I read many, many hotel reviews on here before deciding which to book so feel I'd better post one myself now we're back.
As many have said this is a nice hotel, 3 star rather than 4 though we feel. The hotel itself & the grounds/beach were kept spotless & the food was good for all inclusive. Unfortunately we had a room with 2 very uncomfortable single beds which creaked loudly each time you turned over. We complained that the air con was very noisy & not very cold & it seemed a little quieter on our return but no cooler. It gradually got noisier again as the week went on. We probably should have complained more & asked to be moved so that is probably our fault but couldn't be bothered with the hassle of packing everything up & unpacking when only staying for a week. Other people said their beds were comfy & had really good air con so I guess we were just unlucky.
The beach & snorkelling are excellent though my husband found it a little tame after staying at Carols (now Serenity I think) in 2007 where there is horrendous surf to wade through before you can see anything then it is just a deep drop off but he reckons he saw many different & larger fish. I however felt very safe snorkelling here on my own. it was all very calm & you didn't have to go out of your depth to snorkel or to see many different types of fish.
The major downside was that we were both ill again, my husband still is 3 days after getting home. We do not know where we picked it up from as after last time we were sanitiasing everyhting we touched, continually washing hands, not eating salads or drinking their water/ice etc yet we still had the egyptian tummy & constant nausea. My husband aslo had terrible aches all over his back & legs along with the stomach cramps. We only heard of a few others with dodgy stomachs. We took 3 different lots of tablets for the first couple of days then I returned & got antinal for the last 2 days as that is what I read on here works. It kept the worst of the symtoms at bay for me but as I said my husband is still worse now we are home & have run out of tablets. We do not think it was the food as it was good & kept hot etc, we think just don't "get on " with Egypt so will not be returning. (We also drank lots of water & didn't have the air con on ice cold (chance would have been nice!) as other people have mentioned can cause stomach upsets).
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- 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