With history in abundance dating back to the Romans and the Knights of St. John, it is blessed with multiple cultural influences with lots to see from fortresses to megalithic temples and a subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to around 4000 B.C.
On a more leisurely note, the periwinkle sea provides the perfect setting for soul-feeding views, boat trips and Harbourside dining. Valletta is the capital of Malta, and is a living, breathing example of its history. Its founder decreed that it should be ‘a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen’, and thus far it has retained its 16th-century elegance – it also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out the spectacular coastal scenery, such as that at Dwejra on the west coast of the little island of Gozo. Here, by way of example of the diversity, beauty and historic drama that the archipelago holds, two vast, underground caverns in the limestone have collapsed to create two circular depressions now occupied by Dwejra Bay and the Inland Sea. It is otherworldly and reminiscent of a scene from Game of Thrones but more relaxing and with a better climate.
So amidst all this beauty, where should you stay and spa in Malta?
It is hard to beat a stay at The Palace Malta. A romantic, five star hotel in the centre of Sliema (20 minutes from the capital) with panoramic views of the skyline from the rooftop bar and the pool on the 9th floor, it is all about contemporary style with old school service.
Bringing together all things modern with the history of the area in perfect harmony, the hotel is within immediate reach of some of the most elegant shopping and sight seeing districts, but when you return there’s the Marion Mizzi wellness centre to greet you.
Set across three levels, there is a freshwater indoor pool adjacent to a sauna and steam room and the aforementioned outdoor pool on the ninth floor with 360 degree views of the city.
A five minute walk from the city centre, The Victoria Hotel Malta is also in Sliema, and brings ostentatious glamour to your stay. Close to the seafront and the city’s main promenade, the four star hotel is within easy reach of a little designer shopping should you wish to indulge.
Meanwhile, spa and leisure facilities can be found on the seventh and eighth floors of the hotel, allowing guests to enjoy a view of the city skyline while you relax in the fresh water indoor pool, outdoor pool or enjoy a little reflexology after a day of exploring.
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