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Celebrating International Yoga Day & Indian Culture 2015

Indian Culture Celebration 2015

The Grand Hotel Excelsior, in collaboration with the High Commission of India and India Tourism Office (Milan), will be celebrating the International Day of Yoga in Malta on Sunday 21st June. The general public is invited to participate in a Yoga for Harmony and Peace session led by Yoga Guru Master Dr. James Eruppakkattu, the founder of Shanti Yoga School. After completing his studies in Yoga Jivana Satsangha in Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, he chose to devote himself to the practice of Yoga. Dr. Eruppakkattu qualified as a Yoga teacher at Yoga Madhava Kaivalyadhama Shreeman Mandira Samiti, Lonavla. In recent years he has deepened his knowledge on Kundalini yoga under the guidance of Shri Gurudeva Vagish Shastri.

The Yoga session is free of charge and will take place at the Bastion Terrace, overlooking the Marsamxett Harbour. The 90 minute event starts at 08:30 hrs. No booking is required.

On Monday 22nd June, Grand Hotel Excelsior’s kitchen brigade is inviting you to experience Indian cuisine and culture during an Indian themed dinner that will be served at the Grand Ballroom from 19:00hrs. Indian Bollywood dancers will entertain our guests. For more information or bookings, please contact our Food & Beverage team on 21250520 or email

If you would like to keep up to date with events taking place at this Luxury 5 star hotel in Malta kindly visit our website.


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Excelsior included in Tripadvisor’s ‘Hall of Fame’

VALLETTA, MALTA, May 2015: Grand Hotel Excelsior has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner.  The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.  Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

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“Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to share their experience on TripAdvisor,” said Norbert Grixti, General Manager at this luxury 5 star hotel in Malta. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s esteemed guests. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

tripadvisor-award-2015“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site.  To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior is a superior five star hotel in Malta located a few minutes away from the capital city, Valletta.

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Your Spring holiday in Malta

Spring in your Step…

Malta has so much to offer to the adventurous traveller at springtime! The Maltese Islands hide many attractions under water, so whether it is snorkelling or diving that you prefer, the surrounding Mediterranean waters offer spectacular underwater views. If you prefer walking or hiking, a must-see attraction is the natural trio of spectacular phenomena – the Azure Window, Inland Sea and Fungus Rock, which are located in Gozo.

A visit to Malta would not be complete without viewing the following:

Dingli CliffsDingli Cliffs
This countryside is an ideal site for walking, with the views of Verdala Palace, Buskett Gardens and Filfla Island. The cliffs are few kilometres long and 200 meters high at some points, and these were the island’s natural fortress during the Knights’ occupation. Dingli Cliffs is considered one of the most beautiful locations in Malta, especially at sunset.

Buskett GardensBuskett Gardens
This is one of the few woodland areas in Malta. The 30ha site lies south of Rabat and east of Dingli, and many different trees and shrubs grow in the area. These gardens were originally planted by the Knights Hospitaller as a hunting ground. Enjoy a stroll around these beautiful gardens while enjoying the cool shade and tranquil surroundings.

MarsaxlokkMarsaxlokk Saline Marshland
There are only six salt marsh habitats in a good condition on the Islands. Due to the very limited number, great importance is paid to this natural heritage. These sites are recognized as conservation areas. The Marsaxlokk Saline Marshlands were listed as Nature Reserve in 1983. They evolved in an isolated area on sediments overplayed with surface water. This is a process which happens during the growth season. The distance between the sea and the Saline Marshland is very important as they are the link between the marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments.

Manikata, located in the Northern part of Malta, within the limits of Mellieha is run by a group of local farmers and its residents known as Koperattiva Rurali Manikata (KRM). The group was set up in order to protect the locality and to maintain its natural beauty. The organization is currently working on four projects. These are management of the Rural Heritage Trail, the restoration of Razzett tal-Qasan and the Armoury and the promotion of local products.

The Historic Farmstead (Ir-Razzett tal-Qasan) is a relatively large rural  complex comprised of caves and rooms, many of which are now in ruins. Although most of these rooms originated during the Knights’ period, it is believed that some of these date back to medieval times, when they were
used by farmers. The Heritage Trail is an educational visitor programme for students and adults, which allows visitors to experience Maltese nature and agriculture. The trail includes a walk, viewing of historical and archeological sites, and a taste of local Maltese bread, as well as an opportunity to buy some of the locally produced foods. You might want to consider visiting the Majjistral Nature and History Park which borders with Manikata, and is known as the first Natural Park set up on the Maltese Islands. The beauty of this area gives its visitors a rare experience in very developed Malta; of walking through historical and natural sites. Manikata is located in the Northwest Malta and includes the coastal area from Golden Bay to il-Prajjet and ix- Xagħra l-Ħamra. This park includes 6 km of designated Natura 2000 area, historical and archeological site.

If you would like to view some of these interesting places during your holiday in Malta, contact our Transport Desk and they will organise interesting self guided tours for you.

Photos courtesy of Maurizio Modena & Viewing Malta

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