2014 July

Destination Malta

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I was lucky enough, last month, to take part in a very informative, and very enjoyable, trip to explore the delights of Malta.

We had a fantastic DMC in Malta who took great care of all the details throughout the trip and even organised an area in a local bar to watch the World Cup.  During the weekend we enjoyed a variety of transport including a stretched Hummer, vintage cars, vintage minibus, jeeps and speed boat!  There are also beach activities, a quad bike assault course, swimming in a quiet lagoon and external dining in some amazing venues.

The Hilton St Julian’s was our home for the duration.  There are 410 comfortable bedrooms many with a balcony or terrace, and extensive facilities for meetings and conferences including the main hall with mezzanine auditorium with a capacity of 1428 delegates.  There are a variety of pools, tennis and squash courts, spa and gym and plenty of options for dining.  We ate under the olive trees at the beautiful Gazebo next to the pool with stunning views out to sea.  This idyllic spot and other areas of the hotel, including the Beach Club with its own bar and pool, can be taken over exclusively for private events.

In conclusion, I would say that Malta is a brilliant place for an incentive trip whether combined with a conference or not.  There are so many activities which we didn’t have time for and the people are really friendly.  And whilst the flight might sound quite long, there are lots of flights to choose from and it does give the group time to get to know each other!

A variety of boats are available to transport you to the nearby island of Gozo where you could do a jeep treasure hunt, beach activities, or quad biking.  We had a delicious, relaxing lunch in Xlendi.

After an action packed afternoon (ok so some of the time was spent by the beautiful Hilton pool drinking Mojitos!) we were whisked off to Mdina to explore some amazing venues which can be used for private dining, product launches and fashion shows etc.  We stopped at the Cathedral Museum Palazzo De Piro.  There are a number of elegant rooms available for private hire but we made the most of another beautiful evening by dining on a terrace with a stunning view over the island.

The next day was spent exploring venues in Valetta, a lovely city with a very interesting history.  Here we visited Palazzo Parisio which has the rare luxury in Malta of a garden suitable for a drinks reception and a number of stunning rooms including the ballroom, pictured here, which can hold 400 guest for a drinks reception or 180 for a banquet.

Another very unusual venue is MCC, which is the original St Johns Hospital.  This venue has a number of rooms including an auditorium for 1400 and the Sacra Infermeria,  which is incredibly long and can be broken down into sections to provide areas for a drinks reception, private dining and a party area.

Finally we had a delicious lunch at the Saluting Battery overlooking the harbour of Valletta.

In conclusion, I would say that Malta is a brilliant place for an incentive trip whether combined with a conference or not.  There are so many activities which we didn’t have time for and the people are really friendly.  And whilst the flight might sound quite long, there are lots of flights to choose from and it does give the group time to get to know each other!

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