Summer 2022’s well on track to be the season where travel makes a huge comeback, so it’s no surprise that competition in the hospitality industry’s just growing fiercer and fiercer…
The latest honour which hotels and restaurants around the globe have been fighting for is none other than the Forbes Travel Guide (FTG) Star Award.
Every year, this internationally followed travel site gathers the best and most luxurious hotels, resorts, restaurants, and spas from all over the world into one list. Every listed establishment then receives one of three ratings: recommended, four-star, or five-star – the latter being the most prestigious.
This year saw FTG publish its 64th annual list, in which critics reviewed establishments from a handful of new destinations, such as the Canary Islands, Greece, Ibiza, and Malta!
It’s safe to say that Malta kicked off its entry into the FTG Star Awards with a bang, as seven hotels around the islands were deemed good enough to make it onto the list. Here are the seven local hotelswho won the FTG awards as follows:
- Corinthia Palace Malta – 4-Star
“Like a set from the 1960 movie ‘La Dolce Vita’, the Corinthia brand’s first hotel – with 147 rooms, including nine suits, six Executive Suites, and two Palace Suites – is a place for those who enjoy classic architecture, traditional décor, formal service, and culinary excellence.”
- Hyatt Regency Malta – Recommended
“With more than 10 stories, plus a ‘barrier-free’ roof deck (it’s surrounded by glass panels), Hyatt Regency Malta has one of the best views in town.”
- Iniala Harbour House – 5-Star
“Like a place you’d imagine Romeo and Juliet holding secret rendezvous, the Malta hotel’s ancient vaults are magical. The best way to enjoy one of these vaults is a soak in the spa’s indoor pool.”
- Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz – Recommended
“Kempinski San Lawrenz makes a wonderful base from which to explore the island’s beaches, bays, and historical sites. If you need a ride, the hotel offers a complimentary bus to capital city Victoria and Ramla Beach.”
- Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa – Recommended
“Throughout the property, from the open dining terraces to the seafront-facing rooms, you are treated to a view of Balluta Bay, the beach, and the stunning neo-Gothic architecture of the Parish Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, along with landmark art nouveau and art deco buildings.”
- Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands – Recommended
“Everywhere you look at Radisson Blue Resort & Spa, Golden Sands, the beautiful Mediterranean Sea calls, with gentle waves of pristine saltwater lapping against the shore of Golden Bay Beach.”
- Rosselli – AX Privilege – Recommended
“Each of the rooms is striking and uniquely decorated in black, white, and grey hues. Furnishings look like they were curated by the Museum of Modern Art.”
Click here to see the full list of international winners.
Article credits: https://www.guidememalta.com/en/these-seven-maltese-hotels-won-forbes-travel-guide-s-2022-star-awardsMalta’s first carbon neutral hotel
Mike Xuereb, the owner at Hotel 19 Rooms in Valletta, is working together with his team towards becoming the first carbon neutral hotel in Malta.
This was shared by Singular Places, a berlin-based, impact and sustainability driven travel booking site, which said the company is proud to be part of Hotel 19 Rooms’ journey, “as they continue to grow towards sustainability and on to regeneration”.
19 Rooms is the only Maltese hotel to be listed on the sustainability-focused booking site, and has passed a set of criteria to make it onto the platform. Criteria assessed include power saving initiatives, water saving measures, plastic avoidance, ecological construction, waste policy, use of local suppliers and more.
In comments shared with Singular Places, the hotel’s owner, Mike Xuereb, remarked:
“Hospitality for me is about exceptional service and being an enabler for your guests’ experience to help them get the most out of their holiday or business trip.
“Sitting on top of that is the need to have an eco-friendly and sustainable operation, were we recognise the realities of climate change and focus on reducing our footprint and being a responsible part of our community.”Archi+ gives glimpses of project bringing first ibis hotel to Malta’s shores
Respected local architecture firm Archi+ has released the first photos from a project it worked on, establishing Malta’s first branch of the well-known multinational ibis hotel chain.
The project was worked on in collaboration with Archi+ partner construction firm Elbros.
Delving into the design process, the architecture firm. which worked as Design Consultant on the project, reflects that while the architectural shell was set, it was briefed to work alongside ibis’s “proven guidelines and standards to ensure that the hotel’s interiors are “perfectly functional” and “elevated with a confident design aesthetic.”
This aesthetic was largely informed by the rugged textures and warm colour palette of natural Maltese landscapes, Archi+ reflects, with exposed off shutter concrete.
Additionally, steel mesh furniture was softened with the use of arched elements and a recurring prickly pear theme, achieving an interior space that acknowledges the sensibilities of the tourism sector whilst retaining a “strong design narrative.”
This will be the first time the economy hotel chain has come to Malta, although its parent company, Accor, does already have a presence on the island’s shores, with its Mercure St Julain’s establishment.
Additionally, in mid-2020 it was reported that the group had signed an agreement with local Stivala Group to develop a new hotel in Sliema, although this does not yet seem to have materialised.
Ibis is one of the world’s leading hotel brands, with 2043 hotels worldwide, across all six inhabited continents.
Article credits: https://whoswho.mt/en/archi-gives-glimpses-of-project-bringing-first-ibis-to-malta-s-shoresMICE are back in Malta
Over the past 5 weeks, we at Colours of Malta, have hosted 6 groups with a total of 500 people coming from Italy, France, Germany and the UK. Each of our groups stayed at 4 and 5 star hotels and had some great incentive programmes planned out whilst enjoying the warm weather.
It’s been so exciting to see that the Beauty, Finance and Hospitality industries, to mention a few, are back on track, fully energised and investing in their business and employees again.
Learn more about our events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/coloursofmaltaThe Colours of Malta Luxury Services Journey – week 8
This week’s Special Feature takes us to the newly opened Embassy Hotel, a 4* superior city hotel.
Located at the very centre of Valletta, this Valletta hotel stands on the site where one of the first hotels in Malta welcomed guests in the 1800s.
Valletta, Malta’s Capital City and a UNESCO Heritage site is quaint yet vibrant, dotted with restaurants, bars and shops at all corners and is the ideal location for any type of trip in any season.
Ivan Borg Ferrando explains how this brand new designer finished hotel boasts 81 good sized bedrooms, a rooftop pool and dining area along with a gorgeous courtyard full of greenery and also meeting facilities.
The Embassy Hotel is officially the largest hotel within the City Walls and is already making a mark on the local hotel map.
No doubt once tourism is back, this property will be buzzing with city slickers, business persons and even families.
We wish the Management and staff all the very best of luck!New Embassy Valletta Hotel opens its doors
The Embassy Valletta Hotel has just opened its doors and is welcoming guests in its 81 beautifully designed four-star superior rooms. The hotel is located in Valletta’s iconic Strait Street and in close proximity to all places of interest, making it an ideal spot to explore the city. The design offers a combination of modern and contemporary features in a cosy atmosphere, providing an aura of comfort and casualness.
The hotel features luxurious and spacious rooms including a mix of Deluxe Rooms and Family Suites, together with Superior Rooms that boast breathtaking views over the city and Marsamxett Harbour. An energising breakfast is served on the hotel’s rooftop terrace – a unique space to start your day or witness spectacular sunsets above the city with unexpected panoramic views stretching to Mdina and beyond.
Guests staying at the Embassy Valletta Hotel can also experience the roof top heated infinity pool, which can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The focus of all activity is the elegant, bright, and comfortable courtyard, where one can meet at any time of the day and taste an array of light culinary delights and cocktails. The Embassy Valletta Hotel features excellent conference facilities equipped with the latest technology and a dedicated events team tasked to deliver seamless businesses experiences. Guests can also de-stress and keep active during their stay in the hotel’s fitness room.
Hubert Debono, general manager of the Embassy Valletta Hotel, said: “We want to provide our guests with a fresh and inviting atmosphere where they can enjoy an unforgettable stay in the heart of Valletta. The Embassy Valletta Hotel is the perfect starting point for a unique discovery journey of Malta’s capital. We’ve combined the city’s quintessential charm with a contemporary sense of style to meet and exceed the expectations of our guests.”
The opening of the Embassy Valletta Hotel is the final stage in the complete renovation project of the Embassy building in Valletta. The project has been driven by the vision and passion of one of Malta’s leading architects, Martin Xuereb and his team. They have managed to achieve the seemingly impossible design according to the Embassy’s vision of retaining the pre-existing building envelope and height while at the same time incorporating Valletta’s largest hotel with all its facilities, six boutique cinema theatres, as well as Agenda Bookshop, Costa Coffee, Bingo Hall, Dean Gera Hair Salon and AKI Restaurant.
Article credits: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/new-embassy-valletta-hotel-opens-its-doors.838484The Colours of Malta Timeless Journey – Week 2
Today we walked through the city gates to visit Fabien Vella at the Domus Zamitello Hotel..
Valletta, our Capital City built by the Knights of Malta is an open air museum full of majestic heritage buildings that have been turned into boutique hotels, governmental and private offices and restaurants over the years.
Fabien recounts the historical journey of this palazzo and how prestigious it is to be General Manager of such a timeless property.
The Colours of Malta Novelties Journey – Week 4
This week we visited Kurt Micallef at the soon to be completed Mercure St Julian’s Malta.
Bang in the heart of St Julian’s with stunning bay views, this brand new property will host 113 rooms and will be a great new addition to the 4* hotels in the area enhancing the amount of beds of quality for upcoming groups. We look forward to the hotel opening this September 2020!