The Most Beautiful Destination-Wedding Venues to Book in Malta

Malta's ancient history and charming culture make it a dream backdrop for romance and relaxation
Malta's ancient history and charming culture make it a dream backdrop for romance and relaxation | © eFesenko / Alamy Stock Photo
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18 October 2021

The Mediterranean-island nation of Malta is a cluster of outcrops rich in ancient history and charming culture. Small wonder so many couples choose the destination for their nuptials – it’s the dream backdrop for romance and relaxation. Whether you favour the simplicity of a converted farmhouse or a glamorous five-star grande dame, you’ll find the perfect place in our selection – and best of all, they’re all easily bookable via Culture Trip.

Gozo Farmhouses

Farmhouse Cora, Victoria
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What could be more romantic than this collection of 20 spruced-up farmhouses dotted around the teeny Maltese island of Gozo, with its atmospheric sights. The charm for wedding parties is in the attractive exposed limestone walls, beams and arches, the bathrooms with hot tubs, the dive-into pools and the terraces reached via spiral staircases. Top tip: settle in and watch the sunsets with a glass of fizz. Once the nuptials are over, be sure to visit the eerily magnificent megalithic temples at Ġgantija, and the recently restored Il-Kastell fortress, which towers above Gozo’s compact capital, Victoria.

The Phoenicia Malta

The Phoenicia
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An easy 1km (0.6mi) from Valletta’s romantic Baroque-era waterfront, this one’s for you if you’re seeking a serene wedding spot. Tie the knot in the gazebo, which stands in the prettily landscaped gardens that bloom all year round. Then party with the fortifications as the backdrop. Lie back and sip your celebratory champagne around the outdoor pool, encircled by the walls of the old fortress. Romantic rooms mix Maltese tiled floors and fresh-feeling shades of creams and natural greens and blues. You’ll dine well – fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in the hotel’s sun-kissed garden feature on the menus.

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa
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It doesn’t get more romantic than this wedding destination, set into the rocks above the soft sands of Golden Bay, which is one of Malta’s finest. Say “I do” on the sea-facing terrace with the Mediterranean shimmering in the background, or make it happen on the aptly named beach, lapped by green-blue waters. The hotel’s white towers contain relaxing modern rooms, some with balconies and some with sea views. Add in Ayurvedic spa treatments and daily yoga, and the wedding party will be as chilled as the champagne you’re drinking as a toast.

The Xara Palace

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If you’re the happy couple, splash out on one of this converted 17th-century stone palazzo’s stellar suites, which come with terraces home to whirlpool tubs. Whichever of the high-ceilinged rooms you choose, you’ll be wrapped up in romantic decor, with antique tapestries, ancient paintings and cosy rugs. The Xara Palace is tucked away in the medieval city of Mdina, Malta’s original capital. Its walls form part of the bastion walls, so you’re steps from the sights such as the cathedral, the Carmelite church and Palazzo Falson.

Westin Dragonara

Westin Dragonara
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In St Julian’s, on Malta’s east coast, this salmon-pink and wedding-cake-white palatial hotel stands grandly on its own peninsula, with access to a fine shorefront. Rooms cocoon guests in the colours of local limestone and the gentle waves of the Mediterranean Sea, with coast or garden-view balconies for watching the sun set. Go higher for more scenic outlooks. Fresh produce from the sea abounds, from tapas in an old boathouse down by the water’s edge to light local dishes in the blue-hued brasserie.

Maritim Antonine

Maritim Antonine
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The pretty little coastal settlement of Mellieha is home to this attractive hillside hotel, made from two buildings connected by an ancient tunnel. It’s relaxation stations in these cool, cream-coloured rooms, which range from courtyard or lobby-facing economy level to a deluxe suite with modern, glassy furniture and a private plunge pool. Views take in charming churches. Tie the knot by the trio of pools, then dine at a rooftop-restaurant table overlooking the calm sea below. When the nuptials are over, hop over to the neighbouring island of Gozo – the connecting ferry departs just five minutes’ drive from the hotel.

Dolmen Hotel Malta

Dolmen Hotel Malta
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If you love archaeology and history, how about a wedding venue with the ruins of a megalithic temple holding pride of place in its gardens? Set around scenic St Paul’s Bay, in Qawra resort, northeast Malta, the hotel is a temple to idle rest and recuperation, from lagoon-like pools and a private beach to jasmine-infused facials in the spa and sipping cocktails in the sea-facing Aqua Terrace Bar. A sea-view room is the one to book, although all are serene, bathed in natural tones and with balconies for breeze-stirred al fresco moments.

Hotel Valentina

Hotel Valentina
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A six-minute walk from Portomaso Marina in buzzy central St Julian’s, this sleekly styled hotel is for fans of designer decor rather than chintz. Wall sculptures and a blue-lit bar create focal points as you enter in the glassy lobby, while rooms maintain the theme with geometric prints and feature walls. As the bride and groom, you two should book the monochrome rooftop penthouse with its generous sunbathing terrace. The essence of romance is dipping in the rooftop pool on balmy nights before sipping a negroni from the nearby bar with the glittering lights of St Julian’s below – pick out an authentic Maltese restaurant for dinner à deux.

This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Nicola Collins.

These recommendations were updated on October 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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