This is a smart hotel with a very good private beach (best in Malta that I saw) and excellent service (as I expect from this chain, and at the price I paid). Rooms were spacious, luxurious and comfortable. I'd happily visit here again.
Some minor points to look out for:
Bathrooms were luxurious but only dimly lit, and the baths were strangely short (I am 1.89m/6ft 2.5in tall and have never found a hotel bath "too short" before. Not an issue for me but I mention as it may be for some.)
We knew before we went that Golden Sands was a bit isolated so we hired a car for the week. We found parking at the hotel pretty limited, and a daily irritation. But worst case was a walk of around 500m to a public "parking field" nearby; just be prepared.
Our rooms were 3rd floor on the "garden" side above reception. We had some noise bother from mini-buses etc waiting outside. We also overlooked a busy scout camp and were wakened twice by the 7:30am bugle reveille. I'd avoid overlooking reception in future if I could, but would also be happy to go back to the same room - while I noticed the noise it was not a significant bother.
Hotel website says it has wifi throughout and it is widely available in public hotel areas (including the beach!) but not, by and large, in the rooms. A benefit to us of being relatively near reception (see noise point above) was that we could get Wifi at one end of our balcony and this was very handy. Also, the hotel happily supplied a complimentary ethernet cable so we could connect a PC in the room even though we were out of Wifi range indoors.
Swizzles, one of the hotel bars was closed (for no apparent reason).
Some part of the resort is "holiday ownership" and not hotel. At times we felt outnumbered by guests on subsidised visits to listen to a "holiday ownership" presentation. (I am sure we were not in fact outnumbered, this was just how it felt!)
My wife and I were on vacation with our sons, aged 18 & 16. The hotel had many children in it but mostly quite a lot younger. Our boys liked the beach but found the hotel and Golden Bay quieter overall than they would have liked. So, overall, great for grown ups, but not so good for older teenagers!
PS we had breakfast included in our rate and very much enjoyed the daily breakfast buffet.
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