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Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Mellieha
Certificate of Excellence
Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Malta break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Superb accommodation, surpassed only by the staff who cannot do enough for you, from the greeting you receive at breakfast as you are escorted to a table of your choice, the polite and friendly "pool towel" staff to the evening welcome as you return from sightseeing in Valetta. Breakfast itself is of the highest quality with enormous choice including cereals, fruit, juices and eggs cooked to order. Car hire is essential for exploring, available in the hotel lobby, but you may save money shopping around, all hire firms will deliver to the hotel, ours was there within the hour. Dive shop on site really helpful and washed all kit overnight. Only possible gripe is the huge, unyielding pillows. Overall definitely a place to return to.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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KarlaCasey, Secretary to the Chief Operating Officer at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Good Afternoon,

On behalf of all of us at the Radisson Golden Sands I thank you for taking the time to share your comments on Trip Advisor. It is a great pleasure for us to receive such positive feedback especially about our team members. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Golden Sands.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Our second visit here in June 2013. This hotel is just superb. Right at the top and keeps on winning – just like Man U. You have got to be very picky indeed to find any fault with it. The apartments are large and very well fitted out including fully fitted kitchens for self catering. The hotel is very well maintained both inside and out and the rooms are well serviced. The staff are amongst the best we have known anywhere especially in the restaurants and including the sales team who nurally want to sell you a timeshare or holiday package. Slight irritation was being asked to go to an appointment for Quality Assurance. (No thanks guys, I’m on holiday and if there’s anything I don’t like, I’ll let you know!). The food is of a high standard and very good value. We had a four day half board package of buffet breakfasts and evening meals in Flavours restaurant. Full price for these was €15.95 for breakfast and € 29 for the evening but you get a substantial discount if you buy a package in advance or get the members discount. The breakfast comprises everything hot and cold you could reasonably think of and the evening buffet includes a very wide range of hors d'oeuvres, pasta, a choice of three or four main courses, cheeses and several desserts. There are other bars and restaurants in the hotel which can cost more or less than these prices depending on what you have. Drinks are also reasonably priced especially for a five star hotel. I recommend the red wine by the glass. There are a couple of cafes on the adjacent beach which also offer good value. Eating out generally in Malta can be quite expensive and not particularly good. The only serious drawback for this hotel is its location which in itself is lovely with great sea views and a good beach but miles from anywhere else. There is a cheap public bus service (€2.60 for the day) but this runs rather erratically as far as timetable is concerned and does not run very late in winter. There is also the Drifter minibus service which costs 2.50 or 3 euros per person each way to most places and is not all that frequent and has to be booked for particular times - not always what you want. Taxis are of course available but not cheap.
Our weather was not all that good with only two days out of seven being proper sunbathing weather and very windy at times which was disappointing because the large outdoor pools (constant 1.2m depth + a children’s pool) are excellent with good quality water, open from 7 am to 8 pm, plenty of room, and lots of sunbeds. The indoor pool is good with a jaccuzzi, sauna and steam room none of which we used on this occasion. Spa treatmemts are a bit pricey - more than you would pay in the UK according to my wife. There is a small private beach but this is a bit regimented with sunbeds in lines. The public beach adjacent is better if the beach is what you want. There was some noise from the beach at times but not too much of a problem. Not too much canned music, except one night when they seemed to have two lots playing at the same time, but they quickly killed one lot when we mentioned this. The hotel hosts weddings and other private celebrations but these do not interfere with the main parts of the hotel.
We are booked in again for next year. What more could I say?

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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KarlaCasey, Secretary to the Chief Operating Officer at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Good Morning,

I thank you for taking time to post a review. Your feedback is of great motivation to our team at the Golden Sands and we look forward to your next visit.

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Bristol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

The climate in Malta is wonderful ,the people happy and gracious, the majority speak excellent English and the Golden Sands resort gives you all the high standards and luxuries that you can expect from a Radisson hotel. All the restaurants served superb food, nothing was ever too much trouble and there are so many facilities to utilise you could spend your entire holiday on the resort and not go anywhere else, which would be such a shame as the island has much to offer.

The private beach makes a welcome change from the pool area (with outdoor Jacuzzi, lagoon pool and children's pool as well as pool bar and juice bar). Parasols, sunbeds and towels are available at the beach with waiter service from the Pebbles Beach bar.

I had a wonderful time and would like to say a special thank you to Agliolio restaurant manager, Cormack and of course to Henri - see you again next year guys :-)

Room Tip: The country view rooms are in my opinion a better choice as you don't have the noise from the po...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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KarlaCasey, Secretary to the Chief Operating Officer at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Good Morning,

I would like to thank you for sharing your experience about your stay at The Golden Sands. We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Our team does take great pride in delivering a Yes I Can service to all our guests. I will pass on your comments to Cormac, Henri and the rest of the team.

Kind Regards,

Karla
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Penrith, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

My Husband & I have just returned from holliday at this hotel, it is absolutely gorgeous, superb views, staff cannot do enough for you, the breakfasts are amazing, it is out of the way, but there is an excellent bus service run by Drifter, will take you anywhere & pick you up later, very reasonably priced. It is the best place to take a chill out holliday & the beds & pillows are so comfortable, well worth a visit

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

This our second stay at our timeshare hotel. Standards have remained as high as ever!! The staff are extremely efficient and friendly, the hotel is in excellent condition, internally and externally, and the food in Agliolio restaurant remains superb.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Joan C
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KarlaCasey, Secretary to the Chief Operating Officer at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Good Morning,

Thank you for your review, I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay at the Golden Sands.

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is our second stay at the Radisson Golden Sands, - this year for our daughters 18th Birthday. She was totally spoilt by Henri and the hotel staff with cake, chocolates, cards, and also the Malta edition of Monopoly!
We had a country view apartment last year on the third floor in tower three, but this year we had a sea view apartement on the same floor, just overlooking the Mokka Bar terrace. It was amazing, pretty much everything you need, and the view of Golden Bay which cannot be beaten.
The hotel is very clean and tidy, staff really friendly and polite, and nothing is too much trouble.
The breakfast from Flavours Restaurant is excellent choice, and we ate in Agliolio a couple of times too which is primarily Italian and situated down on almost beach level. It is excellent.
We also at out of the hotel in the Apple's Eye Restaurant and bar just a few minutes walk from the hotel, which is reasonably priced, has friendly staff, and another amazing sea view.
Between Apples Eye and the beach is Munchies Cafe and beach bar, which is great for snacks, drinks, cakes, baguettes etc etc. With one place or the other, there is probably something for everyone.
The hotel pool was pretty cold, as we had had some windy days which must cool the water down, but last August it was lovely, and we are told the pool temperature is lovely through until around October.
Being just out of school holidays it was easier to get sun loungers round the pool too, and generally compared to last August the general temperature was more manageable, highs of 28 probably, whereas our hottest day last August in Sliema was 41 degrees!
This year we did the Blue Grotto boat trip Sunday tour with Marsaxloxx Market visit, which was very big and busy. Just about everything for sale and a great cake stall in particular! ;)
We did the Hera Round Malta Cruise, which again was excellent (we did it last year too!).
We did the Vintage Bus Tour from Sliema into the Three Cities with a nice stop in Vittoriosa, and our driver David was very nice and pointed out this and that along the way. We also did the Hop on/Hop off Open Top Bus tour around the North of Malta, including a good stop at Mdina Glass. Great little outdoor cafe opposite too that is reasonable and friendly.
We also used ecabs for our taxi transfers this year, who have modern black, clean, air-conditioned cars with nice drivers and are very reliable and helpful. Definately recommended.
All in all, we had a lovely week again in Golden Sands, and would highly recommend this hotel. We shall be returning!!

Room Tip: Definately request a Sea View Apartment!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is our third holiday at the Golden Sands resort in Malta. The resort is great the location is fabulous, the hole staff are great very helpfull and always have a smile on there faces.Pool area is large with ample sun bathing areas and a nice clean beach area, would recomend this hotel to couples or familys,choice of food is good with pool side snack bars and a choise of four restarants to pick from. Great location for a wedding.
Dennis& Marilyn

Room Tip: sea view in 1st or second tower floors 3 to 6
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Dennis B
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Property: Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
Address: Golden Bay, Mellieha, Island of Malta MLH 5510, Malta (Formerly Radisson SAS)
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Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Mellieha
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Luxury Hotel in Mellieha
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Mellieha
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Hotel Class:5 star — Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands 5*
Number of rooms: 329
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