This hotel has a prime spot, looking out on Malta’s biggest sandy bay. Mellieha village is close by, too.
Hotel Mellieha Bay has one of the best addresses in Malta. It overlooks the island’s largest sandy bay. And the bars and restaurants of Mellieha village are only a five-minute bus ride away.
Within the landscaped gardens you’ll find two main pools and a couple for children. There's also an international restaurant and a fitness centre tucked among the grounds.
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Free cake for couples celebrating wedding anniversaries
Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast and dinner. Light lunches from the snack bar. Late-night sandwiches. Locally produced alcoholic drinks 10.00-24.00 and soft drinks and hot beverages 10.00-24.00. Snack bar service 10.00-17.30, afternoon tea 16.30-17.30 and sandwiches 22.00-24.00.
Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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2 outdoor pools
The pools are set in tiled terraces and surrounded by sunloungers and parasols. There's plenty of space out here for sunbathing too.
Low-key evening entertainment programme
Entertainment includes musical performances by local artists.
The Buffet restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner.
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Twin Room with Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
These twin rooms are smart and simple with a balcony or terrace depending what floor you're on, providing a sea view. You'll find air-conditioning or heating has been provided depending on when you choose to visit. There's also a minibar, TV and facilities to make tea and coffee. Just so you know these rooms can sleep 4 with a bunkbed also provided.
Twin Room with Sea View and Balcony
These twin rooms with a sea view come with contemporary décor and soft furnishings and a balcony for that extra outdoor space. There's air-conditioning or central heating, a shower or bath, European satellite TV and a minibar*.
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Lovely View & Pretty Gardens
As and it other reviewers have pointed out, Mellieha Bay could do with some improvements, especially in the darker and warren like corridors. WIFI was hit and miss, it was a shame that it didn't go into accommodation. You can see where the hotel still needs work. The clientele the hotel seems to cater to is definitely for the older generation, which is weird as the site is large and not for people who aren't able to move round so easily. Ann the rep was very good and knowledgeable. I do agree with other reviewers that the return meeting/information wasn't available. If like us, you couldn't print off your return boarding passes at home, Ann is able to get you booked in online, which will save you time at the airport, as you will be able to use the online booking in lane. There is a safe in your room, you pay 20 euros (which you get back when you check out) I would like to see a welcome pack in relation to the hotel, local area and buses put into each room. This would be a definite improvement. Information about pool bar times, pizza etc would be another improvement. Limelight lounge & Animation Team. What can I say - those guys work hard all day & night for the 6 days they work. Starting at 10am and finishing at what time??? A special shout out to Clay, Billy, Natasha & Himena, evening shows were brilliant. Couple of sketches not appropriate and would be better if they were removed. Julie James is a very good singer - I would book her on the Tuesday night when the animation team has a day off - replacement man was not good at all!! Food, lots of variety, but not always great to have lunch food the same as dinner on night before. Weather was fantastic, one of the tour guides told us the weather was more like July than June so have come home with a tan - quite a rarity for me! Good variety with trips - enjoyed the 4x4 Quad Bikes on Gozo. Valetta was lovely, Mdina at night was enjoyable, as was walk up to Red Tower. Overall an enjoyable 10 days away.More
Remote and loads of steps
Before I state the good qualities, let me advise people who use a wheel chair, a three-wheel walking support and possibly have difficulty walking: let me suggest that the hotel might not be for you. The hotel is some 40 years old and was not built with disabled in mind, and so adaptations have been made by using the bottom floor with very, very steep ramps for wheel chair users, as plans for a small lift behind the reception desk have not yet materialised to access the floor that houses the reception, lounge and dining room. There is no wheel chair access to the pool. My wife has very bad feet through arthritis, and she found negotiating the numerous flights of steps very difficult. If you are in floors above the first, you have to use steps to get to the reception, lounge and dining room, as the lifts do not stop on that level. The walk from the reception to the bus stop took us about 12 minutes to walk to. The hotel is very remote from shops, restaurants or the town, and a bus ride is needed. Note that the town is built on a very, very steep incline, and you might need to use a bus to get up or down to various places. One of the locals called the main road "cardiac way". As we arrived in pouring rain, we could see how shabby the hotel appeared from the outside more vividly. The paintwork on our balcony was cracked, so no painting had taken place over the winter. That's all the negatives. Our room was spacious, with plenty of room for clothes (but not for cases). Tea, coffee and milk could be replenished for the asking with no trouble. The free safe was welcome. The beds were really comfortable. The rooms were well kept. (I hope the room maid was recognised for her hard work.) All staff were most pleasant and keen to help. (Again, I trust the management praise the staff appropriately.) Food is wide and varied. You will find something to your taste. The soups were always delicious and a delight to eat. There are eating/drinking points all over the place, again well served. The machine produced drinks are excellent - try the hot chocolate. There are plenty of sun lounges, and early laid out towels are removed. The sea is lovely to swim in, and by the bay (some walk away) the water is shallow for probably 100 yards. The entertainment and animation activities in the hotel are purely according to the clients' taste, but not to ours - but that is not meant to be a negative criticism. So for mobile guests not worried about all the steps or the remoteness of the hotel the hotel is fine for its grade, which, I feel, does not match other grade 4 hotels we've been to. To enjoy the island there is a good and cheap bus service. Depending on the bus company, the charge is I euro 50 cents for two hours' travel or 2 euros. This means you can get to Valletta (a 1 1/2 hour journey) for about £1.50. You can hire a car at a ridiculously low price, but the standard of Maltese driving is horrendous, and if you have an accident, you have to stay where you are until the police and/or wardens arrive at the scene of even a minor accident. Places to visit depend on taste. Gozo we found wonderful. You really need a car to go long trips or to the Mdina/Rabat area, as you might need more than one bus to get to such places. As for the hotel, then, it is a pleasant hotel for its grade, but we wouldn't return, even though - to its credit - we met a client who was making her 20th visit.More
Wonderful position & food
The Mellieha Bay Hotel is situated in the North of Malta in a very enviable position. All rooms have a sea view and balcony. The hotel consists of six blocks, of five stories, all interconnected with the dining room, bars, reception at the centre. At each end of the hotel, there is a swimming pool area, with plenty of sun-loungers. Each pool area has it's own refreshment bar for drinks, snacks and towel hire. The pool at the southern end of the hotel is very deep, with a steep gradient. Three metres at the deep end and there are no lifeguards on duty. More than adequate number of loungers with a strict non reserve policy. There are extensive grounds, which are beautifully maintained, with trees and flowering shrubs. There are a few steps down to the hotels private jetty and private sandy beach. The water is very warm and clear. Ideal for a spot of snorkelling. The hotel also has it's own scuba dive centre. A ten minute walk takes one to the main beach. Here the sandy beach has very shallow warm water with some small cafe's and sunbed hire. When I arrived at the hotel, I found the room number system very confusing. Each block is given a letter followed by a floor then room number. ie A132. The reception I found isn't on the ground floor (It is!) and I had to go down some stairs from reception to get to the first floor of room 132. After a 3 1/2 hour flight and another 80 minute transfer, tired and hungry and thirsty, my brain wasn't functioning properly. I became very frustrated. Be warned! The Mellieha Bay Hotel is one of the main hotels on the island, and as such, the two main tour bus routes call at reception for open top trip tours of Malta. Nearby there is a public bus route to reach all areas. A 80 minute trip to Valletta costs 1.5 euros each way. Remarkable value. The busses are very frequent. The hotel has free wi-fi throughout, and some investment has gone into routers, giving a fairly speedy, break-free reception. Good enough for Netflix. The room TVs are pretty useless, with nine channels of local broadcast and BBC news. The rooms themselves are pretty basic and small. Shower over-bath. Toilet, sink. The rooms have hairdryers, a fridge, safe, tea-coffee. All free. (All inclusive only?) There is good sized double wardrobe, though I was provided with only nine ten hangers for a two week stay. The rooms are cleaned daily. Towels changed every three days. The corridor from the room to the main reception block, I thought was rather unkempt. Vacuuming needed to have been done more frequently and there is plenty of evidence of spiders webs. The main communal area of the hotel is air conditioned and modern. There is a bar, a couple of small shops, meeting rooms, tour operator desks, and a totally useless gym. The 'gym' consists of a ten-square metre room containing three cardio machines and one weights resistance machine. When I was there, the weights machine had no cable, so was inoperable. No free weights or other equipment. The restaurant is air conditioned with a door leading to a patio area overlooking the Med. for al-fresco dining. Compared to other hotels I have visited, the food choice was fairly limited. The breakfasts were the same each day. Lunch and dinner had two or three different main-course menus each day though the desserts were very samey. What there lacked in choice however, was more than made up for in terms of quality. It was excellent. Well cooked, well presented and maintained though-out the sitting. The staff were very attentive and seemed happy in there work. Always ready for a joke with the guests and wonderfully friendly with the young children. The Mellieha Bay Hotel does cater for weddings, and while I was there, there were three of four wedding breakfasts. Which I guess gives assurance to the hotels quality of food and service, by the island locals. Overall, I was very impressed with the hotel and had a great time there. If only there were a better equipped gym. I wouldn't have put on so much weight after eating the excellent food!More
Michael W, 191282
nice view that's all...
Room was good with very nice view Animation team perfect and big thank you for they hard work!!! Xime, Bobby, Natasha , Kley xxx Unfortunately that is all with good things... Hotel is for elderly people so if you are under 40 don't go there. Beach is very small and not nice. Food was quite poor not a lot of choices so sometimes I was hungry... The worse part are drinks, you think that if you are buying all inclusive holidays you can drink some nice cocktails- wrong ,there is only 4 horrible cocktails to chose from all inclusive drinks and one beer... all other drinks you need to pay 7 euro. Any questions happy to answer...More
no hotel information
read previous reviews before leaving for holiday and checked hotel website. Booked through Thomson who have been useless with complaint so far. No info in the rooms on all the hotel facilities plus general info for doctors etc. Rep got hold of 6 page doc on last but one day but items were two years out of date because tennis courts have been out of use that long,plus safety deposit info charges changed. Rep says was major error - thomson said no problem surveys said standards as required. Room was poor rusty stool, patched up bath and flies swatted everywhere.flight was over 6 hrs late on return, reps knew something was up and all disappeared at airport leaving us to be told several stories from airport staff on delays.Some deposit boxes are not attached, they just picked up and removed one holidaymakers.More
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