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My favourite spot in Malta

Excelsior Hotel Malta Views

From its position on Malta’s most breathtaking waterfront, the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta is a truly memorable property, both in terms of the beautiful setting and the luxuriousness of the hotel itself. A few minutes walk from the centre of Malta’s capital city, Valletta, the hotel manages to be both a relaxed beach resort and a city centre hotel within easy reach of a picturesque 16th century walled town filled with priceless architecture, culture and art. It is the ideal blend for those who are looking to experience the very best that this part of the island has to offer.

Ideal Location – near Valletta

The superior 5 star hotel in Malta is perfect for exploring Valletta (designated the European Capital city of culture 2018), from taking in the sights and sounds of the traditional markets, to attractions like the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Malta Experience and the St. John’s Co-Cathedral and St. John’s Museum, which are only a short walk away. Many of Malta’s most historic spots including the Grand Master’s Palace and the Fort St. Elmo are equally as accessible and the hotel affords stunning views out over Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island, as well as being ideally located for exploring the rest of the island.

Superior rooms for your holiday

The carefully designed rooms in the hotel blend the classic and contemporary, incorporating uncompromising five-star features with all the modern convenience that you would expect from such a luxe establishment. The views are particularly breathtaking – The Deluxe Partial Sea View Rooms offer 90-degree views of Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island and for an especially spectacular vista, the views from the Deluxe Seafront Rooms extend an impressive 180 degrees.

5 star facilities and service

The hotel itself is a VIP experience from start to finish and, as a result, has hosted everyone from royalty to international celebrities within its walls. The broad range of facilities cements this status–here you will find everything from a private sandy beach to award winning chefs producing mouthwatering dishes at the hotel’s numerous dining establishments, such as the Tiki Bar & Restaurant and the Spice Island Restaurant. Le Grand Spa is an onsite haven of pampering – the exclusive Thai Maharlika treatment is particularly worth trying – and there are large indoor and outdoor pools within the grounds, a private 30-berth marina and a number of sophisticated bars in which to enjoy a cool sunset drink whilst enjoying the spectacular views from the elegant hotel grounds.

© Alexandra Pett, Worldwide Independent Travel Network.

If you would like to experience a unique holiday in Malta this luxury 5 star hotel in Malta offers you a combination of leisure, history and culture. Contact us for more ideas on where to go in Malta during your next visit.

Alexandra Pett, Worldwide Independent Travel Network.

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Discover Malta: Luxury Mediterranean Breaks

Discover Malta

We are very pleased and excited to introduce to you our very own Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta Brochure.

The idea of the brochure is stemmed from our desire to encourage you to visit Malta and to facilitate your stay with us. We wanted to prepare something which could easily summarise very appealing activities and make it easily accessible for our guests.

It is a guideline to the upcoming events, adventures and experiences you can enjoy in Malta and which are available for everyone throughout the period of 12 months.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure with your friends, or a break with your family or your loved one, this brochure will lead you to it.

Browse through the Discover Malta Online Brochure which is packed with adventures waiting for you to explore. And if you would like to book one of our special packages take a look at Our Events Calendar on the Grand Hotel Excelsior Website and choose your unique Malta holiday.

See you in Malta!! 

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Do you love Maltese History? The Story of Caravaggio in Malta

 

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Chalk portrait of Caravaggio
by Ottavio Leoni , circa 1621

Michelangelo Merisi was born in the town of Caravaggio (about 30 kilometres from Milan) in 1571. Caravaggio was, in fact, the first great representative of the Baroque movement. He was the archetypal rebellious artist and led a turbulent life. His life, it is said, matched the high-drama of the chiaroscuro style that his paintings became famous for.

In 1606 whilst working in Rome, one of his many brawls resulted in Caravaggio killing a young man called Ranuccio Tomassoni. With a price on his head, Caravaggio fled and headed for Naples where he would be outside the Roman jurisdiction and under the protection of the Colonna family. After just a few months, despite a successful period in Naples where he was given a number of important church commissions, Caravaggio left for Malta, the headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, arriving on the island in July 1607.

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Portrait of Alof de Wignacourt, the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta. Caravaggio

Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt invested Caravaggio as a knight of magistral obedience so taken was he at having an artist of such calibre as official painter of the Order. It was during this time that Caravaggio was commissioned to paint ‘The Beheading of St John the Baptist’ and ‘St Jerome Writing’, both of which are on display in St John’s Co-Cathedral. This period of relative calm in his life was short lived, and by late August 1608, Caravaggio was arrested for causing trouble once again, this time badly wounding a high ranking Knight in another fight. Imprisoned at Fort St Angelo, disgraced and unable to paint, he used his inventive powers to plan his escape. Caravaggio’s incredible break-out took place in October 1608 and once again he was on the run. The Council, informed of his escape, immediately expelled him from the Order.

 

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The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist (1608)
St. John’s Co-Cathedral

After a nine month stay in Sicily, during which time he was trying to secure a pardon from Pope Paul V, Caravaggio returned to Naples and the protection of the Colonna family. His style and technique as an artist was still evolving and he enjoyed a productive time in his second spell in Naples. An attempt was made on his life, and an incorrect account of his death was reported in Rome. Although Caravaggio survived the attempt, his face was left seriously disfigured.

In an attempt to build bridges, Caravaggio painted ‘Salome with the Head of John the Baptist’. He depicted his own head on the platter and sent the work to de Wignacourt as a plea for forgiveness.
In 1610, Caravaggio took a boat north to receive a pardon, thanks to powerful allies in Rome. What happened then is shrouded in mystery. The artist was reported as dead in a private newsletter (an avviso) dated 28th July. Three days later, another newsletter declared that the artist had died of fever. His body, however, was never found.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior is located outside Valletta, the capital city of Malta and offers superior Accommodation in Malta with great harbour views. So if you would like to experience some of the rich history of Malta during your holidays, contact the Concierge Team at one of the top Luxury Malta Hotels and they will help you enjoy a memorable Malta Experience. 
 

Photos courtesy of www.viewingmalta.com

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