An island of many faces, Malta is a prime spot for last minute holidays
In just shy of three and a half hours, you’ll be sunning yourself on the shores of Malta, no prep required.
With a destination as holiday savvy as Malta, all you really have to do is rock up and you’ll still have just as many opportunities to explore your surroundings as you would if you’d been planning for years. Curvy bays, historic skylines and a gloriously Mediterranean climate aren’t just things you’ll stumble upon from time to time. In Malta, they’re a rite of passage.
Mellieha Bay offers up the biggest beach on the island, plus the interactive set of the live action Popeye film. Things go up a notch at St Julians, renowned as an upscale holiday resort, with a sleek marina and a Playmobil-themed park. Plus, it’s within easy distance to Malta’s capital, so anything you can’t get on these ritzy shores, you’ll be able to find there. Rounding out Malta’s top last minute resorts is Sliema with its waterfront promenade and pebbly shores. Its quality shopping scene even features some of your back-home high street favourites.
The best time of year to book your last minute holidays to Malta
To get the best Malta last minute deal, you’ll want to ensure you book your holiday no more than eight weeks before takeoff.
In Malta, high season typically falls within the summer from June to August, so if you want to visit during these sunny months, you’ll be left to book starting in late March and April. However, shoulder seasons in the spring and autumn often boast comfortable temperatures and even better deals, so if you want to find more bang for your buck, you’d be wise to keep your eyes peeled starting in January, February, July and August.
Other last minute holiday destinations
If you’ve got your heart set on a last minute holiday but aren’t sure if Malta fits the bill, we’ve got a few more tricks up our sleeve in the way of recommendations. Have a look at other island destinations like Croatia and Cyprus, or similarly sunny Mediterranean spots like Spain and Greece. But if your sights are fixed on Malta, below are our top picks for last minute hotels in this Mediterranean hotspot.
This stylish, 5* hotel pulls out all the stops with an incredible six restaurants and three pools, a beach bar and a spa, not to mention a fitness centre. You’re right on the waterfront here, not that you’d ever want to leave the cool beige confines of your sleek bedroom. There’s also a watersports centre available to get you out on the waves, while little ones can stay occupied with a hotel-run kids’ club.
Tucked alongside Sliema’s promenade, the Plaza Regency Hotel puts you right in the thick of the action, with restaurants, a public garden, a pebbly beach and a bus stop that connects to Malta’s capital on your doorstep. On offer here are a rooftop pool and an indoor one, plus a penthouse restaurant and cafe, a lounge and a bar. What’s more, the Plaza Regency is attached to the next door Plaza Hotel, so you get two sets of accommodations for the price of one.