Baia | Lazy Sundays afternoons with not-so-lazy evenings

Looking for a great lunch by the sea where you can kick back and relax by the crystal clear waters and have a dip after lunch? Look no further than Baia. 

Baia Beach Club
Baia Beach Club

It’s that time of year again when lunch plans come with a number of conditions – it has to be outdoors, it has to be by the sea, it has to be in the shade, it has to be relaxing and if the kids have some sort of entertainment then all the better. And, naturally, the food has to be spot on.

Every other restaurant along the coast should be offering something along those lines, yet the reality is that there are few and far between that offer a summer dining experience worthy of missing a day at the beach.

Baia is one spot that has proved, summer and summer again, that it is up to the task. The fact that it is, in fact, a beach club helps the decision-making process. You don’t have to sacrifice a day at the beach – just those intense hours where UV rays are so harmful and the heat stress index has you seeking out shady spots anyway.

The beach club was inspired by the owners' travels around Europe and Asia and their wish to share one of Malta's most idyllic locations with friends and family.

The blue and white colour scheme makes the beach feel like you're on a Greek island whilst the view of the crystal clear waters with Comino in the background remind you just how beautiful the Maltese archipelago really is. The truth is what really sells Baia is the views coupled with the luxurious décor. If they threw a handful of peanuts at you and called it lunch, you’d still appreciate the experience and happily part with your hard-earned pennies.

Thankfully this is not the case and the food is simple with emphasis on fresh ingredients and cooked to accentuate natural flavours. Meals can be of an elaborate three-course nature or a simple one-plate meal to get you back out into the sun as soon as possible. And if you don't want to waste precious sunshine hours in the shade of the restaurant you can also order food off of the snack menu – sandwiches, salads and platters – right to your beach bed.

The kids won't be disappointed either, with special kids menus that include the regular favourites as well as healthier options. And for the really little ones there is also an infant menu, which promises fresh, homemade goodness with no lumps or added salt or sugar.

The wine list has been carefully selected to accompany the menu with a good variety of reds and whites from all over the world as well as champagnes. The sommelier will help you to choose your wines should you require assistance.

After lunch you can meander down to the beach club and settle onto a comfy sunbed you’d probably be happy to spend the night on, with waiter service to keep your glasses refreshed whilst you take a dip in the Mediterranean blue.

The best day to make Baia your day out is a Sunday as the end of lunch sees the setting up of a cocktail bar, where Simon Briffa shakes up some cool, refreshing cocktails he has become famous for and Julian Drury spins easy listening tracks that guarantee to turn your lazy Sunday afternoons into not-so-lazy evenings. The perfect end to a weekend!

Baia is also open for private functions, including weddings, so it is best to call in advance to book a table.

The restaurant at Baia Beach Club is open daily for lunch between 12:30 and 15:00 and for dinner between Tuesday and Saturday from 19:30 and 22:00 in July and August.

The beach club is open daily between 10:00 and 19:00. 

Address: Baia Beach Club

Little Armier

L/O Mellieha

Tel: 21 570942; 21 573421

Email: [email protected]