We returned earlier this week from a further visit to the Preluna Hotel, Malta. It is, I believe, almost impossible to review the hotel without making reference to its general setting within the area as when it comes to making recommendations (or otherwise), the surroundings may be of great importance.
The island of Malta, to my mind, is an absolute jewel in the Mediterranean. I would admit that parts of it are not the prettiest but this is usually due to its lack of rainfall causing it to look less verdant than other holiday locations. But, if you want a holiday with very little chance of your time being spoilt by rain then this is the place for you. Having said that there is a lack of rainfall you will find in many places that central reservations on roads are planted with beautiful hibiscus flowers which survive the dry conditions very well. There has also been a lot of work carried out by local growers to irrigate land by use of, I believe, bore holes and other methods. There is a thriving wine industry and the greenery of the vineyards is welcome.
Historically Malta has much to offer and there is plenty to explore apart from organised displays, museums etc.
The Preluna Hotel itself is a sea-front hotel and in this case it is one of the seafront promenades which has had the great benefits of European investment and good planning. The result has been a wide, level promenade set with benches where one can sit and digest ones evening meal while engaging in a little 'people watching'. The Maltese are a very family oriented people and it is nice to see couples and whole families strolling by, interspersed with more active joggers and walkers of all ages and both sexes, some of whom move at surprising speed - be careful!
It is worth noting that Sliema, the area in which the hotel is situated, is really in two parts. The higher part is the hotel area and then slightly further around the coast is the lower part, a pleasant walk. Known as The Strand. It is here that one will find the pleasure boats plying their trade and then across from the waterfront, in the town area is a shopping area which has become quite sophisticated in its shops and traders over the years.
Returning to the hotel, this has benefited greatly from having the main lifts upgraded - no more refusing to operate with a relatively small load. The usual high standards of cleanliness have been maintained throughout the hotel, although I did note - and reported to the hotel on their own customer satisfaction sheet- that the tile work at the edge of the 'lido', situated across the street could do with a clean up. Having said that, the lido itself, consisting of the pool, a sun lounge area, a bar serving drinks and snacks and an area of tables and chairs is quite pleasant for a few 'lazy' hours.
Within the hotel, the Triton restaurant continues to produce food of good variety and quantity, and attended by pleasant staff always happy to assist. There is also a Japanese restaurant and an Italian style restaurant within the complex but we have tried neither and so cannot give an opinion on these.
The Skyroom is excellent for evening drinks and pleasant entertainment - nothing hectic, just pleasantly 'grown up'.
One of the things that always seems to 'make' this hotel are the staff. They are a most helpful and cheerful bunch, ready when their duties permit to talk in favourable terms about their hotel, their Island and, where appropriate, themselves. The reception staff are particularly helpful and efficient. I have had conversations with two or three of them and one, John, always strikes me as particularly proud of the hotel and his work and he has a particular love (as, it should be said, have many of the Maltese still) of the British. In this he becomes, himself. an exceptional ambassador for his own country, his countrymen and, indeed, the hotel.
Malta and, I hope, the Preluna, have not seen the last of us and I have no hesitation in recommending it to other prospective visitors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on Sliema’s seafront, Malta’s Preluna Hotel & Spa features 3 restaurants, a spa, and a private beach. The spectacular Penthouse Lounge on the rooftop is open all day. The spacious rooms have views of the city or the Mediterranean Sea.All rooms at the Preluna are air-conditioned and feature a tea/coffee maker, a satellite TV, and a private bathroom with bath and shower. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.The well-equipped private beach features a large swimming pool, a kid’s pool, and a bar and grill. A diving school is available and a huge variety of water sports can be practised.The spa includes an indoor swimming pool with 2 large hot tubs, and a wide range of fitness and relaxation facilities. Hot tubs are also available on Preluna’s stunning roof terrace, which also features a mini-golf course.The restaurants are open for lunch and dinner. One offers a varied buffet, and the other 2 specialise in Italian and Japanese cuisine. A free Flavours of Malta dancing evening is arranged weekly, ideal to sample Maltese foods, wines and liqueurs, and learn about the local heritage and traditions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Preluna Hotel And Spa
- Preluna Hotel Malta
- Preluna Malta
- Hotel Malta Preluna
- Preluna Hotel Sliema
- Preluna Hotel & Spa Malta/Sliema