As you read on my blog a few months earlier, I had been accepted for my first press stay in Malta and well, I can safely say it was a great one to start on.
The Phoenicia Hotel is a 5-star hotel in Malta (part of the Leading Hotels of the World group) situated at the entrance of the fortified city of Valetta on 7.5 acres of gardens with an infinity pool looking over the Grand Harbour.
The hotel is about 1km away from the famous Valetta harbour and the hotel alone is a classed as one of the sights of Malta because of its impressive architecture.
When we arrived (after a very long morning traveling from Gozo on a bus) we met the team for a coffee and chat in the beautiful Palm Court and then took a walk around the grounds and there is a lot of ground to cover.
We were kindly given the Executive Twin Room with a balcony during our stay with a balcony overlooking the harbour – the perfect view to wake up to.
The room comes with most amenities you would need during your stay; shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, hair dryer, robe and slippers as well as a number of kits which you can request from reception such as dental or vanity kits when you call reception.
The bathrooms are a neutral marble and have both a bathtub and shower stocked with White Company products – living my best life.
Restaurant with a view
Despite the mid 30 degree weather you find in the day and blazing sun, breakfast is the perfect meal to take on the shaded terrace where you can enjoy a full fry up as well as a selection of baked pastries, fruit, cold cuts, granola and tea and coffee. I discovered my new favourite boujee breakfast; watermelon, yoghurt and honeycomb and I bless thee Camilla Mount for showing me this UNREAL combo. There really is something for everyone and the best part for me was you could get an iced latte with soya milk. Hallelujah!
Set on 7.5 acres of land, the grounds have been designed beautifully with a walk through the gardens and past the fountain on your way to the pool. With hidden corners along the path and beautiful archways, it makes for a pretty picturesque setting.
One of the most impressive features of the hotel is the infinity pool. It’s pretty busy in the days however, during sunset it’s pretty empty which is
such a shame ideal for us for shamelessly taking sunset pool pics. All joking aside you get a perfect view of the sunset so I can think of worse places to start your evening.
Exploring Malta from the Hotel
The hotel is really placed perfectly as your base to explore Malta from with the bus stop on its door stop with direct routes to the Blue Grotto, M’dina and most places you need to get to. Valetta harbour is also just a short walk away where you can tour the Three Cities by boat and also stroll around the Upper Barakka gardens or maybe even the beautiful beige streets of Valetta.
TIP: If you’re not sure of where to go I would just make sure you’re looking on the web version of Google as I find most of my map apps can’t be relied on abroad, it will give you the bus route with timings.