From beachside resorts with sleek infinity pools to historic houses converted into boutique hotels, Malta has hotels for all tastes.
Located in a sun-soaked spot in the glistening Mediterranean, Malta enjoys the warmest weather, on average, across the whole of Europe. That makes it the perfect place for a luxury holiday any time of year. Having been ruled by Romans, Moors, the French and the British, Malta’s cities are brimming with fascinating cultural treasures – from ancient temples to characterful Renaissance buildings in Valletta. And that’s not to mention its stunning white-sand beaches. Malta combines the very best of ancient Europe with the paradise island scenery of further-flung destinations, making it a romantic option for couples to visit.
With almost one bed for visitors for every ten Maltese resident, there’s no shortage of incredible Malta hotels to choose from. Whether you’re looking to put your feet up next to the pool, relax among authentic antiques in a historic palazzo or hang out in a lustrous, modern boutique, Malta undoubtedly has it. And there’s something to suit every budget – from a modest three-star on the banks of the bay to a splash-the-cash boutique with a Michelin starred restaurant overlooking the Grand Harbour.
To help you find the perfect Malta hotel for your holiday, we’ve hand-picked some of the best hotels in Malta for couples in 2022.
The Best Hotels in Malta for Couples
The best hotel in Malta for: a blend of modern and historic
First up on our list of the best hotels in Malta for couples is the Cugo Gran Marcina Harbour Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in the traditional Maltese residential area of Senglea. Built into and around fortifications dating back to when the Knights ruled Malta, the Macina combines clean-cut minimalism with historic features – think creamy 17th/18th-century Maltese limestone contrasting with ebony black slate.
The juxtaposing limestone and slate theme continues throughout the 21 rooms and suites, with cream or white walls and black slate bathrooms. This is softened further by light-wood floors and designer furniture. The windows are tall and narrow, many opening onto mini balconies. The facilities are second to none, with a modern pool and deck overlooking Valletta’s iconic harbour. An elegant bar and restaurant, with an award-winning kitchen team, serve up sophisticated takes on traditional Maltese cuisine.
The best hotel in Malta for: flashy fun
Located in the stylish but traditional upmarket residential area of Sliema, The Palace is a contemporary five-star hotel offering luxurious rooms, a rooftop spa and five lavish restaurants. What more could you want from one of the best hotels in Malta for couples?
Despite the 154 rooms, this Malta hotel has a designer boutique feel about it. The foyer is scattered with semicircular cream armchairs lit by two gigantic handmade Italian chandeliers with teardrops of purple and amber glass. Polished Marble walls feature the occasional black and white photo montage and designer decor provide a luxury feel. Rooms are well-sized, decorated in natural browns and beiges, with tiled floors and a strip of carpet. A few of the suites are themed – the Music Suite has a working drum kit built into the desk and the Flavours Room is decorated in the style of a 1950s American diner.
The best hotel in Malta for: history buffs
An award-winning boutique hotel in Malta, The Xara Palace Hotel is housed in a unique 17th-century palazzo in the old capital of Malta, Mdina. Once home to the noble Moscati Parisio family, the palace has been lovingly restored to host 17 luxurious rooms and suites equipped with antique furniture historic objects. If you’re looking for the best hotel in Malta for couples that provides a little peace and quiet, The Xara Palace sits on a hilltop and is surrounded by medieval bastions, with hardly any cars roaming the streets below.
The design and decor of this Malta hotel make it unique to the others on this list. Furnished to reflect its past as an aristocratic palazzo, The Xara Palace has original art hanging on the walls and a stone courtyard that now serves as the lounge and bar. All individually furnished, the hotel’s 17 rooms and suites feature high ceilings and views onto the Medieval streets below.
The best hotel in Malta for: 16th-century luxury
Situated right in the heart of Valletta, Casa Rocca Piccola gives off dreamy, romantic vibes, making it one of the best hotels in Malta for couples. A 16th-century palazzo dating back to the early days of ‘The Knights’ City’, today this Malta hotel is divided into the family’s private quarters, the public area and the guestrooms. On arrival, guests enter through the original front door across traditional painted-tile floors and below frescoed ceilings.
The guest area is furnished with antique furniture, framed mirrors and authentic local artwork. The terracotta breakfast room opens up onto a trimmed courtyard garden with two orange trees, early 20th-century statues and the family’s chatty parrot, Kiku. Each room is spacious and colourful but has its own individual character. Large gilded double beds come with a pre-arrival choice of mattress type – hard, medium or soft.
The best hotel in Malta for: creativity
This remarkably arty boutique hotel in Malta is brimming with paintings and intriguing objects. Blending traditional and fun in perfect amounts, this Malta hotel is located in the up-and-coming Bormla/Cospicua, on the banks of the famous Grand Harbour. Decor is unsurprisingly Art Deco-based, reflecting the fact that the house dates back to the 1920s (apart from the limestone basement which is hundreds of years old).
Rooms continue the artsy vibe, being numbered with a Pantone shade and each bed installation being made from reclaimed materials, images and lights. Bathrooms are bright, fresh and modern and, again, don’t skimp on the art theme: the glass shower screens are each painted with a figure or a great photo opportunity.
The best hotel in Malta for: contemporary class
This Malta hotel has a prime location and undeniably good taste. Close to the Upper Barracca Gardens, with panoramic views over the Grand Harbour, SU29 is just a stone’s throw from the bastion walls, while a five minute uphill walk will get you to Valletta’s main street with museums, churches and the buildings of the Knights of Malta.
However, the owners have made the conscious decision to park the history at the front door, having the hotel offer ‘a rest’ from the past. So, inside, this hotel in Malta successfully encompasses the contemporary. The reception floor is black and white marble with a limestone ceiling and yellow walls. Walls are adorned with a changing display of artwork and the furniture is designed by French designer Philippe Starck (of the Dubai Tower). Each of the six large double bedrooms are individually designed. Room 601 is a contemporary suite with its own terrace and a Grand Harbour view, while Room 401 comes in modern black and white with a glass-walled bathroom and a frosted Valletta skyline.
The best hotel in Malta for: fresh flare
This is the best hotel in Malta for couples who just can’t decide what they want. Standing just outside City Gate, the Phoenicia Hotel features a seemingly never-ending garden and an outdoor pool, while still being within a 10-minute walk from most of Valletta’s main sights and restaurants.
Step through the hote’s glorious 1930s white-and-glass doors and into the main restaurant. Continue through the plushy decorated restaurant to stand on the expansive terrace that overlooks the gardens and the bastion walls of Valletta. The style manages to remain loyal to its early 20th-century origins while still feeling fresh. The interior is dotted with green plants and the terrace is bordered by flowers and kumquat trees. A summery feel also pervades the interior fabrics which are off-set by cream and wood-effect furniture.
Located in the heart of Valletta, on the Grand Harbour side, this Malta hotel is just a short walk from St John’s Co-Cathedral and pretty much next to the Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck. Giving off a very natural, characterful atmosphere, 66 St Paul’s offers a tasteful modern twist on the traditional. The internal limestone courtyard has been preserved but has been upgraded with a retractable roof. Maltese limestone has then be incorporated into the newer parts of the hotel too, helping the new and the old flow together seamlessly.
This blend continues inside this Malta hotel, with natural fabrics, lightwood floors and calm colours. Each of the 18 rooms feature ultra-comfy beds, warm-lit bathrooms and powerful rain showers. Three of the rooms have harbour views; two have their own private terraces; and one has a traditional gallarija (a closed, painted Maltese balcony). The penthouse suite has a fabulous panoramic view of the Grand Harbour – and unlimited whisky on the house.
The best hotel in Malta for: panorama views
Iniala’s panorama is unmatched by any other hotel on this list – in fact, any other hotel in Valletta. Facing the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities that stretch beyond it, this is the best hotel in Malta for couples who live for the scenery. All of the capital’s ttractions are just moments away, from the marvelous grandeur of St John’s Co-Cathedral to the imposing national Library and the hodgepodge of trendy bars and restaurants.
The hotel itself is composed of four honey-stoned townhouses, dating back to the 1600s. The classically beautiful exterior of Iniala’s Harbour Houses contradicts the modern, style-conscious interior. Nearly all of the furniture has been custom-made and distinctive modern artwork decorates every corridor. This Malta hotel’s protected status means that few structural changes have been made to the original buildings. As a result, each of the hotel’s 23 rooms and suites differ so greatly that guests can select from 16 different room categories. Some common features, though, include massive bathrooms with standalone baths and leather-coated hangers.
The Kempinski Hotel is tucked into the side of a valley, between the traditional Gozitan village of San Lawrenz and the Ta’ Dbeigi craft village. Crafted from local stone, this Malta hotel comfortably fits into the Gozitan lanscape. Step into the hotel to find this traditional style continue in the terracotta floors, limestone sculptures and impressionist-style prints.
Rooms are extremely spacious and uncluttered. They feature tiled floors made cosier using a variety of rugs. Wooden furniture provides optimum storage and large double beds offer a good night’s sleep. All rooms have balconies that overlook the surrounding countryside or the pools and garden. Palm-shaded gardens hang over three well-proportioned outdoor pools, while the spa offers an extensive list of standard and Ayurvedic treatments.