As we had booked our trip to Malta through Groupon, we were restricted to where we were staying according to the deal. It happened to be that we were to stay at the Topaz hotel, in the sea side town of Buggibba. On enquiring at the airport, which is 3 kilometres outside the capital city of Valletta, we found out there were convenient shuttle buses to most of the airports around Malta. This also happened to be the most economical way to travel with luggage.
Having been to the Algarve (south of Portugal) just recently, in the off peak Winter season, Buggibba was expectedly empty and quiet. Malta was supposed to have 300 days of sunshine every year however, during late December, expect it to be cool, but definitely warmer than the UK.
Buggibba is otherwise popular for summer water activities including diving in the Mediterranean sea! However, this wasn't encouraging with the current weather conditions, so we opted out. There is also the main boulevard, which was a few minutes walk toward the sea from our hotel down hill, which provided a pleasant and scenic walk. There were several cocktail bars by the water, and a variety of other eateries including pancakes, seafood, and the central square with a Pizza hut, multiple cafes with mixed cuisines consisting mainly of Italian food and burgers, salads etc.
The positive things about the Topaz hotel was the complimentary breakfasts and dinners, which were good when one got a little bored of what was available outside in Buggibba. The vegetarian food options in Malta wasn't to our taste nor was it easily available so to speak so we were glad to be fed at our hotel instead. The rooms were ordinary (seemed older) but came conveniently fitted with a kitchenette. This included a kettle, a microwave and a mini stove and fridge for essential and basic cooking. However on the first day, our air conditioner wasn't operational unfortunately. This was subsequently fixed from the following day.
Dinner that evening was at the local Pizza Hut at the boulevard, for above mentioned reasons. At least we knew what to expect!