We paid £3,000 for 5 of us to spend a week at the FA (flights included), all inclusive.
The Egyptian tourist industry is struggling (some nearby hotels closed, others running at < 50% capacity), so there are some amazing bargains to be had.
The FA is the best hotel in this area - and I believe the oldest - with plenty of room on the beach (one of the hotels next door had sunbeds nose-to-tail), beautiful grounds and excellent staff. On several occasions we spotted staff discretely asking people from other hotels to leave the sunbeds - obviously the FA is the place to sunbathe !
Like many resorts on the Red Sea there is sweet nothing to do around the hotel, but plenty of trips available - we went out snorkelling from a speedboat though there is loads of coral to be seen from the beach.
A couple I spoke to did the Luxor trip and said it was deserted (the FCO advise not doing such trips at present. though I would have gone if there had been time).
We took our children (31 & 27) plus d-i-l - apart from a few school age children they were the youngest there: clientele was mostly retired German (60%?) plus British (30%?) and Russians, who were no problem - I have had problems with Russians elsewhere in this world, but these stayed sober !
- 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