Updated June 2015:
I thought it was about time I did a bigger and better post about this amazing lido situated in Qawra/Buggiba and show you the stunning sunsets that can be seen from Cafe del Mar. Cafe del Mar does have a website, however lots of the pages aren’t actually filled in yet so I did my research and found out everything you need to know for you!
Cafe Del Mar Malta: Location, Cost + Opening Hours
Cafe del Mar in Malta is open daily from 10:00 until late and can be found next to the aquarium in Qawra at: Triq it-Trunciera, Saint Paul’s Bay, Qawra.
Cafe del Mar is open to the public on a day membership pass, with no monthly or yearly passes available.
Standard Day Entry: €10
VIP Bed Entry: €20
Gazebo (holds 3 people): €75
However please note that Cafe del Mar charges for the beds, meaning if you want to stop by for a drink or a meal at the restaurant you do not have to pay to get in!
Cafe del Mar Malta: Facilities
Cafe del Mar is a ‘high end’ lido swimming pool area in the north of Malta. It features a kids pool, an enchanting infinity pool, a restaurant (with a large seating capacity) for food and drink plus plenty of sunbeds for enjoying the sunshine both around the pool and some slightly separated beds in the VIP area.
The kids pool is smaller than the infinity pool and perfect for keeping your little ones safe. The main pool is a mid sized infinity pool which seems to fall directly into the Mediterranean sea. The sunbeds at Cafe del Mar in Malta are of a much higher quality than any other lidos you’ll find, as is the entire place in general. The walls, floor and pool are all well kept and well maintained, meaning it’s always the picture perfect spot.
There is a food and drinks service that delivers both to your sunbeds, however if you prefer or want a wider selection of food, you can wander over to the restaurant area. There are tables both inside and outside, as you prefer. The food is not hugely over priced (as you might expect it to be at a fancy place like this), there is a good choice and from what I’ve been told (I’ve not eaten there for 2 years) the food is good, although a common comment is that it can take quite a while to come, even when not busy.
The food available includes starters, various breads, salads, pasta, burgers, meats and even a kids menu for the young ones. Although the starters look a little pricy (generally around €10) they are quite fancy and the rest of the menu looks priced around mid range. From a glance it looks like burgers and pasta dishes range from €10 – €15, most of the pizzas are below €10 and the kids menu is very reasonably priced.
You can get drinks service by the sunbeds, so you don’t have to move from your perfectly relaxed spot to drink and right now, you can even get platters ordered straight to your sunbed. Once summer kicks in they’ll be introducing a pool menu where you can order a wider range of food directly to your bed without having to take a table at the restaurant. They offer a good range of drinks and cocktails are between €5.90 to €6.90.
Events at Cafe Del Mar
As well as being a popular pool area in the day, Cafe del Mar is just as famous for the huge amount of events held there. It’s no wonder really, as it’s the perfect setting. Incredibly high class, it just exudes luxury and makes for the perfect instagram photo! Many brands choose to hold events and preview shows here and lots of musical artists and DJs head here too. The incredibly popular Ibiza style party Showers 2015 (previously Champagne Wars) will be held there this summer and it’s due to be one of the biggest parties in Europe this summer.
In fact, the events schedule is so packed that if you’re planning on heading to Cafe del Mar for a day by the pool or to watch the sunset, it’s worth double checking if anything is going on as some areas may be limited or you may have to leave by a certain time if you’re not part of the event.
Sunset at Cafe del Mar
The sunsets to the left (if you’re looking out to sea) just behind Bugibba and is truly dazzling. The entire area is lit up in deep reds and rusty oranges, reflecting off the glass restaurant walls and making everyone and everything that little bit more beautiful. It’s a perfectly gorgeous spot to watch the sunset, especially if you’re a fan of photography or like to show off on Instagram (I sure do!). Picture yourself sitting on the edge of the infinity pool with the sunsetting just behind you, lighting you up in a deep orange silhouette. Perfection.
All in all, I’d fully recommend Cafe del Mar in Malta. The price is pretty much comparable with other lidos on the island but you get so much more for your money. The place is luxurious, well kept and has one of the best views of the island. Like Cafe del Mar on facebook to keep up to date with what’s going on. If you get the chance, make sure to tell them I sent you as it’s always nice for me when brands and companies know you’ve gone on my recommendation :)