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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Shabby and Not so 'All Inclusive'
I have previously stayed at the Hotel next door to Fort Arabesque (The Sunrise Royal Makadi). The pictures of Fort Arabesque looked lovely so as the Sunrise was unavailable I thought it was worth a go. Sadly it wasn't what I expected not least given that it is more expensive to stay there. The rooms were basic - our 'family' room for 2 adults and 2 children (Girl aged 13 and boy aged 8) was two double beds. The fixtures and fittings had clearly seen better days and were in need of updating/freshening up. We travelled with another family and booked sea view rooms - only one had a sea view. To be fair the hotel offered to move us. The food was actually very good - better than most all inclusives I have been on so if food is your main concern you should be okay - although buffet style it was varied and tasty. The spa was amazing - best part of the hotel. The entertainment was also good - the animation team were one of the best I have ever dealt with. The beach is excellent. Pools not so much - I read another review before I travelled saying the pols were murky and unclean - I thought this was a bit melodramaitc but having now been I can actually say I agree. The water has a slight opaque look and has debris floating in it. There is a consitent tidemark around the edges. Even my daughter commented that it was not clean. The hotel should invest in better airconditioning. Eating in the restaurant was a sticky and on occasion veritably wet experience! Rooms felt damp rather than cool. Frequent power cuts also occured albiet for short periods - but there could be up to 5 a day. The all inclusive consisted of local set spirits of vodka, dark rum, gin, whiskey, brandy and ouzo. There were no cocktails on the all inclusive, these were an 'extra' charge of 40LE (about Â£4). The absolute killer for me was on the last day when we were due tp be picked up for the airport at 7.50pm. Dinner was served from 7pm so we took the children for something to eat before the flight. On arrivel at the restaurant we were asked for our room number and told we could not have dinner unless we paid - it took ages for someone to tell us the cost would be approx Â£18 per adult and Â£9 per child. We queried why as this was all inclusive and according to Thomas Cook the service lasted until we were collected. The hotel said not for dinner - as we have on arrival night had 'dinner' provided in our room (which consisted of bread rolls, sweaty cheese and something akin to lunchoen meat that no one ate) we could not have dinner - seemingly all incusive was only for 14 dinners. After much ado and complaining the hotel relented but by this time we had 10 minutes to pick up. The kids grabbed something quickly but it wasnt the experience we had hoped to end the holiday on. I wouldnt seek out this hotel but if it were on a cheap deal I may consider it. However, at the price it markets at for a stay I would say you can find better.More
Kelsul, Manchester, United Kingdom
Chilled week in the sun
After spending a week at Jungle Aqua Park this was a welcome change! We were checked in to the west wing by the fantastic reception staff, they couldn't have been more helpful throughout our stay. We were shown to our room which was enormous and then headed to the beach. Golden sand, crystal clear water and great snorkelling especially for the kids as they could still see amazing fish without having to go too far. Beach bar served good lunches but the main restaurant in the east wing got incredibly busy at lunch so we stuck to the beach bar. All the drinks came straight from the fridge which was fine in the morning but the beers weren't always cold enough in the afternoon - picky I know! If desperate the bars inside would always have a cold one and it made a nice to change to get a normal sized beer rather than having to order 2 all the time. The west wing restaurant was always pretty quiet and the waiter service for drinks was always quick and friendly. The food was always hot and there was a good variety to choose from, only once during the week I found myself not wanting any of the food on offer so had pasta made to order which was excellent. The air con stayed on in the room all the time so kept it a nice temperature self serve drinks meant that the mini bar was always fully stocked! Plenty of activities were on offer throughout the day for both adults and kids and there was no hassle to join in although I did play volleyball and table tennis most days. We only went to the evening entertainment once and it was a pretty good comedy evening by the ents team. There are many Italians in the hotel and very few Russians, we found the Italians to be incredibly friendly and chatted most days to some of them. This is a really chilled place to go and we will definitely return.More
2nd visit - snorkelling still as good
I'd actually give the hotel itself only 4* - there's some room for improvement. But I'd give the beach and coral reef 10* or more if i could. The snorkelling is absolutely the best you'll find: easy access, plenty of healthy coral and an abundance of marine life. Unforgettably beautiful. So I've upped my overall rating to 5*. There are some very good reasons for choosing the Fort, including: . the accessible reef . biggest beach with well-spaced umbrellas . drinks in cans and bottles - no tiny cups filled from draught dispensers . well-behaved international clientele with very few from E Europe Some recent reviews have criticised the cleanliness of the pools and the friendliness of the staff. Didn't find a problem with either. The pool guy seemed to go round every day with his sucker thing and net on stick. The waiters and barmen were fine, as were the reception staff. Courteous, mostly, rather than friendly. The are some reasons for not choosing the Fort (one man's meat...): . while the buffet food is fine, there are few other dining choices . many of the older rooms haven't been touched since they were built over 10 years ago . TVs reception in most rooms is poor and sound quality bad . the arena entertainment is about as good as you'd expect from a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs; only 1 show in 7 (acrobats) was provided by an outside troupe . evening entertainment in the bars comprises various singers with backing tapes. Truly dire. The Fort is not the place to go if you're looking for sort of lively nightlife. Take a pack of cards. To me and my family, all these negatives are far more than compensated by the incredible reef, and the chance to spend half our waking hours gazing in wonder at the sheer beauty beneath the waves.More
Tony_Somerset, Taunton, United Kingdom
Beach was great, pools were never cleaned in the two weeks I was there. Rooms need repainting as paint peeling off the walls, asked for an upgrade but none available. Some staff were great others could not be bothered, no wonder you help yourself from the fridges, but that's a positive point. Very disappointed , won't be back. More
We stayed here for two weeks and can honestly say that we enjoyed the whole experience. We stayed in the east wing and both our rooms were lovely, they were cleaned every day to a superb standard, the food was excellent and the beach and pools were lovely. All the bars - the windbreaker and the beach bar were staffed by very pleasant and helpful staff. I would thoroughly recommend a stay here. I would suggest that the best time to go to the restaurant is 8pm at night, that's just before it gets too busy, the waiters here are very helpful too. I would return here again and we used the Idive facility to dive with (see my review for them), they were fantastic. The charge for wifi is nominal, but in this day and age it really should be freeMore
Anthony J, Reading, United Kingdom
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