Spending a day by the pool in Malta is the perfect way to wind down, appreciate the scenery, and enjoy a little cocktail or two! There are some incredible pools in Malta that non-guests are allowed to use for a fee, and I think they are worth every penny. From infinity pools and sun decks to beach clubs and lidos, you’re guaranteed to find somewhere you can lounge around, even if your hotel doesn’t have a swimming pool.
You can easily spend a whole day by the pool in Malta, especially after walking up and down the hilly towns!
You’re going to want at least one day of chilling out and being served food and drink until the sun comes down. There are plenty of places to choose from, and all have very competitive rates and offers.
In this post, I’m going to highlight what you can expect when shopping around for the best places to spend a day by the pool in Malta.
You’ll also find some great recommendations and links to their websites so you can book yourself in as soon as you can! Don’t hang around – you don’t want to miss the best sun lounger spots!
What To Expect When Spending A Day By The Pool In Malta
Below you’ll find all the information you need on the swimming pool day deals on the island. Click the menu to jump down to each point, and once you’re clear on what you’ll be getting, go ahead and read about the best places to go!
For a whole day by the pool in Malta, you are looking at spending anything from as little as €10 to upwards of €50 per person. These prices depend on certain things such as time of year, time of day, and the facilities of the hotel.
Some places won’t offer the option for non-guests to come and visit the pool in the winter months, so their prices are static. Others have a seasonal price list. It is usually cheaper to visit on a weekday, but avoid public holidays as the offers don’t tend to include those days.
If children are allowed into the pool (most tend to be adults only though!) then they usually are charged less for entry.
A fantastic thing about the hotel’s ‘day by the pool’ deals is that often you can buy a half-day ticket. These tickets allow you access from around 2 pm and are much cheaper than the full-day rate.
In summer though, all the way until September, it is still sunny and warm enough to be out swimming and sunbathing well into the later afternoon! You can make the most of the three or four-hour time slot and still stay closer to your budget than you probably originally thought.
If you are spending a day by the pool in Malta, then you’ll need some basic services! For most of the hotel pool days, you’ll be allocated a sunbed/sun lounger, access to the showers, and an umbrella. In some places, you’ll get towels too, but double-check before you visit because you don’t want anything, however minor, to spoil your day here!
Make sure you read the fine print (and the rest of this blog post!) to find out exactly what’s included in your package. You don’t want to get to your pool starving and then have to spend an extra €20 on lunch that you didn’t account for!
A lot of places charge their entry fee but take money off that as a minimum spend.
For example, you’ll pay €25 but €15 of that is given to you in food and drink vouchers, so the entry technically only costs you €10. If you’re going out to buy lunch anyway, this is a good way to combine a day by the pool in Malta and your everyday needs!
You might be given access to the bar – some hotels operate on an all-inclusive basis for their guests so you’d be doing this but just for one day.
For example, Pergola offers unlimited drinks (soft and alcoholic) as well as a buffet lunch in your ticket. This is an absolute steal because a lot of lunch places charge almost that price just for the food alone, let alone drinks and swim time too!
Usually, the pool services will open from around 9.30 am and finish around 6 pm. As I mentioned above, some places will allow you to come for half a day which tends to be from around 2 pm. I genuinely think the half-day tickets are brilliant – go sightseeing in the morning and then wind down with a float in the pool and a Cosmo in the afternoon!
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to change your dates once you’ve booked so make sure that you truly are available once you’ve paid for your spot.
We spoke to a few of the hotels offering a day by the pool service, and a few of them (you can see which ones below) encourage people to book at least 48 hours in advance, but others prefer you to just turn up on the day as it is first come first serve.
If you want to only pay for a half-day ticket, I’d recommend either going somewhere that you can book in a slot, or phoning up an hour or two before you want to arrive to see how busy it is already.
If you are in Malta near the beginning or end of the season (May – September) I would phone or email beforehand to double-check that they are still offering their pool day deals.
As the season draws to a close, many hotels decided day to day or week to week on when to stop the service as the weather and amount of customers can influence their decision.
Take a look at the different locations of the hotels that offer a day by the pool in Malta. You can click on each pin to find the name of the hotel, then read on to discover exactly what they offer and how much it costs.
Amazonia Beach Club
The Amazonia Beach Club complex is set in the beautiful Dolmen Hotel. Located in St Paul’s Bay, it’s easy to get to, and not only can you spend the day by the pool, you get the added advantage of being able to access the beach too.
Opening hours are all day from 9 – 6, and the whole family can come as children pay a lower price. The pool is open from June until September but admission is on a first come first serve basis so do email or call ahead if you want to check how many spots are left.
During the week for adults, it is €15 and for children, it is €10.
You’ll need to bring your own towels for the sunbeds, but you will get an umbrella included with your bed.
Café del Mar
You have a variety of options at Café del Mar!
You can pick from a normal sunbed, cushioned, VIP, luxury, or even a gazebo! The normal sunbeds prices don’t include any extras but if you want to include a towel then pick the next level up. Also be aware that children can only use the normal beds, not any of the other options.
They don’t do any half-day offers, but prices only start from €15 so it’s still a bargain.
The season is long too – from April until October so if you’re coming to Malta for a half-term break then it’s the perfect place to spend a day!
DB Hotel Resorts
Our first all-inclusive pool day on this list! Yes, we know that’s why most of you are here!
It’s more on the expensive side at €60 for adults but you can have whatever you want, whenever you want and spend all day from 10 am – 6 pm there.
Children are half price unless they’re under 6 and then they can come in for free.
Set in the beautiful capital of Valletta, Excelsior is a luxury hotel that offers stunning views of the city whilst you’re relaxing by the pool.
Included in your ticket price, which starts at €20 for adults on a weekday, is an umbrella, sunbed, WiFi, and parking. You can also pop a deposit of €15 down for a towel, which is refundable at the end of the day.
Food + drink is not included here but you do have access to the bar + restaurant menus, packed full of tasty snacks and drinks.
If you’re looking for fancy luxury, then Hugo’s is the place to visit. Boasting an incredible rooftop infinity pool, Hugo’s is the perfect hotel to spend a day by the pool at.
The price system means that you pay a total, but some of that will be spent behind the bar or in the restaurant. On Monday to Thursday, a ticket costs €40 but you need to spend €25 of that as a minimum, so entry is only €15.
There are 3 different areas that you can pay for – the pool deck, the lounge area, and the spa deck. Each costs a different amount but has the same minimum spend rule.
You’ll get a sunbed and a towel, and probably some peace and quiet as this is an adult’s only space (sorry families!)
If you’re on a budget, you can take full advantage of the half-day offers starting at 3 pm.
Luna Holiday Complex
This is a really good option whether you have children or not because there are two pools to choose from – one is adults only and the other is for families.
You get a food and drink voucher included when you pay, and rates do vary but start from €20 for the family pool and €40 for the adult one.
There’s WiFi here, plus a sweet jacuzzi! This is one for the early birds too because you can get to the pool from 8 am!
Looking out into Salina Bay is this gem of a pool.
One for the adults, there’s a food voucher included as well as access to umbrellas, sunbeds and showers.
Take in the gorgeous views of Qawra Bay, sip your delicious cocktail and enjoy the perfect day by the pool in Malta.
This is another gorgeous hotel, offering yet another incredible all-inclusive deal. It’s open 9 am – 6 pm so get in early and enjoy your whole day there. Once you’ve enjoyed a few beverages, pop over to the buffet lunch and go wild!
The sunbeds and umbrellas are first come first serve though so make sure you leave your towel in clear view so that you can keep it all day!
Pergola Hotel & Spa
Set in the hills of Mellieha, overlooking the breathtaking church, Pergola is not a place to miss on your pool day bucket list!
Another fully all-inclusive food + drink deal, you also get a sunbed and umbrella to relax with on the sun deck. The pool has clear glass screens so you can watch over the town – when you’re not ordering another cocktail that is! The staff here are also lovely and cannot do enough for you.
Prices depend – Monday to Saturday costs €20 but Sundays are more expensive at €44.95. You can bring your children, who you’ll pay less for and under 4s go free.
The rooftop infinity pool is part of the Intercontinental Hotel, so you know you’re going to have a good experience!
You’ll get a sunbed, towel and free parking if you need it.
Ticket prices are only a minimum spend rate. You’ll need to spend €70 at the bar and restaurant, and with the extensive menu complete with desserts and signature cocktails, the only thing you need to worry about is what to choose!
The team at Sky Beach are a friendly bunch so you’re guaranteed to be treated like royalty here!
Check out the table to compare locations, prices and extras that are included in your day by the pool! Locations marked with a * are adults-only or have adults-only areas.
|Amazonia Beach Club||Qawra||Adults from €15
Children from €10
|9 am – 6 pm||Beach access, sunbeds and umbrellas||2 pm – 8 pm
Adults from €7.50
|Café del Mar||Qawra||From €15||10 am – 7 pm||Not for normal or cushioned sunbeds
Yes for VIP, luxury and gazebos
|DB Hotel Resorts||Qawra||Adults €60
Children (6 – 11) €30
|10 am – 6 pm||All-inclusive food and drinks||No|
|Excelsior||Valletta||Adults from €20
Children from €10
|10 am – 7 pm||Towels with €15 refundable deposit, umbrella, sunbed, WiFi, parking||No|
|9 am – 7 pm||Sunbed + towel||After 3 pm:
|*Luna Holiday Complex||Mellieha||Sky Lounge from €40 (including €30 food + drink voucher)
|8 am – 6 pm||Jacuzzi, sunbed, food + drink voucher, WiFi||No|
|*Luzzo Lido||Qawra (Salina Bay)||From €20 (includes €8 food voucher)||All-day until 6 pm||Sunbed, umbrella, food voucher||After 2 pm
|Paradise Bay||Cirkewwa||Prices vary but Sept 21 rates started from €32||9 am – 6 pm||Buffet lunch, drinks, sunbeds + umbrellas, parking||No|
|Pergola Hotel & Spa||Mellieha||Adults from €29.95
Children from €19.95 (under 4s go free)
|9 am – 6 pm||Umbrellas, sun-loungers, drinks, buffet lunch||No|
|*Sky Beach||Paceville||Minimum spend €70 per person for food + drinks||9.30 am – 7 pm||Sunbed, towel + parking||No|
Which hotel are you going to spend your days by the pool in? You might even book in a few different ones – you’re on holiday so why not treat yourself?!
Let us know where you go and how your experience was in the comments below!