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“Excellent hotel for chilling” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jaz Makadi Star & Spa

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Jaz Makadi Star & Spa
Ranked #7 of 29 Hotels in Makadi Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent hotel for chilling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2010

We wanted somewhere warm/hot in January for a week and decided on the Red Sea area. It's not too far to travel, small time zone change (2 hrs) and pretty sure of blue skies. Our daughters had been to Makadi Bay area and enjoyed it so we thought we would try the location. Jaz Makadi Star Hotel is in a resort of some 15 + hotels along the Makadi bay. The resort area is exactly that...... a resort.....and you could be anywhere in the world, but we wanted a relaxing easy holiday in the sun which was safe and clean....and that's exactly what we got. So the Jaz Makadi Star hotel: it's not big and thereby is part of it's charm. The staff are incredibly friendly especially to Brits as the hotel has mainly German guests ( who were all very nice, no early towels on the sunbeds!). The rooms were pleasant and clean would suggest first floor overlooking pool , but all had pleasant aspects. We went half board and then opted for all inclusive on the first day which was an extra £150 for the two of us. This included local drinks; the local wine was not very good so I think if I went again I would stay with half board. The hotel is next to the golf coures which was a bit too expensiveat £120 per round. All the £ above are sterling. Suggest that you don't bother obtaining eygptian pounds as no one really wants them, bring euros. Unfortunately with the current stength of the euro things can be a bit expensive but not too bad. A small thing; the area around the pool can be slippery so children need to be warned of this, not a major problem though. The hotel location is a short easy walk away from the beach weaving through two other hotel gardens. There are some 'bazaar' style shops next to the hotel, not a great experience as you are persitently invited in to their shop and not easy to browse without a bit of pressure to buy. We travelled with Hayes and Jarvis with private transfer from the airport , this was great as others ( Thomas Cook travellers) had to queue for visas. A very pleasant week away in a hotel that was perfect for a sunny relaxing holiday in January. We would go again.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Arabic first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
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  • Slovak first
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Moscow
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2010

We've chosen Jaz Makadi Star for our holidays for the 3-rd time. The service is very good and the staff polite and friendly. The rooms are convenient and well equipped. To our opinion, the location is very good too, a 5 minutes walk to the sea through the beatiful garden.
Most of all we like the romantic and cosy atmosphere of the hotel, never overcroweded and always quiet. We really enjoyed the exciting ambience of the New Year party, which was well organized and fascinating.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank StrangerMoscow
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rijeka
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2010

Nice, clean hotel with nice pool. Some personnel try very hard and are very nice. Good service but unfortunately bad cook that spoiled good integredients.
But spa is definitely not good. We were in a private room for two for a massage and our masseurs were laughing and talking in arabic language all the time. We felt very uncomfortable. And my masseuse knew nothing about massage so it was completely waste of money and time.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ritravelerri
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Egypt
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2009

The royal suite is great, luxurious, very private with its own spacious private pool, the dine around restaurants are the best I've been to in several countries, and I've been to some! The staff are very freindly, they just keep smilling and asking you how do you do, the red sea is great as always, great place for golf, spa and relaxation. Great weather.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank alyeldomery
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Egypt
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2009

Just spent 2 weeks at the hotel and found the place to be fantastic. The temperatures varied between 37 and 45 deg C which was more than enough for me. Every aspect of the hotel was far in excess of what we were expecting

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JazHotels
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Hamburg
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2009

All in all a very pleasant week! My resume in bullet points:
+ The best place in Makadi Bay
+ Excellent food
+ Close to zero animation or obnoxious people
+ Very clean
+ Very friendly service
+ Good mix of nationalities and high quality of the other guests
- Do not stay for longer than a week (could get boring)
- Avoid the over-crowded beach with all the people from the other gigantic club-hotels.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fredrik K
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switzerland
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2009

We stayed 1 week on a half-board basis in a total of 3 rooms - two connected to each other 323/321 and had outstanding view of the pool (and a partial distant view of the sea), was cooler to sit outside throughout the day. The 3rd room (324) had view of the golf course and desert but was subject to the very strong sun making it too hot to sit there for long.

On arrival a cool welcome drink given whilst you filled out registration forms. A generous tip ($10) acquired us the rooms we requested from the check-in staff - "special arrangements for our party" - worth it for the rooms we got.

Rooms - spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated. Daily cleaning was exceptional (tip around 10 eyptian pounds each day much appreciated) with the beautiful towel arrangements loved by all. If you are staying on half-board basis buy your water and drinks from the local supermarket - a third of the price the hotel charges.

Restaurant - good variety of food, ever so friendly staff - including the chefs who serve at the food stations. Food had a different theme every night - Egyptian evening provided the best tasting food. They also offered a kid's corner dish - usually pasta - but were also willing to make pizza or fries at request - very kind to the children. One of our party was afflicted by the "pharoh's curse" from the second day (just bad luck) which spoilt activities for them for the whole week. But the children and other adults did not suffer. Kitchen hygiene is a priority - hotel even offers tours of it's kitchens to guests - however, whilst we stayed there the head chef was on holiday and perhaps standards had slipped a little. We noticed after reporting the food poisoning all the station chefs were wearing disposable gloves whilst cooking and preparing the food. Hotel manager was sympathetic, but obviously used to dealing with this complaint - but at least it was addressed. No high chairs, but guest relations did say that they could get some for the future. We tipped 10 egyptian pounds every meal which was appreciated.

Pool - spotless - constant cleaning by the staff, attentive bar staff, very helpful pool and towel attendents. Smaller baby pool very warm and possibly heated. Larger pool much colder, but a welcome relief from the burning sun. Would be nice to see some sun shelter over the baby pool like in neighbouring hotels. Eco plus point - all the water used to clean then went to water surrounding plants.

Kid's club - tucked away and much smaller than other neigbouring hotels. Quiet activities offered - lovely staff. Hotel used to older clientel - many without children (some not so tolerant to seeing young children around). But it's great they have this service for families looking for a high-end hotel and facilities for children. Shaded area with swings/slides/climbing frame, along with a cooler in-door area where games and crafts take place. Although this resort is predominately for german tourists, most if not all staff speak English, including the animation team.

Animation - very calm and not pushy with activities. As most guests have older or no children it's a quieter place. Darts/board games/ billiards and table football entertained us enough without disturbing other guests. Evening entertainment was usually caberet style and over by 11pm.

Internet access - very high costs (if you only need a short time combine a shopping trip and go to downtown Hurghada and use an Internet cafe there - it costs less than 50 cents for a couple of hours) - 10 Euro a day - prices the same throughout the other hotels in the area and the internet cafe.

Spa - same prices as you would pay at home - and judging by how empty it was (plus them offering a discount on their services) guests thought it was overpriced too. Why would you pay 20 Euro to use the steam room/sauna/jacuzzi for 1 hour!!!?? Never seen that in any 5 star hotel we've stayed in - that's usually a standard offering. Given that this is one of the most expensive hotels in the area you'd think you'd be able to get a little pampering without breaking the bank any further.

Beach - is about a 5-10 minute walk (with slow children) away - take your pool towels with you. Very shallow waters - beautifully clear. Lovely sand and again very clean. A section of this busy beach reserved for hotel guests. To access beach you have to walk through other hotel complexes - the Star is definitely one of the nicer ones in comparison.

The hotel has a great eco protective attitude - encouraging guests to reuse towels, watering plants with used water, using bar soap in rooms etc. but they also have a lovely scheme whereby if you have come to the hotel for 5 times they will plant a tree in your honour and put a name plaque next to it - a very green and lasting touch which is probably one of the nicest reasons to return year after year. Pehaps we will...

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank swissmiss3
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Property: Jaz Makadi Star & Spa
Address: Makadi Bay - 34 Km Hurghada - Safaga Road, Makadi Bay, Hurghada, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada > Makadi Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Makadi Bay
#6 Romantic Hotel in Makadi Bay
#7 Luxury Hotel in Makadi Bay
#14 Family Hotel in Makadi Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Jaz Makadi Star & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 167
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