It’s hard not to fall in love with Malta.  It’s a mysterious, magical Mediterranean mixture that is totally unexpected and somehow always seems to surprise even the most informed traveller.  A little bit North African, a tad Italian, somewhat British with a hint of Arabic, it’s a blend of prehistoric temples, fantastic food, hidden alleyways, medieval cities, spectacular historical structures and rich diverse cultural history.  Though you’ll never know quite what to expect until you arrive, one thing you can be sure of is the hotel which will offer you the most fabulous stay, the Xara Palace.
This exclusive family-run hideaway is a member of Relaix & Chateaux, coyly hidden within the walls of a 17th Century Palazzo restored to its original grandeur. The property, replete with antique furnishings and artwork is an homage to Maltese history and reminiscent of the ancient capital city of Mdina.  Back in the 1500’s, this was a hotspot for all manner of nobility, and today their eatery, Trattoria AD 1530 is a stunning reminder of those simpler times, with divine cuisine and panoramic views to die for.
Retire to your sanctuary where you’ll be ensconced in fine linens, spoiled with ultra-plush seating areas and luxurious marble bathrooms, all bathed in serene natural light, with original windows and fully restored balconies for charming views.  http://www.xarapalace.com.mt/ 
EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Save 10% on stays of 3 nights or  longer, complimentary welcome drink, bottle of local wine in room upon arrival and use of gym and sauna during stay.  Click HERE for more info and as always, be sure & tell ‘em The Explorateur sent you!

*valid for travel through 28 Dec 2012, advance payment required, subject to availability. Quote savings code EXP/12 when booking