Anyone planning a trip to Malta should look up Hotel Mellieha Bay for it commands one of the best addresses on the island. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea — and all 313 contemporary rooms have a sea view. If you fancy stretching your legs, the hotel has a small fitness centre and an indoor pool perfect for lengths. Outdoors, there’s a tournament-sized bowling green, four pools (two for kids) and a games room for older children. When it comes to dining, the main restaurant does big international spreads featuring soups, salads, pasta and various meat and fish dishes. There’s also an alfresco terrace and a stylish lobby cafe.
A five-minute bus ride will take you to the bars and restaurants of Mellieha village. Once there, be sure to browse the little shops for silver and gold filigree jewellery and hand-woven Maltese lace. For designer boutiques, you’ll have to head out to Valletta. Don’t leave Malta without visiting Billy’s Music Club. The popular hillside bar is a big draw for locals and tourists alike for its regular karaoke and quiz nights. During the day you can enjoy homemade pies and toasties. For fresh seafood and a warm welcome head to Ix-Xatba Restaurant or Bouquet Garni.
Mellieha Bay is a low-key place perched on the north coast of Malta. The sleepy old town sits up on the hill and comes with a smattering of churches, restaurants and shops — not to mention a great coastal view. At the bottom of the road is the piece de resistance — a lovely sandy beach, one of just a few on the island.
Other Mellieha Bay hotels:
Pergola Hotel & Spa: this hotel offers exquisite views of the church, the bay, the islands of Gozo and Comino, and the village.
Panorama Hotel: friendly hotel run by a couple who are always on hand to share local knowledge and provide tips and recommendations.
Solana Hotel: offers modern rooms and studios with free wifi access and is just a 10-minute walk from the beach on Mellieha Bay.
Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa: is set in the hillside and is 0.6 miles from the beach. It boasts panoramic sea and country views.
Mellieha Holiday Centre: this resort features extensive grounds with a large swimming pool, several restaurants and a rooftop terrace with views over the sandy beaches and Mellieha Bay. It offers charming bungalows, each with a private furnished courtyard.
UK travellers can book a package holiday with Thomson Holidays.