The Panorama Hotel which is located on the edge of the Mellieha valley boasts spectacular views of Mellieha Bay and over to Gozo in the distance. The hotel is only a short walk from the town centre of Mellieha.
Mellieha is the most northern town in Malta and is a particularly popular destination throughout the year. During the cooler winter and spring months, the areas around Mellieha are amongst the best in Malta for hiking and country walking whilst during the warmer summer and autumn months swimming is the most popular activity with some of the finest bays found in these northern areas. The main bay of Mellieha which is called 'Ghadira Bay' is the largest in Malta and is also the most recommended for families with young children due to the shallow waters found there. The northern coastlines of Malta are extremely popular for the large number of country side walks which help visitors to explore the rugged and green landscape of Malta.
Boasting a close proximity to Mellieha Bay for the summer swimming season and a short distance from some of Malta's best walking routes for the winter season, this comfortable 3-star family run hotel is perfectly located for it's central position, sweeping sea views and a friendly atmosphere. The hotel is situated 2 minutes outside the village centre and guests of this hotel can enjoy fantastic views of Mellieha Bay and over to Comino and Gozo.
From Mellieha it is relatively easy to explore the Maltese islands as local buses to the main resorts of Valletta, Sliema, St. Julians and St. Pauls Bay pass regularly through the town. Bus fares in Malta are very cheap making the island accessible to every guest. The cross over to Gozo is only 3 km north of Mellieha, a day trip to this sister island is always high on everyone's agenda.
The Panorama Hotel which is housed in a typical Mediterranean building offers guests a relaxing and comfortable holiday on Malta. An outdoor swimming pool which enjoys wonderful views of Mellieha Bay is surrounded by ample sun terrace space with sunloungers and parasols. There is an internet cafe found in the reception level of the hotel and a small games room with billiards and a pool table is a popular addition to the ground floor level.
Built on 5 floors and over looking the majestic bay of Mellieha, the Panorama has a total of 60 air conditioned rooms all with balcony and panoramic seaviews. The rooms at this family run hotel are designed in a light Mediterranean decor with oak furniture and all with twin beds although some rooms can be made up as a double on request.
The hotel restaurant is located on the ground floor and is open daily for breakfast and evening dinner. Breakfast is served on a buffet theme and is available between the hours of 08:00 and 10:00 hrs. Dinners at the hotel which are also served in the main restaurant are based on a Mediterranean theme and on different nights of the week, the hotel offers themed dinners. Guests can sample some typical Maltese dishes one night whilst enjoying Italian cuisine on another night. During the day, snacks and light lunches are served on the outside terrace.
In the town of Mellieha there are lots of varied dining options and some of the best and most popular restaurants are located in this northern town. The main street of Mellieha has a wide selection of restaurants ranging from budget menus to exceptionally fine dining options. For the best pizza or pasta in town, head for the 'Al Ponte' located within the Maritim Antonine hotel. For that special meal or special occassion, 'The Arches' is consistently voted amongst the top 3 restaurants in Malta. Its wine selection has been voted Nr. 1 in Malta for the past 5 years.
Mellieha was once an isolated 15th century hamlet perched on the ridge overlooking Ghadira Bay. Re-inhabited in the early 18th century, it has since developed into a flourishing town though it retains a quaint historic centre with narrow streets and stepped alleys. From the terrace of the Parish Church, there is a panoramic view over Mellieha Bay and the surrounding countryside. Mellieha today is a modern town noted for its large private villas and houses which have been built on land overlooking the bay. While the town has developed into a resort, it has managed to retain some of its rural character.
The northern town of Mellieha is a combination of traditional old buildings and modern shops, hotels, restaurant and comfortable bars. The heart of this old town is dominated by the hugely imposing and beautiful building of the Parish Church of Mellieha. The church is adjacent to the oldest Marian sanctuary of Malta. The area around this old town has many unspoilt hills and valleys popular with the hiking crowd.
Just to the west of the town is another famous village in Malta. This village which is called 'Sweethaven' is the original film set from the popular movie 'Popeye' starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duval. The film was short entirely on location in Malta and the set was kept in its original condition after filming had finished.
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