I realised that £500 might seem a lot for a holiday in Malta, but this is for two people and is on an all-inclusive basis so you're covered.
Flying from Manchester with easyJet on a Tuesday in May, the all-inclusive deal staying at the three-star Blue Sea San Anton Hotel in Bugibba is a fantastic place to get some sunshine and relax by the pool for a week. Just 500m from the seafront and Bugibba's blue wave beach, the hotel offers a swimming pool, games lounge, mini market incase you get peckish between meals and an Irish pub for evening entertainment.
Being located so close to the promenade of Bugibba means you've got plenty to choose from in the evening to explore the local area and day trips to Valetta, Malta's capital city are also possible.
Flying out to Malta from Manchester is on an early flight, 6:35am to be exact but return is a day flight so you won't need to be up early to head back to the airport.
A double room on an all-inclusive basis was £199 per person at the time of writing plus airport transfers and baggage fees on top which adds up to £477 for two people for the seven night stay. Of course, you don't have to go for the all-inclusive option, however, going half board is the same price so you can always skip the meals and head out to one of the local restaurants (I recommend the Venus Restaurant just off the main promenade.)
As for Bugibba itself, this quaint little town is a beautiful example of Mediterranean living with a harbour to match. Spending a day enjoying the scenery and shopping is a great way to get to know the locals. The Bugibba Temple is one of Malta's historic temples but sadly has just a few remains and is surrounded bu the Hotel Dolmen and casino.