Malta – The Corinthia St George’s Bay – A destination for all seasons
It’s no wonder that the award winning television series, Game of Thrones, used Malta as a set location, with its stunning landscape and year-round inviting climate. We flocked to Malta at the end of November, in search of something we thought was like that needle in a haystack…lovely weather in Europe, and much to our surpsise…we found it. This gorgeous climate has long been kept under the radar, while tourists flock to more commercial resorts in winter months.
Located 50 miles south of Sicily, with 3 Unesco World Heritage sites to its credit, Malta remains one of the few untapped travel destinations. Beaches characterized by crystal-clear blue waters with rocky coves, and surrounded by rolling emerald green hills, the landscape is one of the most breathtaking on the Mediterranean coast.
Located in close proximity to both Europe and North Africa, Malta was sought after as an important strategic point for many power seeking super powers in history such as the Phoenicians Romans ,Arabs, French and British. As such, today, the mix of European and Arab cultures is evident in the diversity of Malta’s food, language and everyday life.
Where to Stay – Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay
The Corinthia St. George’s Bay, characterized by mesmerizing views of the Mediterranean, and a grand lobby, with towering columns and classic marble, offers a unique and unforgettable welcome for guests. With the grand piano in the lobby, we spent every night sipping the rich flavors of local Maltese wine, while being serenaded by classic melodies from the likes of Frank Sinatra, until finally our beds beckoned and we returned to our rooms for a few hours of shut eye. Location Located only 20 minutes from the main airport, St. Julian’s is an ideal central location from which to take tour the island. The hub of St. Julian’s offers excellent restaurants, a nearby shopping complex, a cinema and a bowling alley. The hotel’s weekday complimentary shuttle takes guests to/from the main tourist destinations of Valletta and Sliema, thus eliminating the need to spend extra on taxis. The hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus has a convenient stop just outside the hotel.
A Room with a View Guaranteed
The spacious rooms are traditionally decorated with private balconies and breathtaking panoramic sea views. The balcony of our room was so inviting, we could have spent our entire time just staring out at the sea from the comfort of our room. Housekeeping staff were very accommodating with toiletries. We enjoyed the slippers and robes. Ultimately, between the comfort of the common areas, including the pool and lobby, and with so much to see and do in Malta, we spent little time in the room, other than to sleep. Facilities The Corinthia boasts 4 swimming pools, one of which is an indoor pool that connects to the outside terrace with a transversal bridge. The fitness room is well equipment with inviting views overlooking the pools and the bay. The sauna and indoor whirlpools supplement the on-site watersports center that offers everything from jet-skiing to parasailing, and diving.
The full buffet breakfast at Fra Martino, was a great start to each morning. Offering a full selection of cheeses, sausages, fresh fruits, custom omelets, and pastries including pain au chocolat, the breakfast was a feast for the eyes that displayed a traditional Maltese start to the day. For an even more gastronomic treat, with a broader selection of Maltese specialties, the lavish Sunday brunch, with live music is one of the best on the island.
The range of restaurants on the property gives guests little reason to leave in the evenings. Caviar & Bull, a current favorite with well-heeled Maltese, offers fine dining, with a selection of island specialties.. Chef Marvin offers a creative menu, with an array of caviar as well as seafood, such as succulent lobster and calamari and an oyster and caviar bar that’s worth traveling for. The American diner, Henry J Beans is also popular with locals and offers a more casual menu. The newer Buddhamann restaurant, with an inventive Asian fusion cuisine, offers the most romantic setting, with spacious sofas overlooking the bay.
- Rooms with best views are on the higher floors.
- Access to the executive lounge is worth the upgrade, considering that the lovely afternoon and evening spread changes every day. The lounge is a nice way to unwind after a long day.
- Advance reservations for the complimentary shuttle to Valetta and Sliema are recommended.
- Advance reservations for Buddhamann and Caviar & Bull restaurants is recommended.
- Always consider the special deals offered directly through Corinthia’s website, prior to booking CLICK HERE
Malta is a European paradise for all seasons and the Corinthia St. George’s Bay is a hotel with heart.
For reservations go to www.Corinthia.com and take advantage of their best rate guarantee.
Donna Salle is a freelance travel writer and can be reached directly at TravelsWithHeart@gmail.com