The Fort Arabesque is pulled up alongside the Red Sea, with a sandy beach and coral-filled waters on its doorstep.
This place has a whole load of highlights. For starters, it’s right by a sandy beach. Then there’s the pool scene – 4 in total – and bedrooms that come with sea-view balconies and Egyptian woven textiles.
Gardens cocoon the whole hotel, filled with palms, hibiscus and jasmine. Scattered throughout them you’ll find a handful of eateries, plus a stylish spa offering Thai massages and couples’ treatments.
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Honeymooners get a basket of fruit and bottle of local wine.
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Buffet meals. Ice-cream at the Windbreaker bar and beach bar 09.00-17.00.
Local alcoholic and select non-alcoholic drinks 09.00-24.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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4 outdoor pools
Overlooking the sandy beach or with tranquil views of the Red Sea. Pool's can be heated at the managers discretion.
East wing buffet restaurant
Buffet dining room with a terrace and fantastic views out to the Red Sea. You also have a chance to experience an oriental buffet once a week. And if you feel like exploring during the day, the hotel can provide a packed lunch for you on request.
Beach snack bar
No need to rush back to the hotel when you're feeling thirsty, this bar is right on the beach. Snacks are available here at set times.
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Relaxing and friendly
Certainly the best hotel and beach in Makadi Bay. Compared to the others I saw there's more space for the beach lover. My first impression of the coral (for snorkelling) was disappointing, much of it seemed to be damaged or dead, the scale of fish numbers and variety was not as good as those I experienced at Radisson Blue in El Quiser two years ago, however my experiences improved the more I swam. The hotel's dÃ©cor and exterior furniture was rather tired, but this did not detract from the enjoyment of my stay. The food was good and plentiful, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The army of gardening staff keep the extensive gardens vibrant and lush, a pleasure to walk around. The hotel's Animation team were the best I've experienced, continually on the go throughout the day finishing the day off with some very good (and some not so good) entertainment. Many of my fellow guests return again and again, so they must be doing something right.More
Phillip M, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Friendly well run hotel on a super beach
The hotel's staff in all sections are extremely friendly and helpful The grounds are lovely and well kept. The rooms are well laid out and large The beach is very nice, the sunbeds and shades are not packed tightly together. Compare with the beaches of neighbouring hotels !!. Even if you get up late there are sunbeds available, you simply walk a bit further. The snorkeling is great for novice snorkelers, lots of fish and coral to see close to the beach in calm waters . The onsite diving centre for those wishing to have boat trips, lean to dive etc has clear pricing, go to the centre rather than buy from the reps that walk along the beach The pools have a wonderful layout that flows with the grounds The Lebanese grill was lovely as was a sea food feast at the Pavilion restaurant. The main buffet restaurant has a reasonable variety of food. The beach bar was pleasant with good service, The entire place worked wellMore
Thomas W, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Just what the doctor ordered
This hotel is vast. The gardens are well kept and you constantly see the gardeners preening cleaning and watering the beautiful plants and flowers. The pools are gorgeous. All the staff our lovely. The rooms where spacious beds comfy and cleaned every single day. Shows every night in the arena singers every night in the bars. If you didn't want to go out you had Fox movies to watch in the room. A massive great idea of the hotel was fridges with cans and bottle for you to help yourself and staff at bar for anything else you needed. Guests that we spoke to had been there many times before and I will defo go backMore
PaulaP43, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Lovely part of Makadi Bay
Hotel was ok, staff very helpful. Food was ok but not always very hot. Beach was beautiful and was lovely swimming amongst the colourful fish. Restaurant staff couldn`t be more helpful. Shops on site are very pushy and pretty expensive, cheaper to buy gifts at the airport. Weather was lovely, had one really windy day but was still very warm.More
mel6349, Littlehampton, United Kingdom
Like an ageing movie star.....
...the talent is still there, but the looks have faded. After a gap of four years, we returned to 'The Fort' and quickly felt at home in its motherly embrace.......yes it is looking a bit tired, in the West Wing especially around the pool - various botch jobs in repairing cracks in the pavement, and the majority of the tables and chairs outside are all wonky and sit at angles ( we suspect that the feet have got wet and rotted, and they've lopped bits off to extend the life, and not done it very well - one table was a good 3" lower than the others!) The beach and snorkelling are as great as ever, and the only real issue I would say I had was in the restaurant when I got a bowl of vegetable soup, and found beef in it......now I'm not a vegetarian, but some are, and when I spoke to the restaurant manager about advertising vegetable soup, he said 'Yes, vegetable soup with meat'....not seeming to grasp that meat and veg soup is not 'Vegetable Soup'! If anyone from the hotel reads this, can I suggest to them that on all the labels in the restaurant, perhaps putting a green circle on the label as a sign that it is suitable for vegetarians, and a red one to show that it may contain meat. - Simple for all nationalities to understand! - oh and ditch the frankly stupid edict of wearing long trousers of an evening - your guests are on holiday, looking to relax and enjoy the atmosphere, not be told what to wear, fine make wearing trousers compulsory in the pavilions a la carte restaurant, but all the others, let people decide - as long as it isn't swimwear! Wifi in the hotel needs to upgraded badly - you can only pick it up in the receptions or bars......come on FA, this is 2015, not 2005. Will we return? Most definately - we'll be back next year in a large group for a family celebration!More
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