Entrance (access to a sunbed and regular umbrella): €15 on weekdays; €21 at the weekend
Average spend (for umbrella, sunbed, two drinks and one course): €65
Free access: No
Table (sunbed) service: Yes
Access to the sea: Yes
Best for: Lunch or dinner at the beach with stunning views
Stay away if: You’re on a budget
With 196.8km of coastline, Malta has its fair share of beach clubs. But there are beaches and there are beaches. While some days all you really need is a dip in sea to cool off, there are plenty of days when you just want to lounge in the sun all day, enjoying the sea along with food, drinks and views in the company of friends and family.
While other Mediterranean countries have the beach club down to a tee, in Malta, finding a luxury beach club is still somewhat difficult. Baia Beach Club is perhaps the only place that really gives you the impression you’ve left the island and landed right in the holiday of your dreams. The white washed walls and white umbrellas against a backdrop of clear blue seas, crisp skies and the island of Comino give the place a Santorini-esque feel. And the large, cushioned sunbeds with plenty of shade and waiter service to your sunbed complement the views to really make you feel you’re right in the middle of your summer holiday.
Situated in Little Armier, this beach is far from almost anywhere – by local standards at least – but worth the drive once you get there. During the week, the beach is an escape from working life where patrons enjoy a meal or a few hours of sunshine in the middle of the working week. At the weekend the atmosphere is more family-friendly. With a public sandy beach right next door, in perfect viewing distance from your luxury beds, this is the ideal spot for parents to keep an eye on the little ones whilst still being able to relax and spend time with other grown-ups.
Baia is perhaps even more popular for its restaurant than it is for its beach club. Raised just above sea level the views from your table are absolutely stunning, with the cool shaded area giving a little bit of respite from the midday sun. The food is traditionally Mediterranean – plenty of fresh fish, pasta dishes, salads and some meats. At an average of €12 euros per starter and €30 per main course, you’re not going to get off lightly, but it is worth every penny. So much so that this is a popular lunch destination with people spending the day on the boat. In a sheltered bay, it is safe to get off the boat and head to the shore for lunch.
The restaurant is open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday and with the sun setting just over the horizon, you should plan to get there early to sip on cocktails while enjoying the cooler temperatures on the beach and the stunning views.
Perhaps the one thing that felt a little off in the whole day was the coin shower that asks you to pay for the water you’re using. Having spent €80 a head on lunch and more on sunbeds, I feel like they could have added a complimentary shower post-swim.
This precious little piece of coast is the perfect holiday at home, and though a little on the pricey side, you get what you pay for, and you’re going to want to pay for this even if it is just a couple of times throughout the summer.
Address: Little Armier, Mellieha
Facebook: Baia Beach
Written by Rachel Zammit Cutajar who was too busy doing handstands and having ‘F’ it Fridays to load herself.