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About Malta

The Maltese archipelago occupies a strategic spot in the Mediterranean Sea between North Africa and Sicily. Its history dates back centuries, and many of the best places to stay in Malta have been created from traditional period properties both in the main towns and tucked away in the pretty countryside inland.

The vibe here is very laid back, though over the past few years Malta has seen a burgeoning club scene and the annual international arts festival, (with its wide mix of music, dance and many other artistic forms), has brought in a new hip crowd.

If you're after a sandy beach, you'll find a few, but most will be mobbed during the peak holiday periods. You will though discover a plethora of dramatic rocky coves, and a glorious turquoise sea in which to cool off.

Diving is another big draw - it's regarded as one of the best spots in Europe - with some of the best sites found just off Gozo. But for the less experienced, there's plenty of good snorkelling too!

What Not To Miss

  • The stunning St John's Co-Cathedral oozes history and charm. Built originally for the Knights of St John it is filled to the brim with Baroque art and architecture, plus there's a stunning marble floor, and attached oratory and museum where you'll spot a couple of Caravaggios.
  • Be sure to visit the Megalithic Temples of Malta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built between 3600 BC and 700 BC. These are believed to be some of the oldest free-standing stones in the world - a breathtaking thought.
  • Head over to the beautiful St Peter's Pool to spend your afternoon diving from the cove into the turquoise water or relax with a book and soak up the sun. With restaurants nearby in case the kids get hungry, it's a great family day out.
  • Spend the day wandering around Valletta, the island's capital and a World Heritage site filled with some of the best places to stay in Malta. With gorgeous Baroque architecture everywhere you look, (such as in the gorgeous 16th century Casa Rocca Piccola palace), and a number of bustling restaurants offering splendid hilltop views, you'll love the feel of the place!

For a Romantic Break

  • Luciano Guesthouse offers traditional accommodation complete with four poster beds, stone walls, chandeliers and private balconies. Superbly located in Valletta's old town, walking distance from the attractions.
  • The characterful Knight in Malta B&B offers charming accommodation with plenty of antiques and rich furnishings. Enjoy lovely breakfasts in the 17th century dining rooms and relax in the courtyard, which is filled with tropical plants and trees. Intimate and atmospheric.
  • Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, situated on the island of Gozo, is a luxurious property with stylish interiors. Boasting a superb location on the Dwejra coastline, there's also a great restaurant and an award-winning spa.
  • Valletta Suites is brimming with stylish, ornate interiors and historic charm to provide a unique stay. You'll find lavish private suites with kitchenettes and the city on your doorstep - the ideal spot for a romantic getaway.
  • Casa Ellul is a neo-classical townhouse providing large, elegant rooms with quirky pieces of artwork on the walls. Relax on the lovely rooftop terrace and soak in the panoramic views of Valletta.
  • The Xara Palace promises luxurious and sophisticated accommodation with high ceilings, antique furniture and plenty of natural light. A stunning Baroque romantic getaway with an award-winning rooftop restaurant. Utterly dreamy!

Relaxing Retreats

  • Selmunett is a charming homestay offering just two light and airy rooms. WIth a quiet, laid back ambiance and located off the beaten track, it's a great choice to get away from it all.
  • Victoria Hotel oozes traditional elegance with grand pianos, leather chairs and mahogany furniture. Unwind in their luxurious spa or enjoy a tipple on the rooftop terrace - you'll truly feel a million miles away from your worries at this spot.
  • The Palace is a cosmopolitan sanctuary located in Sliema featuring uber contemporary, designer interiors. Unwind in the infinity pool and enjoy splendid views of the Mediterranean, or make use of their extensive spa facilities.
  • Locanda La Gelsomina is a four-suite retreat in Birgu boasting casually opulent yet eclectic interiors which ooze character. Join in with Vinyasa yoga sessions held at this serene oasis, and enjoy a relaxing mug of tea afterwards in their tea-house. Plus, no children under 16 allowed!
  • The eco friendly Ta'Cenc is situated just a short distance from the coast on the island of Gozo. Part of a bird sanctuary set amidst idyllic gardens rich in flora and fauna, this is a superbly relaxing spot - plus, there's also a spa to enjoy.
  • Chapel 5 Suites, located in a quiet part of Naxxar, features rooms with Indonesian style furniture and exposed brick walls. Enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning on the rooftop terrace and feel utterly rejuvenated with yoga classes, whilst you can also treat yourself to a massage.
  • B&B De Rohan features 5 smartly decorated modern rooms and an outdoor pool just a few miles outside Valletta. A quiet, relaxing stay that's close enough to the island's sights if you feel like soaking up some culture.

The best places to stay in Malta for hitting the beach

  • Hotel Juliani, the island's first true 'boutique' hotel, boasts contemporary accommodation and fantastic food. What's more, it's just ten minutes away from the beach at Balluta Bay.
  • The 5* luxury resort Westin Dragonara sits on a peninsula with its own private beach area. Spend your days lounging by the seaside and enjoy a range of meals from their variety of restaurants. A splendid all-round stay.
  • Valletta Suites is located just a short distance from the coast, meaning you can easily spend your days lounging by the seaside soaking up the sun.
  • The seafront Corinthia Hotel boasts a variety of restaurants, a number of pools and a spa whilst also having its own private beach area! Chic accommodation with great views.

City Stays

  • Osborne Hotel is the perfect base from which to get to know Valletta. Offering smart accommodation with wonderful views of the harbour and a restaurant, it's a great city spot.
  • Casa Ellul is situated in the heart of Valletta, just a stone's throw away from all the sights. Spend your days wandering around the city and enjoy the bustling local markets.
  • Castille Hotel provides charming traditional accommodation just 5 minutes away from Valletta's main square. Wonderful meals served at the De Robertis rooftop restaurant and there's also a pizzeria in the basement.
  • Located just outside the city walls of Valletta, Phoenicia Hotel is a splendid Art Deco spot which harks back to a bygone era. Relax with a drink in their 1930s cocktail bar after a long day sightseeing. A luxurious city stay.

For an Apartment or Villa

  • If you think a self-catering option would serve you best, then check out the wide range of apartments or villas available at our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • WIth an average daily temperature of 27°C, July and August are the best months weather-wise to visit. However, Malta boasts a typically Mediterranean climate with around 300 days of sun each year!
  • There's likely to be more tourists in the height of summer, so perhaps visiting in September (when the average temperature's still 25°C) or October would be your best bet. Plus, accommodation's a bit cheaper at this time of year.
  • Visitors can fly into Malta International Airport, offering direct flights from London and Edinburgh which take between three and a half to four hours.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.

Still Not Sure?

  • Browse through our entire list of the best places to stay in Malta.
  • Expand your search to include nearby Gozo (another island in the archipelago of Malta) or Sicily.
  • Alternatively, feel free to contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

    See all » 15 hotels in Malta

    • Luciano Guesthouse 13 rooms from $65

      Valletta, Malta

      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.

      Romantic Break
      Value chic
      Sights nearby  -  Right next to St John’s Cathedral.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Check prices
    • Knights in Malta 5 rooms from $80

      Naxxar, Malta

      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.

      Sights nearby  -  Valletta, the capital city, is 5.6 miles from the property
      Romantic  -  An intimate hotel with a lovely terrace
      Spa
      Check prices

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    • Quaint Boutique Hotel 12 rooms from $85

      In-Nadur, Gozo

      The Quaint Boutique Hotel provides an excellent, cost effective service in Nadur. The stylish bedrooms combine historic building features with modern, chic interiors. Offering spacious, comfortable rooms and an atmospheric bar, it's the perfect launchpad for a few days on Gozo.

      Romantic Break  -  Smart, stylish rooms with the beautiful island of Gozo on the doorstep combine to make it a great spot for a romantic break.
      Value chic  -  The perfect chic base for exploring the stunning island of Gozo, without breaking the bank.
      Sights nearby  -  Take a day trip to the stunning Azure Window.
      Local markets  -  Browse the bustling local market in Nadur.
      Check prices
    • Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz 122 rooms from $129

      San Lawrenz, Gozo

      A luxurious palace with epic views, on Gozo Island. Beautiful pools, manicured gardens, and lovely private balconies. Cooling stone interiors, fantastic Mediterranean food and an award-winning spa. Perfect for relaxation, beach life and families.

      Families  -  There'e a kids club will keep little ones entertained, and tennis courts, two pools, hot tub and hammam to keep you happy!
      Romantic Break  -  An indulgent retreat- with candlelite dining, romantic boat trips, serene secluded suites and couples spa treatments.
      Diving  -  Explore the submerged caves, tunnels and arches with an experienced guide.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the Citadel fortified during the Bronze Age around 1500 BC.
      Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
      Check prices

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    • Chapel 5 Suites 5 rooms from $126

      NXR, Malta

      A chic B&B located in a quiet area of Naxxar, rooms feature exposed brick walls, creative artworks and local and Indonesian style furniture. The lovely owners organise a delicious breakfast that can be enjoyed on the rooftop with great views. Wifi, a massage and yoga lessons are complimentary.

      Local exploring  -  Great location in Malta, close by to Mdina, Rabat, the beaches on the northwest coast and Valletta
      Beach nearby  -  Located close by to the beaches of Melieha and Armier and several other islands as well
      Value chic  -  Its good value for money for its superb location, great hosts and the inclusions
      Local markets  -  Take a short walk around Naxxar for all its charming old architecture and markets
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
      Check prices
    • Ursulino 7 rooms from $223

      Valletta, Malta

      A small and perfectly formed boutique hotel boasting an excellent location overlooking the harbour. Contemporary rooms are light and airy with large windows, plush leather bed-heads and private balconies. Spend evenings sipping on cocktails on the roof terrace boasting incredible views of the ocean.

      Romantic Break  -  The palatial penhouse suite offers a private balcony with stunning views over the city and harbour- truly romantic!
      Local exploring  -  Well located overlooking the ancient Grand Harbour and within easy access of many of the city's sights.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the elaborately adorned Saint John's Co-Cathedral.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Recommended by  -  Johansens
      Check prices

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    • Luciano Guesthouse 13 rooms from $65

      Valletta, Malta

      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.

      Romantic Break
      Value chic
      Sights nearby  -  Right next to St John’s Cathedral.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Check prices
    • Knights in Malta 5 rooms from $80

      Naxxar, Malta

      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.

      Sights nearby  -  Valletta, the capital city, is 5.6 miles from the property
      Romantic  -  An intimate hotel with a lovely terrace
      Spa
      Check prices

    See all » 3 hotels in Gozo

    • Quaint Boutique Hotel 12 rooms from $85

      In-Nadur, Gozo

      The Quaint Boutique Hotel provides an excellent, cost effective service in Nadur. The stylish bedrooms combine historic building features with modern, chic interiors. Offering spacious, comfortable rooms and an atmospheric bar, it's the perfect launchpad for a few days on Gozo.

      Romantic Break  -  Smart, stylish rooms with the beautiful island of Gozo on the doorstep combine to make it a great spot for a romantic break.
      Value chic  -  The perfect chic base for exploring the stunning island of Gozo, without breaking the bank.
      Sights nearby  -  Take a day trip to the stunning Azure Window.
      Local markets  -  Browse the bustling local market in Nadur.
      Check prices
    • Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz 122 rooms from $129

      San Lawrenz, Gozo

      A luxurious palace with epic views, on Gozo Island. Beautiful pools, manicured gardens, and lovely private balconies. Cooling stone interiors, fantastic Mediterranean food and an award-winning spa. Perfect for relaxation, beach life and families.

      Families  -  There'e a kids club will keep little ones entertained, and tennis courts, two pools, hot tub and hammam to keep you happy!
      Romantic Break  -  An indulgent retreat- with candlelite dining, romantic boat trips, serene secluded suites and couples spa treatments.
      Diving  -  Explore the submerged caves, tunnels and arches with an experienced guide.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the Citadel fortified during the Bronze Age around 1500 BC.
      Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
      Check prices

    See all » Other hotels in Malta

    • Chapel 5 Suites 5 rooms from $126

      NXR, Malta

      A chic B&B located in a quiet area of Naxxar, rooms feature exposed brick walls, creative artworks and local and Indonesian style furniture. The lovely owners organise a delicious breakfast that can be enjoyed on the rooftop with great views. Wifi, a massage and yoga lessons are complimentary.

      Local exploring  -  Great location in Malta, close by to Mdina, Rabat, the beaches on the northwest coast and Valletta
      Beach nearby  -  Located close by to the beaches of Melieha and Armier and several other islands as well
      Value chic  -  Its good value for money for its superb location, great hosts and the inclusions
      Local markets  -  Take a short walk around Naxxar for all its charming old architecture and markets
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
      Check prices
    • Ursulino 7 rooms from $223

      Valletta, Malta

      A small and perfectly formed boutique hotel boasting an excellent location overlooking the harbour. Contemporary rooms are light and airy with large windows, plush leather bed-heads and private balconies. Spend evenings sipping on cocktails on the roof terrace boasting incredible views of the ocean.

      Romantic Break  -  The palatial penhouse suite offers a private balcony with stunning views over the city and harbour- truly romantic!
      Local exploring  -  Well located overlooking the ancient Grand Harbour and within easy access of many of the city's sights.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the elaborately adorned Saint John's Co-Cathedral.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Recommended by  -  Johansens
      Check prices