I'm glad to see that most of the reviews reflect what a well-intentioned, welcoming hotel the Fort is.
For the first time ever, having stayed at the hotel in Easter 2011 and had a wonderful time, we rebooked for Easter 2012. Myself, my wife and our 3 boys looked forward to returning all year and it certainly didn't disappoint.
Upon arrival we were allocated a non-sea facing room but a quick trip back to reception and we were re-allocated to the same room as last year; 50m from the pool, 100m from the beach, perfect....
We found all staff extremely friendly despite our grey wristbands (sorry previous reviewer but I don't know where you got that idea from). Porters, restaurant and bar staff all recognised us one year on and were genuinely pleased to see us.
Having wandered through 2 or 3 neighbouring hotels I certainly think Fort Arabesque is the pick. The beach is beautiful with plenty of room, not piled on top of each other like the Sunrise next door. The snorkelling is as fantastic as everyone says.
The attention paid to the grounds is admirable and sets the hotel apart. If you are around early in the day you will see hoardes of staff attending to the gardens diligently and it certainly pays off.
The food is of a perfectly adequate standard and I'm pleased to report that the pasta station has upped it's game (they now fry off the garlic/onions/peppers/mushrooms/olives etc prior to addng the passata and pasta unlike last year when it was served fairly raw).
The guy at the watersports centre is really friendly and accommodating whilst the chest freezer at the adjacent beach bar is well stocked with ice-cold beers and wine!!!
If you visit the Fort expecting a true 5 star experience you will end up complaining but in my opinion it is an excellent hotel offering a wonderful, relaxing experience and location. We will go back again many times in the future and I heartily recommend it.
Great to see Lizzie, Mally and Ben again this year too, made the holiday all the more enjoyable....you know who you are!!!
- 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