Myself and my wife stayed at the white dolphin in June 2012 and found it to be pretty much perfect for our needs.
This apartment complex is based in the quiet village of Qawra on the North East coast of Malta, not far from the town of Bugibba. The apartment is just on the edge of Qawra, far enough away that its quiet but close enough that the restaurants, shops and coast are about a 5minute walk away.
We had an apartment on the 3rd floor that unfortunetly overlooked another hotel, but didnt matter to us as we would relax at the pool instead. Our apartment consided of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/dining room. The bathroom was a good size with a shower, no bath. The bedroom was a very good size with a double bed, desk, 2 bedside tables and wardrobe. The kitchen/diner was very big with a good sized table and chairs, sofa and a fittted out kitchen with plenty of storage space and decent size fridge and freezer box. The apartment is designed for 4 people so it was more than enough for the 2 of us. The bedroom and kitchen/diner have aircon units but these are optional extras (20 euro deposit plus 5 euro's a day). its well worth getting at least one of these units, especially during the hot nights. The only criticism i have with our apartment is the cleanliness of the floor, but feet always turned up black after walking on it, and i could walk outside and have cleaner feet
The hotel has a restaurant on site and i must say the food is gorgeous and the portion sizes are generous to say the least. 1 pizza is enough for 2 people at least. the food is also cheap and so is the beer and drinks :-) There is another restaurant just down the road further into Qawra called the 4 brothers that we both recommend as a good place to eat. a 2 course meal plus a bottle of wine for less than 40euro's, which included a fish dish.
The hotel also has pool and sunbathing area. Some people have complained that the pool is freezing and there's no sun. This is completelt false. Everyday we were there, the bathing area with basking in sunlight from 8am till about 3pm, after that, the corner closest to the road holds onto the sun until about half 4. The pool is cool but we found after spending the whole day outside in the high temperatures, coming back to the hotel and taking a dip in the pool was pure heaven. it properly cooled you down,much better than a shower, and then you could just lounge in the shade and relax. The air was still warm enough that you dried pretty quickly and didnt get cold.
The main advantage of the hotel is its location. not only is it in a quiet area, but its within a 15min walk of a main bus terminus in Bugibba that will get you pretty much anywhere on the island (turn left out of the hotel and follow the main road until you pass the Qawra palace hotel and a tour bus company stall/shop and turn left. Follow this road for about 5 minutes and the bus terminus will be on the right hand side just after a few shops). Most of these busses also pass infront of the hotel (nearest bus stop is just outside the Salsa bar) which run to Valletta (12, 31), to the airport via Mdina (X3) and the 221 to the Gozo ferry. The busses are very regular and are all owned by Avviva , all with aircon :-) you can buy a 7 day pass for 12 euros at any bus terminus and the airport, which we found to be very handy :-)
we would certainly stay in this hotel again :-)
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Priceline, Hotwire, Booking.com, Travelocity, TripOnline SA, getaroom.com, HotelQuickly, Cancelon and Evoline ltd so you can book your White Dolphin Holiday Complex reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- White Dolphin Hotel St. Paul`s Bay
- White Dolphin Holiday Complex Malta