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Santas’ Swim 2013

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Take the plunge this Festive Season with Santa, Alice and the Wonderland Characters.

Join us for the Grand Hotel Excelsior Santas’ Swim, this year in it’s 3rd Edition. Each swimmer is requested to donate €10 in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. This renowned event will take place on Saturday 7th December 2013 at 10.00 hrs. Meet us at the Excelsior Hotel’s Lobby. Come on be brave, plunge into the sea and have some fun, all for a good cause!!

To register for the Santas’ Swim please contact Our Christmas Desk on 21250520 or email christmasdesk@excelsior.com.mt. The Grand Hotel Excelsior Team wishes a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all its patrons, fans and friends.

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How to make your Christmas shopping easier…

Three kings bearing giftsOur own Three Kings will be with us again this year. In fact they took the initiative to come up with some great Christmas Shopping Hints for your busy schedule.

Christmas is an exciting time for most of us – both adults and children. However, there is more to it than just receiving a beautiful gift. It is also a way of showing our appreciation towards our loved ones.

When selecting gifts for our loved ones, we should put in extra thought and consideration. This may seem a mission impossible due to our busy schedule. Indeed, Christmas shopping is a task which many people dread, especially due to the extra expenses. However, if we make time to personally hand pick gifts or with a little bit of planning ahead, everyone will be happy, including your bank account! :)

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Christmas shopping can be turned into a fun experience. Here are some ideas on how to make your Christmas shopping easier and pocket friendly this year! If you don’t want to over spend, put a limit on the amount that can be spent and introduce Secret Santa, or as a second option. Rather than buying individual gifts, aim to buy one gift and pool in the same amount. When considering gifts for your family members, perhaps you could choose something that can be enjoyed equally by everyone. Whether it’s a family board game or a family trip to a fun park, choose something that would help you create the memories together as a family. Besides, it will also ease the technology gap between parents and children.

If you are a head of an organisation, you might want to consider getting a game for the common room, where most employees spend their time during the lunch break or where they hang out after work. It should be something fun which will reduce stress, strengthen working relationships, make people interact and build a stronger team… because a happy working environment equals happy employees and therefore positive outcome for the company.

You should always bear in mind that Christmas is a time for us to spend quality time with our closest ones, be it friends or family. It is the time to reconnect, have fun together and create memories. At the end of the day, Christmas is about giving without having any expectation of receiving anything in return – it’s about making others happy and having fun whilst doing so!

This Luxury 5 star hotel in Malta offers great ideas for your Christmas shopping list. Whether you would like to book an overnight stay in one of our luxury suites for your family-time, an end of year dinner for your work team or a spa getaway for your loved one, the Grand Hotel Excelsior will ensure you have a great and memorable experience.

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Do you love Nature? Explore the Maltese Countryside…

Natural Attractions in Malta

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The natural environment of the Maltese Islands differs from the other European countries. Whereas most of them are rich in features such as mountains, forests, rivers or lakes, one will hardly find here. On the other hand, the islands’ landscape is dominated by cliffs, valleys, fields, rocks, beaches and bays.

The cliffs can be found on the western side of both islands, sharply rising from the sea to heights of 80 to 130 meters above sea level and down to 80 meters below in some places. Due to the difficult accessibility, the cliffs are home to many unusual Mediterranean coastal habitats. Maltese fauna and flora definitely have plenty to offer for visitors to view and enjoy.

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So If you’re looking for things to do in Malta one of the must see is a natural trio of spectacular phenomena – the Azure Window, Inland Sea and Fungus Rock. They can be found in the same location and are spread over a space of a few meters from each other. If you also enjoy the more adventurous activities, Malta is the place for you. Unlike other countries, the Maltese Islands conceal many attractions under water. So whether it is snorkeling or diving that you prefer, the Mediterranean waters are host to the extraordinary underwater landscapes surrounding the islands.

These are some of places worth visiting when staying in Malta:
Dingli Cliffs
This countryside is an ideal site for walking; with views of Verdala Palace and Buskett Gardens or Filfla Island. The cliffs are few kilometers long and 200 meters high at some points and were the Island’s natural fortress during the Knights’ occupation. Dingli Cliffs is one of the most beautiful locations in Malta, especially at Sunset, when its charming and breathtaking views are unparalleled.

Buskett Gardens
This is one of the few woodland areas in Malta. The 30ha site lies south of Rabat and east of Dingli. There are many different trees and shrubs growing in the area. These gardens were originally planted by the Knights Hospitaler as a hunting ground. Nowadays, it is a beautiful place to go for a walk in winter or simply just hide in the shade from the sun.

Marsaxlokk Saline Marshland
In all there are only six salt marsh habitats in a good condition found on the Islands. Due to the
very limited number of the saline marshlands, a 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 evolve in isolated area on sediments overplayed with surface water. It 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
Manikata is a location in the Northern part of Malta in the limits of Mellieha, 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 running of the Rural Heritage Trail, restoration of Razzett tal-Qasan and the Armoury and also the promotion of the local products. The Historic Farmstead (Ir-Razzett tal-Qasan) is a relatively large rural complex comprising of caves and rooms of which many are now in ruins. Although most of these rooms originated during the Knights’ period, it is believed that some of these date back to the Medieval period. These rooms were used by farmers residing in the
location throughout the year. KRM also offer a Heritage trail, which is an educational visitor programme for both students and adults. This walk along Manikata Rural Heritage Trail is a way for everyone to experience and learn about the Maltese nature and agriculture. Whilst viewing historical and archeological sites, taste local Maltese bread with olive oil and sun-dried tomatoes. You can also take an opportunity and purchase the local produce.

Once in the locality you might want to consider visiting the Majjistral Nature and History Park which borders with the Manikata, and is known as the first Natural Park set up on the Maltese Islands. The beauty of the pure Maltese nature gives its visitors a rare experience in very developed Malta; of walking in history and wilderness. It 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’re in love with nature or would like to enjoy some quiet time in typical Maltese gardens during your holidays in Malta, the Grand Hotel Excelsior offers some unique Malta Holiday Packages for your enjoyment. Browse through our inspirational holiday ideas.

Photo courtesy www.viewingmalta.com

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