01 June 2021
For many destinations, having 300 days of sunshine per year would be the star attraction yet in Malta it merely sets the scene for the gems that you’ll find there. A cultural heritage dating back 7,000 years, a dining scene recognised with five Michelin stars and a clutch of opulent hotels for visitors to savour whilst the ever-present Maltese sunshine warms their skin.
Traditional Maltese food is based around the seasons and bears influences from across the Mediterranean, brought to the archipelago by settlers over the centuries. The local ingredients grown across the country have helped to develop a vibrant gastronomy scene that draws on the traditions of Mediterranean, African and Arabic culinary styles to really stand out from the crowd. This seasonal approach to cooking is embodied in the new wave of farm to table dining that the island is enjoying, spearheaded by a group of young farmers that are revisiting old techniques and producing traditional vegetables.
In 2021, two new restaurants have been awarded the coveted Michelin star, bringing Malta’s total to five. Bahia and ION – The Harbour, join De Monidon, Noni and Under Grain as Malta’s elite culinary institutions.
Nowhere is the culmination of cultural influences more evident in culinary form than at Bahia where each dish is noted with the region or era in history that inspired it. Whether it be the confit guinea fowl, the freshly caught wild fish served with dolmades, or the scones with beetroot, the dishes come plated to artistic standards, ready to transport you around the world and through time.
The other newly awarded Michelin starred restaurant in Malta, ION – The Harbour, boasts some of the finest views on the island, looking out over The Grand Harbour from its rooftop setting atop Iniala Harbour House in Valletta. The menu of expertly curated dishes is elevated by a selection of wines, carefully chosen by the in-house sommelier, to pair beautifully with each meal.
If you have a passion for wine, the new Wine Trail is a must, especially given that you cannot buy Maltese wine in the UK. The trail highlights the finest vineyards across Malta and neighbouring Gozo, that are open to visitors and welcome you in for a taste of their creations. Head into the underground wine vaults at Monte Kristo, tour the stunning estate of Ta’ Betta or stop off at the Archipelago’s smallest vineyard, Tal-Massar, on Gozo.
The hotly anticipated luxury hotel, Iniala Harbour House is now open, boasting views across the Grand Harbour. The boutique property offers just 23 uniquely designed rooms, suites, and residences, our favourite being the Grand Residence With Courtyard & Plunge Pool which grants views across the harbour from its three spectacular balconies and features bold, characterful décor.
Blending modern features with a real appreciation for the history that surrounds it, Hyatt Regency Malta occupies a spot in the heart of vibrant St.Julian’s, just a short stroll from the pristine beach at St George’s Bay. Whether you’re relaxing in the rooftop pool bathed in that famous Maltese sunshine, indulging in a spa treatment in the wellness centre, or sitting back in a steam bath, Finnish sauna or ice fountain, you’ll feel pampered during your time here.
Looking for a beach getaway without having to forsake your cosmopolitan luxuries? Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa in picturesque Balluta, St. Julian’s delivers the best of both worlds with its enviable location just metres from Balluta Beach. The hotel underwent a €30 million renovation and now features luxurious suites with expansive living areas, spa quality whirlpool baths, wet bars and private terraces set for outdoor dining.
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