IBB Palazzo Bettina – Birgu

Yesterday we had to opportunity to visit the new IBB hotel Palazzo Bettina in Birgu. The hotel is steeped in history and its restoration has been carried out with true passion. The boutique hotel, featuring 13 luxuriously furnished suites combines ancient with modern, offering an optimal solution both for guests looking for a luxury historical dwelling with a certain flair and for those searching for an elegant, modern, and progressive solution.  The building appears to date back to the 17th century and has a long and varied history serving as a residence for several distinguished individuals and families, in particular, Elizabeth
Muscat Dorell (1741-1829), known as Lady Bettina, who also gave her name to the building.. The palazzo also served as a British military hospital in the second half of the 19th century and St Ġorġ Preca, the founder of the Society of Christian Doctrine. The Third Order Carmelite also made use of the property as one of the seats for the Society of Christian Doctrine in the inter war years.

In 2017, Palazzo Bettina was purchased by the Sormani family, who were charmed by the history of the building. With the extensive experience in recovering and renovating ancient buildings with the objective of returning them to their original splendour, they undertook this new adventure. The result of the investment can be seen in the complete renovation of the building, transformed into a luxury boutique hotel. Bought in 2023 by Bettina Investments Limited, the restoration of the Palazzo was completed back in the summer of 2021 and included the creation of 13 rooms fitted with every possible comfort and luxury.

Easter Sunday in Malta
Malta’s exciting Risen Christ statue Easter Sunday tradition is still going strong.
A symbol of joy, the run sees a group of men run through the streets carrying a massive statue of the Risen Christ and it is one of Malta’s most beloved Easter traditions.
Several towns took part in the tradition on Sunday. This video, taken by Matthew Farrugia in Senglea, shows a large crowd cheering on a group of runners as they sprint through a street with the statue before raising it high.
Happy Easter everyone!
article credits – Lovin Malta

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Malta – Best airport in Europe

Malta’s International Airport has been recognised as the “Best Airport in Europe” in its size again!

For the sixth consecutive year, MIA has been named on this prestigious list.

In the ASQ Awards, Malta ranked in the 5-15 million passengers per year. The scores and ratings given were on:

Ambience – Score of 4.2
“The facilities within Malta Airport offer passengers a comfortable and seamless journey. Every aspect of the airport journey has been considered to ensure the best possible guest experience.”

Courtesy & Helpfulness of Airport Staff – Score of 4.3
“The friendly and welcoming people at Malta International Airport, in addition to the firs-rate amenities, were essential in making my journey enjoyable.”

Ease of Finding Way & Cleanliness- Score of 4.3
“The entire process was quick and efficient. Despite being a smaller airport, Malta Airport is the most well-organised airport.”

article credits : Lovin Malta
Easter treats in Malta

With Easter round the corner one can already see the typical Maltese specialties all around the Island in bakeries and shops. The Maltese love spending their Sundays with family around the table in good company and food. Below we shall be taking a look at some of our Easter favorites.

KWAREŻIMAL

Kwareżimal is a traditional Maltese sweet that is prepared throughout Lent. It is a biscuit of sorts finished with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of nuts. The original recipe was made vegan (of course without the addition of honey) as it contained no butter, milk or eggs in the mixture. Present day, some recipes opt for egg whites as it makes the texture lighter and fluffier.

QAGHAQ TAL-APPOSTL

Known in English as ‘Apostle’s Ring Bread’, this a specially crafted bread that is traditionally baked for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. It is found in bakeries and supermarkets throughout the Lenten time and is distinct due to its ringed shape and flavour. It is slightly sweet and topped with sesame seeds and almonds.

KARAMILLI TAL-ĦARRUB

These little treats are specifically made for Good Friday but can be consumed at any time during Lent. They are made from carob and have a hard texture. Karamilli tal-Ħarrub can be found almost anywhere in bakeries and vendors on the streets who sell a selection of traditional Maltese foods.

Nowadays, Karamelli tal-Harrub are often made using brown sugar but you can still find them with carob. They come prepared in square shapes and are eaten in moderation as the sugar content is quite high. They have a slight tang to them as they are also bursting with the flavours of many spices such as cinnamon, aniseed and cloves.

With Easter round the corner one can already see the typical Maltese specialties all around the Island in bakeries and shops. The Maltese love spending their Sundays with family around the table in good company and food. Below we shall be taking a look at some of our Easter favorites.

FIGOLLI

Perhaps everyone’s favourite, figolli is a much-loved Easter treat. They are often shaped into bunnies but are also commonly found in other variations such as easter eggs, butterflies, chickens or hearts to name a few. The dough itself once baked is buttery, slightly crumbly and highly addictive and to literally top it all off, coloured icing is iced atop to not only add colour and a pretty display but to also add a slight sweetness to the figolli. Chocolate and sprinkles are other popular toppings too, should you prefer. If that wasn’t enough to make you want to try a figoli ASAP, they also contain an almond paste filling that adds an even deeper flavour.

COM team catching up with new exciting Hotels

Our team are thrilled to have toured the impressive Barceló Fortina this week! With its stunning Valletta views and versatile spaces, it’s the perfect blend of style and functionality for our upcoming collaborations. Exciting times ahead!

2023 breaks records for highest number of tourist arrivals in Malta’s History

2023 proved to be a record-breaker in tourism numbers. This was revealed by the National Statistics Office (NSO), whose figures revealed that the total inbound tourists for the year of 2023 amounted to 2,975,670.

This marked a 30.1 per cent rise when compared to the corresponding period in 2022. 2023’s record figure breaks earlier record set in 2019, that of 2,771,888 visitors to the islands.

Overall, NSO noted that in 2023 the total tourist expenditure was estimated at €2.7 billion, an increase of 32.7 per cent than that recorded for 2022.

The total nights spent by inbound tourists also increased by 21.9 per cent, exceeding 20.2 million nights. Additionally, an increase was also noted in the expenditure per capita, from €880 in 2022 to €898 in 2023.

Expanding further on figures recorded in December 2023, NSO explained that a during the month under review a total of 144,301 tourists vised the islands for holiday purposes. Meanwhile, 9,156 tourists visited for business purposes. 84.8 per cent of which chose to stay in rented accommodation establishments.

The majority of the tourists were aged between 25 and 44 years old at 42.1 per cent, followed by the 45-64 age bracket at 32.1 per cent.

In total, British, Italian and Polish residents made up for 45.4 per cent of total inbound tourists.

In December the total nights spent by tourists also increased. With a marked rise of 9.9 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2022, tourists spent almost 1.1 million nights in Malta.

Meanwhile the average length of stay of total inbound tourists stood at 6.7 nights.

The overall spending by tourists nearly reached €116.7 million, marking a 15 per cent rise compared to the same month in 2022. The average expenditure per night was estimated at €109.8.

article credits: https://businessnow.mt/2023-breaks-records-for-highest-number-of-tourism-arrivals-in-maltas-history/?fbclid=IwAR34xWgWELfVgOIuqMV5bJPXmIxUF_dqyrad-MWXDf1koj0Up9EFxVQkoPw  

 

Ainsley’s Taste of Malta

Thank you, Malta & Gozo, for a fabulous culinary journey 😊🇲🇹

A big thank you to you all for watching Ainsley’s Taste of Malta – I hope you enjoyed the series and all the delights that Malta has to offer (I know I did!).

Big love to all the people we met and filmed with – such generous, welcoming people and a joy to work with. Thank you and I hope you enjoyed being part of the show. 😊

All the recipes from Ainsley’s Taste of Malta are up on my website – link in bio. I hope you enjoy trying them at home xx

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Hyatt Regency Malta makes it to Forbes Travel Guide
We are delighted to announce that Hyatt Regency Malta has once again been awarded the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Rating for the year 2024, reaffirming our commitment to excellence in hospitality.
Forbes Travel Guide stands as the premier global rating system for luxury hotels, making this accolade a testament to the exceptional hospitality experience provided by Hyatt Regency Malta. We take great pride in our inclusion among Forbes’ distinguished roster of award-winning hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, and spas.
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9th annual Hosts Global Forum – Malta

COM was awarded Hosts Global DMC of the Year International

Kurt Paben – Chief Executive Officer at Hosts Global

“At our Hosts Global Forum last week Colours of Malta was awarded Hosts Global DMC of the Year International.

Our most coveted award, the highest honour for a Hosts Global Member DMC, showcasing every facet of greatness in our industry…from brilliant and bold planning, flawless service execution, operational excellence, ferocious creativity, and unmatched client satisfaction, this award encompasses and epitomizes what it means to be a Hosts Global Member DMC.

davide cachia and the rest of the Colours of Malta team was nothing short of extraorindary in partnering with us to produce Hosts Global Forum.

This honour is well deserved. Go to Malta folks and you’ll see why!?

Let's go that extra mile!