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Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
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Reviewed July 22, 2007

We stayed at Radisson Golden Sands mid July, in fact we are still here (last day).
This a good mediteranian hotel, definitley not 5* in london or USA etc. There are too many details ignored to make it a true 5*. The maid service fell short, squashed mossys on the wall and curtains from previous occupants were not cleaned off, balcony not swept everyday, we had to ask for more tissues. This may seem a bit pedantic but if you bill this as a 5* these are the details that should be done as a matter of course.
The drink prices around the pool are ridiculous, £20 for 5 soft drinks and £5 for a bottle of water? That's on a par with the Dorchester, and this hotel is definitely not The Dorchester! The restaurants are not bad, but I would advise stay clear of Flavours resaurant, they do a buffet that is not worth the money you have to pay for it.
The 'comedy' sketch show done by the entertainment team was shocking. It was so bad it was actually funny!!

Thats all the negative comments now for the positive.

The hotel is in a stunning location, the view from our room over the bay is GORGEOUS !!. Rooms quite a good size decorated to a reasonable standard. Pool area is very good, beach clean. Staff friendly, free broadband access. My wife said that massages she had in the Spa were 1st class.
We came on a promo deal and got a 2room suite on the 7th floor, for all the negative comments, we actually ended buying a week here! ( no pressure) but we bought to exchange, it was not a bad deal, guarenteed 10% growth every year.

We probably wouldnt come back here in a rush but wouldn't dismiss it completely. They have a few problems to sort out and once they get these right it will be a top resort. Although its very remote out here and they have a captive audience, so they do try and squeeze as much money out of you as possible without doing the things that warrant the prices. They charge, nearly £4 per day to remove all the items out of the mini bar!!! (So that you can use it as a fridge)
Wouldn't say 'Dont come' just be prepared for the high drinks prices and the dodgy entertainment!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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4  Thank dwcoolit
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Reviewed July 13, 2007

We decided to go to Malta almost on a whim. I was interested in the island's history including the Napoleanic War era and WWII. We were able to obtain a suite through our time share membership for my wife and I and our two daughters.

The simultaneous good news and bad news was the resort's location. It is certainly remote which means peace and quiet, but also meant limited amenities nearby and extensive traveling to other parts of the island. The bay is beautiful. Compared with various places we have stayed in Hawaii, the immediate area seemed somewhat stark; however, the entire island appeared somewhat stark compared with the lush environs in the Pacific. It is obvious Malta is a very dry place. On several occasions in the evenings we hiked to the tower and even to the next bay to watch the sunsets.

The hotel itself was definitely well appointed. As we obtained the last suite available, we were on the bottom floor looking opposite the poolside. Consequently there was not much of a view, but we are not people who spend large amounts of time in the room. Therefore, we did not find this an issue.

Unlike another poster, we found our bathroom had a full tub and shower. Towels were changed regularly and we always had fresh soap, shampoo, etc. The room was always well cleaned when we returned in afternoons. My youngest daughter had no difficulty obtaining an extra blanket.


As we were not sure what to expect with regard to roads, driving conditions, etc, we did not rent a car. The hotel does provide regular shuttle service to Sliema and Valetta. You do have to book a day ahead, but this was not a problem. Unfortunately the last return trip from Valetta is at 5:30 which makes it difficult if you want to stay on the busier side later. I would suggest they consider running the shuttle until later in the evening.

The beach and the pools were excellent. We did spend a few hours in the pool and bathing, but as the main purpose of the trip was to see Malta, we did this mainly the day after arrival to overcome the jet lag.

The staff was very helpful, although sometimes it was apparent that they were not fully expert at their jobs. One waitress was also a student, so that it was evident this was not a "career" move for her.

My biggest problems was an attempt to get a dry martini with a twist at Flavours. The waiter did not seem to understand what I meant by a twist. As I was afraid I was going to get a Martini with orange juice in it, I cancelled the twist. I also told him I did not want ice. I ended up with a shot of vodka in a tumbler. I doubt James Bond would have gotten a Martini in Malta.

The food was good, but (for an American) seemed a bit expensive. We did find the menu at Agliolio varied enough. I would recommend eating outside at that facility as the inside was both noisy and sterile. We spent several evenings on the deck of Mokka enjoying the wine, beer, desserts, salads, etc.

The staff was not intimidating. The woman in the gift shop was extremely helpful in terms of recommending what to do and see.
There was welcoming wine and juice being served when we arrived in mid-afternoon. To expect some complimentary beverage at 11:00 P.M. is ludicrous.

Because of the remote location there was no place to obtain provisions other than the deli. Off site eating was limited to Apple's Eye.

Weighing the pluses vs. minuses, we would probably stay there again if we return to Malta preferring the seclusion to more overcrowded noisy areas. I suspect we would rent a car for several of the days to allow more indepence.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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7  Thank shuri63
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Reviewed July 9, 2007

We stayed at the Bay Point, the other Radisson hotel in Malta, in 2006 and bought a week in a one bedroom apartment in the Golden Sands. This was our first stay and it exceeded our expectations.

The attached photos show some views from our balcony. The only downside was music from parties on the beach [both private hotel parties and on the public beach], but you could hardly hear the noise with the balcony windows shut. The temperature was nearly 40 degrees for most of our stay, so sightseeing was done in the morning and lounging around the pool in the afternoon. Food and drink was reasonably priced for a 5 star hotel. Agliolio was good for Italian food, but service was a bit hit and miss. Flavours had a good evening buffet, although the selection of dishes wasn't as good as the Bay Point. If you want to eat outside on any of the terraces, you need to book beforehand.

We hired a car from Avis at the airport for the week. The price for a week's hire was only 80 Lira including 2/3 tank of petrol. That gave us freedom to go to the local shops/restaurants for food/lunch and avoided taxi charges. The deli shop in the hotel was quite expensive and had little fresh food. The two cafes on the beach were very cheap and reasonable quality. Most of the visitors to the public beach were local and very well behaved - what a change to many places we have been. Everyone in Malta is very friendly and helpful.

Our 18 year old son joined us for part of the week. The hotel doesn't really cater for that age group - plenty of young children up to 13-14 years old and then a gap to the mid/late 20's. Apart from the beach cafes, there was nowhere for an 18 year old to go.

We were very sad to leave and Malta certainly grows on you. Next year, let's hope it is a little cooler!

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank HexhamDave
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Reviewed July 9, 2007

I read with incredulity some of the disparaging comments posted about this hotel. This is a superb hotel in a magnificent location (that is why we have stayed there seven times in the 20 months it has been open!) and, for heavens sake, was considered so prestigious that it was chosen to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference attended by the Queen just two months after it was opened!

The hotel has fabulous facilities including lovely rooms and one of the largest lagoon pools in Europe. It has a young, dynamic management team who aim for perfection in every aspect of the hotel. The staff are hardworking, efficient and hugely friendly. Located high on the cliffs overlooking this beautiful bay a lift will take you down to the hotel's private beach. The pools are equipped with more than enough loungers and umbrellas for all the guests (so no fights to book your favourite spot!). Yes it is a little isolated - peaceful!! - if you want to be surrounded by discos and cheap cafes go back to Benedorm folks! The food and drinks are excellent in all three resaurants. I could not understand the comments about being expensive. You can have a pint of beer or a huge glass of wine for £2.10 and a bottle of wine served at your table from around £7.50 - all far cheaper than my local pub which is far from being 5 star! A lovely pasta or pizza for lunch will set you back some £5-6 (big enough to share!) while you can dine on superbly cooked fresh fish or fillet steak for around £11. The A la Carte restaurant is a gastronimic delight.

It dawned on me that most of the adverse comments came from people lured to the hotel by the offer of a cheap holiday provided they subjected themselves to a sales pitch for the timeshares that occupy one of the towers of the hotel. We saw dozens of these people during our stay - sad, bored individuals being dragged around facilities they had no intention of buying into. Perhaps they had never experienced a five star hotel before! I cannot imagine regular hotel guests passing up the superb restaurants to go and eat in some grubby beach side cafe.

Bottom line: magnificent hotel in a superbly peaceful location offering a high level of service - give it a try!

Stayed: June 2007
8  Thank MaltaFanEastAnglia
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Reviewed July 4, 2007

I had a very good stay. The hotel was beautifull and the beach was too!! Ther wer no shopes in the hotel to buy any clothing (we had no close for 2 days due to our bagges getting lost at the air port). Ther is tho a small gift shop, dimand store and a small store with your basic things. The food was good. The people wer VERY nice. The resort is not close to town it is a short drive and the hotel will provide a shuddle or you can get a taxi.But make shure to reserve a spot on the shuddle. All in all tho I LOVED my stay.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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1  Thank CuteQHgirl
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