San Niklaus Bay, Comino, Malta, KMN 1010
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation
Best for Escapists - Expert review of Comino Hotel
On Malta’s smallest inhabited island (four full-time inhabitants!) this 1960s' hotel is a great place to escape and relax. Only open in summer, it is not really a four star. When i first stayed here with my family I was a bit surprised by its relative scruffiness but we had a great time! it is certainly more basic than its rating suggests but as long as you know that, it is great place to relax and enjoy the sun and sea – not to mention having Malta’s premier swimming place to yourself before the daily tour boats arrive.
Comino – just 2.5km long - lies between the main island of Malta and Gozo. The hotel’s own boat (which runs from both Malta and Gozo) docks just below the main hotel building in a protected cove. Luggage is unloaded for you and transported to your room or bungalow (a 10 minute walk away or five minutes by hotel vehicle). The hotel is also a ten-minute walk from the Blue Lagoon, Malta’s top swimming place: crystal clear blue water over a perfect sandy sea bed protected by rocky islets and caves. It is a magnet for tourists and day trippers swarm in from about 10am each day. Staying at the Comino Hotel is the only way to enjoy it without the crowds.
The 95 rooms in the main hotel – including interconnecting rooms for families - are basic and a bit run down; the bathrooms could certainly do with a refurb. But come here in high summer and you won’t need to spend time in your room. The main hotel is supplemented by the 46 bungalows – a little fresher than the hotel rooms - in Santa Marija Bay, the next cove along the coast. Each bungalow has a double room and sitting room and can sleep four.
Plenty of space inside and out to sit around with a drink or a book between sun and sea activities. The bungalows have their own restaurant and pleasant terrace overlooking Santa Marija Bay.
Half-board is essential as there is no other source of food on the island. The evening buffet is large and adequate. At lunchtime you can get snacks and light meals from the bar or eat food brought with you from Gozo or Malta (rooms have a fridge) if you want to avoid the cost of the large but not-so-brilliant mid-day buffet. Fortunately, since there are no alternatives, drinks are not overly expensive.
A large, deep, outdoor swimming pool and kids paddling pool occupy pride of place on the terrace in front of the hotel and just above San Niklaus Bay. Here the hotel also has a small private beach of coarse sand (not always completely clean so may be worth wearing wetshoes or similar). You need only swim out a metre or two for good (Mediterranean) snorkelling. There are steps down into the bay, too, just beyond the swimming pool offering immediate snorkelling around the rocks. The bungalows have their own smaller swimming pool.
Watersports are on offer and Comino has its own dive centre (independent of, but located in, the hotel). There are also sandy tennis courts and walks to a couple of Knights period relics along the coast. Comino has no shops other than the little hotel shop, which fortunately sells decent snorkels as well as souvenirs, postcards, sunscreen, toothpaste etc. Day trips to Gozo or Malta are easy to arrange on the hotel boat (costing a few euros) and many guests do this.
Primarily, though, this is a place to chill out, swim, read, lie in the sun and recharge the batteries.
Not especially proactive, but very friendly and helpful.
Mostly Germans, some of whom return year after year. Quite a few families, including those with older kids.
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- San Niklaus Bay, Comino, Malta, KMN 1010
- Free tags / Keywords:
- swimming, Comino, Blue Lagoon
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool