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I arrived just after sunset. Flying over the desert was an experience. I have flown over parts of Egypt before, but never exactly landed there. Hurghada is a tourists spot that attracts Europeans such as Germans, Russians and British. I spent 4 nights in a lovely resort that was all-inclusive. Everything was included in the price, therefore i did not have to ...
Our snorkeling tour started at 8:15a.m., we were transferred to the port for the our big boat. After collecting our masks and fins, we joined our group size of about 20. Most of the tourists can speak Arabic. Only 4 of us, two Chinese, 1 UK, 1 German speak English. Our tour guide is very professional which he made sure everyone is happy with the tour. First, we landed on the Giftun / paradise Island, beautiful crystal water and golden sand. ...
... dusty and a little like a roller coaster ride without the horrendous drop hills. Fun!!
Out of nowhere we pulled up to a Bedouin camp. The guide for our small group was Mohamed, an Egyptologist, and quite easy on the ladies eyes. He led us to one of the tents and we were invited to sit down (on the floor) for a bit of a talk on the Bedouin life.While seated we were served "tea" by one of the young boys in the group. ...
... and sunbathing, although the pool is now closed because the emergency is now in place. No acting, no choir, no dancingand 1 game of bridge.We have had some excellent lecturers on board ;now Tim Severin who did theSinbad voyages sponsored by the Shah of Oman.
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So good, we visited twice...
After a great weekend at the Makadi Palace in May, we took our children (aged 8 and 5) there for a week this July-August.
We all shared a standard room with the girls on the 2 sofabeds in the livingroom area. As before the room was beautiful and spotlessly clean. If I was to be very picky, the finish quality of the room was a bit poor (poor tiling as an example), but it was a lovely and comfortable base for the week.
As before, the breakfasts were acceptable but ordinary. Would highly brecommend the pool bar At Makadi Palace (MP) for a light lunch, the beach bar at the far end of the Grand Makadi Hotel (GM) for child friendly grub, MP all inclusive guests can use all the facilities and restaurants in this neighbouring hotel...which is actually part of the same complex, at no cost. (It should be noted that GM guests cannot use the restaurants at the MP...) For a fantastic lunch, or evening meal, try the Carribean Restaurant built on pillars over the pool at GM. Another great restaurant for evening meals is the Thai in MP. Men do have to wear long trousers to eat there. Do book evening meals well in advance at all except the Dome restaurant to avoid disappointment.
Beach shoes are esential to go in the sea, and are available for sale at the beach hut for £5 (cash). Available free from there is snorkelling equipment loan. This is well used though, and only comes in adult sizes. Do go snorkelling. The house reef is quite good.
Do go on excusions. We particularly recommend the day long boat trip incorporating 2 snorkelling stops and a visit to the spectacular Giftun Island. Even all the other tourists can't spoil it. We were given a tip that most excursions can be booked at a fraction of travel rep rates if you go into a local travel agent in Hurghada...Didn't try this ourselves though.
There is no dive centre on site, but all the standard packages are available at a nearby hotel and include free transport. Book (at least your first dive) through the travel rep. The dive centre was good, professional and friendly. Our 8 year old did a bubblemaker course which has given her a passion for diving.
Kids club is available,subject to spaces, at the far end of GM. It is German run, by a lone woman with poor but acceptable English. She provides a club for up to 25 children aged 4-12. I was particularly alarmed to find out that she takes her charges to the pool or beach each afternoon... I let our daughters go there, and they enjoyed meeting other children, but I stayed on the beach by the kids club and told the organiser to call me if she needed help... I also watched over my children when they were at the beach with kids club...call me overprotective, but I didn't like 1:25 ratios...
There are 2 shops on site. One at the join between the hotels, the other at GM lobby. I felt the first was better and cheaper, but DO haggle! Start at 50-75% of their starting price. And tell them that the other shop offered you the same item cheaper...Believe me, they will still be getting a great profit margin!
We were told that 30 minutes walk along the beach, there are more shops at Makadi Bay...small but perfectly formed. You will also see camels and horses on route. We didn't go as our little companions weren't keen in the heat.
Regarding the temperature.Yes, it is HOT in summer, but fine for a beach/pool holiday thanks to a sea breeze. If you want to do the sites of ancient Egypt, go October-April.
Should you choose Makadi Palace for your holiday? YES! It has a magical quality (see photos), the staff are warm, friendly and helpful. They respond particularly to "shukran" ("thank you" in arabic)
....Put it this way...we'll be back...
The Makadi Palace is a beautiful hotel (a little tired in places if you look closely but repairs were being carried out) The rooms were spacious (not quite as big as you might think from photos tho'). The room boys were generally good and appreciated a tip. We found the staff around the hotel to be pleasant, helpful and friendly. Plenty of sunbeds available and the resort never felt crowded. A good mix of nationalities, we certainly didn't feel outnumbered by Germans and the one German family we met were extremely pleasant and spoke excellent English. The beach is slighly disappointing but the snorkelling was great, as in previous posts, chose your spot carefully, to the right and last palm tree etc. The pools around the hotel more than compenstate for the beach. The food was mostly fine, quite varied in the buffet restaurant but there were the occasional off days. The A la Carte restaurants were nice but fairly limited for choice and you do need to book well in advance, the Italian being the most popular I think, although you can eat in there without booking after 9.30pm.(lovely pizza). The breakfasts were excellent (we were early birds) but the later you go for breakfast the less choice you will have. Not a good resort for teenagers as very limited things for them to do. Fine for small children and the staff love them. Take your own entertainment and chill out and don't rely on the hotel entertaining you (it won't). I think there are some new restaurants due to open at the Palace fairly soon, this will improve the choice of eateries and make life a little more interesting. The day trip to Luxor was great but very hot, be prepared. The desert adventure was great fun and our 6 year old loved it. Shopping can be a bit of a trial as the shopkeepers are very persistant and you have to haggle, they expect you do do it, it's mostly good humoured but not always, I personally find it hard really to do and somewhat uncomfortable, so go with someone who who can drive a hard bargin! Finally tummy trouble was rife, some worse than others, travel with plenty of meds, imodium not always a good idea as it stops the runs for a bit but keeps the bug inside. Speak to a Dr. before you go and take an appropriate antibiotic with you (we did and it came in very useful and cured my bug quite quickly with no further probs) they probably won't give anything for kids tho' only advise taking rehydrating powders.
Would I go again. Yes probably, for a good value, do nothing, sun soaked holiday in very pleasant surroundings.
The most relaxing 2 weeks ever
We flew from Gatwick to Hurghada - flight was fine - buses took us straight to the Palace, where we registered and got our wristbands - our room was just like all the brochures we'd seen - and then the holiday began.
The Makadi Palace is a fantastic hotel, the staff are very friendly, the pool is huge - enough sunbeds even when nearly full!
The Dome for a buffet breakfast, The Rendevous for lunch and then the Melange for dinner - all the food was excellent, at the moment you still can use the Italian and Lebanese restaurants next door - but you do have to book the day before!
The Jokers Bar in the evening is a great venue for after dinner drinks (outside, inside the Animators mime to famous musicals, once you've seen it once, in our opinion is nicer to sit outside!!)
The snorkelling off the beach is amazing - brightly coloured fish and coral, if you walk through the Palace grounds to the beach - (this is going to sound strange but its worth not cutting your legs to bits on the coral!!) - turn right along the walkway, walk til you come to the last palm tree on the straight - walk onto the beach and you'll be able to see a channel between the coral that lets you swim through to the deeper edge and look at all the sealife!!!
Like the curates egg
We travelled as a mixed group of 9 people aged from 6 to almost 60, staying in the Makadi Palace from 28th July to 11th August 2006
The hotel is generally good, with a good layout and a superb pool which is kept immaculately clean by the staff, who are generally helpful. There are plenty of loungers both around the pool, and on the shore, although the beach is not very good, with very coarse sand and many lumps of rock & coral.
The building work next door caused us no problems, but the sound of concrete being broken could be heard on part of the site, and the beach.
Rooms were fine, but the quality of the cleaning varied on the roomboys, some excellent, some not so good, with some were constantly knocking when you were in the room, with the question is everything OK, in the hope/expectation of yet another tip. One of the more annoying habits was the disappearing towels, which arrived when the room was initially cleaned, disappeared mid afternoon, and then needed to be chased again in the evening.
As a guest in the Makadi Palace you can use the restaurants in the Makadi Grand, but the privilege does not work the other way round.
There were buffet restaurants and snack bars open in each hotel, with a Thai in the Makadi Palace and an Italian and Caribbean in the Grand each of which needed to be booked in advance but others were closed over the summer period.
The food seemed excellent in the restaurants which were open, if somewhat variable occasionally, with a wide selection in the Dome, but generally the cold buffets in all restaurants were not refrigerated, there are lots of flies, and all of our party suffered from recurring upset tummies for much of the time, as did almost everyone we spoke to, and we spoke to people who had suffered serious food poisoning, requiring doctor's attention. The moral is to take lots of Imodium with you.
Drinks, both soft and alcoholic were readily available, and bottled water was freely obtainable from any bar or restaurant.
The diving was good (better through Sub-Aqua than Aquarius, both use boats based in the Meridian Marina although Aquarius was cheaper), with both using the Makadi house reefs for local dives, and the snorkelling was brilliant, with the 6 year old finding Nemo!
The Luxor trip and the desert adventure were both excellent, but the city tour was a disappointment, ending up in the airport duty free.
Not much to do for the teenagers, as the entertainment was rather limited.
Final conclusion, been there, done it, probably wont return
Travelled from Glasgow with My Travel. Plane not great, on a par with no frills airline but was on time!
Same plane on way back. It was about 50 mins late due to boarding dealys at Hurghada which seemed to be a knock on from the Gatwick flight and buses doing funny things.
Loads of shops in airport selling all the tourist things. Be prepared to show your passport at every opportunity.
It is lovely, the pools are kept clean. No problems getting loungers around hotel or on beach.
There is still some building work going on but you don't really notice it.
There are lots of short ways to get about so explore along corridors.
Just as they are in the pictures. A little smaller than expected but we had 2 adults, a child and a baby in a cot. Rooms cleaned well with everything picked up off the floor and any clothes lying about are neatly folded. Daughter very quickly stopped leaving her underwear lying around, hope this habit sticks now we are home!!
To operate air con you need to put your room keycard in a slot which means electricity and air con don't work when you leave the room. We found out that any card will operate it so Tesco clubcard came in very handy!
The food is lovely and being able to use Grand means you get a range of food. We found service at Grand to be not as attentive and positively poor at the beach bar beside the play park.
The message throughout the time we were there was that you don't have to book the Italian but you do. Carribean needs booked and men have to wear shorts that come below their knees to get in.
At Palace all restaurants are good with choice of food cooked infront of you in some. Waiters are very friendly and adore young children.
All of us, except the baby, ended up with an upset tummy, dh is still not quite right. Take loads of upset tummy meds so you don't have to worry, we thought we had enough but ended up rationing it and it really took the edge off our holiday.
We took the courtesy bus into Hurghada and went exploring. Felt quite pressured as men kept trying to get us down alley ways to see their shop. Took a taxi back to the Grand Resort, agreed price destination etc before getting in but still ended up at his mates shop in the other direction, detour added onto bill but dh refused to pay anymore than we had agreed. We got away with it but it was quite stressful. Had lunch at Hard Rock Cafe which is so cheap!!
This was the highlight of our holiday. We travelled to Marsa Alam and stayed overnight in wooden huts. Went into the desert to meet a bedouin tribe. Watched a film about the area and the tribe and then went on camel ride. Stopped for the tribesmen to make coffee, bake bread and just learn about them. They had a beautiful baby camel who was so much fun, the boys in the tribe kept chasing it. We headed back to camp when it was dark. I can't describe how magical it was being on a camel in a desert having local tribesmen singing with a clear dark sky p[lastered with a crescent moon, numerous star constilations and shooting stars. The memory will stay with me forever.
We then had dinner which was lovely and joined in singing and dancing. We were made to feel so welcome and special.
Back to huts for sleep but that was difficult as dogs howled all night with the occasional interlude from the local donkey!!
the next day was swimming with wild dolphins but they didn't want to play!
We decided to fly as the little one would have been hard work on the bus. We left the hotel at 4.30am and arrived in Cairo at about 8am. Our tour guide was excellent. The pyramids truely deserve there title as a wonder of the world and we visited all 3 and the Spinx. Trip inside pyramids worthwile but very hot and airless. Very hard sell as soon as you step off the bus but tour guide prepares you for this and what to do.
Had lunch on boat on Nile, visited papyrus museum and Cairo museum which was very hot but full of wonders. Final trip was to market. Very pressurised but people light hearted and friendly.
Back to hotel at about 10pm.
Daughter decided to go later in our stay but were told their was a waiting list. After watching the carer in action I would not have left a child there. She had less than five children in and managed to lose one, another was slamming a childs hand in the door and one was screaming in a corner. In working life I am a teacher with over a decade of experience so found this quite a shock.
Think I have covered the main points. We had a great holiday with lots of amazing memories and photos. The hotel was comfortable and felt safe. Would we go back?? I think so more restaurants are opening and it is very easy to realx. Our daughter aged 9 was safe and able to wander about with the friends she made.
We stayed for two weeks at the Makadi Palace Hotel with our Children. The rooms are just as the pictures in the brochures show and are kept clean and tidy every day. The pools and the pool area are probably the cleanest I have seen for a while. The kids had a ball every day and the pool attendants made sure they were safe. The staff in all areas were very good to the kids and made us all feel very welcome. I was happy to tip regularly as the service was good.
The variety of food is outstanding, but word of warning.....take more than enough Immodium!!! I was ill for 9 days and everybody we spoke to had an upset tummy at one time or another. But....the food is really good.....!!
The must do's are the water park trip....brilliant family fun, the boat trip for snorkelling........beautiful sights, Scuba diving....hard to beat the Red Sea.....its so warm. and Jeep Safari...but not suitable for younger children.
Looking back.....I loved the hotel...its just a pity its not closer to shops etc so you could take a wander after dinner. Great location if you just want to relax, but bit boring to stay for two weeks and do nothing else.
just returned from my 2nd trip to the makadi palace, fantastic, well worth the 5 star rating. cant fault a single thing. will definately be going back for a 3rd trip next year, or maybe christmas this year. highly recommended, service etc out of this world. food excellant, loads of choice and good variety of restaurants. you will have a fantastci time if you go there.
Beautiful and relaxing
My partner and I stayed at the Makadi Palace August last year with our two children.
After an average flight with My Travel, we had a half hour coach drive to our hotel which was comfortable. When we arrived we were taken back by this amazing hotel and we were looking forward to spending the next two weeks there.
As we checked in we were given our wristbands and a porter took all of our luggage to our room, which was also amazing. They had made up the spare bed and a cot for our children. (the cot was a proper woodern cot and not just a travel cot that you usually get!) Our room was cleaned and tidied everyday and our towels were changed everyother day. As the week went on my childrens teddys and pj's were arranged on their beds along with fresh bottles of water!
The pool areas were very clean and the service from waiters was very good. The staff were all very friendly and seemed to take to the children, making paper hats etc for them.
The hotel is set right on the beach but be prepared and take some beach shoes with you as there are alot of rocks and coral.
The food was the only down side as it was not varied and got a touch boring after one week let alone two. We all suffered from upset tummys and ran out of tablets, meaning we had to go to the local town to buy some which were very expensive. Take my advice and bring plenty from home! Also nappies are very expensive so cram as many as you can into your suitcase.
The entertainment was a singer and a keyboard player which got a bit boring. The entertainment team offer childrens shows and parties on the beach but they don't start until 10pm!
I strongly recommend the half day boat trip. It took us to three different coral reefs and we had about an hour at each one. Lunch was included which was supprisingly lovely. They drop you off at an island with white sands and clear blue sea. My children thoughly enjoyed themselves and even went in the sea and saw Nemo and Dory!!
We had a wonderful holiday and I would love to go back again one day, I just hope they have improved the food.
1001 and 1 night in makadi bay
Lovely large hotel, in reallity is Grand Makadi + Makadi Palace one complex. Very good service , lovely rooms, nice food but not exelent (the Thai restautant and the italian were nearly authentic ) but some of the buffet food gets boaring after one week. Nice beach , alot of things to do for my girls age 8 and 16.
Nearly up to 5 star standard , but still "4 1/2" , you can not make a outside call from the room, roomservice is very slow but all together a goof experience !
Better than u think
we were very worried before we went ,having heard bad reviews about building work,bad food etc but we were greatly surprised!this hotel is well worth its 5 stars.There is ongoing building work going on but the resort is so huge you dont have to see it or hear it if you dont want to.This is not just a hotel complex but a vast resort,especially at the moment because you can also use the facilities at the Grand Makadi adjourning.(there are plans in the future to seperate the 2 hotels again)There are 3 buffet restaurants,a thai ,a lebanese,an italian,3 snack bars and there are 4 more being built.we had a 4 and 7 year old and they could easily find something they liked in every restaurant.the food is excellent,plentiful,and everything is very clean.the service is excellent especially if given a small tip.the rooms are spotless ,cleaned every day and with plenty of room.the pools are absolutely massive,but some are very chilly.
make the effort to endure the 4 hour coach trip to the valley of the kings.its well worth it although the over night trip is better because you get more time.
only downsides? the beach is disappointing with coral sand but a 5 minute walk takes you to numerous other hotels with better sand and not so rocky.dont stay here if you want entertaining and excitement.apart from the other hotels there is nothing else .if you want shopping a 5 min taxi ride will take you to makadi centre or 20 mins to hurguada which is not so nice.
we had a great relaxing time and would definately go to makadi bay again