Combining centuries-old history with contemporary flair, our favorite luxury hotels in Malta will please the senses and calm the mind.
Malta, the beautiful archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean, doesn’t lack character. Modern touches of elegance complement the centuries-old traditions and historic beauty that can be seen throughout your visit. Even though it can get busy during the season, there are plenty of luxurious hideaways and boutique hotels in Malta that will please the senses and calm your mind. Here are our top five picks for the best luxury hotels in Malta.
Formerly known as Le Méridien Phoenicia, Hotel Phoenicia was built in the 1930s and opened shortly after WWII. Known as one of the most luxurious 5-star hotels in Malta, this art deco hotel is located just outside Valletta. The hotel has 136 rooms and suites all of which are highly luxurious and sophisticated. Overlooking Grand Harbour or the Marsamxett Harbour, many of the rooms have balconies that allow you to fully enjoy the warm and gentle Mediterranean breeze. Working together with Peter Young Design, many of the original features in the hotel have been retained including the authentic tiled floors.
Phoenicia has two restaurants. Phoenix, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is located in the main dining room inspired by the grand cafes of Europe. As long as the weather permits, there is also a terrace with beautiful views of Valletta. Cafe Phoenicia offers a more relaxed atmosphere and is one of the liveliest cafes in Valletta. Several bars are also available including the Bastion poolside bar. Phoenicia is a location full of splendor and timeless charm.
Ever since opening in 2003, Intercontinental Malta has steadily become one of the most luxurious hotels not only in Malta but also in the entire Mediterranean. The ascetic and almost minimalistic interiors are defining modern-day extravagance. Polished to perfection, this hotel has a clear vision that it offers its guests.
A prime example of this is their Highline Suites. Putting an emphasis on elegance, they offer a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor space. Within their Highline Suite range, there are seven different suites – Deluxe, Club, Panoramic, Duplex, Ambassador, Penthouse and Presidential.
Contemporary design, beautiful interiors, and plenty of space allow you to relax, enjoy, and unwind. An excellent selection of bars, lounges, and restaurants also awaits the guests. Stunning views will greet you at the Skybeach rooftop infinity pool, bar, and grill. The renowned Paranga restaurant will be perfect for a seaside dinner and the most excellent selection of dishes. Guests staying at Intercontinental can also enjoy a trip to the spa, casino, hair salon, fitness center, beach club and many more.
The Xara Palace
Unlike many luxury seaside hotels, The Xara Hotel (part of Relais & Chateaux), a converted 17th-century palazzo, is located in Mdina, Malta’s first capital. Now, the perfect getaway for when tourist groups flock to the island. Remarkable baroque architecture and romantic décor individually picked for each room conserve the aristocratic character of this building. The hotel has only 17 rooms and for the duration of your stay, you truly become a member of a very prestigious club.
The deluxe and executive suites have private terraces overlooking the internal courtyard and offering unmatched views of the island. The presidential suite is decorated with antique furniture and French fabrics. The suite has high ceilings with the original beams. The balcony offers a view of Vilhena Palace, a medieval court of law. Due to its size and splendor, hotel guests receive a bespoke service. De Mondion is one of Malta’s finest restaurants serving French, Mediterranean and Maltese cuisine.
Finding a luxury hotel in the city center of Valletta isn’t the easiest of tasks. However, there is one that stands out. Casa Ellul is among the most luxurious and unique hotels in Malta altogether. The rather small boutique hotel doesn’t have hundreds of rooms, a spa, and other facilities you would find in larger luxury hotels, but it makes up for it in other ways. The building itself dates back to Victorian times. Maltese patterned tiles and colonnaded fireplace are only some of the many Maltese characteristics seen in the hotel.
Casa Ellul has nine suites and each one is unique. Impeccable attention to detail is present in each suite and each interior element has been hand-picked. The Piano Nobile Suite has an intricately designed wrought iron headrest for the king-size bed. Behind the headrest, there is a traditional fireplace. It lies together with a cantilevered marble hand basin which was designed and manufactured specifically for this suite and the shape was carved out of a large Bianco Carrara marble block.
The Executive Suite with terrace and jacuzzi is the crown jewel of this boutique hotel. The private terrace not only has a unique timber jacuzzi but it also boasts views of the Carmelite Church façade and cupola. Risette restaurant is open for lunches and dinners and has a beautifully concise a la carte menu that offers seasonal produce and remarkable flavors.
Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz
Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is the only 5-star luxury hotel on the island of Gozo. The hotel is renowned for having one of the best spas in Malta. The several indoor and outdoor swimming pools together with the vast semi-tropical gardens, and tennis and squash courts offer something for everyone. The large rooms with original limestone walls and terracotta tiles on the floor have a classic and elegant feel, and all rooms have a balcony overlooking the countryside or the pool garden. Perfectly located, Kempinski is close to the iconic Dwejra Bay and one of Gozo’s best diving sites.