When I went: October 2011
I went to Malta for a holiday with my Mum with Thomas Cook, we wanted somewhere late in the year for cheapness and somewhere hot. We discovered once we got to Malta that it was not hot in October, the week we had picked was cold and rainy.
We stayed in the resort of Mellieha is a fabulous hotel called Ramla Bay Resort on half board. This hotel was a little out the way and sat on its own but is an excellent hotel. The food was really good and gave lots of choices.
We arrived on a really sunny day and heard that the weather had been great, we stayed in the hotel that night to prepare for the week ahead. Our first day we lazed by the pool and wondered around the area, the sun kept coming and going behind clouds which made it impossible to lie out in the sun. The resort of Mellieha was quiet with only a few restaurants so we took a trip to the town Bugibba for the day. The resort was much busier with a harbour and lots of shops to choose from. We spent the whole day here and had lunch overlooking the ocean.
We took an evening trip to see a Medieval dinner show. The show had knights and horses and made a nice change from sitting in the hotel. The entertainment in the hotel was non existent, they had a piano player or singer now and again which was very bland.
Our Thomas Cook rep booked us onto an island cave tour, we took a boat around the island and saw some fantastic ruins and caves. The weather wasn’t great but we tried to make the best of it.
I had always wanted to swim with dolphins and we had heard the water animal park provided this. We decided to take a day trip and visit the park. The park its self wasn’t great and lot of parts were closed due to the season but the swimming with dolphins was great. We wore wet suits and spent 30-45 minutes in the water. We got some great pictures and can now tick swimming with dolphins off the bucket list.
Our final day we went on a boat trip to the island of Gozo. This island is a holiday destination in itself and sits beside Malta. It rained all day on our visit but we tried to stay positive. We saw some incredible views and nice villages with boutique shops. One of the main things to buy in Malta is their glass so I bought some candle holders to take home.
Verdict: I really liked Malta but if I was to return I would stay in a more lively resort and go back in summer or September as the weather was cold and wet Go back? Yes