By Christine M. Soltis
Malta
Malta
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Envision endless islets and beautiful natural coves surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea.  Experience blue lagoons, golden sands, red sands and azure seas.  Explore a rich history via temples, medieval buildings and churches.  All of this equals an island country full of exploration; Malta is your destination.

Malta International Airport (MLA) is the primary airport to guide you there.  Utilize the following link from EscapeWizard.com to book your next flight:  (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  And don’t forget EscapeWizard.com hotel accommodations at the provided link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

With a whole country island to tour, EscapeWizard.com recommends a start in the capital city of Valletta.  Known as one of the most concentrated historical places in the world, Valletta was created after an unsuccessful invasion by the Ottoman Empire centuries ago.  EscapeWizard.com suggests taking a stroll down Republic Street, which runs the entire length of Valletta.  As one of your must-stop destinations, visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral; built in the 16th century, just beneath this remarkable marble flooring are the tombstones of past European nobles.  Continue your historical quest with a visit to the National War Museum, the National Museum of Archaeology and the National Museum of Fine Arts.  Offering a wide range of arts and history, these museums are also housed within important historical and architectural structures.  Take a walk over to the Grand Harbour, one of the world’s largest natural harbors.  From here, you will see a great view of the Three Cities.  Visit the Pinto Wharf, which was redeveloped and is now referred to as the Valletta Waterfront.  Enjoy watching ships dock and sail through the vast expanse of water.    

Next, head over to Mdina, known as the oldest city and the highest point on the island of Malta.  Take on The Mdina Experience and learn their historical past and culture via an audio-visual presentation.  Partake in the medieval of Mdina by visting the Mdina Dungeons just below the Magisterial Vilhena Palace.  Explore vivid depictions of the past while stepping through dark, winding passageways full of enthralling stories.

Venture into the city of Rabat, the commercial center of Malta, where you can find The Museum of Roman Antiquities, also known as The Roman Villa.  Rabat is important to the history and culture of Malta, housing St. Paul’s Grotto as well as other important ancient structures such as monasteries, churches and more.

The Three Cities of Malta consist of Cospicua (or Bormla), Il-Birgu (or Vittoriosa) and L-Isla (or Senglea).  While in Cospicua, the largest of the three, enjoy landmarks such as the Collegiate Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Margherita Lines and The Firenzuola Fortifications.  EscapeWizard.com suggests that you travel next to Vittoriosa near the Grand Harbour.  Notable places include the Maritime Museum, the Inquisitor’s Palace and Fort St. Angelo.  Finish with Senglea, the smallest of the cities, and see the Nativity of the Madonna or enjoy spectacular views from the Safe Haven Gardens.  

EscapeWizard.com believes you will find endless wonders, which are sure to please and amaze the eyes.  Visit the Blue Grotto near Wied iz-Zurrieg to experience beautiful, natural caverns and other islands in the distance.  Try out Calypso’s Cave, near Xaghra, which overlooks Ramla Bay’s red sands.  The Azure Window is another wonder within Dwejra, consisting of notable rocky landmarks along the sea.

The Malta fun doesn’t stop there.  Enjoy countryside views or scuba diving on the neighboring island of Gozo.  Or pack a lunch and travel to less inhabited Comino to tour the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon.  Enjoy the megalithic temples of both Malta and Gozo, which are UNESCO World Heritage sights.  Of the seven temples, in Malta alone, see the unique creations of the Hagar Qin, Tarxien and Mnajdra.

As the day winds down, visit the Valletta shopping center and stop into a local restaurant.  While traditional Maltese dishes are not served everywhere, splurge on their pastry known as pastizzi.  Explore the expanse of Italian food throughout the island.  Head to St. Julian’s afterwards to enjoy your nightlife in the Paceville District and have a beer at a local pub.

Just south of Sicily, Italy, the island of Malta is full of excitement and beauty.  This is the place you have long dreamt to be. 
Hotels in Malta
By Kelsie Sinagra
Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
Dragonara Road, San Giljan STJ 3134, Malta
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Malta may be one of the world’s smallest nations, but what this Mediterranean gem may lack in land mass is more than compensated for in unequivocal beauty. The Westin Dragonara Resort is the premier seaside address to truly appreciate every aspect of grandeur the island has to offer.  

The Westin Dragonara is located just 15 minutes from Malta International Airport (MLA), and offers complimentary guest parking.  The convenience continues as the highly acclaimed Westin concierge service guides guests to their spacious room or suite upon check in.  Secure luggage storage is available in the lobby, and the staff is always on hand to lend advice about the local area.

Boasting the most spacious hotel rooms in Malta, the Westin ensures a high level of luxurious comfort.  Each room comes standard with a plasma television, and a balcony to enjoy the many picturesque views of Malta.  High-speed Internet access is also available for a nightly fee.  While the standard Dragonara room provides plenty of room to stretch, a variety of additional room types are available featuring amenities such as Jacuzzi tubs and elegant private terraces.

The Westin Dragonara is conveniently situated along the enchanting St. George’s Bay, providing a vast array of on and off-site activities to interest every type of traveler.  Within the resort there are four lounges and restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, and private beach lidos available for rent.  For a more active day, Dragonara offers a variety of water sport rentals, and even houses an expansive shopping promenade.  When venturing away from the resort, the charming towns of Sliema, Valletta, and Mdina as well as the stunning Blue Grotto are all but a short ride away.

Whether seeking the natural wonders of the Maltese shoreline or striking ancient architecture sculpted by Romans, Phoenicians, and timeless others, The Westin Dragonara Malta will deliver the charm and luxury that only Malta so effortlessly supplies.  Book your stay today through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Malta
By Gayle M. Cottrill
Le Meridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa, Malta
39 Main Street, Balluta Bay, St. Julians, Malta
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Located in an old Maltese villa from the 19th century, the Le Méridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa is situated in a peaceful part of Malta, with the sparkling Mediterranean Sea on one side and farming fields on another. The hotel is only seven miles away from Malta International Airport (MLA), and you can arrange to have hotel transportation pick you up from the airport, or if you drive yourself, there is complimentary self-parking at the hotel when you check-in, any time after 3 p.m..

There are 276 guest rooms in the Le Méridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa that come with either one king bed or two single beds. Each room opens up to a balcony or terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea or the Maltese countryside. The Executive Rooms are a bit more spacious with even more stunning views of Balluta Bay. Staying in the Executive Rooms also means you receive free hi-speed Internet and complimentary breakfast and snacks. All rooms also come equipped with a desk and plasma TV with cable. Connecting rooms are available upon request when you book your room.

In addition to the guest rooms, there are fourteen other spaces that are perfect for a variety of events. There are banquet rooms that serve as a wonderful wedding location. There is an amphitheater and conference center, too, with maximum capacities that range from fourteen to 650 people.

To help prepare for your meetings or big event, the Le Méridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa can provide wedding planners and digital tech support. Feel free to use the business center’s copy and print station, translators, and currency exchange. For recreational and relaxation purposes, check out the on-site fitness center and then ease your muscles with steam rooms, saunas, indoor and outdoor pools, a whirlpool, and a high quality massage and spa treatment. If you want to venture outside the hotel grounds, you can dive, sail, fish, and ski nearby in the Mediterranean Sea, or take an easy trip by bus downtown to Malta’s capital, Valletta.

For fine dining, there are four restaurants that offer a bit of everything at Le Méridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa, from French to Mediterranean, and from general international cuisine to local Maltese specialties.

The Le Méridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa asks that you check out at 10 a.m. but an express checkout is available if you’d like to drop the keys off quickly and enjoy one last breakfast before you leave the beautiful island nation of Malta. Let EscapeWizard.com help you book a room for your next trip today! Just click this link to get started: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Malta
By D. Gregory Perrin
InterContinental Malta
Saint George's Bay, Saint Julien's, STJ, Malta
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The InterContinental Malta is an excellent hotel option while traveling in the city of Saint Julien’s. This waterfront property offers all the luxuries you would ever want as well as a private beach. The hotel’s 451 guestrooms and 33 suites give plenty of room to accommodate a large number of travelers in the area. The friendly hotel staff will greet you upon check-in which is at 3 p.m. local time or after on the date of arrival into the city. The staff can accommodate guests speaking in any of the following languages: Arabic, German, English, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Maltese, Dutch, Russian, Serbian, Turkish, and Chinese.

The hotel offers a number of different room options to accommodate parties of any size. There is a color television in each room with cable and the option to purchase pay-per-view movies. Guests with children can utilize the option to have in-room video games to keep the kids occupied. There is high speed internet in each room for a minimal fee each night. Other features of the rooms include a coffee maker and mini-bar. The hotel offers electrical converters for guests with electronics that are from the United States or other countries with different plugs.

The InterContinental has a slue of amenities that guests can take advantage of to pamper themselves while in Malta. Firstly, EscapeWizard.com wants to remind you that on Malta the currency used is the Euro. The hotel offers currency exchange on-site for the convenience of vacationers.

The hotel knows that fitness is one of the most important aspects in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, they don’t hold back one bit. The facility offers a fitness center that is truly amazing. There are approximately 70 cardiovascular machines available, a free weight room, pools (indoor and outdoor), sauna and plenty of other options that guests can use to keep up with their normal workout routines.

There are even more options available to guests. There is also barbeque grills available for parties or for any guest. Ladies in the hotel can utilize the beauty salon to get their hair done, or other services.

In conclusion, the InterContinental Malta will not disappoint. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your next stay at this hotel through us. You can click this link to start your search through many of the top travel websites available on the internet (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Malta
By Jessica Howell
Hilton Malta Hotel
Portomaso, St. Julians, PTM 01, Malta
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Nestled in the prestigious Portomaso waterfront overlooking the sparkling harbor, The Hilton Malta hotel boasts five restaurants, three bars, four outdoor pools, two children’s pools and even a heated indoor pool. Ideal for exotic vacations or important business meetings, The Hilton Malta hotel is just 15 minutes from UNESCO World Heritage Valletta and many other exciting attractions. EscapeWizard.com insists that The Hilton Malta is the perfect place for you.

Guests of The Hilton Malta may begin checking into their rooms at 2 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon on the day of your departure. The Hilton Malta boasts several room options so guests can pick the room that is perfect for them. Choose from Junior Suites, Deluxe Room Plus or an Executive Room, all boasting sea views and WiFi internet. All rooms also feature Hilton Serenity Beds with non-allergenic feather pillows, crisp sheets and cozy duvet covers. Relax atop your luxurious Hilton Serenity bed and watch cable channels, standard networks, or pay-per view movies on a 32 inch LCD HD TV. Every room also features two telephones with data port, speaker phone and voicemail.

The Hilton Malta hotel boasts five awesome restaurants for your dining pleasure. However, only three operate year round, so be sure to check with the hotel upon making reservations. Sample authentic Mediterranean favorite at the buffet style Oceana Restaurant; dine under the stars in the romantic olive grove overlooking the sea at The Gazebo Restaurant; munch on salads, burgers and other light fare at the outdoor Merkanti beach Club Restaurant just yards from the beach; or enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and sip on wines from the extensive international wine list at the rustic Bottega Del Vino restaurant.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to stay at the awesome Hilton Malta hotel. Click on the following link to book your room in this Mediterranean paradise today: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).