Westin Dragonara Hotel, Malta
What’s so great about this pool?
Malta is a small rocky island with masses of sunshine but hardly any beaches. So if you want to catch a few rays of sunshine, the pool is the best place to do it. The Dragonara has three wonderful pools – two outdoors and one indoors. There’s a large outdoor pool, which is a great place for the whole family to splash around. And there is a quieter, calmer pool – on a promontory overlooking the ocean, where you can sits, swim or have a few drinks and a light meal. And, in the unlikely event of bad weather or in the cold winter months, there’s an indoor pool. It’s an wonderful place for a poolside holiday.
- The Bay View Pool has a freshwater outdoor pool, two Jacuzzis and a children’s paddling pool.
- The Bay View Pool is right in front of the hotel, with all its facilities. So you can leave the children to run around to their hearts’ content.
- The more secluded Reef Club Pool is for adults. It is unheated, but in summer this really doesn’t matter. It’s also a saltwater pool, so it has no chemicals in the water.
- The Reef Club pool is more than 20 metres long – so it’s great for brisk exercise. And, if you’re feeling less active, it’s also a great place for a gentle dip.,
- There are plenty of loungers and umbrellas, and there is a small bar, where you can get drinks and light bites. It’s a perfect place to sit and relax.
- The indoor pool is part of the health club.
- The indoor pool is 11 metres long and 5.5 metres wide- so it’s ideal for doing laps. Temperature is kept between 27 and 29 degrees Centigrade.
- Opening hours are from 5.30am to 10.00pm. Children under 16 can use the pool up to 7.00pm, but only if accompanied by an adult aged 18 or older.
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The pool’s fab – so what about the rest of the hotel?
The Westin Dragonara is a stunning hotel with great views of the sea, based in St Julian – just a few miles from Malta’s capital, Valletta. It has 340 rooms and suites, almost all of which have a sea view. It has spacious lounges and bars, where you just sit or enjoy refreshments.
The Dragonara has five restaurants and two bars. The Quadro restaurant specialises in fine dining, sea food and Maltese specialities. There is a tapas bar, an Italian restaurant and then there’s the terrace restaurant which has a first rate buffet. There’s a piano bar and another bar, which is more secluded.
The hotel has two private beaches, but you should be warned – there is very little sand in Malta so don’t bother to bring a bucket and spade. On the other hand, it has wonderful clear sea, so you might want to bring a mask and snorkel. Oh, and the hotel has all the usual spas and treatment rooms you’d expect in a top class hotel.
What else is there to do round there?
Malta is a very small but incredibly historic island. Because it is only about 16 miles long, you can visit all the old cities. And there are wonderful bus services, where you can rub shoulders with the locals – almost all of whom speak good English.
Valletta, the capital, is a fortified city which was build to defend the island from the Ottoman Turks. It has incredible fortifications, a superb Baroque Cathedral and fine museums and art galleries. Mdina is the ancient capital, known as the silent city, because cars are not allowed. And there is the neighbouring island of Gozo. The streets are picturesque, full of ancient churches and small shops. It’s lively, bustling and friendly. And there are lots of hill towns which have their own markets and festivals. And in summer you are virtually guaranteed great weather.