Rixos Hotels, in which Accor has a 50% stake, has signed a deal to operate its largest all-inclusive resort in the world on Egypt's Red Sea Riviera, and will reflag an existing property - owned by the Eastern Company For Investment And Touristic Development - as the 1,636-key Rixos Hurghada Makadi Bay.
Scheduled for completion in 2020, the property is located in a secluded bay on the Red Sea, just south of Hurghada. Resort highlights will include individual villas, an extensive indoor and outdoor spa, fitness facilities, kids clubs, a waterpark, beach lounge, large conference centre, F&B options and an entertainment area with an amphitheatre.
The renovation of the existing development in Makadi Bay will be phased in two stages, each spanning a year, with phase one already underway and including the addition of wings and facilities to uplift the hotel in line with Rixos brand standards.
When phase one is complete, Rixos Hurghada Makadi Bay will be officially launched and feature 815 keys including villas, 12 F&B outlets, a beach lounge, 1,500sqm of meeting space, a spa and wellness area covering 2,400sqm, multiple pools, a small aqua park, kids’ clubs and expansive outdoor areas for fitness and entertainment programmes.
Phase two of the renovation plan will start as soon as the property opens its doors and will include a 23,000sqm water park, as well as upgrades to the remaining hotel inventory.
This deal increases Rixos' footprint to four resorts in Egypt where its already operates properties in Alamein and Sharm El Sheikh and eight across the Middle East. Rixos Hurghada Makadi Bay will expand Accor’s footprint in Egypt to 25 properties strong with 13 more projects pipelined across its portfolio of brands including Fairmont and Mövenpick. On Egypt’s Red Sea and north coast, the group’s portfolio currently includes Rixos Sharm El Sheikh, Rixos Alamein and Rixos Premium Seagate in Nabq Bay, as well as Mövenpick El Gouna and Mövenpick Soma Bay.