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San Antonio Hotel & Deep Blue Malta | Dive Malta - Mediterranean

  • All inclusive 4 star resort with free wifi
  • 7 different types of rooms to suit all budgets
  • Indulge yourself at the Gueliz or Tangine Restaurants or try a cocktail at the Kosy Bar
  • From Moroccan and European dishes to Indian and Asian cuisine, there is something for everyone
  • Relax and de-stress at thein the Moorish style Pearl Spa
  • Free WiFi in all rooms
  • Nitrox, wrecks, boat and shore diving, technical gases and rebreather friendly
  • Dive with Dive Deep Blue, specialising in PADI, BSAC, TDI and SSI courses

About San Antonio Hotel & Deep Blue Malta

It is Malta's wreck diving that attracts most UK divers to her shores, but Malta is so much more than just a wreck diving mecca. Spend your day exploring wrecks, caves and reef dives. Spend your evening relaxing in the all inclusive San Antonio hotel or enjoying the lively nightlife in St Paul's Bay and Bugibba. All of this is only a couple of short hours from the UK - so jet off for a weekend break or longer to one of our favourite Mediterranean destinations.

The San Antonio hotel has 295 rooms which includes 60 family rooms (with a sofa bed), 8 sea view suites and 1 Presidential rooms. All have air con, telephone, TV, mini bar, safe and either a terrace or balcony. There are interconnecting rooms - ideal for families or groups. And there are also 6 rooms which are equipped for guests with reduced mobility. The All-Inclusive entitlement consists of a lavish Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Snacks and Dinner. Soft drinks, water, juices, house wine, house beer, and a list of cocktails are also included. There is free wifi throughout.

The Santonio hotel has just about everything you could want, even for non divers, on site. The infinity outdoor pool is open all summer long, with a more sheltered alternative for the winter months, as well as an indoor pool in the fitness centre. There is a spa for parents and a kids club to keep younger guests entertained (5-11 years). Mini golf, table tennis and darts are just some of the activities arranged to keep everyone entertained. Over the road - just 100m - is the beach and beach bar. This is a hot spot in the summer months once the diving is done. Once hunger bites, you can chose between 6 different cafes and restaurants inside the hotel or head into St Paul's to try the local delicacies.

Year round rates and long weekend packages available - ask us for a quote

Standard Rooms

Featuring a balcony, this air-conditioned room includes a 32-inch LCD satellite TV, Free WiFi and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Family Rooms

Featuring a balcony, this air-conditioned room includes a 32-inch LCD satellite TV, Free WiFi, 2 extra beds, tea & coffee-making facilities, safe and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Suites

Featuring a balcony or terrace overlooking St. Paul's Bay, with views of the nearby islands of Comino and Gozo. This spacious, air-conditioned suite includes a comfortable lounge area, including a 32-inch LCD satellite TV, Free WiFi and a private bathroom with hairdryer.

Duplex

Featuring a balcony, this spacious air-conditioned duplex junior suite includes a comfortable lounge area, including a 32-inch LCD satellite TV, Free WiFi and a private bathroom with hairdryer.

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

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Covid Information for San Antonio Hotel & Deep Blue Malta

Transfers: all drivers wear masks (as per health authority instructions) and provide sanitizers in the cars and vans. Last Updated: 28 JUL 2020

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY SAN ANTONIO HOTEL

Last Updated: 20 JUL 2020

At San Antonio Hotel, nothing is more important to than the health and safety of our customers, visitors and staff. Throughout our facilities, we are putting a great deal of emphasis on the procedures that support our high standards in the areas of cleanliness and health, and to maintain a safe and healthy environment. Some of the most important areas of focus are:

Supplementing our existing POSI protocol with coronavirus-specific guidance;

In addition to the Prevention of Spread of Infection [POSI] Manual, the Group issued internal Covid-19 prevention and control protocols, specific for each department throughout its facilities. These protocols were formulated in line with guidance issued by National and International Health Authorities, as well as recognised guidance documents. Said departmental protocols include, but are not limited to:

Reception & Front of House;
Kitchen;
Food & Beverage;
Housekeeping [Public Areas & Rooms];
Maintenance; Indoor / Outdoor Pool and Pool Related Areas;
Spa [Beauty Treatments & Massage];
Gym & Fitness Centre;
db Group Offices & Back of House.
Entrusting our Emergency Response Teams [ERT] to ensure monitoring and verification of procedures;
In line with our POSI manual, senior hotel management and heads of department have been entrusted to make sure that:

Preventive measures are implemented as required by the Group manual;

Adequate supply of personal protective equipment, sanitising and cleaning items are distributed daily throughout all departments;
Sufficient staff members are employed, allocated and rostered in working groups;
Staff, visitors and clients abide by preventive measures put in place with minimum disruption for holiday makers.
Increase in frequency of internal auditing;
Further to the above day to day monitoring carried out by the ERT members, the frequency of unannounced audits and spot checks by our internal and third-party auditors has been increased. This will make sure that all legal and safety protocols such as HACCP, Fire Safety, First Aid and Environmental procedures are not overlooked because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, ensuring you truly get the quality holiday you deserve.

Complete review and modification of operations to accommodate preventive measures;

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our internal experts and third-party consultants were well aware that the Hotels' operations will have to be adapted to a new 'normality'. Without compromising the all-inclusive quality service, the db Hotels & Resorts is renowned for, the below listed are but few examples of the measures that are implemented;
Reduction in pools, restaurants, bars and theatre patron capacity to provide you with your own personal space;
Remodelling of the restaurants' service from self-service buffet to set menus and a la carte to reduce food handling;
Increase in service hours to avoid crowding and waiting times;
Removal of all items that cannot be easily washed and / or sanitised throughout the premises;
Rooms are blocked for a specified period, even thou deep cleaning and disinfection has been carried out after guest departure;
Distribution of alcohol-based sanitisers and disposable towels for client use in public areas;
Applying procedures for the quick identification and notification of possible cases;
The db Hotels & Resorts has put in place detailed measures to respond immediately, appropriately, effectively and efficiently, and consistent with specific recommendations from public health authorities.

Reviewed and implemented a firmer 'Sickness and Return to Work Policy' amongst employees;

Recent studies indicate that Covid-19 symptoms may manifest days after encountering the virus. Keeping this in mind, we cannot risk that the virus is transmitted by a member of our staff. It is for this reason that illness related policies have been revised and communicated throughout all departments. The below listed are amongst the measures listed under the revised policy;

Newly / currently employed staff members, who require travelling to the island to start / continue working with the Group, are to undergo a 14-day quarantine period before being allowed to commence / report for work. If any symptoms develop during said period, then the employee is to undergo a swab test and only be permitted to work once declared virus-free by the authorities;

Employees who are not feeling well are to stay at home, contact the National Authorities and only be allowed to return to work once declared virus-free following the swab test. In case of any difficulties, the employee is to phone his / her supervisor and will be assisted accordingly.

Detailed training and constant updates to all staff;

We are more than aware that our employees stand as front liners in these challenging times. It is for this reason that no expense has been spared in training all our staff on Covid-19 prevention and control measures. All teams are further receiving ongoing updates and enhanced operating protocols when necessary. We are particularly focussing on:
Introduction on the SARS-CoV-2 Virus, Covid-19 disease and how this is spread;
Rigorous hand washing and sanitising technique;
Importance to avoid touching own faces, eyes, mouth and nose;
Donning, doffing and care of PPE;
Cough and sneeze etiquette;
Measures put in place vis-a-vis guests and symptoms;
Reporting of Covid-19 exposure, symptoms and Health Promotion and Disease Control contact;
Return and exemption from work policy;
Personal protection;
The importance of social distancing;
Departmental oriented specific training.
Extra cleaning and disinfection measures;
It is well known that one of the most important measures to prevent the spread of a disease is to implement a strict regime of cleaning and disinfection protocols throughout the premises. The Group, following consultation with suppliers, ensured that all equipment, chemicals and PPE are suitable for the task at hand. Frequency of cleaning and disinfection has been increased in the back of house, guest rooms and public areas, with particular focus on commonly touched surfaces.

Providing patrons their own personal space;

In line with guidance issued by relevant bodies; multiple signs, floor markings and physical barriers have been installed to maintain "social distancing". In addition, the Group affixed numerous posters in prominent places, such as facility entrance points, to inform clients of measures put in place in that particular facility.

Lastly, and most importantly, we remain vigilant in learning more about this disease by monitoring developments issued by the WHO and ECDC closely, and keeping informed of requirements issued by the National Health Authorities. Since this guidance may change from time to time, we suggest you check our website periodically prior to your planned stay, to inform of any updates or changes.

We are committed to doing what's right to protect our customers and associates, and to do our part in preventing transmission of the Covid-19 disease.

Thank you to our loyal customers for your continued confidence and trust in our people and our company.

Country Covid Travel Information

Malta is at the moment not exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Museums and tourist sites, shops, gyms, hairdressers, swimming pools, restaurants and bars have re-opened but with restrictions on the number of customers allowed entry, a requirement to wear a mask and an ability to maintain social distancing (1.5m).

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, you should contact the public health helpline on 111 and follow their instructions.

All arriving passengers must have completed a paper copy of both a public health and a passenger locator form. These are available at the Malta Airport website under the section "Passenger Declarations".

There will be a temperature checks at the airport, you will also have to fill in a form at arrival detailing where in the plan you were seated and where you will stay during your visit to Malta.

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

You will have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, when you are travelling home from Malta.

Last Updated: 08SEP2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Malta is just over 3 hours direct flights from the UK and it is always a popular location with British travellers. The island lies almost in the middle of the Mediterranean, 93km from Siciliy and 288km from the north of Africa. The main island has the nation's capital Valetta. For the north are the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino. Comino is largely uninhabited.

Covid Travel Information

Malta is at the moment not exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Museums and tourist sites, shops, gyms, hairdressers, swimming pools, restaurants and bars have re-opened but with restrictions on the number of customers allowed entry, a requirement to wear a mask and an ability to maintain social distancing (1.5m).

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, you should contact the public health helpline on 111 and follow their instructions.

All arriving passengers must have completed a paper copy of both a public health and a passenger locator form. These are available at the Malta Airport website under the section "Passenger Declarations".

There will be a temperature checks at the airport, you will also have to fill in a form at arrival detailing where in the plan you were seated and where you will stay during your visit to Malta.

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

You will have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, when you are travelling home from Malta.

Last Updated: 08SEP2020

Weather and Climate

Malta has a typically Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers and cooler spring and autumn. Many dive centres close their doors for a few weeks over Winter. The days are long and sunny, with up to 12 hours of sunshine in the summer! From Jan - Apr the average water temp is 15-16C, raising to 26 in August. As the summer cools off, the average is around 20C.

Travel

Flight options

We are able to book a number of charter flight options from the UK to Malta. Flights operate from a number of regional airports. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Malta, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

As it is a direct service, there are no stop over options

Arrange before you go

Regular Entry Requirements

UK passport holders do not need a visa for Malta. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with your airline. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

Most flights to Malta are charter flights. This means seating is allocated at check in. For some carriers we are able to prebook leg room, window or aisle seats. Please speak to your travel consultant about availability and the current charges levied by your airline.

Check in

Depending on your airline, you may be able to complete check in online to print your boarding pass. If not, we will email your flight tickets to you in advance. You must print your ticket coupon.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival please make your way through baggage claim and immigration. There will either be a rep to meet you or you will have full details of your where to meet your transfer (with a confirmation voucher) in your travel documentation. If you have any issues on arrival, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

Transfers are included in your holiday. You be advised in your travel documentation of how to find your transfer.

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. EU passport holders do not need to pay a departure tax.

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Tipping

Any local excursions are booked, paid for and taken at your own risk - please ensure you are fully insured for any land activities you wish to enjoy

Currency

You will need euros in Malta. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted, but you should check with your bank about any additional overseas charges they may levy for using your card in Malta.

Phone coverage

Phone coverage is generally good - do check with your phone provider about any applicable overseas charges. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM for making calls or data use

Plugs and electricity

3 pin round UK plug sockets are used in Malta - 220V

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally

Extras

Special trips (gozo, Comino, north Malta by boat) night dives and specific tek wreck dives can all be arranged and paid for locally

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

15lt tanks are 1 euro per tank - 32% nitrox is 5 euros per fill

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit is £400. If you add flights to your holiday full payment of your chosen flight option may also be required to confirm your ATOL bonded package.

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel, within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling with 12 months

Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

Our most popular package includes 7 nights in an inland room (2 people sharing) on an all inclusive basis
The standard dive package is 10 dives (5 days) AIR
Return airport transfers are included in your package

Excluded

International flights to Malta (MLA) are not included. Please ask for a competitive quote to add these to your holiday.

Additional diving and services are arranged and paid for at the dive centre at the end of your trip

Any local excursions are booked, paid for and taken at your own risk - please ensure you are fully insured for any land activities you wish to enjoy

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed


Deep Blue are one of Malta's premier dive centres, with facilities and a reputation that are second to none. This dedicated team have spent nearly 20 years discovering the very best wreck, cave and reef diving that there is. And with every aspect of diving covered, there is nothing they cannot do to make your dream holiday in Malta.



If you are a certified diver looking to explore Malta underwater, there is a plethora of nerve tingling dives that await. Shore diving gets you to some of the most famous dive sites but there are also boat and rib dives if you prefer. A typical day starts around 8:30 and gets you back mid afternoon - ideal for allowing time to relax on shore or catch up with the family. On top of the outstanding "regular" dives, you can also take special trips to Comino, Gozo and boat dive the sites to the north and south of the island. On request dives can also be made at the Blenheim Bomber, Helespont and Torpedo Ship. Local charges apply for special trips.



  • Shore and boat diving
  • PADI, BSAC and SSI training
  • Guided shore, wreck and reef dives


The range of diving courses on offer with the team of experienced instructors encompasses PADI, BSAC and SSI. Classroom and pool sessions are on site then let the open water fun begin! Safety and enjoyment at the buzz words here, with high quality rental equipment, a full range of tank sizes and nitrox on request.

The Madonna

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 15m | Max Depth: 30m

This famous underwater marker is located just over the reef wall at 17 metres and is one of the attractions that nearly every visitor has on his tick list. Placed there many years ago as a good luck charm for divers this small statue watches over her underwater flock. This dive site has several tunnels and two nice swim troughs. Marine life includes barracuda, amberjacks, scorpion fish and then even trigger fish.

The Arch

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 15m | Max Depth: 25m

A gentle swim to right of the entry point and you will eventually arrive at this magnificent underwater feature. Once a cave the roof has long since collapsed leaving this beautiful halo in the sea often patrolled by shoals of Jacks and Barracuda. The top of the arch is 9 metres and the sandy bottom is at 18 metres.

Anchor Bay (Popeye Village)

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 6m | Max Depth: 12m

This site is reached through a narrow cutting in the rock wall. It is a shallow site with a maximum depth of around 17 metres and its main attraction is a cave that runs into the cliff face at 6 metres. You can surface in several chambers in this cave and it provides a great way of introducing this kind of diving to those who always wanted to take a look.

Qawra Point

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 5m | Max Depth: 36m

A shallow and easy reef dive along colourful rock formations. This dive can also be done as a deeper dive on the outer side of the reef where it may reach 36 metres.

Blue Grotto

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 18m | Max Depth: 36m

This dive site, along with Cirkewwa in the north of Malta, ranks as one of the most visited sites on the island as it offers dives for all levels of experience. Its many features include of course the wreck of the Um El Faroud but long before this wreck was put in place this area was a major attraction. The depth ranges form 4 to 40 metres and offers such diversity as to please any dive enthusiast.

Ghar Lapsi

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 6m | Max Depth: 25m

This beautiful part of the Maltese coast is a favourite with the locals as a swimming area as it has superb and picturesque sheltered water rising into shady land caverns ideal for shading from the summer sun. For divers though it is the network of shallow caves and gently sloping reef down through gin clear waters to a sandy sea bed at 15 metres that entice us to this location.

HMS Maori

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 12m | Max Depth: 16m

The 115m long HMS Maori was sunk in a german air raid in 1942. The destroyer now sits in the sand at 17 metres with the top part of the remaining structure at 9 metres just 70 metres off the coast in Sliema Creek overlooked by the magnificent Fort St Elmo. A lot of this wreck is buried underneath a bed of sand. However after over 50 years in a shallow resting place it is remarkably still a very interesting dive.

X139 Waterlighter

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 8m | Max Depth: 25m

Until very recently this vessel was thought to be just a service barge that was torpedoed in WWII whilst moored in the harbour. We now know that this barge is actually a vessel with significant historical value as it is in fact one of the last remaining examples of a fleet that was commissioned to land forces during the Gallipoli campaign. She now lies in a vertical position bow to stern 6 to 24 metres.

M.V. Rozi

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 30m | Max Depth: 36m

Just 70 metres from the shore lying at 36 metres you will be met by the sight of this superb wreck. Scuttled initially as an attraction for a submarine tour that no longer runs this Tug Boat holds a special place in hearts of divers visit her and get seduced by her stately grace. Often surrounded by Mediterranean fish of all shapes and sizes, this is a dive that you cannot miss seeing if you visit Malta.

Um- El- Faroud

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 20m | Max Depth: 36m

The Um- El- Faroud is possibly one of Maltas most popular and most famous wrecks. With a length of 110m and width of 16m she is a great wreck dive. Renamed when she was bought, this ship started life as a freighter after being built in Sunderland England. After purchase and conversion to a Libyan oil tanker she was the victim of a tragic explosion in the Malta dry docks while in for repair. In 1998 the Um- El- Faroud was cleaned up and sank as an artificial reef for scuba divers just of the coast of the site Blue Grotto. Top deck 15m, sandy bottom, 36 metres.

Bell Cave

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 5m | Max Depth: 25m

The entrance to this cave is usually through the lower opening at 22 metres after which the diver heads up into the chimney and out through slits in the reef wall.

Bristol Blenheim Bomber

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 39m | Max Depth: 42m

Shot down on its approach to Malta during WWII and now lies on a sandy sea bed at 42 metres deep. As you descend from the shot line form our cover boat the spectacular view comes into your line of sight. If it is your first visit to this site the memory will linger in your minds eye for years to come.

HMS Hellespont

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 35m | Max Depth: 41m

This wooden paddle steamer hit a mine in WWII while carrying out its duty. It sank immediately and sits upright on the bottom at 41m. A stunning wreck that remained remarkably intact.

St Pauls Island

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15m | Max Depth: 25m

A short boat trip form st pauls bay and we can begin to explore the reefs around this little island which has been reputed to be the place that st Paul was ship wrecked and so brought Christianity to Malta. Starting form 5 meters we can descend to max depth of 25 meters tracing the reef wall and rocky seabed.

Anchor Bay (Popeye Village)

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 20m | Max Depth: 25m

Billinghurst cave is found on the north side of the island. The top of the cave entrance is just few meters below the surface and the bottom is at 27m meters. A giant stride from the top of the cliffs above the cave and you are ready to begin a fifty meter swim in the cave where one will be surrounded by lots of multi-coloured sponges, soft coral and virgin lace coral. It is possible to surface at the very end of the tunnel and only experienced divers using the correct equipment should be tempted this far inside.

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Gueliz Restaurant

Our main restaurant is named after the modern district of Marrakesh, one of the ancient imperial cities of Morocco. Its name derives from mur (n) akush, which means "Land of God". The decor recalls Morocco's Gueliz urban district and is washed in delicate Moorish colours. We serve a meticulously prepared, exquisite and lavish buffet straight from our chefs' pans three times a day.

Tangine Restaurant

All-Inclusive buffet restaurant serving Indian and Moroccan cuisines, takes you through a culinary journey from Marrakesh to Mumbai and all the tastes, scents and aromas in between. Our Moroccan and Indian chefs serve a mouth-watering array of dishes - from the traditional Moroccan cuisine to the spiced dishes of all the regions of India. And it is all served in a number of rooms done up in typically intimate Moorish style.

Kozy Bar

Kosy Bar is the hotel's main bar serving cocktails, spirits, drinks and coffee. The bar is open early evening till late night with live shows, dance and singers.