I went to Malta with my mum (I'm 21) And we went for a relaxing time, we booked all inclusive. Firstly the hotel is really remote, so there isn't really anywhere to walk in the evenings. But during the day time there is a bus stop near by, and the buses there will take you into Valetta. The walk to the bus stop is uphill, and it isn't a long walk.
The best thing about this hotel is the private beach. It is small, but we always managed to get a sun bed. The sea is really shallow and you can walk out quite far, while I was there, there were quite a few people who got stung by jellyfish. By the beach there is a "bar" This is just a teeny little hut (room for one member of staff in it) But you can get your drinks from there, or you can walk up to the pool area bar.
There was one day when the beach was "littered" but that was because during the night the sea had been a bit ruff, due to the wind. But most of the "litter" I mentioned was piles and piles of seaweed. And the hotel staff were shoveling it all up. And got it cleared pretty quickly.
I didn't go into the pool at all during my 2 week stay, nor did I sit by the pool. I love the sea and sand a lot more. And I also found the pool area a tad noisy, as there were a group of student travelers, as well as families with younger children.
When I booked with Mercury Direct, I also got a free boat trip to Blue Lagoon. The hotel have their own boat, which is fairly big. The staff are really nice and always lend a hand when getting on and off the boats. The ride over was enjoyable, just make sure you wear your swimsuit, you might get a little bit wet on the boat. And at Blue Lagoon there is a nice beach area, but this was quite crowded. So me and my mum took a walk along a sand path, and explored the area.
The restaurant was always really clean, I don't ever remember queuing up to get a table but I am an early bird. There was always a lot of choice at breakfast: hot foods, as well as cold meat. And then there were loads of bread and rolls and also fruit. I'm not a big breakfast person, so I would have toast and jam with a glass of orange juice.
Lunch again was really nice, there were lots of things to choose from. I would have liked to see chips, but I found that when the student travelers were lunch there, then there would be chips.
At dinner there would be a different soup each day, and then the main meal, and then a selection of cakes and deserts.
One thing I found that the food didn't have enough (if any) salt on it. So I was always shaking salt into everything.
We were meant to be booked into a hotel room, but when we arrived during the night they put us into an apartment. We commented on this straight away and the night staff said it would be sorted out in the morning. And we were told that we could move into a hotel room but we decided to just stay in the apartment, as we liked it and also all our things were already scattered all over the place.
The apartment had a double bed, and then two sofa/pull out beds. Dining table and chairs (not that we needed it) And then the kitchen area which had the oven, fridge, sink, kettle and all sorts of cutlery. And when we opened our patio doors we had a seating area that had sun beds, chairs, table and even a bbq.
The maid came in every day. She use to come in quite late in the day, but the room was always cleaned. Towels were replaced, and any clothes on the bed were folded (Useful cheeky tip for when you want your packing done lol)
The beds were really soft and comfy, I did ask for an extra pillow, as I don't like it too flat.
The TV was small but watchable, if you wanted to do so. The hair drier; as with most hotels, wasn't that powerful.
The reception staff were really friendly, and always helped with directions and bus numbers/routes.
If going to Malta, I would suggest using the buses. No they don't have any sort of timetable. But they are fast and get you to your destination. And from Ramla Bay we traveled to the other end of the Island to: Marsaxlokk which is a small fishing village and by bus it took 2 hours. I think we also went on Market day, so there were loads of stalls.
Our trip to Gozo was lovely, the hotel isn't that far from the Ferry Port. If going by yourselves, I would think you would need a car. As Gozo only has like one bus, but Gozo is a very beautiful place.
I wouldn't recommend this hotel to a family with young children, as I don't think there is much for them to do. And the evening entertainment (music wise) is aimed at older people. But it is a good laugh!
There is a "show" put on by the younger members of staff, that takes place outside, but this was.. cringe worthy, and you have to sit on hard rock seats. So I opted to stay indoors
All in all the hotel is a lovely place, and ideal for someone looking to get away from it all. And this hotel would be a good base if you want to travel the island.
Oh, I forgot to say that at the bar (for all inclusive guests) we had to sign for our drinks all the time. Which was a bit annoying, and you get to wear those lovely coloured wrist bands :P
- 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, 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