Just returned from a very relaxing and enjoyable week at the Golden Sands Resorts. We went on a promotional holiday of £149 for the room. We travelled out just before the school holidays started. We noticed a definite difference in the resort by the weekend when it became extremely busy. All staff were friendly and polite and made us feel very welcome. We knew before we travelled that the hotel was a little isolated and that there were no shops close by.
The room was large located in the twilight block and the maids kept it very clean. Tea/Coffee and milk refreshed everyday and we had our own fridge (we didn’t touch the drinks fridge) It was very corporate in style and didn’t have the finishes you would expect from a 5 star room. We had a small kitchen which came in handy for preparing toast/ snacks. The room was a country view room overlooking the scout camp. Fortunately we were on the 9th floor so could look down and see what was going on without the campers really being able to see us. The hotel car park runs along the back of the hotel so all country view hotels look out over the car park. Tip: ask for a room on the 9th floor. The balcony doesn’t really get the sun and can be very windy.
The onsite shop was expensive – a large bottle of water was Euro2.30. But it was handy and rather than venture out we did buy snacks/bread etc here.
The pools were good and only 1.2m deep , but would have benefitted from a life guard/supervision; No problem with beach towels – supplied with a fresh one whenever you needed it. We always got sun beds when ever we down to the pool. Plenty of umbrellas as well.
The kids club was really aimed at the under 5's. The resort would benefit from some entertainment for children in the early evening
In the afternoon photographers take pictures of anyone who wants to be photographed, the pictures cost Euro70 for 5 prints + a CD.
We paid for the breakfast option and glad we did. Very good selection of food. We really enjoyed this start to the day.
We went to the timeshare talk as part of the deal and had a David from Liverpool as our sales man. We were shown two very nice rooms – a suite and a one bedroom deluxe – these rooms were 5 star ( a shame we didn’t get to stay in one of these !) 3 ½ hrs later we firmly said it was not for us. Kevin the Manager was brought out and we once again firmly said what ever the price we didn’t feel the deal was for us. We then got up and left.
We did the hop on/ hop off trip which we were given for free as part of the deal (worth Euro 39). Glad we did the trip and went to Valetta but as the first bus doesn’t arrive until 11 we didn’t get much chance to hop off.
The 20% discount card really helped towards the cost of the evening meals. Children eat free in the Italian restaurant between 6 -7. Service in all the restaurants was extremely slow. When ordering for children ask for the main meal to be served with yours – otherwise it comes 10 minutes before the main meals. We complained on a couple of occasions and the Managers were extremely understanding and removed items from our bills. We found that the Mocca Bar did the best meals. Essence the hotels premier restaurant was shut for two days at the height of the season so we never got to sample the delights of the flagship restaurant.
We did venture across the road to the Apple once –we sat outside – the place seemed to attract a lot of flies and we had to move tables. We didn’t find this restaurant that competitively priced with the hotel when you take into account the 20% discount and free childrens meal.
I used the Spa for a pedicure Euro 40. I felt the treatment was rushed as the Spa was fully booked. It was not the best pedicure I’ve had and I went back twice to have the nail varnish redone
In summary we had a great family holiday in a very nice hotel that made us very welcome. Our daughter spent nearly all her time in the pools. We really enjoyed Malta and would definitely go back but would probably stay somewhere a little bit nearer to a town.
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