Malta's incredible history and impressive architecture have earned the island a reputation as an 'open air museum', and the stunning coastline and sunny, temperate climate, has earned it a place on the lists of best winter sunshine breaks. Unique and richly varied, despite its small size, Malta has an expanding selection of accommodation options, and the best places to stay in Malta includes everything from the luxurious Xara Palace - think splendid interiors, all high ceilings and antiques, plus an award winning restauant - to the rural Selmunett B&B a relaxing homestay with a truly warm welcome (for self catering options, we recommend our online partner, Booking.com).
Malta's history is written on the island, from the 7000 year old megalithic temples to the bewitching architecture of the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans and the Byzantines - who all left their own distinctive marks on the country. Culturally the island still upholds its religious roots - 98% of the population are Catholic and you'll constantly find references to the Knights of St John and St Paul who brought Christianity to the country on a voyage to Rome.
Hire a car to get the best out of your stay, and explore the island to your heart's content.
Malta's traditional honey-coloured stone buildings are everywhere, backed by the intense blue Mediterranean Sea, and the effect is really unique. Everything looks so different, you'll really feel you've travelled.
During the summer, the best places to stay in Malta enable you to enjoy the village fiestas and experience the Maltese passion for fireworks. In the mild winter months, Christmas in Malta is something to behold: the Maltese specialise in spectacular nativity scenes, and celebrate the festive season in style.
A beautiful historic townhouse in the old town of Valletta. Traditional romantic bedrooms with four poster beds, soft fabrics, stone walls, chandeliers and private balconies. Walking distance to restaurants and all the attractions. Excellent value.
Mediterranean elegance and calm in a historic property at a small price. Private courtyard, delightful sun terrace, jacuzzi and rustic rooms that exude traditional elegance - wood-beamed ceilings and antique furniture. A relaxing escape, off the beaten track but great for exploring local history.
A historically-rich and friendly hotel with an unbeatable central location. Fantastic pizzeria in the wine cellar and lovely roof terrace restaurant with views of the harbour. A perfect spot to explore the sites from.
St Julian's, Malta
The island's first true 'boutique' hotel with an award-winning restaurant and enviable sea views. Rooms with refreshingly crisp contemporary designs in whites and turquoise blues. It's outstanding location in St. Julian's, unique charm and fantastic restaurant give it the edge.
A relaxing and authentic way to experience Malta with truly welcoming hosts at this charming Homestay. Just two rooms with lots of natural light, barbecued breakfasts on the terrace, and delightful herb garden. A warm and friendly spot.
A perfect base to explore the cultural offerings of Valletta and an excellent spot for business travellers. Bright clean rooms, rooftop terrace with swimming pool, harbour views, and buffet dining. The perfect city bolt-hole.
Malta’s equivalent to a Pall Mall gentleman’s club set in the 19th century. Traditional elegance - grand pianos, open fireplaces, leather chairs, gilded mirrors, mahogany furniture, and antique paintings. A luxurious spa, rooftop terrace with pool and leisurely restaurant. For business and pleasure.
A haven for the design conscious: modern luxury meets historic charm in these apartment suites and unassuming townhouse. Traditional brickwork, balconies, high ceilings, sun trap terrace, picture perfect rooms with antique furnishings and oriental rugs. Chic, intimate, delightful.
St Julian's, Malta
5* Luxury resort offering superb facilities for the whole family. It sits on the peninsula with a private beach, casino, and wonderful sea views from private balconies. Fantastic conference facilities too, award-winningly so. Slick contemporary designs, fine dining, plenty of activities.
Luxury boutique hotel in world heritage listed coastal city Valletta with panoramic views. Family owned and run, there are eight large and elegant rooms in this neo-classical townhouse with marble bathrooms, traditional Maltese balconies and quirky artworks. Chic, stylish and comfortable.
Cosmopolitan sanctuary with a difference in the urban heart of Sliema. Unique concept suites in ultra contemporary design - minimalism, chromes, stones, marbles, ochres, state-of-the-art sound systems. Fantastic spa and rooftop nightlife. A masterpiece in modern lifestyle.
Four-suite retreat at the heart of Birgu with exotic tea-house and opportunity for yoga retreats. Breakfast is included and interiors verge on the casually opulent and fashionably eclectic, ideal for a distinguished and well-travelled clientèle. Central location and tranquil ambiance.
Uncompromising luxury with all the individuality and sophistication of a Relais Chateaux property. Interiors with splendour - high ceilings, antiques, rugs, lots of natural light. Gorgeous rooms and award-winning rooftop restaurant. A palace of romance, surrounded by stunning baroque architecture.
The grand dame of the Maltese hotels still upholds its 1930s glamour. Art Deco in style with marble floors, arched glass windows, 30s cocktail bar, and even a ballroom. Harbour views and fantastic gardens. Go back in time on a cultural adventure to the glamour of a bygone era.