Right on the coast overlooking Mellieha Bay (known locally as Ghadira Bay), the hotel sits away from the main resort and village area on the south side of the bay. It is just a few minutes walk to Malta’s longest sandy beach – yellow sand, crystal-clear blue sea and, unfortunately, a main road running the length of it. Also within walking distance are the Red Tower, with spectacular views along the coast and Malta’s tiny Ghadira Bird Reserve. Mellieha Village is on the other side of the bay, a 3km walk or bus ride away. For everything else – culture, sights, restaurants – you’ll need a bus, car or taxi.
The 313 rooms (no suites) all face the sea (although at ground floor level the view is obstructed by the garden) with lovely views over the Med. Décor is bright and colourful, and floors stone-tiled (so traipsing in a bit of sand or pool water doesn’t matter). These rooms are very much designed for summer. Interconnecting rooms are available for families and groups.
The lobby/lounge is cheerful and colourful in green and orange and the garden is pleasantly green – quite rare in this hot, dry country. Some corridors and outdoor areas could do with a lick of paint.
Eating and drinking
The restaurants seats 420 (locals and hotel guests) and serves a substantial buffet. The food is plentiful and adequate if nothing to write home about. The main bar is the Lobby Café while the Limelight Lounge has room for 300 people seated around the dance floor. In summer drinks are also served by the pool and beach.
The hotel has its own small private coarse-sand beach on the bay as well as a terrace overlooking the sea with swimming pools and a children’s paddling pool. There are three outdoor pools in all and one indoor as well as two tennis courts, a mini-golf putting area and Malta’s only hotel bowling green. The hotel has a watersports and diving company attached and the Limelight Lounge ‘nightclub’ hosts regular live entertainment, mostly aimed at the older age group (50/60+). It’s not my cup of tea but many guests seem to enjoy it. For kids there is a small playground in the garden.
A little variable, but friendly and well-meaning. Check-in can be slow when lots of people arrive at once.
Who stays there
Holidaymakers - mostly over fifties and a few young families – on package holidays from the UK.
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Quiet side of bay
- The swimming opportunities
- Sea views
- Relative isolation
- Entertainment not to all tastes