29 Popular Malta Holiday Packages reviewed (based on local knowledge!)

29 Popular Malta Holiday Packages reviewed (based on local knowledge!)
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Feeling a little overwhelmed trying to find the right Malta holiday package for you?

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I’m Ed, a tourist-turned-expat living in Malta and I’ve created this site to provide some local knowledge and sight and help you plan the perfect holiday in Malta.

Last updated: March 2017

How to get the most out of this holiday guide

I’ve listed my recommendations for Malta holiday packages below, but before reading on, I would suggest taking a few steps first to consider when choosing a holiday package:

  1. Will you be renting a car or riding the bus? Public transport can get you pretty much anywhere but a rented car gives you more freedom and flexibility. Read more about car hire options and driving in Malta.
  2. Not sure where in Malta to stay yet? Have a look at my recommendations for the best locations in Malta for your needs.
  3. Would you consider booking a hotel and flights separately for more choice and flexibility? Have a look my recommendations for best hotels in Malta and how to get cheap flights to Malta.
  4. Prefer booking a package holiday in Malta? Keep on reading!

A few notes about my recommendations

  • The below holiday options were hand-picked based on my knowledge of local hotels and resorts in Malta.
  • My rule is: If I wouldn’t recommend a holiday package to a family or friend I won’t recommend it to you.
  • DISCLAIMER: If you decide to consider any of the below options, you will be taken to holiday booking websites such as those of Expedia, Booking.com and Tripadvisor. These companies do not interfere AT ALL with my picks for holidays for you. I do, however, receive a little commission on bookings to help support my site.


Cheap and budget Malta holiday options

Although Malta offers a few good cheap and cheerful options, there are quite a few holiday packages that are just plain cheap but don’t offer much to be cheerful about. Not least because in some cases you get charged for smaller things like Wi-Fi and air conditioning, which all add up. The best piece of advice: Always read the small print so you know what’s included and what is charged separately.

For that reason, I only have two recommendations for you in this segment. I simply don’t trust the others that are out there and know too little about them to be able to recommend them to you with confidence.

San Pawl Hotel (Labranda)

Location: Buġibba

The San Pawl Hotel offers good value for money, which, considering it’s a budget option, translates to clean but basic rooms and facilities. A good option for a quick break or as a home base when you’re not looking to laze around in the hotel all day.

Why stay here?

  • A budget-friendly option with no frills that offers more value than similar hotels in the area
  • Centrally located, close to the seafront and with good restaurants and pubs around
  • Clean outdoor pool and terraces

Things to consider

  • The basics are very reasonably priced but be aware of surcharges for things you might need/want
  • Wi-Fi is available but comes at an additional cost (€6 per day)
  • Air conditioning (an absolute must from July through to October) costs an additional €15 per day

 

Carlton Hotel

Location: Sliema

The Carlton Hotel has been around for a while, located on the seafront of Sliema (bordering the neighbouring town of St. Julian’s), in a nice part of town. The hotel offers fairly cheap accommodation and gets the basics right. Clean rooms, good service, no frills.

Why stay here?

  • Good location to explore Sliema and St. Julian’s from. Buses to Sliema Ferries pass regularly and you can get boat trips and catch a ferry to Valletta from there.
  • A short walk away from a popular (rocky) area for swimming in the sea
  • Good restaurants in the near vicinity, also for reasonably priced meals
  • Free Wi-fi and satellite TV offered.

Things to consider

  • Have the right expectations: Low rates because accommodation is basic. Good, but basic.
  • Nice location but you can find much better options if you’re looking for a sun & sea holiday (although unlikely to be as cheap).

 

Affordable and good quality holidays

Park Lane Aparthotel

Location: Qawra

The Park Lane Aparthotel is a little bit of a gem in an area that’s popular but where accommodation of a similar level is charged at higher rates. Despite its classical looking exterior, the apartments have a fresh looking interior and offer a good level of comfort at very reasonable rates.

Why stay here?

  • Good value for money – Comfort, free Wi-fi, satellite TV, air conditioning are all included.
  • Nice location with nice pubs and restaurants nearby
  • Within walking distance of Ta` Fra Ben, a small (rocky) bay that’s great for swimming and snorkelling.

Things to consider

  • Renting a car? There’s very limited public parking in the area during the high season so consider public transport (the local bus terminus is right around the corner), pay for parking at the nearby San Antonio hotel or put up with having to drive around until you get lucky.
  • Limited facilities and small pool
  • No bar or restaurant on the premises

 

Seashells Resort at Suncrest

Location: Qawra

The Seashells Resort at Suncrest was renovated recently and makes for a great family holiday option, with comfortable rooms, good facilities and nice location. It’s one of the largest resorts in the area and is located on the seafront of Qawra.

Why stay here?

  • Recently refurbished – good value for rates charged, with wi-fi and satellite tv included in the price
  • Family-friendly with entertainment (Babysitting/childcare also offered at extra charge)
  • Good facilities: Large outdoor pool, spa, buffet meals
  • Good choice of restaurants nearby
  • Good public transport (bus) connections

Things to consider

  • Although it’s not a super busy area, it is quite touristy so it’s not a good location for peace and quiet
  • Renting a car? As mentioned above – public parking is very limited here, especially in summer.
  • It’s worth getting a sea view room if you can afford it. I’d also recommend getting a room on one of the higher floors.

 

Hotel Juliani

Location: St. Julian’s

Hotel Juliani is a very stylish, modern hotel that isn’t necessarily the biggest around but definitely one of the nicest and most comfortable. Located in the Spinola area of St. Julian’s, you’ll want to go for the Sea View rooms here – they’re not cheap but worth the extra cost.

Why stay here?

  • High-quality accommodation at a reasonable price
  • Small touches of luxury for added comfort
  • Small but nice rooftop pool
  • Great location for dining and going out

Things to consider

  • If you’re looking for a family holiday in the area, there are other options around that might better suit your needs.

 

Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa

Location: Mellieħa

Located in a fairly quiet village in the North of Malta, the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa offer a comfortable stay at reasonable rates, with modern interiors and good service.

Why stay here?

  • Good value: High-quality accommodation, relatively low rates for a popular tourist location
  • Good option for a family holiday (offer babysitting/childcare at a surcharge as well).
  • Good facilities: Multiple (outdoor/indoor) pools, spa treatments
  • Nice restaurants nearby
  • Close to the nicest sandy beaches in Malta. Free beach shuttle service offered by hotel to get you down to Mellieħa Bay (Malta’s largest sandy beach)

Things to consider

  • Little to no entertainment and nightlife is limited in the vicinity. You can go for a stroll, maybe have a drink at one of the few pubs around, but that’s about it.
  • Mellieħa is a quiet village that’s surrounded by nature and some of the best beaches around the Maltese islands. However, public transport is limited and transit times can be pretty lengthy. You’re better off renting a car when staying in this area, if you’re a confident driver.
  • Located towards the upper end of a steep, relatively busy road.

 

Solana Hotel & Spa

Location: Mellieħa

The Solana Hotel & Spa is located right up the road from the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa and makes for a good alternative option to staying in Mellieħa, but only if places like the Maritim and Seabank are fully booked. The Solana will do just fine for most people, but those two options simply offer better value.

Why stay here?

  • Good option to stay in the area with good-sized rooms and comfortable beds
  • All the facilities you’d expect, with indoor/outdoor pools and free Wi-fi
  • Good option for family holidays (babysitting/childcare also offered at additional cost)
  • Close to the nicest sandy beaches in Malta.

Things to consider

  • If rates are similar and rooms are available, the Maritim Antonine (reviewed above) is a more modern alternative with nicer interiors.
  • Advertised as a 4-star hotel but has more of a 3-star feel at the moment
  • Located towards the upper end of a steep, relatively busy road. Avoid the street-facing rooms (to avoid the sound of buses driving up the hill in low gear every 20 minutes).

 

Pergola Club Hotel & Spa

Location: Mellieħa

With a more quiet location in the heart of Mellieħa, the Pergola Club Hotel & Spa is a reasonably priced holiday option that offers good value for money with good-sized hotel rooms and self-catering apartments.

Why stay here?

  • Clean, comfortably furnished rooms and apartments. Perhaps a little outdated but well-maintained.
  • Friendly, welcoming staff who go the extra mile to make your stay enjoyable
  • Quiet area, yet still central and close to nearby restaurants and pubs
  • Good food and entertainment on premises and variety of restaurants nearby
  • Close to the nicest sandy beaches in Malta.

Things to consider

  • Although there’s a bus stop right outside the hotel, public transport is limited and renting a car is recommended. Do enquire about paid parking rates at the hotel as public parking in the area is fairly limited during the high season. If you’re set on using public transport, walk to the main street to catch a bus there – you’ll get to where you want to be (the big sandy beach to the North, for example) quicker.
  • Sea view rooms come at a surcharge but it’s worth paying for, particularly on the higher floors.
  • Don’t be fooled by the 4-star rating, it’s more of a 3-star hotel, but with modest rates to match that rating.

 

Ramla Bay Resort

Location: Outskirts of Mellieħa (close to Armier Bay and Ċirkewwa – the northern-most tip of the island of Malta).

The unique thing about the Ramla Bay Resort is its location. Despite being an island, Malta offers surprisingly few locations that are this close to the open sea and with several options of clean sandy beaches around. Besides the lovely location, the resort itself offers high-quality accommodation and makes for a great option for families looking for an all-round holiday package.

Why stay here?

  • Great option if all you want is a comfortable sun and sea holiday (with or without kids)
  • Quiet location, raw untouched nature and clean sandy beaches around (including a small private beach on its premises). Nice sunset views of sister-islands Comino and Gozo to boot
  • Good facilities, friendly staff, entertainment, bars and a restaurant – an all-around solid package.
  • Will also offer self-catering options soon. (Time of writing: March 2017)

Things to consider

  • Looking to explore the area and beyond? Renting a car is highly recommended due to the relatively remote location.
  • The hotel built a new wing in 2016 and will soon be accepting bookings for brand new suites and self-catering apartments as well. Don’t expect the rates to be as attractive as the standard holiday package offers, however (not least because of their proximity to and view of the sea).

 

All-inclusive Malta holidays

Dolmen Resort Hotel & Spa

Location: Qawra/Buġibba

The Dolmen Resort & Spa has built a solid reputation for being a quality resort with pleasant interiors, good service and good amenities all-around. Located in the popular tourist area of Buġibba, right on the seafront. The resort is a good option for all-inclusive family holidays in the area, although I expect they’ll need a bit of a makeover soon. That’s reflected in the rates, to be fair.

Why stay here?

  • Good option for family holidays, with entertainment and indoor/outdoor pools
  • Beach club right across the road on the coastline and artificial sandy beach nearby
  • Bus terminus is located around the corner – easy access to public transport
  • Good food offered by its restaurants and cafes. Alternative restaurants are aplenty in the area.
  • Family-friendly (babysitting/childcare service available)

Things to consider

  • Keep an eye on the rates of other options in the area for your chosen dates, especially in the high season. The db San Antonio is of a similar level but recently refurbished, for example.
  • Sea view rooms come at a premium, but don’t expect to enjoy the view with a cold beer in hand – unless you’re on the top floor, the balconies are small.

 

db San Antonio Hotel & Spa

Location: Qawra/Buġibba

Located a 2-minute walk away from the seafront, the db San Antonio Hotel & Spa is one of the best options in the areas for family holidays, with a modern interior and well-furnished and decorated rooms.

Why stay here?

  • Modern, comfortable hotel rooms
  • Recently refurbished and offering high-quality facilities. Large pools, good-sized gyms, great spa and saunas as well.
  • The on-premise restaurants get good reviews. Good alternative restaurants in the area as well.
  • If you’re keen on driving but want to avoid the local parking headache – the hotel offers paid parking underground.
  • Family-friendly (babysitting/childcare service available)

Things to consider

  • There aren’t many weak points but the food isn’t always top notch, nor is there an awful lot of variety and it’s mostly buffets here.

 

Salini resort

The Salini Resort has become one of my favourite all-inclusive options in Malta, having been refurbished recently and taking a big step up in terms of quality. Modern, well-furnished rooms, great facilities and some of the best food a local resort can boast of on its premises.

Why stay here?

  • Gets great reviews for comfort and quality of accommodation – rightly so
  • Great facilities – Myoka spa, indoor/outdoor pools with jacuzzis and saunas and a gym, etc.
  • Lovely, quiet location at the seafront just outside the busy Qawra/Buġibba area
  • Excellent food, from delicious pizza and pasta to gourmet-level steaks and fish at its well-known restaurants.
  • Family-friendly holiday option (babysitting/childcare available at additional cost)
  • Free parking available on-site, if you’re renting a car.

Things to consider

  • The location doesn’t matter much if you want a comfortable all-inclusive holiday, but if you want to add some sightseeing to the itinerary you depend on public transport (buses) and the hop-on/hop-off bus that pass from in front of the hotel. Perfectly doable but also good to consider car hire if you want to do some proper exploring.
  • The one real let-down – and it’s a big shame which is outside of the resort’s control – is that there’s a landfill a couple of miles away. If you’re unlucky with the wind direction you can notice a faint, but unpleasant smell. It’s personally not something I’ve noticed there myself but I’ve heard a complaint about it recently and the landfill is known to emanate a bad smell from time to time. Would it stop me from booking? No.

 

Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort

Location: St. Julian’s

Part of the larger Corinthia St. George’s Bay complex, the Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort is a family-friendly all-inclusive option in a nice part of Malta. Although not the best location for sightseeing, if a relaxing holiday near the sea is your top priority, this is a solid choice.

Why stay here?

  • Great resort option away from hustle and bustle of St. Julian’s area
  • Great restaurants on its premises
  • Hop on/hop off stop right outside for sightseeing
  • Well-equipped fitness centre and good spa facilities

Things to consider

  • Dining options in St. Julian’s are within walking distance, but not exactly around the corner. Located on the far end of town.
  • Bus connections aren’t great here and a rental car is recommended for those looking to explore.

 

db Seabank Resort & Spa

Location: Mellieħa

Located right at the edge of Malta’s largest sandy beach, the db Seabank Resort + Spa is an excellent option for an all-inclusive family holiday in comfort. Although the resort itself is rather large and can get busy during the high season, it’s located in a fairly quiet area on the outskirts of the village of Mellieħa.

Why stay here

  • Unique location with Malta’s largest sandy beach right across the road
  • Recently refurbished with fresh, modern interior and comfortable rooms
  • Good quality food as part of the package
  • Great option for families with entertainment and pools (and babysitting/childcare facilities too)
  • (Paid) parking underground

Things to consider

  • There are few all-inclusive holiday resorts in the area so book early (6+ months minimum)!
  • If you decide to rent a car in the high season you’ll need to factor in the cost of parking on the hotel’s premises. Public parking is very limited in the vicinity.
  • Can get pricey depending on the room type (and availability of course – high demand)

 

Fortina Spa Resort

Location: Sliema

The Preluna Hotel & Spa is one of the few resorts in Sliema that offer all-inclusive holiday packages, and it’s a good option if you’re set on staying in Sliema on a reasonable budget. In the past I might’ve recommended the

Why stay here?

  • Tidy, fairly modern accommodation with all the amenities you’d expect
  • The food gets good reviews and so do their service and staff
  • Good facilities: Rooftop pool and terrace (also indoor pool with sauna
  • Good option for couples without children, not ideal for family holidays
  • Private rocky beach nearby

Things to consider

  • If you decide to book a sea view room at a premium, floors 4-8 are your best bet for the quietest rooms.
  • If Sliema isn’t at the top of your list there are better options (above). Nothing really wrong with the Preluna, but it’s just OK – as is its location. Alternatively, opt for half-board and have a look around at the other hotels in Sliema that I’ve listed.

 

Luxury Malta holidays

It’s easy to find luxury holiday package offers around, though not every luxury 5-star hotel or resort in Malta deserves its 5th star necessarily. When it’s not the case it’s often because the location is either exclusive or hard to find elsewhere.

I’ve listed a few options for you.

Some are an excellent option for a lazy luxury holiday, others offer you luxury in an amazing location while a few can actually offer you both.

Hilton Malta

Location: St. Julian’s

When budget isn’t an issue, the Hilton is one of the top recommendations around for a luxury holiday. Consistently getting high ratings for offering 5-star luxury right to a T, the Hilton boasts large outdoor pools, spas, comfort and service of the highest level in Malta.

Why stay here?

  • The perfect “check in and relax in luxury” resort that gets the important details right. Consistently.
  • Modern rooms with luxurious finishings and boasting great views.
  • Located close to the nicer parts of St. Julian’s with a great choice of restaurants and bars/pubs, and nightlife on the Paceville side of town.
  • Attentive, friendly and professional service

Things to consider

  • The Hilton is an excellent choice for a resort-type holiday, though consider other options if sightseeing is a priority on your holiday
  • Parking is notoriously hard to find in the direct vicinity so if you’re renting a car you’ll need to make use of the underground parking garage.

 

The Westin Dragonara Resort

Location: St. Julian’s

The Westin Dragonara has been a staple in the luxury accommodation bracket for almost twenty years now and has kept up with the demands of those seeking a high-quality holiday experience, continuing to get good reviews from its visitors. It’s a family-friendly resort, though doesn’t feel touristy and crowded even in mid-summer.

Why stay here?

  • Comfortable rooms and all the facilities you’d expect from a 5-star resort. Good spa and recently renovated, well-equipped gym.
  • Food served in the restaurants is of a high standard, as is the service.
  • If you’d like to venture out, you’re in a great spot for some great clubs and other nightlife venues, yet you’re also close to the quieter parts of St. Julian’s (Spinola and Balluta Bay) and the restaurants and pubs you’ll come across there.

Things to consider

  • If you have special requirements do get in touch with hotel staff in advance. They’re known to be courteous and helpful.
  • The sea view upgrade is worth your while, particularly on the South-facing side of the resort.
  • Although family-friendly, St. Julian’s is not the ideal place for younger children unless the resort itself is all that matters on your holiday.

 

The Palace

Location: Sliema

The Palace is a lovely luxury hotel in the heart of one of the more popular tourist locations in Malta. If luxury and comfort are your primary objectives, you’ll be served very well. If exploring the local culture and sightseeing are important, however, perhaps the location may not be ideal.

Why stay here?

  • The Palace has a reputation for offering a very high standard of accommodation and facilities to match.
  • Despite being located in the centre of a fairly busy town, it’s a pretty quiet area
  • If you’d like to try a few different restaurants and bars/pubs, you’ll find a good selection in the vicinity.
  • Excellent service and friendly staff

Things to consider

  • As mentioned, for sightseeing the location may not be perfect. Sliema has become pretty urbanised over the past couple of decades with quaint historical houses making room for high-rise buildings. It is, however, fairly easy to reach Valletta by ferry across the harbour and to take a few boat trips up to Gozo and/or Comino. All it takes is a 5-10-minute walk down to The Ferries (location at the South-facing seafront of Sliema).
  • Renting a car? You’ll want to make use of the paid underground parking that the hotel offers. Sliema is notorious for its lack of public parking.

 

Grand Hotel Excelsior

Location: Valletta

With a small private beach, large outdoor pools and landscaped gardens, the Grand Hotel Excelsior offers tranquillity in an area you’d expect to be busy: On the doorstep of Malta’s capital city of Valletta. It’s a good location to explore the city from, whilst enjoying luxurious comfort.

Why stay here?

  • Lovely, quiet location just outside capital city Valletta (10-minute walk away)
  • Great outdoor and indoor pools with a nice backdrop of harbour views
  • Their restaurants get good reviews, but with the level of restaurants on offer in Valletta you should definitely dine out. These are my recommendations for restaurants in the capital.
  • Highly-rated service
  • Parking available on-site

Things to consider

  • The hotel is located on the outskirts of Valletta, downhill at the harbourside. If you’re not comfortable walking uphill to get into the city you should consider one of the other options below.
  • It’s a 5-star hotel but misses 5-star quality in some of the detail and some of the decor that looks a little dated in places. Also, they have a price list for every single item in the room in case you’d like to keep anything as a memento. A little… quirky, to say the least.

 

Casa Ellul

Location: Valletta (centre)

Casa Ellul is a 4-star luxury hotel in the heart of Valletta. If you’re disappointed by the 4 stars, hold on. The accommodation itself is of a very high standard but part of the luxury is the location in the middle of the Baroque architecture that Malta’s capital city is known for. This exclusive property boasts just eight rooms that offer a peaceful and comfortable stay.

Why stay here?

  • All-around lovely boutique hotel to use as a base for exploring the city, its history and the different eateries and their flavours
  • Recently refurbished and redecorated with tasteful interiors.
  • Exclusive property with uniquely decorated suites and quaint courtyard

Things to consider

  • Not a place to stay with children or groups
  • Out of eight suites, try to book suite 7 or 8 for a private rooftop terrace with outdoor jacuzzi.
  • Being so exclusive, it’s important to book well in advance (6+ months!)

 

The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux

Location: Mdina

The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux offers truly unique luxury accommodation that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. It’s hidden away in one of the alleys of the medieval city of Mdina, also known as the Silent City.

Why stay here?

  • Truly unique location, in the middle of one of the most historical places in Malta
  • Authentic, classically decorated interior inside a 17th-century palace
  • Comfortable rooms, excellent service 

Things to consider

  • The hotel isn’t for everyone. Although it has the facilities and comfort you’d expect of a 5-star property, being housed in a 17th-century building, luxury has its limits here. You could say that it’s part of the charm. Don’t expect pressurised water systems, for example. It’s all about the location and the quaintness of the hotel itself.
  • Although Mdina is a bit of a tourist hotspot (although not overly busy, let alone crowded), you’ll want to venture outside its bastion walls to do your sightseeing. It’s a very small place so there isn’t an awful lot to do and see. Although public transport and hop on/hop off buses are easy to reach just outside the city’s gate, if you’re planning to stay longer than three days it might be worth renting a car.
  • A few of the suites offer an outdoor jacuzzi with breathtaking views over the valleys below. Definitely worth booking if available.
  • Book well in advance (6+ months)!

 

Radisson Blu Golden Sands

Location: Golden Bay, outskirts of Mellieħa

Another resort offering a unique location is the Radisson Blu Golden Sands at Golden Bay, one of the nicest sandy beaches that Malta has to offer. Although it’s a slightly remote location, you’ve got all the luxury and amenities you need for a comfortable, high end stay.

Why stay here?

  • Beautiful, natural surroundings with views and direct access to Golden Bay (private beach)
  • Nicely furnished, comfortable and spacious suites
  • A level of facilities and service that’s expected with this international hotel chain

Things to consider

  • If you’d like to venture outside of the area you’ll probably want to rent a car. Parking is available on the premises of the hotel, as well as just outside its perimeters.
  • The resort offers a few great restaurants but dining options are limited.

 

Self-catering holiday rentals and apartments

If you’re not a fan of hotel food or you prefer flexibility and cooking your own meals, there are some really good options for self-catering holiday rentals in Malta.

Sunseeker Holiday Complex

Location: Buġibba

Located in the centre of Buġibba (nearby towns of Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay), the Sunseeker Holiday Complex offers self-catering apartments at rereasonable rates. Recently refurbished, this aparthotel is a good option if you’re on a budget but don’t need hotel facilities and services.

Why stay here?

  • Recently refurbished
  • Nice restaurants and pubs in the area and around the corner from the seafront
  • Artifical sandy beach nearby
  • Indoor and outdoor pool with sundeck

Things to consider

  • You get what you pay for – the cheaper rooms really are pretty basic
  • Wi-fi is offered but at a charge
  • Renting a car? There’s very limited public parking in the area during the high season (all around Buġibba/Qawra/St. Paul’s Bay)

 

Jules Suites

Location: St. Julian’s

With bright, modernly furnished apartments, Jules Suites offer a great option for when you want comfort away from home, with everything that you might need for an enjoyable holiday.

Why stay here?

  • One of the best self-catering options in an area where accommodation is in high demand.
  • High-quality apartments, nicely decorated
  • Plenty of options around for dining out, as well as bars/pubs and nightclubs

Things to consider

  • The location isn’t the best home base for sightseeing. Public transport connections are good but you’ll need to factor in travel time to get to pretty much anywhere (including nice beaches to swim at). Public parking is limited so that can be a headache if you decide to rent a car.

 

Depiro point

Location: Sliema

Located close to the seafront in a nice part of Sliema, Depiro point offers comfortable self-catering apartments that are modern, airy and clean at very reasonable rates.

Why stay here?

  • Good value: High-quality apartments with all the amenities you’ll need in a popular location where accommodation is charged at a premium.
  • Nice part of a town that’s otherwise pretty urbanised. Located close to St. Julian’s
  • Excellent choice of restaurants and bars/pubs in the area and you can enjoy one of the local lido’s for some poolside sunbathing.

Things to consider

  • Although from the Sliema Ferries you can catch a boat to a few key places around the Maltese islands quite easily, you’ll need a bus trip to get there. You can rent a car and park on the premises but at a surcharge (€7 per night).

 

Pebbles Boutique Aparthotel

Location: Sliema

The Pebbles Boutique Aparthotel is a great self-catering option for those looking to stay in Sliema. With a good level of comfort, it’s a very good alternative to Depiro. The biggest difference is the location, which is right opposite the Ferries from which you can get to places like Valletta, Gozo and Comino easily. Public transport connections are also good from this part of Sliema.

Why stay here?

  • Good value for money: High-quality lodging at reasonable rates
  • All that you need for a comfortable stay
  • Great restaurants nearby as well as a few nice bars and pubs
  • Friendly service

Things to consider

  • This is a pretty urbanised and commercial part of Sliema (and of Malta as a whole).
  • It tends to get pretty busy in the area, particularly on weekends.
  • There’s no parking available on the premises and the locals practically kill each other to conquer a parking spot at the seafront. Your only real option is parking at the nearby shopping centre at a cost of €10 per day.

 

Valletta Boutique Living

Location: Valletta

Whereas accommodation in Valletta was limited to a few exclusive hotels not too long ago, in recent years some of the capital’s age-old buildings have been lovingly restored and divided up into apartments as part of boutique hotels that have been popping up all over town. Valletta Boutique Living Apartments are a great example of how well that can work out.

Why stay here?

  • Various great locations within Valletta for sightseeing and exploration
  • Highly finished, comfortable apartments
  • Best location for restaurants, though nightlife limited to bars/pubs

Things to consider

  • With limited supply, big demand and high-end accommodation these apartments can get pricey.
  • Book well in advance for the best apartments (6+ months)!

 

Barrakka Suites

Location: Valletta

Barrakka Suites also offer high-end boutique apartments but arguably offer a little more value in terms of comfort and also location. The place is right outside the Barrakka Gardens in the south-east corner of Valletta, which is a lovely place but also a great starting point to explore the city from. If I could choose one place to stay in Valletta (and had the budget for it), this would be it.

Why stay there?

  • Excellent location
  • Comfortable, well-furnished apartments
  • Friendly, helpful staff make sure that you have what you need for an enjoyable stay

Things to consider

  • Depending on the time of year of your visit, these apartments can get pricey.
  • Some of the stairs inside are pretty narrow so might not be suitable for everyone.

 

Palazzo Prince d’Orange

Location: Valletta

On the luxurious side of boutique-style apartments in Valletta, Palazzo Prince d’Orange has established itself as the self-catering option of choice when budget is not an issue.

Why stay here?

  • Five high-end suites that are luxuriously finished
  • Located in the heart of Valletta, yet offering peace and quiet.
  • Spa and wellness centre on premises

Things to consider

  • Pricey, even for boutique accommodation
  • Book well in advance (6+ months).

 

Tips and info for booking your Malta holiday

  • Most operators offer a good variety of package deals with hotels that suit different budgets. Whichever you decide choosing, always keep in mind that you get what you pay for: If you’re looking for a comfortable stay, the budget options may not always be the perfect choice.
  • Most flights offered are operated by budget airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet. Always check the flight conditions if you decide to go for a package. Operators could be cutting corners (like lower baggage allowance, no cancellation) to be able to offer lower prices. More on flights to Malta here.
  • Malta is a fairly small country and with tourism on the increase the options for accommodation (particularly in the high season and for the more popular areas around Buġibba and Sliema/St. Julian’s) run out quickly. If you can afford to, it pays to book your holiday early on!
  • Since June 2016 an Eco Tax (which had already been a popular money-making scheme for local governments across Europe) will be charged when you arrive. It’s not much at least: €0.50 per adult (18+ years) per night, up to a maximum of €5.00 per person per stay. It’s mandatory for all local businesses offering lodging.
  • Most hotels and resorts will offer airport transfers at an additional cost. If you’re staying on the main island of Malta (as opposed to Gozo or Comino) and you’re being charged more than €30 for up to 4 people for a single trip, you’re better off booking your own taxi.
  • It might be a moot point to make but keep in mind: Family-friendly usually also means that a resort isn’t particularly peaceful or quiet. If you’re a couple and that’s what you’re looking for, avoid all-inclusive packages in Malta (particularly during the high season).
  • If hanging out by the pool isn’t the only thing you want to do on your holiday, choose your location carefully! You can find advice on where best to stay in Malta here.

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