You know you’re staying somewhere really special, when over dinner a stranger siddles up to your table to wax lyrical about how much she adores the family of Red Sea Holidays hotels you’re staying in – which is exactly what happened on the last night of our heavenly all-inclusive, five-day stay in the 5* Makadi Spa in Hurghada, on the Red Sea Coast of Egypt.
So why exactly was the Makadi Spa hotel in particular so brilliant? Let me fill you in…
First up, while there are child-friendly options within the Makadi hotel family (in fact the Sunwing Makadi Hotel even has its own water park on site, which is basically a kid’s dream come true),the Makadi Spa is an adult-only venue. As someone who is more into tequila than toddlers, this was an absolute Brucey bonus. As were the unlimited cocktails from the hotel’s three bars (shout out to the bartenders for being so friendly and entertaining us with magic tricks too).
Where? Makadi Spa Hotel, Safaga Road, Makadi Bay, Hurghada, Egypt
And those pools, OH THOSE POOLS. While I know I’ve been really bloody fortunate to have travelled a fair bit during my 24 short years on this earth, I was yet to see an infinity pool in the flesh until I checked in at the Makadi Spa – and sweet baby Jesus, it did not disappoint. Not even one iota. I spent a dreamy afternoon propped up against the edge looking out over the Red Sea with a book in hand (the hilarious and moving ‘Where Am I Now?’ by Mara Wilson, who played the title role in Matilda, if you’re interested). There’s also another large pool to dip in, plus as a Makadi guest you’re also granted access to the Sunwing Waterpark just a short walk away and all the pools in the other hotels within the Makadi fam. You could go to a different one every day if you fancied. The location is a total winner – we were within walking distance of the stunning Makadi Bay beach, where you can snorkel in warm waters.
Now, time for some bedroom talk. Each of the Makadi Spa rooms have a king-size bed which will basically swallow you whole (and I mean that in the very best way – I slept like a log every night). I was lucky enough to stay in a Junior Suite with a Sea View (see below) and waking up each morning to THAT view meant it was impossible to have a bad day (not that I ever would have a bad day while chilling in an Egyptian paradise, but you get my drift). Also important: great showers and a deep marble bath, lovely attentive staff and air-con on point.
If you need further convincing, let me lay a final USP of this place on ya: what you get for what you pay is mind-blowingly good. All guests who stay at the Makadi Spa are automatically all-inclusive, meaning you not only get free and easy access to all the aforementioned pools at the other hotels within the Makadi Bay resort, you also get to hit up a ton of tasty all-inclusive restaurants boasting cuisines from all over the world – day or night. I can’t big up Tarbush the Lebanese place enough, nor the pizza shacks that do fresh made-to-order beauties!
Last but not least, there are shops within the resort that sell designer ‘inspired’ handbags, shoes etc. for stupidly cheap prices. I purchased a tan, moc-croc ‘Jimmy Choo’ handbag for £20 (yep, they’ll accept your English currency, as well as Euros and Egyptian pounds) – plus there are also like Nikes, kinda Converse, possibly Prada and definitely (not) real Dior goodies available for pocket money prices too. * drops mic, see you in Egypt kids *
Everything you get included for the price is incredible - you can eat and drink pretty much anything you fancy all day, every day and the choice is super extensive. The staff go above and beyond, the location is a dream and the weather in Egypt is a pretty safe bet 365 days a year.
The Wi-Fi isn't great outside of the lobby (although I actually kinda loved this as it let me digitally detox a bit) and the actual spa at the Makadi Spa is still being renovated (it's set to re-open next year), so if you're looking for beauty treatments you'll need to venture out the hotel.
Have you been to Hurghada or Egypt before? Is it somewhere you'd like to visit? Would you consider staying at the Makadi Spa Hotel? We say yes!