A Red Sea resort
Makadi Bay is a purpose-built resort on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera, about 25 kilometres south of Hurghada Airport. It’s a quiet, upmarket kind of spot where the hotels pretty much have it covered on the nightlife front. It may not go all out on bars and clubs, but the place does have 2 top assets – a 4-kilometre beach and a reef packed with tropical fish.
As its name suggests, the resort is in a bay. You’ve got a long stretch of golden sand here with palm parasols lined up with military precision. Close to shore you’ve got a reef, which is prime territory for diving and snorkelling – but you might want to keep your beach shoes on when you’re swimming as the coral can be sharp underfoot.
An easy pace
Makadi Bay isn’t a full-throttle kind of place. By day, it’s all about lazing on the beach or letting off a bit of steam with tennis or kite-surfing. At night, the resort keeps things deliberately low-key – you’ll find bars and restaurants in the hotels, with plenty of family-friendly entertainment laid on.
Close to Hurghada
Thirty minutes’ drive and you’re in Hurghada. There’s quite a bit to pack in here. You’ll need a couple of hours at least to browse the modern shopping malls and spice-filled Egyptian bazaars. Then there’s a food stop – the marina here has a top line-up of restaurants. And if you’re staying into the evening, you’ve got clubbing duo Hed Kandi and the Ministry of Sound.