We stayed at the Royal Makhadi recently, and whilst the hotel was good, it was the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff that made our holiday.
As previous reviewers have suggested, if you are used to 5* Dominican Republic holidays then you may be disappointed as some of our party were. However, if, like my partner and I, you are just there to take in the sunshine, eat, drink and be merry then the Royal Makadi does a damn good job.
The rooms are clean, if not a little tired, and with limited television channels - but who spends their holiday in their room? The room attendants were thorough and pleasant and all consumables were replenished daily throughout our stay.
The food is varied and plentiful and whilst most of our party suffered slightly with dodgy bellies, it was far from horrendous and did little to curb our enthusiasm for the place. There is never a shortage of bottled water and I think it has to be expected that different diets create different reactions within the human body.
The resort itself is quite restricted, although there are many trips on offer. We chose to go on a dolphins and diving excursion and it was breathtaking to swim in the open sea with dolphins surrounding us; we got to see a large pod swim beneath and then alongside us. The snorkelling is spectacular and, even just off the hotel beach, there is a plethora of fish to ogle.
The pool is large, clean and the staff cannot do more to help. Beds are comfortable and there is shady areas for when the heat becomes stifling. The pool bar is a short swim and the water surrounding it is slightly shallower and generally a little warmer. The bar man is pleasant and has a smile on his face at all times.
The animation team are outstanding with Karem and Mohammed, to name our favourites, offering fun, laughs and interesting conversation throughout the day; all of them are such a motivated group of staff that can't help but put a smile on your face. The variety of activities available offer something for everyone, we enjoyed Arabic lessons, Zumba, and shuffleboard to name a few; even the unmotivated members of our party couldn't help but be persuaded to get involved!
This hotel is very good but it's not great, the staff, however, are exceptional and in my eyes this is a reason to return. Their motto 'Welcome home' seems fitting as you really are made to feel like one of the family and given the size of the hotel, this is no mean feat! We had a fabulous holiday and it is definitely somewhere we would consider going in the future.
- 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