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... it is in the middle of the desert. The people are friendly, and have a small zoo with snakes and other small animals. Their are camels everywhere. I had a 15 minute ride on a camel. It really gives you the opportunity to see how other people around the world live. I mean, these people definitely do not have fridges, cars, built brick houses or supermarkets.
... allowed to get in without covering your head. Then we shop around in New Marina. There are more shops and better restaurants or bars than the old town. On returning to the hotel, we tried our first time taking the micro-bus. We asked a local people about how it works. It costs only 1 Egyptian pound for anywhere you go. Get on the bus and paid 1 Egyptian pound and then called to stop when you have arrived your hotel. Enjoy Hurgahda!
... dreaded the part where the animal would get back down on its haunches to let me off because it's so sudden and dramatic. Well, I survived and in the end did get my camel kissing picture, after a bunch of other ones that I didn't want. When we went to walk away, the owner vociferously complained about the cheapness of our tip, which was about 7 LE, all in change. No regrets there, sorry to say.
On our way back to the resort, we were passing by Salon Picasso when ...
... other locations. We were only on a few main streets so there could have been many others out of sight on the side streets.
Luxor was clean, friendly, and service oriented. Despite what we had heard, the street vendors were not any more aggressive than anywhere else we’ve been.
Along the highway from Luxor to Safaga the military, or ...
... but had long climbs.I rode almost the whole day alonebut caught a group who were going at a speed the I could cope with after the refreschment stop at 135 km. They realy helped me get into camp. I would have do it on my own but only just before dark. The hard ride was not the only problem but the constantly calculating if you could mange to get in before dark is also debliating. Well I managed it. about 6 peole did not and were picked up by the sweep truck. I did not sleep ...
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Not for families
Well what can i say the good points about the hotel is that its beautiful and pure luxury. Big pool, great views and some amazing fish to look at in the sea. It a fantastic resort for couples not for familys with older children mainly. It is quiet and there is nothing to do unless your german and you can understand the water polo. the entertainment in the grand is terrible very repative. The guy singer sings the same songs most night. The makadi palace has some good shows on some nights but not all and then you can have a giggle doing the club dances which was the best part. Dont worry bout getting a drink in the palace they dnt look at the bands so u wont have to pay. The nightclub in the hotel was not gfreat but at least you could have a dance so taht was at least one plus. I met a few friends was hard as the resort was mostly german. So altogeva if your a couple its for you very romantic for familys with children over 10 its not really the best hotel.
Prepare for some serious relaxation...
My husband and I stayed at the Grand Makadi, Makadi Bay, Egypt in early June for a week as our main summer holiday. We booked with Going Places and travelled with the tour operator Panorama on an all-inclusive basis.
Due to a delayed outbound flight (don't fly with Excel airways if you can help it but that's a completely different story!) we didn't get to the hotel until about midnight local time so we only really saw reception, the lobby bar and the corridor to our room!! Check-in was fine and relatively quick. All-inclusive guests are required to wear a pink wrist-band (I don't think the hotel offers any other type of boarding but makes it obvious to the staff which hotel you are from). On the quick glance around the room before collapsing on the bed it seemed a very good size, with a super balcony facing the sea (it was a request we placed when booking) and a large bathroom. Your welcome pack includes a rather confusing map of where the restaurants are in the grounds and the opening times.
On awaking we were pleasantly surprised that the balcony was well appointed with two semi-sunbeds (no bits for your legs) and a table, and the room had a sofa bed with two additional chairs and a coffee table. The bed must have been a super-king - it was huge! The air conditioning was essential (daytime temperatures got above 40 degrees C) but could get chilly in the middle of the night. The bathroom had a bath with shower over and a basin with large counter. The loo was in the bathroom with a separate door. I found shower and general water pressure a bit pathetic, I like powerful showers. The bath was a bit grubby and scuffed, but not a big thing. There was an electronic safe in the wardrobe and lots of hanging space, although not really tall enough for long skirts and trousers to hang free. The room had lovely cool floor tiles throughout.
Breakfast is served mainly in the Lagoon restaurant (7 - 10am but an early brekkie is served 5 - 7am in the Italian for early departures) and it took us a bit of time in the morning to find it! I didn't care for the cooked breakfast but there were lots of breads and pastries. Juices were also available but be warned - the fresh orange juice is NOT included in the all-inclusive price and you will be charged about £2 for a glass. That happened quite a bit throughout the stay and I was quite disappointed by this.
The hotel covers quite a lot of ground as the buildings are mostly 2- and 3-storeys high. There is one large free-form pool with varying depths although it's mostly 4ft (1.2m) and loads of nice sturdy wooden sunloungers. There is also a kiddies pool and play area but we only briefly walked past that so can't vouch for the facilities. The Panorama brochure describes the hotel as being 50m from the beach but I would say it's beachfront as once you're past the pool there is a sort of private pavement running the length of the grounds and then it's the beach. The beach is relatively shallow but beds and parasols are provided for hotel guests only. You can borrow snorkel gear if you fancy a dip in the ocean - spookily warm though, it feels like you're getting in a tepid bath!! In the lobby the hotel has a small shop but prices can be a bit variable, but you can buy postcards and stamps there for your loved ones at home. Delivery takes around 1.5 weeks to the UK in our experience.
There are a variety of restaurants available for lunch including the Lagoon and Leonardo (Italian) and an Indian (which we didn't try). We really enjoyed the Italian and ate there pretty much every day, either for lunch or dinner. There were also a couple of bistro type things at either end of the swimming pool, serving burger and chips between 12 and 5pm. Ice cream (in stingy measures!) was offered between 3.30 and 5pm up by reception.
A quick note about dinner - you must book the Leonardo and Indian restaurants in advance. This can be done after 12.30pm but you may find that that evening is full. They have a good 4 days or so in advance for pre-booking dinner so I would advise when you go for lunch get booking so you can have a special meal. The Leonardo is fabulous for an evening meal, really special. The Lagoon is less so and doesn't require pre-booking but you get bombarded with waiters offering fresh OJ at £2 a go.
Generally you can always find drink between the hours of 7am and 12pm. After 12pm you have to pay; the only bar open 24 hours is the Lobby Bar and you always have to pay for that. Soft drinks are Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7UP, and Fanta. Beer is from the pump and quite refreshing, although don't expect a full glass - the head on the beer is usually a good 1.5 inches! Drinks are usually served in 200ml glasses so if you don't want to keep jumping up from your sunlounger every few minutes get a couple to keep you going. A red and white wine is on offer in the package but if you want a nice bottle you will have to pay for it. Prices for non-included wine is reasonable. Bottled water is included and available from 10am to 12pm at no charge. The minibar in your room is additional.
We did enjoy our holiday there (we came back feeling exceptionally relaxed - nothing to do but sleep, eat, drink, swim and sunbathe!) but occasionally found the food wanting and memorising what was open when for food and drinks was complicated! When we booked our holiday we were told that the package included the ability to use the sister hotel's facilities, the Makadi Palace. The day we arrived they changed their minds and would charge you £7 each to use it. There were some other types of restaurants there (a Thai I think) so pretty cheap for a day at a different hotel but we thought this was a swizz and didn't bother going.
The British population at the hotel was maybe around 40%, there were a lot of Germans and a few other Europeans. In the first week of July there were quite a few school-age children about but the hotel wasn't at capacity and sunbeds were always available. I doubt this would be the case in high season though. Tipping is pretty much expected, the exchange rate is around 10 Egyptian pounds to £1 sterling. You can get 1 E£ notes but in thanks for really good service (for example at dinner in the Leonardo) I'd recommend between 20E£ - 30E£ (about £2-3) and then you'll have friends for the duration of your stay!
As mentioned before, the temperatures get incredibly hot so take a hat and plenty of sunscreen, and have a lovely time!
What a Holiday
Just returned 30th June the hotel and staff could not be improved. The pool was warm, the sea like bathwater. My Husband had a tummy upset but we put that down to cold drinks when being so hot himself, plus a bit of sunstroke, although he did sit under the shades all the time. The weather was very hot. The pool area and surrounds were lovely, and if you can stand the heat it is nice to walk around. Food was good in the buffet and the Italian Restaurant, but cold in the Lebanese. We did go to the buffet in the Makadi Palace and also the Thai, which was great and the service was smashing. But as of today, we were told that you could not use their facilities. Most of the people in the Palace used to use the Grand Pool, restaurants, beach etc. The staff who give you the matresses for the sunbeds are great and if you treat them to start with they are always there, even if you want your bed turned into the sun. If you require any more info please let me know. I must agree that the bath we had also needed an update. Yes we will go back
We have just returned from a week at the Grand Makadi. Our party consisted of 21 adults and 14 children and the Hotel did all they could to accomodate such a large group. We were able to eat all together in the different restaurants providing we gave them 24 hours notice. We particuarly enjoyed the Italian and Thai (Makadi Palace) restaurants. In the evening we were all able to sit together and had rounds of drinks bought over to us every 15 minutes without even asking!
The staff could not have been friendlier but do tip if you appreciate the service - it is a normal part of life in Egypt. We found it best to tip with pound coins and then see the bell boy to swap coins for notes. Our room was kept spotless and we were given fresh beach and bath towels everyday. We booked a junior suite which was spacious and well furnished. My only criticism is that our bath needed re-enamelling and regrouting as it was beginning to look a little tired.
There were plenty of sunbeds even after having a late breakfast so no need to rush down at 6am which made a refreshing change. The pools were cold but as the temperature was in the late 90's when we were there that was quite welcome. There are lifeguards around the pools who keep a close eye on little ones even when you are with them.
Whilst I did not have a problem with the Rep Rory, my sister-in-law's case was left at Gatwick and took a week to arrive. He wasn't entirely on the ball when it came to chasing the case for us and suggestions of free dry cleaning of her only clothes she did have had to come from us so she was disappointed.
One word of warning though - out of the 35 people in our group all but 2 came down with stomach upsets. Nothing too serious and it certainly didn't spoil our holiday (we booking already for next year) but take plenty of Immodium with you just in case.
We have just returned from a two week all inclusive stay at the Grand Makadi hotel booked through panorama!. The hotel is good and it is joint to the sister hotel the makadi palace. It is hard to say where the two hotels start and finish.
We stayed in one of the villa's which were situated at the centre of the complex. (Villa 1). The villa was more an somewhere to stay as it was decorated and furnished to a high standard. The bathroom/wc was average but did have twin bathroom basins. There was a large walk in wardrobe and a digital lock safe for your money and valuables. The main living area is divided with a centre unit which housed the mini bar in a cupboard and had a large tv on the top, although there are only a few english channels, one of these being a movie channel which was on 24-7, there was always something to watch.
The bed was the biggiest i have ever seen! you could sleep at least four adults in this and still have room to turn and twist without disturbing the others sleeping.
There is a living room area with two chairs, twin sofa and small coffee table as well as a medium sized round table and chairs to eat you meals that room service can provide at a small charge. The air conditioning system was in the villa was digital and we had this constantually at 16 degrees which was a god send as the weather as well hot.
There was three sets of double patio doors that open out to a patio area which had lighting and three steps directly into the main pool, which at night was lite up in an electric blue colour. Beautiful! They were in the process of completing a large jacuzi which was directly joined to the patio area which eventually would be an added extra to villa one. We were never disturbed or saw a workman once! There was two large wooden patio lounge style chairs and table on the patio to sit and relax!
The room was cleaned once a day and the room was made ready at night, bed covers folded back whilst you were out.
The pools have refreshingly cool water and are always clean as they are cleaned every evening by pool staff. There is never a problem to get a sunbed either around the pool area or on the beach. Whilst there, it appeared to be quite and not many holiday sun seakers, but after speaking to management they advised that the hotel was at 99.5% capicity, it only seemed quite becuase the hotel was so big.
The hotel has several restraunts. The lagoon and dome restraunts were buffet style, however there was such a large selection of salads and different dishes you never get bored. There was also a Tai, lebanese and italian restraunts, however most of the time you need to book up 24 hours in advance.
All the staff from management to the cleaners where always 100% polite, helpful and always seemed to have smiles in their faces.
They provide a dry cleaning service which had a good turn round. If collected before 0800hrs your clothes would be back the same day before 2000hrs. If collected after 1000hrs they would be back the following day before 2000hrs. Very cheap!
We went on three trips, a one day trip to luxor by coach. This was done in a large convoy of 40 ,or so coaches and was given police escort though the desert and through luxor to your destination. Although the trip starts at 0550hrs in the morning and takes about five hours to get there the coaches do have air conditioning and the seats are ok. There is two stops for breaks.
We visited Karnak, Valley of the kings, had lunch in a 5 star hotel next to the river Nile and then a small boat trip to the other side of the nile to collect our coach. A small stop for shopping. They even have McDelivery! (Yes everyone Mcdonalds delivery food on mountain bikes) this all took about about five hours and then the convoy left and retuned us all to our hotels by 2200hrs. Well worth £56 per person.
I recommend the shopping trip which cost £5.00 each, good day out as well as the half day boat trip which cost £26 each. You leave at 0800hrs in the morning, taken by coach to another hotel and you meet the large white cruiser type boat. you get to snorkel at three locations, and get to visit grifton island. Beautiful, like pardise! Lunch and soft drinks and water all included. I recommend the massage service on board, for £7 the relax massage was great and lasted 25 minutes.
Overall the whole holiday was well worth it and i would recommend going on holiday with panarama to anyone. The rep Rory was 100 % helpful, always there to sort out any problems and give advice, he could always be contacted on his mobile, even when it was his days off!
Overall holiday good value for money.
As per the previouse comment excellent hotel the restaurants food excellent, we will revisit, the pools have now got warmer as the temp average at 30 each day.
We had breakfast in the dome each mornming, fresh pancakes for the children loads of variety of fresh fruit, breads, yougart. You need to book the restaurants for the evening, however well worth booking. cocktail bar and Joker club excellent coctails in the evening.
The rooms were roomy well furnished and attended twice a day.
We had a fantastic time, a 5 star holiday cant wait to go back again.
We have just returned from the Grand Makadi (sister hotel Makadi Palace) in Makadi Bay, Hurghada.
We traveeled with Direct Hotels (My Travel) and were more than happy with their service.
The hotel is situated approx. 35 mins from Airport, 30 mins from main resort of Hurghada. Out of the way location (just as we like it!) but the hotel runs a courtesy bus to Hurghada throughout the day.
The accommodation is first class. Very spacious rooms with plenty of wardrobe space. There's aircon, a tv and mini bar in the room. The mini bar is not part of the all inclusive package. We didn't find the need to use it. They bring bottled water to your room daily.
The food was very good. Won't go as far as excellent but we didn't go hungry as there was plenty of choice. Didn't hear of a tummy bug all our stay!
The service from staff is excellent. Never had better service anywhere. The staff are warm and welcoming and can't do enough for you. We don't tip as we go along and still received good service so it wasn't for the money!
There's a lovely beach but it's coral so you'll need beach shoes. Don't bother buying them here get them in the hotel shop, they cost only £5.00. When the tide goes out you can explore the rock pools and find starfish and jelly fish. For the more adventurous you can go snorkelling and find lots more.
The only negative point is that the pools are FREEZING! My husband will swim in a cold pool but this was too cold even for him. They were empty all week so we weren't the only one's that thought so. It's a shame and hopefully they will be able to do something about them (assuming they've got heating sysyem?) because it will put people off. I wasn't bothered and it certainly won't put me off returning.
There are a lot of steps around the hotel so would cause difficulty for less able bodied. There are lifts though but not quite so convenient.
Evening entertainment is ok and something to suit all tastes. Plenty of day time activiities but why spoil a good holiday!!
It certainly gets a 9/10 from me. Would have got 10 had it not been for the pool!
Great Hotel with a few reservations
We spent a lovely two weeks at this hotel in Feb '06. As others have stated you have full use of the facilities in the Makadi Palace next door. If this will always be the case is uncertain as building work continues in the Palace - although this work will in no way inconvenience anyone.
This is a wonderful place for a relaxing holiday, but can be too restrictive if you are used to getting out and about on holiday.
We stayed in a Junior Suite that was very comfortable with all the facilities that you will need for a great holiday. The bed was huge - at least superking size. One gripe for me was the narrowness of the shower area in the bathroom - only a minor complaint though as the water was always hot and at a great pressure. The rooms are kept spotlessly clean as the room was serviced twice a day. Beach towels and a safety deposit box in your room are provided as part of the service.
The hotel is located in Makadi Bay, approx. 25km from Hurghada. It is set on a lovely sandy bay in a row of 5 or 6 hotels. Whilst there are security huts on the beach, we found that we were able to walk the length of the beach past all the hotels. When we stayed there the sea was definitely warmer than the pools!
The hotel runs a shuttle bus that takes you to the Grand Hotel in Hurghada. Here you can access a bank (with cash machine) and facilities such as a hairdresser. The duty free shop is also a short walk from the bus drop off point. You can buy duty free goods at this shop on production of your passport, the only restriction being that the purchases must be within 48 hours of your arrival in Egypt.
Hurghada is very much in the early stages of development. Do not expect very much and be pre-warned, the local shopkeepers are persistent and very difficult to shake off. This is to be expected as it is their custom, but it can come as a complete culture shock - if purchasing anything learn to haggle.
If you have the time I can recommend the overnight trip to Luxor. It is a long journey across the desert in convoy (about 4 hours) but worthwhile.
We managed to sample all the restaurants during our stay, however the quality was not wonderful everywhere.
First the excellent, the Thai and Italian Restaurants were wonderful, prompt service with food served hot and fresh. Got top marks from us. We also thoroughly enjoyed the two snack bars beside the beach and can also recommend the main beach restaurant. The breakfast at the beach restaurant was especially nice.
Service and entertainment was excellent at Jokers Club and the Terrace Bar. The staff are very attentive and your glass is rarely empty!
However two restaurants were especially poor and should be sampled with care.
The Tarboosh Lebanese Restaurant was universally slated by anyone that we talked to and we personally found that they were too concerned with the entertainment side of things and thus the quality of food was poor. The first time we ate there, everything that should have been warm was stone cold and everything that should have been chilled was served at room temperature. We complained and decided to give it a second chance a few days later but the food was no better.
The Dome buffet has some good food, but the food is not always looked after too well. They tend to skimp on the heating candles and too frequently the 'hot' food was tepid or worse still cold.
Service at the Rendezvous bar was often non-existant. However the sweets there are to die for.
A Caribbean style restaurant is due to open in March '06.
The staff on reception are very helpful and we had no problems with them.
We also made use of the laundary service and found it to be excellent value for money.
Last piece of advice, tips are expected everywhere. Do not tip with European coins. The locals don't appreciate it and you will be plagued constantly by staff trying to exchange the coins for notes. If you must tip with non-Egyptian money bring a supply of single US dollars.
Make sure you get a supply of small Egyptian notes, the bank oppposite the Grand Hotel in Hughada will oblige. If you go on the Luxor trip described above you will not get into the toilets at the stopover points in the desert without paying one Egyptian Pound, and change is not given. So it could be a very expensive visit if you haven't brought change!
Just returned from two weeks at this hotel. Fantastic location and excellent service. The rooms were clean and tidy, very large with the biggest double beds I have ever seen.
This is on a complex with its sister hotel Makadi Palace. You can use all facilities in both hotels, and there is no clear boundary where one hotel finishes and the next one starts. It gives you a huge choice of all inclusive restaurants / snack bars, and the pool areas are large and varied. Better still is the beach, which is sandy, but you can snorkel off it as the reef ends a few yards out. We saw a better selection of fish here than when we went on the snorkelling trip! You can get snorkels/fins etc from the beach hut free of charge. The beach was also private with only hotel guests allowed on it.
There is building work going on next to the Makadi Palace but it does not disturb you.
Once again, fantastic hotel and holiday. We will go again.
Fantastic resort hotel
excellent atmosphere like 1001 nights but high standing with excellent smiling service. Possibility of 8 restaurants, most of them à la carte specialities like thai, lebanen, fish, italian food...
Junior suite is much better for little extra option
But: no fitness center and no spa center. And one of the beach restaurant has bad service (you have to fill drinks by yourself at the bar, what a pity!!)