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Sol Y Mar Makadi Sun
Ranked #9 of 29 Hotels in Makadi Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Leicestershire
2 reviews
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“The English are coming!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2009

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!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2009

The Sol Y Mar Makadi Sun is one of several Sol Y Mar resorts within this large complex. It is a 40 min drive from Hurghada airport and is the prime location within makadi Bay. Within the complex there are numerous 'animations' including the traditional belly dancing, whirling Durvishers, etc along with the caberet shows and sketch show put on by the animation time.Within the resort are the numerous gift and trinket shops along with a small supermarket. Hurghada and Safaga are perhaps a little too far to vist unless you feel the need. The meals are of the 'International buffet' style, but they often theme the meals e.g. oriental, fish, carribean,etc so the meals are not so repetative as in other all inclusive resorts. Rooms are spacious, and well appointed. common areas clean and plentiful, with no shortage of sun loungers, or space to place them. Pleasant out door bar area and eating area when the weather allows( whilst we were there, a cool breeze persisted in the eveng and late afternoon). Customer relations staff were on constant patrol talking with guests, and ensuring best service. Clearly the mantra of the hotel is ' ..is there anything else we can do for you?' as the service level is probably the highest I have ever witnessed. From the Room boy, Bar service, reception, and waiters, all were proactive in giving service, and taking pleasure in doing so. The resort is mainly German, French, and Russian guests, but Brits need not feel out of place as the staff are all multi lingual and so are many of the guests. A genuine 4star resort with 5star service. For those who dive I would recommend Aquarius Diving, and not Extra Divers who are on site. Aquarius will collect you and their boat is only a walk away.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2008

We have recently stayed at the hotel and have had a fantastic holiday the staff are a credit to the hotel and made the holiday special for us.There was just enough to do we went as a family of 4 with 2 x 16 year olds and we all had a great time and would almost definatly return.Although we were the only English in the hotel the hotel next door had some English staying so if you wanted company you could find some.The rooms were spacious and always cleaned to a very high standard.The only downfall to the hotel was the Food as it catered for the other nationalities most of it seemed very bland however this would not prevent me from going again.The Animation team were very good and the guest relations did a very good job.If you do visit this hotel the pool attendant Hassan is the best and make sure you say hi to him from us.

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  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Sol Y Mar Makadi Sun
Address: Safaga Road, Makadi Bay, Hurghada 178, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada > Makadi Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Makadi Bay
#3 Romantic Hotel in Makadi Bay
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Makadi Bay
#8 Luxury Hotel in Makadi Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Sol Y Mar Makadi Sun 4*
Number of rooms: 145
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