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db Seabank Resort + Spa
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Mellieha
Certificate of Excellence
Addlestone, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good, but not Wow as expected”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

Never been to Malta before, chose this all-inclusive following Trip adviser research. It was absolutely fine, but not as fantastic as described. Room was spacious- we book a juinor suite but got a family room so had two extra beds rather than seating area, but spacious, clean, bright and in reasonable decorative order. Bathroom fine, good hot shower which is always a bonus. Bar was fine, good selection of cocktails, but only had lager. I cannot drink lager so was hoping they served cider, but unfortunately not so had to drink vodka and tonic. Buffet was ok had a large selection, none of which was outstanding, but was all edible. I think a week of buffet only food would drive you mad though, as lunch and dinner options seem suspiciously similar. Breakfast was fine but any hotel should be able to lay on breakfast. We managed to book the oriental buffet one night, which was ok, but basic. We thought we had been very lucky to book the Vista Italian buffet/restaurant on another night as it seemed permanently fully booked when we inquired, but only 12 out of about 30 tables were occupied on the night we ate there?? Limited food choice for all-inclusive guests in the Vista Restaurant - from the link on the hotel's own website it looks like there is a huge selection of main course dishes on offer, in reality there are only four
A few comments about Malta - all the drivers are crazy, suicidal or ignorant. No-one stops, their sole aim in life seems to be to get ahead of the car in front which is done by driving as fast as possible, tail gate the driver in front then overtake them no matter the road conditions or other traffic on the road all whilst using a mobile phone, and that's just the transfer service to/from the airport (William's Garage) or the shuttle service to/from the hotel to get to the start of the hop-on/hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Now the bus drivers on hop-on/hop-off bus tours are very good, how they manouvere a double decker bus through some of the areas they did without hitting anything is amazing. One criticism though is although they are all friendly and helpful they all give a different answer to the same question??
I had considered hiring a car, but no way after being a passenger, and witnessing other road users
Never to to Malta before, probably never will again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

First impressions were encouraging with friendly check-in staff.Having done our usual research beforehand, we had great expectations for this stay. Unfortunately, all was not as good as anticipated. We booked a sea view and requested the highest available room. We got a medium height and a partial view, seeing some of the sea shore but all of the dual carriageway that runs directly in front of the hotel. Consequently there was road noise. At first glance the room looked modern and well presented. However, closer inspection revealed wardrobe doors that had dropped and failed to close properly and decorative trims around the bathroom door frame peeling away from the "no-nails" bonding. Again, at first galance the restaurant area was impressive but, as always, the devil is in the detail. There was a very good selection of food but , as salad is our favourite, we were disappointed to find the evening meal lettuce brown at the edges and looking as if it was recycled from lunch. On another day, not one fresh tomato was available. Another annoying feature was that external renovations were being carried out with workmen cutting patio slabs and areas of the swimming pool/recreation area cordoned off. Although the weather was not conducive to chilling by the pool, the work being carried would certainly have impinged on this. We had no notification of such works when booking. Lastly, some sort of fiesta was going on and on the weekend the hotel was inundated with local children and their parents/grandparents. This meant we had restricted restaurant seating areas and the feeling of eating in the middle of picaddily circus - not the quiet getaway we wanted. On balance, nothing was horribly wrong but an accumulation of smaller gripes took the shine off the holiday. The Maltese people are friendly and helpful but we feel that this hotel has let it`s crown slip and, in hindsight, we would have booked a cheaper all inclusive hotel where we paid a premium here due to the previous superior tripadviser reviews.

Room Tip: If you book a sea view you will get traffic noise from the dual carriageway outside the hotel
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

First time in Malta, great holiday,hotel ideally located for trips to Gozo which is a must,hop on and off tour well worth the money.Bus stop right outside hotel and using cheap weekly bus pass(6.50 e) you can explore most of the island, lots of history and Valleta well worth a visit
Hotel is clean and modern, nice warm indoor pool, staff excellent and the food is the best we have had on an all inclusive basis.
Look forward to a return visit.

Room Tip: Floors 5 or 6, pool view quieter and sunnier.Sea views are on main road.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Island of Malta, Malta
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Reviewed 11 March 2014 via mobile

Great weekend break. Great service. Great staff. Great food. Great entertainment. Great bar. Great management. Recommend a lot. See you next year. Thanks for your service . The best hotel in Malta & gozo.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Victoria D, Manager at db Seabank Resort + Spa, responded to this review, 18 September 2014
Dear zniko1990,

On behalf of all the DB Seabank team, I would like to thank you for your five star review. We are happy to read that you enjoyed your weekend stay with us. Thank you for having chosen our resort and for recommending us on Trip Advisor, it is much appreciated.

We hope to welcome you back soon.

Always Welcome,

Victoria Debono
Assistant General Manager
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

We have just returned from a week at The Seabank, our first experience of an all inclusive holiday. I don't know if I would enjoy it at the height of the season, but at this time of year it was great. The rooms were clean and comfortable and all the staff friendly and helpful. With four restaurants to choose from for dinner, it would be hard not to find something you enjoyed. The main restaurant serves a wide variety of tasty food, the Brazilian restaurant is great for meat lovers and the Italian restaurant very good. The only one that was a little disappointing was the Asian restaurant, where - at least on the night we tried it - the food was at best lukewarm and a little bland. The wine on tap was quite drinkable and we tried out several of the cocktails in the bar in the evening! We had hoped to escape the rain in England for a few days, but unfortunately this was not to be. Millieha was wet and very windy, and we spent most of the week touring the island by bus. The bus service, by the way, is wonderful. For around £5 you can buy a weekly bus ticket that lets you hop on and off buses all over the island and, with a bus stop directly outside the hotel, it couldn't be more convenient. I would certainly consider returning to the Seabank in the future.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2014

My Wife and I went there with an open mind regarding all inclusive Hotels.
We have not always found them to be as good as the brochures described.
We booked for a weeks stay and I our first impressions on arrival was a modern,clean,and friendly Hotel. After one week our views were the same.The staff were the greatest asset they were smart helpful and could not do enough for you. The rooms were excellent,clean roomy and well decorated. The bathrooms were spotless well fitted and modern.We had a minor problem with our room after a few days and approached the reception on what turned out to be the busiest weekend of the season weekend (Carnival) The duty manager was charming and the problem was sorted even though there appeared to be a couple of hundred arrivals on that particular day. The hotel geared up for the extra occupancy it was a busy Saturday and Sunday
But there was no problem the service never suffered at all. MY tip would be to book meals in the Italian, Chinese, or Brazilian restaurants a day or two ahead.The main Buffet restaurant is also very good and no bookings are needed. The food is excellent in all of the restaurants. and again the service was outstanding with and extra star for the Italian they really look after you and a waiter I think his name was Milan went out of his way to enhance a great meal.
I congratulate the management of this Hotel for the motivation of all of it employees i have been in the Hotel and catering business for many years and have never seen better.

Room Tip: All the rooms seem to be equally well decorated There are a set of six rooms two on each floor that...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Valletta, Malta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2014

The Seabank All Inclusive Resort and Spa was excellent because the food was devine and it was excellently produced.The service was good as well because when I needed more towels and when I told them they gave me more straight away. It was perfect, even the pool was clean every time we wanted to swim. The drinks were really good as well. I enjoyed it very much and I thought even the entertainment was really funny and the animator very talented.

Room Tip: you should go to this resort because it was a perfect experience for me.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: db Seabank Resort + Spa
Address: Marfa Road | Mellieha Bay, Mellieha, Island of Malta MLH 9064, Malta (Formerly Seabank All Inclusive Resort & Spa)
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Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Mellieha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Mellieha
#2 Family Hotel in Mellieha
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Mellieha
#2 Luxury Hotel in Mellieha
#2 Romantic Hotel in Mellieha
#3 Business Hotel in Mellieha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — db Seabank Resort + Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 492
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in Mellieha Bay on the island of Malta* All Inclusive Resort* 30 m from the beach* 5-story building* 1 km from downtown Mellieha* 20 km from the airport, 30 m from a bus stop.---Seabank's new and stylish property offers countless ways to spend your days while on holiday in Malta. Overlooking Malta's largest sandy beach at Ghadira Bay excellent beach for family with children), the db Seabank Resort + Spa includes:(1) Modern accommodation, 492 spacious non-smoking and fully equipped rooms (free WIFI), (2) Six international restaurants, three bars serving unlimited beverages. (3) The db Seabank Resort + Spa incorporates a modern spa with fully equipped gym, heated indoor pool, mind & body healing courses, Jacuzzi, Turkish steam bath & sauna, (4) A spectacular array of day and evening activities for every age and interest and (5)Live evening entertainment At the back of the resort, Malta's largest Lagoon style outdoor pool overlooks serene Maltese scenery. Recreational activities such as beach volleyball, crazy golf, air rifle shooting, and beach soccer can be enjoyed at our newly built recreational area. The colourful Kids Club cannot be missed. Popeye Village is just minutes away from the resort. ... more   less 
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Hotel Riu Seabank
Riu Seabank Mellieha
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Db Seabank Resort + Spa Malta/Mellieha

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