Corinthia Oasis plan proposes new five-star hotel in Ghajn Tuffieha

Corinthia Hotels has submitted plans to build a low-lying tourist and residential complex on the site occupied by the disused Ħal Ferħ Holiday Complex, the company said.

The development, which has been branded as Corinthia Oasis, will comprise a 5-star hotel with 162 rooms and 25 hotel-serviced residences. The proposed resort and residences will rise to one and two storeys.

The area in Għajn Tuffieħa was re-zoned last year to allow the company to include residences in its development plans.

The company presented photomontages of the proposed development designed by architect Martin Xuereb. Corinthia said the design “will pay homage to traditional Maltese architecture interpreted in a contemporary style”.

The 83,000sq.m site was a military camp for the UK forces in Malta, and in the 1970s was acquired by Air Malta and turned into a tourist complex.

The resort was eventually shut down and taken over by government. It was privatised in 2009 to Island Hotels Group that acquired a permit to develop a time-share resort. The development never took place.

The site was subject to a development brief, which set strict parameters with regard to the permissible redevelopment on the site, including limiting the building footprint to 20% of the area, and not allowing for more than two storeys.

Eventually, Corinthia took over Island Hotels in 2015 and triggered a clause in the contract asking for a revision of the development brief.

The brief was updated last year through a parliamentary resolution to allow for a partial change in land use, permitting Corinthia to include 25 residences in its plans, whilst retaining tourism as the principal use.

Corinthia Chairman Alfred Pisani said: “We are very excited about this new resort. We will create a world class product that matches all that we are doing as a brand globally in the luxury sector. We are aiming at setting a new benchmark for the island. As we emerge from the most challenging period ever faced by our industry worldwide, our investment reaffirms Corinthia’s strong commitment and belief in Malta, our home country.”

The proposed plans include a 125-space underground carpark. The company is also financing a 320-space public carpark on an adjacent tract of disturbed land operated by the Malta Scouts Association.

Article credits: https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/environment/townscapes/110972/corinthia_submits_plans_for_luxury_resort_residences_at_former_al_fer_site#.YQEUzY4zbIU
6 of the most stylish places to stay in Malta

After months of longing to escape from our four walls and explore the world again, we’re looking forward to seeking out our next Instagram-worthy destination, and the beautiful, sun-soaked island of Malta is certainly high on our list.

The Maltese hotel scene hasn’t been resting on its laurels during lockdown, from the creation of a brand-new luxe spa at The Phoenicia to a freshly appointed Michelin star at Ion – The Harbour, Iniala’s restaurant. Here, we reveal our must-visit places to stay in Malta for a truly unforgettable holiday.

THE PHOENICIA
Sitting right on the edge of Valletta’s 16th-century city walls, the grand Art Deco Phoenicia has majestic, honey-hued limestone exteriors and is a favourite of the Queen. Interiors are a mix of modern (bedrooms have a fresh feel with gorgeous fabrics) and vintage, with high, ornate ceilings and chandeliers, in keeping with the Phoenicia’s 1930s origins.

Stroll the lush seven and a half acres of manicured gardens and order a poolside cocktail – the views over Marsamxett Harbour are unrivalled. The new 1,200 square-metre walnut timber and marble spa is a welcome addition, with five treatment rooms, salt room, sauna, steam room and long indoor pool.

PALAIS LE BRUN
At the tip of Valletta’s peninsula, on Old Bakery Street, is the opulent 17th-century Baroque Palais Le Brun. Rich with history, the 2,000 square-metre palace was once home to Claude Le Brun, one of the noble Knights of Malta. Even now, stepping away from the hustle and bustle of the street and onto the cool marble floors will make you feel like royalty.

The 28 bedrooms run the gamut from doubles with balconies or terraces right up to the suite with a hot tub. And just a three-minute walk away you’ll find the unassuming dinner spot that is the Michelin-starred restaurant Noni, a hidden gem.

INIALA HARBOUR HOUSE AND RESIDENCES
Home to Malta’s latest Michelin-starred eatery (the island has an impressive five in total) is Iniala Harbour House and Residences in Valletta, with its rooftop restaurant ION – The Harbour. Menus change regularly but always feature seasonal produce, and the sunset views of boats bobbing on the waters of the Grand Harbour are spectacular.

The hotel’s ultra-glamorous rooms and suites (of which there are 23 in total) are spread over four houses decked out in a heady mix of the modern and Baroque-style sweeping staircases and hand-painted cupolas. To up the luxury, opt for one of the suites that include in-room dining and private use of the hotel’s boat Spirit of Iniala.

DOMUS ZAMITTELLO
Overlooking Freedom Square right in the heart of Valletta, Domus Zamittello couldn’t be better placed for sightseeing – it’s just a few minutes’ walk from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, a former private garden of Italian knights, with its impressive harbour panoramas.

As you ring the bell and step inside the lavish 1630s-built palazzo, which has been meticulously restored to its former glory, you’ll marvel at everything from the intricately painted coffered ceiling in the breakfast room to the hand-painted details on the bedroom wardrobes and doors. If you book a room on the South Street side, you may even catch a performance from neighbouring open-air Pjazza theatre (although, outdoor events are currently restricted until September, so it’s worth double-checking the latest guidelines before you go).

CORINTHIA PALACE
The Corinthia brand may be growing across the globe, but its roots go back to Malta’s Corinthia Palace hotel and spa, the very first in the portfolio and one that the company still refers to as its ‘spiritual home’.

Located in the quiet, well-heeled area of San Anton, the former 19th-century villa retains many of its original features – think richly polished marble floors, balustrade balconies and neoclassical columns. You can take a dip in the Corinthia’s inviting split-level outdoor pool, or spend the day in the Athenaeum Spa – the ESPA treatment list is extensive.

THE COLERIDGE
Named after the area’s most famous former resident, the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Coleridge is set in an elegant Valletta limestone townhouse and has a calming feel. There’s also a focus on sustainability, including using locally sourced ingredients, eco-friendly cleaning materials and certified-ethical down pillows.

Erring on the bijou side, there are only six suites, ranging from the cosy Erksine to the Fayette penthouse – worth it for the Valletta skyline views and the huge hand-painted mural alone. Breakfast is served in the barrel-vaulted cellar.

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The Colours of Malta Luxury Journey – week 9

This week we met Marika and Nicolo at the InterContinental Hotel Malta. This St Julian’s hotel has established itself as the Mediterranean’s leading hotel of distinction and the only virtuoso hotel on the island.

All 481 rooms and suites are elegantly furnished with the Highline Suites located on the hotel’s higher floors.

The InterContinental Malta is constantly being upgraded and over the last few years they are proud to have launched a number of luxury service facilities ranging from a Rooftop Infinity Pool Club to a super relaxing ambience at the SPA, to an award winning Brass Bar at lobby level.

This hotel’s versatility and large number of meeting rooms is the perfect business hotel for large events however it is also a great choice for a leisure trip due to its high amount of facilities ranging from beach club to pools to gymnasium and spa.

Here at Colours of Malta we have had the pleasure to host countless events at this hotel, both large scale and small, all memorable and with very satisfied clients. The service and hospitality that the great management and staff provide is near to none, and we can’t wait to resume operations within this property in the very near future!

The Colours of Malta Luxury Journey – week 7

This week we visited the Hilton, an all time favourite for us at Colours of Malta. A hotel that set stage for so many memories of great COM events over the last decade.

The Hotel spaces ooze Mediterranean tones, with its décor capturing blues and naturals and exquisite open sea and marina views.

Boasting 413 rooms, extensive meeting spaces, 4 pools and 3 restaurants, this hotel is always an ideal choice for any event.

The Hilton suites are set on the higher levels, with access to the gorgeous executive lounge. A spacious and trendy area as well as a great spot for relaxing and enjoying some down time.

However, for the ultimate Hilton Malta experience we recommend one selects the fabulous Presidential Suite, located on the 10th floor, were one can take in breath-taking views of the Mediterranean sea and Portomaso yacht marina from one of the 11 balconies. This opulent 290 sq. m./3121 sq. ft. suite has been specifically designed to a supreme level, featuring a welcome hall which leads onto various rooms including a private bedroom with a king-sized Hilton Serenity bed and a separate walk-in wardrobe with a luxurious bathroom, as well as a guest bathroom, gym, living/sitting room, dining and meeting room with dedicated work space. There is also  a fully equipped kitchen and a second bedroom with 2 Queen beds and private en-suite bathroom. Truly WOW and luxurious.

We can’t wait to host our next groups at the Hilton Malta.

The Colours of Malta Timeless Journey – Week 1

This time our journey takes us to the Old Capital City, Mdina aka The Silent City. A place so magical and quiet, that one might think they’re in a fairytale!

Here we met up with Justin Zammit Tabona the Managing Director of Xara Collection. Justin explains to us the timeless story of the Xara Palace hotel, part of the Relais Chateaux brand and its formidable De Mondion 1* Michelin star restaurant on the hotel’s rooftop terrace.

This quaint hotel has been run by the family for a number of years now and is part of a larger collection of businesses operating within the hospitality industry.

The Iniala Harbour House and Ion Harbour Terrace Restaurant are now officially open

Nestled on the imposing St Barbara Bastions in Valletta, this project, that took 7 years to come to life is Fabulously designed and decorated and its suites boast imposing Grand Harbour Views.

Each suite is uniquely finished to the highest of standards, whilst Ion – The Harbour restaurant offers bespoke breakfast or dinner cuisine surrounded by world-class design and unrivalled views of the Grand Harbour.

When we met Mark he confidently told us that this project will be the ‘Top Luxury Experience in Malta but also a home away from home.’

We wish this Group the best of luck and we hope to work with their professional staff in the very near future.

To learn more about Iniala Group and its philanthropy click on : https://www.inialagroup.com/

The Colours of Malta Novelties Journey – Week 8

This week’s journey took us to the bastion walls of Valletta to meet Mark Weingard, founder of Iniala Group.

Mark explained to us the concept of this amazing project, the inspiration and the results he’d like to achieve once the hotel opens its doors. Mark is full of energy and excitement as he talks about his project, now near completion after 7 years in the making.

Fabulously designed and decorated suites boasting imposing Grand Harbour Views, each uniquely finished to the highest of standards, a restaurant with the most scenic views and exquisite cuisine and a spa to relax in, all in the Capital City!

Mark goes on to say that this project will be the Top Luxury Experience in Malta but also a home away from home!

We can’t wait to experience the luxury of this new property, which opened its doors in mid October.

To learn more about Iniala Group and its philanthropy click on : https://www.inialagroup.com/

The Colours of Malta Novelties Journey – Week 6

This week we visited Andy Tanti at The Rosselli Hotel in the heart of the Capital City of Valletta. This hotel offers two unique experiences – The Only 5* hotel within the fortified capital’s walls and a superb Michelin star restaurant. Rosselli Hotel forms part of the AX Hotels Group.

The Colours of Malta Novelties Journey – Week 5

This week we visited the newly refurbished Malta Marriott and Carolina Fenton who informed us that the hotel will open its doors to guests on the 1st September. We look forward to hosting our future groups at this amazing property.

 

Hyatt Regency Malta officially opens doors to guests

Last Saturday, Hyatt Regency Malta officially opened its doors to guests. The new 151-room hotel, located in the heart of St Julian’s, combines modern architecture with Maltese heritage, seeking to merge the past with the present.

The hotel, which forms part of the international brand Hyatt Regency, has seen around €45 million invested over the past months, according to a Tourism Ministry press release.

The statement goes on to say that investment took place after the operators secured a licence to operate by the Malta Tourism Authority, which in turn noted that the hotel received a 5-star operating licence as it exhibited the highest standards. The hotel is locally employing some 100 workers.

Albert Galea, BayStreet Group CEO said: “It gives us great pleasure to open the first Hyatt-branded property in Malta, we have seen this project through from negotiation to opening and managed the build of this spectacular property in record time thanks to the dedication of the team and investors. We eagerly await the arrival of our guests and are confident that we will deliver on the Hyatt promise to make travel free from stress and filled with success.”

The hotel is located on Sqaq Lourdes Street, across the road from the BayStreet complex.

Hotel manager Mark Vella added: “We are opening during challenging times but we are fortunate to have a great team working hard to provide local and international guests with energising experiences, all the while maintaining the high standards of the responsible and empathetic service that the Hyatt Regency brand is known for.”

The hotel offers a full range of services and amenities, with its design geared towards catering for productivity and stress-free stays.

The property houses an indoor and rooftop swimming pool, a spa by Carisma Spa & Wellness and the Hyatt StayFit Gym with state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment.

Business travelers at Hyatt Regency Malta will furthermore benefit from 479 square metres of flexible meeting, event and exhibition space which can accommodate from 10 to 200 guests

The hotel boasts three bars and restaurants, led by award winning executive chef Noel Azzopardi.

Seed, the main restaurant, overlooks the piazza and the historical Augustinian priory and is open all day. The rooftop bar by the pool, GIN-ger, caters for snacks and drinks against the backdrop of St George’s Bay. Lastly, Thyme, set just off the hotel’s lobby, caters for coffee and nibbles.

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