Malta is a little gem sitting in the middle of The Mediterranean between Italy and Morocco.  Ideal for a year round holiday.  I love to get away in the winter and stay somewhere out of season.  Malta is a perfect choice, mild weather, not crowded and of course you will find some inexpensive deals for flights.

Where to stay? Well, Corinthia Hotels are always an excellent choice for me.  I love the small, family run hotel group with its emphasis on caring for guests, making sure they have a lovely time with excellent facilities and staff . A friendly welcome is guaranteed.

Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay Set beside the sea with gorgeous views, located in St Julian and only 10 minutes drive from Valetta. The resort has 6 pools and 8 restaurants, it is tempting just to stay there, but you must explore Malta.

3 Cities Malta

I stayed in Suite 58 which boasts not one but two balconies both with fabulous views!  A comfortable bed, which is a Diva essential as is lots of wardrobe space and plenty of hangers.  Lovely bathroom products from Espa plus slippers and bathrobe will make you feel like a pampered Diva too!

PHOTO: Suite 58 at Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay Malta

The living Room looks out to sea with fantastic views and we enjoyed a cup of tea on the balcony which we could make ourselves with our tea and coffee making facility.

RESTAURANTS at Corinthia Hotel Saint George’s Bay

We were spoilt for choice with 8 different places to eat at the resort.

PHOTO: Henry J Bean’s Bar and Grill

This was packed full at lunchtime with guests and locals, always a good sign! Enormous portions and perfect for a casual lunch or drink.

Dinner was delicious at Buddhamann, an ethnic-asian fused Restaurant with a bottle of Maltese wine.  Maltese wine is very good indeed, we needed to sample many different types of course!  Wine was so inexpensive, I couldn’t quite believe it after prices in France.

PHOTO: Buddhamann Ethnic-Asian Restaurant at Corinthia Hotel Saint George’s Bay

Caviar and Bull Restaurant and Fra Martino Restaurant were very tempting too!  Breakfast is served at Fra Martino Restaurant, if you don’t want a lovely Room Service brekkie.  The choice is wonderful! You will definitely find something you love to eat.  My favourite Omelette was freshly made for me. Choose pancakes, full English breakfast, continental… so many choices.

PHOTO:  Breakfast at Fra Martino Restaurant at Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay

Where to go in Malta?

Then plan your day exploring the island.  A couple of my favourite places to visit are Three Cities and Mdina.  The hotel provides a free shuttle bus to Valetta then hop on a ferry across to Three cities where you can explore these magical, unspoiled fortified cities of Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua.  Have lunch then hop back on the ferry which takes 5 minutes to cross back to Valetta.

Mdina is a fortified city in the Northern region which was the Capital city from antiquity to the Medieval period.  I absolutely loved exploring in a horse drawn carriage and finding the film sites for Game of Thrones!  To be honest, Malta is very small and so everywhere is easily accessible.

Valetta is the City of Culture for 2018 and so it is an exciting time to visit! There are lots of events to see. Make sure to visit Saint John’s Cathedral which is magnificent and explore the city.

Read my Where to go blog, coming soon.

PHOTO: Magnificent Lobby at Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay

What to do at Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay:

The Hotel Lobby is superb with 3 picture windows from which to enjoy the views! Look out for the Silver maker in the Lobby every Monday evening Every day there is a different free activity for guests to.

Also, enjoy The Executive Lounge on the 6th Floor if you stay in a Suite or Executive Room.  Enjoy something to eat while you enjoy the fantastic view.

PHOTO: View from the Executive Lounge

Apollo Day Spa:

Did I mention there are 6 swimming pools?  If that doesn’t keep you busy there is also a Dive school, Watersports Centre (sadly closed in winter) and a Spa with gorgeous indoor pool!

PHOTO: Apollo Day Spa at Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay

A massage is always a treat and I loved an amazing Ayurvedic Abhyanga full body massage with herb infused oil.  My skin was a soft as silk and I felt very zen.  Choose a treatment from the Spa menu or enjoy a facial treatment. How lovely is the indoor pool and who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing Spa day?  Sauna and whirlpool too – just heavenly.

PHOTO: View from Suite 58, Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay

I ended a lovely day with a drink on my terrace admiring the view, before a restful nights sleep.

A fantastic couple of days at Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay Malta.  There is so much more to explore I will have to come back soon!

INFORMATION:

Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay

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Corinthia St George’s Bay, St Julians, STJ3301, Malta Tel. +356 2137 4114

 

 

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5 THINGS TO DO IN MALTA

Malta is a great year round destination with plenty to do, apart from visiting the lovely beaches in summer of course!  We visited in February and enjoyed exploring the island during our 4 day stay. Here are 5 things to do in Malta.

  1. VALETTA

Valetta is the European city of culture for 2018.  2018 is a good time to explore this lovely city with all the cultural events taking place.  Check out the Tourist Board website to find out what is going on.

Valetta is full of history, the walled city was established in the 1500s by the Knight’s of St John.    There is so much to see and do from museums, Palaces and Churches!  Take a walk strolling around the town and don’t forget to look up at the intricate buildings and gargoyles on the corners.

PHOTO: Valetta Doorways

I always like old doorways and there were hundreds of characterful ones to choose here.  Even if you are not a Church visiting person (that would be me!) make sure to make time for:

2. ST JOHN’S CATHEDRAL

PHOTO: St John’s Cathedral

The opulent interior is spectacular and home to a Caravaggio masterpiece ‘The beheading of St John”, pictured above.  Stop in one of the outside Cafe’s for a reviving coffee.  I liked Cafe Cordina with its fabulously opulent interior just nearby the Cathedral.

Walk everywhere with ease, just make sure you wear comfy shoes.  Take a stroll to Upper Barraka Garden, admire the view and then take the lift down to the harbour.  Hop on a ferry for a 5 minute ride over to:

3. THE THREE CITIES

PHOTO: View from the Ferry to 3 cities

Worth it just for the spectacular views! The three cities comprises Birgu, Single and Cospicua.  Explore the beautiful winding streets. We stopped for lunch in one of the harbourside restaurants.

PHOTO: Explore Birgu

Then hop back on the ferry back to Valetta.

4. MDINA:

This was my favourite town to visit in Malta!  I am a Game of Thrones fan and Series one was filmed in Malta, including scenes set in Mdina.  You will recognise ‘Kings Landing’ scenes in these beautiful streets.  We took a ride in a horse and carriage with Billy and his owner.  This was well worth it, because he pointed out all the interesting places!  You will feel as if you are in an Episode of Game of Thrones!

PHOTO: Mdina fortified city in Malta

Mdina was the original capital city of Malta.  Full of history, art, some great restaurants and with some amazing views of Malta.  Definitely a ‘must visit’!

5. SAN ANTON GARDENS

We loved the beautiful San Anton Palace and Gardens.  The gardens of the Presidential Palace are definitely worth a visit and you can stop for lunch nearby too.  This can be combined with a trip to Mdina as it is only a 10 minute drive between the two.

PHOTO: San Anton Gardens, Attard

Next trip we will visit the other islands of Gozo and Comino and some of the fabulous beaches when the weather is warmer!

We stayed at Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard and Corinthia St George’s Hotel in St Juliens.  Both were superb.  I have reviews of both here on the website.

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