Fort Arabesque

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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 1146 reviews


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

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Buffet meals. Ice-cream at the Windbreaker bar and beach bar 09.00-17.00.

Drink

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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Paradise in Egypt and a beautiful location

Placed in the West Block of the resort for our 3rd visit to Hurghada and our first to Makadi Bay....Glad we switched to Fort Arabasque from our previous excursions. No major stomache issues, cleaner and more upmarket rooms and better quality food. In the slightly more expensive superior room, you can expect a stocked fridge with milk, water, pop and cordial drinks. The TV is crystal clear 32 inch LCD with a variety of American programmes and films. Walk in shower with bede and nice sea front balcony. For about £4 a day you can expect beach plus enabling you reserved sun beds with towels and cool box with beer, cold drinks and fresh fruit on skewers..... Service is good with the usual towel art from the cleaners and friendly staff. Difference at this hotel is that staff do not ask or expect tipping! Leaving the tourist to chose if desired etc. The sea front is spectacular with beautiful corals and tropical fish to admire. The water is clean and the usual aquamarine you would expect from a red sea resort. Drinks are all branded apart from local spirits etc. The gardens are very beautiful and the resort is perfectly lit at night for romantic walks around the resort and various pools. Shops are very well staffed with genuine and honest people...no shady dealing! Spa is ok but had better, the beauty centre is fantastic with superb hair cutting and grooming..... Weather as usual for April was about 80 to 90F, with cool breezes as is normal for coastline Hurghada. A couple of cloudy days but still dry and pleasant. VFM is good I think with daily tariff about £80 per day all inclusive. Downside, well there are always some! Food a little repetative and limited but best to date for Egypt. Italians are the main customer base so expect a bit of louder than normal conversations .....no offence intended! Entertainment a little dated with some rather dubious duets. Main gripe was about leaving, it's pretty crap ...that means not good for our foreign readers. Basically pay your bill, bell boy takes your bags and dumps you and your bags by the door and Foxtrott Oscar parden the French.....unbelievably left there for 1.5 hours to wait outside for the pickup.....Fort Arabesque , this needs reviewing! This cost you your well earned five stars... Overall a great holiday and resort giving a much needed beak for the good lady and myself. Children are permitted (grrrrr) at the resort but are usually placed in the East block so West is best if your needing solitude.... Egypt seems calmer than last year with good security at the resort and a more relaxed Hurghada airport from Stalag 17 usually experienced.......Real shame the resort is so quiet with about 40% occupancy at a push...... It's a pretty and wonderful location and we will return later this year..... SalamMore

Mark N, Torquay, England, United Kingdom

Oops we did it again!

We have just returned from two blissful weeks at Fort Arabesque, this being our third visit to the hotel. It really is a very special place. The food is fantastic, with a wide selection available for all meals which includes fresh bread, salads and cakes. The restaurant is clean and the service is excellent. We tended to eat in the East Wing restaurant but both East / West wing offer the same high quality. As a group of five, we stayed in a ground floor family room. The rooms are functional and cleaned to a high standard. The grounds are all beautifully landscaped. We walked the whole length of Makadi Bay during our stay. Please be assured that Fort Arabesque has the best beach of all hotels in this area. The house reef is fantastic with plenty to see while diving or snorkelling. It is a perfect place to introduce little people to the water. We had completed our diving courses at the IDive Centre during an earlier stay. This place just gets better and better every visit. This time we were introduced to a completely new magical world under the ocean – Nudibranchs. If you have ever been tempted to learn to dive this is the place to do it. All the staff work so hard and they are so patient, even with nervous students. Not only have we learnt a new skill but discovered an absolute passion. We will always be grateful to the IDive team for sharing this. It is not just the place that creates holiday memories; the people play a big part too. On this occasion I would particularly like to highlight the service of the staff at the Red Rock Bar, the whole team are fantastic. Sameh ‘Mom’ and Mom’en ‘Look Back’ we will always remember you very fondly. Try a ‘Hedra special’ cocktail if you visit. Mena is amazing with a cocktail shaker! You are all a credit to Fort Arabesque. Everyone we spoke to was a repeat visitor to the hotel. Take comfort from this and do not hesitate to book. We hope to return very soon.More

SpindlyPenguin, Norwich, United Kingdom

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

Brian J, SOUTHAMPTON

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

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