The Queen Of Months
June, some say, is the queen of months in Malta. The prelude to a full blown summer – where one can still relish the day time sun without morphing into a crisp. Outdoor activities abound during June, where the days are long and the nights are even longer. There are intoxicating ancient sights for you to marvel at, rural wine tasting tours to relish and evening al fresco dining with views to boot.
Here at P&A Sullivan we always have one eye out at sea – so while the crowds battle for sun bed space, we plan private boat charters to the finest details for you. All you need to do is set the pace, depending on whether you want a smooth sail around the islands or prefer a high speed option. We’re ready for June. Are you?
Impossible to miss and entirely inescapable, the month of June boasts 16 traditional village festas. Spread across both Malta and Gozo, in reverence to a plethora of saints and deities, the June celebrations honour; San Ġorġ, Madonna of Lourdes, Corpus Christi and Saint John the Baptist – to name but a few.
As dusk falls, a cacophony of joyful sounds start to reverberate across the island, where no less than 4 festas are celebrated each weekend throughout the month. Every town naturally throws a spectacle to rival the next towns attempt, and in doing so outdoes their own performance from the previous year. All of the excitement takes place in the central village piazza, where you’ll find jovial parishioners, feast enthusiasts, extended families, their neighbours and friends sipping away on copious quantities of chilled local brew.
Attendees are fully decked out in their very best festa-worthy regalia, neatly ironed for the evening. Suddenly the marching band unleashes a years worth of rehearsals on the joyous crowd, who tap their feet and nod their head to the beat. Children yank their parents trouser-leg for a tooth-decaying whirl of candy floss, a plastic toy from one of the various street-stalls, or a scoop of ice-cream which invariably falls out of it’s cone. Whether you find yourself stationed in Qormi, Siggiewi, Qrendi or Zebbug, the Maltese summer-night skies ignite with explosive colour – as gun powder rockets skywards to the glee and cheer from the crowds below.
Hotel of the Month
Situated above a sandy cove, facing the imposing Neo-gothic Carmelite parish church, as well as Malta’s hugely iconic Art Nouveau Balluta Buildings, The Malta Marriott Hotel and Spa is; location, location, location. Perfectly poised along the seaside promenade, easily connecting lively St. Julians on one side and the bustling, yet charming Sliema on the other – make certain to enjoy venturing both ways.
Having just undergone a transformative refurbishment, you’ll want to make this hotel your home-from-home for as long as you can stretch the element of time in your favour. It may prove to be a balancing act though; wanting to enjoy the lush comforts this hotel has to offer, such as an Ayurvedic treatment at the spa, in addition to delving into what lies beyond it’s foyer. Surrounded by everything you could possibly need and want; from excellent dining options – all with a view of the big blue Med, to a stroll with a stop at a charming watering hole – its all around you when staying at the Malta Marriott.
Location of the Month
Away from the hustle and bustle of the well-trodden touristic hotspots – lies a magical Baroque-style Maltese stately home, in the prestigious village of Attard.
Built in 1745 when Malta was firmly in the hands of the Knights of St John, Villa Bologna remains till today a much-loved family home, with a wealth of history and tales from times gone by.
As a truly authentic way of bringing history to life, and on special arrangement lead by a family member, you can be privately guided around the palatial treasures that Villa Bologna holds so close to its heart. Begin in the specially commissioned audio-visual space in one of the villas main rooms to view a video of wartime Malta. From there, spend a few leisurely hours discovering the sprawling Mediterranean gardens, graced of course with water fountains and vegetable patches, where you’re offered refreshments along the way. Take a break from the sun and descend into the bomb shelter – urgently hewn out by pickaxe, yet elaborately finished off with opulent marble steps to please Lady Strickland during such tumultuous times. There is even a pottery shop located in the now-disused stables, where you can pick up your own hand crafted treasure to return home with – from this most memorable time spent at the villa. This visit will truly evoke a sense of connection to our awe and love of the past.
Restaurant of the Month
A dinner reservation at De Mondion is indeed something to be very excited about.
Pulling into Mdina is a mesmerising experience in itself, yet from the moment you arrive it just keeps getting better – especially as you step into the stunning Xara Palace hotel to make your way up to the fine-dining restaurant. An evening of refinement and excellence awaits you, as you’re shown to your outdoor seat on the terrace, atop a historical bastion wall. From this vantage point, accompanied by a warm summer breeze, absorb the sunset-hour vistas as you sip crisp, chilled bubbles and take in all of Malta sprawling below you. The top of the world sensation is not only physical but gastronomic too. As your evening evolves, the award winning kitchen brigade will enthral you with an array of exquisite, taste-tantalising seasonal delicacies.
Perched on one of the highest points on the island, this glorious location also happens to be a perfect 5-star platform for festa-viewing when night sets in. Watch the vast skies bloom with colour as dazzling fireworks compliment your stellar meal at this Realis & Chateaux gem.
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- Executive Airport Services and Transfers
- 3 Nights Accommodation at Marriott Malta
- 2 Full Days of Private Touring
- Chauffeur Driven Luxury Vehicles
- Professional and Licensed Guides