SUNRISE Select Royal Makadi Resort
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Makadi or Make-Do
I was hoping this resort was going to re-affirm my faith in All-inclusive holidays, having had a poor experience in Malta earlier this year. I am very pleased to say that it knock my socks off. Everything was just as you;d like it to be. The staff we fantastic, the rooms perfect, the facilities just as you'd imagine. Watch out for booking the restaurants as our Russian friends aren't as adept at queueing as us Brits but that was the only down point. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone.
Un véritable plaisir
Mon épouse et moi-même avons séjourné au Sunrise Royal Makadi du 12 au 19 novembre 2006.
Le complexe est très grand.
Les chambres et suites se trouvent dans plusieurs bâtiments de 2 étages disséminés dans les jardins.
Un grand bâtiment comprend réception, bars, magasins, restaurants, coiffeur, ...
La piscine rectangulaire et la piscine avec toboggan pour enfants sont chauffées, ce qui n'est pas le cas des autres piscines (principale avec pool-bar entre-autres).
Un petit chemin dallé sépare le complexe de la plage (petits gravillons à certains endroits, sable fin à d'autres) sur laquelle, durant la période à laquelle nous avons séjourné dans cet hôtel, il n'y avait pas de souci pour trouver un transat de libre.
D'une manière générale, le complexe est très propre, le personnel est souriant et serviable, la nourriture est abondante, variée et délicieuse, on y sert les boissons nationales alcoolisées ou non-alcoolisées classiques mais aussi une sélection d'alcools importés (Bacardi brun et Cointreau entre-autres), les chambres sont spacieuses et confortables, et les activités (sportives ou autres) sont variées, professionnelles, discrètes et pour la plupart comprises dans le all-in.
Le complexe est l'un des plus beau de la baie de Makadi qui est isolée à environ 30 km au sud de Hurghada.
Nous conseillons cet hôtel aussi bien aux jeunes qu'aux moins jeunes, en couple, entre amis ou en famille, mais en tout cas à tous ceux qui recherchent un hôtel relativement calme.
Clean and modern touristy type of hotel
I have just returned from Egypt. I took my mum to Cairo and Hurghada to treat her on her 60th Birthday. My mum loved the hotel but I have stayed in better 5 stars hotels before. I travel 3-4 times a year and when I do, I always make sure that I choose a real luxurious hotel with excellent customer service. This time I have selected a hotel that is modern, clean ,very touristy and lacking of customer service. After arriving late at the hotel no-one was especially willing to help us carry our luggage and we were not welcomed by drinks at all. Although I requested a double bedded room with sea view I got two single beds and garden view. I straightaway called the receptionist and politely explained my reservations about the situations. The receptionist was very unhelpful and not respectful at all. He clearly did not want to change the situation and said "tomorrow" very abruptly. The room was a basically furnished modern room. The bathroom was very large but the showerhead could not be fixed during our stay even though I reported the fault several times. We could hear the water running in the toilet all night.
The pool area is nice and clean. The beach is lovely, a bit narrow. The sea water is clear and very warm. I did some snorkelling and saw wonderful sea creatures...( I even saw stone fish, dangerous one...)
Be careful with the Egyptian men. As we did not have any male with us we were hassled all the time. They asked questions 100 times like what´s your name, how old are you.... Everyone wants to marry you and every woman is the most beautiful woman in the whole world. I disliked their attitude and disrespect toward women.
The other annoying matter was tipping. They help you if you pay them. I am not used to this approach and personally disliked it.
Food was great and this what made this hotel a 5 star one. If you want to eat in the a la carte restaurants you need to book the table every morning between 10 and 12. There is a long queue, mainly for the Italian one. We preferred the Mediterranean one however your choice will always be the right one because all the restaurants are extremely good. I had a tummy bug everytime I drank milk or had some melon. It took 24hrs to recover and did not suffer a lot so I would not worry too much. Please make sure that you avoid ice.
I booked the glass bottomed boat for 100 Euros for 2 people and I wish I had not done that. You can find cheaper options. I have been deceived...
Overall I would say that this hotel deserves less than 5 stars, mainly because of the average customer service.
The majority of nationality are Russians and some Germans. The hotel was full of families so if you want to go on a holiday designed for especially couples I don´t think that you will be happy with this one.
Going to Cairo is a must. We had a wonderful time in Cairo. Be aware that the most polluted and dirtiest place I have ever been to. ( I have been to Sri Lanka and Morroco before). We saw 2 dead horses along the Nile. After experiencing and memorising the rich and wonderful Egyptian culture you will forget the poor surroundings.
Enjoy your time in Egypt.
Best Hotel in Makadi Bay
Just returned from two fantastic weeks at the Sunrise Royal Makadi which we booked through Thomas Cook.
On arrival at the hotel, we were greeted by the friendly staff with a welcome drink and took a seat while our check was done for us. By the time we were at our room, our cases had arrived.
Our room had a view over the pool and the sea and we had views across the bay. The room was spotless and there was plenty of room.
The grounds at the hotel are kept immaculate and the staff are constantly cleaning.
We found the food great and had not problems at all. There is one main buffet restaurant and 3 speciality restaurants which are well worth a visit. In the main buffet restaurant there is plenty of choice and the fussiest person couldn't go hungry. Huge variety of chicken, meat, fish, pasta, salad etc. I was wary about tummy bugs before our trip which I did read a lot about at other hotels but I can honestly say we were both fine. I did hear stories on a few trips we went on so I am glad we made the coice that we did.
The beach area is extremely clean there are plenty of sunbeds for everyone. You do have to get there early though if you want an umbrella as the Germans seem to reserve them by the dozen! To the left side of the beach there is a large coral reef just in front of the Fort Arabesque hotel and the fish there are amazing. We did a trip to Marmya and snorkelled there but i'd say the fish around the hotel are far better. If you love walking along the beach, then Makadi Bay is definately the place to stay. You can walk for ages either side of the hotel. To the left is far quieter where there are hardly any people. This hotel definately has the best spot of beach in the bay. Sunbeds aren't on top of each other which seemed to be the case at Le Meridien.
The pools can be cold but in the heat it shouldn't bother you too much. The childrens pool with the slides is heated. There are also plenty of sunbeds and shaded areas and they are very clean.
We done a two day trip to Luxor which converted to approximately £102.00 which we thought was great value for money. We visited all the main attractions there and accomodation was included with all meals.
We also went to Giftun Island and went to Marmya Beach. There are 3 beaches on the island and Marmya is the only private beach. Unless you arrive at this beach, you cannot go on it, but we could go to the other beaches. Snorkling here was good, but not as good as the reef at the hotel. The beach is stunning though with white sand and clear blue waters. You had the option to snorkel or just laze around.
Egyptian people love the English and a small tip really does go a long way. There were mainly Russians and Germans staying at the hotel and they can be quite rude to the staff. Manners don't cost a thing but they don't see it they way. They really didn't bother us too much and if they did (especially queuing at dinner and the bar) just give them a taste of their own medicine and they won't do it again!
I did a lot of research before booking our holiday and definately think this is the best hotel in Makadi Bay. The way I see it is that you work hard enough so why not spoil yourself and that's what we did. It is also only one of two 24 hour all inclusive hotels (the other one is in Hurghada). When they say all inclusive, that's exactly what it is. There are no hidden extras and you don't have to pay for alcohol or the speciality restaurants.
Would I go back again? Definately. Couldn't fault this hotel at all.
Oasis in the Desert
We booked are week in Royal Sunrise on the internet a week before going as a last minute deal just looking for a week of R&R and lots of sun - and that is certainly what we got!
The location is good as it is right on the beach, but as for a centre or town there really is not a lot in Makadi Bay so it is definitely a lie by the pool holiday. The sea is beautiful; clear and warm, not so much the hotels private beach but a 5 minute stroll to the left on the walk way leads to a nicer piece of beach which has a lot or coral so is great for snorkeling - I have never seen so many different fish, it was brilliant so a must for all going to a Red Sea resort!
The bedrooms were average size but spotless as was the whole resort. The bathroom was large with a lovely spacious shower. The bedrooms were build in a lot of small blocks only 2 high so the buildings do not spoil the landscape. The buffet restaurant was a bit of a rat-race but the choice of food was plentiful and varied and a good quality but don't expect what we get at home. The three A La Carte restaurants are ok, are favorite was the Asian however the portions are quite small. The drinks are good, they are not tight with the alcohol at all and the beer was nice, never saw one imported alcoholic drink though?.
The pool area is spotlessly clean, you got a clean beach towel everyday, but the pool was cold, even in the heat of mid day! The only down side are the Germans!!! We had a run in with a couple as we moved there towel from some beds which were not in use, a sign says no reserving sun beds but they still do. You can let a pool attendant know and they will bring extra beds to where you want them but they will want a tip!
In all, a great place to stay if you want a relaxing break in the sun.
Je reviens d'Egypte où j'ai séjourné 2 semaines à l'hôtel Royal Sunrise Makadi Bay avec mon fils de 12 ans. Hôtel magnifique, neuf et avec des infrastructures superbes (restos, bars, piscines ...). Le personnel est très gentil.
Si vous aimez être dépaysés, vous serez servis : 1 à 2 % de Français seulement. Les animateurs français (2 sur une dizaine) sont très pros et font tout ce qu'ils peuvent pour mettre à l'aise les Français et les Belges Wallons. Les autres animateurs, bien que ne parlant pas français, sont également adorables.
Sur place, il faut impérativement parler anglais pour ne pas être trop perdus. Ca a permis à mon fils de perfectionner son anglais qu'il vient de commencer à apprendre à l'école !
A l'hôtel, il faut marchander dans les boutiques (même pour un paquet de cigarettes !), à l'Aqua Center (pour les excursions... magnifiques). c'est un sport local, il faut jouer le jeu.
Nous sommes contents de notre séjour bien que le catalogue Thomas Cook annonçait un Club 100 % francophone.
Would just like to mention that although this Hotel is beautiful, clean and luxurious, all four members of my family had very bad tummy upsets...two of us for the whole week. We were therefore not able to take advantage of the all inclusive food and drink to its full advantage as we didn't feel well enough. If it hadn't been for this it would have been a fantastic holiday (but I have to say unbearably hot at this time of year....early July). The swim up pool bar was fantastic. The food was better than other all inclusives I have stayed at....just couldn't enjoy it properly.
We were not the only ones to suffer...there were three other English families staying at the same time who all had the same problem for the whole holiday.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the English are definitely in the minority. There were a maximum of 18 English. The majority were German. Also a lot of Egyptian as this is their school holiday time.
The other gripe was that the entertainment was poor in the evening. Almost non existent.
Das Royal Makadi liegt am Strand von Makadi Bay, mit dem Auto ca. 30 Minuten von Hurghada entfernt. Es ist erst seit September 2005 geöffnet und das spiegelt sich auch in dem Zustand der Zimmer, den öffentlichen Bereichen, den Pools, Sonnenliegen usw. Wieder. Makadi Bay ist ein ruhiges Resort das aus Hotels besteht - die meisten davon all-inklusive und so gibt es keine Bars, Restaurants usw. in der Gegend, Nachtleben beschränkt sich auf das, was die Hotels bieten. Der Strand ist groß genug für ausreichend Sonnenliegen und sicheres Schnorcheltauchen in einem abgetrennten Bereich - ideal für Kinder und all die, die nicht auf's rauher Meer hinausmöchten. Es gibt zwei riesige Poolbereiche - einen für Familien mit flachen Pools, Wasserrutschen und einem Kids Club Gebäude, dann noch einen Poolbereich der eine ganze Reihe Pools hat die durch einen 'ernsthaften' Swimmingpool miteinander verbunden sind. Es gibt im ruhigeren Teil der Anlage einen kleineren Pool in dem man sich entspannen konnte. Die Angestellten am Pool sind immer zur Hand und die Strandtücher waren super - groß und flauschig. Man kann Bootsausflüge, Schnorchel - und Gerätetauchausflüge von der Marina aus arrangieren, nur einen kurzen Spaziergang vom Hotel entfernt. Die Kosten für einen Schnorcheltag mit 2 Stopps und einem weiteren 1 1/2 stündigem Aufenthalt auf Giftun Island (wunderschön) einschliesslich Softdrinks und Mittagessen belief sich auf £25. Vom Strand aus kann man auch and Pferde- und Kamelritten teilnehmen. Die Restaurantauswahl war sehr gut - größtenteils Buffet aber mit Köchen, die Essen zubereiteten wie z.B. Kurzgebratenes, Fisch und Nudeln, während man wartete - ein asiatisches a-la-carte mit einer kleinen aber feinen Auswahl und das mediterrane mit einer großen Auswahl wie z.B. Fisch, Steaks und Ente. Es gab auch eine gute Snackbar am Pool mit Pizza, Kababs, Burgern usw. Das all-inklusive beinhaltete alle Mahlzeiten und alle Getränke - selbst die Getränke in der Disko bis um 3 Uhr morgens und 24 Stunden lang in der Bar in der Lobby. Getränke bestanden aus Pepsi in Dosen, 7-up usw. und Bier kam in Flaschen. Wein und Cocktails gab es auch in allen Bars. Die Zimmer waren fleckenlos sauber und die Betten waren neu und bequem. Es gab einen Kühlschrank im Zimmer und man konnte als Teil des all-inklusive Angebots Wasser und Pepsi aus der Minibar trinken. Es gibt einen Fitnessraum und eine große Massageanlage, so dass Sie sich rundherum verwöhnen können. Wir fanden, dass dasa Personal sehr hilfsbereit und höflich war, Sie hatten auch einen guten Sinn für Humor, wie die meisten Ägypter! Dies hier wäre gut, wenn Sie einen friedliche, entspannten Urlaub mit gutem Essen und Service geniessen möchten.
Luxurious 24hr All Inclusive
Where do I start!!!
If you are in two minds about going to this hotel then hopefully this review will make your mind up for you. Before I went I was finding it difficult finding any info about the hotel So I hope this helps.
The Hotel is very new (Opened Nov 2005) & is situated in Makadi Bay which is a newish resort of large all inclusive resorts. As you approach the entrance to the grounds you instantly realise that the resort is going to be luxurious and it does not disappoint! The long palm tree fringed driveway passes to the right of the family pool which has water slides. As you enter the hotel there is a very nice fountain in the lobby. To the right is the reception. The Thomas Cook rep had us booked in before we could approach the desk. The reception staff then insist you take a seat whilst the bar staff bring a refreshing drink to you. Once finished the bell boys ask which bags are yours and then its off to the room.
We were in block 22 with a lovely sea view. The rooms were very nice but not a double bed!! each had a fridge which was stocked with water, pepsi, fanta & 7up. (water only restocked during stay). the bathroom was large with a superb power shower. The rooms were cleaned each day by an English speaking man who was sooooo friendly and made animals out of the towels daily. each room has individual air con.
The hotel runs on a 24hr all inclusive basis and all food and drink is included. Meals are taken in the large air conditioned buffet restaurant where there is plenty of choice incl a meat & fish station or pasta freshly cooked before you. The buffet is open from 6:30-10:30, 12:30-2:30 & 6:30pm-10:30pm. From 11am-5pm a snack bar is available with burgers, pizza, hotdogs etc. There are also 3 A La Carte restaurants, Asian, Italian & Mediterranean which you dont need to pre book. You can eat in each of these once per person per stay. Did not have a problem with any food throughout our stay & no tummy bugs.
Drinks are 24hr in the lobby bar and includes some international brands. Not small glasses either, very generous with alcohol. The beer is very nice as well. Three types available, Sakara, Luxor or Stella. Sakara tasted the best for us. From midnight onwards hot snacks are available in the lobby bar. Drinks also available in bottles & cans from the pool bars, the snack bar & the beach bar.
The pool areas were amazing with four pools in total. A freeform pool with swim-up bar, a rectangular pool which overflows into a small free form pool & the family pool which is very large & is the only heated pool. (Needed in winter as main pool was icy cold. Trust me, I know as does everyone else when I screamed after taking a plunge in the free form) Towels are free to use as well.
The beach was perfect. Nice soft sand near the water. Lots of free sunbeds with comfy mattresses. The sea was warm, clear and hardly moved (the waves break on the reef some way out) You must snorkel whilst here. The house reef is amazing with lots of large colourful fish.
There is a gym, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room & a watersports centre.
The entertainment was done by a german company called Neckermann. There was daily activities & every night they did a show in the cave disco varying from traditional egyptian dancing to Moulin Rouge & Lord of the Dance. The disco is open until 3am with mainly English music. Next door is the Queen Vic pub with two pool tables which can be pre booked for 1/2hr each day.
What was strange though was all entertainment shows etc were done solely in English & English was definately the minority. Also all signs around the hotel & in the restaurants incl bar menus were all in English. It soon became apparent that staff prefer English and if you smile at them & spend 2 mins talking to them they will go out of their way to please you. Other nationalities were just plain rude and got nothing in return.
The hotel has a number of shops but dont pay the price they first tell you. Half it, offer it then start negotiating. They will only negotiate with English. Other non English speaking nationalities pay full price and when they try to negotiate the shop staff refuse all offers and dont budge on price!
The hotel is constantly being cleaned by what appears to be an army of cleaners and ground staff. Dirty an ash tray and someone will replace it straight away. The gardens are amazing as well. Still very new but due to the care being put in by the staff the desert really is turning green in this resort. Each day the staff water the grass and all the plants. By far the cleanest resort I have ever stayed in.
The only downside of this resort is sometimes the wind can be cold especially at night. If you are going in winter take a long sleeved top for the evening.
On a whole I would heartedly recommend the Sunrise Royal Makadi for a relaxing enjoyable stay with the most friendly people I have ever met.
If I have left anything out then please do not hesitate to contact me and I will gladly get back to you.
The Royal Makadi is situated on the beach at Makadi Bay which is approx. 30 minutes by car from Hurghada. It has only been open since September 2005 and this is reflected by the great condition of rooms, public areas, pools, sun loungers etc. Makadi Bay is a quiet resort which consists of hotels- mostly all inclusive so there are no bars, restaurants etc. in the area and nightlife is limited to what the hotels provide.
The beach area is large enough with ample sunbeds and safe snorkelling in an enclosed area - ideal for children or anyone who is not keen on rough seas.
There are 2 large pool areas - one for families with shallow pools,water slides and a kids club building andd the main pool area which has a number of pools linked together including a "serious" swimming pool. There is also a smaller chill out pool situated in a peaceful part of the complex. The pool attendants are keen to assist and the beach towels are great - large and soft.
You can arrange boat trips, snorkelling and diving trips from the Marina which is a short walk from the hotel. Cost for all day snorkelling with 2 stops and a further 1 1/2 hours on Giftun island (beautiful) was £25 including soft drinks and lunch.
Also from the beach area there are horse and camel rides.
The choice of restaurants was very good - 1 mostly buffet but with chefs also making food as you waited such as stir frys, seafood and pasta - An Asian a la carte with limited but tasty menu and an a la carte Mediterranean with an extensive menu inculding fish, steaks and duck. There was also a pool snack bar with pizza, kebabs, burgers etc.
The all inclusive covered all food and drinks - even the drinks in the disco until 3am and 24 hour bar in the lobby.Drinks were cans of pepsi, 7-up etc and beer came in bottles. Wine and cocktails were also available in all bars.
The rooms were kept spotlessly clean and the beds were new and comfortable. There was a fridge in the room and you could drink the water and pepsi from the mini bar on the all inclusive deal.
There is a gym and large massage area for pampering yourself.
We found all staff to be very helpful and polite with the good sense of humour we have found most Egyptians have!
This would be suitable if you want a peaceful relaxing time with good food and service.
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