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On May 12th and 13th, I was fortunate enough to join the Iberian division of Coke on their "El Viaje de la Felicidad", which means, "The Happiness Trip" to Malta. They kept it a surprise until the day we left, but word leaked out a few days before. The purpose of the trip was simply - to make the employees happy. And I could't believe they let me …
... br> I didn´t know quite what to expect from Malta but it has a lot more to offer than its reputation (or lack of) may suggest. I´m officially adding it to my list of places you must visit in your lifetime.
Rating out of 10: 9.5
In a word: Garigue (used throughout Malta travel guides - I had to dictionary.com that one)
Something interesting: If using public transport, be sure to cover your shoulders to avoid raising the eyebrows of the extremely religious ...
... finally improved, my Sensei scheduled the dive for Sunday, the 5th of September.
On the night before the boys got all the gases ready. We analyzed them in the morning and went over the plan in the classroom: we would travel down on TMx 30/10 and TMx 18/35 to 35 and 60 metres respectively and switch to our bottom mix – TMx 13/45; on the way up we would make three switches: at 75, 49 and 12 metres to EANx 72%. Our bottom time ...
... after sunset was a great sight, as was the bioluminescence - something I can watch forever with my flashlight pressed against my chest.
On the 7th we did two dives in Zurrieq, both on my beloved Um El Faroud. I consider this wreck to be one of the best out there for recreational wreck diving: there is always plenty of sea life (and divers) to observe, and lots of opportunities for easy wreck penetration. The visibility, too, in my ...
... a happy time in my life. It was the hope of travelling back to that time which made me buy a ticket to MLA and, two days later, sit down at 'San Giuliano' and write this.
The colours and smells of the island, the familiar scenery all added to the illusion that I was still 17. As I walked under the arc entrance to Westin Dragonara, headed for the dive center, the same thoughts as back then crowded my mind: will I make a fool of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Malta Saint Julian's
A truly luxury hotel
I agree with previous reviewers. I stayed at the Hilton on 30 September and 1 October 2004 as part of a conference booking. This is a really luxurious hotel with many conference facilities and three good swimming pools (the circular one has a shallow paddling area and thus unsuitable for swimming throughout its length). Our pre-conference reception by the pool was well run with good canapes, and the formal dinner with excellent dishes and Maltese wines. My room on 7th floor had a balcony facing the sea. The room has two large beds and amply sized bathroom. All equipment was modern. A walk-in shower though would be better than shower over bath. The Executive Club lounge on 10th floor had superb views. It offered breakfast from 07.00. All in all, a first class establishment. Not I think though a first choice for families with children, as average guests were older.
We have just booked again for the eigth time at the Hilton and it gets better and more friendly each time, the staff are the best, the rooms are all superb and the cleanliness is spot on and all in a great location, if we can't book we change dates until we can, simply the best hotel on the island.
Great place to relax
On our 1st visit to Malta during July 04, we stayed at the Hilton Malta. We have stayed at many of the Hilton chain all over the world and we have to say they this one was fantastic, the staff were very friendly and couldn't do more for you. Our room on the executive floor was nicely decorated with 3 phones, fax and minibar, the best point was the balcony overlooking the pool area - a great place for pre-dinner wine! The main pool was good, if a little crowded by kids (but we went in peak season) and is seawater, there are 2 other freshwater pools which are more adult orientated (although kids are allowed!). The restaurants were nice, the Gazebo is a beautiful outdoor restaurant under olive trees and the Oceana is the main indoor restuarant (with a terrace area) where the food was tasty and not too overpriced. Room service menu was also large and reasonably priced.
Around the area, there are many buses to the capital Valletta and plently of restuarants (including Pizza Hut and McDonalds!!) within walking distance.
Hilton Malta is recommended to all.
we visited the hilton malta may 2004, what can i say, it was out of this world! the hotel was to a very high standard and the staff we're a credit to the hotel very friendly and spoke very good english. The rooms were large and cleaned daily they were really nice! The pools are massive its a place to totally relax in real luxary! We will definatley go back...
Top class , just book it!
Book this hotel. You will not be disappointed. The service, the location and the views are perfect. The staff are friendly and very efficient while the location is beautiful as you have the sea on oneside and millionares yachts in the marina on the other. St. Julians is a beautiful quiet location where you are spoilt by the dozens of quality restaurants. The Blue Elephant in the Hilton is a Thai restaurant that must be tried before you leave.
Like a previous reviewer I went with DHI international and I cannot praise them enough for their professionalism.
Nice hotel, bad city
We visited the Hilton Malta at the beginning of 2003 for one week. The hotel is in the east, in St. Julians. The main area is excellently, the people at the rezeption very nice. The rooms are uniquely, very largely, with satellite-receiver television equipped and with large balcony. In the hotel some restaurants are and bar in 5. floor with view over completely St. Julians. A beach is unfortunately missing and also the city is not very large. After long searching we found a purchase passage, in which also the hard rock cafe is. Valletta, the capital of Malta can be attained substantially larger and with one the very old busses within 20 minutes.
Visited Hilton with D.H.I. (Dream Holidays International) Ltd
The Hilton is one of the best 5 star hotels ever visited in Malta. Visit destinationmalta and book with Dream Holidays International for discounted prices! They are really professional and give personal service and attention to all customers.
Loved Hilton Malta
Just returned from our first visit to Malta where we stayed in the Hilton in Portomaso, St Julians. The hotel was superb the staff friendly and helpful and the location breathtaking.
The Hilton is in a prestigious marina development called Portomaso where appartments in a similar style to the hotel can be bought for anything up to £1m. The marina is superb with many luxurious yachts and powerboats moored. The hotel is magnificent just the right mix of traditional but contempory and pool areas gorgeous. I would recommend a marina view because it is so pretty at night and theres still a lot going on. The sea view rooms are also breathtaking.
This is one place I would recommend to anyone I know. It was just a shame we had to come home.
Lovely (not lively) hotel!
My husband and I stayed at the Hilton from 30th June to 10th July 2003 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the hotel and also St. Julians even though it was a bit sedated. The staff are all very courteous and polite and always happy to help you out especially the fellas who work around the pool. A slight regret we had was buying "easy dine vouchers" from our travel agent which allow you half board at the hotel for the days that you want. DON'T BOTHER. Either stay B&B or Half Board rather than try and be clever like us and have a bit of both. The vouchers you get given from reception are tatty cut up bits of photocopied vouchers which you hand over when you pay for your meal, it's very embarrassing and you feel like a cheapskate even though you've paid full price for them.
We travelled round the island and both agreed that St. Julians is one of the nicest places to stay in Malta even though it is a bit more expensive. Eating and drinking in the hotel and around the pool is very expensive but I suppose this is to be expected when you stay at a Hilton hotel.
Just a short walk away is Paceville which is an excellent place to spend your evenings - loads of restaurants, pub and clubs.
We heard that Golden Bay was one of the better beaches in Malta but we only stayed there for a couple of hours as it got very crowded and it was near impossible to get in and out of the water as there were so many stones and rocks.
We are definitely coming back to Malta but will probably try the Dragonara next time, it seems a bit more lively.
A well designed palace
Been here twice (2001). The most beautiful Hilton I've ever seen. This marvellous hotel looks like a palace, in particular the interior. It's more a resort as the whole estate is big enough to accomodate three outdoor pools, two outdoor bars/cafeterias, situated in a very nice designed park on the sea side. There is no beach as the majority of the Maltese coast consists of rocks.
Hotel is situated in the popular St Julians area.
Quality of rooms is very high, most of them face to the sea and a few have large terraces.
Outstanding service, I've never met so many friendly and dedicated staff who are all doing their very best to please you without having the feeling 'being pushed'. This is a hotel with a natural mix of tourists and business people.
The restaurants are of very high quality with an overwhelming choice of menu items.
Outstanding Living Well health club facilities.
Shops and a large number of restaurants are within walking distance, casino is a 7 minutes walk.
Don't expect complete silence! Malta has the highest density of population in Europe and the St Julians area is a busy place with many pubs, retaurants and discotheques.
Car rental desk in the hotel, from St Julians you can drive anywhere on the island within an hour but most roads are in a terrible state.. Don't expect much of direction indicators but if you loose your way, you'll never be further away from the hotel than some 45 minutes!! Malta drives on the left side and all rental cars are red in order to let the Maltese know you are a foreigner....
The old town of Valetta is a 10 minutes drive from the hotel and this old fortress is very impressive. There is no place on earth where you find so many churches and cathedrals than Malta.
Crime rate is extremely low and you'll really feel 'at home'.
The down side? Difficult to say, it's just crowded!!