I was in Hurghada (Egypt) for a week and i have to tell that it was fabulous. Both the resort and country have surpased my expectations and washed out all the thoughts about the work.
I have stayed in Sunrise Royal Markadi hotel, 30 kilometres from Hurghada. Hurghada itself was a small fishing village 30 years ago, but now it is one of the most popular holiday locations in Egypt. The Markadi bay is famous for its diving location and I have an impression that the hotels there are bigger, calmer and, perhaps, even better than in Hurghada itself. The downside – you will need to fetch a transportation till Hurghada itself if you want go shoping. That is not very costly – around 7 Eur both ways using hotels bus.
Sunrise Royal Markadi Hotel is part of bigger Egyptian chain, and is a quite big one. It is located directly near the ocean and the beach is fantastic and clean. It is not steep and even small children can swim without big problems or risks. There are couple of pools as well, all supervised by staff. There is a horse and camel riding facilities, diving center, masage, gym, couple of shops and restorans (free for us) as well.
The hotel and the whole Markadi is guarded, both by official Egyptian army and the hotel staff. There are no incidents in the middle of Egypt though – no Egyptian would cut the income, as majority is one way or another connected to the tourism. For aditional security, all the time went out of secured tourist zones to the tours (e.g to Caire or Luxor) , we got a convoy of soldiers. (more…)