We went back to Egypt for the 2nd year this February for some relaxation in the winter sun, this was our first time at the Makadi Spa and it was fantastic.We are a married couple in our mid 30's and were probably the youngest English people there, that was no problem for us as we were there to relax, plus we aren't keen on the variety show style entertainment that all inclusive hotels seem so fond of. We met another couple who we spent our evenings with chatting and making a dent in the stock of gin and tonic.
Last year we went to a different resort and found the buffet style food at our Dahab hotel a bit repetitive and found that we missed the restaurant experience you get when you go on holiday. But at the Makadi Spa you have the choice of 5 places to eat dinner: the World (their buffet), Asian (chinese and japanese), a Fish restaurant, a Steak restaurant and our favourite; a Tapas restaurant with eccentric manager Ibrahim serving up his recommendations. There is also plenty of choice for lunch options at different restaurants too. As you can tell food is important to us and we thought we'd share this info as not many people write much about the food. As the hotel is part of a larger complex of 4 large hotels you can also use their restaurants so there is even more choice than just the Makadi Spa ones. The only thing we went to the hotels for was ice cream (it seems the adults only Makadi Spa did not cater for adults who like ice cream)!
Anyway the hotel is beautiful and right on the beach with reef access, the staff are very accommodating and friendly, and transfers are easy, it's only 30 mins from Hurghada airport. A plus for us was minimal 'animation team' style entertainment, we enjoyed just having a drink and chatting in the bars without feeling compelled to watch a variety show or even worse get dragged up to join in.
Holiday tip: I'd urge anyone going to either take pounds coins, dollar notes or change up small notes of Egyptian ponds to ensure you can tip staff if you wish, tips are part of Egyptian custom and are appreciated. I know we didn't take cash as it's an all inclusive holiday and weren't planning on spending, but once out there we did want cash for tipping and it was difficult to get small notes as they tend to charge your room for extra's rather than take cash.
We generally don't go back to the same place twice (the world is just to big with other places to explore), but we would definitely consider going back to the Makadi Spa.
- 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