Me and my girlfriend are just back from staying for 7 days at Ramla Bay. We booked the hotel independently through Travel Republic via Trivago. Had no problems dealing with Travel Republic and we received a reply from the hotel within 24 hours of me emailing them just to confirm our booking.
We arrived at 8.30pm having got a taxi from the airport which was a standard 35 Euro fare. Staff were welcoming upon checking in and we were impressed with the hotels surroundings and location. The hotel is a bit secluded in the north of the country, however we loved the location being next to the sea looking out onto Comino and Gozo. The hotel is also adjacent to the Riviera hotel and a lovely beach side bar which makes for a lovely village type feel.
Our room was spacious, very clean, excellent water pressure in our shower, ample room on the balcony, lots of storage space and air conditioning. The room also had a T.V and a fridge. There is also a safe available in the room. We were on the first floor so the balcony was level with the roof of the hotels food hall. We didn't mind as the view was still great for what we paid, but if you want a clear view, go for floor 2 and above.
We were bed and breakfast. The continental breakfast was brilliant with lots of choice and as much as you can eat. We also ate one night in the Alang Alang restaurant which was beautiful, next to the picturesque swimming pool and one floor up, providing great views across to Gozo.
Getting around Malta was no problem from the hotel. The hotel provided us with a simple bus time table. The bus stop is a 5 minute walk past the Riviera Hotel next to a very well lit roundabout. You can see the bus stop from the room. Buses that stop there will take you to all the main places of interest in Malta. Valletta is the furthest away and will take roughly an hour to get to by bus. St Julian's is about 40 minutes by bus. Previous reviews say that the hotel is too secluded and that there is not much to do in the evening. The hotel is a bit out of the way, but this makes it more appealing for the relaxing, beautiful and tranquil location. Then in the evening the bus will take you into any town, where there is plenty to do as we explored and dined in different towns every night. The bus service runs into the early hours so if you want to party or have a few drinks there is a way back and these buses are less busy so take less time too.
The hotel has three pools, with the top pool being quieter and more geared towards the adults and gentle swimming. There are lots of sun beds, and the hotel has incorporated pathways and landings into the actual rock of the bay where sunbeds are also located making it a unique experience to sunbathe and then take a dip into the sea. The resort also has a private sandy beach with plenty sun beds there.
There is a shop in the hotel stocked with any necessities you may have forgotten. There is entertainment every night in the bar which has a friendly, lively environment. We also booked two excursions with the "Blue Waves" water sports centre based next to the beach of the hotel. I recommend the speed boat trip around the caves of Comino, it was excellent fun.
Only downsides were, the toilet didn't flush on arrival. This was fixed within 10 minutes. The T.V was quite old but not really an issue. Although we booked a double bed, it was two singles pushed together. There is no free wi fi, you have to pay at a paypoint, also there is no cash machine, so you will have to pop into Mellieha to take cash out. All these minor issues did not in any way spoil our visit.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again if I were to go back to Malta, and will be highly recommending this hotel again to any family or friends who plan to visit Malta.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ramla Bay Resort is situated on the northernmost shore of Malta, limits of Mellieha. The resort offers spectacular views of the sister islands of Comino and Gozo and is blessed with ample land and surrounded by landscaped gardens. Malta’s most popular sandy beach of Mellieha is just a few kilometres away, accessible by public transport. Amenities include: *private sandy beach,*3 outdoor / 1 indoor pool, spa, *water sport centre, tennis court as well as meeting and conference facilities. (* May to October) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramla Bay Hotel Mellieha
- Hotel Ramla Bay
- Ramla Bay Resort Malta/Mellieha
- Ramla Bay Malta
- Malta Ramla Bay
- Ramla Bay Hotel Malta