Written on: 18/11/2007 by halcyonhalogen (1 review written)
I found it quiet, clean and friendly. It's right next to the local amenities and two minutes from the seafront. Popular with older folk during the winter months.
I had got used to buffet style dinners so here where it's table service I wasn't so happy. The breakfast is simple continental style although you could order a full fry-up as an extra. Not really a complaint though. Just different from my usual. It's easy enough to go out to eat.
I was at the Mavina for two weeks and I really enjoyed my holiday. It's not a big hotel. There is a bar area where people sit to watch TV. Actually, the hotel has just opened a separate TV room as well. The pool looks nice. A good sun trap but no view to speak of. There is also a games room with two pool tables and a secure luggage room. Internet available in the lobby.
For me it was the staff that made it. It took a week for me to settle in but I liked the "family" feel of the place. Bugibba itself took me a while to get used to as well when I first went there but it's safe, reasonably lively and with good bus connections to the rest of the island if you don't fancy going on the tour excursions. There are plenty of shops and bars and the larger hotels have spas and a casino if you're into that kind of thing. Really, for me, it's all about the weather and being bang in the middle of the Mediterranean. The Maltese are friendly enough once you get to know them a little. I can see why the British like it there. Proud people but not showy. What you see is what you get I reckon.
All in all a good, basic hotel. The room I stayed in was a studio with a small kitchenette. Clean and tidy. It faced towards the rear of the hotel overlooking the pool area and then an open space so it was pretty quiet and the sun beamed through the large windows in the morning. Perfect!