The best seafront hotels in Malta


The Republic of Malta is one of the jewels of the Mediterranean Sea. Located just fifty miles off the southern coast of Italy, Malta is known throughout Europe for its year-round temperate climate, red-hot summers, and beautiful 155 miles of coastline that is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the world.

For decades, the Republic of Malta has been a closely held secret of European holiday-makers, with the island seeing hundreds of thousands of visitors a year from mostly European countries. Now, though, Malta is being discovered anew by tourists from all over the world.

Malta has a unique blend of the tourist hotspots you would expect to find in most European holiday destinations. There are roads with rows of bars and nightclubs close to a beach in its major cities and towns, which are popular with young single travelers. You can also find isolated resorts on the island with their own, exclusive beaches, from which you can discover Malta’s rich and ancient history waiting to be explored.

The small island of Malta has a long, well-recorded history and has been a part of nearly every major European empire though the ages, including becoming a British colony in 1815. It also has some of the most ancient structures still standing in the world, with Neolithic monuments that are many thousands of years old and three sites that are recognized by the United Nations as World Heritage sites.

In this quick guide, we are going to look at just five of the many excellent hotels that make Malta one of the best vacation destinations in Europe. Wherever you stay in the Republic of Malta, you are never far from a unique adventure.

The Pearl Luxury Guest House, St. Paul’s Bay

This hotel is popular with all kinds of travelers, but couples particularly enjoy its exclusivity and outstanding views. Situated in St. Paul’s Bay, it is ideally located for a number of excellent beaches around the bay as well as some of the best restaurants and nightlife on the island. The Pearl also offers a free shuttle service to and from the airport, which is only 12 miles away.

The Inhawi Boutique Hostel, St Julian’s

This luxury hostel is ideal for the younger travelers taking some time off college to explore Europe. Located just minutes away from one of the best beaches in Europe, St Julian’s, and just a 10-minute walk from one of Malta’s most popular and historical cities, Silema, The Inhawi Boutique Hostel is in the perfect place for a traveler looking to mix adventure with relaxation.

Radisson Blu Resort and Spa, Malta Golden Sands

Top hotels in Malta include Radisson Blu Resort and Spa, located right on a rocky outcrop in Malta’s Golden Bay. This resort hotel has its own private beach and an excellent spa available exclusively for guests. It also houses great restaurants and three swimming pools with one just for children. This hotel has a lot to offer both families and couples exploring Europe.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valetta

This is another exclusive hotel with its own beach and a selection of restaurants, but its location offers something few other luxury hotels can. Valetta is one of the world’s most historic, yet little known cities. It has starred as a backdrop to a number of movies and television shows, as much of its architecture hasn’t been changed for centuries and still stands today.

Two Pillows Boutique Hostel, Sliema

This beautiful, boutique hostel is located in the heart of one of Malta’s most vibrant cities, Sliema. You are never far from the action when you are staying here, with Sliema’s main streets just a few feet away from the hostel doorsteps and fantastic beaches less than half a mile’s walk away. The island of Malta is quickly becoming one of the ‘must-visit’ destinations of the world. Its unique mix of history and luxury, all-night parties and beaches, and diverse set of visitors has seen it ‘blow-up’ on social media and become a destination for people all over the world.

You should definitely consider Malta as a vacation destination in the future, as it has something to offer couples, families, and young travelers alike.

Ed Lansink is Founder of MaltaUncovered.com. MaltaUncovered.com is a travel guide for curious travelers looking to discover Malta.

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Comments (7)

  1. Stephen says:

    I have stayed at The Excelsior a couple of times, mainly because of the astounding, breathtaking views across the harbour. It is no surprise that the architect focused the entire project on the harbour. There is a large sun-bathing area by the pool where you can set yourself up to gaze out across the harbour. Higher up the restaurant gives mor amazing views.

    Another great thing about the hotel is that’s just a five minute walk to the bus station. From there buses take you to everywhere on the island for just a few Euros. The bus system is so good that there’s no real need to hire a car, particularly when parking can be something of a challenge. Although Malta is a year round holiday destination the hotel knows that sometimes the temperatures drop so it also has a warm indoor pool surrounded by plenty of sun-loungers.

  2. Janet Gordon says:

    We have had many wonderful holidays in Malta often taking a weeks well-deserved break there in Spring or Autumn. I believe that it would probably be too hot for us in the heat of summer.

    I think one of the things that us Brits like is that it’s got some nice British touches such as having a Marks and Spencers store and the familiar red post boxes.

    Also after it’s year as a European Capital of Culture Valletta is probably looking in better condition than it ever is. The building works seemed to drag on for years but now it’s looking quite magnificent.

    • Sue says:

      True, Malta is quite English in many ways and if you believe the Royal biographies, Princess Elizabeth and Phillip enjoyed some of their happiest days when Phillip was serving in the navy before Elizabeth unexpectedly became Queen. Though, of course, being an island in the Mediterranean it offers superlative fish restaurants. Since it’s revamp Valletta is becoming quite a magnet for foodies.

  3. Ellen says:

    As far as I know Malta has only one sandy beach but that doesn’t seem to have held back these sea front hotels. Actually, the fact that Malta isn’t a bucket and spade beach holiday destination has probably done the island a favour. It’s made the most of its cultural grown-up attractions. On that note if you visit Malta you’ve got to visit the War Rooms. They tell an amazing story of bravery and ingenuity during Malta’s battle to resist a German invasion during the Second World War.

  4. Jimmy says:

    Have you personally stayed in all of these, Ed?

    I am quite interested in a week or two at the Radisson Blu Resort and Spa, but would be interested in hearing more from someone who has personally stayed (and preferably eaten) there.

    Thanks.

  5. Jeremy says:

    I am thinking of visiting Malta for a couple of weeks next year. I prefer to avoid the main season, but at the same time I don’t want to be there when everything is closed down. I also like to enjoy a little bit of sunshine still. Given this, when would you say is the best time for me to visit? May…?? September..???

  6. Hamish Brown says:

    I sort of knew that Malta existed somewhere in the Mediterranean area but couldn’t have pinpointed it on a map. We’ve travelled a lot, done many places but want somewhere new in the next 2 months, without having to fly for hours on end.

    You’ve persuaded me that the hotels are good enough and I’ve checked the weather, as far as you can on websites, and it looks as if Malta’s temperatures should hold up for several more weeks yet.

    Nice post – you even promoted me to do a Google map search and discover where exactly Malta is.

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