We stayed all-inclusive from 28th Jan - 4th Feb and had a wonderful stay.
The hotel's location is perfect - it's quiet and out of the way, but well connected - the bus stop is two minutes walk away, and the buses are very regular.
The room was spacious and clean, the beds were comfy and the bathroom was spotless. We stayed in a sea view room, and found the views to be stunning, especially first thing in the morning. The only noise you get is a very low amount of traffic, and when the balcony door's shut, it's practically silent - aside from the odd car with a loud exhaust which can be heard from a mile away.
There are two restaurants in the hotel - there's the buffet restaurant (included in the all-inclusive price) with a massive selection of food available every mealtime, and there's an à la carte restaurant which you still have to pay for, although all-inclusive guests get a discount.
All-inclusive is definitely the best way to get the most value for money out of the hotel - the drinks are quite expensive, but in-line with other hotels in the area, and they provide plastic cups for you to take drinks back up to the room. You give your room number and sign a receipt each time you order something - it's a little faffy after a week, but it's an easy way to keep track of everything.
The mealtimes are at reasonable hours, and have large enough windows to allow you to go out during the day, and still be back in time to eat. The à la carte restaurant closes at 9pm, by which time most of the guests are either in the bar, or winding down for the night.
We were some of the youngest guests staying at the hotel - it's definitely geared towards older people, but it made for a very peaceful stay. We stayed in Paceville last year, and the difference between the two hotels was stark. Nobody caused any trouble, all the children staying were well behaved, and there was never an issue with noise.
The staff at the hotel are superb. The receptionists - especially Henda - went the extra mile to help out with any questions or queries, and would always make sure to remember everything that we'd mentioned so that they could help in the best possible way.
The restaurant staff were just as good, too. The whole team - especially Magda, Nicholas and Michael - were always on the ball, provided fast and professional service, and never found anything too much trouble. I left my watch in the restaurant one night, and it was immediately handed in by Magda.
The only issue we had was that the fire alarm malfunctioned one evening and went off a few times before going off for about 45 minutes at 11pm. This was something which could happen to any public building and certainly wasn't the fault of the hotel - we'd packed a bag with essentials in case we had to evacuate - we just went down to the lobby and waited for the alarm to stop going off. Some of the guests were getting agitated, but the staff were doing all they could to turn it off whilst keeping the building safe in case of a real fire. I'd prefer to have a fire alarm malfunctioning for a few minutes over no fire alarm system whatsoever.
If you're looking for a quiet getaway in a relaxed country and in a beautiful location, you can't go wrong with Paradise Bay, unless you don't like cats - the entrance to the hotel has a few cats hanging about - they're friendly, don't cause anybody any harm and provided good entertainment when we were waiting for our transfer back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Beautifully situated overlooking the picturesque sister Islands of Gozo & Comino with its own private sandy beach, ideal for all ages." This very popular, spacious, comfortable and well-run family hotel has a secluded location surrounded by the clear warm water of the Mediterranean making it ideal for a leisurely holiday in the sun. English is widely spoken throughout the hotel by the staff. The Resort is situated in a secluded location surrounded by the clear warm water of the Mediterranean. The standard fittings for all bedrooms are of air-conditioning, television + radio, direct dial telephone, trouser press with iron and ironing board, mini bar (stocked on request), hairdryer, ceiling fan, safe (local charge) and en-suite bathroom. Some bedrooms are large enough to accommodate 4 persons. We also offer rooms with facilities for the physically challenged and the hotel is fully accessible with ramps and lifts to all public areas. A small ferry harbour to Gozo is situated a short distance away from the hotel and a regular public bus service operates to the main towns of Sliema and Valletta stopping at en-route towns and villages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Bay Hotel Mellieha
- Paradise Bay Mellieha
- Paradise Bay Hotel Malta
- Paradise Bay Malta
- Paradise Bay Resort Hotel Malta/Mellieha