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146 reviews
Dining & Living Area with full Seaviews
View (from apartment) of St. Paul's Islands
Double Bedroom
Kitchen
Living Area
Rocky Beach (Historical Salt Pans)
Bathroom with shower
Night View of Mellieha, Gozo and part of promenade that goes through St. Paul's Bay, Bugibba &
Promenade
Sunrise
view from apartment on a stormy winter day
sunset
sunset
Historical Salt Pans & St. Paul's legendary islands
View (from apartment) of small cruise boats
View of St Paul's Islands and sister island Gozo
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Bugibba, Island of Malta

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kemistry7...
Essex
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent Apartment But...”
Reviewed November 4, 2011 for a stay in October 2011
1
person found this review helpful

We were very fortunate that the very kind owners upgraded us to the penthouse apartment without additional charge as we originally booked the 3rd floor 1 bed. This of course provided superb value for money for our accommodation.

The penthouse was split level with its own lift access. It had 4 balconies one off each room, a large open plan kitchen diner with excellent facilities, large double bedroom, smaller double bedroom and fantastic shower room.

The views were amazing from the front balconies and you could see the sun setting which was superb. I loved the location as is right by the sea and the "square" in Bugibba with all its restaurants and bars.

We had 5 main problems with the accommodation, firstly their was extensive builidng works being done to the building next door which meant drilling from 7.30am each morning, the whole building shook!! This completely ruined our whole holiday, although not a fault of the owner I couldnt help thinking that upgrading us for free was a sweetner to what we were about to face!!

Secondly, the smells in the apartment were very bad, the upper floor constantly smelt of rotting MacDonalds which was very sickly and the back bedroom stunk of damp which was visibly coming through the walls.

Thirdly, everything in the property felt damp, the mattresses, bed covers etc.. so much so that when I washed the towels they took nearly 3 days to dry!!

Fourthly the single twin beds in the second bedroom were rock hard and extremely narrow which meant for rather uncomforatble sleeping!

Lastly all 4 balconies got no sun altogether which is not a major complaint but a bit disappointing with those amazing views, without sun it was rather chilly up there on the fourth floor.

Having said all that this is by far one of the best rental accommodation on offer in Malta as most hotels/self catering apartments are very very bad.

This accommodation is on par with alot of the 4/5 star hotels. Only thing missing was a pool, but as we had a car Mellehia beach was only 10 minute drive.

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Liked best: The fact the apartment was modern
Liked least: The smells!
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
22 Nov 2011
We thank you for the feedback you have shared with us regarding your stay at Blue Horizon penthouse.
We really appreciate your positive comments.

1.) The construction happening at the building a few doors down was not a major construction at all. It was only a changing of a damaged ceiling. They finished works after 4 days.

2.)About the smell, I really cant tell what is it you’re talking about. The only smell maybe is that of new furniture and now we have taken action to minimize it as much as possible.

3.)About the damp feeling, I can tell you, humidity in Malta is quite high when we have south wind and rainy days. You know that during your stay it has been raining for some days and it might be that you had to keep all doors closed. The place is brand new and not humid at all.

4.) Regarding the mattresses in the twin bedroom, this is a very subjective matter. Our mattresses are all semi orthopedic and their size is standard.

5.)I assure you there is plenty of sun on the terraces of the penthouse. Could it be that the sun was hiding behind some clouds? :-) There are no higher buildings in the neighbourhood, so it couldn’nt be that the tarrace is shaded. From your own photo (lounge/ kitchen) you can tell if the sun is there at all.

Thanks again for recomending our apartment and rating it 4/5 star,
Kind Regards,
Reuben
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liverpool
Reviewed October 25, 2011 for a stay in October 2011
1
person found this review helpful

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Liked best: cleanliness
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
5 Nov 2011
We appreciate the time taken to leave your feedback regarding your stay at our apartments

Your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we wish to express our gratitude for sharing your positive experience.

We hope to welcome you again at Blue Horizon Apartments

Best Regards,

Frances, Charles and Reuben
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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 14, 2011 for a stay in September 2011
1
person found this review helpful

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Liked best: The view from our third floor apartment
Liked least: the slightly uncomfortable bed
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
26 Oct 2011
Many thanks for your review. We are glad you had a nice holiday at Blue Horizon Apartments. Hope to see you again.
Best regards
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happyoztr...
Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Like Winning the Accommodation Lottery!”
Reviewed September 27, 2011 for a stay in September 2011
2
people found this review helpful

The Blue Horizon Apartments are new and when we booked had no reviews. Our friends and family advised us of the possible problems of booking without recommendations. But right from the start the Schembri family where prompt and honest with their replies and when Frances met us at the airport it was like being greeted by a friend. When she showed us the apartment it felt like our risk had paid off and we had won the accommodation lottery!
The apartment rented to us on the third floor was clean and bright. Exactly as depicted in the photos. The bedroom and lounge are really nicely furnished and comfortable. The bathroom is tastefully tiled and fitted out. The kitchen is clean and well appointed with a gas stove, it was easy to cook simple meals. The bedroom is at the back and has a balcony opening into a light shaft. It is quiet, private and a great place to dry clothes.
The front balcony with it's view overlooking St Pauls Bay is picture perfect. The water across the road is warm and clean. In the morning the nun's come down and swim, sometimes they don snorkels and flippers to collect sea urchins to eat on bread. In the afternoon the Malteses ladies paddle and gossip in a circle in the water and they were always happy to have a chat. The location is excellent close to the water, buses, tourist ferries, convenience stores, cafes and pubs. The Mc Donalds down the road has free Wi Fi outside for those who can't do without the internet.
We kept on meeting other travellers who were unhappy with their hotels but we could not fault our apartment. We had a great holiday in Malta and the Blue Horizon Apartments had alot to do with it.

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Liked best: Great value and closeness to water
Liked least: leaving
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
7 Oct 2011
Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate your comments and knowing you enjoyed your stay at Blue Horizon Apartments makes us really happy.
Best regards,
Frances
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 6, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

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Liked best: Everything.
Liked least: Nothing to dislike.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Management Response
19 Sep 2011
Thank you very much for your reveiw. We are very pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Looking forward to see you next year.
Best regards, Frances and Charlie
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 26, 2011 for a stay in July 2011
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person found this review helpful

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Liked best: The views and cleanliness.
Liked least: The road traffic, but this could not be heard in the bedroom
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
19 Sep 2011
Thank you very much for your reveiw. Your satisfaction is our goal.

Best Regards, Frances and Charlie
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venkovvk
Sofia, Bulgaria
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A real bang for your buck”
Reviewed July 25, 2011 for a stay in July 2011
3
people found this review helpful

Stayed for a week with my wife and 19-year-old daughter from 18 to 25 July, 2011. The apartment provides everything promised, and in brand-new condition at that, including cooking facilities and utensils, fridge/freezer, flat-screen LCD TV, powerful bedroom A/C (capable of cooling to a reasonable degree the living/dining area with the intermediate door open even in daytime temperatures of 36C). Splendid view from balcony. Bus stop to Valetta, Cirkkewa (Gozo ferry), Luqa airport, and Rabat/Mdina within 100m of entrance. Extremely friendly landlords (Charles and Frances and their son Reuben), who also own a shop, Malta Stone, for precious and semi-precious stones and minerals in Ta Qali handicrafts village -- probably the best of its kind in Malta. Convenient sea-bathing spot and pier (and my favourite ice-cream stand) right across the street. Shops and eateries a few steps away, incl. a MacDonald's (for devotees of the franchise). Would recommend it 100% to anyone.

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Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
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Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
19 Sep 2011
Thank you for your review on Trip advisor.
We were very happy to have you, your wife and daughter in our apartment.
Your satisfaction is our pleasure.
we send our best regards
Hope to see you again

Frances, Charlie and Reuben
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