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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!
... I like to cook and so we went in an Egyptian spice shop. The shop keeper is so enthusiastic in explaining every spice in his shop. He also told us the recent politics issue they had in their country and the reason why they don’t like America. They wanted to control their own country by themselves. The tourism industry is getting worse by the news. It is safe to travel ...
... 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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Historical Traveler Reviews Makadi Palace Makadi Bay
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.
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.
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.
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
Travelled from Glasgow with My Travel. Plane not great, on a par with no frills airline but was on time!
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.
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.
My partner and I stayed at the Makadi Palace August last year with our two children.
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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 !
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.