.
THE COVE-My favourite place for breakfast it is a nice intimate area the breakfast items are set out in a much more orderly fashion than the World Buffet but on saying that The World Buffet for breakfast is fine. The staff in The Cove were very helpful and very attentive, the chef doing the eggs is efficient,doing poached, fried, omelettes with your choice of fillings, they will ask if you want your eggs turned over or not. Plenty of choices of bread and pastries, fruits, youghurts, cereals, cheeses cooked meats and salad items over all a very good breakfast can be had, fresh juice which you squeeze yourself is also available and specialist teas herbal, mint etc are available you just need to ask .
THE FISH/STEAK RESTAURANTS-These two didn't blow us away they are ok though, I did feel I was being rushed we had booked for 8pm and felt they would like to be finished by 9pm
There is the facility to eat in many other places but we found we were happy with what we had in the Makadi Spa.
POOL AREA-This area is lovely plenty of sunbeds, the pool staff very helpful. There are a few areas of maintenance required with loose tiles in the pools, I am sure that this is an ongoing problem for most hotels the weather is extremely hot so cracking of grout is bound to happen, yes the hotel hasn't been open long and maybe some people find it a problem that there are areas that need maintaining, show me a hotel in the world that is 100% perfect all the time... you will not be able too, the best hotels in the world need constant maintenance, so please give them a chance before you complain and take photos. The infinity pool is lovely just a shame that some people do not read the guidelines about not leaning/lying over the edge, the pool guys have enough to do without constantly having to tell people to get down. Also ladies don't go topless it is on the pool sign and you are in a predominantly Muslim country. You can get lunchtime snacks at the pool bar again nice food and good service.
BEACH AREAS-Are clean and well serviced again plenty of sunbeds. A nice walk along to the pier where the fish are varied and quite big. The water is warm and inviting and the fish are incredible worth a few pounds for a snorkel if you don,t already have one.
We did two trips while there The day to paradise Island, including snorkeling off the boat well worth doing if not too windy and The Badawya trip wheer you do sand buggies horses camels and quad bikes a ride out in the desert in a jeep to a Bedouin camp an evening BBQ and entertainment worth going on alot of fun. We booked massages on the beach so felt very relaxed.
Would I go back the answer is yes I would like to visit when the hotel is fully open and I would like to visit the Pyramids which we were unable to do in the current climate of affairs in Egypt. We felt very safe and very pampered in The Makadi Spa and am very pleased we went.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay