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I arrived in Malta after a three hour flight. I had a taxi waiting for myself and my partner at the airport. we drove just about 20 minutes and arrived in Sliema and then to the Fortina Spa Resort. There is the four star Hotel Fortina and the five star Fortina Spa Resort. We stayed in the five star which was AMAZING. We stayed in a Spa Bedroom …
... are really dreadful and are full of TOURISTS! Travelling with a Maltese girl who knows her homeland from top to bottom has been a gift. Wednesday night we were shocked out of our sleep by the loudest thunder and most aggresive lightning either of us has experienced. The Strand in front of us quickly became a river, and then a lake. We had a little mopping up to do ourselves as the water poured in through the ventilation shaft window. ...
Our final holiday stop was five nights in Malta, staying with some friends at an apartment in St Julian's. Sharlie, Katie, and Carolyn had been traveling through Europe as well, and were spending time in Malta before heading home so Jane and I decided to tag along as well. Sharlie's dad - Charlie - grew up in Malta, and had visited a few times already, so it was great for us to have someone who already knew the place - and, as it turns out, to take us around ...
Well, our last stop, gorgeous Malta. As the internet cafe was too far away from our appartment, we didn't get to post a blog from Malta, so I am adding this from the airport as we wait for a connecting flight home. As Jac is almost asleep, I will just add a quick note for her.
Malta is fabulous. So rich in history and gorgeous scenery, but also so up to date and mixed with the old all at the same time. We stayed at a ...
... br> The first week has been dedicated to administration and exploring the little intricacies of living here – ranging from the basics (buying morning oats without getting ‘robbed’) to getting connected to the outside world and visiting lawyers assisting us to obtain Maltese Permanent Residency rights. So far, so good – everyone has been extremely helpful and efficient to a degree (we need to set our clocks slower ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fortina Spa Resort Sliema
A fabulous holiday. After a period of great stress and illness my friend and I spent a wonderful week at the Fortina. Very friendly atmosphere, guests and staff/management alike; felt like a big family. The food is incredible, especially the Japanese, and the healthy food restuarant (breakfast here superb). Facilities great and the spa is out of this world. View to die for! Room tired but about to be refurbished but more than compensated for by everything else. The adjoining construction site could be noisey but in no way detracted from my holiday experience and is beyond the control of the hotel. I would not hesitate to return, as soon as possible; evidenced by other guests who return again and again! Thank you.
No no no
Went for a relaxing holiday with my mum as a present for her recovery from cancer. Saved up to have the spa room with all the trimmings. Met with the spa room manager who we asked about the building works to be told there was very little happening no disturbance at all. YEAH RIGHT. 0720 the first morning the building works started on the hotel next door and then the building works on fortina started at eight ish. To get to the restaurants we had to climb over builders, cables rubble and rubbish as they had only finished our corridor. This went on everyday. The toilet then broke, the hot tub turned itself on at 0100 hrs in the morning, the garden pool had building works ongoing so no peace there. We went to the spa most days but when you are having a massage how can you relax with drilling and hammering going on. We complained to the manager about all the above but because it said on the bottom of the booking form that building works are on going and I quote "will cause little disruption" he said that they have fulfilled their obligations. We then asked when the building work has finished will the rooms be the same price they are now. Oh yes madam. So we are paying full price for a hotel that is not completed with a builders yard right outside our window. The only thing I can't fault is the food and the spa facilities but forget the hotel. But if its meant to be five star no way. The manager said that the rooms are five star. That's as well as might be but the hotel is definately not. We spent a huge amount of money but the management treated us like dirt. They actually had the nerve to offer us a free upgrade for when we return again - I DON'T THINK SO!!! We got talking to the staff and they said don't go for at least two years as the hotel will still be building and the site nextdoor will be ongoing for the forseeable future?!?!?!?
Simply the best
17 members of our family spent a week in the fortina spa hoter. everything was really great, food for all inclusive was fantastic and the staff could not have been more helpfull or pleasant. Two of us were in a spa bedroom, real luxury and great facilities, the other bedrooms were really great also. never a sense of being crowded either eating or sunbathing. would definatly go again. one small complaint, lifts could be better.
Very Relaxing holiday
Hotel Fortina provides excellent service at a very good price. And if you are flexible it is even better as you can get excellent last minute deals.
As it is all-inclusive you don't have to worry about what you spend - just relax and enjoy yourselves. And if you are staying in one of the spa bedrooms - you'll think you are in paradise.
And you have great choices on where and what to eat.
Honest :-) I'm not the hotel's sales rep!
And if you're want to swim with Dolphins; the Dolphin Park is only at the most 80 cents(return) bus ride away. There is a Sealion and Dolphin show at 10:30 and 11:30 respectively everyday. P.S There is a free transport provided by the Hotel every monday.
Malta is an Island full of history and character. But! You either love it or hate it! I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! And would be going back soon I hope :-)
Totally Relaxing Holiday
After reading some of the reviews of the Hotel Fortina, on this website and other sites, I was a little aprehensive about my holiday. There was no need to worry. I had a brilliant time the hotel was fine. The building works do not interfer with your holiday one little bit. The only problem I had was trying not to eat too much! A few tips for future travellers would be (a) book for the Garden Restaurant and the Brasserie as soon as you get there as they get booked up very early, (b) if you are not in a Spa room then it is worth while paying the extra to use Spa Sante, this will enable you to get a fully relaxing holiday, and last but not least (c) be aware of the sales men along Silema front that are trying to get you to buy into a holiday club, especially one who called himself 'The Flying Scotsman' he can talk the hind legs off a donkey!
Fabulous unexpected break
I stayed at Fortina Hotel in Malta in November 2003, and it was the best holiday I've ever had. The hotel boasts the best view of Valletta skyline, especially at night when it is all lit up. The room was quite tiny but very clean, bathroom excellent. The balcony offered me countless hours of relaxation, with a sip of something nice from the minibar (also included in the price - excellent!). The restaurants were very good, and offered a lot of choice. Buffet lunch and dinner gave new meaning to "all inclusive" - there was EVERYTHING. Excellent holiday idea if you don't want to worry about anything - just relax and enjoy.
Loved the Fortina
I have stayed at the Hotel Fortina 8 times and this winter will be my 9th. I meet up with freinds who like me return year after year. The Hotel has the best view of Valletta,especially at night when thelights are on in the city.The whole staff are very helpful,and pleasant,The Hotel boasts 6 restaurants,3 bars,3 indoor pools,3outdoor pools,and in the summer you can swim ,snorkel and dive from the hotel steps. For an all inclusive hotel you dont have to wear those terrible "bangles", It is situated near to the shops,bus terminus and the ferry to Valletta.The food is exceptually good in the new brasserie.and in the diet restaurant if you need to diet.You can sit in the garden and have a quiet drink if you wish to,or join in with the guests in Jimmys bar .
After 30+ trips to Malta I have now found the best!
We stayed 23rd- 29th October and the value for money was amazing. "all inclusive" it definately is; not like some places where extras creep your bill up.
Our booking was with Mercury Direct and their prices and service were of the highest order.
Adjacent building works are no longer "noise generating"
The speciality restaurants are excellent, but you must book in advance.
A tip for local currency is to wait 'till you get there and then use "hole in the wall" I got a better rate that way.
We have been to Malta many times and believe me it doesnt get much better then the Fortina.
Book it & enjoy it!
A relaxing week
I visited the Fortina in march 03 for a relaxing winter break and I got just that. I travelled alone and as a female need to be careful when it comes to personal safety. I felt at ease and safe in the hotel at all times and I met some other lone female travelors who felt the same.
There was some building work going on when I was there but it didn't detract from my experience. I stayed in a superior room and found it to be very good. The resturants and spa were both excellant. I will definitley be returning for my winter 'sanity break' next year.
Brilliant time at Hotel Fortina
I have recently returned from holiday/getting married in Malta (12/07/03). You may have seen other website reviews and/TV programmes i.e. Holiday Packages from Hell slating the Hotel Fortina. I can honestly say this was one of the best holidays I have had (nothing to do with the fact that I got married !). The hotel is very clean and spacious and has every facility you need and the restaurants are second to none, my favourite being the Garden Restaurant. My husband slipped and frctured his collarbone whilst there and the Hotel were brilliant (they called for an ambulance and he was X-rayed and discharged with painkillers within 2.5 hours of the accident happening !!!). On our return the Hotel arranged for extra pillows and sheets so that my husband could sleep sitting up in an armchair as he found it impossible to sleep laying down and the Maitre 'D in the restaurant immediately came to our table as soon as our food was served to cut his food for him !!! We will be returning to the Hotel Fortina at the earlies opportunity.