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My name is Ed, and I’m a tourist-turned-expat living in Malta. I’ve created MaltaUncovered.com to provide some local knowledge and sight and help you plan the perfect holiday in Malta, with some of the best value package deals on offer.
I’ve listed my recommendations for Malta holidays below, but before reading on, I would suggest taking a few steps first to consider when choosing a holiday package:
Although Malta offers a few good cheap and cheerful options, there are quite a few holiday package deals 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.
The Pebbles Resort 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.
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.
The AX Sunny Coast Resort & Spa 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Park Lane Boutique 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.
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.
The Dolmen Hotel Malta 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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s easy to find luxury Malta holidays 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.
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.
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.
AX 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.
With a small private beach, large outdoor pools and landscaped gardens, the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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