We have been in the habit of taking escorted tours, mostly in the spring and early summer. But we wanted to escape the Pennsylvania winter so I went searching for a location that was warmer, comfortable for seniors, and economical. We had visited Malta briefly a few years ago and liked it very much. Knowing that Malta is primarily a summer holiday site, we assumed that pricing would be good in the winter -- and it was. We found the Seabank All-inclusive Resort and it looked really good for the price being asked. So we went there from 30 January - 26 February 2014.
The hotel has a capacity for about 1,000 but there were only about 200 in residence while we were there. Most were either British or German seniors and most were staying for a month or longer. The rooms were very comfortable, the staff was friendly and efficient, the food and beverage service was not spectacular but certainly adequate, and the entertainment was better than I expected for the off season. Of the 200 in residence the four of us traveling together were the only North Americans there.
Transportation around the island was easy and economical. A one-day bus pass could be purchased on the bus for 1.5 Euro per person. That bought as many bus rides as you could get in from the time of purchase until 23:00. If you wanted a bus after that you had to buy another ticket. The bus stops, both northbound to the Gozo Ferry or southbound to the rest of Malta, were within 100 meters of the front door of the hotel. Most of the buses ran on a 30 minute schedule. If there was not a bus going directly to where you wanted to go, you could change buses in either Bugibba or Valletta and get anywhere else you might be searching for.
Weekends, and especially Valentine's Day weekend, was a whole new game. Friday and Saturday nights the population at the hotel neared capacity (1,000). The extras were Maltese families whose home was probably no more than 50 kilometers from the hotel. But they wanted an outing and the Seabank Hotel rolled out the red carpet. The four of us chose the weekends to do our touring to other parts of the island and mostly just slept at the hotel. Even with the capacity crowd, including hundreds of young children, the hotel was still very quiet and, with patience, all facilities were accessible. But breakfast on Monday morning was delightfully quiet and calm, with there being once again 200 senior citizens.
If you're looking for night life and beach activities, go in the summertime. But for a relaxing time with mild temperatures, good facilities, reasonable prices, and access to all of the Maltese historical sites, I can recommend the Seabank, or other Maltese all-inclusives, in the wintertime.
Malta All-inclusive Resort in Offseason
Four week stay in January and February 2014. Made all arrangements directly with the hotel via Internet. The staff, many of whom were young, Eastern Europeans, were very friendly, helpful, and skilled in what they were assigned to do. The food, drink, and service were very good and there was no limit. The entertainment was nice, but is, I am sure, somewhat better in season. The clients at the hotel were almost all British or German, and almost all retired individuals on extended winter holidays. The four of us traveling together were the only North Americans among the 200 or so in residence. On the weekends, and especially on Valentine's weekend, the population expanded to full capacity 1,000. The "extras" were Maltese families having an outing. It was fun to observe but we were glad when we went to Monday breakfast and did not have to search for a seat or stand on line at the buffets. The location of the hotel is in Mellieha near the northwestern tip of the island. It was about a 45 minute bus ride to Valletta and the other urban areas. But bus rides were relative cheap and comfortable. A full day ticket was 1.5 Euro. We took only one escorted tour while there -- a nine-hour tour of the island of Gozo. The four of us had exclusive use of a minibus, driver, and tour guide for 340 Euro. the best sand beach in Malta is just across a major highway from the hotel, but there is a stop light controlled crossing. Not much commercial activity nearby except for hotels, but remember what I said about the buses. A great, relaxing, unstructured holiday.
Unique Quality: The hotel has seven restaurants, two bars, a spa, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool, an entertainment "dome", a retail store, and even a special program and area for kids. Guided tours of the islands can be booked at desks in the lobby. It is very busy and crowded in the summer and fall, but relatively sparsely occupied in the winter.
Directions: Near the northwestern tip of the island of Malta, near the terminal for the Gozo Ferry.
Great views, good food, great evening music!
Good clean rooms with all the things you wish as a spoiled Dutchman. Not particularly cosy, but since I sleep most of the time in a room it is not the most important thing for me. If you've seen me on pictures you can see I like good food and for that I was in the wright place here.
Further you can use an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, Bowling, Wellness facilities etc. Great evening entertainement by local Maltese artists.
So a perfect place for our holiday and 12,5 anniversary.
Directions: At Mellieha Bay
I read a lot of bad reports about this hotel some people said it was not up to 4stars.
I have always wanted to stay at the Hotel Seabank so when the price was right I booked to stay there.
This hotel as a lot of facilitys 2 bars three restaurants a gym indoor pool health sauna and massage treatment a bowling alley internet cafe these are on site there are more at the Tunny Net complexe open in summer only.
I think this Hotel is of a 4star quality.
The reception area is roman? in style with columbs and arches plus a bar with music most nights.
The restaurants is light and spacious with a lot of variety of different dishes. The food quality was good and I was not disapionted.
The bedrooms are furnished to a good standard with and hair dryer in the bathroom which had plenty of room.
the bedroom there was plenty of wardrobe space with two drawes in the dressing table plus a tv and fridge.
The safe and tea and coffee tray we had to pay for but remember when a tour company as finished knocking the hotel prices down the have to re-coupe the money from somewere.This also reflects on the food not only at this hotel but others also, not to say the food is bad but you will not be given bigg steaks ore large pork chops etc.
As for entertainment there was a group on most nights and varios things duering the day.
In all a was impressed by the service and friendlyness of the staff a very enjoyable stay.
Unique Quality: Leisure and hotel facilities. The food in the restaurant. This hotel catters for all ages.
Friendly staff. Riu management
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Address: Marfa Rd, Mellieha, Island of Malta, SPB 10, Malta
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Amenities at Seabank
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Fitness Center
- Free Parking
- Kids Activities
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle Service
- Bar / Lounge
- Free High Speed Internet
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