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The Maltese Islands have plenty to attract luxury travelers to their shores in 2022. Find out why there’s more to explore in this sunny archipelago

The Maltese islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino are ideal for luxury guests looking for a relaxing getaway filled with gastronomic delights, unforgettable experiences and beautiful beaches.

A multitude of high-end accommodations are available across the islands. For guests seeking unique architecture and first-class service, suggest a boutique hotel in a beautifully restored palace in Valletta, Mdina or Malta’s three towns of Cospicua, Senglea and Vittoriosa. Or offer one of the islands’ international hotel brands, including the Hyatt Regency Malta in St Julian’s and the nearby Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Multi-generational groups will be drawn to Malta’s and Gozo’s stunning villas and fully-renovated farmhouses, many of which offer swimming pools, expansive terraces and spectacular views.

Award-winning food

Look to the Iniala Harbor House in Valletta for a relaxing, stylish getaway with fine dining. The 23-room property overlooks the Grand Harbor and offers suites with private pools, while guests can head to the rooftop for a Michelin-starred dining experience at ION – The Harbour, which serves impressive cuisine with views of the listed city. a UNESCO World Heritage Site. .

Food lovers will be spoiled for choice since this Mediterranean archipelago is home to four other Michelin-starred restaurants. They include Under Grain, where the decor is tailor-made and the menu focuses on fresh fish and interesting sides, Noni, De Mondion and Bahia. Four establishments have also been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.

The islands are a paradise for wine lovers, as the climate produces exceptional white and red grapes that impart distinct body and flavor. Most of these robust reds and crisp whites are not exported and can only be enjoyed locally, so recommend a guided tour of the vineyard.

SEDUCTIVE ISLANDS

Art, culture and history also abound in Malta, and there are a host of must-do experiences to inspire guests. Visitors can get a glimpse of the home of a Maltese noble family at the 16th-century palace Casa Rocca Piccola, where the Marquis and Marchioness of Piro lead leisurely guided tours and chat with guests over refreshments.

St. John’s Cathedral in bustling Valletta is home to The Decollation of Saint John the Baptist, which is often cited as one of the greatest works of art in the world and is the only known piece to have been signed by Italian artist Caravaggio.

History buffs will be enchanted by the islands’ three Unesco World Heritage sites, including the imposing Neolithic Ġgantija temples of Gozo, recognized as the oldest free-standing structures in the world, built before Stonehenge or the Egyptian pyramids. There are a host of other historic sites to explore across the islands, including ancient fortresses and burial chambers.

sunny shores

No trip would be complete without lounging on Malta’s famous beaches, which can be enjoyed all year round with the destination hosting 300 days of sunshine every year.

Although Comino is the smallest of the Maltese islands, it has one of the most popular beaches. A private boat trip is the best way to enjoy the clear waters and intriguing caves of the Blue Lagoon, and guests can swim, snorkel and dive in the warm lagoon or relax on the sand.

Another must-see beach is Ramla Bay in Gozo, which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful red sand beaches in the world, where a green valley surrounds soft sand dunes.

With an average flight time from the UK of just three hours, the islands offer an easily accessible luxury break for guests, who will find there really is more to explore in Malta.

A taste of history

Visitors can taste dishes from Malta’s past on a foodie experience organized by Taste History, the foodie arm of Heritage Malta.

Taste History events take place at the Malta Maritime Museum on the Birgu waterfront, where guests will be surrounded by a collection of 20,000 items from Malta’s maritime past.

The food is inspired by 18th century objects, documents and paintings found in places of historical interest in Malta. A team of curators and chefs craft each menu and dish to recreate meals that would have been enjoyed on the islands in the past.

Expect delicious recreations of the frugal snacks of the poor, the festive dinners of the corsairs, the Lenten dinner of the inquisitor and the decadent desserts of the merchant. Many drinks are based on the wine list of the Grand Master, Religious Superior and Sovereign of the Order of Malta.

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