Fort Arabesque

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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Based On 1364 reviews

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  • 3Buildings
  • 4Floors
  • 445Rooms
  • 5Lifts

Honeymoon Offer

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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2-bedroom swim-up villa

2-bedroom swim-up villa sleeps up to 4. Please note villas are only for adults over 16 years old.

1-bedroom swim-up villa

1-bedroom swim-up villa sleeps up to 2. Please note villas are for adults over 16 years old.

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Saga really rocked!

We stayed for a week during November. I must say we were the youngest SAGA people but we were really looked after by all of the SAGA regulars (and there are many). Sameh really took time to ensure everything was fine with us and the quiz night in the SAGA lounge did get very competitive! I cannot comment on the entertainment as we did not go, we did speak to most of the animation team during our stay and they were all very enthusiastic and polite. We were in the West Wing that is where the SAGA rooms are on the ground floor with a nice garden outside our patio doors - a really spacious room with a comfy bed. Our room boy was amazing he could not believe we were only staying a week! Food was as I expected I am fairly fussy and I found something to eat every day. Will we go back yes Thank you all SAGA regulars for looking after us so wellMore

MungoEssex, Essex

Just what we needed! :)

We stayed the first 2 weeks in December and came for the sunshine and a rest. We were not disappointed and had hot weather around 30degees every day. Our room was in the east wing and it overlooked the gardens which were kept beautifully. We could also see the sea and the desert in the distance which was a fabulous view. Mustafa did a great job cleaning our room and presenting us with great towel art every day. We loved the clean beach with the clear blue sea and some lovely fish to watch. We always got sunbeds without having to get up early with was great and so relaxing. There was lots of room everywhere. The food was alright and you could always find something. I would have liked more egyptian food because the chefs tryed to cooked europian food with some problems. It was a great holiday overall and we enjoyed it very much and certainly be back.More

rita H, Stockport, United Kingdom

6th Visit to the Fort

Just had another great stay at the Fort – 6th time in 7 years. This hotel is great if you want a relaxing holiday on a fantastic beach. Flight – flew with Thomas Cook . Basic planes with no entertainment. But at least you can still get a meal with TC. Airport – as mad as ever. Go to the bank kiosks for your visa rather than the travel agents desk as they charge a few £ more. Visa is $25 US. We take dollars for this but can also pay in English. Transfer – had a coach transfer. Takes about 40 mins. Check in – just fill in a form, get your key and have your bags follow you. We had requested a specific type of room by email. We were offered a different style of room, but were able to change to the type of room we asked for at check in. The side view rooms in the east wing have a shower the size of the bath which is great if like my hubby you need to sit when having a shower (he uses a wheelchair). A plastic chair was brought quickly after we checked in for use in the shower. It would be even better to have some wheelchair friendly rooms – this and the lack of a disabled toilet near the beach will be the only things that stop us from coming back in the longer term. Rooms – The room we had 4414, side view looking over to the other wing, side view of the beach, catches the last sun, two huge beds, settee, TV. Good shower, always hot water. Kept clean by our hard working cleaner who even provided some towel art throughout our stay and liked to put all our toiletries in straight lines! We found the 4th floor to be a lot quieter than the ground floor as we were not on the main route between wings. Animation – it was good to see some of the old team from last year along with some new faces. A good selection of activities during the day – did the stretching, aqua gym, no hassle to join in. The evening entertainment was an experience – the ‘Legends Show’ would have had Freddie Mercury turning in his grave! The Fakir and Egyptian nights both really good. As for the other nights you have to give them credit that they could do sketches that worked without much speaking to accommodate a number of nationalities, and some of it was funny, but as previously posted it may not be to everyone’s taste. If you are easily offended I would stay away! It would be good to have some activities in the 5 – 7pm slot – perhaps a film night on the beach showing classics like Jaws and Piranha would be an idea... Food – we stayed for two weeks and didn’t get bored of the food. Some nights are better than others but we ate well each night. I would say that the standard has dropped slightly over the years, but there is still plenty of choice and considering that this year we paid the same price for our stay as we did 7 years ago they do have a budget to work to. If 5 star food is the top priority for you I think you could find better elsewhere. The food is the same in both wings, with a different atmosphere in each. If eating at the East wing we always ate outside, but also alternated with the other wing for a change. We found the staff in both wings helpful and friendly. We asked and there are no plans to make you eat in the wing you are staying in. Dress code was smart casual for dinner, trousers for men. The Lebanese grill is still good and you get a free meal there during your stay. There are snacks available at lunchtime from the beach bar if you don’t want to head to the main restaurants, but unless you get these when they come out they are cold. I am not sure why the food isn’t kept warm when there is the facility to do this. Beach – the beach and the coral are what keep us coming back year after year. A nice beach with well spaced out beds. In December you could get a bed any time of the day although the front rows would go quick. We tended to stay close to the beach bar in the centre of the beach where there is direct access to the sea. The coral and fish were as good as ever – I have posted some pictures on the Fort Arabesque facebook page. This year I saw squid and also a huge eagle ray for the first time. A snorkel and mask are a must, best to get these before you travel as although you can purchase from the hotel shop they are expensive and not great quality. There are people selling stuff on the beach, but we didn’t feel hassled. Pool – we did aqua gym and a bit of swimming in the pool at the East wing. Last year the pool has been closed for refurbishment, but the pool was looking worn and in need of repair again this year. Weather – we had about 28 – 30 degrees most days. I would say this year the weather was a bit hotter than previous stays at the same time. No need for a cardie at night, although normally you would need something to wrap up with at night at this time of year. Bugs – this year is the first time I have ever been bitten, in my life! I didn’t see the ‘dragon’ being used to kill the bugs this year, but may have just not spotted it. Whatever it was that bit me had a good go, but I couldn’t feel the bites, just looked very red! Suggestions for the hotel management: 1 - make sure bugs are killed regularly 2 - keep food warm at the beach bar at lunch time 3 - sort out the pool 4 - provide wheelchair friendly rooms and toilets If you want a relaxed holiday, with plenty of snorkelling then I would recommend this hotel. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch!More

RedSeaNewbie, Steeton

Amazing value

Just had a week here and in my opinion at double what we actually paid it would have still been good value. Agree with all the positives on here, excellent staff, excellent beach, excellent snorkelling and diving, thanks for looking after us Mamud, excellent gym, excellent weather and for me excellent meals, granted they aren't going to win any michelin stars anytime soon (neither do the majority of any English restaurants either charging a lot more and offering a far lesser standard of service) but for a hotel buffet I was more than happy with the choices and quality of breakfast, lunch and dinner. I've added some photos to try and show the of the sort of service given here, each day we were greeted by the best towel folding I've ever seen, not necessary at all but a real pleasure to see whenever we got back to our room, thanks Mahmut. Would I return? I do hope so.More

Beaubleep, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Lovely hotel, great location, let down by the food!

Lovely hotel, great location, excellent snorkelling, good service and friendly staff, the only bad point was the food, it was tasteless, cold, the salad tastes like it had been frozen a few years before, the food was fit for the pigs! The entertainment was anything but entertaining, it was homophobic, racist, offensive to women and disabled people, the beach was lovely which did make up for the food and entertainment!More

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