The Best Honeymoon Hotels to Book in Malta

Bask in the Maltese sunshine poolside at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz
Bask in the Maltese sunshine poolside at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz | Courtesy of Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz
Jo Fernandez-Corugedo

Malta is one of the most picturesque locations in the Mediterranean – and has been the backdrop for many a blockbuster including ‘The Da Vinci Code’ (2006). Book your stay with Culture Trip at one of the best honeymoon destinations in Malta, and see for yourself.

What used to be a mainstream package-holiday destination has reinvented itself into a cool city-break destination, full of romantic appeal. Valletta, the capital, is a time-warp beauty, with baroque façades and narrow streets evocative of southern Italy. Loved-up couples will be in their element dining and drinking the evenings away. Stay here, or choose somewhere coastal with beach access. Either way, you’ll soon fall for Malta and its sister islands, Gozo and Comino. Here are the best places to stay for honeymooners in Malta.

1. The Phoenicia

Hotel

A bed, armchair and table with a white lamp in an elegant room at the Phoenicia, with a private balcony
Courtesy of the Phoenicia / Expedia

Location, location, location: overlooking the grand harbour, the Phoenicia is minutes from the riveting National Museum of Archaeology and a 15-minute walk from the baroque-era Valletta waterfront. In a serene side street surrounded by greenery, it rolls out Med-flavoured rooms: Maltese-tiled floors, fresh creams and natural greens and blues. It’s easy to shrug off work-life worries as you lie by the pool, encircled by the walls of the old fortress. Begin each day with a breakfast of freshly squeezed sweet Maltese orange juice, local ricotta and freshly carved ham with eggs cooked any way you could possibly want. You’ll be ready to roll – and Valletta absolutely rocks.

2. Pergola Hotel

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Apartment

Breakfast laid out on a table, a large bed and a wood wardrobe in a modern hotel room at Pergola Hotel
Courtesy of Pergola Hotel

Guests at this hilltop beauty choose it for its location, overlooking Mellieha village and its sweep of bay, as well as the Maltese islands of Gozo and Comino. It’s a hotchpotch of apartments and studios, blending natural-coloured walls in leafy and raffia patterns with rich blue beds and stylish wooden furniture. Young ones love the children’s play area and games room, as well as the indoor and outdoor pools for fun splashabouts. Factor in time for a sundowner at the cute Cave Bar before exploring the shops, bars and restaurants 200m (650ft) from your front door.

3. Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz

Hotel, Luxury

A wooden desk with a chair, a large double bed and white curtains leading to a sitting area in a large hotel room at Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz
Courtesy of Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz

The lovely, sleepy island of Gozo is the setting for this pile: five storeys’ worth of luxury, including freeform pools and a fragrant spa. Terracotta tiled floors and local limestone keep things authentic and serene in spacious rooms. The location – between the traditional Gozitan village of San Lawrenz and the Ta’ Dbiegi Crafts Village (selling local crafts and souvenirs) is genuine Gozo. After breakfast – watermelon juice, smoked salmon, cold cuts and banana cake – make the 2mi (3km) journey to Dwejra Bay: a diver’s paradise that features a collapsed natural arch, known as the Azure Window, teaming with marine life. If that’s not you, simply bask in the view of Mediterranean blue from this romantic hotel in Malta.

4. The Xara Palace

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A light green loveseat next to a double bed and floral curtains in an elegant hotel room at the Xara Palace
Courtesy of the Xara Palace / Expedia
Honeymoon couples will adore this antiques-filled 17th-century palazzo: a converted property in Malta’s original capital, the atmospheric medieval city of Mdina. Go fancy at the open-air rooftop restaurant, Michelin-starred de Mondion, set into the historic walls. This is where you’ll breakfast on fresh fruit and just one more of those irresistible pastries. High-ceilinged rooms are calm temples of earthy colours across walls and rugs – aim high for wow-inducing 180-degree views over the island. If you’re celebrating, splash out on one of the suites with a terrace to relax in your very own whirlpool tub.

5. Hotel Valentina

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Two beds with purple bedspreads and a floor-length mirror in a modern hotel room at Hotel Valentina
Courtesy of Hotel Valentina / Expedia

An eight-minute walk from Portomaso Marina and the beach is this style-savvy spot, all bold geometric designs contrasting with earthy-coloured fabrics. Upgrade for a balcony or terrace. Paceville is party central: the young and the beautiful come to bop in the bars and clubs until the small hours. If you’re, by contrast, an early riser, the hotel bar is where you’ll breakfast on scrambled eggs, crisp croissants and fresh fruit, before a splash in the turquoise rooftop pool. Feel like a movie star by drying off on the sunbathing deck with a cocktail from the bar.

6. Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands

Chain Hotel

A curved couch, unique wood coffee table, and a balcony with seating and umbrellas in a chic hotel room at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa
Courtesy of Radisson Blu Resort and Spa, Malta Golden Sands / Expedia

At Golden Bay – one of Malta’s best beaches – soft sands are lapped by the clear sea. Maximising on the location, this romantic hotel is a winner, with bright and modern balconied rooms and outdoor pools overlooking the Mediterranean. This is a place for leisure and lazing – treating yourself to Ayurvedic spa treatments before a blast of heat in the hammam. Get bendy with daily yoga, or stretch yourself courage-wise with diving and paragliding. Seven restaurants include a spot for morning sausages and for continental treats – you and your loved one will be spoilt for choice.

7. The Ramla Bay Resort

Resort, Hotel

The outdoor pool, surrounded by blue sunbeds, at Ramla Bay Resort Hotel with a view of the sea at sunset
Courtesy of Ramla Bay Resort Hotel

Set your sights on the islands of Comino and Gozo – they’re visible from this colossal beachfront resort, a short distance from the 17th-century Saint Agatha’s Tower, on Malta’s northwest Marfa peninsula. Boats bound for both leave from the hotel’s own waterfront. Relaxed dining means eating what you want when you want, from brekky pastries to seafood suppers. Suites have glass walls to let that lovely light in, with room decor ranging from sandy shades to cream and blue. Splash in the trio of outside saltwater pools set into rocky terraces lapped by the sea.

8. The Corinthia

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Luxury

A large double bed with a gold bedspread and a small sitting area in a hotel room at the Corinthia
Courtesy of The Corinthia

This is your best base in prime partyville Paceville, noticeable by its palatial entrance – all towering columns and grandeur. It’s quite the pleasure dome, with no fewer than six swimming pools; there’s even a rocky beach for ease of access to the sea. Make time for a relaxing poolside massage. Staid rooms bathed in browns and beiges allow the scenery and sea views to steal the show – best seen from your balcony. Executive rooms come with their own reception, concierge and lounge.

Honeymoon or not, Malta has plenty of accommodation options; find out where to stay for a local experience, or opt for one of the relaxing spa hotels dotted around the island, bookable now with Culture Trip. Experience something different with a guide to the spectacular film and TV locations of Malta – there are more than you might think.

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