If anyone would have to told me that I would be travelling to Malta anytime soon, I would have said they were out of their mind. Yet, I find myself here by invitation and loving every minute.
Malta has the most beautiful preserved towns, while Valetta, Malta’s capital is packed with the history of the island. When arriving on the island we first checked in at the stylish boutique hotel called The Palace Hotel.
This 5 star hotel is based in Sliema and about 45 minutes from the airport. It offers comfortable rooms and is the only place where you will find designer suits with stunning harbor view from the terrace and tasteful Asian cuisine.
Malta’s capital is a remarkable city. The walled city is a harmonious ensemble of 16th and 17th century town houses fronted by traditional Maltese balconies. The last couple of years have seen Valetta bloom, with new restaurants and an emerging nightlife area in its former so called red light district.
When in Malta combine the beaches with a most relaxing stay at Gozo which means “Joy”, with it’s small villages and agreeable views and you’re bound to have the perfect holiday. Even in November the temperature is unbelievably agreeable.
Go for a wine tasting at the Ta Mena estate where they offer you a taste of a bit of typical food like the Gozo peppered cheese-lets. The Sun-Dried Sweet Tomato Paste is to die for, and yes, I took that home with me. The wines are tasty and the olive oil is pure virgin making it a healthy “one-shot” supplement in the morning. Drinking olive oil every day is good for the heart.
When in Gozo head over to the renowned Kempinski hotel for their award-winning spa and Ayurveda Centre. They carry one of my favorite skincare brands Elemental Herbology. A natural skincare brand that is packed with nutrients to help you discover your radiance and give truly visible results. After being pampered and totally relaxed opt for a high tea and enjoy the dreamy view from the terrasse.
Don’t forget to loose yourself while strolling through Mdina a.k.a “The silent city” where colors are the smiles of nature. Of of my favourite highlights during the trip.
Stop at The Xara Palace for drinks or indulge in a high-end sleepover or opt for an exclusive dinner with a panorama view at the de Mondion. The possibilities are endless at this beautiful hotspot.
It’s really nice to grab tucked-away pieces from your summer closet to hit summer temperatures at the end of October. For these four days, I had the pleasure to be in Malta summery outfits were key and I went where ever the summer breeze took me…
picture credits: Brenda Van Leeuwen Fotografie
Just like the Maltese language, the Maltese kitchen is an exotic mix of flavors with influences from Italy, France, Great Britain, and Arabic. There is something there for almost everyone. Eat and drink like a local, just pick and choose. One of my favorite stops was at the Harbour Club restaurant with a stunning view. After that grab, a Maltese Gondola-shaped boat for a fun sightseeing boat tour around the harbor.
Malta, Gozo, and Comino with their total population of over 400,000 inhabitants, and a coastline of 196,8KM offer one of the best spots when it comes to diving and for instance parasailing. You’ll also find shops with surprisingly nice fashionable finds and souvenirs you’ll really want to take home with you. By the way; if you love running as much as I do, do indulge in one of the running events that are held each year in Malta, including triathlons and half-marathons. Check MaltaMarathon
This trip has been absolutely amazing. I’ve had the nicest travel companions and met the loveliest people. Malta is soul-stirringly beautiful and there’s something there for everyone. From the glittering sea, historic golden-stone cities, and beachside cocktails. It is laid back and easy. From boat trips to the most friendly people and soul-feeding news. Check out my YouTube TRAVEL VLOG for some inspiration.