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Featured Destination: Malta

November 11, 2019

 

Home to both the oldest prehistoric underground temple in the world and the popular soft drink, Kinnie, the beautiful island of Malta certainly won’t disappoint.

 

Adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, it sits as one of the smallest countries in Europe. Yet, despite its size, you’ll discover a melting pot of history, culture, breathtaking scenery and some of the friendliest locals in the world.

 

The first port of call should be The Ġgantija Temples, the oldest, free-standing structures in the world; followed by a Rolling Geek - a self-drive electric car complete with a pre-programmed GPS - that not only gives the perfect tour but explains what you’re looking at too; finishing with a visit to Malta’s medieval capita, Mdina, which can be traced back more than 4,000 years and is still home to the Island’s noble families. 

 

Those seeking a little less history and a little more beach time will also have ample opportunity. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most picturesque locations on the Maltese archipelago. The small cove between the western end of Gozo and the uninhabited islet of Cominotto, boasts turquoise shallow waters perfect for snorkelling and exploring by boat.

 

 

Only a short three-hour flight from the UK is the sunniest city in Europe, and one of our favourite parts of Malta, Valletta. 

 

Wander at your own pace through the elegant winding streets, enjoy waterfront alfresco dining overlooking the Grand Harbour, or lose yourself in one of the many music festivals that hits the shores each year - all while basking in over 300 days of sunshine a year. 

 

Described by UNESCO as one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world, there are over 320 historical monuments to be found in Valletta alone. History buffs can immerse themselves in over 7,000 years of history and the Island’s scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop to explore megaliths, medieval dungeons and ancient cities. Valletta is positively mythic. 

 

The sparkling Mediterranean-Sea is also on offer to add a tranquil environment for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming; whilst the topographical island landscape encourages rock-climbing, mountain-biking and horse-riding.

 

Malta, Gozo and Comino offer an array of unique diving experiences with an abundance of stunning reefs, natural caves and WW2 wrecks to explore. 

 

Rosselli - AX Privilege

 

 

A recent wave of rejuvenation projects in Valletta, Malta’s charming capital, has welcomed the introduction of some exquisite boutique hotels dotted around the city. The latest addition is Rosselli – AX Privilege, the city’s first luxury 5 star hotel. 

 

Located within the very heart of the city, Rosselli is the epitome of luxury and an ode to Valletta’s noble founders, the religious Order of the Knights of St John. 

 

The boutique hotel comes as a vision of midnight blue, tinted with golden lighting over the honey-coloured limestone façade.

 

 

It’s located in an elegantly-restored palazzo, which dates back to the early 1600s. The graceful building was originally named Casa Rosselli-Massa, after its residents Pietro Rosselli – a well-established goldsmith and philanthropist – and his wife, Alusietta Massa. 

 

Now, the Rosselli house is a timeless example of living history. A distinguishing feature in the building’s structure is its airy internal courtyard, where a classical water fountain takes pride of place. The hallway leading up to the courtyard – now converted into a sophisticated guests’ lounge – is adorned with bevelled mirror walls and a stunning chandelier. 

 

 

The boutique hotel comprises six collections of designer rooms named after different members and motifs belonging to the Rosselli family. Timeless elegance and bottomless luxury await in every room.