Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRadisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands Mellieha
I guess we were a few days or weeks early. Not that many customers, more were arriving for Easter weekend, but the two hot tubs were the most lukewarm water ever. Seems as if company too cheap to crank up the heat. We had a kitchenette that was not the best, no salt & pepper in the shakers, frying pan too big to fit on induction eye, microwave barely heated. We overlooked a campground and they would not change our room without an upgrade fee, even though the occupancy rate was low. Radisson had a chance to build good will and blew it. Sure once summer season begins, the service will pickup, but we would go elsewhere. Have to sat the views from the frontare beautiful of the bay and cliffs.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands Mellieha
Wonderful Timeshare Location - Malta is Beautiful
Radisson SAS at Golden Bay is a 5 star resort. The quality of the resort is top notch. The pools are beautiful. I went to the Radisson for my honeymoon and couldn't have asked for a nicer resort. There were 2 issues I had with the resort:
1) The service in the restaurants was lacking. I'm not sure if this is a European thing.
2) The hotel was a $30 USD cab ride from everything, therefore everywhere you went it would cost $60 USD.
I would definitely return to the Radisson SAS at Golden Bay.
My husband and I have just returned from a one week stay in this beautiful hotel. I was absolutely thrilled to have picked such a lovely hotel for my first visit to Malta. Not the cheapest of holidays but everything you would expect for a 5 star rating.
The room was magnificent, first class decor and every facilty you would require was there in the room. They thought of everything.
We had booked on a B&B basis. Buffet style breakfast which included everything from cereals, fruit, criossants/toast to eggs, bacon, sausages. We were escorted to our table, which was in a superb environment. Evening meals were ok if you liked the choices on offer in the buffet style but there was a choice of three resturants, one being an pizza/pasta which we used the most. The service was quite slow as it was popular and got very busy. To eat out of the hotel was difficult if you didnt have transport.
The beach was very nice with lots of activities to try, for example parakiting, jet ski and boat trips on offer. Safe bathing. Swimming pools, inside pool and out were first class.
Friendly staff and very helpful at all times.
We shall definiltey go again and would recommend this hotel/holiday. There was nothing to dislike.
Holiday for luxury and loathing!
We have just returned from a weeks stay at this hotel. We booked a 'late' with First Choice and this included bed and breakfast.
We also didn't find any of the problems experienced by others and also why do us Brits think that when we go on holiday everywhere should be cheaper than the UK! especially if you are staying in a 5 star hotel...how odd!!
There was still a little bit of building work occuring on the last restaurant they are opening and the outside barbecue but nothing that will deter you from doing as little as possible by the glorious pools.
The room we were given didn't have a balcony, but one polite phone call to reception and we were whisked up to the 9th floor to a room with a balcony. Excellent. All of the staff were attentive and couterous. We were called by the holiday share people and they asked us to attend a presentation in return for vouchers off the spa..but we forgot to go (still lounging by the pool) but they didn't bother to contact us again!
The rooms were very spacious, and the bathroom included slippper and robes. There is air-con and a mini bar, TV including pay for movies and a blacony with table and chairs.
The sea was lovely and we liked the private sun beds, the water is clear but at the time we went there was quite a few jelly fish..
We would recommend going to Valleta using the Radisson bus, it's free but you have to book in advance and go early as most places shut for a long siesta. Please use the conceirges as they were very helpful...
The restaurants served great food, and a 5th restaurant is to be opened soon as well as an ice cream parlour. We only ate out of the hotel once and that was across the road Apple eye I think it was called, cheap food, excellent pizza. On food and drink for a week excluding breakfast we spent £300 you can decide for yourself if you think thats cheap or expensive..but suffice to say we had good meals everyday and wine and this is a 5 star hotel so the food was very good.
We had breakfast included and it includes everything you woud need to fill you up for the day!, hot, cold, fruit, breads, cereals, muffins, croissants, meats, cheese, yoghurt, eggs etc etc
We didn't use the spa but it did look lovely.
We would return to this hotel if we were looking to do absolutely nothing but sit by a pool or on the private beach and get great service. Of course you can be more energetic than us, there is horse riding, water sports, car hire nearby and as the week progressed the animation team was getting into full swing so you can do aerobics by the pool every morning or go on walking trips with them!
Whilst we stayed Bob Geldof was doing a press conference! so it's used by celebs too!
This hotel is out of the way, but we thought it was a good thing, much of the existing Malta resorts are concrete jungles and don't have beaches. The Radisson SAS Golden Sands does not have any neighbours for miles...the view are spectacular, and you have access and private sunbeds on one of the best beaches on the island.
We would certainly recommend it if you wanted to get away and pamper yourself.
The hotel was lovely but would not go again
I was supposed to have won a holiday it turned out most other people had also won a holiday .Its not called time share any more it now holiday share. The hotel was lovely but it was isolated the staff where more than helpful and as I was rushed of to hospital with a chest infection on my return the staff where more than helpful in making sure I had all I needed. But we found it was expensive to eat in the at the hotel and also the drinks where expensive, I would not go again that for sure.
We have just returned from a weeks stay at this hotel. We found none of the problems that other reviewers experienced, maybe they had been sorted out by the time we arrived. Yes there is still construction being carried out but nothing that would spoil your holiday. There were at least four different places to have a meal and the service was superb. Like most places there are going to be teething problems but we think the service, decor and food was first class!!!
Nice but Noisy Ventilation
The staff are very friendly and the food is excellent. The location and aspect is also excellent. Major problem with noisy ventilation.
We moved rooms twice. Each time due to noisy ventilation. First time we were on the 9th floor so I suspected fans on the roof. Second time we were on the 5th floor but noise from ventilation shaft was worse. (When I accepted the 2nd room I didn't notice the noise at first, honest!). Speaking as an engineer, they seem to have problems with the fans, shafts and general way air is flowing from rooms. Unfortunately for me noise is a big issue during the middle of the night.
Overall, this is a potentially excellent hotel, but the ventilation shafts need serious redesign.
Still Not Finished!
Apart from the building work which must have at least another few months to go, there are still plenty of problems. It advertises a private beach - we had to pay for the loungers and shade - they haven't 'done the deal' yet, the man said. Avoid weekends unless you want to hear the army of salepeople taking groups and couples round the whole complex trying to sell the timeshare apartments on offer. To 'enhance' the outside atmosphere for the salespeople, there is constant music played throughout the day, it must be the same CD all day long, which you can hear on your balcony (we were 5th floor). We complained several times, but they refused to turn it off. On our first day, it took 1/2 hour to get a glass of wine and a beer in the 'Mocha' bar and a further half an hour to get our food - just some dips and bread! Needless to say the salespeople and their guests were served immediately. Wait a year or so until they have sold the timeshares if I were you.
Don't stay until it's finished !!
We were 'bumped' out of Radisson's other Malta hotel (Bay Point) into what was claimed to be a comparable hotel.
It isn't finished - it looks and sounds like a building site. Drilling started at 7 o' clock in the morning.
Many of the facilities are not yet finished and/or available.
We moved out after 1 night !!
Ok when completed
golden sands will be a lovely hotel when completed.but in my opinion should not have been opened until all the building work was finished no amenities whatsoever no entertainment.no air conditionioning in the one and only dining room so you had to get in and out fast im sure when it is completed it will be worthy of it five star rating id check it out before you go make sure its finished.
Loved our stay at the Radisson Golden Sands
Just retuned from the Radisson Golden Sands. Lots of building still going on, but part we stayed in was wonderful. Staff can't do enough for you - really friendly and helpful. Location is a bit out of the way, but the stunning scenery and beautiful beach more than make up for that. Easy to jump on a bus, or hire a car to go further afield. Only one restaurant open in the hotel during our stay, but the food was varied and really very good. Would love to go back when the whole complex has been completed.
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