More about Ramla Bay Resort
A luzzu tour
The shorter tours are arranged with the traditional fishing boat, Luzzu. Here are some of the organizers:
- Blue Waves Water Sports
Ramla Bay Resort, St. Paul's Bay
- Luzzu Lido
Black Sea Street, Qawra
- Galaxy Debby's Bar
181, St Simon Street, Bugibba
Gozo has a distinct character all its own. The countryside is prettier than that of its larger neighbour, the pace is slower and there are far fewer tourists. The island has its share of medieval architecture and prehistoric temples, making it a great place to escape the tourism mill while experiencing the best of what Malta has to offer. The commercial centre of the island, Victoria, has a sleepy 17th-century feel. The view from atop the Citadel, or 'Gran Costello', takes in the entire island. The Norman House, on the Citadel's grounds, houses an interesting folk museum.
You can retrace the footsteps of Ulysses at Calypso's Cave, in the cliffs overlooking Ramla Bay on the northeastern coast. Other spelunking opportunities include the underground Alabaster Caves in the tiny town of Xaghra, a couple of kilometres southwest of Ramla Bay. The Ggantija temple complex, also near Xaghra, is the most spectacular in Malta.
GOZO This Maltese Island is a...
GOZO This Maltese Island is a third the size of Malta and much quieter and more agricultural. It is a nice place to relax and get away. There are many places to see here,such as The Ggantija Temples,Xlendi Bay,Marsalforn,The Rabat Citadel,The Folklore Museum,Ta'Pinu Basilica,Calypso's Cave,Ramla Bay Beach and the Azure Window.
The cheapest way to get here is by ferry from Cirkewwa to Mgarr,but there are also helicopter flights from Luqa airport. I will have much more about Gozo,when I make my Gozo page.
We went swiming in Ramla Bay...
We went swiming in Ramla Bay on Gozo where it is said that Ulysses (Odysieus) had stayed with the nymph Calypso for seven years.
The Hypogeum is really worth visiting. But if you stay less than 7 days and you haven't booked your ticket in advanced you can be sure that you will miss it. I was be waiting for nine days to be let in. The tour with a guide lasts 40 minutes and during the tour you can not really enjoy the place. You are moving from point to point too quickly. Read about it so much you can before you go in. If I go the next time to Malta I would stay longer on the island of Gozo. The Ramla Bay was my favorite beach. The sandy beach and the rocks made my stay there perfect.
I really enjoyed riding Maltese buses. There are great!!!!!!
Overall, good; but the food was a tale of two halves
We have just come back after 2 weeks All Inclusive at the Ramla Bay Resort 10th - 24th June 2007 and have to say that as far as food was concerned it was a tale of two halves. For our first week the food was excellent; it was varied and of a good quality. For our second week the food menu was almost identical to that provided during the first week (haven't they heard of a two week menu?) but during the week the hotel had a number of private functions, which meant a shortage of staff. The difference when compared to the first week was amazing, with little variety in the food, much of which was presented only half cooked (and hard potatoes really aren't my thing!).
One other word of caution about All Inclusive: the standard is often lower for All Inclusive guests compared to that for paying guests. For instance, a cup of All Inclusive coffee comes from a vending machine whereas its ground coffee if you're paying even though technically they're the same price!! If you're eating a la Carte you'll get breast meat whereas it's cheaper cuts of meat for those taking the buffet meals. We also found that eating out elsewhere as an alternative could be quite expensive.
On the positive side, the hotel staff are great. In particular, Mandy and Gail on reception couldn't do enough to help when we had a couple of minor problems. The pools are lovely with plenty of loungers, if only the animation team didn't constantly do mini-dance routines by the pool. The guy in charge thinks he's great but it really is quite annoying, especially when the hotel sells itself with the slogan "a lifetime of relaxation". For relaxation however, the spa treatments are good, if a bit pricey.
On the down side, the hotel is fairly isolated so there's little to do in the evenings. The hotel entertainment is fairly low level so we just had a couple of drinks before retiring. We had car hire for 3 days so at least got out and about. The buses are also very good value and the bus stop is just a few minutes walk away.
Overall, we would go back to this hotel again if there was a bit more infrastructure around.
Doesn't live up to its website
The Ramla Bay Resort is at the northern end of the island and the nearest village (Mellieha) is approx 5 km away (10 minutes by bus or 1 hour on foot). The hotel has two restaurants (a buffet-style one and an a la carte one), a bar and a poolside café (in the day time). We stayed here for two weeks in early-mid June on a bed and breakfast basis. We booked this hotel based on their website, which promised ‘a lifetime of relaxation’ and said that the resort has ample land where one could find ‘peaceful solitude’. Unfortunately, this wasn’t our experience. The hotel was full of young children (many of whom were school age), which we hadn’t expected, who were running around the bar area late at night, and the ‘ample land’ proved to be a gross exaggeration – which meant ‘peaceful solitude’ was only possible in our room! Worse still, at weekends and on public holidays the hotel is open to the locals who turned up in their droves with their own screaming kids and rambunctious teenagers and took over the pool area. The hotel had to open up an ‘overflow’ area behind the pools to cope with the extra people. Furthermore, on Sundays the hotel does a Sunday lunchtime buffet, which is open to the general public and lots of locals turn up for this – taking over the reception area! I would advise anyone staying in the hotel to go on a trip on the Sunday if possible. Other complaints were that the bar closed at 11 pm, which was the time we were coming back from our evening in Mellieha to have a night cap – the reason seemed to be that the ‘all-inclusive’ guests couldn’t get a free drink after 11 pm, so they all went to their rooms at that time and I guess the bar didn’t make enough money from the paying guests. The breakfast was mediocre and stopped being served at 10 am, so there was no chance of a lie in! We came down at 9.30 am most mornings, and by that time the coffee machine had run out of milk, and on some days the juice machine had run out of the flavouring. We had to ask for a ‘do not disturb’ sign, as a hotel employee knocked on our door at 8.40 am (while we were still in bed) and then just walked in to deliver an envelope from the Thomas Cook rep containing a list of excursions! The same morning the cleaner walked in at 9 am while I was in the shower. Although tissues, shower gel and shampoo were supplied at the start of the holiday, they were never replenished and the towels were very thin – although they were replaced every day. In fact, the facilities in the room were pretty limited – there was nothing in the mini bar (although the empty bar made an excellent fridge to store lots of water in – six packs of 0.5l bottles of water are on sale in the hotel shop for LM1.50 (£2.40)) and nothing to make tea and coffee with. Also, it would have been a nice gesture if the hotel had given guests a complimentary bottle of water on the evening they arrived. The tap water is salty and undrinkable, and if you arrive at the hotel after 11 pm you have nowhere to buy drinking water. The toilet was badly designed and we had to lift the handle after flushing it or water would continue to run into it throughout the night. A couple of times the flush mechanism broke completely, but it was repaired fairly quickly. When we booked we had asked for a higher-floor room with a double bed, so we were very disappointed to be given a first-floor room with twin beds. I wouldn’t have minded this, if it hadn’t been for the fact that the first floor rooms round the front of the hotel had very small balconies and didn’t have a table, just 2 plastic chairs. The view from our room was of Armier Bay (so we did have a partial seaview) and the shanty town of ugly concrete buildings around it (which is not mentioned on the hotel website or in any tourist information). The a la carte restaurant wasn’t open during our first week, but it did open on 9th June. I would not expect any of these things from a 4-star hotel.
However, it wasn’t all negative – it was in a quiet location, with a good bus service in the day time. It had nice décor and was clean. The a la carte restaurant (Alang Alang), once open, was very good with fantastic views of Gozo and Comino. It is an outdoor restaurant, above the poolside café and has fantastic views of Gozo and Comino – we watched the sunset and then fireworks over Gozo. We ate there three times and the first two times we were very impressed with the quality of the food, but the third time, I suspect a different chef may have been on duty (it was OK, but not as good as the other two times) – also that third time the evening was spoilt, by them offering us pancakes with strawberries for dessert and then telling us there were no strawberries and offering us coffee, but telling us there was no milk (although there was milk in the hotel bar, a 30 second walk away!). Meal for 2 (inc 1 starter, 2 main courses, 1 dessert, 2 coffees, bottle of wine and bottle of water) was LM22.55 (£35.60). The service here was good. On the whole the staff were professional and friendly. The ‘animation’ staff were the shyest I have come across – which was good in a way, as there was no pressure to join in, but often advertised activities just didn’t happen. We wanted to have a go at learning salsa dancing, but never saw a dance class actually take place! The guests at the hotel were from all over Europe including Eastern Europe, which made for a nice cosmopolitan mix.
From very good to very bad
We just go back yesterday! :o)
The best and the worst first: The Hotelgarden ist really wonderfull and the beach small but quiet, clear water.... (and we all know that we are not on the Carribeans). The matresses are terribly unconfortable and the sheets not big enought for the matresses!
We had to change our room because it was right above the Garageentrance with a huge, noisy airconditioner. That room was worth 4 Stars. Than we moved to a smaller room which was worth max. 3 stars. If you can afford it, take a room on the seaside. The rooms in the back are situated either over the parking, the reception or the airconditioning of the garage. You wouldn't belief how many busses, cars, trucks, taxis arrive and leave all night long. We sleep with open doors.......
The food was ok but nothing special. Most of the staff is very friendly and some of them like to talk - this way you can find out a lot about Malta. :o) The room was clean. Be aware that the hotel is pretty isolated. You have to take the bus (10 Minutes) to Mellieha to get a little bit of action. (Restaurants, Bars, stores...) But the bus runs often and the busstop is not far away. Coming back after 9.00 pm you'll have to take a taxi.
My husband & I stayed at this hotel as we attending a friends wedding.
I must say that all the refurbishments are finished and we really enjoyed our stay.
The welcome in particular from Beverages Mgr -Brian O'Connell (irish) was fantastic. There was nothing that they couldn't arrange including a fab fillet steak & chips one night.
We found the hotel and its environ very relaxing and loved the isolation. Also, we had a fully inclusive holiday and it worked out great.
Will definitely be going back when they will be direct flights again from Cork.
Do not stay here...!!!!
This hotel has great facilities, if you're happy to pay a premium and you're not looking to do anything after 9pm!!
We found the hotel to be well maintained but slightly dated, clean, and with some good facilities, such as the private beach, indoor pool and sauna etc, and a shop on site which was cheap and well stocked.
However, this place is in the middle of nowhere, the food was shocking (both in flavour and price), there were no bars open after 12pm, no mini-bar, no room service, no organised activities in the evening (unless you're a local wedding party, then you can play music all night without any consideration for paying guests!!). The cocktails were poor and very expensive, the reception staff were unable to locate the single hotel iron when we asked to use it, and worst of all the staff were almost all agressive and very unhelpful!!
On one particular night we ate in the top restaurant in the hotel, but the food was terrible. Two of the four of us left our starters as they were inedable, and the rest of the meal wasn't much better. Upon complaining to the manager, we were told to complain to our tour operator (which we didn't have as we'd booked directly with the hotel), no refund or apologies were offered, and the manager involved was very aggressive!! We were given the name of the hotel manager, a Joseph Vella, who didn't seem to exist.
Would we stay in this hotel again? Not in a million years, if it was the only hotel on earth and someone was paying us to stay there!!
You'd be better staying at the hotel next door, where we ate on our last night, as the food was much better and cheaper, and then take a stroll to the beach bar next to this, for cheap beers and groovy tunes!!
Any suggestions? Looking at waterfront/beach front hotels in St. Julians, Raddision Golden bay and Mellieha area (Riveria, Ramla Bay,etc)
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Do you have a budget?
This is where I stayed:
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Haivng issues pulling up link-what was hotel name??
Prefer under $150 USD a night, somewhat flexible, but prefer under that.....Thinking NW or SW Malta....near busline or taxi, but nto in city and on berach or at least, on water...
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