My grandparents move to Balzan in Malta in 1972, and over the next 14 years came to the island 2 or 3 times each year. Since their return in 1987 I have visited the island on 9 occasions, including our honeymoon, and must say that this is the best hotel that we have stayed in so far. As my wife and I are so familiar with the island, we now tend just to take in the sun, with the occasional trip to Valletta and a couple of other places that we like.
On arrival at about 2230hrs, we were swiftly checked in, bags up to the room then back down to the restaurant where a buffet had been laid on for the late check-ins, most welcome it was.
For the duration we had breakfast, lunch and dinner on the patio area, which was kept very clean. The food was varied and catered for the many nationalities that were staying there, so one had the chance to experiment a little, but if you did not, then the "English" style of food was very good, so my wife said.
We had the Deluxe twin room with sea view and it was double the size of most standard rooms. The bed was comfortable and the room was very clean. The bathroom was to a high standard with top-end "designer"? fixtures and fittings. The housemaid was very friendly and even more after we tipped her on the second day. She could not do enough for us. There was the standard issue tea/coffee making equipment, fridge and digital safe.
If one wanted to go to the beach it was just 10 paces on the other side of the road, although we either stayed at the hotel, or went to a small beach we know just about 2Km away. There were 2 pools, with one just for adults (over 18s) and bars at each one. If you felt like being a little bit active, then there were a number of activities available during the day, including water polo, water aerobics, darts etc. A spa and beauty salon was also available as was a hairdressing salon.
Within the village of Mellieha one can hire jetski's go paragliding and a whole host of other water activities, and the ferry to Gozo is only about 5Km up the road. Popeye's village, an easy? walk about 2Km from the hotel is a must see, and it's where the film was made. Since the children have grown up I tend to hire a motor bike (not a scooter) to get around, and did so for this visit. No problems parking, just do what the Maltese do and park on the grass/pavement/anywhere there is a space.
The evening entertainment was probably the best I have ever seen at any hotel abroad with different themes each night and the staff were extremely good. Well done here. Much better than the odd person on a keyboard or guitar which a lot of hotels put on.
Would I come back? Most definitely.
Probably the only gripe that I have is that whilst it is an all inclusive hotel, they did not provide the local drinks as part of the service. I always drink Hopleaf beer and the wife has Cisk lager when we visit Malta, unfortunately we were only able to drink this when not at the hotel. They should support the local food and drink.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Mellieha Bay on the island of Malta* All Inclusive Resort* 30 m from the beach* 5-story building* 1 km from downtown Mellieha* 20 km from the airport, 30 m from a bus stop.---Seabank's new and stylish property offers countless ways to spend your days while on holiday in Malta. Overlooking Malta's largest sandy beach at Ghadira Bay excellent beach for family with children), the db Seabank Resort + Spa includes:(1) Modern accommodation, 492 spacious non-smoking and fully equipped rooms (free WIFI), (2) Six international restaurants, three bars serving unlimited beverages. (3) The db Seabank Resort + Spa incorporates a modern spa with fully equipped gym, heated indoor pool, mind & body healing courses, Jacuzzi, Turkish steam bath & sauna, (4) A spectacular array of day and evening activities for every age and interest and (5)Live evening entertainment At the back of the resort, Malta's largest Lagoon style outdoor pool overlooks serene Maltese scenery. Recreational activities such as beach volleyball, crazy golf, air rifle shooting, and beach soccer can be enjoyed at our newly built recreational area. The colourful Kids Club cannot be missed. Popeye Village is just minutes away from the resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riu Seabank
- Riu Seabank Mellieha
- Seabank Hotel
- Db Seabank Resort + Spa Malta/Mellieha