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?
It’s all three of course, but the hotel’s VIP suites are the stand out.
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.
These charming suites have been furnished in Juliani’s signature palette, combining the European chic of grey and white with a relaxed coastal vibe using splashes of turquoise. The floor is finished off with lime washed faux wooden tiles and bold charcoal carpet, giving the room a sense of casual luxury and seaside opulence. As you enter, the length of the room, the high ceilings and generous full length drapes surrounding the bay window lend a touch of grandeur.
The soft furnishings combine understated floral designs, herringbone and stripes, adding further depth and class to the room. Hotel owners Georgios and Erika have thought of everything, including a large screen 3D TV, silent unobtrusive strip air conditioning, recessed lighting, beautiful oversized lamps and a pampering turbo charged shower in the bathroom.
The decor is enhanced by a combination of original features with contemporary, such as the shutters on the Juliette balcony which perfectly frame the view of stunning Spinola Bay, positioned in the centre of the living room like a brilliant Maltese seascape painting. The double glazed door at the front of the suite beautifully separates the sounds of the street level from the bedroom and living room to maximise the light and seaside vistas while also ensuring perfect serenity and a great nights sleep. The sleeping and living areas are cleverly divided by a modern desk which provides a perfect space for setting up your computer and of course high speed wifi is all inclusive.
The superior comfort of the beds is offset by luxurious crisp white linen. Towels in the bathroom are 600 thread count, thick, thirsty and soft. The bathroom couples large white porcelain tiles on the walls and a continuation of the lime-washed faux timber tiles on the floor. The shower recess features eye-catching grey and white mosaic wall tiles and bathroom accessories cleverly incorporate high-end porcelain and stainless steel fixtures and fittings. The overall effect is understated elegance.
The new suites at Hotel Juliani are definitely fit for VIP’s and throughout the hotel the high standard of service and attention to detail continues. The roof top pool and bar, a brand new, well equipped gym and an outstanding restaurant on the first floor called Zest (http://www.hoteljuliani.com/dining/zest/) all await to cater for your every need throughout the day.
Our mornings always started with the best coffee and delicious breakfast choices at the bright and breezy Café Juliani near the entrance of the hotel. Most mornings we were greeted by Georgios and Erika or one of their helpful and hospitable Front Of House managers, anxious to make sure our day was off to a fine start and we had everything we needed to experience all Malta has to offer. From booking a hire car to arranging a table at one of the enticing local restaurants, nothing posed a problem and this wonderful family run hotel makes time to assist every guest ensuring they feel special and most welcome.
We couldn’t wait to experience the highly recommended restaurant Zest, located on the first floor. In keeping with the rest of the hotel the food and decor were exciting, modern and fresh. We were spoilt for choice as the menu offers an ‘East meets West’ culinary journey including sushi and risotto made with fresh local seafood, Thai curries, Indonesian noodles, Singaporean seafood laksa, succulent pan fried lamb, and Japanese teppanyaki. We selected the Peking duck rolls with ginger dressing, king prawns in yellow curry and Indonesian rendang curry. All were sumptuous and fragrant and appropriately accompanied by our choice of a delicate, fruity Italian Pinot Grigio.
The decor of the restaurant is a brilliant fusion of hot pink and charcoal, echoing the exotic, spicy selection of dishes and flavours. The team of chefs are from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and of course Malta. Allan, the Maitre D, has been working in the restaurant, which he refers to as “his baby”, for the past 12 years. His dedication and focus on excellence were obvious by his supervision and careful direction of staff and the meticulous food and beverage presentation.
We can thoroughly recommended Hotel Juliani for its high degree of consistency and friendly, efficient service, whether it be a delicious breakfast in the morning in the superb ground floor cafe, the twice weekly jazz by the rooftop pool or a divine dinner at Zest. However, if you really want to treat yourself, choose one of the new luxury waterfront suites and you’ll be sure to make your stay in Malta a truly memorable one.
To find out more about Hotel Juliani go to http://www.hoteljuliani.com