A night at The Xara Palace

The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux

The beauty of The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux lies not in its grand resort feel or ultra-modern tech appliances but in its charm and historic value, in its feeling of sophistication.

It wasn’t my first time staying at this hotel and hopefully not my last, its one of those places that is as special to visit the third time around as it was the first. I decided to spend a night here last weekend to celebrate Valentine’s before I left the country for a short while.
The hotel is situated in Mdina, an amazing place that always fills me with inspiration and almost a sense of wonder however many times I visit.

Upon entering the hotel, your first impression is that it is truly a palace and truly lives up to both its name and hype; this grand building with never-ending ceilings dressed in rich furnishings. Each room is different, offering a different experience, each room is decorated with antiques and each room has a brilliant marble bathroom. The view in some of the rooms looks out from the bastions onto a green part of Malta, this time my view looked out onto the lovely courtyard in Mdina. My room was a duplex which means I had a little living room in which we enjoyed dinner and an hour of relaxation the next morning. We also had a really pretty window seat.

The hotel, like Mdina itself, is quiet, it was pouring with rain outside but no sound filtered in through those thick walls.

Breakfast is another charmer, on the top floor, in a room overlooking the bastions, there was a wonderful selection of cold cuts and pastries along with some Maltese specialities like pastizzi.

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