As the Maldives is becoming a popular choice with families, not just couples, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi stands out as an especially brilliant resort for those with kids for a whole array of reasons. One of them is that it counts under-15s as children (at most resorts it’s un-der-12s), and they not only stay for free with two paying adults when staying in the same room, but they also enjoy the same board basis free of charge.
Why Malta is the perfect destination for every type of traveller
Once seen as a place for retirees, today Malta and its sister islands are stylish, lively, and brilliant for every kind of traveller – from romantic weekenders and multi-generational family holidays to solo travellers. The diminutive size of these islands makes them a great choice for those concerned about sustainability, as there is no need to travel vast distances to enjoy a wide range of experiences.
Less than three and a half hours by plane from London, Malta is perfect for short breaks while giving you the feeling of being somewhere a bit more exotic. For couples, it doesn’t get more romantic than watching the sunset from the picturesque and serene Dingli Cliffs, the highest point in Malta. We also recommend taking a private boat tour of the coasts of Malta, Gozo, and Comino, to explore hidden caves and go snorkelling in the crystal blue sea.
In Malta, remote Ghajn Tuffieha Bay on the north-west coast is a must visit for some alone time. With its reddish-golden sand, it’s a quieter alternative to more popular and often crowded beaches. We also love St Peter’s Pool, a natural rock pool in Delimara for secluded swimming and sunbathing. For history-loving couples, the UNESCO-listed ancient Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni, a mysterious underground burial chamber, shouldn’t be missed, nor should the old capital, Mdina, at night, when lit by candles. And don’t forget to visit the ‘Love Bench’ in Valletta, with views over the Grand Harbour.
Neighbouring Gozo is wonderful for romantic walks along the cliffs or through lovely countryside. Don’t miss Xlendi, a fishing village on a gorgeous bay, which is ideal for an intimate seaside dinner. There are also dive sites here suitable for all levels. Malta also has six Michelin-starred restaurants for those special date nights, while local wineries offer tastings accompanied by vineyard views.
Kids love Malta’s thrilling history involving the Knights of St. John – delve into their history at the Inquisitor’s Palace in Birgu or Fort St Elmo in Valletta. The ancient walled capital is bought to life in the Mdina Experience, while the Ggantija Temples enchant kids by being even older than the pyramids of Egypt.
Explore The Three Cities of Malta (Vittoriosa, Cospicua, and Senglea) as a family, travelling there by traditional djhajsa (water-taxi) from Valletta. In Valletta itself, the St John’s Co-Cathedral captivates older children and adults that’s to its impressive Baroque frescos, intricate marble-inlaid tombstones, and ornate ceilings.
Gozo is just as perfect for outdoor activities, including family hikes and bike rides. Head to Dwejra Bay for boat trips to the Blue Hole and Fungus Rock, then learn about Gozitan life and culture at the Ta’Kola Windmill folklore museum.
For solo travellers…
Adventure tours are popular on Malta and Gozo, including off-road jeep safaris, kayaking, and horse riding, as are adventurous activities such as rock climbing, windsurfing, and scuba diving – these islands are renowned for their marine life and shipwrecks.
The Maltese capital Valletta is packed with well-preserved Baroque architecture and historic sites, including the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Grandmaster’s Palace, while guided tours of ancient sites, including Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, and Tarxien temples, and Hal Saflieni Hypogeum are ideal for history buffs.
On Gozo, don’t miss the capital Victoria (Rabat) with its citadel with panoramic views and its Feast of Santa Marija inviting you to immerse yourself in local culture. There’s also fantastic hiking and climbing, especially at Ramla Bay and Ta’Cenc Cliffs, while Marsalforn has plenty of waterfront restaurants to discover.
For groups of friends…
Like Malta, Gozo oozes history. Its enigmatic, UNESCO-listed Ggantija Temples are one of the world’s oldest free-standing structures, while the Ta’Pinu Basilica in tranquil surroundings is ideal for reflection and togetherness. For something more lively, traditional Gozitan festivals such as the feast of Santa Marija in mid-August often feature music, dance, and fireworks.
Meanwhile, group outdoor adventures include snorkelling, sea kayaking, and paddleboarding. Afterwards, refuel with a seafood lunch by the harbour in the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, known for its colourful boats and Sunday fish market. If you and your friends are Game of Thrones fans, you will be delighted by a tour of the show’s filming locations, and there’s also the National Aquarium and Popeye Village which acted as the film set of the 1980 musical production ‘Popeye’.
Malta and Gozo are also great for dining out. Don’t miss pastizzi (savoury pastries), rabbit stew (fenek), and the wine bars of Valletta which are sociable spots for local vintages. There’s lively nightlife on offer too, especially Paceville (a district in St Julian’s) on Malta or Gozo’s Xlendi with its seafront bars.
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A vibrant, utterly intoxicating metropolis but one also blessed with lots of eco-friendly open spaces, Singapore offers something for every type of traveller. If ever there was a destination with ‘something for everyone’, it’s this island-country and city-state with its vast culture, outdoor activities, fabulous food scene, and superb shopping. Spend a few days, a week, or more here, and you’re sure to agree.