Opposite the island of Comino, in the north of Malta lies beautiful Armier Bay. The bay comprises of two sandy beaches, Armier and Little Armier, divided by a small stretch of rocky coast, which benefits from the crystal clear waters that have made Comino’s Blue Lagoon so famous. Accessible only by car, Armier Bay lies in a more rural area of the island, down country lanes surrounded by fields, prickly pear bushes and gorgeous views across the channel to Comino and Gozo.
Always a popular spot, the beaches are great for families, with shallow waters perfect for children, snorkelling and swimming. The lidos and beach clubs around Armier Bay have developed to a high standard in recent years, offering a wide range of facilities and activities for everyone.
One of the most stylish lidos is Baia Beach Club in Little Armier. This beautiful beach club has been tastefully designed in classic Mediterranean colours of blue and white, with comfortable beach beds, plenty of shade, beachside service and a critically acclaimed restaurant.
Palm Beach Resort is located between Little Armier and Armier, and is accessible from either beach. It has ample sun loungers, umbrellas and a 5000m2 enclosed swimming zone.
Rays Lido in Little Armier has been a fixture since the 1980’s. There are lots of sun beds, plenty of shade and a choice of sandy beach or rocky shore. They also offer jet-ski hire and safaris around the island.
Mambo’s Beach Club in Armier Bay offers a St-Tropez style beach experience with lovely linen covered loungers, raised luxury sun beds, beach side waiter service and restaurant.
As well as its beautiful beaches, the continued development of Armier Bay has been a contentious subject for many years. Although you could never call it picturesque, the collection of some eight hundred boathouses, which has grown around Armier Bay, has created a type of seaside village. Many visitors to the area do not realise that these seemingly innocuous boat houses are illegal and have been at the centre of many controversial arguments over the years, most recently when a number of them where fitted with energy smart meters. Despite having street names and its own council, there has never been planning permission and the arguments for and against the removal of the structures resurfaces with every change in Government.
Regardless of the ongoing political drama concerning these dwellings, one thing is for sure; Armier Bay is a beautiful part of the island and a great place to spend a day in the sun.