We found this hotel complex to be one of the most friendly we have stayed in. From the minute we got off the cramped Thomson plane and obtained our visa directly from one of the banks at the correct US$15 cost, we were greeted outside by their excellent rep, Mohamed, who was cheerful, helpful and informative throughout our stay (note: return flight had much better legroom).
The weather was a reasonable 24deg in the daytme mostly with a cool breeze but it got quite cold in the evening once the sun had gone down.
The hotel staff are a credit and offer good service. Thanks particularly to Mena who remembered our drinks and always greeted us with smile. Beer is by the can Sakara or Stellar, wine acceptable, local spirits served in ample measures, branded soft drinks but fruit juice and cocktails were extra.
Food was varied, tasty soups, wonderful bread choice and salads, always something cooked fresh and choice of cakes/sweets. Fish dishes were generally good but a criticism would be that the quality of meat dishes left a litte to be desired and fruit was limited. We used the main restaurant as this was livelier than the 'Saga' block one, both offer the same food. The snack food in the beach bar was limited and not very appetising.
Our room was large on the ground floor in the main building. Furniture well used but no real complaints, kept very clean, towels & linen changed daily by Mahmood. Nice bathroom and walk-in shower always with hot water. Minibar restocked daily with water and soft drinks.
The gardens are picturesque, blooms everywhere and tended by many gardeners. The pools are clean with 3 heated when we were there. Sunbeds were comfortable and ample at this time of year, even though some earlybirds still find the need to reserve them for later use! The beach is sandy and the lay out is probably the best in the bay. A pleasant long promenade to the right takes you past adjoining hotels around the bay with a cut through to the HSBC bank and other shops.
We found the Italian entertainment team to be friendly even though few people joined in or came to the shows, they try very hard to please all nationalities. We had many chats with their presenter, Miguel, who goes out of his way to make everyone smile and enjoy their holiday. He is an amiable and confident young man who deserves praise for the effort he puts in. Roberto (sax player/singer in the lounge) is an brilliant entertainer.
Probably leaving the best until last, the snorkelling is amazing and coral reefs can be found at waist height by just wading into the sea. The colours of the fish and variety equally match anything we have seen in many places around the world. Such a shame that so much coral adjacent to the beach appears to have been destroyed however efforts seem to be made now to ask guests to treat the environment with respect.
All in all an excellent stay, we hope to return...........
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa, & Villas promises tranquilityand opulence with its 444 luxurious rooms, suites, privateapartments and 14 newly built villas.Four dining venues, five swimming pools, including a children's pool(three of which are heated), a state-of-the-art gym, world class Thai managed Spa and sports facilities as well as I-Dive, a five-starIDC PADI dive center, guarantee a fun and unforgettable hotel experience.Inspired by the Sardinian roots of its architects, FortArabesque Resort & Spa combines distinctive Italianand Arabic accents in its architecture, from its imposingmedieval fort structure to its interior touches and décor,where the different shades of Egyptian cave stones fromAswan blend with the antique fine wood furnishings oforiental designs.We would like to introduce our new concept as well, which is unique in Egypt.Nestled within the Fort Arabesque resort, The Villas offer its guests luxurious accommodation, space and privacy in addition to a more personal and dedicated service. Each of the 14 Villas (8 units with 1 bedroom + 1 bathroom, 6 units with 2 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms) is tastefully decorated to reflect the mix of Arabic accents and Mediterranean influences of the Fort Arabesque Resort. All units have private garden and terrace with private access to a secluded swimming pool exclusive to The Villas. To ensure a fast and efficient service, the check-in is done through a private reception. The residents also have access to the Pavilion which is a private lounge where the villa guests can enjoy a semi-served upgraded breakfast in the morning. For lunch and dinner time the Pavilion functions as an A’la Carte Restaurant, giving the opportunity to enjoy a fine dining experience. The extra benefits of the Villa Guests include free Wi-Fi, free Gym usage and various discounts in the different outlets of the hotel.Guests at The Villas are free to use all the facilities and enjoy the same ‘all inclusive’ benefits at the resort with quick access to the main restaurant and the beach as well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fort Arabesque
- Fort Arabesque Makadi Bay
- Fort Arabesque Hurghada