Above Mellieha Bay, just across the road from the longest sandy beach in Malta, the Mellieha Holiday Centre is well set back from the road. The beach’s yellow sand and beautiful clear blue sea are hard to beat, but the main road running the entire length of the bay does somewhat mar the experience. The Mellieha Centre has a tunnel leading from the complex directly onto the beach so at least you do not have to run the gauntlet of the traffic. The village of Mellieha is about a ten-minute walk to the south, while to the north are the tiny Ghadira bird reserve and the Red Tower, built by the Knights of St John, affording spectacular views along the coast. Buses run along the main road in front of the complex.
Avenues of bungalows built of the local stone and looking like mini-fortresses, provide the accommodation. All are self-catering and most have a small walled patio and a flat roof terrace. Interiors are very plain and functional.
Plenty of outside space for kids to run around, a terrapin pond, trees and even a bit of grass (a rarity in Malta). This is a family setting – no need to hush the kids.
Eating and drinking
The Great Dane is the main restaurant with buffet, a la carte, pizza and pasta, and prices that are more reasonable than at most hotels. There is also a Chinese restaurant and a steak house, as well as a small supermarket for self-catering. The bars are open to the public and can occasionally get rowdy.
A large outdoor pool is very popular with families plus a paddling pool shaded by a canopy to protect the very young from the sun. There's also table tennis equipment and plenty of space to do your own thing.
Staff are well informed and helpful but you won't get hotel standards of service.
Who stays there
Mainly families – particularly Danish but also a few British. It is also good for wheelchair users.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
Pros & Cons
- Beach access
- Quite basic
- Occasional rowdiness in bars