Holidays in Balluta Bay

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The stony streets of Balluta Bay seem to be right on top of the turquoise shallows in this charming enclave of bustling St. Julian’s.

Stroll the promenade of Balluta Bay until the sun goes down and listen to happy conversations carried on the warm air. Arrive just before sunrise to see the northeastern-facing bay light up with rosy colors. This village sits on a clear emerald bay within the fashionable resort district of St Julian’s.

The seaside at Balluta Bay isn’t sandy, except for a few silvery square feet appearing at low tide. Climb down steps from street level into the warm water or sunbathe, Maltese-style, on the pavement or nearby rocks. Scuba dive in these calm waters.

A promenade runs along the coast between the neighboring enclaves of Sliema and St. Julian’s, as well as through Balluta village. Facing the water is the neo-Gothic church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whose architecture is unique in Malta. Its dramatic façade dominates the streetscape here. Watch Sunday processions and listen to bells ringing.

Farther along the road are the sumptuous Balluta Buildings, a row of handsome apartment buildings created in the art nouveau style. The Balluta Square is a triangle framed by lovely places to eat and drink in the shade of oak trees, as “Ballut” is the Maltese name for oak. Famous Maltese personality Antonio Cassar Torreggiani built a lavish villa here, which has become The Villa, a restaurant on the grounds of the luxury hotel Le Méridian. Balluta Bay is a regional dining hub. Enjoy local seafood at one of the quality restaurants here. Try old-style cafés too, such as Balluta Kiosk, for something less flashy.

The shape of Balluta Bay makes it a bit secluded from the buzz of the rest of St. Julian’s. Although it’s part of a resort district, many locals have been living here for decades so it has retained some Old Malta authenticity. While nearby Paceville is more energetic, here in Balluta Bay you can sit and enjoy the view and watch people go about their day in the Maltese sun.

2062 Cheap Hotels Near Balluta Bay

Plaza Regency Hotels
Plaza Regency Hotels
3 out of 5
248 Tower Road, Sliema, Malta
The price is AU$63 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
This family-friendly Sliema hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sliema Promenade and St George's Beach. Sliema Ferry and Upper Barrakka ...
3.6/5 Good! (465 reviews)
"A good stay and good staff. There was no bar facility or any opportunity to meet other guests. Before the visit I was told that the bar would be open. However, this did not affect our holiday greatly. Excellent Covid protection. I would visit again."

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2021

Plaza Regency Hotels
Hilton Malta
Hilton Malta
5 out of 5
Portomaso, St. Julian's
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$196 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
This family-friendly St. Julian's hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Portomaso Marina and Tower Road. Dragonara Casino and Sliema Promenade ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (969 reviews)
"The view was magnificent"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Hilton Malta
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
5 out of 5
Dragonara Road, St. Julian's, Malta
The price is AU$146 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
This family-friendly St. Julian's hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Dragonara Casino and St George's Beach. Sliema Promenade and Tower Road ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (973 reviews)
"Property is beautiful. Room given to us was large. However, the USB charging points were not working. No slippers were given in the room. But the most surprising thing of all was when we tried to connect to wifi, we found out that we had to pay for it! In this age and time, and for the price we had ..."

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2021

The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
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Top Balluta Bay Hotel & Accommodation Deals

St Julian's Bay Hotel
St Julian's Bay Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Censu Tabone Street, St. Julian's, Malta
The price is AU$46 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
St Julian's Bay Hotel
Hilton Malta
Hilton Malta
5 out of 5
Portomaso, St. Julian's
The price is AU$196 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Hilton Malta
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
5 out of 5
Dragonara Road, St. Julian's, Malta
The price is AU$146 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
Plaza Regency Hotels
Plaza Regency Hotels
3 out of 5
248 Tower Road, Sliema, Malta
The price is AU$63 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
Plaza Regency Hotels
Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa
Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
39 Main Street, Balluta Bay, St. Julian's
The price is AU$186 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa
Hyatt Regency Malta
Hyatt Regency Malta
5 out of 5
St Georges Bay, St. Julian's
The price is AU$172 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Hyatt Regency Malta
Hotel Valentina
Hotel Valentina
4 out of 5
Dobbie Street, Paceville, St. Julian's, Malta
The price is AU$132 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Hotel Valentina
HOLM Boutique & SPA
HOLM Boutique & SPA
5 out of 5
Fabri Lane, St. Julian's, St. Julian's
The price is AU$121 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
HOLM Boutique & SPA
115 The Strand Hotel by NEU Collective
115 The Strand Hotel by NEU Collective
3 out of 5
115 The Strand, Gzira, Malta
The price is AU$47 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
115 The Strand Hotel by NEU Collective
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.