It's 12:30pm Venice time. Our taxi pulls up on the dock beside the super liner Celebrity Constellation. We will be soon joining our Pied Piper group for an eleven day voyage, leaving Venice, cruising along the Dalmatian Coast and ending in Rome. Seasickness already? Or is it just immense excitement and anticipation making our stomachs rock and roll?
We arrived in Malta in early August when the weather was very hot. There are a host of good beaches, stunning rugged coastlines an island packed with summer tourists, cultural heritage, restaurants and bars. (See: http://www.malta.com/en) Most bars and beaches in Malta are gay friendly, but not gay. Malta has recently been ranked third in the 2015 Rainbow Index, making it one of most gay friendly countries in the world (http://www.ilga-europe.org/resources/rainbow-europe/2015).
Is it the warm, perfect weather, the spectacular views of Spinola Bay, or the comfort and excellence of Hotel Juliani's new luxury suites that make us instantly fall in love with Malta? Our 10 day booking at the boutique Hotel Juliani, located right on Spinola Bay, between the entertainment hub of Paceville and scenic Sliema, took an unexpected twist when the owners asked us to change rooms and review their brand new, top of the range, luxury suites. It's all three of course, but the hotel's VIP suites are the stand out.