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Malta is a unique and rich island despite its small size, and has an ever expanding selection of places to stay to meet all tastes. With such a concentration of history, architecture and stunning coastlines, it has earned its reputation as an 'open air museum'.
There's a church to admire for every day of the year and almost just as many days of sunshine, making it a great holiday destination, whatever the season. Our selection will offer you the best places to stay in Malta from the luxurious Xara Palace to the rural Selmunett B&B.
Due to Malta's 7,000-year-old past, the island is laced with the remains of megalithic temples from a bygone era and bewitching architecture from the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans and the Byzantines, who all left their own distinctive marks on the country.
Malta's traditional honey-coloured stone buildings (stay in the Phoenicia Hotel for a perfect example) and the intense blue Mediterranean Sea provide the perfect backdrop for romantic harbour strolls. You can sample the ocean's offerings in Marsaxlokk, Malta's sleepy fishing village; amble down the undiscovered back streets of Vittoriosa; relish the hidden architectural gems protected by the ancient walls of Mdina or pick up the pace in Malta's cultural capital,Valletta, in the day and head to the lively Paceville at night.
As for finding a place to rest your head after all that exploration, Malta is beginning to catch up with the rest of Europe by recognising the need for updated boutique accommodation. For hip and happening with unique concept design suites The Palace in Sliema is your property!
The island still upholds its religious roots with 98% of the population being Catholic; you will constantly find references to the Knights of St John and St Paul who brought Christianity to the country on a voyage to Rome.
Some of the best places to stay in Malta from which to explore include the Knights in Malta B&B in Naxxar, the historically rich Castille Hotel, with its famous pizzeria and The Osborne, the perfect city bolthole in the heart of Valletta.
During the summer you can enjoy the village fiestas and experience the Maltese passion for fireworks and in its mild winter months, Christmas in Malta is something to behold: the Maltese specialise in spectacular nativity scenes and celebrate the festive season in style.
If you're looking to keep the whole family happy check in to the Westin Dragonara; it really does have something for every one!
Hire a car to get the best out of your stay, so you can explore the island to your heart's content or even take a day trip to the tranquil islands of Gozo and Comino, or perhaps stay longer with a night or two at the top notch Hotel San Lawrenz on Gozo.
Ten years ago it would have only been the familiar hotel brands offering somewhat generic 'luxury' accommodation, but check our list of the best places to stay in Malta and you will find hidden gems amongst the largely dominant hotel giants of the island.
The place to watch: this luxury 5* B&B will have everything your heart desires. Formerly a 16th century palace, but you can still live like a king here - enormous beds, Egyptian cottons, in-room jacuzzis, wine cellar, pool terrace. Exclusive use in the lap of luxury.
St Julian's, Malta
5* Luxury resort offering superb facilities for the whole family. It sits on the peninsula with its 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.
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.
The grand dame of the Maltese hotels still upholds its 1930s glamour and good looks. Art Deco in style with marbles, 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.
A perfect base to explore the cultural offerings of Valletta. Bright clean rooms, roof top terrace with swimming pool, harbour views, and buffet dining. The perfect city bolt-hole.
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.
Luxurious comfort & complete relaxtion located by a stunning natural phenomenon. Beautiful pools, manicured gardens, and lovely private balconies to view them from. Cooling stone interiors, fantastic Mediterranean food, award-winning spa. Perfect for relaxation, beach life, and families.
A haven for the design conscious: modern designer luxury meets historic charm in these apartment suites and unassuming townhouse. Traditional brickwork, balconies, high ceilings, sun trap terrace, picture perfect rooms. Delightful.
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 and leisurely restaurant. For business and pleasure.
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.
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.
Mediterranean elegance and calm in a historic property at a small price. Private courtyard, delightful sun terrace, jacuzzi, and beautiful rooms that exude traditional elegance. A fabulous country escape with oodles of rustic goodness and relaxation.
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.
A kitsch and traditional guesthouse in the heart of the city - great value for money. Friendly service and basic breakfasts. Family rooms available too. A beach holiday on a budget.