We have just returned from a week all inclusive at this hotel (26th Oct - 2nd Nov 2012). I can't fault it and would particularly like to single out the fantasic level of service we received and observed.
As we arrived, our little boy threw up all over the beautiful marble reception area (the roads in Malta can be bumpy!). The staff were brilliant and dealt with it really efficiently. He was given a glass of water straightaway and within a matter of minutes, the housekeeping staff were cleaning the floor and the Hotel Manager was checking he was OK, asking if we needed anything, etc, etc. I was mortified but they just made us feel like it wasn't a big deal. Thank you!
We had tried to upgrade to a deluxe room when we booked our holiday but were told none were available. When we checked in I asked again and they said the same thing but offered us a seaview suite on the 4th floor instead for 20 euros a night supplement. Again, nothing was a big deal and we were offered to look at both rooms before making a decision. I would definitely recommend upgrading if possible as the 4th floor room was much nicer than the 2nd floor room we had originally been allocated. More spacious, nicer furnishings, bigger and nicer bathroom (separate shower for example). 20 euros a night for a family of 4 is nothing and well worth it. We had stunning views across to Gozo from the balcony.
When we travelled, there was a nice mix of different nationalities staying. It was balanced with no particular nationality outweighing another. We liked that as our kids got to mix with kids from other countries and it made socialising with other guests interesting. We also met some lovely fellow Brits.
Food & Drink - again, faultless... It seems that only British tourists do the all inclusive thing (so far) and we were in the minority. We saw this as a good thing as the standard of food is the same for everyone, whether you are paying in resort or in advance before you travel. The Sunday brunch at the hotel was full of local Maltese families, which again can only be a good thing. If the locals eat there (and pay good money for it) then that's a very good advertisement!
All inclusive also got us free use of the pedalos and a free boat trip to the blue lagoon on Comino island. The boat trip alone would have cost us 30 euros if we'd paid in resort. We met some people who upgraded to all inclusive for their family in resort for around 1200 euros for 4 people for a full week.
Food is served in the buffet restaurant or at either the pool bar or main bar. We mixed it up and ate at all of them. The bar food is cooked fresh and served quickly and was very good. the ceasar salad was particularly lovely. The drinks were also the same quality across the board. the local beer was lovely and the cocktails were also great. The bar staff were always friendly, accommodating and helpful. We never saw an empty glass hang around for long.
We also used the kids club, which was basically just a room with some toys, drawing stuff, a Wii, DVD player, etc. There were never more than about 6 kids in there and it was supervised by a lovely girl called NIcola. Our kids loved her and she had them all really well organised. She dressed up and did face painting for them for Hallowe'en.
I am not sure what the hotel would be like in peak season. We liked it as it didn't ever seem too busy but there were always enough people around. Also, the weather was great for the time of year - mid 20s on average and warm enough (just) to swim in the sea and pools.
We also booked a car from a local agent who comes to the hotel each morning. We paid 130 euros for 3 days which included half a tank of fuel and full insurance (no excess). We thought this very reasonable and a much cheaper way for us to do and see everything we wanted to.
We will definitely return to Malta and would recommend this hotel to anyone.
- Also Known As:
- Ramla Bay Hotel Mellieha
- Hotel Ramla Bay
- Ramla Bay
- Ramla Bay Resort Malta
- Ramla Bay Malta
- Malta Ramla Bay
- Ramla Bay Hotel
- Ramla Bay Hotel Malta
- Ramla Bay Resort Malta/Mellieha
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ramla Bay Resort is situated on the northernmost shore of Malta, limits of Mellieha. The Resort offers spectacular views of the sister Islands of Comino and Gozo and is blessed with ample land and surrounded by landscaped gardens. Malta’s most popular Sandy Beaches of Mellieha is just a few kilometres away accessible by public transport.Amenities include: *Private Sandy Beach,*3 Outdoor /1 Indoor Pool, SPA, and *Water Sport Centre,Tennis Court as well as Meeting and Conference facilities.(* May to October) ... more less
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