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Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa & Villas
Ranked #14 of 29 Hotels in Makadi Bay
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Budapest, Hungary
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48 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“At this price what could be better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

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 !
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Bordon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

We stayed in Fort Arabesque for one week, end of October 2013, beginning Nov.

This holiday held many 'firsts' for us - our first holiday in Egypt, our first-time in a hotel abroad (we have previously self-catered in apartments, pre-children) and our first time going 'all-inclusive' and we were slightly nervous on all counts. Could any of it live up to the fantastic reviews?

This was also our first holiday abroad for many years (14!!) and this time we had our three sons with us (10, 13 and 16). As with most families, it was a long time coming and very hard-earned and we so desperately wanted it to be perfect, more for the children's sake than our own, just in case it was many more years before we could take them abroad again!

We booked before the troubles in Egypt escalated but, comforted by the other reviews on Tripadvisor and also the Foreign Office advice that the Red Sea area was safe, we continued with our travel plans and we are so glad we did.

From the moment that we stepped into the hotel lobby, we were made to feel so welcome. We were provided with a drink while we checked in and our cases were taken to our room.

Our room 488 (West Wing - top floor) was spacious with a fantastic seaview (we arrived after sunset so the view was a fantastic surprise upon waking the next morning). The bathroom was lovely and large with a fantastically powerful shower - and the beds were large, comfortable and beautifully clean. The room had two large kingsize beds and a large settee, and our youngest son was quite content to sleep on the settee, which we quite happily assumed was our fifth bed (there being ample spare bedding) and we thought no more of it until the next day, when our cleaner unexpectedly brought in a large single bed frame and mattress and made up a fifth bed in the room - it shows how large the room was and also how attentive our cleaner was to our needs - even when we didn't realise we had a need!

We also returned after breakfast one morning to find him and a maintenance man working on a minor issue with the air-conditioning. It hadn't caused us a problem, but he had clearly spotted an issue with it that we weren't aware of. He, and many of the other staff, do what is undoubtedly a repetitive - perhaps sometimes tedious - job, who went out of his way to ensure that we were as comfortable as we could possibly be. So, to the cleaner of Room 488, many, many thanks! The bathroom was cleaned, beds re-made and the room and terrace floor were washed daily (with something that made the room smell delightful!) and the minibar fully re-stocked.

In fact, all of the hotel corridors and floor areas were washed every single day, even the lift, giving the whole place a lovely fresh smell. The hotel was incredibly clean and the staff so very pro-active and on the ball!

Our reservations about going 'all inclusive' were unfounded - the food was gorgeous, incredibly fresh, beautifully chilled where it needed to be and piping hot when it needed to be. There was an incredibly wide choice between hot and cold at each of the meal services, and all of the food was beautifully displayed. The chefs, who were immaculate, were on hand cooking fresh food and also constantly checking that there were ample supplies of both hot and cold food and replenishing where necessary.

The waiters were incredibly attentive - immediately clearing away plates, promptly refreshing glasses and were also incredibly good with the boys, as were the chefs.
The restaurant was run with precision by the restaurant manager and the 'Captain' and the food was clearly absolutely fresh at every single service.

The wonderful desserts, (so, so many to choose) served at lunch and dinner, were served on plates which had been beautifully decorated with intricate hand-piped chocolate swirls and patterns around the rim. I do hope future guests will take the time to look at and really appreciate the time and effort that has been put into the presentation of the food. Including the beautifully hand-carved vegetables - turning a courgette or a tomato or butternut squash into something of beauty! The food itself was delicious and plentiful, the presentation equally so!

The landscaped gardens were beautifully kept and contributed to the tranquil air of the place. The pools were incredibly clean and the pool by the Sunset Bar was wonderfully warm! The beach was clean, immaculate, and the sea warm, shallow and perfect for snorkelling - fantastic coral and amazing fish, even at waist height! Perfect for young children, provided they are old enough to respect the very special and privileged environment that they find themselves in.

It was an AMAZING holiday and we can't get back soon enough (and we met people that have been there year in, year out). We are so glad that we battled our reservations and took the opportunity!

On a personal level, we would like to thank everyone that made our holiday so special - the reception staff, the West Wing cleaners, the restaurant staff of the West Wing buffet and the staff at the Sunset Bar, the gardeners, the pool men, the maintenance men, "Fox" - who persuaded us to enjoy a massage at the Vareena Spa (so amazing that we had THREE massages in one week with the beautiful Thai ladies), Ahmed - apologies if I have got your name wrong - who persuaded us to try a pedicure at the Beauty Centre - and a thank you to Dr Markos for our wonderful pedicures and amazing wet shave for my husband who has also now got the most amazingly tidy eyebrows thanks to his clever 'threading' and the lovely Sameh, who kept us amused whilst we were being treated.

A big thank you to EVERYONE at Fort Arabesque - we can't wait to come back!

Room Tip: Top floor, West Wing! Spectacular views!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

First time in Makadi Bay and loved it. I think the beach at the Fort must be about the nicest in the area, Snorkeling was the best ever, you didn't have to go far out to see the amazing fish in all their various colours. The gardens at the hotel were lovely, gardeners working on them all the time too. A pity the swim up pool was closed due to renovations, but another three pools were there to be used in the meantime. Food was really good and all the waiters and bar staff very attentive and friendly. The animation team were really good, all friendly and very helpful. Thanks to Tito, Haitham, Samy, Bibo and the newest member - Chico. On the downside though, the evening entertainment didn't last long enough - another half hour would make it worth going to as the shows were quite good.
I'd certainly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

The animation team were 100% great,much better than the ones when we were there 2011. they were so friendly and put there heart and soul into it, but not pushy would have a laugh with you. my partner gives people nick-names and thought barn-pot and trainer-boy were great and the other were good to.Well done to them, will be back again and hope they are still there. We didnt join in much but to watch them was a joy they made us laugh, well done for all there hard work.The lads that work the beach for spa Asama & Fox not pushy but fun nice people, book with them i think its how they earn there wage and they are worth it. had 2 massages both relaxing and nice ladies.Just another reason to come back. Sama who walks the beach for beauty again given a nick-name he looks so much like my partners son that we called him' black gary' no offense intended would always stop and chat such a nice man, i had facuel which was lovely and Dr in salon is another nice man, treta yourself you will love it.

Room Tip: higher floors seem more private
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

My daughter and I spent a fabulous week here at the end of October in the Fort Arabesque.

The weather was faultless wall to wall sunshine and not a cloud in the sky 30+ degrees every day it was great just what we needed.

Hotel was only 30% full so plenty of room on the gorgeous beach and round the pool area although the swim up bar is being refurbished so was closed.

A special thanks to the fab animation team Tito, Bavy, Samy, Bibo & Haisam who worked really hard to try to encourage the small number of guests to join in. The evening entertainment was good especially the show the animation team put on and the acrobats were great - then international dance show was terrible and needs to be replaced by the animation team doing there dance routines.

The beach, sea, coral & snorkelling was a good as in the Maldives - amazing !!!

We went on the Dolphin trip with the Idive centre and it was great actually saw dolphins & some beautiful fish.

Rooms were large & clean - and the room boys were excellent at making shapes out of the towels which my daughter loved.

Would I go back - yes definitely - had a fab week didn't want to come home.

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor for the best views - the west wing is the newest block
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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shropshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

We were here as a family of five for two weeks at the end of october and loved every minute of or stay.
The thomson flights were on time and smooth and having travelled all over the world were really impressed at the speed in which we got through the airport and to our hotel, but it is very quiet at the moment.
We had emailed the hotel asking for high floor rooms in the west wing and indeed we were given these on arrival ( thankyou raymond ) The rooms are massive with two double beds, sofa and desk with chairs, Large shower room with loads of hot water and the most powerful shower i have ever had. Fresh towels every day and cleaned to a good standard aswell.
We ate in both the west and east wing restaurants food really good in both (typically egyptian AI )with so much choice, but we did prefer the west wing where the staff were brilliant, chefs and waiters a like , Beach bar snacks were nice and the kids loved the ice creams and slushies.
The hotel was really well spread out with beautiful grounds and because it was so quiet it sometimes felt as we had the place to ourselves which we loved as we are not the most sociable of families.
The animation team were really good not pushy but there if you wanted to join in with anything. The shows were not bad either, and sabry the singer in the sunset bar was so bad he was brilliant, We thought it was nice to chill there and see the saga guests having a dance.( who were all nice even though we had three teenagers with us.)Bob the waiter was especially good here. I must say the staff deserve a special mention as although egypt has troubles at the moment they were all very freindly and kind, Infact i have never left as much money in tips as at this place as there were so many fantastic people working here.
The beach is superb as is the snorkelling definately the best in the bay, but here lies my only gripe with this place and that is the people from other hotels coming to feed the fish and walk all over the corals, It seems now they have destroyed the reefs infront of there own hotels they think it is okay to do it in front of the fort. The beach boys and the saga guests ( the man with the pony tail especially) do there very best to try and stop this but it seems to me they are fighting a losing battle. It was heartbreaking to see and i would hate to be there if the hotels were busy. (rant over)
All in all we had one of the best holidays ever and loved everything about the fort, The only thing that would stop us returning here is the thought of seeing uneducated people blatently destroying the reef and feedind the fish shame on you !

Room Tip: West wing was the best
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

So hot lovely beach and pools ,lots to do for all ages ,amazing staff ,fantastic intertainment,it was bad intertainment at first because of the sea club but when the new team came it changed straight away.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa & Villas
Address: Safaga Road | Abu Makhadeg Bay, Makadi Bay, Hurghada, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada > Makadi Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Makadi Bay
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Makadi Bay
#10 Family Hotel in Makadi Bay
#11 Romantic Hotel in Makadi Bay
#12 Luxury Hotel in Makadi Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa & Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 458
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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