Monthly Archives: September 2011

Interview with the General Manager of the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta

What do German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish King Juan Carlos 1 and Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias have in common?
They’ve all been to Malta and they’ve all slept in the same bed. This particular bed is found in the executive suite at the five-star Grand Hotel Excelsior in Floriana.
Speaking to General Manager, Norbert Grixti, Vida found out that there is a long list of celebrities – musicians, politicians and athletes – who have chosen this specific suite in which to catch their 40 winks while in Malta. Three flights of stairs bear testimony to this, with photos of Cliff Richard, the Black Eyed Peas, referee Pierluigi Collina, Dione Warwick and so many others taken with the Excelsior staff.
Our two-hour long discussion covers many topics and of course the national airline woes are always a concern for anyone in the tourism industry. Asked whether low-cost airlines have impacted the business negatively his answer is a clear ‘No’. A low-cost airline, he clarifies, does not necessarily mean a low-budget client. ‘People will choose their airline based on convenience. Why would you pay more to travel to an airport that’s further from home simply to use a more expensive carrier? The money that is saved in flights will probably be spent anyway while on holiday.’ The national carrier has done far more for tourism and the economy than it is given credit for. They will operate routes that are not making a profit as there are destinations that are not as popular, and that also may benefit the nation economically while not really helping the airline. Of course there is also the employment factor too.
And while it may have taken a few twists and turns over the last few weeks, there is also the crisis in Libya. ‘Occupancy shot up for a few weeks,’ he says, ‘as people fled the area and chose Malta as their destination.’
As we spoke we couldn’t help looking out over the Grand Hotel Excelsior’s private marina with views of the Sliema cityscape. ‘It is exclusive to our guests’ he says. ‘Although commercially it is a prime location, we focus on providing the highest standard of service to our clientele.’
As we head back out of the hotel we pass through the restaurants. During the summer months Wednesday evenings are themed Global Tastes where guests can try a vast selection of cuisines – Italian, Indian and Turkish. During the rest of the year eight cooking stations are available to cater to all tastes for the Sunday lunch buffet.

If you would like to find out more about what’s happening at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta then stay updated with this Luxury Malta Hotel’s website.

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Relaxation and Wellness – Spa Malta

A massage like no other  

Experiencing a massage that utilises 2,000 year old techniques is enjoying the result of a tradition that has worked wonders on people’s bodies.
A traditional Thai massage is an experience aimed at allowing the body to achieve harmony, ease aches and pains, stretch the body and provide wellbeing. 
Ms Marika Azzopardi of the Sunday Times has experienced the thai massage at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta’s Le Grand Spa. Read the full article to find out what she has to say about this massage offered as this Spa Resort Malta…
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Planning your Bid Day?

An Excelsior Malta Wedding

At the Grand Hotel Excelsior we strive to make your wedding day a special and personalised experience for you and your guests alike, providing five star service, fine cuisine, remarkable views and a venue unlike any other.
Find out what Julia Farrugia, a local newspaper editor has to say about her Big Day at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta.

‘When it came to choosing the venue, the catering was one of the most important things on our list. Sometimes you go to weddings where food presentation is poor or with pastizzi or sausages on the menu. We wanted a team that excelled in food quality and designer presentation. The Excelsior was our first choice and our wedding date was shifted by two weeks so as to have this wonderful team on board. Weeks before the big day we had food tasting sessions with Executive Head Chef Roger Friggieri and we carefully chose our food together. Almost all items were cooked on the spot. The best comments we had were from our guests saying that the food was exquisite, at the right temperature and with a presentation that stood apart from other weddings.’

If you wish to organise your Malta wedding at this Luxury Malta Hotel contact our dedicated weddings team.

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