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Steigenberger Makadi Hotel 4.0

Makadi Bay, Red Sea and Sinai, Egypt

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Pros

  • Adult-only policy means that atmosphere is quiet and peaceful
  • Lovely grounds include an 18-hole golf course
  • Spacious, elegant rooms have large sofas, private balconies, and both tubs and rainfall showers
  • Suites feature large terraces with private pools, plus separate living rooms with dining areas
  • Two outdoor pools with in-water loungers
  • Buffet and a la carte restaurants with all-inclusive packages
  • All-inclusive packages accepted at sister resort, Madinat Makadi 
  • Spa with a sauna, steam room, and hot tub
  • Small fitness center, plus access to tennis and squash courts
  • Free shuttle to private beach
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • No kids under 16 allowed (also a pro)
  • Not beachfront
  • Small spa

Bottom Line

The adult-only Steigenberger Makadi Hotel is an upscale property with an 18-hole golf course that overlooks the bay. Two outdoor pools offer refreshment in the heat -- with in-water loungers and chilled towels -- plus there's a free shuttle to a private beach. All-inclusive or half-board dining is available at buffet and a la carte restaurants, while evening entertainment includes live music at the bar. There are spa and fitness facilities on-site as well. The 93 spacious guest rooms offer seating areas, private balconies, and large bathrooms with both tubs and rainfall showers. Suites add private pools on massive terraces and large living rooms. Those traveling with kids might want to check out the SUNRISE Select Royal Makadi Resort, which is chock-full of features -- but the food there gets mixed reviews.

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Scene

Adult-only upscale hotel with sleek, sophisticated interiors

The modern, angular, cream-colored building this hotel is housed in melts into its desert surrounds. The property overlooks its palm tree-studded, yet stark, golf course, with views of the blue bay beyond. Sleek, contemporary interiors are cloaked in creamy neutrals offset by dark brown hues and wood textures. Upon entering, a slick double staircase leads to the lobby, which offers chic seating arranged in clusters on gleaming cream tile floors. The hotel's lobby bar and dining spaces have a similar sophisticated feel. The sunny bar is filled with plush white and wicker seating peppered with mauve accents, while the Eagle restaurant features clean-lined wooden partitions and pops of blue on wooden chairs. The resort mainly attracts vacationing couples (many from Europe), and its adult-only policy means that the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful. Even evening entertainment is subdued here, with mellow live music or piano players performing at the bar.

Location

Quiet location with golf course grounds, a short drive to the beach

The hotel is located outside of Hurghada, a resort town on the Red Sea coast. Though the property is situated inland, there are free shuttle buses to a private beach, which is about a five-minute drive. There are several other resorts in the immediate area, including the hotel's sister properties. The city center, with ample restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops, is about a 40-minute drive north, as is its old town, El Dahar. The Souk Makadi shopping center is about a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Makadi Bay Water World can be reached in four minutes by car. Hurghada International Airport is a 35-minute drive away.

Rooms

Elegant rooms have balconies and large bathrooms with tubs and rainfall showers; suites have terraces with private pools

Rooms are elegant and reflect the sophisticated atmosphere and decor seen throughout the public spaces of the hotel. Beige and brown color schemes include wooden accent walls, patterned area rugs atop wooden floors, and plenty of lounging space on sectional sofas. A wall of windows fills the spaces with natural light, while glass doors open onto large private balconies, some with views over the golf course. Suites have massive terraces with private pools and sunbeds. Suites also add separate living rooms with sofas and dining tables. 

Standard amenities include desks, flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, minibars, electronic safes, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are large and sleek, equipped with separate soaking tubs (whirlpool tubs in suites) and walk-in rainfall showers. Individual toiletries as well as bathrobes and slippers are provided.

Features

Buffet and a la carte restaurants, two outdoor pools, plus free shuttle to private beach 

Features are what you'd expect at an upscale resort. The hotel has two outdoor pools with in-water loungers as well as shaded cabanas with sunbeds. Chilled towels are a refreshing touch in the Egyptian sun. A private beach lined with sunbeds and parasols is also accessible via a free shuttle service from the hotel.

This all-inclusive hotel has a buffet restaurant that's open for breakfast and dinner and serves local and international fare. An outdoor dining terrace offers views of the golf course and bay beyond. There's also a poolside restaurant that serves a la carte lunches. Guests can also dine at the hotel's sister property, Madinat Makadi, which serves Italian, Indian, Asian, and Egyptian fare. The hotel also has a lobby bar with live music in the evenings. All-inclusive and half-board rates are available.

The fitness center, though small, is a bright and pleasant place with a wall of windows and a handful of Technogym machines. Other wellness features include a small spa with a sauna, steam room, and hot tub. The hotel offers an 18-hole golf course, plus guests have access to tennis and squash courts at the property's sister hotels. 

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Address

Madinat Makadi, Makadi Bay, Hurghada 178, Egypt

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