Malta Holidays 2019/2020
Malta – the very name conjures up thoughts of the George Cross and enough historical sights to keep you busy for a month. But there's so much more to this little beauty than a fascinating past. These days you're just as likely to hear about its film locations and nightlife as you are its history and culture. The Hollywood swords 'n' sandals epics Troy, Gladiator and Alexander were all filmed on the island's sunny shores. And world famous DJs are flocking here to spin some discs at the up-and-coming hotspots.
Malta sits in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. Its capital city Valletta has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site showing that this group of islands is the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife and a fascinating history make Malta and its two sister islands Gozo and Comino the perfect destination to whisk your partner away on holiday.
Do you enjoy swimming in the sea, sipping on a cocktail and relaxing on a sunbed? Malta offers incredible holidays with picturesque beaches that are perfect for spending quality time together in the sun. With rocky coves and sandy spots to explore, you’ll love discovering this beautiful country.
One of the most popular tourist destinations amongst UK travellers for years, a holiday in Malta will never fail to please. The island's history is world renowned and makes up the basis of its culture. Book now at our best ever prices!
Malta is an intriguing place, where mythical tales and medieval towns meet secret coves, friendly locals and a cool street food scene. Uncover the legends of Gozo island, watch opera in the Renaissance city of Valletta, or take your other half to a private beach retreat in St George's Bay for a candlelit massage under the stars.
Indulge in the culture, cuisine and sandy coves of Malta this autumn, where you’ll be welcomed with an average temperature of 21°C.
5* Malta: romantic landmark hotel in Valletta Seven nights, including breakfast, from £1449pp
Valletta is famous for its Baroque architecture, higgledy-piggledy lanes, opera, art and jazz. This newly-refreshed UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the finest luxury hotels in Malta – it's also the oldest. Extravagant interiors and nostalgic touches contrast with fresh pops of colour and new features like the infinity pool, which looks out over Valletta harbour.
4.5* Malta: relax and recharge in St George's Bay Seven nights, including breakfast, from £999pp
You can totally switch off at this impressive resort. Take your pick of the six pools or wander down to the private beach, and later indulge in a candlelit massage for two under the stars. The resort also has a brilliant range of watersports, so dip beneath the waves for a diving taster session. If you're into your food, dinner at celebrity chef Marvin Gauci's restaurant, Caviar & Bull, is a must.
5* Malta: excellent location in the heart of Sliema Seven nights, including breakfast, from £1199pp
You'll be in a great spot to explore Sliema's fantastic shops and picturesque waterfront at this ultra-luxe resort – with the beach just a walk away. Back at the hotel, chill out by the rooftop infinity pool or book an Ayurvedic treatment at the spa. The islands of Gozo and Comino are also close by, so hire a yacht and visit the spectacular Blue Lagoon.
Malta Holiday Accommodation
★★★★One of the island's premier places to stay, the Canifor Hotel brings you four star facilities right in the heart of Qawra. Famed for its friendly and attentive service, it's one of those 'you won't have to lift a finger' hotels – the staff will do whatever they can to ensure you have a really relaxing holiday.
★★★★Elegance and modernity are the hallmarks of the Preluna Hotel and Spa, one of Sliema's foremost hotels. With elevated views out over Sliema to one side and the dazzling blue Mediterranean to the other, it is a peerless spot from which to gaze out over Malta's most popular holiday destination.
St Paul's Bay ★★★★With its contemporary features and facilities, the Dolmen Hotel makes a wonderful base for your Maltese holiday. Nestled on the edge of the sea, this impressive, largely glass-fronted hotel gives you a unique vantage point on the Mediterranean and St Paul's Bay. Location wise, there aren't any better places from which to explore the island. You'll be within easy walking distance of Bugibba and Qawra, ready to step out and experience the joys of Malta.
Marfa ★★★★When you really want to get away from it all, the Ramla Bay Resort is an ideal destination. With its own 350 metre stretch of coastline, it occupies a secluded spot on the northern coast. It all feels very exclusive and when you're sipping a long, cool drink on the private sandy beach you'll appreciate just what a special resort this is.
★★★★Get in touch with the idyllic Maltese way of life in Sliema, one of Malta's most popular holiday hotspots. And where better to stay than the wonderful Waterfront Hotel? With its four-star facilities and five-star outlook, it's the perfect place to enjoy the holiday lifestyle. Dip into the Mediterranean café culture; enjoy beautiful walks along the sea front, or indulge yourself with a little bit of shopping along the Promenade. The capital city, Valetta is just a ferry ride across the bay, or hop on a bus to the island's entertainment capital, Paceville.
★★★★Situated in the heart of Qawra the newly refurbished db San Antonio Hotel and Spa provides easy access to the bars, restaurants and other places of entertainment in Qawra and Bugibba. Its excellent facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre and spa, and a full program of entertainment.
Sliema, Malta - 3T
At the Hotel Plaza Regency you get two hotels for the price of one – it’s joined to the next-door Plaza Hotel, giving you access to both places. A prom-side setting has the Hotel Plaza Regency serving up sea views left, right and centre. A rocky beach and a family-friendly park also pull up opposite the hotel.
★★★★Nestled in the heart of the Seashells Resort on the bustling Qawra seafront, the Suncrest Hotel awaits you with its famously friendly and welcoming atmosphere. With easy access to the sun-kissed, sandy beaches of Malta's north coast (just a few minutes away by car) this is the place to be for sun worshippers.
Whether you plan to soak up the sun or wade into the water, Malta has the beach for you. Mellieha Bay and Golden Bay are two of the most popular sandy beaches in the archipelago, and there are also countless secluded coves along the coastline if you want to venture off the beaten track. Alternatively, seek out Ramla Bay in Gozo for a beach with unusual red sand and a stunning seascape.
Food & Drink
Maltese cuisine is a wonderful mix of French, Spanish and Italian influences. Look out for bigilla (broad beans and garlic) or widow’s soup with goat’s cheese on the menu. More Maltese morsels include locally-sourced fish in a lampuki pie or the traditional dish of fenkata (rabbit stew). Fancy a tipple? Malta’s wineries are beginning to get noticed internationally, so make sure you sip a glass of local wine made from gellewza grapes.
Catholic feast days are some of the most important dates in the Maltese calendar, celebrated with processions, fireworks and food. In Valletta, the European Capital of Culture 2018, you’ll find a wide range of art galleries and museums, including the Palace Armoury and the quirky Toy Museum. If festivals are more your style, check the dates for the Medieval Mdina or Malta Fashion Week as they vary each year.
Malta’s resorts offer club nights, bars and beach parties to suit all tastes, although Paceville is the clubbing hub of the island. Party animals will leave their heart in Havana – a venue with six bars and great music. Or, for a touch of class, take the party to Twenty Two for cocktails and dancing with stunning views over the marina and St. Julian’s Bay.
The little island of Malta is packed full of historic sites, from 5,000-year-old temples to the 16th-century St John’s Co-Cathedral. There’s delicious cuisine to sample (think hearty stews and pies, plus plenty of fresh seafood) and a rocky coastline that’s perfect for exploring by boat. And, thanks to its southerly location, you can expect average highs in the early 20s right into November.