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 1310 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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twin with limited sea view

Twin room with limited sea view sleeps up to 3 with twin beds and a camp-bed.

twin room with limited view

Twin room with limited view sleeps up to 3 with twin beds and a camp-bed on request. Can be sold as a single.

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Keep returning to this hotel , 5th time now ! This time stayed in the west wing , was a little apprehensive but was pleasantly surprised , large room on 3rd floor , nice views , fairly quiet at night , air con good , large bathroom with his & her sinks , large shower , rooms are a bit dated deco wise but are clean and comfortable. The two things that have never changed is the fantastic beach, sea, coral & the extremely friendly staff who remember you every time you go back even when it's been 2 years since the last visit . This visit we had a lovely tasty Lebanese meal at the beach bar / restaurant , you can have this as part of your all inclusive package , one visit per stay ! Also had the Saturday night steak and prawn meal at the same place which is worth the extra charge ! All the other meals we ate in the west wing restaurant , breakfasts were pleasant with lots of choice , good selection of eggs, omelettes , fruit , bread & pastries , our only negative is the lunch & dinner selection , even though there is always something to eat it's not very exciting ! Never had a problem getting sun beds on the beach didn't bother to pay for the beach service that provides reserved beds, with towels & cool box with drinks & fresh fruit skewers ! Wifi is charged & only available in receptions & beach bar Overall if you want a relaxing , chilled break with lovely beach and great coral & fish & enjoy snorkelling but don't want 5 * luxury with all the trimmings and expense then this is the place for you ! Didn't do any trips this time as have done them before but lots to choose from if that's what you want to do ! Special mention to all the staff who make the hotel what it is xMore

stcajc, Peterborough, United Kingdom

The Fort

Just returned from the Fort and had a amazing time.We stayed for 4 weeks on the Saga deal and did not tire of the food or drink at all.This was our 8th visit but 1st with Saga and we were not disappointed.The snorkelling was superb,the staff are all so friendly and happy.Our room was a little tired but our room boy Farah was so good at his job that it made up for it.The Saga reps are excellent,coming around the beach every day ,also in the dining room checking that their clients are happy and every thing was ok.Very impressed.Also Customer relations manager Agnes was very good when we had a problem.Saga arranged a Gala dinner dinner and a cocktail party which was very nice.We stayed in the West wing which we preferred,the restaurant was so much more civilised.Sabrey the singer in the bar there was not the best but got everyone up dancing and was very entertaining.We liked the Beach bar where you could just help yourself to beer wine and soft drinks.We had reservations about going with Saga,but we our doubts proved unfounded,we met a lovely group of people and had a great time.We are returning soon for my 60th Birthday and can't wait.It's agreat place to chill out.Highly recommend this Hotel. 'More

mayandgraeme, Brighton, United Kingdom

Returned for the 7th time

Just returned from our 7th stay at The Fort. We stayed for 4 weeks as we have done for the passed 2 times with Saga, but felt that was a little too long this time. We travelled with Sunshine Holidays this time as it was hundreds of pounds cheaper than Saga, and we flew with Monarch which is FAR superior to Thos Cooke which are awful flights!! We still stayed in the West wing as we always have done because the restaurant is much better laid out, and we have got to know all the stall who are absolutely wonderful, and cannot do enough for you. The food as always was lovely, with a really good choice, and there is always a wonderful salad bar. The hotel is situated on the best beach in Makadi Bay, and with well spaced sunbeds, but don't understand people paying 30euro/week to reserve a sunbed! We never had trouble getting a sunbed, and neither did all the friends that we have made during the past 7 years. Also, the reserved beds get a coolbox with 2 beers, 2 cokes, 2 waters and some fresh fruit in the afternoon, but as they are only a stonesthrow away from either of the 2 well equipped beach bars, which are well stocked with ice cold drinks, I fail to see the benefit of a coolbox! Everyone to their own I suppose lol. The beach is better patrolled this year than ever before, and the beach lads did an excellent job of evicting people from the next door hotel (usually Russians) who were abusing the reef or feeding the fish! The animation team are FANTASTIC....especially Miska, Chiko and Haitham who are the absolute tops in every single way.....miss you guys!! There are only 2 negative things I have to say, one is that the rooms are now very tired, and could all do with a complete make-over, and two, the furniture around the West wing bar/pool needs totally replacing, and with seats without cushions, as people go swimming then sit on the seats.....this isn't very nice when you're all dressed up for the evening, and sit on one for your pre dinner drink, only to find your trousers or skirt soaking wet through when you get up!!! We always have a fabulous holiday at The Fort, but we will be going somewhere new next year, just for change, but we will return, as we have made some wonderful friends there...staff and fellow guests!More

LocalJen, Derbyshire

Returned after a 2 year break

This was our third visit and we took a couple of friends with us. Unfortunately not a good start with our rooms, they were eventualy sorted the following day and we went to West Wing rooms 375 & 381. Thank you to the General Manager who sorted it all out. We noticed a few changes, no Wednesday night barbecue, we never did find out why, although it always looked like very hard work. Somone has already mentioned the payment for sun beds and ice boxes, I cannot say I agree with it. I noticed anyone who was involved in selling on the beach all had ID badges. There was quite a good mix of ages in the West Wing this time rather than it being taken over by Saga guests, who still do not change and are incredibly patronising and rude, walking around as if they own the place. We enjoyed the restaurant in the West Wing, the Maître D' and his staff were excellent as were the bar staff and the head barman. Maître D' always answered our random questions about food and trees were just a couple of the questions we asked. There was always a good selection of food especially for someone like me who is a fussy eater and a trained chef n my own right. The reception staff in the West Wing were also always cheerful and funny. The guys who cleaned our rooms were great and most days there was some sort of 'Towel Art' left on our beds. We did take our friends across to the main restaurant we were disappointed that not all of the food was set out in the top part of the restaurant, despite staff saying they were fully booked. The grounds maintenance staff deserve a mention, the grounds are beautifully maintained and are a joy to look at. The only criticism I have - buy a sit on mower!!! I am sure it can be used on the lawns with a bit of planning (I know there are water spouts sticking up in the ground) for nearly a week the lawn mowers were going when you were trying to relax on the beach, what a noise? sorry I know the grass has to be cut. This time around I picked up a tummy bug (never have before) I cannot blame it on any one thing as I have no idea how I caught it. It could have been a combination of things. We especially made sure we used the hand sanitizer that has been added around the restaurants and toilets. Daily we were able to watch two pairs of Harris Hawks which was a bonus, and of course the snorkelling was again wonderful. Although I have to say have some of the marine life dwindled away? or was it due to us being in a different part of the sea...We did of course go to the iDive centre and booked a fishing trip for a morning we loved it. Two of us brought new snorkels as the ones we brought in England were taking in water and you can guess the rest. I hope I have covered everything, we will be going back next year. I think we will possibly book Superior rooms to ensure we have a good room as it seems every time we go, there is a mix up with our rooms and the holiday never gets off to a good start. Having said all of that Wonderful Fort Arabesque keep up the good work, thank you.More

Sonia52, Peterborough, United Kingdom

Location Fantastic for Snorkelling

We were very impressed with Fort Arabesque Resort, after a very cramped 5 hour flight (TC) it was lovely to arrive to this lovely hotel. Our greeting was friendly and efficient from the reception staff, the lounge area is lovely and has lots of comfortable seating and close to the bar where waiters serve the drinks. Our room was in the main building, ground floor, the room was spacious and had everything we needed, the bathroom had a shower cubicle with sliding door which were difficult to open and shut, the maintenance staff quickly sorted that out. We had a small terrace area, mostly it was too hot to sit there except late evening, it also had a small drying rack which was very useful. The beach is fabulous, not too crowded with plenty of decent sunbeds, all nicely spaced under very large sunshades. The beach is very clean, there are two beach bars, serving plenty of drinks and snacks and light lunches. Most of the soft drinks are all well known brands, sprite coke etc, the wine is drinkable as are the non branded vodka etc. There are two large restaurants for all meals, both very large, the food is very varied and is always fresh and restocked often. All very good quality plenty of choice and one restaurant has a shaded outside area, again this can be quite hot but there are fans. We used what was nick named the saga restaurant, it was bright and the buffet area mostly could be walked round, rather than being up against a wall so there was less waiting time. The staff are very very efficient and friendly and quick with service. The spa is lovely, pricey for Egypt but worth it for the pamper factor. There are several shops within the hotel also a pharmacy, we only went into one boutique shop near the reception area and did not have a great experience and found the things we had bought much much cheaper at the airport, perhaps we were just unlucky! One of the best things about this resort is the snorkeling, the sea is so warm and clear and there are so many species of fish and coral, it is really good. This was our fourth visit to Egypt and this has been the best area so far for snorkeling especially at high tide. There is a path along from the hotel which leads all along the beach area to other hotels, you just pass the security between each hotel, we walked around the bay each way, passing lots of hotels and we saw none of this quality hotel or beach, several were so crammed with people and sunbeds, not at all like Fort Arabesque where there is plenty of space. The pools are also really good with plenty of sunbeds if you do not like the sea. All in all a super place to stay and we will go back.More

MoAA, Hampshire

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