Beach Club Review – Skybeach

Entrance (includes sun bed, umbrella and €60 worth of food and drink): €60
Average spend: €60
Free access: No
Table (sunbed) service: Yes
Access to the sea: No
Pool: Yes
Parking: Car park
Best for: Being seen at the smoothest day-parties
Stay away if: You’re on a budget

The Intercontinental in Malta is in an unlikely location in the heart of Paceville. You can’t really imagine how a hotel can achieve five-star status in what is not exactly the island’s prettiest area. When you think of five-star hotels on the rest of the island you think beautiful pool areas and access to the sea.

Despite being in the middle of Malta’s party location, they have pulled off a pool area and beach club which is worthy of the hotel scene. No outdoor space for pool areas? No worries, they just put it on the roof. On the hotel’s 19th floor, this ensures views of the island with the sea not too far off. Their infinity pool is the best place to enjoy the views and the company of friends whilst sipping on cool drinks.

You don’t rent sunbeds per se, but you pay a €60 entrance fee. This includes €60 worth of food and/or drink, so ultimately facilities are free, but you have a minimum spend. You also need to think about this in advance as bookings are only taken 48 hours prior to the day of use.

If you’ve never been to SkyBeach, you have almost certainly seen pictures of pool parties held there all over social media. Event company, EBM, hosts regular Sunday afternoons by the pool where it’s see and be seen. Patrons are dressed to the nines in bikinis and high heels or tiny swimming trunks, showing off six packs and sipping champagne, making the most of the summer season. If people-watching is your game, then a Sunday afternoon at SkyBeach promises all your heart desires.

Their menu offers everything you’d expect from a five-star hotel. If you’re keeping it light, sandwiches, salads and light starters are available for an average of €15 while main courses go up to around €30. Start your day with a natural yoghurt or green pot made with kiwi, star fruit, avocado and natural yoghurt. When you’re done with that, it’s time to crack open the wine and get that party started. Lunch could follow, either on the sundeck where it is recommended you feast on the snack menu, or at the restaurant where you can have a more traditional starter-and-main-course style lunch. Lunch is served from 12:00 – 16:00.

By the time the afternoon rolls on, cocktails seem like a refreshing idea, especially when enjoyed waist-deep in the infinity pool, looking out over the rooftops of St Julian’s onto the Mediterranean Sea.
If you have trouble with the scorching temperatures, you can still enjoy SkyBeach when the sun goes down. The restaurant, Licence to Grill, opens from 19:30, serving their day time menu along with some other great sizzlers from the barbecue.

SkyBeach is a five-star destination that is ideal for people who want to watch and to be seen. Great food, great cocktails and five-star service makes a day in the sky a wonderful event by any standards.

Address: St George’s Bay, St Julian’s
Phone: 21377600
Web: www.intercontinental.com/gastronomy/skybeach
Facebook: SKYBEACH Malta

Written by Rachel Zammit Cutajar who was too busy doing handstands and having ‘F’ it Fridays to load herself.

Monique Chambers
Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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