This was my first all inclusive holiday and the first time travelling to Egypt.
We booked this holiday through Skyhols.com. This resort is about 30 minutes from Hurghada Airport. Skyhols was a bit of a pain, to get in contact with them, they don’t reply to emails, so it’s best to ring with any queries. When we got to Gatwick, although we had our tickets, all four seats were in one name on the system, but that was sorted quickly and then we were good to go. As part of a large holiday company, our accommodation was arranged through Libra, so that’s who we had to see at Hurghada airport.
Word of advise though… at Hurghada airport, look out for your travel rep to pay your £15 visa fee to, it’s quite chaotic and people will try to help you (not necessarily in the right direction).
From then on, nothing was a stress. We were met by our rep who took us to our hotel in Makadi Bay. Our bags were taken from us as soon as we arrived and we were given our wrist bands for all inclusive and a tour of the hotel by the Hany, who worked in the evenings when we were there. The hotel is clean and well attended with beautiful landscaped areas and well maintained. We arrived with time to have some dinner in the buffet style restaurant and even though it was late in the service, there was still plenty to choose from
The rooms are a good size and comfortable. Ours was on the third floor and looked over the pool. They come in every day to tidy and make beds etc and make beautiful decorations from towels with flowers for you. There’s a bottle of water waiting for you when you arrive as well as an information pack about the resort and prices for spa treatments etc. There is also the all important air-con and safety deposit boxes that are provided free of charge.
We were the first English guests in the hotel for a while, which is manly used by Russians and Germans, and as a group of four girls, it wasn’t long before we were affectionately known as “The English”. The staff were mostly bi or multi lingual so no problems with communication, and most of the other guests spoke or attempted English (put us to shame really!) They really seemed to really enjoy having English guests and are looking forward to having more. Melanie was the guest advisor and really helpful! Any questions, no matter how stupid you think – ask her! Very polite, cheerful and her English is great. She would pop up at the hotel and on the beach and check you were ok.
The animation (entertainment) team are very enthusiastic and had a well organised programme from aqua aerobics and yoga to darts and belly dancing. They will come round and ask if you would like to join in, we just joked and said we were the “Lazy English” (another label of our own doing) Patrick, Kimo, Ahmed and Sasha we’re mostly floating around our hotel (in between all the activities), checking that everyone was ok and having a good time. In the evening there was a show in the theatre between the two hotels, a mixture of in-house and traditional themes, lasting about an hour. They were all very conscious of making sure there were no problems and always in a good mood.
The food was great! Different themes every night, BBQ and outside oven for pizza etc with plenty of choice and ALWAYS smiling faces from the staff. The food wasn’t biased towards any particular culture but a great mix of everything. In the evenings, there was a pasta chef and dessert chef on hand to prepare food for you inside and more chefs outside making pizza etc. We had no problems having rice or salad, the food always looked fresh and appealing. The waiter service was good, very helpful and efficient and they always offered to get you another drink if your glass was getting empty.
At the pool bar, you can get drinks and snacks through the day (afternoon tea/ice cream etc) and then in the evening, most people would sit around this area after dinner. Moustafa and Sameh were there to help if someone didn’t understand what you wanted, (e.g. a rum AND coke is a rumcola!) If you went to the bar to order your drinks, they would bring it to where you were sitting, then come and check if everything was ok and if you wanted another. It wasn’t over the top, just excellent service.
When you arrive, with your door key, you get a towel card, this you swap for a HUGE towel that you can use by the pool or at the beach (both places also have free sun beds and umbrellas) The pool guys are friendly and come and help you with the umbrellas and take away empty cups etc. The hotel is next to the Makadi Marine, and you just have a short walk through to find the beach, there is a snack restaurant there providing you with your all inclusive drinks and sandwiches/pizza etc. There are some guys selling trips etc, but when you say no thanks they are just happy to ask the normal questions (where are you from etc) then leave you be. Take a snorkel and mask with you – or you can buy or hire them there. The fish and reefs are amazing! You can also have a camel or horse rides on the beach (you pay for these) – a bit better than donkeys at skeggy!
All inclusive is until midnight, then after there is the Sunbuco Bar open until 2am. This is relaxed with good (dance) music provided by Tito and a great sparkly outdoor area (the shisha bar) you pay for any drinks after 12.
ADVICE: It was really hot when we went – drink plenty of bottled water! (you can buy big bottles from the supermarket across the road and get glasses of water from the bars) As it’s breezy as well, you don’t notice the heat as much so be careful about burning.
All these guys work LONG hours, but always have time for you, are chatty and very polite. It was a real pleasure to stay at this hotel.
My advice…visit the lovely people at the Makadi Sun, you’ll struggle to find a more relaxing holiday anywhere else! Writing this doesn’t do the place justice – go and see for yourself!
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- Also Known As:
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