My family and I (a party of 5 adults) have just returned from a really memorable holiday over Christmas staying at the excellent Makadi Palace and I cannot praise it highly enough. We had a wonderful time.
Superb weather for our entire stay. Warm (hot!) sunshine and temperatures in the mid to late 70's ever day!
My wife and I travel to Egypt very regularly however this was our first time visiting Makadi Bay and we were unsure which hotel to chose from. In the end we booked a late holiday to stay at the Makadi Palace and we did not regret our choice.
Firstly, if you can, I would recommend the "Sunwing" rooms or suites which were really enourmous with seperate lounges and big bathrooms and the biggest balcony/terrace we've ever had which looked directly over the beautifully landscaped gardens and pools. I say "pools" because the beautifully manicured gardens seem to surround water wherever you look. The water also surrounds 2 of the main restraurants, (the Dome and the Melange) as well as almost completely surrounding the "Rendevouz" bar and restaurant where we ate lunch on a number of occasions.
The Makadi Palace is an all-inclusive property and we found the food to be excellent with a really wide choice. The restaurant staff were really friendly and very attentive and it was great to be looked after by happy people. In fact all of the staff we had dealings with could not have been more friendly or helpful.
You can upgrade when you arrive to obtain a different wrist band that will allow you to eat at the 6 or 7 "a la carte" restaurants dotted throughout the complex. That included Thai, Meditteranean, Chinese, Indian, Italian, etc, etc. In those restaurants you can still have an "all inclusive" choice that will cost you no more or you can choose various "a la carte" choices that you pay a little extra for.
Plus...you get waiter service in these restaurants. So you could have waiter service every night of the week if you choose. A nice option and something we did.
As I mentioned, the grounds are extensive and beautifully laid out and maintained. In fact we had superb weather over Christmas and as you looked around and took in the palm trees, blue sky and warm sunshine I dont' think you would have enjoyed it more anywhere else in the world. Plus it was just a 5+ hour flight. No long-haul flight to get over.
Each evening there is live entertainment in a number of locations but we really liked the elegant Piano Bar which is relaxed and sophisticated. The evenings were a little too cool to sit outside comfortably (it was December!), but I can imagine that from February onwards it must be beautiful to sit outside the Piano Bar and enjoying a long drink in the warm evening air. Most of the restaurants have an open-air section and we enjoyed breakfast each morning sitting outside the Dome or Melange restaurants.
We were told by reception that the hotel was completely full over Christmas but we had no trouble whatsoever finding sunbeds and parasols almost anywhere throughout the complex or on the beach. The sunbeds, by the way, are substantial, wooden affairs and very comfortable. No cheap white plastic sunbeds. Because the gardens are so extensive and there are lots of nooks and crannies there are so many places to choose to sunbathe if you dont' want to go to the beach.
We chose to go to the beach on a number of days as our son-in-law is a mad kite-surfer and Makadi Bay is a haven for kite-surfing as well as scuba diving and snorkelling.
The private beach is beautifully maintained with sunbeds and wind-breaks right along it's length. As soon as you choose your spot the beach staff will bring over the sunbed matresses and there are waiters popping over throughout the day to see if you want to order drinks.
The walk down to the beach is a pleasant experience as you walk through the grounds of the Makadi Palace and then along the beach front which contains bars and cafes that you can eat at for lunch rather than walk back to the hotel.
I could go on but I think you get the picture. We loved it and intend to go back later this year. It was that good for us.
If you are holding back travelling to Egypt then I would urge you to think again. We've travelled extensively this year in Egypt including a wonderful visit to Cairo in November and we have only been met with friendliness and "warm welcomes" from everyone.
Egypt is such a superb holiday destination with almost everything you could want available including almost 365 days of sunshine.
The Makadi Palace is a wonderful hotel and I would recommend it to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Makadi Palace Hotel is set in lush gardens famed for their beauty, and offers the perfect space to relax unwind and enjoy a well-earned break. Tranquil surroundings, attentive staff, an extensive choice of à la carte dining – both on-site and at the Makadi Mall – as well a stunning beach and a wide choice of sports facilities at the Makadi Sports Centre ensures guests will be reluctant to stray far from their holiday home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Makadi Palace Hotel Makadi Bay
- Makadi Palace Bay
- Makadi Palace Egypt