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The Islands of Malta & Gozo

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ImagIne. Relax. Indulge.
pICTURe a beaUTIfUl WaRm oas Is WheRe yoU Can enjoy a holIday of peaCefUl RelaxaTIon. WheRe yoU Can ImmeRse yoURself In a RevITalIsIng Wellness joURney.

Where you can indulge in a luxurious spa stay... I’d like you to imagine the Maltese archipelago of Malta, Gozo and Comino. Located at the heart of the Mediterranean, once one of Europe’s best kept secrets, now the Maltese Islands are a dream destination for those wanting a true spa and wellness experience.

Surrounded by sparkling crystal clear waters and basked in year-round sunshine with a cool Mediterranean breeze, Malta and Gozo are steeped in natural beauty and culture just waiting to be discovered, from our rugged picturesque landscapes and exquisite coastline to the cobbled streets of small villages, historical towns

and remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And at the heart of the Islands are their friendly people, who are waiting for you to sample our traditions, crafts and sumptuous cuisine. Throughout the Islands you will find some of the finest 4 and 5-star resorts – from world-renowned international brands to independent and boutique hotels. Here you can spend your time indulging in sensual relaxing experiences, enjoying a range of active pursuits or just lying by the pool letting the stresses of the day ebb away. Over the following pages you will see a range of luxurious resorts boasting state-of-the-art spa and wellness centres that incorporate the latest treatments and facilities, providing you with a multi-sensorial journey of rejuvenation and relaxation. The range of treatments and programmes available seems almost endless, so whether you are a spa regular or a newcomer there is something for everyone.

Be pampered with algae body wraps, balneo baths and peelings using marine products, cool down with Vichy showers and hydrojet massages or relax with a blissful dermalife hydrofusion skin and a full body care system. Feast your senses with Ayurveda, Hammam spa treatments and hot stone therapy or treat your hands and feet to a deluxe manicure or pedicure. Rebalance with holistics and unique classical therapies such as Thalasso therapies, Okkaido herbal steam baths, Reiki and Hopi ear candles. Music therapy, art therapy and stress and group management are also at your fingertips alongside niche medical and surgical packages. Welcome to the Maltese islands – the perfect location to invigorate your mind, body and soul. Alex Incorvaja, Director UK & Ireland

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Malta is the perfect location for a touch of relaxation, romance or luxury, as you will benefit from sunshine and great temperatures throughout most of the year. As you would expect from a premium quality spa resort in Malta, or anywhere else in the world, we offer the most up-to-date facilities and beautiful surroundings to ensure that your holiday is everything you dreamed it would be. Nothing is more satisfying than relaxing and enjoying the multiple pleasures of a wellness spa. So when you want to feel special and pampered, an excellent choice is to spend time in any Myoka Spa around the island. The benefits of a spa visit, are not just physical in nature, they can have emotional and spiritual advantages as well. Our spas are tailored to improve the wellbeing and comfort of our guests all the way. Modern lifestyles and the stress we endure often result in people experiencing a spiritual vacuum, with increasing numbers turning to spiritual therapy to understand their emotions. Myoka Spas are the ideal places for people to find the balance they need to achieve genuine fulfilment in their daily lives. The pursuit of fulfillment, health and happiness should be the aspiration of everyone.

Malta unravels to reveal a bevy of historical and cultural wonders to further enrich your experience during your spa holiday. If you don’t want to explore the island, then you can choose to spend your entire break relaxing in one of our spas and taking advantage of the huge range of fantastic journeys available. Whether you want to relax and be pampered, detox, lose weight or take decisive steps to improve your wellness with our Ayurveda specialists, there is plenty to keep you active and engaged – all delivered by Myoka’s experienced team and wide range of specialists, Ayurveda doctors, Thai, Chinese, Indian practitioners, wellness and medical consultants who specialise in techniques and treatments from all over the world. The Myoka ethos or main focus with wellness is the overall improvement of quality of life, with particular emphasis on relaxation, inner peace and individual equilibrium. We start each guests journey with a detailed consultation to understand their concerns and design a unique protocol of cleansing and regeneration to aid healing and maintain good health. Why not experience the traditional Ayurvedic treatments or indulge in one of our spa packages personalised for your needs? The Myoka Ayurvedic Centres located in our spas help to revive battered senses. Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine originating in India about 5000BC. A compound of the word ayus meaning life and veda meaning knowledge, the word Ayurveda means “knowledge of life”. Five thousand years of wisdom distilled to purify the body, mind and soul, it is often called the mother of healing, where everything used is of herbal origin and has no side effects. It is a holistic therapy, which can prevent diseases, arrest premature ageing and let you enjoy good health. Our guests can consult with one of our Indian practitioners to see what treatments would be best for them or plan a suitable course of action prior to your visit in Malta. Start your day with a one-to-one yoga session followed by an anti-stress consultation, deep breathing class and a combination of holistic treatments along with a spa lunch. While you are being treated like a king or queen you can make full use of the spa facilities which include indoor heated pools, saunas and steam rooms, fitness centres, plunge pools and more. If you are looking to get away from the demands and pressures of life, look no further. Balance and re-energise in sunny Malta. Our spa treatments and facilities create respites for the senses, but to live a spa life, one must experience relaxation within oneself and extend it with kindness to others. So learn to love yourself! For further information about our wellness packages, signature treatments and customized packages contact us on +356 21 5725156 or visit www.myoka.com.

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aIR malta
begIn your journey of relaxaTIon WITh aIR malTa.
Whether you are planning a business trip or a short break to Malta, the country’s national airline is the natural choice for discerning travellers. With a selection of about 35 scheduled destinations from Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, business and leisure travellers can be assured of travelling in style. The sun-drenched Maltese islands are a year-round destination and are an increasingly important location for travellers looking for relaxation. Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean just two to three hours’ flight from major European cities, Malta’s position, outstanding accommodation and facilities make it the perfect holiday spot. Getting to Malta couldn’t be easier thanks to Air Malta’s schedule from major European airports that cater for travellers from all over the Continent. Upon boarding, passengers are greeted with warm-hearted Maltese hospitality with snacks or hot meals and a complimentary drink. A generous baggage allowance ensures passengers are never faced with hidden costs. Those looking for a more premium experience are entitled to more than just the benefit of spacious seating and fine dining in Air Malta’s Club Class Cabin. Dedicated check-in counters make certain that baggage is priority tagged for quicker retrieval at the destination, while access to global hospitality lounges and fast-track immigration services ensure a speedy and comfortable airport experience. At Malta International Airport, the exclusive La Valette Lounge complete with comfortable seating, internet access, TV and complimentary drinks and refreshments, is available for club class passengers at no extra cost, allowing them to relax in comfort or catch up with all the news from around the world before boarding. As the national airline, Air Malta has helped to establish the island as one of Europe’s most desirable destinations for both business and leisure, offering excellent scheduled services, which ensure every trip begins and ends in style and comfort. Air Malta’s website, www.airmalta.com, provides a wealth of information as well as flight, hotel and car hire booking. Whether you want to know the current weather situation, find out more about future events or download a flight timetable, the comprehensive facility is a one-stop-shop for all passenger enquiries. Check out Air Malta’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/ AirMalta for updated information and offers.

Islands of tRanquIllIty
WITh 300 days of s UnshIne a yeaR, CRys Tal CleaR medITeRRanean WaTeRs, 7,000 yeaRs of hIs ToRy, ThRIvIng loCal TRadITIons and eveRy spa expeRIenCe ImagInable – The malTese Islands have IT all.

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The archipelago of three islands – Malta (the commercial and cultural centre), Gozo (its more rural sister) and Comino (which is largely uninhabited), which is spread over only 316 square kilometres, make up this rich and varied nation. There is no area in the world the size of Malta that packs in so many ancient archaeological sites, natural beaches, local traditions and spectacular scenery. And it is now emerging as one of the leading spa and wellness destinations in the Mediterranean. It is its laid-back charm and unhurried lifestyle that make Malta an alluring destination for those seeking to relax, rejuvenate, and escape from life’s stresses. Culture vultures and history buffs can also enjoy Valletta’s most impressive gems, the St. John’s Co-Cathedral, or the picture perfect medieval citadel of Mdina, also known as the ‘silent city’, featuring palazzos and striking baroque architecture, which are hidden behind a walled fortress. These important historical landmarks give an insight into Malta’s interesting past for many and provide wonderful places to explore at a slow pace. Nature lovers will find plenty to admire too, such as the Dingli cliffs (the most spectacular natural monument in Malta), where you can stroll along the many walking routes, or the Buskett Gardens and Verdala Palace (the official summer residence of the President of Malta), which are a sanctuary of vineyards, orangeries, olive and lemon groves – and are a delightful place for picnics.

it has carved itself out as a year-round wellbeing destination. The Islands have seen the arrival of some 40 or so dedicated spa and wellness centres, most based in hotels. Full and half-day packages and á la carte options, mean spa and wellness treatments can form all or just part of any holiday. Four and 5-star spa hotels in Malta are the epitome of luxury, with lavish indoor and outdoor pools, multiple restaurants, relaxing environments and rejuvenating health spas. The spas offer a range of familiar single treatments from reflexology to Oriental cupping therapy, to the more adventurous chocolate and mesotherapy slimming massages. For time-conscious travellers there are lunchtime anti-stress massages and there are also competitive spa specials for those on a budget. Many spas also offer ‘mother and daughter’ pampering packages, and various signature therapies ranging from colour therapy, body toning, and detox or stress-buster programmes to specialist aesthetic interventions, such as Dermal fillers. Mums-to-be are not forgotten, with a range of experiences such as pre-natal water therapies, and lower leg massages to help with water retention. On hand there are plenty of qualified nutritionists, dieticians, physiotherapists, chiropractors and personal fitness trainers as well as sessions of pilates, yoga and Tai Chi to complete the overall well-being experience. Medical tourism is also becoming increasingly important and select hotels are now offering post-surgery and wellness/ holistic recovery packages. Several spas offer unique, pioneering treatments that are designed, for example, to help people recuperate after operations, or work on specific clinical complaints. The concept of wellbeing is carried beyond spa treatments as hotel restaurants are also adopting a selection of healthy food options and snacks for its guests. Healthy meals, which are very

low in calories, fat and sugars, with no salt added, are prepared for those wishing to detox or lose weight – all using locally sourced produce and fresh ingredients. Outside the confines of hotel resorts, there are plenty of things to do to relax, such as exploring the pretty beaches, country walks in the unique and rugged countryside, or admiring the local history, all of which will awaken, freshen and invigorate the soul. A spa stay in Malta has all the ingredients for the perfect trip.

However, one of the most important aspects of Maltese life is its food. It’s rustic, real, hearty and healthy. Due to the Mediterranean climate and fertile fields, the sheer abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables available is astonishing. Green grocers set up shop at the side of main roads and busy places, where anyone can buy a freshly squeezed orange juice or half a succulent melon for a vitamin C fix, or a prickly pear rich in antioxidants. Healthy food doesn’t get much better than this. Maltese history is long and complicated, and its geography and landscape unique, together these have made it one of the most enticing islands in Europe. However, the Islands offer much more than beguiling history, culture and geography – it is a splendid sanctuary for relaxation and wellbeing. Malta is no newcomer to the world of health and wellness. It has long played an important role in caring for people dating back to the time of the Hospitaller Knights of St. John. Their hospital, (now the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta), was renowned throughout Europe in its day for its advanced medical practices. The Knights’ legacy lived on in the British period when Malta became known as the ‘nurse of the Mediterranean’ for its role in caring for British troops. And, sitting only three hours from Britain, it has all the credentials for a perfect short-haul spa and wellness getaway. Malta is spoilt for spa and wellness experiences. Over the years

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foRtIna spa ResoRt
WelCome To The haven of ToTal luxury.
Situated 300 metres from central Sliema, the Fortina Spa Resort is a 17-storey, 5-star, south-facing hotel with magnificent views of Malta’s capital city and UNESCO World Heritage Site Valletta. The resort was built around a central tropical garden using state-of-theart materials and specially designed to appeal to those looking to relax and indulge in luxury. It is the ideal hotel to experience a variety of spa treatments and to enjoy excellent cuisines from around the world with a choice of six incredible restaurants. The hotel has four spa centres, conference facilities, five swimming pools, hair salon, a state-ofthe-art dental clinic, cosmetic surgery, a fully equipped fitness centre, yoga and a body control (UK) Pilates centre. The Fortina Spa Resort is an adults-only resort with the exception of the Christmas and Easter period and July and August. During these family periods, children are welcome to be a part of the experience. During the rest of the year, the Fortina Spa Resort is a haven for adults, allowing them to enjoy togetherness in peace and tranquillity. The Spa Mediterranee provides guests with sea water and algae treatments operated by powerful Thalasso Therapy, supervised by highly qualified physiotherapists. Anti-stress treatments, weight loss programmes, Dermalife detoxification treatments, Oxyspa and oxygen inhalation, ‘Dead Sea’ bathing & tanning, ‘Dead Sea’ body treatments and food intolerance testing are all available. Facilities in the ‘Spa Sante’ include a Finnish sauna, Ice fountain, Kneipp walk and Cisterna steam and flower room.

The Belle Epoque Wellbeing & Beauty Centre has the latest innovative technology and has a range of treatments from around the world including Thai and Chinese massage, Turkish mud bath, a Japanese room and a Cleopatra bath. Next door is the Hypogeum spa, which specialises in complementary therapies such as Chinese medicine, colonic irrigation, crystal sound therapy, colour therapy and acupuncture. To complement the vast spa and wellness facilities available, the Fortina has first-class fitness and physiotherapy, cosmetic surgery and dental centres available to all guests. A wide range of accommodation is available within the resort and offers the world’s first therapeutic spa bedrooms, as well as the first wellness rejuvenation rooms in Europe. These enable guests to experience the joys of a spa in the privacy of their bedroom, with a wide range of treatments available. These include a therapeutic bath with seven different programmes, a high pressure massage shower, steam sauna, seaweed and mud treatments, a ‘Dermalife’ machine and ‘stressbuster’ machine that increases oxygen intake and eliminates aches and pains. The Fortina is also the world’s first hotel to introduce

energised beds which ensure the best night’s sleep possible. Spot magnets within the mattresses, duvets and pillows bathe every muscle with a gentle energised field that is safe, natural and essential to well being. The Fortina Spa Resort has developed a ‘Dine around the World’ concept, offering six restaurants, most of which are located in the spectacular tropical garden, each specialising in a different cuisine from around the world. These restaurants are Taste, serving Mediterranean and Vietnamese cuisine; Sa Re Ga Ma, serving Indian cuisine; Can Thai, serving Thai and Chinese cuisine; Il Giardino pizzeria, Ristorante Tigne, specialising in Italian and Continental cuisine. The specially designed and decorated restaurants with authentic chefs and waiting staff make dining in each restaurant an experience in itself. With its exceptional spa facilities and stunning setting just minutes from Sliema, the Fortina Spa Resort allows guests to fully relax and re-energise while still being able to soak up the bustling town life right on their door step. The Fortina offers the best of both worlds and makes the spa experience one to remember.

W elln ess faCI l I T I e s: • Fitness Centre and Saunas • Thalasso Spa Mediterranee • Finnish Sauna • Ice Fountain • Aqua Meditation Room • Belle Epoque Beauty Centre • Hyopgeum Body, Mind & Spirit Centre • Fortedent Dental Clinic • Hair Salon • Cosmetic Surgery and Dermo Aesthetic Services • Indoor and Outdoor Bars Top 3 s Ig naTU R e TReaTm enTs: • ‘Dead Sea’ Body Treatment • Indonesian Ritual & Massage • Flowel System Body Treatment g eneRa l In fo r M aT I o n: address: Tigne Seafront, Sliema, SLM 3012 Telephone: +356 2346 2346 email: info@fortinasparesort.com Web: www.fortinasparesort.com

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gRand Hotel excelsIoR - malta
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The Grand Hotel Excelsior is a 5-star luxury hotel just two minutes away from Valletta that is blessed with magnificent views of Marsamxett Harbour and Fort Manoel. Sixteenth-century fortifications embrace the hotel and its olive gardens, making it the only 5-star property in Malta nestled within historic architecture. Grand Hotel Excelsior’s prime location allows for easy access to all tourist locations around the Maltese islands. The main bus terminus provides services to all towns and villages and is only a few minutes away from the hotel. For the more discerning traveller the hotel offers its own private tours with executive cars. The hotel has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped fitness centre, and a private 30-berth marina. It also boasts the only private beach in Valletta and offers its own yacht marina that is exclusive to its hotel guests and is home to Malta’s annual Boat Show. Acclaimed as one of Malta’s leading 5-star spa resorts, Le Grand Spa has exceptional spa and wellness facilities, offering a relaxing atmosphere that is the perfect starting point for a journey toward equilibrium between your body, mind and spirit. Guests can complement their Malta spa experience with a variety of leisure, sporting, fitness and recreational facilities and activities available at the hotel. One of the highlights of Le Grand Spa is the signature Maharlika treatment, which is inherited from Philippine ancestors and never fails to leave a lasting impression. It assists with relieving physical imbalance, improves blood circulation, eliminates toxins and stimulates the energy flow throughout the body. The professional and experienced therapists at the spa will create a Maharlika body treatment that is totally personalised and specific to your taste and needs. With its exceptional spa facilities and elegant suites the Grand Hotel Excelsior provides a unique opportunity to relive Malta’s rich history while unwinding during a luxury Mediterranean escape.

HIlton malta
esCape To an oasIs of harMony.
Standing as a centrepiece of the Maltese coastline, the Hilton Malta offers comfort and hospitality for which the Hilton brand is renowned. With breathtaking coastal views the hotel’s 410 stylish rooms and suites offer luxurious comfort and relaxation. Ideally located in the prestigious Portomasso development within the fashionable district of St. Julians, just minutes from Malta’s major entertainment areas and cultural attractions. The Hilton takes great pride in its diverse dining options. A wide variety of culinary cultures, vibrant flavours and memorable gastronomic experience await guests in the refined range of restaurants and bars. Guests can also escape to the tranquillity of the Myoka Five Senses Spa. Discover a newfound sense of wellbeing as the expert, multi-lingual therapists soothe away stresses and strains with state-of-the-art equipment in stylish, luxurious surroundings. From aromatherapy facials and botox to body scrubs and wraps, the spa offers an extensive range of beautifying treatments for body and soul. Experience a range of invigorating massages that will stimulate circulation, improve skin tone, and soothe tense and tired muscles. Indulge with the Eastern-influenced Ashiatsu (back walking) massage, unwind with the unforgettable aqua wave treatment, or re-energise with a rejuvenating aromatherapy massage. Enjoy the revitalising marine algae bath, featuring pure sea concentrates that promote wellbeing and relaxation and effectively treat excess weight. Treat your skin to the vast array of tailored facial treatments or indulge in an array of Oriental and holistic therapies, such as the ancient Eastern-inspired hot stone massage. The spa features a range of all-inclusive half, full and multiday spa packages that will allow you to experience a wide range of treatments, and includes access to the indoor pool, hot tub, cold dip, sauna and steam room Alternatively get your heart-rate up at the hotel’s fully airconditioned LivingWell Health Club. The beautifully designed gym features a large indoor pool area including steam bath and sauna, as well as plush changing rooms, a creche, a dedicated spin studio and state-of-the-art equipment from Precor USA – one of the world’s top producers of fitness and training machines The LivingWell Health Club is home to more than 35 different fitness classes every week aimed at improving fitness, toning and strengthening. Other facilities include outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts, as well as an array of water sports.

W elln ess faCIlITIes: • Myoka Five Senses Spa • Indoor Pool • Outdoor Pool • Steam Room • Sauna • Jacuzzi • Gym • Physiotherapy • Myoka Spa Nail Salon • Tony&Guy Salon Top 3 s Ig naTU Re TReaTm enTs: • Ayurveda (back walking) massage • Five senses signature massage • Myoka absolute facial g eneRa l In forMaTIon : address: Hilton Malta, Portomaso, St. Julian’s, PTM 01 Telephone: +356 21 370194 email: kristina.agius@hilton.com Web: www.hiltonmaltahotel.com Myoka fIve senses spa Telephone: +356 2137 0194 email: info@myoka.com Web: www.myoka.com

Wellness faCI l I T I es: • Sauna/Steam Room • 10 Treatment Rooms • Gym • Hair and Nail Salon • Indoor and Outdoor Pools Top 3 s I gnaT UR e T R eaT menT s: • Maharlika therapy package • Durga Mata four-handed massage • Thalasso mud and body wrap geneR al InforMaTIon: address: Grand Hotel Excelsior Great Siege Road Floriana FRN1810 Telephone: +356 21 250520 email: info@excelsior.com.mt Web: www.excelsior.com.mt

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InteRcontInental malta
Relax and RejUvenaTe In conTeMporary sTyle.
At the 5-star InterContinental Malta, the Carisma Spa & Wellness is available for hotel guests who want to be pampered by professionally trained therapists in a sophisticated, calming and personal environment. Luxurious massage treatments include the Carisma’s Special, a synchronised four-hand massage, Thai, Balinese and Chinese massages. There is also the famous Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage, foot-reflexology, an anti-stress massage, hot stone massage, Ayurveda massage with warm oils as well as therapeutic massages. Detoxifying, purging, vitalizing and nourishing body treatments include algae body wraps, full body aloe vera masks and anticellulite massages. A hammam is also available at InterContinental Malta’s Carisma Spa & Wellness where guests can indulge in the cultured and individual atmosphere of traditional Turkish baths. Further treatments in the hammam include Dead Sea salt exfoliating, aloe vera face and body mask, and hair treatments. A visit to these Turkish baths is not only a cleansing ritual but also a festival for all the senses. All the treatments and programmes guarantee maximum relaxation and recuperation for both body and soul. For those wanting to exert a bit more energy there is the state-of-the-art gym and leisure centre compromising 2,000 square metres of exercise equipment and health improvement facilities. The hotel at the InterContinental Malta is a stunning contemporary waterfront resort residing in a central cosmopolitan location close to shopping, entertainment and historic sites. Comprising of 451 designer-led bedrooms, eight restaurants and five bars to suit all tastes, as well as an extensive list of leisure facilities such as The InterContinental Beach Club with its private beach, where you will find an exclusive area set aside for guests’ personal use and comfort. Visit and enjoy a truly modern 5-star wellness experience at the InterContinental Malta and Carisma Spa.

le méRIdIen st JulIans Hotel & spa
seRenITy In luxurIous surroundInGs.
The Le Méridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa is located in the fashionable and architecturally rich Balluta Bay and borders the cosmopolitan town of Sliema. This 5-star complex embraces the Maltese way of living by celebrating its diverse culture with a new perspective. The contemporary design of this seaside hotel stimulates creative minds and captures intimate areas within open spaces. Nestled in the former gardens of a 19th-century villa, it serves as the perfect base for the leisure and business guest alike. The contemporary guest rooms and suites provide just what you need for a perfect holiday and dining locations around the hotel are set alive by a creative kitchen brigade. Discover Malta’s unique Mediterranean cuisine, travel to other continents with surprising ethnic themed nights, dine al fresco on the highest rooftop in town or enjoy the exciting vibe of the hotel’s contemporary lounge. All hotel guests have access to the spa facilities, which include an indoor pool, hot tub, cold dip, sauna, and steam room. At Le Méridien St Julians Hotel & Spa, a holistic, serene approach is given to your wellness experience. The spa includes an inviting heated indoor pool, guarded by four stunning white pillars directly imported from Bali and adorned with hand-carved designs. Wooden Balinese statuettes, an array of miniature trees and soft relaxing music all work to provide an ideal spa ambience. With more than 80 treatments ranging from a multitude of massages, facials, manicures, pedicures to scrubs, wraps and baths. A qualified spa concierge can provide advice or set up a tailor-made package based on individual needs. Treatments can be adapted to you needs – be it a mother-to-be or personal ailments such as headaches or bad circulation. Some treatments can even be arranged in the comfort of your hotel room. On offer are a range of packages from the indulgent to a smaller treat; ensuring there is something for everyone on your wellness experience. For those wanting to feel more energised the Lotus Fitness Centre is open daily. A gym centre located on level two of this luxury hotel, adjacent to the spa facilities. Hotel guests may use its ultra-modern gym equipment and are more than welcome to take an appointment with a qualified personal trainer or take part in one of the array of classes that are on offer.

W elln ess faCIlITIes: • Myoka Lotus Spa • Indoor Pool • Outdoor Pool • Steam Room • Sauna • Jacuzzi • Hydrotherapy • Spa Garden • Gym • Physiotherapy • Hair/ Nail Salon • Restaurants/Food/Diet Top 3 s Ig naTU Re TReaTm enTs: • Myoka absolute facial • Myoka Lotus massage • Balinese ritual package g eneRa l In forMaTIon : address: 39, Main Street Balluta Bay St Julian’s STJ 1017 Telephone: +356 23 110 000 email: infolmsj@lemeridien.com Web: lemeridienmalta.com Myoka loTus spa Telephone: +356 21 370163 email: info@myoka.com Web: www.myoka.com

Wellness faCI l I T I es: • Hammam • Relaxation Rooms • Massage, Private Treatment Rooms • Indoor and Outdoor Pool • Sauna and Steam Baths • Gym and Fitness Centre • Hair Salon • Nail Salon Top 3 s I gnaT UR e T R eaT menT s: • Dead Sea Salt Exfoliating, Foam Massage and Hair Shampooing • Carisma Special – Queen and King four-hand massage • Pampering Facial – Luxury Anti-Aging Silk Facial geneR al InforMaTIon: address: St. George’s Bay, St. Julian’s STJ 3310, Malta Telephone: +356 21 377 600 email: malta@intercontinental.com.mt Web: www.intercontinental.com/icmalta

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RadIsson Blu ResoRt & spa
Walk InTo a WoRld of coMpleTe sensory heaven.
Leave stress at the door and begin a new tranquil journey at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa – where beauty is synonymous with balance and wellbeing. All the spa treatments and therapies are based on achieving total purification, restoring natural energy and establishing harmony between body and mind. The Myoka Sands Spa team understands the need for both physical and psychological well-being and uses significant essences of aromatherapy and physiotherapy. Each treatment has been specially developed to revive, rejuvenate and restore the skin while rebalancing mind, body and spirit. Experience the ultimate in relaxation with one of the spa’s day packages, during which fully qualified therapists will ensure an unforgettable experience with a selection of international therapies. The surroundings of the spa inspire guests to take time for personal reflection to renew priorities and discover themselves. Let yourself respond to the sense of touch to enhance every experience, letting relaxation flow from the crown of the head to the tips of the toes. Inhale pure aromatherapy-blended essential oils designed to stimulate body, mind and spirit. Choose from a specially designed, hand-picked selection of pampering or rejuvenating treatments or let the staff help create a tailor-made ritual. The Myoka Sands Spa is just the place for men and women seeking lasting health, beauty and youth. The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands, is a deluxe, 5-star property overlooking one of Malta’s premier sandy bays, Golden Bay at Ghajn Tuffieha, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The resort is renowned for its responsibility towards the environment and was built incorporating extensive eco-friendly measures, such as a pioneering water-treatment plant, as well as being landscaped to harmonise with its location as sensitively as possible. This luxury hotel offers a full complement of hotel restaurants, bars and facilities. From lounging poolside with a refreshing cocktail to enjoying a rigorous tennis match with friends and family. Thrilling water sports, including a diving centre and jet-ski rental service, offer fun choices for exploring the Mediterranean coast. Other services and amenities include four swimming pools, tennis courts, private beach, concierge, business centre, shuttle bus, car hire, 24-hour room service.

seaBank ResoRt & spa
RenoWned foR ITs peRsonalIsed spa expeRIenCes, The s eabank ResoRT Is all abouT you.
The Seabank Resort & Spa offers superb all-inclusive facilities that are aimed at providing guests with great value for money. It is down to earth and approachable, and constantly focused on providing high-quality services. The lively and friendly experience on offer at Seabank is one of the finest on the island. Strategically located just 30 metres away from Malta’s largest beaches and surrounded by an amazing array of options, staying at Seabank will guarantee you peace of mind and a wholly refreshing holiday experience. From the gastronomic delights to the entertainment and wellness facilities, you will constantly discover something new to do at Seabank All-Inclusive Resort & Spa. The staff will help you craft a personalised experience through unlimited use of any of the club’s numerous leisure facilities. The AquaMarine Spa and Fitness Centre at the Seabank Resort has been designed to be a haven of relaxation and indulgence for their guests. Treatments take place in the spa sanctuary away from other facilities in the hotel, allowing guests to fully relax and unwind. The extensive treatment options at the spa include an array of exotic massages, with therapies that sooth and revive the spirit, from reflexology to a hot stone massage to name but a few. Thalion products are used throughout, promoting the widely recognised benefits of seaweeds and algae. There are also a wide number of beauty treatments available to make you look as good on the outside as you feel within. There are six tranquil treatment rooms at the AquaMarine Spa, one of which is designed for couples. The aim is to ensure every guest receives the mind, body and soul experience of a lifetime, so each room is deliciously fragrant, each treatment bitingly fresh. The resort is all about relaxation and the days will just drift by, and it all begins with the tranquillity of the environment from the moment you enter the spa.

Wellness faCI l I T I es: • Myoka Sands Spa • Outdoor and Indoor Pools • Sauna • Jacuzzi • Gym/Personal Training • Physiotherapy • Myoka Nail Salon • Ayurveda Centre • Couple’s Spa Suite • Hair Salon Top 3 s I gnaT UR e T R eaT menT s: • Aromatherapy massage €60 • Aromatherapy facial €60 • Ayurveda massage €70 geneR al InforMaTIon: address: Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands, Golden Bay, l/o Mellieha MLH5510 Telephone: +356 23 56000 email: ernest.barry@islandhotels.com Web: www.islandhotels.com Myoka sands spa Telephone: +356 23 561191 email: info@myoka.com Web: www.myoka.com

W elln ess faC I l I T I e s: • Sauna/Steam Room • Chill Out Room • Gym • Hair and Nail Studio • Six Treatment Rooms • Physiotherapy • Indoor and Outdoor Pools Top 3 s Ig naT UR e TReaTm enTs: • AquaMarine Energy: (Including Rouge Corail Exfoliation, Hydrobath with sea crystals, Full Body massage) • La Stone Full Body Massage • Relaxing Polynesian Journey g eneRa l In fo r M aT I o n: address: Marfa Road, Mellieha MLH 9063 Telephone: +356 22891330 email: spa@seabankhotel.com Web: www.seabankhotel.com

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tHe dolmen ResoRt Hotel & spa
sophIsTIcaTed paMperInG In a naTURal envIRonmenT UnlIke any oTheR.
Beautifully located at the water’s edge, the Dolmen 4-star hotel boasts 375 guest rooms and 38 highly finished superior rooms and suites with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and St. Paul’s. The hotel delivers uncompromising quality while intertwining the culture and fabric of Malta into the entire resort. (The Bugibba Temple, which is preserved in the grounds of the hotel, belongs to the same category of prehistoric monuments as Tarxien and Hagar Qim in Malta and Ggantija in Gozo.) The Dolmen Resort Hotel has a multitude of lavish facilities to ensure your stay is one of total enjoyment. For food lovers there are four restaurants each serving delectable cuisine, you can also socialise in one of the four bars. There is a wide range of entertainment on offer – in the daytime soak up the sun at the Beach Club, try one of the many water sports or escape in to the sea with the diving club. In the evening experience the live music entertainment where every night is different. Party at the Amazonia club or try your luck at the four-hall casino, which stays open until the sun rises. For a perfect escape from the stresses and strains of daily life enjoy a serene and relaxed atmosphere in the perfect haven of the luxurious Myoka Dolmen Spa. Overlooking the clear blue Mediterranean Sea you can indulge in one of the invigorating body treatments or holistic experiences that leaves you feeling energised, refreshed and radiant. With a vast range of more than 80 treatments to choose from, expose your senses to something new every day. Relax your body from the day-to-day stress you encounter in one of the saunas or the calming hydro massage section. The tropical heated indoor pool is a favourite year-round with its sultry warm temperatures. Within the luxurious spa, guests will also find a fully equipped fitness room. The gym is open to resident guests of the hotel and has flatscreen TVs, air conditioning and refreshments, so you can catch up on current events while working out on the range of cardiovascular and exercise equipment. The Dolmen Resort offers the best of both worlds – experience fun and excitement or drift into a world of bliss and relaxation.

a RuRal oasIs
fIlled WITh TRanqUIllITy and RURal ChaRm, goZo’s hIdden beaChes, RollIng hIlls, hIsToRIC vIllages and aUThenTIC spas aRe a TReaT jUsT WaITIng To be dIsCoveRed.

Wellness faCI l I T I es: • Myoka Dolmen Spa • Heated indoor Pool • Outdoor Pool • Sauna • Jacuzzi • Gym • Myoka Spa Nail Salon • Restaurants/Food/Diet Top 3 s I gnaT UR e T R eaT menT s: • Executive de-stress • Myoka Bliss facial • Chinese massage geneR al InforMaTIon: address: Qawra, St. Pauls Bay, SPB 2402, Malta Telephone: +356 2355 2355 email: reservations@dolmen.com.mt Web: www.dolmen.com.mt Myoka dolMen spa Telephone: +356 21 577500 email: info@myoka.com Web: www.myoka.com

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sports, which can be enjoyed year-round. The terraced fields, bordered by miles of old rubble walls, slope down a myriad of hills and valleys, giving the countryside an irresistible lure for ramblers, especially during the autumn, winter and spring months when the Island attains a green golden hue all around. Surrounded by sea, Gozo naturally offers a wide range of water sports, such as paragliding, sailing and not to mention, scuba diving. Over the past decade, scuba diving in Gozo has grown immensely in popularity. This is no surprise considering the many scenic dive sites, beautifully coloured coral reefs and caves, such as Cathedral and Coral caves, which over the years have become a habitat for varied and unusual marine life. The ingredients that make Gozo and Malta so attractive for scuba diving are the unique topography, mild weather and clean pollution-free waters. In summer, the warm sea temperature (averaging 26˚C) makes it possible for divers to wear a light wet suit, making it easier for beginners and the less adventurous, and the waters around the hidden rocky coves of Dwejra invite snorkellers with their safe bathing, which can be enjoyed throughout the year. Gozo is exceptional for mountain biking for all levels of ability, with its serene environment and breathtaking views. The Dwejra route is popular for beginners and the highlights include the Azure

Gozo’s small size is deceptive – its rich history and unique landscape catches everyone by surprise. The rugged Island is covered by lush vegetation and dramatic cliffs, and is a haven of unspoiled rustic beauty. Inhabited since mythical times, Gozo retains an aura of unblemished splendour, offering a complete oasis from the stresses of modern life. The Island’s history and past cultures are evident from its Ggantija Megalithic temples (thought to be the oldest free standing structures in the world) and forts dotted around the countryside and along the shoreline. An ancient walled city located in Victoria (the Island’s capital) perched high above sea level dominates the centre of the Island. From the huge walls of the fortifications a breathtaking panorama unfolds, where all the villages with their dominant church domes can be marvelled. Situated in the heart of Victoria is the Basilica of St. George and the narrow medieval streets that surround it instil a feeling of times gone by. Life on Gozo operates at a much slower pace than its neighbour Malta – yet it’s an exciting destination, providing some of Europe’s most compelling outdoor experiences, medieval architecture, exquisite cuisine and beautiful places to stay. Gozo’s natural environment is home to a number of invigorating

window (a rocky opening framing stunning views) and fungus rock, the sheer cliffs, curving bays and gigantic caves. The Zebbug track requires an intermediate level of biking skill, with scenic rewards such as Il-Qolla l-Bajda (the white hill), Is-Salvatur (a statue of Jesus on a hill) and the picturesque Gozitan countryside. The great outdoors, pollution-free air and natural beauty of the Island aids the feeling of wellbeing. One of the joys of being on Gozo is that, no matter where you are, you’re never far from one of the many magnificent beaches or secluded little coves. There is a choice of both sandy and rocky beaches on the Island, offering scenic spots and serene areas for those wanting peace and quiet, including Dwejra, San Blas Ramla Bay, Xlendi Bay and Il-Kantra, a private fjord-like rocky beach where you can always find a corner for rest, relaxation and tranquillity. The Island’s culinary experience contains its very own gastronomic specialities and never ceases to amaze food lovers. In the past, eateries offered authentic local food, which still survive today, but aside from these family favourites there are now a number of sophisticated restaurants offering more haute cuisine and creative, contemporary dishes. However, rural cuisine, such as aljotta (fish soup) and stuffat tal-fenek (rabbit stew), can always be found and served alongside fine local wines. Gozo’s spa and wellness experiences go hand-in-hand with the environment. So you’ll find an eclectic mix of natural Ayurvedic, Balinese, Indian and Turkish treatments. Lifestyle stays (from three to 21 days) are hugely popular in Gozo, such as leading Ayurvedic retreats that are designed to restore balance as well as incorporating a nutritional programme with an Indian chef who’ll prepare tailor-made meals in line with your unique dosha (a thumbprint). Daily yoga is also offered to develop harmony and balance within the body.

There are plenty of ‘Gozitan’ rituals, too, such as ‘Ocean Memory’, which involves algae petals and salts scrub to help improve circulation. For those looking to improve the condition of their skin there are various anti-ageing, firming treatments, and inch-loss detoxifying experiences using intensive mud, which treat the skin and to help shed toxins. Feeding your body and soul with a spa retreat that combines treatments along with local food and enlightening excursions is what Gozo does best. Take boat trips around the Dwejira coast, sample produce from an organic farm or even try your hand at painting or scuba diving. Escaping the masses, whilst improving your wellbeing doesn’t get much better than this for the discerning traveller.

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kempInskI san laWRenz
surround yourself WITh TranquIl lITy aT ThIs lUxURIoUs medITeRRanean hIdeaWay.
The Kempinski Spa invites to discover a wide range of treatments and products from all over the world including traditional European treatments, original Oriental hammam experiences and authentic Indian Ayurveda. The spa is the ideal place to indulge, discover and relax. Beside the heated indoor pool and a 31˚C oxygen rich hydro-pool, guests can take pleasure in a Jacuzzi, steam bath, solarium and three outdoor pools. The wellness area comprises one of Europe’s best Ayurvedic and Marine Care Centres and a brand new Oriental hammam. Covering 2600 square metres with 17 treatment rooms, one can relieve stress and strain by choosing from a large variety of treatments. Apart from the Thalgo products, which the hotel has been using for many years, one can now also find the luxurious products by the renowned Ligne Charme D’Orient. The marine therapies include algae body wraps, peeling scrubs, facial treatments, refreshing Vichy showers, massages in the hydrojet tub, underwater massages, flash showers and many more. Professional and experienced therapists head the Ayurvedic Centre. Ayurveda defines itself as the most natural way to refresh, eliminate all toxic imbalances from the body, regain resistance to diseases and maintain good health. The treatments include oil therapy, rejuvenation therapy, body slimming, aphrodisiac therapy, skin care, Panchakarma, treatments for mental wellbeing and other individual treatments from the Kerala region. The new Oriental hammam treatment area offers both physical and spiritual healing through treatments based on the healing rituals of the One Thousand and One Nights story. Revolving on this authentic theme, a wide range of rituals and massages therapies are offered to release the negative energy in the body and purify mind and soul. For guests who seek more sportive activities, the facilities include a large, daylight fitness centre overlooking the garden and tennis courts with a full range of cardiovascular and strength resistance equipment as well as an extensive set of weights. Two floodlit tennis courts and two squash courts are complimentary for resort guest’s use. Synonymous with luxury, the beautiful 122-room, 5-star Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is located in peaceful surroundings just a few minutes from the harbour and centre of the island.

ta’cenc
IMMersed In naTure and embRaCed by RelaxaTIon.
This fantastic 5-star, 83-room, all bungalow resort is filled with modern facilities and provides a unique atmosphere with complete tranquillity and relaxation. Set in unspoiled natural surroundings with beautifully laid out walkways flanked by flowering shrubs and mature trees, the Ta’ Cenc Hotel and Spa is a haven of peace and calm. Known as ‘the island within an island’, this private oasis with its vast adjoining 160 hectares of rural wilderness contains outstanding archaeological, ecological and geological features. This includes prehistoric remains dating back to the Neolithic period (5,000 years old) such as the dolmens – sepulchral structures which formed the funerary chamber – and remains of the megalithic ‘Borg tal-Mramma’ temple. Besides its two tennis courts and the two enchanting swimming pools, the hotel also offers its own private rocky beach, located in the rocky fjord inlet in the hotel grounds and known for its savage beauty and clear sea. The spa has been chosen to blend with its surroundings and its distinct ‘Trullo’-style mirrors the hotel suites. It has an indoor/ outdoor heated swimming pool, gymnasium, steam bath, Finnish sauna, tanning room, masseur, beauticians and whirlpool bath. For conferences, incentives and cocktail receptions Hotel Ta’ Cenc offers the impressive Palazzo Palina, situated on the hotel grounds. Built between 1697 and 1720 by the Grand Master Ramon Perellos Y Roccaful of the Order of the Knights of St. John of Malta, it was used by the landlord who was in charge of the Ta’ Cenc territory. Ta’ Cenc is your destination in the middle of the Mediterranean, where courteous professional staff are as transparent and warm as the surrounding sea.

Wellness faCI l I T I es: • Spa and Marine Care Centre • Oriental Hammam • Authentic Ayurveda Centre with Ayurvedic Kitchen • Pools (3 Outdoor, 2 Indoor) • Fitness Centre and Gym • Hair Salon • Nail Salon Top 3 s I gnaT UR e T R eaT menT s: • Arabian Fragrance Experience • Indoceane - A Journey of Love • The Gozitan Signature Treatment from the Heart of the Mediterranean geneR al InforMaTIon: address: Triq ir-Rokon, San Lawrenz, SLZ1040 Telephone: +356 2211 0000 email: reservations.sanlawrenz@ kempinski.com Web: www.kempinski.com/gozo g eneRa l In forMaT I o n: address: Cenc Str, Sannat Gozo, SNT9049 MALTA Telephone: +356 22191000 email: info@tacenchotel.com Web: www.tacenc.com

W elln ess faCIlITI e s: • Sauna and Steam Room • Jacuzzi • Hydrotherapy Bath • Tanning Room • Beauty Salon • Gym Top 3 s Ig naTU Re TReaTm enTs: • Ta’ Cenc Spa Body Touch • Ta’ Cenc Spa D-Age • Ta’ Cenc Spa Intensive Mud

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malta and gozo – at a glance
T he I sl an ds: The three main islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino are inhabited, while the three smaller islands, Cominotto, Filfla and St. Paul’s Island, are uninhabited. loCaT I o n : Located in the centre of the Mediterranean, the Maltese islands are about 93 Kilometres south of Sicily. sI Ze : Malta is the largest landmass of the Maltese Islands and covers 246 kilometres squared with 136 kilometres of coastline. Gozo is approximately 67 kilometres squared and has 50 kilometres of coastline. Comino covers only 2.7 kilometres squared. po pU l aT I o n : The population of the Islands is more than 410,000. lan gUag e : The official languages are Maltese and English. Many residents are multilingual. CUR R e n Cy: The official currency is the euro. Many hotels, larger shops and restaurants also accept foreign currency. en T Ry R e qUI R e m e n Ts : Entry visas are not required by anyone holding a passport from the European Union. Please check with the Malta High Commission for entry requirements of any other nationalities. Telephone: 020 7292 4800. TIme: gmT +1 InTeRnaTIonal dIallIng Code: +356 dRIvIng: Driving is on the left. The speed limit is 64 km/h on country roads and 40 km/h in built-up areas. International and national driving licences are required for car hire. TRavel InfoRmaTIon: With direct flights from Air Malta, the national carrier, as well as a number of low cost airlines departing from 15 international and regional airports on a weekly basis, it has never been easier to fly to Malta and enjoy island life. Less than three hours from Britain with Malta’s International Airport just 20 minutes from the capital Valletta, Malta is an ideal destination for both short weekend breaks as well as extended holidays. Key UK airports that operate to Malta include London airports Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Exeter, Norwich, Bristol and Leeds-Bradford. There are also flights from Dublin. For further information on all airlines that fly into Malta from international gateways please visit www.new.visitmalta.com/en/airlines 4 and 5-sTaR hoTels on malTa and goZo: Malta offers visitors an exciting selection of 4 and 5-star international, independent and boutique hotels, situated across the Islands in various destinations and locations from seafront and city centre hotels to properties in the middle of the countryside. International brands such as Hilton, Westin, Corinthia, InterContinental, Radisson, Relais et Chateaux, Kempinski and Le Meridien have chosen to open beautiful properties on Malta and Gozo alongside a number of independently owned hotels.

ClImaTe: Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, and humid winters.

jan days of sunshine Malta Temperature (c) Malta hours of sunshine rainfall (mm) Malta
18 14 6 90

feb
22 15 7 60

Mar
25 16 8 39

apr
28 20 9 27

May
28 24 10 10

jun
30 29 11 1

jul
30 31 12 0

aug
29 33 11 6

sep
27 29 9 43

oct
24 25 8 78

nov
21 16 7 91

dec
17 12 6 110

tHe maltese aRcHIpelago

The Malta Tourism Authority would like to thank the following photographers for contributing images to this supplement: Paolo Andrade, Kurt Arrigo, Paolo Meitre Liberatini, Clive Vella and Jean Louis Vertz
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