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Jaz Makadi Oasis Resort and Club
Ranked #4 of 30 Hotels in Makadi Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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“Marvelous hotel”
Reviewed 20 February 2008

the hotel is wonderful specially the reception they never hesitate to give you the best service , there is ayoung receptionist his name is mamoud , he is very helpful and a good english speaker
,he know a lot of information , will educated in the hospitality industry ,

Stayed December 2007
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2008

Stayed here for New Year and had a really great time. We weren't here for the entertainment but for the diving and the Extra Divers centre was very good.

We only came across one other couple who was British, but the Egyptians were ecstatic to meet you when they realised you weren't German.

One of the better all inclusives we've stayed and would certainly recommend to people who want to go diving or have families - the accommodation was excellent and the kids seemed very well looked after

  • Liked — The high domed ceilings in the bedrooms
  • Disliked — Nothing - it was all very good
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Somerset, UK
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Reviewed 22 January 2008

This hotel was a fantastic facility to get away from it all.

It was immaculately kept, rooms cleaned everyday, gardens attended to constantly and all public areas neat,tidy and clean.

This hotel would be great for families and couples. We (my husband and I) went with another couple and although I wouldn't recommend it for those who like to keep busy on holiday, due to the all inclusive style of not only the hotel but the resort,. we only went for a week and had to book preorganised excursions to Luxor and Mahmya (This island you must see to believe it is an absolute must for ANYONE visiting the area! Great snorkelling) If we had been there for two weeks I think I would have been bored.

However this is a review of the hotel so back to that! The main thing I enjoyed about this hotel was the great pool facilities (two large outdoor pools) and the food. I have been to all inclusive hotels in Taba, Egypt and Tunisia and neither came anywhere near to this hotel on variety and quantity.

Breakfast: Pastries, fruit, yogurt, Smoothies made especially for you, eggs, breads, sausages, mash potato!!!?? cereals, seeds and nuts, even diabetic jams

Lunch: I'm not sure what was on offer in the main restaurant as if we ate lunch we went to the pizza oven by the pool bar where there were usually a selection of 4 or 5 pizzas freshly made and cooked.

Dinner: chips, pasta, breads, vegetarian, fish, meat, chicken, noodles, salads, fruit, icecream, puddings, potato.

Overall a good mix of North African fare and European faves thrown in for the kids or the less adventurous.

Evening entertainment was mainly in German, but had universal appeal e.g. fire eating, acrobatics. Ideal for children,or do what we did sit at the bar and enjoy the all inclusive beer.

Not a Lonley Planet destination but a quality hotel for a getaway or family break.

P.S. If the small lady from Thailand still works in the beauty salon, get a pedicure, THEY ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD!

  • Liked — food and cleanliness
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with friends
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London, England
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Reviewed 6 December 2007

Two years ago I had the misfortune to stay in a particularly poor hotel in Sharm el Sheikh, so it was with some trepidation that I decided to give the Red Sea a second chance in November 2007. This time I did my homework and found that the most popular hotel in Hurghada, my chosen destination, was the Iberotel Makadi Oasis & Family Resort located in Makadi Bay, about 30 kilometres south of Hurghada.

Judging by some of the reports the Oasis is a 5 star luxury hotel providing excellent food and superb standards of service. Well the truth is that it isn't and it doesn't. Not that it is bad, far from it, but an honest description is that it is a large, all inclusive, 3 to 4 star standard resort, boasting a wide range of facilities but with a very average standard of food.
By far the largest proportion of the clientele is German and there is also a substantial Russian presence. The staff will invariably address you first in German but they appear to be genuinely delighted to learn that you are British and will effortlessly switch to excellent English when they do. You will however be in a very small minority and those sad people suffering from xenophobia have been warned!
Unlike the majority of the hotels in Makadi Bay the Oasis is not actually situated on the beach but about 300 metres away in the souk (market place) area. This is not a problem because there is a partially shaded pergola which winds its way through bougainvillea and manicured hotel gardens down to the section of the beach reserved for Oasis Guests. The walk is a pleasure but the beach is less so. It is narrow, overcrowded with loungers and sun shades, and a half built hotel is only a few hundred metres away to the south. There are, however, dedicated Oasis drink and snacks bars, so that the all inclusive service can be maintained as you sunbathe or snorkel. Further round the bay the beach is wider and the hotels along this stretch, such as the Meridien and Fort Arabesque, are able to spread their loungers in a far less crowded fashion.
Good snorkelling, with a variety of exotic multicoloured tropical fish (see my photos) and generally still healthy coral, is to be had about 200 metres straight out from the Oasis section of the beach. However, this can be very busy at times and the water can become a little turbid due to wave action. Far better, and less busy, snorkelling can be found just 30 metres off the beach in front of the Fort Arabesque hotel, which is about a 15 minute walk around the bay. Here the coral formations are in excellent condition, having been far less damaged by the feet of careless snorkellers, the fish are even more numerous and the water is clearer. However, you may be told by the staff of the Fort Arabesque that it costs 100 Egyptian pounds (about £9) to have access to its beach but unless you are using the facilities, such as the sun loungers, I would just politely ignore them.

One thing that the Oasis does have is a superb range of facilities including an excellent large pool, with plenty of loungers and shades, plus another good sized pool in the adjoining Family Resort (which reportedly has great a great programme of activities for children). There is also a pool table room, table tennis room, internet cafe, tennis courts, squash court, sauna, fitness centre, Disco, shops and an active animation and entertainment programme! Although some of these, such as the Disco, are at an extra charge. Ok, as you might expect, the entertainments are geared to the German majority but much of the occasional entertainment at the pool bar, especially after a few glasses of the surprisingly drinkable local wine, was international in flavour and pretty enjoyable.

The bedrooms are adequate in size and could,at a pinch, sleep three but they do have poor lighting, and are a little gloomy as a result. They are equipped with a fridge, TV, and a hair dryer, but no kettle. However, the fridge is not cold and the TV has only German, Russian, Polish and Egyptian channels, with the sole exception of CNN, which had poor reception. There were a few mosquitos around, but that was probably my fault for leaving the patio door open, and although I did get bitten about 8 or 9 times, as far as I could judge, these were from sand flies on the beach. My room also came equipped with its own small gecko and "Gordon" did his best to keep the the unwelcome insects down!

So far, so good, and it really was a pretty good hotel - but it was badly let down by its food. Now I know that buffet catering is notoriously difficult to get right, and that I have had far worse than at the Oasis, but I have also had far better! It is true that you will usually find something to eat but it will often be lukewarm, bland, lacking in any real variety and, generally, uninteresting. The meat quality will be mediocre, as will be the salads and, surprisingly in such a location, so will be the fruit selection. Fruit drinks are oversweetened, dilute squashes, rather than the real juices that might be expected, but, on the other hand, the beer and the wines are better than the average quality at an AI establishment.
It may be in recognition of the questionable nature of the fare in Makadi Bay that the hotels in the town have a "Dine Around" programme. This allows you to to have a meal, and a drink, in a local, independent(?), restaurant for a 10 Euro, or a 15 Euro, supplement per person. Bookings are made through the hotel reception (although the Oasis did not have the menus when I was there). There are a number of venues to choose from but I can personally report on the Mukai Takai (Thai and excellent), Amaya (Indian and good), and Ninos (Italian and very average).

There is not a great deal in Makadi Bay although it is a pleasant enough, purpose built , small tourist town set in a featureless, arid dessert backed by impressive mountains. It is still developing and there are several half finished hotels, and a half completed championship golf course, dotted around the area. The weather is, of course, a great draw and in mid November it was near perfect at about 27C; although the days were short and the sun began to lose its strength about 3pm. The other great draw is the snorkelling and it has to be said that this is excellent, particularly bearing in mind that it is only a five hour flight away from the UK. Luxor and Cairo are possible excursions but who in their right mind would want to spend all day on a bus for just a few hours at the destination? There are, of course, flight options but these are not cheap and it may be that Luxor and Cairo are better dealt with separately, or as part of a Nile cruise.
The local boat trips to Mahmaya Island are heavily advertised but the, so called, Paradise Island is busier than Blackpool Beach on a Bank Holiday (see photo), and the snorkelling is no better than in Makadi Bay itself.
Hurghada is an inexpensive 20 minute shuttle bus ride away from the hotel. You will be left in "Down Town" but it would be better named "Tat Town" from the number of shops selling the same tourist pap and, frankly, it is not worth a visit. Apparently there is an older, and more genuine, part of town, but, sadly, I didn't find it. The shopping in the Makadi Bay souk is no better and you may be surprised to be invited in by the occasional shopkeeper to see their "rubbish". The items made from alabaster,such as the candle holders, are nice, but if you are interested do not accept the price first offered. Unless you are confident in your ability to negotiate the price down by 50%, or more, you may be better off buying the article, at a fixed price, in the large souk that goes by the name of Hurghada Airport.

In summary, the Iberotel Makadi Oasis may well be the best equipped hotel in Makadi Bay. It is a good hotel and it may also be the best hotel in town but only if the food at the others is worse!
Hurghada is a good location for an early (April/ May), or a late (October/November), reasonably priced holiday for those looking for warm sunshine and who love sea life. Personally I would not recommend the summer months when the heat is excessive.

  • Liked — Pool and Pool Bar
  • Disliked — The Food
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled solo
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 November 2007

Firstly I booked this myself by selecting the flight and hotel in Expedia. The journey was harsh as you need to take two flights to get to this hotel from london (BA will be operating a direct flight soon). You need to fly from heathrow to cairo and then cairo to hurghada. Then take a taxi to the hotel (about 25mins) down to makadi bay. Expedia didn't give me the correct terminal numbers on any of the bookings (which seemed consistant with other passengers too). Also, the flight from London may say BMI, but in fact it is Egypt-air. So we arrived at term1 for BMI and had to travel to term3 to get Egypt air. Leave enough time to cope with Expedias poor bookings.

Anyway, when we finally arrived, the hotel had no reference of our booking(expedia again). so we sat in reception with our bags for 2.5hours until a room was available. I ended up giving the hotel my complete flight + hotel itinery as they were expecting a voucher which wasn’t supplied by expedia. To be fair to the hotel, the staff offered us drinks and the breakfast buffet to pass the time.

Finally, we got the room and we could start the holiday.
The hotel itself is very calming and the gardens and rooms are maintained by lots of staff. The room we had was a reasonably sized double, tiled floors and high-arched ceilings. They had a working air con fan in the room which helped a lot! the room was clean and tidy although the bed was very firm and we had to ask for some more pillows.
The resort, as you would have read is an 'all-inclusive' hotel with events and entertainment provided. Unlucky as we are, we had a room near reception, which was in the square where the entertainment was, which is loud and ran until midnight. Which is ok, but after a couple of days you get so fed up with the noise that you are tempted to move rooms.

The hotel is a few minutes walk from the beach which is often busy, but the water is clean and the breeze is refreshing. There are tacky shops and a completely overpriced supermarket, a pharmacy, hairdressers and restaurants in the vicinity which is all very useful.
Do not be suprised that none of the shops have price tickets on their products, staff think that you are all millionaires, but haggle and you will do ok. Avoid european or imported goods in the shop and you will save money.

As for the all-inclusive food and drinks, this is generally of a good standard, but quite repetitive. The main restaurant is like a school dinner hall where you pick up your plate and walk around picking up what you want.
Note, if you want to come and feast on food and alcohol then you will love this hotel. We preferred to eat decently and took some breaks from the all inclusive part, but the choice is yours.

From the beach you can take a boat trip to do snorkelling. This was the highlight of the trip and was fantastic. There are a few little islands off the coast (about 10-15mins boat ride away) which are completely surrounded by coral and the water is beautiful. I got some snorkels with my girlfriend and it was like swimming in a fishtank, truly amazing.

You may have heard stories about people getting ill on holiday in Egypt. Most of them are true and we purposely avoided salads, ice-cubes and drank bottled water only. If you go to the bar, they will give out bottled water for free throughout the day, so if you get a stomach bug, its because you are unlucky or not careful what you eat. Take some time to rest on the first couple of days to get your body used to the area too, and you'll be fine. We had no belly problems at all.
If your flight is delayed and you need to call Expedia, make sure your phone can call premium rate numbers from abroad(roaming). Our flight was delayed and Expedia would not transfer the call to help with our travel because they want you to ring the premium rate number. The airport will not let you use their phone.

We missed our connection because Egypt air was delayed, and had to spend another night in Cairo as there was no other flight to the UK.

Generally, the holiday was nice and relaxing and we had a nice time. The hotel is lovely and it is the best one to go to. I wouldn’t book with expedia if I could help it, certainly if you do, confirm all travel details with them twice to be sure not to be stranded anywhere and check that they booked the hotel for you, and enable roaming on your phone! We booked the transfer to and from the hotel with expedia and this was fine.

  • Liked — Its lovely at night, provides all you need and its clean.
  • Disliked — The entertainment could be better placed so that it doesn't keep the whole resort awake.
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Reviewed 22 September 2007

After traveling around Africa for a few weeks the Makadi Oasis turned out to be the perfect place to finish our trip. We spent a few worry and hassle free, well looked after, well fed and entertained days there and enjoyed every minute of it! The rooms were amazing, the food diverse and the snorkeling, beach and pools great.
No surprise this little gem is the trip advisors #1.

  • Liked — the whole resort was *****
  • Disliked — nothing at all
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Cairo
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Reviewed 30 August 2007

We spent a wonderful 4 days at Iberotel Makadi Oasis . The staff very friendly. reception very kind ( our room was very nice and clean )& the food was perfect .Also the diving center (extradivers)was excellent i think it is one of the best in south redsea .
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  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Jaz Makadi Oasis Resort and Club
Address: Madinat Makadi, Safaga Road | Madinat Makadi P.O. Box 178, Makadi Bay, Hurghada, Egypt (Formerly Iberotel Makadi Oasis Resort)
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada > Makadi Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Makadi Bay
#4 Luxury Hotel in Makadi Bay
#5 Family Hotel in Makadi Bay
#9 Romantic Hotel in Makadi Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Jaz Makadi Oasis Resort and Club 5*
Number of rooms: 325
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As a five-star, all-inclusive resort in Egypt’s flourishing Madinat Makadi area, Jaz Makadi Oasis Resort truly is a holiday oasis of comfort and tranquility. Guests enjoy access to a private beach, bathe in the Red Sea and can arrange exciting activities including scuba diving and windsurfing. It’s even possible to organize excursions into the desert and mountain, home to Bedouin villages, oases and ancient ruins. Jaz Makadi Oasis Resort is the single largest resort in the Madinat Makadi complex, but it still provides personalized service for guests. This is due, in part, to the breadth of facilities available across the complex, allowing individual resorts to focus more on their guests and less on the upkeep of a single, all-inclusive resort property. The result is an intimate and luxurious holiday underpinned by a vast collection of facilities and services. Exceptional facilities are a shining example of what the Madinat Makadi resort complex does right. Jaz Makadi Oasis Resort offers a host of facilities, including 24-hour front desk services, unlimited internet access during the stay in public areas, laundry service and a shuttle bus to and from Hurghada city centre both at an extra charge. There are gift and souvenir shops located right on hotel grounds, with more in the surrounding area. Families with children will find plenty to excite children, including the action-packed Kids’ Club. Finally, the leisure facilities at Madinat Makadi are second to none, with a wide range of land- and water-based sports catered for. ... more   less 
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