A gorgeous place to relax and unwind, Le Méridien is perched on a promenade overlooking the water in the resort town of St Julians, close to Sliema and Valletta
but also with the airport only a 25-minute drive away. From your stylish Balluta Bay-side base, it’s easy to explore the coast, dine on top-notch seafood at fantastic water-side restaurants, and walk in the footsteps of the legendary Knights of St John at some of Malta’s best historical sites.
Casting you back in time with its imposing Balinese columns, MyoKa spa (meaning “mysterious flower” in Japanese) feels like a classical bathhouse but with a modern, Eastern twist. Miniature trees and plantings, soft, relaxing music, and a spa concierge to help plan all your treatments means the scene is perfectly set when you arrive. Facilities include an indoor pool, hot tub, cold pool, sauna and steam room, and the menu fuses Mediterranean, Oriental and Nordic healing know-how.
Furnished with soft woods and bright Mediterranean colours, the 276 rooms and suites at Le Méridien offer the best in contemporary style. Married with the latest technology – high-speed wi-fi, large flatscreen TVs and movie channels – they offer a chic home from home, many with views over Balluta Bay. Comfy signature Méridien beds, private balconies and plenty of space in which to unwind are all reasons to plan a stay here.
Surrounded by coast, you’re spoilt for seaside fun on Malta. Swimming, diving and snorkelling are all close at hand on this stunning northeast stretch of the island. But you may want to check out Malta’s remarkable layers of history. Start with a “karrozzin” ride through the historic centre of Valletta. The horse-drawn carriages are a great way to kick off a day touring sights like Castille Square, St John’s Co-Cathedral and the National Museum, with its array of archaeological finds. There’s plenty to see in St Julian’s too, from beautiful neo-gothic churches to the art nouveau architecture of the Balluta Buildings.
A top dining spot in town, Scirocco restaurant is headed by executive head chef Reuben Grixti, and boasts themed buffet nights with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, creativity and healthy eating. The chic, contemporary setting is interspersed with live cooking stations where chefs get to work. Within the hotel is partner restaurant Villa, offering fine alfresco and indoor dining and a polished Mediterranean menu. The backdrop of the bay and local artworks could perhaps only be matched by the sublime views from the hotel’s rooftop bar La Bajja, offering food and cocktails with a cooling sea breeze.
39 Main StreetBalluta BaySt JuliansMaltaSTJ 15