Riu Seabank Hotel

Marfa Road, Mellieha Bay, Mellieha, Malta, MLH 9063

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Back of hotel and outdoor pool

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#2 of 5
expert-rated hotels in Mellieha
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Location:
4
4.0
Bedrooms:
3.9
3.9
Eating/drinking:
4
4.0
Public areas:
4
4.0
Leisure facilities:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Relaxation

Expert review of Riu Seabank Hotel

Large family-friendly resort hotel opposite Malta’s longest sandy beach.

Just across the road from 800m of gently sloping golden sand and perfect swimming sea, The Rui Seabank is one of the better mass tourism hotels in the area. Below UK four star standard, but pleasant enough with plenty of holiday facilities for adults and children alike.

Location: 

Just across the main road from the southern end of Mellieha Beach, the hotel is ideally located for the beach as well as being easy walking distance into Mellieha itself with its restaurants and bars. Buses pass the front of the hotel going the short distance to the Gozo Ferry and the rather longer ride to Valletta and the south of Malta.

Bedrooms: 

The 282 rooms are standard chain-hotel stuff. Not full of character but generally fit for purpose. Spread over five floors, there is a choice of sea view, looking out over Mellieha Bay or, the cheaper option, country view. Unlike in some such hotels, the country view really is over fields and marred only by one very small scruffy building.

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Public areas: 

The lobby is wonderfully shady and cool in summer with two aviaries full of budgerigars twittering away (without the aid of the internet) on either side of the entrance. There are comfortable seats to flop into and let the air-con do its work. There is WiFi here, too, but it is not to be relied upon.

Eating and drinking: 

Four restaurants serve up a good variety of food in a variety of settings: from the Jungle Theme Restaurant with bamboo chairs, pictures of exotic wildlife, and a “Little Wild Ones” Children’s menu to the Trattoria De Buono serving Italian food amidst views of Mellieha Bay. You can also eat pizza, Mexican/Spanish or whatever takes your fancy from the daily buffet (which can get busy). The several bars include the Mariner’s Pub with live sports and the Baiha Cocktail bar with a sea-view terrace and live music most nights. Be warned that shorts and beachwear are not acceptable at dinner.

Leisure facilities: 

Besides the beach, there is a good-sized and pleasant outdoor pool on a terrace overlooking countryside at the back of the hotel, as well as a Roman-themed (ie columned) indoor pool in the basement that is heated in winter and closed in August. A recently built children’s pool is right next to the outdoor kids' club - a real plus in my view: so many hotel kids' clubs keep the children cooped up inside even at the height of summer. The hotel also has a full-size bowling alley, watersports facilities (including paddle boats and banana boat for kids), a children’s ball pond and a small spa for adults. A team of ‘animators’ run a programme of organised activities from walks to aerobics.

Service: 

Mixed but mostly friendly and willing.

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Who stays there: 

Holidaymakers: families and adult sunseekers, many of them on package holidays from the UK. Also occasional conferences.

Pros: 
Beach
Leisure facilities
Cons: 
Near a main road

More information on Riu Seabank Hotel:

Price from:
£14
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Marfa Road, Mellieha Bay, Mellieha, Malta, MLH 9063
Free tags / Keywords:
resort, Beach, watersports
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool, Business Centre

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Community comments (1)

My daughter got married at the Riu Seabank, we had a lovely day and the staff could not do enough for us they made my daughter's wedding a wonderful day to remember. There were over 30 family and friends that stayed here for a weeks holiday and for the wedding and they all said what a great time they had.