It’s been an action-packed summer and luckily for all our guests, we live 5 minutes walk away from Malta’s ‘mini Ibiza’ Paceville. Which means easy access to the island’s bars and clubs and no taxi fares home - it’s a quick stumble via the takeaway and straight to bed!
When you practically ‘live on holiday’ as we feel we do in Malta, it’s tempting to stay local and enjoy the gorgeous summer weather close to home. But we managed to venture further afield to the neighbouring island of Gozo during Josh’s birthday weekend, for a stay at the Kempinski Hotel.
The hotel was recommended to us by a friend who knew exactly what Josh and I liked on a mini break - relaxation, peace and quiet, good food, and quality cocktails :) The Kempinski Hotel is set within beautiful grounds in the Gozo area of San Lawrenz; unlike many Malta hotels, it’s not set on the seafront, but the lack of water view is more than made up for by the stunning pools surrounded by wooden canopies, luxury sun loungers and lush green gardens.
After a hair-raising boat ride from Spinola Bay (that deserves a whole blog post to itself!) we arrived in to the Gozo port of Mgarr and took a short taxi ride to the hotel, scoping out the little island en route. Gozo is like a smaller, cleaner, older Malta - some parts feel like time has literally stood still, no one is in a hurry, the buildings are cute and dusty, the streets narrow and cobbled.
We arrived to a lovely welcome from the hotel, on checking in we were refreshed with cool iced water, our bags were taken up to the room, and we headed straight for the pool to enjoy the afternoon rays. The hotel’s styling is traditional Maltese with exposed brick and dark wood interiors, very exotic. It has four restaurants, a wine and cocktail bar, and a cafe, and we tried the Gazebo restaurant for lunch enjoying yummy sandwiches overlooking the pool.
An afternoon cocktail was in order, so our friendly pool attendant brought us Mojito’s and Pina Colada’s as we snoozed, swam and generally lazed our way through the day.
A quick change and flick through the football results in our beautiful room, and then we headed down to the main restaurant for the BBQ and band night. Such a good choice - we were originally going to eat out of the hotel, but when we saw what a spread they were preparing in-house, we couldn’t resist. A delicious starter buffet of gourmet salads, seafood, mouth-watering breads and nibbles kicked off our meal, and then we hit the BBQ - the chefs had prepared a feast of chicken, Maltese sausages, steak, swordfish, and more. We saved a little room for dessert and enjoyed bite-sized cheesecakes, profiteroles and fruit tarts, washed down with a lovely local blush Rose wine. A very sweet local band played throughout the BBQ who were excellent: a guitarist, violinist and percussionist, mixing up covers of old and new tracks - the perfect evening!
The following day we found room for the amazing Kempinski breakfast - believe me, this meal was so intricate that a waiter actually walked us through the buffet area explaining exactly what was on offer. Fresh local yoghurts, fruit platters, just-baked breads, antipasti meats, cheeses, porridge, apple crumble, plus the makings of a brilliant fry-up were all piled on to our plates, and then we once again trotted down to the pool for another afternoon in the sun.
We also found time to check out the spa facilities at the Kempinski - this hotel would be brilliant to visit in winter too, as it has a relaxing indoor pool, full treatment menu, and an ‘Oriental Hammam’ - an Eastern cleansing ritual which completely replenishes you. Can’t wait to try that next time!
We sailed back to Malta feeling refreshed, revived, and ready for our next visit to Gozo!
Been gobbling through books lately so have a few reviews to post up, the first covering The Apothecary’s Daughter by Charlotte Betts. I came across this book in Amazon’s Kindle shop and the blurb seemed to tick most of my preferred reading boxes - part historical fiction, part love story, and set in London town.
I have been terrible at blogging lately - life has been super busy! Lots of posts to come covering Josh’s 30th birthday celebrations; thought I’d kick things off with this shot of our standard breakfast over the last few weeks. Ordered Josh a yummy chocolate and orange cake from Fontanella Cafe in Mdina and it’s gone down an absolute treat.