Category Archives: Holidays in Malta

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July Spa Treatments

Are you enjoying your summer holidays? Do you need some time off to restore your energy?

Check out our July Spa Packages and enjoy the benefits of lemongrass…

Lemongrass is native to India and tropical Asia. This herb has several health benefits. It provides relief for ailments such as :

• Relieves Spasms
• Muscle cramps
• Rheumatism
• Headaches

Should you wish to book any of the spa treatments offered by this superior Malta Spa kindly contact Le Grand Spa Malta Team on spa@excelsior.com.mt or on +356 21250520.

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Explore Valletta: The Palace Armoury

Palace_Armoury__Valletta_9The Palace Armoury in Valletta is one of the world’s largest collections of arms and armour that is still housed in its original building. The Knights of St John were a unique brotherhood of resolute warrior monks. From Malta, their island stronghold, these combatant aristocrats from the noblest houses of Europe, carried out their relentless crusade against the Ottoman Turks in defence of the Catholic faith.

The Palace Armoury is certainly one of the most visible and tangible symbols of the past glories of the Sovereign Hospitaller Military Order of Malta. Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt transferred the Order’s arsenal to the Magisterial Palace in 1604 where it was the pride of the Order. Apart from being lavishly adorned with elaborate trophies of arms, it held enough arms and armour to equip thousands of soldiers. It was housed in the magnificent hall at the rear of the building, right above its present location.

At present, it is displayed inside two halls that were originally the stables of the palace. Following the forced departure of the Order of St. John from Malta, the armoury somehow lost much of its original grandeur. However, it was restored and was officially opened as Malta’s first public museum in 1860. Although only a fraction of its original splendour remains, the Armoury still contains abundant material of Italian, German, French and Spanish origin from principal production centres. Also displayed is an exotic selection of Islamic and Ottoman arms and armour. Apart from the massed arms of the common soldiers in the collection, the enriched personal armours of the nobility still manage to make a statement. Various areas of the Palace State Rooms and Armoury are currently undergoing restoration. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Reasons to Visit:
1. Unique display of suits of armour owned by Grand Masters Alof de Wignacourt and Jean de La Valette.
2. Arms and armour used by the Knights of St. John between 1530 -1798 and by the Ottoman Empire during the Great Siege of 1565.
3. A varied selection of firearms used for both military and sporting purposes.
4. A chance to see a selection of artillery pieces originally used for battle on the fortifications.

Valletta will have the honour of holding the esteemed title of European Capital of Culture in 2018. If you plan to visit Malta be sure to visit interesting places around the capital, Valletta. Contact the Concierge Desk at this luxury 5 star hotel on the doorstep of Valletta for some great tips on places worth visiting during your next holiday to Malta.

Photo credit: Aaron Briffa & Viewing Malta

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Leading a stressful life?

relaxationAre you one of those people who gets ready in a few minutes before rushing out of the door to a busy work schedule? Nowadays society is leading a busy life full of stress. Juggling between work and personal life, deadlines at work, looking after children, housework and shopping do not leave much time for relaxation. We tend to take things for granted and ignore the negative effects stress can leave on our body and mind.

Physical and mental well being has a great impact on the quality and length of life. A busy lifestyle full of stress can lead to the cardiovascular diseases, obesity, anxiety, tension, stroke and other complications.

We need to look after our health and take regular breaks from our busy routine. Whilst physical exercise is a great tool to build new energy and strengthen our body, people do not find time to do exercise on a daily basis. Thus finding a couple of hours every so often to enjoy the benefits of a relaxing massage is a must.

massagesThere are different massage techniques one can choose from which are suitable for different personal needs. The main benefits of a massage include:
• Increased energy
• Improved ability to control stress
• Helps to improve sleep
• Improves the mood
• Improves the blood supply to the heart
• Clears the body of toxins
• Helps to minimise stiffness or swelling
• Stimulates and calms the nervous system

Our team of specialists at the Le Grand Spa can recommend a massage suitable for your needs.

For a great relaxing experience be sure to visit our spa during your next holidays at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta. Kindly speak to one of our spa therapists for more information. With the help of our spa therapist you can create a body treatment that is totally personalized and specific to your taste and needs.

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