Your 4-star hotel: SEASHELLS RESORT AT SUNCREST
The popular 4-star hotel SEAHSELLS RESORT AT SUNCREST is in the heart of St. Paul‘s Bay in the beautiful village of Qawra and offers a splendid view of the Mediterranean. Restaurants, bars and shopping facilities are in the immediate vicinity. The Maltese capital, Valletta, is an approx. 30-minute drive from the hotel. There is a bus stop right outside the resort.
The rooms and restaurant at this popular holiday resort feature a contemporary and stylish ambience with comfortable furnishings. The breakfast and dinner buffets in the Coral Cove restaurant are served in a relaxed atmosphere. Be inspired by the chefs at the ”Show Cooking” event and enjoy the magnificent view from the restaurant terrace. In the ”Carisma Spa”, you can avail of a Turkish hamam where you can relax with a traditional massage (against payment). The resort also includes a large outdoor pool with a hydromassage area (weather-dependent). Indoor pool and gym 50 metres from the hotel.
Each of the tastefully appointed standard rooms avails of a bathroom/WC, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, WiFi (free), safe and fridge. And all rooms also have a balcony.
Excursion to Golden Bay + the UNESCO site of Skorba!
One of our 1st stops will take us in the hearth of the Village of Mellieha to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieha. Stunning views can be enjoyed overlooking Mellieha beach up to the sister Island of Malta, Gozo. We then drive to the outskirts of this village to view the outstanding baroque 18th century Selmun Palace. Extensive views of St Paul`s Bay can be enjoyed.
Driving along the landscape we reach Golden sands beach. We proceed towards Skorba- also listed as UNESCO World Heritage site. The information gathered during excavations shed light into the earliest periods of Malta`s Neolitich culture. Our itinerary will take us to Anchor Bay for a photo stop of the picturesque film set of Popeye the Sailor man featuring Robbin Williams as Popeye.
Discover Malta on our wonderful excursions offered in the exclusive ”Gourmet & Culture” package
All-day ”Country & People” excursion
On this excursion one will get to know closer the culture, craft and history of the people and country. We discover the San Anton Palace and its Gardens with its graceful walkways, ornamental ponds and semi-exotic plants. Right in the middle of this botanic garden one finds the 17th century palace former used as summer residence of the Grand Master, now serving as the main residence of the Head of State.
We will visit Ta` Qali crafts village, part of an airfield in the 2nd world war. Driving south-east we will reach the village of Marsaxlokk, home of the local fishermen. With its colorful boats this place is ideal for our break. Our tour will continue through tiny villages en route to the Blue Grotto, famous for the natural caves and its shimmery blue waters. We shall stop at the small hamlet of Wied iz- Zurrieq where one has the opportunity to take a boat ride, weather permitting (at an extra charge).
Half-day “Mysterious Malta” excursion
Our tour will take us to the heart of Malta – to the town Mosta, mostly known for its Rotunda. This is the Parish church, dedicated to the Assumption of our Lady, known for its dome which is one of the largest in Europe. On the way to Dingli we stop in one of the few woodland areas in Malta, known as Buskett. It is located in a fertile valley where on the hilltop lies the majestic Palace of Verdala built in 1582.
We will reach the Dingli Cliffs, the highest point of Malta. The area provides not only spectacular views over the sea but also over the tiny, uninhabited isle of Filfla. Here we can speculate about the mysterious, prehistoric tracks rutted through the stony plateu. Did chariots once drive here? Or are the remains of an ancient irrigation system? The jury is still out among archeologist alike.
Special services included for you
- Your flights to and from Malta with the reputable airline AIR MALTA (or similar),
incl. hotel transfers, airport and security fees
- 7 nights’ accommodation in the 4-star hotel SEASHELLS RESORT AT SUNCREST (nat. category)
in a standard double room
– Free use of the hotel‘s facilities:
attractive outdoor pool and fabulous spa with sauna as well as a heated indoor pool and fully-equipped gym in the adjacent building
– 7x generous breakfast buffet
– Support by our friendly, English-speaking guides
- Fabulous excursion to Golden Bay and the
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site of Skorba!
- 24-hour emergency medical service
On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:
Exclusive ”Gourmet & Culture” package
The package includes 7x generous, international evening buffet including beverages, the all-day ”Country & People” excursion and the half-day ”Mysterious Malta” excursion. You can have all of this for a mere £179 per person.
Extend your holiday by a week in your 4-star hotel ”SEASHELLS RESORT AT SUNCREST“ from only £179 per person including half-board.
|£179:||03.12. – 10.12.2017
24.01. – 31.01.2018
|£249:||15.11. – 29.11.2017
04.02. – 25.03.2018
Single room surcharge:
£190 per person and week (subject to availability).
Temperatures Malta – Valetta
The Mediterranean island state of Malta comprises the main island of Malta, the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino, and the uninhabited isles of Cominotto, Filfla and St. Pauls. Spanning a total area of 316 square kilometres, the main island of Malta accounts for 247 square kilometres. The group of islands is 93 km south of Sicily and 290 km north of the North African coast.
System of government:
Republic (member of the Commonwealth) since 1974. Constitution of 1974, last amended 1987. Independent since 1964 (former British crown colony). Malta is a member of the EU.
97% of the population is Catholic.
The official languages are Maltese and English. Italian is widely spoken.
Malta is famous for its blue skies and steady sunshine. Even during the winter months of November and December, the sun shines for an average of 6 hours a day and even 12 hours a day during the summer months of June to August. It can also get very hot in spring and autumn when the Sirocco winds bring hot dry air from Africa to Malta. Winter temperatures seldom fall below 10 degrees Celsius. Occasional rain falls in autumn and winter but is usually only brief.
The Maltese power network is supplied with 220/240V alternating current. Frequency is 50 Hertz. As in the UK, power outlets have three rectangular openings arranged in a triangle.
CET. Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October: CET+1 (summer time).
Making telephone calls:
The country code for Malta is 00356. Malta, Gozo and Comino do not have area codes. To call the UK from Malta, please dial 0044 and the area code without the zero.
The country and its people:
The landscape of the three inhabited islands is characterised by hills and terraced fields. Malta does not have any mountains or rivers. Harbours, inlets, pretty sandy beaches and rocky bays can be found along the coast. Gozo is accessible from Malta by ferry and offers sumptuous vegetation, gently rolling hills and rugged cliffs. Comino is the smallest island and can be reached by ferry from both Malta and Gozo.
Entry requirements for British citizens:
British nationals do not need a visa to visit Malta. For stays of up to three months, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. Malta is a contracting party to the European Agreement on the regulation of passenger traffic between member states of the Council of Europe dated 13.12.1957.
However, passport and visa requirements change from time to time and are also dependant on the purpose of your visit and your nationality. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied.
The Euro has been the official Maltese currency since 1 January 2008. Exchange rate (as of May 2017): 1 EURO = 0.84 GBP; 1 GBP = 1.19 EURO
BANK HOURS OF BUSINESS
Mon. – Fri., 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sat., 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Some banks have longer opening hours.
Most hotels and restaurants and many shops accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club. Details are available from the respective credit card companies.
EC / MAESTRO card
Using your EC card and PIN, cash can be withdrawn in local currency at ATMs throughout Europe. Cards with the Cirrus or Maestro symbol are also usually accepted as means of payment.
On entering or travelling through Malta, cash (in any currency) or easily convertible valuables (bonds, travellers‘ cheques etc.) to the value or equivalent of 10,000 EURO or more must be declared. Personal luggage may contain duty-free gifts to the value of 190 EURO. These include goods purchased in the duty-free shop in the arrivals hall. (NB: The value of larger gifts can not be distributed among a group, e.g. various family members.) Items whose value exceeds 190 EURO are subject to a percentage rate of duty. These restrictions no longer apply to goods brought from member states of the European Union to Malta. Items requiring special permits (e.g. arms) will be held for safekeeping by the customs authorities until such permits are issued. If you require more detailed customs information on importing goods, please contact the embassy of your destination country directly. Only there will you receive legally binding information. The customs regulations for the UK are available online on the British customs Web site: www.fco.gov.uk.
Special criminal regulations:
The possession of even the smallest quantities of drugs is a criminal offence. Importing drugs is generally regarded as ”dealing“ and as such punishable by minimum imprisonment of 6 months. Considerable prison sentences are awarded for proven drug dealing on Malta; the standard term of imprisonment is currently 15 years.
Standard vaccinations for children and adults should be reviewed and supplemented before travelling. The Foreign Office also recommends vaccination against Hepatitis A and B in cases of particular exposure (e.g. current outbreaks, basic travel conditions, poor hygiene, military operations, poor medical care, special professional/social contacts). Please consult your doctor for advice.
Persons who are sensitive to the sun should wear longsleeved clothing and protective sun cream offering a high sun protection factor as the sun intensity and ozone pollution are significantly stronger than in the UK. In summer and early autumn, hot and humid weather can exert great pressure on your heart and circulatory system; in autumn and winter, the respiratory system in particular can be affected by the damp and cool weather.
Rheumatic complaints also arise during longer stays in Malta on account of the prevailing conditions. Tap water is a mixture of groundwater and desalinated seawater and should only be drunk after boiling. No guarantee can be assumed for the integrity and completeness of medical information or any liability accepted for any damages which may occur. You remain solely responsible for your own health. If you’re visiting Malta, you should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state-provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Maltese nationals. If you do not have your EHIC with you or you have lost it, you can call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999) to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate (www.gov.uk).
Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
Customers must ensure that their physical and psychological condition is compliant with the respective trip. Customers are obliged to enquire about the physical mobility and psychological autonomy associated with this trip.
All information is subject to change/Last updated: May 2017
“The trip was a special cultural experience at very reasonable rates for which we are very grateful. We wish your company continued success.”
I. H. travelled 07.11.2015²
“Organisation and support were very good. Hotel and food were more than satisfactory. We very much enjoyed our trip.”
U. A. travelled 13.11.2015²
“Absolutely loved this holiday – great destination and great hotel.”
Sally D. from S. travelled 30 January 2017²
“Fabulous relaxing time.”
Elaine B. from E.P. travelled 30 January 2017²
“Excellent – we really enjoyed our holiday. Weather, hotel and location were all lovely. We would like to go back to Malta as we enjoyed it so much.”
Patricia H. from N. travelled 30 January 2017²
²RSD Travel Ltd. and RSD Reise Service Deutschland GmbH belong to a European group of tour operators that organises tours for customers from a number of European countries. The survey focused on tourists who travelled with RSD in 2014/2015. These comments were made by customers who have travelled with our group of companies.