Fort Arabesque


This place has a whole load of highlights. It’s home to 5 pools, which are surrounded by tropical gardens and come with islands and water features. Wander through the palms and you’ll come to a sandy beach – head down to the shore to try the likes of canoeing and windsurfing. There’s also a thatched massage hut. And whether you’ve set up camp by the pools or on the beach, you’ll find open-air cocktail bars to keep you going with drinks. Food-wise, there’s a buffet restaurant and a beachside grill. The grill is great for candlelit dinners, and it gets rave reviews for its steaks and seafood.

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Based on 1132 reviews

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

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 non-alcoholic drinks 09.00-24.00. Fruit juices*.

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 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. Enjoy a tasty refreshment as you take in the stunning scenery. Snacks are available 10.30am to midday, 1pm to 2.30pm and 3.30pm to 5pm.

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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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2nd visit and even better

Just returned from 2 weeks at the fort, not the start we hoped for as we had requested superior west wing room but given east wing with promise to move us in a few days time. The room was smaller than west wing, views restricted but what most upset us was the stain on the bed cover which we had changed. As it was late evening we went straight to bed but in the morning found sand in the bed and long dark hairs, the sheets had not been changed. Having previously praised this resort for its clean rooms etc we were horrified by these events. Thats where the bad news ended, our Thomas Cook rep Mustaffa could not do enough for us and took our complaints to the hotel management. We got moved to west wing, had bowl of fruit, bottle of wine and additional free night at the beech grill. All the staff seemed to know about our problem as soon as they knew our previous room number which I believe shows how rare these problems are. During our last visit we were not happy with the standard of the local spirits as they all had a chemical taste, the good news is they have new suppliers and they were brilliant, so much we sometimes had too much. The staff were outstanding, at first we thought we had special treatment due to our problems but no this is the norm. Food was great last year and could not envisage any improvement but yes they succeeded in topping last year, only thing we missed was the hot dessert. Would also be nice to have an ice cream option as you can have too many cakes etc. Dont hesitate about going to this resort, its ultra clean, superb caring staff, food and drink of the highest standard. We will be returning next year just hope we get the room area we request, I accept management comment (subject to availability) but more effort must be made to meet clients request.More


A very Nice Hotel

We have just returned from Fort Arabisque This is out 15th visit to Makadi Bay but the first to this Hotel and an excellent Hotel We arrived late due to a 4 hour delay in Gatwick but the restaurant stayed open specially for my wife and Myself with about 7 waiters The Food at the Hotel was excellent and we would say that this is now our favourite Hotel and we would like to go back again depending on costs The staff were excellent and could not do enough for you, a very pleasant holiday was had Would defenatley recommend it and if you have the chance to go on a Dolphin trip with the idive team from the Hotel I would recommend it Excellent to actually swim with the Dolphins was brilliant A fantastic holiday was had Cant wait to go backMore

Greyfriars, Clacton on Sea

Spoilt by smokers

This is our second visit to this hotel and we came back because of all the great things. The setting on the beach with a few metres swim to coral reef and amazing fish is the main draw. But the hotel is spacious, well staffed and has beautiful gardens. Food is of very good quality and great variety.the bedrooms are in need of an update, looking tired and dated. But we knew this and still came back for the great value for money. Unfortunately the absence of smoking control means that you cannot have a meal or a drink without inhaling someone's cigarette smoke - disgusting. We love Egypt and love the Red Sea reef - the amazing weather mean that we are usually outside in fresh air. But the smoking is horrid.More

sandraWantage, wantage

What a find - a little gem!

GENERAL - Having made a huge mistake in our choice of hotel the last time we went to Egypt, we were a little anxious about getting things right this time around, especially as this was a holiday to celebrate my recent “significant birthday ending with a zero”. Thanks to reassurance from several TA posters on the Makadi Bay forum we bit the bullet and went ahead with booking the Fort Arabesque. I can honestly say that we were totally shocked by how lovely the place turned out to be. We found it faultless. The food was by far the best we have eaten in Egypt, the location and setting stunning and we were certainly not expecting such wonderful views. Many reviewers have already mentioned the quality of service from the helpful staff and I would certainly endorse this. They will do anything for you to make your holiday perfect and everything is carried out with a smile and impeccable manners. ROOM - I have no idea why, but although we had asked for a standard room on the ground floor in the west wing, when we arrived we found that we had been upgraded to an enormous suite. The large bathroom had a bath as well as a shower, there was a massive sitting area with full 3 piece suite and coffee table, a dressing room and 3 beds, 2 of which were king size. It was very handy to throw our clothes on our own extra ‘bedrobe’ each side of the bed at night, lazily leaving the putting away until we got up in the morning! Outside there was a terrace with chairs and table and a lovely private lawned garden with hedges affording a high degree of privacy. Ahmed, our room boy kept everything spotless and sweet-smelling and very quickly sussed our routine, sneaking in while were at breakfast each day so that we always returned to an already made-up room. ALL INCLUSIVE - The all inclusive arrangement for drinks during the day is so simple that I can’t understand why we have never come across it anywhere before. You simply help yourself to cans of beer (Heineken, Sakara, Stella), water and soft drinks (Coke, Fanta, Sprite, cartons of fruit drink etc) from the chillers in the bar and there is no problem with taking them back to your room to fill the mini bar if you want a nightcap. It makes thing so easy for guests, needs less staffing by the hotel and makes utter sense. If you want to be served there is always someone to do it, but while we were by the pool in the day we preferred to just help ourselves whenever we wanted. We always take our own acrylic beer mugs with us so these really came into their own. WHICH WING? - We thought that although it is all one hotel it feels like 2 separate ones, the west wing being much smaller and quieter than the east, which suited us perfectly. It must be said that younger guests might find this wing too quiet and might also feel a bit out of it age-wise as this is where all the Saga rooms are situated which is therefore reflected in the older than usual average age of guests around the pool and in the restaurant. It also, however makes things beautifully peaceful too which is important to us. There is more going on at the east end but it didn’t seem to have the quiet, peaceful feel of the west. POOL - We found the views from the pool so lovely that we didn’t bother with the beach at all except for a daily wander and the pool attendant would reserve 2 beds for us each morning in the front line overlooking the beautifully landscaped and well maintained gardens. There is much talk about not being able to reserve beds so we were surprised on the first day when he offered to do this and it appeared to be the accepted normal practice. It was so quiet and relaxing there that we decided to forego lunch at the much busier beach bar and as we are not big lunch eaters at the best of times (and didn’t want to eat inside in the restaurant), we ended up having no lunch at all. It would have been perfect if there had been a small selection of wrapped, filled bread rolls in the bar that we could have helped ourselves to. Next time we go I will take some cheese and simple lunchtime nibbles to have at our sunbeds by the pool.... or ask if it would be OK to sneak into the restaurant and take a couple of bread rolls outside. WEATHER – What can I say? Perfect. Totally cloudless skies from dawn to dusk with temperatures between 28 and 34 degrees daily, dropping at night to the high teens. We needed sweaters some evenings but not others. There was a lovely cooling breeze on most days and it became windy on a couple but not enough to become a problem. We had a perfect fly and flop holiday and we will definitely return although I hope that next time I will not have the chest infection and nasty hacking cough which prevented me from snorkelling this time round.More

Wid, Wirral,England

Going back in July !!

Having been to Fort A twice previously I knew that it is a beautiful place and after having had a very sad and stressful year I chose to go back in March for two weeks to relax and recharge my batteries. On arrival we checked in at East Reception and were so amazed that were recognized from 16 months beforehand and greeted very warmly by reception staff and several others. The food is very varied and plentiful and of very high quality, I love fish and salad and I was in my element ! I had read in earlier reviews that things had changed, well I would say not and everything is just lovely there. A huge improvemnt I did see was that the Animation team are not the same. We found on previous stays that the team were all Italian and only communicated with Italians , however the team now are of mixed Nationalities and are Fab. Always stopping to chat and inform you whats going on daily and have a laugh with you. A fun team now. Brilliant with the children too. We stayed in West wing and spent most of our time in The Sun set bar in the evenings. We met some lovely people and the staff always so welcoming and friendly. The beach as usual is beautiful along with the fish and coral. No need to get up early for a sun bed as always plenty. All in all a great holiday and am returning in July.More

KarenT16156, Hove, United Kingdom

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