I'm thinking about a holiday to Malta in July, and I've found a good deal on the Howard Johnson Mediterranea Hotal & Suites in St Paul's Bay. If anyone has stayed there could you tell me what it's like? Does the pool get very crowded and is it suitable for kids? (14, 12 and 10) Also what is the resort of St Pauls Bay like? I know there is no sandy beach but are other beaches easily accessible without a car? Any info appreciated thanks!
The nearest beaches are Golden Bay and Melieha (sp) Bay both easily accessible by bus. Golden Bay is very isolated - beautiful beach but nothing there except two beach cafes and a brand new hotel which has a small section of the beach as a private beach. The buses returning in the evening look very crowded which is not comfortable when it is very hot.
Melieha Bay is a bit further but is a lot bigger and there seems to be more going on.
We always hire a car and we go out to the smaller beaches on the North Coast - Armier Bay, Little Armier etc. I think these are accessible by bus but the buses are few and far between.
There is not much going on in St Pauls Bay - just a few bars and restaurants but a very short walk around the headland and you are in Bugibba which is very busy and can bit too much like Blackpool for us (sorry Blackpool) with dodgem cars on the front and a Macdonalds. In the evenings it is full of Maltese families just walking up and down - it is a lovely atomosphere although as I said very busy.
I don't know what your hotel is like but your nearest beach is Mellieha Bay which is a ten minute bus ride north towards Gozo. It is a safe shallow sandy bay ideal for childeren. However it does get very busy at weekends as the locals head for the beach.
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