This Hotel has by far the best beach on the bay, in fact we laughed when we had a look at the hotel next door as it was so bad in comparison. There is plenty of room and at whatever time of the day you get up you will always find a spot. They keep the sand clean and relatively free of grit sharp stones. The shades are large enough to cover two or three persons.
The rooms are adequate, we upgraded at the hotel for 10 Euros a day (for the room not PP.) We were in room 450 and the view was smashing.
The bars were okay but cocktails were not included in AI. So the choice was limited, however the bar staff were great fun.
In fact apart from one guy at reception who could not help us at one point, and did not have the interpersonal skills to put it over very well, all the staff were either good or very good.
FOOD--- what do you expect really? It was hot buffet food with a good variety, it was not all great quality but get dug in. My only point to the management was that the fruit choices could have had more imagination.
ENTERTAINMENT-- Mostly rubbish with a few exceptions including Kenyan dancers, Brazilian night and the Wurling Dervisher on oriental night. The animation team are paid for by the Italian tour company so do not be upset if they ignore you.
The hotel was mostly Italians and Germans all fitting in nicely with their allo allo stereotypes, I preferred to sit near the Italians both on the beach and at dinner as some of the Germans had absolutely no manners and would reserve the sun beds around them but not use them to give themselves extra space, push past people to get to the food ETC.
Two special mentions, the Thomas Cook rep Simon who gets 11/10, even the rep from the next hotel Denise made sure that we were okay when we saw her.
Some people we met who traveled with Thompsons said that our rep spoke to them more than theirs did.
And the guys at Speed devils beach buggies 002010 8446855 or via your rep. This was a great half day out in the desert.
- 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