You'll find Malta floating in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily. It's a bit of a crossroad of cultures, with influences from Africa, the Middle East and Europe. A rich and multicultural history has shaped the Malta you see today - centuries-old temples and palaces stand alongside Arab-style houses, and cobbled lanes are occasionally dotted with the odd red phone box.
Walk in the footsteps of the Knights Templar in World Heritage-listed Valletta, where ancient honey-coloured buildings line up along narrow cobblestone streets. Tour the 16th-century St John's Co-Cathedral - its interior is adorned with gold, marble and intricate Baroque details. The capital also has a laid-back harbour area that's perfect for people-watching.
Elsewhere along the coast, you'll find relaxed seaside towns and villages, as well as a handful of beaches. Sand isn't in ready supply, though, so often you'll see bathing platforms set up next to the clear waters. Between Sliema and St Julian's on the east coast, huge flat rocks act as sunbathing terraces, and have stairs down to the water for easy swimming access.
Make your way inland and you'll discover ancient Megalithic temples (said to be the oldest freestanding structures in the world) and traditional countryside villages. Save some time for exploring Mdina, the island's former capital. It's a medieval walled city set high on a hill - views from here stretch across the countryside to the sea.
Hotels in Malta
Malta is an island that does luxury hotels well. In the capital, Valletta, you've got the Hotel Phoenicia. Set right next to city's historical heart, it's one of the most famous properties on the island, with traditional architecture and views over Marsamxett Harbour. The Grand Hotel Excelsior is also on the doorstep of the UNESCO-listed centre, plus it features a private beach and marina. Over in St Julian's, the hotels come with fantastic views - the Hilton Malta looks over the Portomaso Yacht Harbour, while Le Meridien St Julians Hotel & Spa has a spot next to Balluta Bay.
Take a closer look at our collection of hotels in Malta.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.