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Westin Dragonara Resort, St Julian's 5*

Westin Dragonara Hotel

The five star Westin Dragonara Resort is located on the Dragonara peninsula in 18 acres of grounds.  Although located close to the liveliest areas of Paceville, the Dragonara Resort provides an oasis of luxury and tranquility.  

Surrounded on three sides by the sea, each of the 340 rooms of the 5 star Westin Dragonara Resort has a sea view balcony, terrace or patio.  The accommodation ranges from Deluxe Sea View Rooms to luxurious suites available on room only, bed & breakfast and half board basis.  In addition, there are luxury self catering apartments.

As well as being popular with business travellers, the Westin Dragonara Resort is very family friendly, being the winner of the World Travel Awards Europe's Leading Family Resort both in 2008 and 2010.  In fact, it has won several other awards, including both Malta's Leading Resort  and Europe's Leading Island Resort from the World Travel Awards and currently has been nominated for several other awards.

It has its own private beach, a choice of three restaurants, three bars, three swimming pools, a gym, beauty centre and probably the best casino in Malta.

Westin Dragonara Resort Accommodation

Westin Dragonara Resort: Deluxe Sea View Room with Queen-size beds

The Westin Dragonara offers the largest range of different room types than any other hotel on Malta. The entry level room is the Deluxe Sea View Room. These come with either twin queen size or a king size bed. The beds use Westin's Heavenly Bed® system. The rooms are claimed to be the largest standard rooms to be found in Malta. The en suite rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, minibar, in-room safe, hairdryer and ironing board. They also have two direct dial telephones, fax ports, internet access (additional charge) and desk. For families or groups of friends, rooms with interconnecting doors can be requested. Children under the age of 12 can stay for free in their parents' room.  

The 40 Executive Club Rooms are located on the upper floors, giving them uninterrupted sea views.  Apart from upgraded bathrooms, they have similar facilities to the Deluxe Sea View Rooms, but give access to the Executive Club Lounge.  This provides complimentary breakfast and pre-dinner drinks, and provides access to newspapers and magazines.

The tower rooms have similar facilities to the previous rooms, but have a private,  extra-large verandah.

Westin Dragonara Resort Junior Suite

In addition to the facilities of the Deluxe Rooms, the Junior Suites have a separate living area, with its own TV.  Also there is a second balcony.  Again, particularly useful for families or groups, twelve of the suites are interconnecting.

The Westin Dragonara Resort's Executive Suites have all the facilities of the Junior Suites plus a separate bedroom off the living area.  In the living area there is a sofa bed, ideal for extra guests.  There is an extra-large bath, complete with Jacuzzi.

Even more luxuriously, there are the Luxury Bay and Penthouse Suites.  And for that special occasion, there is the Bridal Suite, with its own private outdoor Jacuzzi.

Fourteen of the rooms have been equipped for the physically handicapped, including four with walk-in showers.  They are all furnished to the standard of a Deluxe Room.

Three wings of the hotel are non smoking.


 Westin Dragonara Resort Bars and Restaurants

Westin Dragonara Resort: Terrace Restaurant

 There are three restaurants in the Westin Dragonara Resort:

  • Quadro Restaurant:— This is the Westin Dragonara Resort's seafood restaurant.  Open during the evenings, it serves a variety of fresh fish and shellfish, both indoors and outdoors, and has in the past been given the "Definitely Good Food" award.
  • Palio's Restaurant:— Italian and Maltese dishes are the speciality of this more informal restaurant.  Pasta, pizzas, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes are served in a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Terrace Restaurant:— The award winning Terrace Restaurant is the Westin Dragonara Resort's main restaurant and provides guests with a buffet breakfast.  Lunchtime menus are à la carte, whilst dinner is a choice of à la carte or buffet dining.  Sunday carvery buffet is always popular.  A variety of local and international dishes are served in the dining room, or if the weather is warm, as the name suggests, outside on the patio.

In addition, 24 hour room service is available.

There is also a choice of three bars:

  • ORVM Bar Lounge and Piano Bar:— Recently refurbished in Art Deco style, the ORVM Bar provides guests with a huge selection of wines and drinks.  In addition, a vast range of snacks are served, from sushi, to healthy organic options from the Westin Wellness Menu to guilt inducingly delicious cakes and treats.  Live music and entertainment help you while away the evening.
  • The Bedouin bar is the Westin Dragonara Resort's cocktail bar.  Situated in the Reef Club, it provides a great place to relax and chill out on a Friday evening.  During the day it acts as the Reef Club's pool bar.
  • Bay View Bar & Restaurant:— A great place to have a cooling drink or ice cream whilst sun bathing on the main Pool Deck.

Westin Dragonara Resort Facilities

Westin Dragonara Resort's Reef Club Pool

There are three pools in the Westin Dragonara Resort.  The main one is the Bay View Pool and Deck which is exclusive to hotel guests.  This is set out on two levels.  The upper level features the outdoor freshwater pool along with two Jacuzzis, whilst the lower level provides a sun bathing area, with direct access to the sea via the Bay View beach.  The Bay View Bar and Restaurant provides drinks and snacks.

The Reef Club Pool and Deck is only open during the warmer months.  There is a large pool and sun deck and again, access to the sea.  Refreshments are provided by the Bedouin Bar.

There is a very extensive fitness centre going under the name of WestinWORKOUT® Gym.  This is on two levels, with various exercise machines on the upper and a large heated indoor pool on the lower.  There are also a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.  Various classes, from aerobics to yoga are run.

The Westin Dragonara Resort has a range of water sports.  These vary from an on-site dive company to water craft hire.  The latter includes pedalos through various sailing and motor boats to jet skis.  There is also parasailing available.  

The Westin Dragonara Resort has its own beauty salon, and whilst it does not have a spa, an in-room spa service is provided.

There is a Westin Kids Club®, suitable for children from 3 to 12.  Younger children supervised by a parent are also welcome.  There is a charge for this service.

The hotel provides a Concierge desk.

Dragonara Casino

Dragonara Casino, St Julian's

Associated with the hotel is the Dragonara Casino.  This is newly refurbished, having reopened in June 2010.  It has 18 gaming tables including Roulette, Black Jack, Punto Banco and various Poker games.  There are also 250 slot machines.

The lounge bar serves a range of food and drink.  There is a minimum age of 18 for non-Maltese (25 for Maltese).  Some form of identification is required on first visit.