Popularly described as ‘a jewel in the Mediterranean’, the tiny island of Malta offers sunshine, idyllic scenery, clear, azure waters and some delectable hotels for that dream honeymoon. With tourism on the increase year by year, Malta provides hotels to accommodate all budgets. From the exuberant to the quaint, here are the best hotels in Malta to spend your first romance-filled days as newlyweds.
Hotel Phoenicia exterior, Floriana
After a huge restoration that was completed in 2017, the Phoenicia is one of Campbell Gray’s renowned 5-star hotels. Its location in Floriana means it’s a stone’s-throw from Valletta’s main street, with regular public transport available to take you all over the island. Rooms offer views over Malta’s Grand Harbour and other sights, some of which have changed very little since the 16th century and the rule of the Knights of Saint John. Originally built in the 1930s, the Art Deco building has retained a lot of its original features and remains as it was back then – one of the top hotels to stay at in Malta.
Situated in the northern town of Mellieha is Pergola Hotel and Spa. Offering the best views across Mellieha and beyond, the hotel’s raised location means it is quiet while still being close enough to town to offer all amenities. Taking a honeymoon during the Feast of Mellieha will give couples staying at The Pergola the best views of the show-stopping firework displays that take place. Days can be spent relaxing by the pool and enjoying refreshments from the unique cave bar, a beautiful and unusual setting amid the natural rock formation on the hotel grounds. Take a look at the Pergola Hotel website and enjoy a virtual tour of the hotel.
San Lawrenz, on Malta’s sister island of Gozo, is home to the Kempinski Hotel. Located on the west side of Gozo and amid valleys, this stunning 5-star resort is set within 30,000 square kilometres (7413 acres) of gardens and makes the most romantic, tranquil setting. Guests can dine at one of the resort’s restaurants, enjoying both Mediterranean and international cuisine, which also offer al fresco seating. With an Ayurveda Centre also on site, this deluxe facility offers a vast range of therapies alongside non-Ayurveda treatments. With tennis and squash courts, a gym, indoor pools, a steam bath and traditional Turkish bath also on site, a stay at Kempinski is the height of relaxation.
The Xara Palace Relais and Chateaux is an award-winning, family-run boutique hotel housed in a unique, 17th-century palazzo in the old capital of Malta. Once home to the Moscati Parisio noble family, the restored palace now boasts 17 luxurious rooms and suites, equipped with antique furniture. Resting on a hilltop and surrounded by medieval bastions, hardly any cars roam the streets of the city, lending it the country’s ‘silent city’ epithet and making peace and quiet an inevitable factor of one’s stay here.
Located in the heart of St. Julian’s, family-owned-and-run Hotel Valentina is a perfect combination of both contemporary and modern style. A total of 94 rooms are spread out over six floors, comprising a penthouse suite, superior double rooms, twin rooms, family rooms and economy rooms. Entertainment is in no short supply in the surrounding area, with bars, clubs, restaurants and casinos all on your doorstep. The hub of Malta’s nightlife scene, enjoy the shops at the nearby Bay Street shopping complex and relax over a cup of coffee. For those who don’t fancy leaving this boutique hotel, Hotel Valentina has its own restaurant and breakfast room. Spend a day as newlyweds by the rooftop pool enjoying the Maltese sunshine, before spending an evening at their very own Martini Bar.
Radisson Blu is situated amid the golden sands of Golden Bay in the north of the island. In the perfect romantic setting, couples can enjoy easy access to the beach, set with azure waters, while enjoying panoramic views basked in glorious sunshine. The on-site spa offers the opportunity for total relaxation, offering Ayurvedic treatments, beauty treatments and Myoka stone massages. Lavish and airy rooms give views of the Mediterranean or the resort’s stunning gardens. With four restaurants on site, it’s highly possible honeymooners have no desire to leave the resort at all during their stay.
Offering an array of rooms, including standard twin rooms, deluxe rooms and self-catered apartments, the Ramla Bay Resort is ideally located, offering views of neighbouring islands Gozo and Comino. For more adventurous couples, the resort offers a host of water sports to enjoy and has a diving school on site. Having its own private beach means you can relax and take in the views along with other guests, rather than have to use the island’s other sandy beaches, which can get overcrowded during peak season. Dine inside or al fresco at one of the hotel restaurants, and finish your evening with a romantic stroll along the beach.
Take your pick from a range of differently sized rooms at the Palace Hotel and Spa. Located on the east coast of Malta, Sliema’s waterfront has a long promenade to enjoy leisurely strolls and is inundated with places to stop off for a bit of shopping and refreshments along the way. In a busy town full of character, staying at The Palace will not leave you short of things to do, both at the hotel itself and in the local vicinity. The Palace comprises nine floors, the rooftop is home to infinity pools and their TemptAsian restaurant, where you’ll also find outstanding views. Heavenly scents of rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, lavender and incense flow through the hotel to help you relax, and, should you wish, you can choose a specific scent for your room. Focusing on your senses, this palatial hotel offers designer suites, specialising in views, textures, scents, music, lighting and flavours.