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Review of SUNRISE Select Royal Makadi Resort

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SUNRISE Select Royal Makadi Resort
Ranked #10 of 29 Hotels in Makadi Bay
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Wonderful holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2011

We had a terrific holiday, and although the main reception area and buffet are getting a bit tired and in need of redecoration, our room was exceptionally clean and was large. Only downside was that we were in a family room and out neighbours were Russian with a child. They got up at 6am every day and shouted from the minute they got up. The child was shouting, the parents were shouting, we were shouting, so all in all a bit noisy!!!
The Steakhouse was brilliant, thanks to Islam (thanks darling!!, think he might accept 300 camels and a mercedes now), Abo, Mahmoud and Mohamad. You must also try the Asian restaurant, this was marvellous. Abeer took great care to ensure our coffee cups were always topped at breakfast in the buffet restaurant. The staff in the shops were also marvellous and went out of their way to make you feel welcome. Haggling does grind you down a bit, but worth it in the end. Wish you could fly from Scotland though, that drive to and from Manchester is a nightmare. Especially when we were delayed 5 hours on way back, had to start drive home at 3am.

Room Tip: Do not get a family room, ask to be moved to a double or twin. It will be quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2011

Spent 10 days here from 13/09/11-23/09/11 in a party of 8,hotel exceeded expectations,food excellent,always plenty of choice(no bad tummies between all 8 of us!),lovely pools & beach area beautiful weather,& as for the staff they couldnt do enough for us,always asking if we ok & drinks were always topped up. The staff appreciate good manners so a please & thankyou go along way here, would i return here? Yes without a doubt looking at coming back next sept,cant wait :-)

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2011

Had a wonderful 10 days from 27/9/11-7/10/11. We really cannot understand other reviews where people arent happy. We were utterly spoilt by Mohamed “Maradonna” and Saleh at the VIP pool bar, they could not do enough for us. Mohamed does a really dificult job & has to inform guests if they are able to use the vip pool area or not. I presume this is why some people write negative reviews. He is so pleasant & hardworking.
Mohamed & Mustapha at the Pergola Bar looked after us every evening, Mustapha Hussain taught us different arabic words & phrases every night which was great. Our glasses were never empty.
Alaa who was our cleaner for the week in block 18 worked so hard, kept our room absolutely spotless and always had a smile and a good word for us every morning and night. Their attention to detail could not have been bettered. Abo really made us laugh at the Steak restaurant as well.
We have never done “all inclusive” before. The food was of good quality. We used the Round the World buffet for breakfast and lunch and the choice was fine for our needs. The staff in their were very friendly and attentive.
We are definitley going to return, well done Sunrise Royal Makadi!!!

Room Tip: My tip is to tip!!!! Take some $1 bills and you will be treated like royalty!!!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant ! Lovely hotel,lovely food in all of the al la cartes, went to buffet once as husband was ill with funny tummy. The buffet restaurant was like a cattlemarket, there was quite a large choice but you couldnt really get a lookin for the amount of RUSSIANS there, they were litterally like flies round poo. They were the only thing that spoilt things.There was plenty of things to do within the hotel,both during the day and the evening, thee was also entertainment. Most of the staff were very very good, there were a hand ful of waiters that just couldnt be bothered.The hotel is very much stuck in the middle of nowhere, a good half hour drive to Hurghada. I cant really fault this hotel,just in the wrong place. Ive been to Sharm twice which i prefer, but this is by far the best hotel i have stayed in so far.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2011

Returned on friday from SRMB and feel sorry to be back.Lovely staff, lovely food,lovely shows and our room was just great, we did upgrade but boy was it worth it.That said there was a couple of things that didnt go down well.Im sure if everybody was honest on this site, there is a country whos people spoil it for some.If you have been who will know who it is !!!!
A big thanks to Thomas Cook staff there, Mark the rep who deals with everything we threw at him efficiently, Jodie and Stacey the kids club reps who entertained our daughter for 2 weeks.So Team Sparkle take a bow!.
If you have any worries about going to this hotel, dont, unless you have a phobia to ignorant, rude, selfish guests.

Room Tip: Block 35 is ideal for families, 2 bedrooms and huge.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

Ok here we go.

Travelled from Manchester 4 - 14 October 2011 with Thomas Cook flight times 5 hour 10 mins. Flight was frankly awful really cramped with absolutely no entertainment In flight food had to be pre booked and was slops at best.

You can pre book extra leg room with Thomas Cook for £30 each each way !!!!! TC also want £6 each to guarantee sitting together.

Visas - when you get off plane you are taken to a hall you are all processed for the visa about £13 each pay in £,$, Euros or Egyptian pounds.

Takes about 30 mins to hotel, met by Rep given drinks and brief etc.

Rooms basic, but big and clean they put us in a twin but moved us straight away, we only had one minor problem with lights and it was sorted straight away. Rooms are secure with safe.

Pools.....fantastic about 4 main pools of varying depths all very clean. There is a large one (shallow) for kids alone and some good deep ones for adult sports etc. Loads and loads of sunbeds.

Beach...clean with loads of sunbeds and shade - snorkeling no problem although go to Hotel next door as they have more coral hence more fish.

Red Flags - Sales Reps are patrolling constantly - salon - diving - island trip - etc etc you will be given two plastic cards on booking in these are your towel cards. Go to the nearest Towel Station and swap for clean towels ask for a red flag at the same time - display flag and you are generally left alone.

Sales Reps - always polite and smiling - they all have ways to get you to talk to them, a simple no thankyou is enough to deter in the main.

Food - There are 7 ala Carte Resteraunts in the resort for different types of food. You book them by going to the Victoria Pub at 0930hrs. We tried nearly all - you can book one per day they were never full. The food can be very good in the ala Cartes it can also be quite poor.

Buffet - the main buffet is in the main building loads of food however not as nicely presented as the resteraunts. It can get manic in there at 1900hrs, for lunch try "Around the World" same food and a lot quieter. The standard of food is not brillient, you should not expect ala carte european standards. You should also be aware the buffets are dominated by Russian / east European dishes.

The Salads are from the nile region we stayed away due to the water quality.

Water- There is bottled water everywhere only use this.

Alcohol - Once you get over the fact it's free you will realise that the quality for the main is awful, the beer (lager) is ok but spirits are not UK standard. I really do mean the Vodka and Whiskey are bad they could fuel your car. Red Wine was ok as was the Rose.

Kids - Activities seemed to be dominated by Russians, they have tall chairs at ala Cartes and kiddy seating area in main buffet.

There were complaints about cots in rooms with side being too low, this was resolved quickly. There is a large playpark but no kids clubs etc.

Entertainment - Every night, you will quickly meet all the reps they dress in pink and are fantastic, dancing, singing, exercise etc. really nice people who do all they can to help you.

Tipping - They love your tips, we took £100 worth of US $ and just gave out a couple when they deserved it, some of the waiters were excellent some not... we gave the room cleaner a few each day and had lovely designs - flowers etc as payback. They will try and change pound coins for your notes we did not do this.

Trips out - we went to Mhamir Island with TC which was excellent, Luxor was good but its a 17 hour day on a bus....

Illness - most people we met suffered an upset tummy at some stage ( I did) however there is a pharmacy on the beachfront with the knowledge to sort you out for about a £10 the Dr visits twice a day as well if required.

Hurghada - Dump.

Haggling - Some shops in the resort frankly take the mick - they are more expensive than Luxor and Cairo if you do buy haggle hard. My tip here is to walk away they will give in. The chappy selling wooden items by Reception is the only rude Egyptian we met he wanted £75 for a Papyrus when they were roughly £15 elsewhere before haggling.

Eastern Europeans - You need to understand that 80% of guests are Russian or from somewhere similar. You will note they are very different in many ways - they do not like to speak, they do not like to queue they are agressive and demand certain sunbeds (witnessed this on the beach).

Diving - There is a PADI centre on site.....i'm BSAC but have to say these guys are very good and very cheap.

We enjoyed our stay and met some great people, for us the hotel is too big and food not really good enough that said it has many positives. we won't be going back again(Egypt) however it is a very nice hotel and the Egyptions really friendly so can understand why people do.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Stuart p
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Bexhill, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

Just returned from the Sunrise after a two week holiday. Hotel and staff were excellent. Food was good though we did prefer the on site restaurants as they were quieter, the Asian restaurant was wonderful as were the staff. We would like to say a special thankyou to Mostafa Hussany in the Pergola bar where we spent most of our evenings, he couldn`t have been more helpful and kind. Would like to go back but the russians put us off a bit, there are too many of them and they are such rude people.
Our room was very spacious and clean which was on the ground floor right by the pool, the flowers scattered on the beds were a nice touch.
Would recommend this hotel to others.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Kim G
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Property: SUNRISE Select Royal Makadi Resort
Address: Makadi Bay, Makadi Bay, Hurghada 623, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada > Makadi Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Makadi Bay
#4 Spa Hotel in Makadi Bay
#4 Family Hotel in Makadi Bay
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Makadi Bay
#7 Romantic Hotel in Makadi Bay
#9 Luxury Hotel in Makadi Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — SUNRISE Select Royal Makadi Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 698
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunrise Select Royal Makadi is located in the heart of Makadi bay. The hotel is built on relaxing landscape, with spectacular avers and fine sand beach for enjoyable vacation. Distance form Hurghada international Airport 30 minutes, from Hurghada downtown 35 minutes. ... more   less 
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