Tia Heights Makadi

Safaga Road, Makadi Bay, Red Sea and Sinai, Egypt | 4 star resort
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Travel Blogs from Makadi Bay

En Route to Suez

A travel blog entry by nickandjo

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... to see a film called ‘Haute Cuisine’ about a lady called Hortense Laborie who finds herself appointed personal cook to the President of France with responsibility for providing all his meals at the Elysee Palace. The ‘corridors of power within the presidential culinary
world’ are apparently ‘littered with traps’. Nick sat down with the resuscitated laptop to write the blog. After dinner because we had seen both the show and the film we ...

EGYPT - Camels, Quad Bikes and Resorts

A travel blog entry by theprojectman

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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 ...

Egypt - Day 15 to 17 : El Gouna Red Sea

A travel blog entry by dorlina

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El Gouna is a paradise for beach holiday along the red sea coast. You can even rent an apartment here for permanent home. It consists of 20 islands surrounded by picturesque lagoons and Arabic style architectures. You could easily access here by Go bus from Cairo or Hurghada.

The stay in our hotel, Arena Inn, is unforgettable. Due to low season now, it costs only USD33/night. After having a big ...

Egypt - Day 3: Hurghada, Red Sea & Beach

A travel blog entry by dorlina

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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. ...

Egypt - Day 2: Hurghada, Old Town Shopping

A travel blog entry by dorlina

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... as the revolution is only about their own local people. They would not hurt anyone not from their country. We also booked our snorkeling tour next day but found out later another travel agent quoted us half of the price we paid. It all depends on your bargain skills. The price could vary from just 7 Euro to 20 Euro. Anyway, always get a few more quotations before making ...

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This 4 star resort, located on Safaga Road, Makadi Bay, is near Giftun Islands, Sahara Desert, Zeytuna Beach, and Eastern (Arabian) Desert.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Tia Heights Makadi Makadi Bay

    Great for chillin-but be prepared!

    from

    I've just had a great week chilling out with my friend and my son at this hotel. Yes-you need to be aware that all inclusive in egypt is not the same as the caribbean. Freshly squeezed juice is constantly beilng peddled at an extra charge, there are no in-between meal snacks (other than the delicious sandwiches, cakes and pancakes in the afternoon),ice cream is not included and you can only use certain bars in the all inclusive package. Also, you often get people hassling you abit-trying to get you to go to the oriental night (extra charge), book for the a la carte restaurant (extra charge) etc etc. This did not spoil our holiday and if you are prepared for all this before you go, then you'll have a great time.

    Not so all inclusive !!

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    Just got back from Le-Meridian Makadi BAy, ??? 5* no way, maybe a good 3*, Food was not up to much and definately not what we were expecting, it was mostly barely warm ,not hot, DEFINATELY German/eastern european orientated and absolutely Not for children, The All inclusive label is a joke, no ice cream ,only certain bars in certain restaurants at certain times, very complicated,The hotel itself is really very good, all rooms clean,tidy and well presented. the pool is fantastic but had a few problems like a metal expansion joint in the middle of the pool which was broken and the jagged edges would take a toe off if you caught your foot on it also a lot of the tiles were broken in this area and were razor sharp !! the organised shuttle bus into Hurghada is a joke also, it takes you to a really dodgy part of the old town and you get forced into a shop which is allied to the hotel for "instruction" then you are let out into the rabble of shop keepers outside, very intimidating ,especially for women.whilst we were there approx 45% of guests of the hotel had some sort of illness, mainly the runs and sickness although the rep denied there was a problem?? the beach is spotless and the snorkling 20mtrs out is really good for watching fish, the water is crystal clear although on windy days it does get a little cloudy. the Hotel shops are VERY EXPENSIVE although a 10 min walk to Makadi Centre shops and the prices are very resonable, about a 1/3rd of hotel prices but you must haggle.All in all to sumarise ,a really good place to chill out without kids, night life non existant, weather fantastic, pool great, sea fantastic, hotel itself really good let down by food and a few maintainance problems, but at 1200 on the day of your departure you become a "was a guest" and staff no longer want to know you, once your all inclusive finishes it's bye bye see you sometime,......staff attitude changes completely, try getting a drink and paying for it ??and getting change after paying with Egyptian pounds, "sorry sir i have no change" oh really ???

    Please please don't be put off by other reviews

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    Having read a number of negative reviews after booking this holiday, we were more than nervous about what we would find at the hotel on arrival and at one point, even considered cancelling.

    I am SO pleased we didn't. The hotel, resort, service, accommodation, weather, staff and overall holiday were excellent and far exceeded what we had hoped even before reading the negative reviews.

    It is possible that in high season some of the service may be stretched a little but as an out of season luxurious holiday, this hotel and resort cannot be beaten

    No way 5* (hope u love russians)

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    Just returned from a week at this hotel. Its billed as 5*, but having been in numerous 5* hotels, this one certainly isn't. More like a reasonable 3*.

    Le Meridien, Makadi Bay - unfair reviews II

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    After reading all the web reviews I could find, it was with some trepidation that we arrived at Le Meridien, Makadi Bay on April Fools Day. Panorama Holidays (AI). I shall never be tempted to read Trip Advisor again.

    A nice week at makadi bay

    from

    We have just returned from the La meridien Makadi Bay and we are really satisfied with it. We were with friends and with 3 small children together and we had unfortunatly not really good weather (the wind was too strong), but the service vas O.K., the employees was wery kind and loved the children. We liked the food, it vas varied and delicious. The rooms were big and nice, but it's fact that at first our friend's room was too far from us and from everything and we had some discussion at the reception. After a day they changed their room, and this second one was next to ours and it was a really nice place. (We had Dunee rooms, but close to the main building.) So, in spite of the weather we have spent a great week there, tried the horse and camel riding, ate calamaris and shrimps in the fish restaurant(nobody had diarrhoea), made great walks on the beach, and took sunbath e.t.c.

    Unfair reviews?

    from

    we have just returned after a week at this hotel and we found it fine.

    Makadi: the worse Le Meridien

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    We went three times to this hotel in 2002 and 2003. It was perfect.

    The Manager was a French genleman who was taking care of the

    guests.

    We went back last month (Dec 2004) and it was a shame.

    Before food was good. now it's cold and restaurant is dirty and full.

    Before staff care abiut guest (I imagine that they were supervised),

    now nobody cares and they laugh on you when you complain.

    I stayed many times in different Le Meridien but this one is even

    less good than a 2 stars hotel.

    I heard that now it is a franchise and Le Meridien doesn't control it anymore but just take fees. I don't know if it is the reason, but either it is true or not, this hotel is a shame.

    Worst Le Meridien Hotel in the world

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    We stayed one week (7 November -> 14 November 2004) and we were very disappointed. We know Le meridien hotels very well and what they represent, but this was really outrageous. It was unworthy for Le Meridien Hotels. Reception Desk is an accumulation of the most incompetent and rude people. They make you queue for hours to get a NO before you've even asked what you wanted to ask. General cleanness: 0. Food: 0. Service: 0. We took the all-in formula, but you have to walk around with your paper all the time in order to try to find oud what you can get where at what time. Almost nothing is included and if you want to eat a bit more decent, you have to pay extra... Mainly Russian tourists. Also a lot of Germans and Austrians.

    Very Disappointed

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    Just returned from a disappointing week at Le Meridien in Hurghada. Have stayed at Le Meridien hotels worldwide (the one in Cairro is excellent) and been to Egypt many times but this was easily the worst hotel. 1 hour wait at check-in, hotel overbooked so not given the upgraded room we had paid for for 2 days. Hotel is advertised as 5 star - no way. We had a reasonable room and had gone all inclusive but food was awful. On AI you could only eat in 1 restaurant without paying extra and it was terrible. People queued for tables 30 minutes before restaurant opened as you could not get a seat otherwise. The buffet was like being in a rugby scrum as people pushed and shoved to get to the food. If you waited to eat later, there was nothing left! OK, it was a school holiday in Europe so it was a busy time but the hotel advertises itself as having 800 rooms, when in fact there are nearly 1100. Imagine this ammount of people all fighting for dinner at once!

    TripAdvisor Reviews Tia Heights Makadi Makadi Bay

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good