We returned from Sunrise Royal Makadi last Friday 22nd February 2013 after spending 2 weeks there. We travelled with Thomas Cook and found the flights fine. We pre-booked our seats (only £7.50 per seat) to ensure that we could chose where we wanted to sit. The legroom is a bit limited, but my husband (who is 6ft 2) had an aisle seat and could stick his leg out in the aisle and he didn't have any complaints. The flight is about 5 hours and it flew by. We would happily fly with Thomas Cook again.
On arrival we went to one of the kiosks on the left hand side in the airport arrivals hall and purchased our visas (I think they were £11 each). We also changed up some cash at a decent rate of exchange (about 10.50 LE to £1). We then went out to meet our Thomas Cook rep Khaled who showed us to our coach and we were on our way! It took around 40 minutes to get to the hotel.
We were allocated a lovely room in Block18. We were very happy with this. The room was lovely and comfortable with a huge comfy bed. We were also impressed that there was several TV channels showing movies in English as well as the news. We found our room a bit bright in the morning (we woke up at 06.00 due to the daylight pouring in). However on looking properly we found black-out curtains on all windows, which we used from then on.
We attended the Thomas Cook welcome meeting the following day which was held by Khaled. He is one of the best reps we have ever had. The meeting was VERY informative and we picked up lots of useful hints and tips. Khaled was a real star from start to finish and helped us a lot throughout our stay. We booked the Quad Bike safari with him which we found very reasonable (about £27 each) and well worth every penny. We loved it and would DEFINITELY do it again. A full 2 hours out on a quad in the desert. It was brilliant!! Highly recommended!! A couple of tips if you decide to do this excursion:
1. You get totally covered in sand and dust so wear something that you don't mind getting dirty. Don't wear anything white!
2. It is cold in the desert, especially early in the morning so wear a jumper.
3. Girls - Wear a good bra as it can be a bit bumpy!!
4. Take a scarf with you (a long wide one) as you need it to shield your mouth. This is important and if you don't take one you will have to buy one at the Quad Bike station for about £4.00.
This was the only excursion we did, as the rest of the holiday we were more than happy to remain in the complex. There was so much to do. We spent most of our days on the beach and did a lot of snorkelling at the hotel next door (Fort Arabesque). You can just wander from your sunbed through to this hotel's beach and the snorkelling is FANTASTIC!! I recommend you take snorkels and masks with you as the hotel shop will try to charge you £25 for them otherwise!! We bought one while we were there and bartered him down to £9, but it took some doing!
We found the beach very relaxing and we didn't really get any hassle from the spa people and excursion sellers. They do have a system where you can get a red flag from the towel hut, and display it on your wind-break to ward off the sellers. However we found we didn't need it as they didn't really bother us after our first couple of days.
If you get bored of sunbathing and snorkelling, there is loads of daytime activities that you can join in. The entertainment team were great and really friendly. They make a big effort to get people involved and are all absolutely lovely. There is one entertainer called Marley, who was brilliant and took a real interest in all the guests. His English was perfect and we had some real good fun with him during our stay. Particularly playing pool in the Victoria Pub at night!
The pool areas at the hotel are stunning. Loads of comfortable sunbeds and plenty of space to spread them out. Some of the pools are heated too, which is a bonus during the winter months.
We ate in the a la carte restaurants for 13 nights out of 14. Our favourites being the Asian and Mexican. However they were all good. We believe that the Greek a la carte is closing soon and being replaced with an Indian a la carte! Can't wait to go back and try it!! I would think it will be our new favourite.
During the day we would sometimes eat lunch in the hotel buffet, however it closes as 14.30 (prompt). We sometimes found this a bit too early for us. However it is not a problem as there are snacks served round the pool all day, as well as fresh pizzas! There is always plenty of choice and we really enjoyed all the food we had during our stay.
We came into contact with lots of the hotel staff and I have to say that we found them all to be really friendly. They all try so hard to please! We wanted to tip everyone we met! A special mention goes to Bassan who was the bar man in the Victoria Pub. He was a absolutley great! Always had a smile on his face!
The hotel manager (Said Atiek) is a wonderful man! He genuinely cares about the guests and wants everyone to have a great time. He is very open to receiving any comments or suggestions about the hotel and ways that they can improve what they do. You will often see him walking around the hotel grounds speaking to guests to get feedback.
All in all we had a fabulous holiday and we will definitely be returning and recommending it to friends and family. After having 3 previous holidays in Sharm El Sheik, I don't think we will go back there as we much preferred Hurghada. Look forward to returning soon!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sunrise Royal Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay
- Sunrise Makadi Bay
- Sunrise Royal Makadi Bay