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Azure Window: A Natural Wonder Lost

Azure Window Gozo 1970

The Azure Window way back in the 1970s

The Azure Window (Maltese: Tieqa tad-Dwejra or Tieqa Zerqa) was a limestone natural arch on the Maltese island of Gozo. It was situated near Dwejra Bay on the Inland Sea. The formation, which was created after two limestone sea caves collapsed, was a very popular site amongst scuba divers.

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The current site of the former Azure Window

In March 2017, the arch collapsed after a heavy storm. The natural monument was considered as the most known landmark in the Republic of Malta. The collapse of the window was expected and the incident was a consequence of the weakening of the pillar. The Azure Window was made of a Maltese limestone known as Globigerina Limestone which is the second oldest rock found on the islands covering almost 70% of its area. The rock, which is subject to erosion, gives Malta its distinctive coast and interior. Thickness of the limestone ranges from 23 m (75 ft) near Fort Chambray on Gozo up to 207 m (679 ft) around Marsaxlokk on Malta. The 28 m (92 ft) high arch consists of yellow to pale-grey limestone comprising the remains of the marine organism globigerinid foraminifera. The arch had been disintegrating as evidenced by large pieces of rock which had begun to fall from the underside of the arch. The rate of collapse had suggested that the arch would completely disintegrate within a few years. Its dangerous condition led to warning notices being placed along the cliffs to stop people walking over the top of the arch.

In April 2012 a large chunk of rock was dislocated and resulted in the opening of the window being made larger but also more unstable. It also had resulted in a reduction of its previously nearly perfect oblong shape. The window fully collapsed on 8 March 2017 after pillar collapsed, pulling the arch top with it. Following the collapse, only a stub of what used to be part of the stack that supported the roof of the window was left.

If you are planning your next holiday to Malta please feel free to contact the Concierge Team at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta who will surely guide you and suggest some great places to visit during your stay.

Photos credit: Bay Retro & Joseph Caruana

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Our Corporate Social Responsibility

Several companies are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This implies that an organisation upholds its commitment towards operating in accordance to local and international legislation, norms and ethics, whilst going out of its way to make a positive contribution within society. CSR initiatives are very vast, and can include contributions of time or money, as well as environmentally friendly initiatives.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior takes its CSR very seriously by trying to stand out as a prime example of how building a sustainable and impressive business should also be coupled with goodwill. The company stepped up its efforts and commitment to driving societal change and promoting sustainability. The Hotel Owners and Management recognise the importance of working to assist those who are in need within the community, and these values are promoted to our team members. We believe that by upholding CSR values, the Hotel is working to establish itself as a responsible organisation within the community. This has helped us to attract and retain our valuable team members and guests.

As part of this initiative, the Grand Hotel Excelsior has established a Sports and Social Committee, which is made up of team members from various departments. The committee members meet regularly to plan activities for their colleagues. A number of these activities include what are known as “Aid the Community” and “Green” initiatives. We are fortunate to report high participation of team members in these activities, which is testament to the generosity of our team. We work closely with non-profit organizations and charities in order to contribute towards a sustainable and prosperous future. Our CSR initiatives can be grouped into the following criteria:
Philanthropy , Community Service, Sustainability and Education.

Philanthropic Initiatives

    Charity BBQ donation 2014    Donation to Hospice Malta
Our Sports and Social Committee has recently organised several philanthropic activities. One of them was assisting Dar tal-Providenza, a charity organisation which assists individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. By organising a fund-raising BBQ for our team members and their families and friends in June 2013, the Hotel was able to purchase a ceiling hoist for the residents at Dar tal-Providenza. Following the success of this event, another BBQ was organised in June 2014. Proceeds were in aid of Hospice Malta, which assists those suffering from terminal illnesses. During the Festive Season our team members regularly participate in more challenging activities such as the President’s Run, which is organised on yearly basis, and the Santas Swim which has become synonymous with the Grand Hotel Excelsior within the local scene. The Santas Swim takes place each consecutive December when swimmers perform a brave dive in the cold winter sea. Both activities have taken place in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. In order to further assist the Malta Community Chest Fund, team members have the option to donate €1 from their wage on a monthly basis. The total donations collected are presented to H.E the President of Malta at the end of each year.

Excelsior Hotel Blood Drive 2014

Moreover in August 2014, team members participated in a Blood Drive which was organised on the hotel premises.

Community Service
Apart from donating funds to charities, the company feels strongly about Community Service. Our team members have visited the YMCA residents a number of times in order to share experiences and contribute to a more cheerful environment. In May 2012, we visited an institution which cares for children who are subject to care orders issued by the authorities, carrying out gardening work on the premises and preparing lunch for the residents. Last but not least, in June 2014, a group of members donated substantial amounts of pet food to the Island Sanctuary, an NGO which provides care to abandoned animals.

Sustainability
As part of its commitment to sustainability, the Grand Hotel Excelsior has devised an Environmental Policy. This is communicated with our team members during their Induction training, and forms part of the staff handbook. The performance and set objectives of this policy are regularly revisited with the aim of continual improvement by reducing, re-using or recycling. This year, we launched the Tiki Village, an outdoor dining venue which is comprised of furniture which is handmade in the Philippines using indigenous products. We are proud to have purchased these items directly from Filipino craftsmen, rather than buying mass produced factory items, as we feel that we are contributing towards the livelihoods of the carpenters and their families.

Due to the company’s eco-friendly measures and practices, the Grand Hotel Excelsior has received the ECO Certification from the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) on three consecutive occasions.

Education
The company recognizes the importance of education and promoting cultural initiatives and activities. As a result, World Tourism Day is celebrated on a yearly basis and team members, guests and stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the event. This observance recognises the economic, social, cultural and political importance of tourism. On this day, team members wear the traditional costumes of different cultures and a number of stands are set up in the lobby featuring Maltese arts and crafts; wines and liqueurs. More notably, some team members wear their own traditional dress for enhanced authenticity. This year, the theme selected for World Tourism Day is ‘Tourism and Community Development’, therefore prioritizing the importance of CSR in the Tourism Industry.

Furthermore, the Grand Hotel Excelsior supports local culture, traditions and arts. A Maltese ‘Festa’ is organised on a yearly basis. The activity commences with a performance by a local marching band, playing traditional tunes in the lobby. The band then proceeds to the Bastion Terrace, which is embedded within the 16th century fortifications gracing Malta’s capital city. The venue would be decorated with ‘fjakkoli’, lanterns associated with festivities, while our team members are dressed in traditional attire. A buffet consisting of the finest in Maltese cuisine is served, and local artisans specialising in traditional crafts such as silver filigree, lace making and ceramics, display and sell their products at the event.

If you would like to know more about events and activities organised by the Grand Hotel Excelsior check out the News section of this luxury 5 star hotel‘s website.

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A Relaxing Holiday in Malta

Are you in need of a good break this Summer? If you are planning a summer holiday, look no further; Malta is your holiday destination. A 5 Star Beach Resort hotel on the doorstep of Valletta is definitely inviting. Below are some of the reasons why you should experience a holiday at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta.

st john cathedral maltaWhether on a business or a leisure trip this City Malta Hotel is ideally located on the doorstep of Valletta, the capital city of Malta. Valletta – a UNESCO World Heritage site offers sightseeing attractions, amongst which St John’s Co Cathedral and a range of restaurants, shops and cafeterias.  

 

Beach resizedDuring the summer months guests can enjoy some great relaxation and leisure time. The Grand Hotel Excelsior offers a small private sandy beach available only for its in-house guests. And for those that are more active they can enjoy some great outdoor sports such as scuba diving both in open waters and in our outdoor pool.

  

dining in maltaWith a great selection of outlets this superior Malta hotel offers great dining options throughout the day, ranging from Our Main Restaurant Spice Island which specialises in buffet style cuisine to the Admirals Landing which offers A La Carte Dining. And during the summer months diners can enjoy the picturesque sea views whilst dining at the Tiki Restaurant & Bar.

 

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The Grand Hotel Excelsior offers breathtaking sea views of Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island. Whilst relaxing by the outdoor pool or having a dip in the sea you can also enjoy the boats sailing by. And when you stay in a Deluxe Seafront Room you can enjoy lovely panoramic views from the comfort of your hotel room balcony.

 

accommodation maltaSuperior Accommodation in Malta – This Luxury Hotel in Malta offers a range of accoommodation ranging from Standard rooms to the Presidential Suite. All rooms and suites enjoy a harmonious blend of classic and contemporary design mixed with modern 5-star convenience including multi-channel flat screen TV.  

 

malta spa treatmentsLe Grand Spa Malta is managed by a team of professional therapists, and offers a range of services from beauty to specialized spa treatments. Our therapists have a wealth of experience in local and international spas, and are committed to creating the perfect ambience, ensuring that each treatment exceeds our clients expectations.

  

Hypogeum MaltaThe Grand Hotel Excelsior’s central position allows for easy travel to all parts of the Maltese islands. In fact buses leave Valletta to all areas around Malta all throughout the day. The Excelsior Hotel Malta also offers the opportunity to discover the beauty of Malta & Gozo with our executive chauffeur driven service where you can choose one of our self-guided Malta tours and excursions to enjoy during your holiday in Malta.

private marina in maltaMalta is considered as a superior Mediterranean Cruising Destination and it has one of the finest marina locations in the world. Besides it is only a few hours flight from most European cities. The Grand Hotel Excelsior offers a private 30-berth marina for its guests. Thus guests travelling to Malta in their own private yachts can berth their yacht at the Excelsior Marina and enjoy a luxury stay whilst keeping an eye on their boat.
 

Photos courtesy of Visit Malta and Reporting Globe Network.

There’s a lot to see and do in Malta during your stay so if you’re still unsure on what to do in Malta during your holidays contact Our Concierge and they will ensure you enjoy an unforgettable Malta holiday.

 

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