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 1274 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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Average hotel /idive

My second time in Makadi Bay which is so beautiful . First stay at this hotel ,not cheap ....hoped to upgrade on arrival but told hotel was full. Room was very large two massive beds , good air con , great views .cleaned daily to not a very high standard. Food ....canteen style noisy waiters calling out to each other ,ran out of spoons, crockery often. I found a piece of plastic in my coleslaw yuk! Staff at reception non discript Staff at lobby bar ....great Pools were fine ...I saw them being cleaned nearly every day No hassle getting sunbed at beach fantastic beach Went on first snorkeling trip with idive ...a joke more like photo shoot just to earn them money ......instructions to snorkel in German even thou I kept asking them to speak in English. safety instructions given Although there were plenty of places to snorkel in turquoise safe sea .idive stopped to snorkel in open seas not for beginners ...but great to take underwater Picts at a cost of £40 a lot of people including me stayed on board..staff did not check if people were back on board the boat ... Horse riding on beach was really great . Snorkeling in bay fantastic Late checkout ...mmmm well we were told not available ..complained to rep who sorted it out so late check out was 6pm . Went along to Premier le reve ...fab hotel More

Delicious219, Poole, United Kingdom

Never again

I have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Fort Arabesque and I was greatly dissappointed with the hotel. The reception staff where very rude and arrogant towards me. This ruined the holiday for me and yet the Lobby bar staff and beach bar staff where all brilliant and could not do enough for you and treated me with respect as a solo traveller to that of the reception staff. Also the beauty salon staff where great. The hotel rooms are dated and in need of upgrading. At first I was in a quiet room on the second floor and then 5 days into my holiday I had new German guests in the room next to me playing very loud music, shouting and banging doors, however I did complain and asked that I be moved in which they did. The real problems I experienced with the reception staff where on my last few days. I enquired to keep my room on and willing to pay as I had a late departure to which I was told no only to find that they where letting german guests keep there rooms on for a cost of 20 euros !! Also whilst using the courtesy room provided within 15 minutes of me being in the room reception staff had phoned me 3 times asking how long I would be. This is unacceptable, they should make more than one room available. Also my flight home was delayed then cancelled. I asked reception staff if I could make a international phone call and that I would pay as I needed to inform my family as to what was happening and they rudely told me no and to do it at the airport !! This is not a hotel I would recommend to anyone. Especially a woman travelling alone. I would not give it 4 stars I rate it as a 2-3 star hotel. Also this hotel is predominantly german who where also very rude and ignorant towards me and making rude, snied comments towards me. As a solo traveller I would recommend the Premier Romance or Palm Royale it is worth sticking to 5 star.More

fionaRochdale, rochdale

Hotel & diving center amazing!

One of the main reason why we chose this hotel is to the dive center iDive because we read wonderful things about them in various forums and we were not disappointed!!! The diving center staff is helpfull and professional. They work strictly following the safety standards. The equipment is totally new. We did several full day trip and everything was super. On board they have everything for first aid. We felt very safe with them. Concerning the hotel is located in a beautiful bay, with a very wide beach and a fantastic house reef in front! The food is good and the room is spacious with a beautiful seaview. We will come back!More

erik g, Manchester, New Hampshire

An enjoyable place for sparkling & relaxing

Excellent service & welcoming staff, most likeky one of the best beaches in hurgada area, a coral reef at hand reach . Gym well equipped, a pleasant SPA, animation for kids and tasteful food served. Rooms are spacious and offering nice view on the beach.More

Omar S,

Average and apathy spring to mind, lovely beach though !

1st time at the ' The Fort', 4th in Egypt, previously in April stayed next door at SRM. As usual Hurghda airport was "busy"...but visa's obtained via our transfer taxi @£19 each saved an hour or more of queuing, soon outside and a quick and efficient transfer once again by (Mohammed Hurghey) who i highly recommend. Hotel check in was quick and easy, we we're hoping upgrade on arrival but we're advised as they we're full his was not possible. None the less shown to room 1113, ground floor main wing. Room was clean and functional, beds comfy. As we had booked a promo room the view and location was as expected and wasn't untoward. We actually ended up in room 463, West Wing by the end as we did get a (payable) upgrade and have to say the room was huge with a stunning view and well appointed if as in all rooms a little tired round the edges) Meals are in two main restaurants, one in either wing, East wing larger and somewhat busier, with air con than became progressively inefficient, though had a pleasant semi-outdoors area with a nice atmosphere. Other was cooler but all indoors and quieter mostly. Food in all respects is the best so far in Egypt though may not have the variety and scale some may be accustomed to. Drinks are mainly self service cans and bottles which is great but getting a cold one is very hard due to turnover in the fridges. Self help ice lollies great idea. Both i have to say suffered from poor waiting staff, slow to take drinks orders, clear plates or clear tables for the next guests, this seemed common in both. The grounds are large and well tended by the gardeners and hats off to them they do a sterling job, the pool area is an odd design and isn't the hotels main focus or draw. There are very few sunbed/parasols collections, perhaps ten or so around the main pool and as many again round the quieter "lazy river" type pool. Saying that as most people prefer the beach so they we're never really all in use and of course there is always the West Wing pool, that also gets little use. Bed reservation does occur via the pool men...... The design does allow two distinct areas the activity side near the main pool and the much quieter side. As in previous reviews i have to agree the pools (well at least the two lazy river ones) are not clean, all days of our stay they had debris floating in them and some days an opaque look to them. In my opinion the filters we're not working, though we never got any staff to confirm. Of course it goes without saying the beach is massive by most Egyptian hotel standards has hundreds of well spaced sunbeds, lots of open sand, gentle sloping beach and seas and great corals/fish just offshore. Be aware though in a contradictory fashion the hotel has many sign advising "NO RESERVATION" of sunbeds is allowed but yet offers guests the chance to reserve front row beach beds for 30 euro a week, a good or bad idea, up to you ! but it seems well taken up. Getting a bed somewhere on the beach seems never an issue. Evening entertainment is either a singer in the east or west wing bars or via the animation team in the arena, this gives you a choice of three separate areas each with its own vibe. Whilst there we used IDIVE for a sunset boat trip (just near the beach bar) and Seahorse safari for a quad bike trip. IDIVE i cannot recommend, the trip was not particularly well run, fun or enjoyable. The night time snorkeling was badly supervised, which led to at least one the party getting stuck on shallow coral leading him to stand all over it or get injured by it, one losing her snorkel and one childs life vest becoming undone. The boat was old and one of the staff was "over friendly" by the end one or two groups we're ready for getting off. Saying that others seemed to praise them for dive trips so up to you but that is my opinion and experience. Seahorse Safari we're good and the quad trip was enjoyable. The staff in most part we're unmemorable and the higher up the ranks they got the less they seemed to interact, the gardeners and the room cleaners being the friendliest. Complete contrast to the SRM next door. Clientele are mainly Italian and German with an odd few English and other randoms, Russians do not frequent this hotel....all seemed to get on well. So you may ask why only an average rating ? well the hotel in all respects is very average ! apart from the beach/sea they seem to rest on their laurels for everything else. The hotel cannot just trade on that sole selling point at the expense of everything else, what will they do when the house reefs die ? which they surely will over time and over use. Lackluster service, apathetic staff, minimal grounds/pool cleaning etc. Don't get me wrong they don't do anything particularly badly just nothing particularly good average ! (ok food aside) Ps. Gym is payable, wifi is payable (tho fast and reliable in the lobby's only tho and beach bar) If you want a nice quiet relaxing time, with a good beach and snorkeling and good food and everything else just acceptable then the fort is ok. But for us is has nothing so special for us to return (tho many do) Egypt has many places to visit.More

wazza99, Wakefield

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