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Consider a trip to the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt where you can get all the usual holiday luxuries for less. The popular Hurghada has just as much sun, sand and sea as the next beach, plus you'll also be able to experience some of the unique Egyptian history first hand. The waterfront resort town of Makadi Bay is just 35 km south and boasts a stunning location sandwiched between desert dunes and a rugged mountain range. With affordable flights and value for money accommodation readily available, Makadi Bay and its neighbours are quickly becoming the next holiday hotspots - get in before it's too crowded!
The biggest Red Sea resort town is Hurghada , a short 30 minute drive away from Makadi Bay. You can't come to Egypt without stopping in ' it's here that you'll find the local shopping bargains, spice market bazaars, and world-famous nightclubs such as Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi and the Hard Rock Café. Smoke a shisha, quad bike through the Sahara Desert, try a traditional tagine - Hurghada is full of must-do tourist activities. If you want to see more of Egypt, Hurghada is also the main base to see Luxor, Cairo and more.
Looking to stock up? You don't have to go all the way to Hurghada to find local souvenirs. The Souk Makadi arcade in Makadi Bay is a quaint indoor mall with over 140 local stores that sells everything from clothes and jewellery to knick knacks and international snacks. Just remember that bargaining is the norm here, so don't be afraid to haggle!
Go snorkelling and diving
Whether you're a complete novice or a total professional, you can enjoy the vast snorkelling and diving opportunities, no matter your level. Explore the beautiful underwater world and coral reef, teaming with colourful marine life, then dry out somewhere along the 4km white sand beach. There are also glass bottom boat tours if you want to stay out of the water to spot stingrays, starfish and hundreds of other sea creatures.
Ride a camel
When in Egypt! Ride a camel - or a horse if you prefer - across the Sahara Desert for the perfect photo op, or else the more adventurous can head out on a camel-back safari with a tea stop at a local Bedouin village. While the actual town of Makadi Bay is renowned for being laid-back and relaxing, there are plenty of tours and facilities for those looking to up the pace.
Sunrise Royal Makadi Resort
You'll be living like a Pharaoh at the five-star Sunrise Royal Makadi. Nestled in lush gardens with an extensive private beach and all-inclusive activities, there's almost no reason to ever leave this luxurious resort. Make the most of the five pools, eight restaurants and seven bars, or try any of the first-class facilities on offer. Choose from scuba diving, snorkelling, tennis courts, spa, sauna, whirlpool and massage services.
Stella Makadi Beach & Gardens
The Stella Makadi offers a slightly different stay, with its prime position right on the colourful reef. The beachfront hotel gives you direct access to the Red Sea via a jetty so the coral is right on your doorstep. Snorkelling aside, the hotel and its neighbouring sister complex offers guests exclusive use of nine pools, including a wave pool, full-size waterslides, international restaurants and bars, kids' club, and sports equipment from pedal boats to mini golf courses.