Welcome, this is the time of the year when one starts planning to book for the spring or summer holidays. For this reason Gozo Farmhouses is presenting you one of the converted original farmhouse which is called ‘Cora’. This Farmhouse is situated in Sara valley and enjoys country and Citadel view. It is approximately 1/2km away from the centre of Victoria which is the capital city of Gozo.
One enters to this farmhouse through a small courtyard that leads to the living /dining area combined with overlook the swimming pool area. The kitchen is situated nearby and overlooks the internal courtyard. There is a small shower on the ground floor and barbeque by the pool area. The pool is private and measures 5.5m x 8.5m.
A wide staircase leads to the bedrooms on first floor. The double bedroom has an antique four poster bed, fireplace and small balcony overlooking the pool area and ensuite bathroom with Jacuzzi. On the same floor there is a twin bedroom with ensuite shower room. A spiral staircase leads to the roof.
One can check availability of the farmhouse and book online: http://www.gozofarmhouses.com
Malta International Airport is 4th best from 96 European Airports
Malta International Airport has been ranked the fourth best in Europe, according to the 2014 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. The airport obtained its best score ever, with an overall passenger satisfaction score of 4.22 on a scale from one (poor) to five (excellent).
Despite a large increase in participating airports, Malta has ranked in the top five for five years running and this year’s overall performance exceeds results in previous years, even when placing first in 2010 and 2011.
“For the past five years, MIA has consistently achieved outstanding results in customer service, ranking as one of the Top 5 European airports. This is truly encouraging for us as a team and also for Malta as a tourism product, bearing in mind our airport forms the first and last impression of our island. Around the world, the standards to enhance passenger experience continue to rise, but this award indicates we are working in the right direction. The result motivates us to keep working harder,” said ad interim CEO Alan Borg.
This year saw more than 259 airports worldwide surveyed, 96 of which are European — an increase of 21 from last year. In total, there was an 81 per cent increase of European airports participating between 2010 and last year.
Of the top five European airports, only one other forms part of Malta International Airport’s category of airports serving between two to five million passengers.
British Airways uses Malta for promo
British Airways Holidays teamed up with Oxford University’s all male a capella group Out of the Blue, to bring some pitch perfect sun to the British public with a vocal only re-make of Wham’s holiday classic, ‘Club Tropicana’, filmed in Malta.
The group’s latest release was timed to coincide with the first holiday period of the year and the time when most Britons feel the heat to get their summer getaway booked.
Claire Bentley, managing director of British Airways Holidays, said: “We know some people find the pressure of booking a family holiday quite stressful. We thought we’d lighten the mood with a little humour to remind holidaymakers we can take care of everything for them. The boys are right when they sing ‘fun and sunshine, there’s enough for everyone’; we’ve got beach holidays on sale from just £199 and like Club Tropicana, BA’s drinks are free!”
Since its foundation in 2000, Out of the Blue has had numerous Internet hits with their vocal only version of Shakira’s ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ being viewed more than five million times on YouTube. British Airways, which has a history of supporting British talent, is the first brand to partner with the group on an a capella re-make.
The 14-strong group flew to Malta with the airline to recreate the summer hit and bring the taste of sunshine and pina coladas tantalisingly close to Brits struggling with a cold winter.
Malta and its neighboring islands have everything you need for a delightful Mediterranean break at any time of the year – By Raj Gill
MALTA is less than four hours’ flying time away so considering how close the island is, I am amazed I haven’t been there before.
Actually, Malta, in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, is really part of the Maltese Islands, made up of Malta, Gozo and Comino.
We had organised a two-tier trip. For the duration we’d stay on Malta and visit Gozo from our base.
We went in late November and the weather was perfect, not too hot, just comfortable enough for summer clothes. Upon our arrival, we were quickly whisked away to Naxxar.
Lunch was booked at the Café Luna, located in a magnificent former palace, the Palazzo Parisio, Malta’s most opulent aristocratic home.
It has a rich and interesting history. It was once owned by the Order of the Knights of St John and used as a hunting lodge by the Grand Master Don Antonio Manoel De Vilhena. The Orangerie, which the Grand Master installed, is still a fabulous feature.
Today, it is managed by Christiane Ramsay Scicluna, the Baroness of Tabria and her daughter Justine Pergola. It is one of the premier heritage attractions in Malta and a must-see on every tourist itinerary.
It was such a pleasant warm day that we opted to dine al fresco in the outstanding gardens next to the orchard. After ordering our food, we went for a leisurely walk to explore our surroundings. The gardens were quite magnificent and very peaceful. The menus put together by Italian chef Marco Pinelli are heavily influenced by neighbouring Italy, serving many different types of pasta. A typical favourite dish of the Maltese is baked macaroni and this is available at the café. A number of Maltese and international classics are also on the menu.
After a delightful afternoon, we checked into our hotel The Corinthia San Gorg located on the water’s edge at St George’s Bay. The panoramic views from our fourth floor executive room were spectacular. Upgrading to the executive floor has many benefits including express check-in and access to the executive lounge, which is stocked with complimentary snacks and refreshments.
Breakfast is also served in the lounge, allowing you to bypass the queues at the breakfast buffet.
The room itself was quite comfortable with a private balcony that overlooks the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool as well as views of the Med. There was a luxurious queen size bed, mini bar, complimentary wi-fi and coffee and tea-making facilities. Best of all were the Espa bathroom products. The hotel also gives you access to a private beach.
Dinner was booked at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant the Caviar & Bull. Malta’s renowned chef Marvin Gauci runs the kitchen, serving up modern Med cuisine. Many of the dishes are unique to Caviar & Bull including steamed local mini prawns, wagyu tacos, hand-carved house smoked salmon and Parmegiano foam. Excellent.
The next day, after breakfast we headed over to the Fortina Hotel & Spa for a beginners’ session of Pilates. This was my first taste of Pilates. It was quite a pleasant session and I vowed I’d continue with simpler exercises once I returned home.
Lunch was at the Fortina Terrace, located in Sliema with stunning views of the old town of Valletta, Malta’s capital. After a superb lunch we headed out to walk it off in Valletta, taking in the city’s many baroque palaces, churches and the open-air market. To round the day off, we opted for a trip around the Grand Harbour. We took a water taxi on a dghajsa, a typical Maltese gondola-shaped boat.
On our last day, we headed out to Gozo, which is a short 25-minute ferry crossing. Gozo means joy and it’s easy to see how this name was given by the Aragonese in 1282.
Gozo is greener, more rural and a lot smaller than Malta and life moves at a much more leisurely pace. We had an informative tour of the island that included the 350-year-old salt pans, which stretch 3km along the coast. They are more than just scenic, they are part of the centuries-old tradition of sea salt production.
Later, we headed out to Ta’ Mena Estate for a wine-tasting session and lunch, a reflection of the island’s produce, fresh colourful and typical Maltese dishes in plentiful quantities.
Our time on Malta was brief and we have vowed to return as soon as we can to explore some more.