What is a Malta 5 star luxury holiday really about? Put quite simply it’s about – Malta.
If you’re thinking of visiting Malta, you may already have some idea of its charms and attractions. Perhaps you’ve been here before or possibly you’re contemplating your first trip.
Whichever is the case, you’re in good company.
For several millennia people have found Malta an irresistible draw. Pre-historic peoples, the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians are some of the earlier names that leap from the pages of history. They were followed by people from Rome, North Africa, Spain, Italy, France and last of all, the UK. At times, some of these waves of visitors have arrived wielding the sword but this enchanting island eventually captivated all. However, you’re not visiting to conquer or colonise but to enjoy the island for a shorter period. To really see the true Malta, you may need help – and that’s where Malta 5 star holidays can open up this fantastic island for you.
Start with comfort
It’s hard to really enjoy a holiday anywhere if your ‘base camp’ isn’t to your liking. Malta offers a wide range of luxury properties and hotels. Of course, not all may suit your individual tastes in terms of the facilities provided, their style or indeed the basic location. That’s why it’s important to have someone working to find you accommodation that is absolutely in-line with your needs and specifications. Once you have the right accommodation, you’ll be ready to explore Malta and discover its charms.
Seeing the sights
This relatively small island offers an incredibly diverse range of attractions, and using the experience available to you through a Malta 5 star holiday means that you’ll be able to see them as local people see them. You’ll also be able to focus on exactly what you want to see rather than follow someone else’s itinerary. If you love history and antiquity, Malta won’t disappoint. You could try:
• Exploring on foot the capital of Valletta – now a world heritage site comprising marvellous old buildings, alleyways and a waterfront area. That’s to say nothing of the cathedrals, churches and galleries.
• The hilltop walled city of Mdina occupied since at least Phoenician times.
• Mosta – in the centre of the island and famed for its cathedral church, which houses the world’s third largest unsupported dome
• Ancient Neolithic and Megalithic sites abound in Malta and its sister island of Gozo. For example, at Ggantija on Gozo you’ll find the oldest freestanding stone structures in the world – older in fact than the Pyramids.
The list could be considerably extended because Malta has history aplenty.
If you prefer the more traditional Mediterranean attractions, then a Malta 5 star holiday can ensure that you experience only the best of them. The swimming and underwater swimming opportunities around Malta are legendary and you can even go on an underwater safari. There are excellent beaches, but having local expertise and knowledge can help you find those more secluded and quieter spots – something that may be very important if you’re visiting in high season. There are also excellent walking and cycling opportunities and a variety of other water sports.
The Blue Grotto is also world famous and an exploration by boat of these huge sea caves is an absolute must If time allows, let your Malta 5 star holiday expert arrange a trip to the island of Gozo for you by helicopter or boat. It is only 5 kilometres away but a world apart in terms of having retained an undeveloped and largely fishing-based and agricultural way of life. It too has plenty to see, tiny though it is, including its picturesque and charming capital of Victoria.
Malta is waiting
This fantastic and historical island is ready and waiting for you. Through a Malta 5 star holiday, you’ll be able to make the most of it whilst also enjoying the last word in luxury.
John Dixon is Managing Director of Prestige Holidays, a specialist travel company who have provided a wide portfolio of Malta 5 star holidays, as well as many other destinations around the world, for over 30 years.