The gorgeous, copper-tinted shores of Malta don’t resemble your classic tourist beaches. Yes, you can build sandcastles at Golden Bay and Ramla Bay, but most beaches are craggy – with coves that beg you to swim out and explore. Diving, kayaking and windsurfing are popular here. Thanks to its situation floating in the Mediterranean, Malta has long been compelled to defend its territory: you’ll encounter fortresses, cannons and Villetta’s National War Museum. We’ve been busy rounding up the best luxury hotels in Malta, and these gems – just like the Maltese culture – are worth your time. The warm, friendly people, charming streets, and Italian-influenced cuisine will make every day in Malta feel special.