Golden Bay consists of a lovely sandy beach, clear blue waters, a kiosk selling snacks and drinks – and the vast Radisson Golden Sands Hotel. The beach feels like an extension of the hotel although it is not a private beach and gets very crowded in summer – especially in school holidays when language students descend.
The Hotel is also walking distance (though uphill and down steps!) to the much less populous red-sand Ghajn Tuffieha Beach, but it is a bus/car/taxi ride away from everything else (both sites and restaurants). Popping out for a meal requires a little organisation and extra cost. The hotel is not inaccessible though (few places in Malta are): buses come here, taxis can easily be called and the hotel has its own car hire and car park.
The 329 rooms are fresh and comfortable, featuring lots of beige. All have a balcony – some with tranquil views over the Mediterranean. Almost half the rooms are classed as suites or apartments and have a separate lounge area enabling them to accommodate up to two adults and two children.
Large and active with plenty going on as well as free WiFi throughout. Outside, attractive landscaped terraces overlooking the Med are the setting for several swimming pools, bars and thatched shaded seating areas.
Eating and drinking
The main restaurant, Flavours, seating over 400, offers a huge buffet most nights – certainly in peak season. Smaller and more refined (as well as more expensive of course) is Essence; modern international ‘fine dining’ with views over the bay. Closest to the beach, Agliolio serves Mediterranean dishes, pizza and pasta (at five star prices) as well as a wide range of home-made icecream. Children are made welcome with a colouring/activity book and their own menu. Locals enjoy all three of these restaurants and Agiolio in particular can get very busy at weekends.
Plenty of opportunities to swim: in the perfect clear blue sea from the beach or off the rocks below the hotel; or in one of three outdoor pools (one children’s) and one indoor pool (heated in winter). The indoor pool has limited access for children because it is in the glass-walled spa which is primarily designed for adults. Here you can look out at the sea while enjoying the fitness centre and pampering spa therapies and treatments. Watersports and diving are available as well as daily activities for adults (sometimes including Maltese language lessons) and children, for whom there is a regular kids club as well as a babysitting service.
Generally good, though it can be slow at busy times and isn’t very personal.
Who stays there
Holidaymakers - many British, including families. Also some business people, particularly conference delegates.
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Sporty types
Pros & Cons
- Relative isolation