We're going to stay at the Riu Seabank Hotel in Mellieha from May 10th and would like to hear from those of you who have stayed there before or who know Mellieha?
What's it like, what would it be a shame to miss etc? Anyone going the same time as us?
There is a very good coffee shop/restaurant attached we visited the last time we were in Malta.
The hotel is situated opposite one of the very few beaches in Malta - so it does get quite busy especially at weekends. Nice to walk along the 'promenade' in the evening.
Fairly isolated hotel although there are buses - a very steep walk up into the village. Perhaps you are considering hiring a car?
All in all - an ok hotel - maybe more like 3* than 4*.
I'm sure you will enjoy Malta anyway.
Hopefully it's gotten a bit better since you stayed there. It's a Riu now, which I think is a sign of quality. Besides, we like walking and being active, so I'm not worried about the steep walk to town. There's a dive school there as well, which is good. I knew about the road, but from there you can hop on a bus and travel to other parts of the island. I've read that buses are quite good and cheap on Malta, is this true?
Well, looking forward to it and I'm sure we'll enjoy ourselves! Better had as we're there for two weeks!
If anyone else wants to check this hotel out, have a look at this website:
Yes, the Riu group does have a good reputation so hopefully they will have upgraded the hotel.
The buses are really good - you can get anywhere you want and they are extremely cheap. My 80 year old mother has just returned from her 'umpteenth' visit to Malta and is off there again in March. She always uses the buses to get all over the island. They are not the cleanest or the most comfortable but they do run very frequently.
As you are the 'active' type you should be able to take quite long walks from the hotel as it is a fairly rural area.
We love Malta - have been 5 times - the people are very friendly and it is a very safe island.
ok for older people but maybe younger people would have to go further afield for nightlife.
We probably will hire a car for a couple of days, but plan to go on the buses a lot, too! Besides we've got a beach right nearby and there aren't many of those in Malta!
Looking forward to it soooo much! Anyone else staying there same time as us?
We are going to be over there on 22/03/05 but unfortunately will be back before you go. Don't worry about 'not being much to do' because there are some good bars in the village and on the Heights (near petrol station). Also you can catch a bus into Buggiba/Qawra for around 40 cents where there are plenty of bars. The trip will only take about ten mins. A taxi back will cost around 6Lm. A lot of people who go to Mellieha stay full or half board and don't really venture out of the hotels but it is well worth the walk/pub crawl to the Heights. I have already mentioned a day trip to Gozo that you can easily do from where you are staying, you can also visit the other beaches nearby which in my opinion are better than Mellieha Bay because they are not as busy and there are some great walks all around them.
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