Malta!

August 2, 2016

Earlier this year Hannah had the pleasure of visiting both Corinthia properties in beautiful Malta, read all about her trip and recommendations below:

 

‘For the first 3 nights of our week away, we stayed at The Corinthia Palace hotel located in San Anton located in the middle of the Maltese Island, it’s the only large hotel in the area so we really felt like we got a proper taste of the culture in Malta as the surroundings were unspoilt by tourism! The nearest external restaurant was just outside of the entrance to the hotel and was a lovely option for lunch or dinner with a nice outdoor area. The town of Mdina is only a 10 minute taxi ride away which has a great choice of restaurants to choose from, including several options inside the historic walls!


The Corinthia Palace has a great selection of facilities in the hotel to keep guests entertained during the day including an outdoor and indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness centre, sauna, massage therapy and beauty treatments. In addition there are a lot of day trips you can take advantage of using the free shuttle from the hotel, you just need to go to reception the night prior to book yourself onto a coach. They travel from the hotel to the Capital City of Valletta, Sliema and the other Corinthia property at St Georges Bay where you can use their swimming pool and leisure facilities, as well as the Casino at St Julian’s Bay! The shuttle will then pick you up again at a time agreed with your driver.


The historic capital Valletta has several museums where you can learn about the history of Malta - we particularly enjoyed the Grand Masters Palace Museum, it taught us so much about their culture which I didn’t know before including the Knights of St John, it was an interesting and entertaining afternoon! Large tours can also be arranged with an English tour guide so your group can stay together and have an organised informative talk on your way around the palace and armouries.


The hotel has an array of dining options - if you’re looking for a fine dining experience then why not try the Villa Corinthia set in a beautiful traditional room filled with large portraits in the old Villa which has been fully restored! You can also enjoy a ‘British’ afternoon tea in the Villa Corinthia. If you’re looking for something a little less formal you could try the Rickshaw restaurant, offering a combination of Thai, Chinese and Japanese dishes, which is very popular with the locals also. Alternatively there is also the Summer Kitchen and the Orange Grove, you can enjoy afternoon tea in the Orange Grove or just a snack or lunch time light bite, tucked away in the beautiful lobby right in the heart of the hotel. The Summer Kitchen is outside undercover overlooking the gorgeous swimming pool - here you can enjoy cocktails and lunch for more casual alfresco dining! In addition to this there is the lovely Piano bar where you can enjoy ‘Happy Hour’ all evening, making your cocktails 2 for 1.


The Palace hotel also has 6 meeting rooms, with the largest taking 450 theatre layout.  The Villa Corinthia can also be used for private events, this can hold 290 people for a sit down dinner.

After the 3 nights at the Corinthia Palace we headed over to the Corinthia St George’s Bay located right on the tip of the bay where they have fabulous views over the sea. We spent the nights on our suite balcony watching the speed boats fly past from the Blue Lagoon! There are lots of boat trips to choose from, we used a small company called Okikokibanis which is run by Tony and his 3 dogs! We visited the Blue Caves, the Blue Lagoon, the Comino Island and Gozo, I would highly recommend if you were planning an incentive out to Malta that you visit these places, although the Blue Lagoon is very touristy it’s a must see for even just a fly-by glimpse of the crystal clear blue waters!


At the hotel, there are lots of facilities to use throughout your stay including 7 restaurants, 4 bars, 6 pools around the resort, spa, diving school, water sports, hair salon and private beach! In addition there are 14 meeting rooms in the hotel with the largest room holding 550 delegates in theatre style. The restaurants offer something for everyone, from Henry J Beans American style diner and cocktails to more formal dining in Caviar and Bull overlooking St George’s Bay. We were fortunate enough to spend our 4 nights in an Executive Suite which gave us full access to the Executive lounge where we enjoyed unlimited free alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, snack’s and freshly cooked to order breakfasts in the morning. There were many restaurants and bars only a 5 minute walk from the hotel if you wanted to venture away from the resort, and the hustle and bustle of St Julian’s Bay is a 15 minute walk away in the next bay along.


In between St Julian’s and St George’s Bay is the Dragonara Casino which is attached to the The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta. They have a restaurant onsite serving a variety of food includin local delicacies and lovely seafood overlooking the sea and St Julian’s Bay. Inside the Casino they offer everything you would expect including roulette tables, black jack and slot machines, the sign up was quick easy and most importantly it was free to join so you could save your Euros for the slots!’

 

Malta has a huge selection of great food and fun activities so there really is something for everyone, for more information or to book your next incentive with us please email info@bell-events.co.uk

 

 

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