Malta is a terrific Mediterranean destination with pristine beaches and around 300 sunny days a year. Besides these features, the archipelago has a greater density of historic sights than any other country – visitors can take their pick of prehistoric temples, Roman catacombs, medieval towns, as well as the architectural and artistic legacy of the Knights of Malta.
Being a British crown colony for so long means there are red letter boxes, phone booths and an abundance of English-language speakers, but Malta has ridden itself of Britain’s poor reputation for culinary arts with some excellent restaurants specializing in Mediterranean food.
Summer is delightful for the almost guaranteed bright blue skies and perfect for sunbathing, diving, sailing and enjoying local markets and festivals. Spring and autumn are ideal for sightseeing when the temperature is comfortable enough for excursions. Winter brings the menace of bad weather but is a good time for the budget-conscious, as flights are cheaper and accommodation often dramatically so. And if you’re looking to indulge in a luxurious experience and want accommodation with a twist, we’ve listed here four enticing options.
The Malta Hilton – for entertainment
Located in St Julians, The Malta Hilton is a lavish hotel overlooking the stunning Portomaso waterfront. Ever since its inception on the drawing board, Portomaso aimed to be one of the most prestigious areas in the Mediterranean. It has succeeded and is now a home away from home for celebrities and the affluent.
With five swimming pools and a fully equipped health suite, The Hilton will be perfect for active types. Those who crave entertainment can head to one of the five restaurants or four bars. And if you want to feel like you’re in a James Bond movie, visit The Hilton between October 18 and 29 as it is the official European Poker Tour (EPT) hotel. EPT will take place at the world-renowned Portomaso Casino, which is just a stone’s throw away from The Hilton. An exciting alternative to usual holiday experiences, the event should provide bags of thrill to gamblers and spectators alike.
The Palace – for health and beauty
The Palace is the prime location for those seeking an indulgence of health and beauty. Marion Mizzi is a name renowned in every household around the Maltese Islands and her passion and drive have been harnessed by The Palace to create the Marion Mizzi wellness center. Guests are pampered with a range of luxurious products: they can try out a Caviar Ultra Lifting Facial, a Frost Peel and Stem Cell Facial; or indulge in a Chocolate Massage or a Cappuccino Sugar Peeling. There are also customized slimming or spa packages to promote relaxation, inspiration or restoration.
The hotel has a freshwater indoor pool, an outdoor pool and a fitness center open every day from 6am to 10pm which offers numerous packages for visitors who want a higher level of expertise and exclusive service. Finally, guests are able to use the nearby Union Club which runs two open-air tennis courts, two squash courts and the Tigne Beach Club.
The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux – for romance
The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux is a unique 17th-century palace hidden away in the medieval fortified city of Mdina, the old capital of Malta, and is the ideal place for honeymooners or those celebrating an anniversary. This stunning family-run hotel offers a level of exclusivity and seclusion that is perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime romantic expedition.
The 17 individually designed rooms and suites combine the latest modern comforts with unique antique furniture and artworks by Maltese masters and international artists. Although it only re-opened as a hotel in 1999, The Xara Palace boasts a noble history intricately linked to that of Knights of Mdina and it was meticulously restored to its former glory.
The Xara Palace has several wedding venues, one of the most attractive being the Piazza: this inner courtyard will make for a perfect wedding in the summer and can cater for up to 500 standing or seated guests.
Casetta Menzja – for independence
Visitors to the Maltese Islands looking for something different for a getaway can opt to stay in one of the many converted farmhouses available, such as Casetta Menzja. Located in the popular village of Sannat, close to restaurants and local bars, this property enjoys every amenity one could wish for whilst also offering some rustic charm. It is nestled near the largest nature reserve on the island, which is prominent for its walks along the stunning cliffs and views of the archipelago across the Gozo channel.
Designed as a bungalow with an open-plan living area giving onto a sun lounge with a private pool, this is the ideal location for a family retreat. The property comes equipped with all mod cons, 4 bedrooms and stylish décor. The cherry on top: there is 5-star hotel nearby with a first-rate spa and other facilities available to non-hotel residents.
Here you have it: whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a holiday packed with fun or a more relaxed, stress-free vacation, Malta has it all!