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First trip to Malta

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First trip to Malta

My husband and I are looking at spending a week in Malta in late September.

I have read the reviews and it seems Mellieha has the beaches but very little to do, St Julians is like Faliraki and Sliema is more upmarket but with no beach.

Ideally I would like a hotel right on the beach or a 2 min walk away but with stuff to do in the evenings. Not interested in nightclubs just chilling out on a good sandy beach with plenty of time to enjoy the culture. Want plenty of shops, restaurants and bars open in the evening. Want to stay in a quiet location but with the life nearby.

Is there anywhere in Malta that fits the bill?

Great sandy beach

great hotel on or very near beach (not in the thick of the action but not in the sticks)

Bars, shops, evening activities nearby

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11. Re: First trip to Malta

we have stopped at the san gorg twice now and found it to be really good.

only thing was that the bottom pool area was open to anyone who paid a small charge to get in and this made it very busy. the top pools were for hotel residents only and had plenty of space. it didnt bother us about the number of people at the bottom pool as you can get access to the sea and rocks if you dont like the cramped pool area.

st georges bay beach is fine as well if thats your thing and you can do boat trips and hire all sorts of beachy stuff like beds pedalos and boats etc. the 2 bars which are close do lovely food and drinks as well so something to consider when deciding on mellieha or st julians.

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12. Re: First trip to Malta

I would suggest the Dolmen Hotel sometimes listed in Qawra,sometimes St Pauls, good deals if you book with Mercury Direct, we have stayed at many 4star hotels in Malta, but the last 3 years and again this year we are using the Dolmen. The star rating in Malta is not as consistent as say Spain, in fact we have pulled out of two other 4 stars in earlier years.

The Dolmen is a large hotel, 4 swimming pools a private beach club, a casino attached, food a good standard, the bomus is not only is it on the beach but two minutes walk from reception of hotel is the Bugibba bus terminus, where you can get to anywhere on the island for way less than a pound, it is certainly not worth hiring a car s it is difficult to park when you arrive at tourist spots, and the bus is far cheaper and run very frequently.

Hope this is of help. Hope you will persue this suggestion, we have stayed in Sliema and its like staying in the middle of a town with traffic fumes hanging in the air, you also have a long promenade walk from the hotel in one direction to St Pauls Harbour,in the other to Salina Wharf in total must be a good 2.5 miles and all nicely paved and level

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13. Re: First trip to Malta

Thanks very much for the suggestions.

Is the beach otside Dolmen hotel a nice one? ie sandy etc.

And how long would it take to walk to the centre of things such as shops, bars, restaurants?

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14. Re: First trip to Malta

Dolmen Qawra, Good pool and rock bathing ,Bus station very close ,from where you can get to most places of interest,Not too far away sandy beaches to the north,to be honest the one man made beach nr hotel is rather poor,lots of eating places nearby and a nice prom for a stroll at evening .

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15. Re: First trip to Malta

Don`t be put off by hearing `rocky beach`.

The beach will have smooth patches for sunbathing and there should be easy access to the sea.

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