I can't believe that Peter V was staying at the same hotel as us. We too are English, the bar and restuarant staff in both sections of the hotel could not do enough for us. We ate breakfast each day in the main dining room, and were always greeted with a smile and a joke, the waiters brought our hot water and coffee etc very promptly, and being grazers they cleared away our tables equally quickly.
The bar staff in all the bars soon learned "our usual" which was pretty impressive because we were a party of eight.
The entertainment is not to everybody's taste but the hotel is billed as an Italian owned hotel and the entertainment team are mainly from Italy. We went to about 8 shows in our two weeks there and the compares always tried to make all announcements in English, Italian and German, they even tried French a couple of times and taught Arabic on the beach a couple of mornings a week.
Our room was clean and well maintained, and the service great, I dropped and broke a bottle of nail polish, I tried to clean it up myself but then went down to report my accident at reception. By the time I had strolled back to my room it had been completely cleaned up. Now that's what I call service.
The food at Fort Arabesque is a good standard but can get a bit repetative, we alleviated the boredom by eating a la carte at the beach bar on a couple of evenings, 8 of us 5 courses, Steak or Lobster it was delicious and it cost less than £100.
We liked it so much we have already booked to go back in July.
There are some very "English" Hotels in the bay, take a minute to read the travel brochures and look at the hotels web sites you will be able to see which ones cater more for English tastes if that is what you want.
Fort Arabesque is very low key, laid back and chilled out. It's not Butlins.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa, & Villas promises tranquilityand opulence with its 444 luxurious rooms, suites, privateapartments and 14 newly built villas.Four dining venues, five swimming pools, including a children's pool(three of which are heated), a state-of-the-art gym, world class Thai managed Spa and sports facilities as well as I-Dive, a five-starIDC PADI dive center, guarantee a fun and unforgettable hotel experience.Inspired by the Sardinian roots of its architects, FortArabesque Resort & Spa combines distinctive Italianand Arabic accents in its architecture, from its imposingmedieval fort structure to its interior touches and décor,where the different shades of Egyptian cave stones fromAswan blend with the antique fine wood furnishings oforiental designs.We would like to introduce our new concept as well, which is unique in Egypt.Nestled within the Fort Arabesque resort, The Villas offer its guests luxurious accommodation, space and privacy in addition to a more personal and dedicated service. Each of the 14 Villas (8 units with 1 bedroom + 1 bathroom, 6 units with 2 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms) is tastefully decorated to reflect the mix of Arabic accents and Mediterranean influences of the Fort Arabesque Resort. All units have private garden and terrace with private access to a secluded swimming pool exclusive to The Villas. To ensure a fast and efficient service, the check-in is done through a private reception. The residents also have access to the Pavilion which is a private lounge where the villa guests can enjoy a semi-served upgraded breakfast in the morning. For lunch and dinner time the Pavilion functions as an A’la Carte Restaurant, giving the opportunity to enjoy a fine dining experience. The extra benefits of the Villa Guests include free Wi-Fi, free Gym usage and various discounts in the different outlets of the hotel.Guests at The Villas are free to use all the facilities and enjoy the same ‘all inclusive’ benefits at the resort with quick access to the main restaurant and the beach as well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fort Arabesque
- Fort Arabesque Makadi Bay
- Fort Arabesque Hurghada