In need of a good dose of sunshine to get you over the winter blues? Where better to plan a short hop to than beautiful Malta?
With its capital city, Valletta, scooping a flurry of tourism awards over the past two years, this seriously underrated European haven is finally enjoying a well-deserved slice of the limelight – and, with an average of 300 days of sunshine every year and an impressive 12 Blue Flag beaches to enjoy, it should definitely be on your travel bucetlist if you are yet to visit.
For luxury lovers, the pretty resort town of Sliema is the place to be, and if you’re looking for the finest accommodation in the area, then AX The Palace Hotel – an elegant five-star affair – is the place for you.
One of the very best hotels in the entire country, AX The Palace is highly rated for its range of quality services and amenities, as well as an exquisite culinary offering that foodies love. And, having recently been renovated and refurbished to the highest of standards, a luxurious experience is guaranteed.
An investment of 2 million Euros has been poured into updating the hotel’s selection of guest rooms and suites, and it certainly shows. Every aspect of the guest experience has been transformed for the better, and from a range of plush new soft furnishings to upgraded internet quality, you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the vicinity that can offer quite the same level of attention to detail.
The renovation was coordinated by renowned designer, Penny Apap Brown, and saw each of the hotel’s rooms and suites given a dramatic face lift. Inspired by the typically light and airy Maltese colour palette, no expense has been spared – and, with each room now featuring a 50-inch TV, an upgraded A/C system and brand-new bathroom fixtures & fittings, a comfortable stay is guaranteed.
AX The Palace has been recognised as a leading hotel for sustainable tourism, and as part of the refurbishment, the new mini bars have been designed to help reduce the hotel's environmental impact. Changes were also made to the lighting system, with sustainable LED lighting now featuring throughout.
For those travelling on business, working remotely or simply wanting to connect with friends and family whilst away, the WIFI has also been upgraded to fibre throughout the hotel. All the rooms and suites now have a stronger and more secure connection, making for a seamless experience online as well as off.
Whilst there are plenty of new improvements to its guest rooms that are sure to impress, AX The Palace has always been a hotel at the top of its game – and, set in the heart of bustling Sliema, provides guests with a city experience with the added bonus of being located close to the waterfront.
Highlights of the hotel include an impressive infinity pool and rooftop spa, offering an exclusive place in which to relax, unwind and enjoy the spectacular views over the harbour towards the pretty capital of Valletta – which is also a must-visit whilst in the area, and easily accessible by ferry boat. a fitness centre, an indoor pool, sauna, steam baths, and more also feature, making it easy enough to while away a day or two without even leaving the hotel – that is, if you’ve got the time.
Just 35 minutes from the airport, the hotel offers four dining options that foodies will enjoy. Offering Asian and Mediterannean-inspired cuisine, TemptAsian, on the 9th floor, is known to be one of the very best restaurants in Sliema, so be sure to book a table beforehand to avoid disappointment. An award-winning Asian Fusion dining restaurant with commanding views over Sliema and Valletta, private dining in themed gazebos makes an evening here a truly memorable experience. Other options include The Tabloid or Talk of the Town Café, as well as Lounge 360 during the summer months.
If you’re not yet convinced of this hotel’s luxury credentials, then consider this: AX The Palace even has its own scent. Created exclusively for its guests to enjoy, it comprises the sweetness of rose and patchouli with a slight hint of chocolate. Rich and warm, it’s a sumptuous scent you won’t find elsewhere, with its classic element evoking memories of another era and its oriental touch kicking up a heady, sensual aura for a vision of cultural diversity. This captivating fragrance offers the perfect sense of calm and serenity, an opulent combination suited for those signature moments and special occasions. How many other hotels do you know that can say that?
What really sets AX The Palace apart from the competition, though, is the impeccable level of service you’ll receive from start to finish. Upon entering the hotel, look forward to a warm greeting at the reception desk, smooth and smooth and efficient hotel check-in – and after that expect to want for nothing, with a team of customer service experts forever at your service.
So, if you’re thinking of heading to Malta in 2020 then there’s no time to waste – get that luxury suite reserved, because this place is certain to book up fast.