Okay Hotel first
After reading bad reveiws I was surprised about this hotel. The food was great.- with the pool bar offering lighter snacks such as sanwiches, toasties, burgers, hotdogs, salads, tuna rolls and nuggets. Dinner time had a great selection of salads, pastas, cold meat, roast meats, meat dishes (including cottage pies, chicken casserole, etc) and choice of veg and potatoes- and of course fresh soup and rolls. (btw the sauceages are proper sauceages in the morning). Indoor pool was closed during our stay, and the outside pools were quite small- which wasnt a problem because although there were plenty of guests - not everyone availed of the pool. Staff at hotel are very friendly and helpful. Hotel is extremely clean and well looked after. Its a quiet area, but close to local bars. The only 2 faults I would have with the hotel- is that during our time they allowed a large group of french teenagers to stay and although most of the time they were at trips- when they returned there were 3 days were they took over the pool and children and swimmers old and young had to leave the pool area. The pool is simply not large enough for these groups to stay, and not in keeping with the hotels image. Also there are few toilets within the complex... however that said.. strangely there was never really a queue?! Also entertainment a bit poor a few of the nights- however the 80s night was great fun, and the professional dancers were amazing.
Qawra is a quiet area with friendly local bars. It is within a few minutes walk from Bugibba, which is busier. There are a few stray cats and tiny lizards about when you go for walks and a few very small underdeveloped plots of land with sand and weeds growing. We ate in the 'Plum Tree' and the Cantonese restaurant- both of which were relaxing, with great staff and the food was fantastic. 'The PlumTree' was very reasonable for the high quality of food and service- and unlike normal restaurants they offered 'smaller' portions for the kids instead of normal set menus. Qawra is quieter, and I would advise hiring a car- which is relatively cheap- starting from just 50 euros for 3 days! (shop around) and there is SO SO much to see in this little island. I cant stress enough that you must visit Mdina and Rabat- enriched with history and culture- kids loved the Mdina Dungeons. If you do visit Mdina there is a South African cafe just outside the gate and across the car park- it is great for lunch and they specialised in their meat. Its inexpensive too. We had the chicken fillet burgers, which were delicious. Another must-see were the Mgarr shelter (or any of the underground air raid shelters)- eerie. Also if your more into relaxing, why not try a boat trip to Gozo, and/ or Comino- they stop off several time and allow you to swim in sea, and take you by speed boat into the caves- a great day for swimmers and sun-lovers. We went in August time and there were lots of carnivals and fireworks at the weekend. We didnt go to any of the carnivals, but we enjoyed the fireworks display from the roof top bar at the hotel. There is a water park with easy access by bus.
* The Hotel was lovely- despite not catering for children (no mini discos or clubs).
* The staff and Maltese were lovely.
* Value for money- V Good.
* Food - very impressed.
* Gym - looked very impressive...pity I didnt take my training gear!!
* indoor pool was closed during our stay.
* Location - a quiet area with 5 min walk to Buggiba
* Eating locations - Must try The Plum Tree... Delicious!
Would I recommend Malta - Yes 100%
Would I recommend Qawra - Yes
Would I recommend Soreda Hotel ? Yes (but not the younger persons looking for lively hotel / resort)
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- Also Known As:
- Soreda Hotel Qawra
- Soreda Hotel Malta/Qawra
- Hotel Malta Soreda