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Hi everyone...been looking ahead to 2021. Came across this property. Has anyone ever stayed or familiar with it ? Many thanks.
 

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Not familiar with that hotel, but yes with the location/town because that's where our exchange was in 2008 - which I wouldn't choose again. Instead I would choose Valletta for location, or very close to, unless you want something right on a beach.

Have you been to Malta? I guess it depends on what you plan to do and how you want to get around. We hated driving in Malta, about as much as inner-city Italy - it was so nerve-wracking that for a few days, we left our rental car in the timeshare garage (where it got badly scratched by a hit-and-run), and used the bus instead. Bus service was decent and inexpensive, but slow from Mellieha because everything connected thru Valletta. I suppose some travelers use taxis, we don't ever. Mellieha is fairly close to the Gozo ferry, was one good point.

It's a very interesting country - especially prehistory and goddess culture - and I'm so glad we went. Highlight was the Hypogeum, older than the pyramids, which you have to reserve way in advance, or did in 2008.

One of my favorite travel stories ever happened in Malta - it's long, and I may come back to share it.
 

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Not familiar with that hotel, but yes with the location/town because that's where our exchange was in 2008 - which I wouldn't choose again. Instead I would choose Valletta for location, or very close to, unless you want something right on a beach.

Have you been to Malta? I guess it depends on what you plan to do and how you want to get around. We hated driving in Malta, about as much as inner-city Italy - it was so nerve-wracking that for a few days, we left our rental car in the timeshare garage (where it got badly scratched by a hit-and-run), and used the bus instead. Bus service was decent and inexpensive, but slow from Mellieha because everything connected thru Valletta. I suppose some travelers use taxis, we don't ever. Mellieha is fairly close to the Gozo ferry, was one good point.

It's a very interesting country - especially prehistory and goddess culture - and I'm so glad we went. Highlight was the Hypogeum, older than the pyramids, which you have to reserve way in advance, or did in 2008.

One of my favorite travel stories ever happened in Malta - it's long, and I may come back to share it.
Hi Laurie ! Thx for your input.. no I've never been to Malta but we enjoy history and thought it might be something for next year.. saw Radisson Golden sands too so I'm just researching and getting an idea. We would probably be doing more guided tours in a small group scale to see the sights. ‍
 

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Hi Laurie ! Thx for your input.. no I've never been to Malta but we enjoy history and thought it might be something for next year.. saw Radisson Golden sands too so I'm just researching and getting an idea. We would probably be doing more guided tours in a small group scale to see the sights. ‍
Got it! In that case I would personally choose Golden Sands for its beach, and only if they'd be likely to have all the small-group tours you'd like. But Mellieha may be more convenient for that, and also if you like more restaurants choices within walking distance. I don't recall that the Maltese cuisine was among our favorites - lots of rabbit dishes.
 

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Thx for all the info... not a big rabbit eater...lolol... good to know. It's been in my radar for a long time. Looks interesting and then theres Gozo... so I'll see what I can pull.
 

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Thx for all the info... not a big rabbit eater...lolol... good to know. It's been in my radar for a long time. Looks interesting and then theres Gozo... so I'll see what I can pull.
One more thing occurs to me - our trip was pre-GPS, so part of our driving problem was lack of street signs with names or route #'s when trying to navigate w/ paper map (coupled with reckless aggressive drivers, + driving on the left). Now that we use travel wifi + phone GPS, a rental car would probably be less headache on that count.
 

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One more thing occurs to me - our trip was pre-GPS, so part of our driving problem was lack of street signs with names or route #'s when trying to navigate w/ paper map (coupled with reckless aggressive drivers, + driving on the left). Now that we use travel wifi + phone GPS, a rental car would probably be less headache on that count.
As I get older, I rather leave the driving to someone else. I'm content to look out the window or be a co pilot!!
 
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