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.
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.
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.
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.
Mixed but mostly friendly and willing.
Who stays there
Holidaymakers: families and adult sunseekers, many of them on package holidays from the UK. Also occasional conferences.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
Pros & Cons
- Leisure facilities
- Near a main road