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Valentine’s Day Do’s & Don’ts (Part 2)

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Have you enjoyed reading Our Valentine’s Day Do Not Do List? Here’s a list of what you can do to make your Special Person’s Valentine’s Day that little bit more Special…

Do’s:
1. Send a surprise gift to your sweetheart’s place of work or home. Alternatively, deliver the gift personally if possible.
2. When selecting a gift for the special person in your life, ensure that it can be used all year round. Avoid items which say ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’. Go for something practical.
3. Choose something which has a personal touch to it such as engraved item.
4. Ladies, consider his hobbies and interests when choosing his gift. If he is a fan of video games, the latest version of his favourite one might score you high points! Plus it’s safer than coming up with original gifts which he might not like.
5. Try to make a card yourself. There are many beautiful cards you can buy at the store, but putting an extra effort to do something different and original will add little bit of romance.
6. Prepare a home-cooked meal yourself, whether its breakfast in bed or lovely candle-lit dinner.
7. Be romantic – make an effort to dress up and be sure to compliment your loved one. Even if you aren’t the most romantic type try your best on this special day.
8. Ignore you electronic devices, including your mobile, as much as possible.
9. Gentlemen, write a love letter to your partner, summarising your feelings, the reasons why you fell in love with her and what makes her so significant for you. It is likely that she will keep that letter as a reminder of the unique connection you have for the rest of her life. If the letter is hand-written, you will enhance the sense of romance.
10. Make an extra effort to please your partner, such as accepting to watch a movie that suits his/her tastes more than yours.
11. Offer your partner a massage. Rather than organising a day at the spa, take the matter in your own hands and do some research basic massage techniques. All you need is your hands, massage oil, relaxing music and scented candles.
12. Prepare a surprise for your Valentine when s/he gets home. Put little notes around your home with romantic messages or prepare a follow the lead game which will eventually lead to a surprise gift.
13. Relax, take it easy and make sure not to over do it. All it takes to make this day special is a bit of thought and fantasy. Making an effort should not be too difficult, since it is for that one person you share your life with.

So spend some quality time with your better half this Valentine’s Day. Book a couple’s spa package, a romantic dinner, a relaxing evening with some live jazz music or spend a few days at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta. For more details kindly contact the Team at this luxury 5 star hotel in Malta on info@excelsior.com.mt or on +356 21250520.

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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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The Grand Hotel Excelsior Receives the Tourism Diversity Employer Award

Excelsior Tourism Diversity award 2013

October 2013 Valletta, Malta –The Grand Hotel Excelsior has received the Tourism Diversity Employer Award from the Malta Tourism Authority, in recognition of its commendable diversity management policies and procedures. The award was presented by the Hon. Dr. Karmenu Vella, Minister of Tourism, to Alfred Attard, the Human Resources Manager, Michela Grixti, the Human Resources Coordinator and Donna Doyle, the Spa Manager, during the Diversity in Tourism Conference, which took place on the 1st and 2nd October at Le Meridien.

“Grand Hotel Excelsior is pleased to receive such a prestigious award,” said General Manager Mr.Norbert Grixti. “The owners and management of the Grand Hotel Excelsior are firm believers in the strengths of diversity, and its role in providing an excellent, world-class experience to its guests. To date, the company employs team members from over 30 different nationalities, of various cultures, attitudes and walks of life. Managing such a diverse group of individuals is certainly challenging, so the Company is committed to uphold its Equality and Diversity Policy and promoting a culture based on inclusion and integration between all team members.”

About the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta:

The Grand Hotel Excelsior is ideally located on the doorstep of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the City of Valletta, with all its major attractions, art treasures, and historical architectural gems. This acclaimed 5 star Hotel in Malta prides itself in providing the discerning traveller with magnificent accommodation, breathtaking views, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, and an unforgettable dining experience. 

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