Thursday, August 4, 2011


Hotel Ta’Cenc – Sannat; 011-356-21-556-819;; on 400 garden acres with paths that lead to ocean; 83 bungalows; ask for Trullo suites, which have high ceilings and skylights.
Kempinski San Lawrenz Resort & Spa – Triq ir-Rokon; 011-356-21-558-640;; 106 rooms with private terraces and big bathrooms (luxury on island); spa; ask for junior suite with mountain views.
It-Tmun – 3 Triq Mount Carmel (Xlendi); 011-356-21-551-571; simple, Mediterranean menu; great chowder.
Jeffrey’s – 10 Gharb Road (Gharb); 011-356-21-561-006; converted farmhouse that serves traditional food, like fenek (local rabbit) cooked in red wine and garlic; reservations essential, especially for table in garden.
Paradise – Mount Carmel Street (Xlendi) 011-356-21-556-301; fresh seafood; try dentici (intensely flavorful white fish).
Sights & Sites
Blue Hole – for experienced divers.
St. Andrew’s Divers Cove – Xlendi Harbor; for beginners.

Xara Palace – Misrah il-Kunsill; 011-356-21-450-560; Relais & Chateaux property;; restored 17th Century mansion; lavishly decorated rooms and sweeping views; best place on island to stay.
Mondion – Misrah il-Kunsill (at Xara Palace); 011-356-21-450-560; Relais & Chateaux property;; on top of hotel; lovely views.

Sights & Sites
Hypogeum Temple – 011-356-21-825-579; reservations required; UNESCO World Heritage Site; 50-foot, underground religious site carved from solid rock more than 4K years ago.

Sights & Sites
National Museum of Fine Arts) – Triq Nofs in Nhar (South Street); 011-356-2195-4341;
National Museum of Archaeology – Republic Street; 011-356-21-239-545; antiquities include 5K year-old “sleeping lady” statue.
St. John’s Co-Cathedral – St. John Street; 011-356-2122-0536;; note, see Caravaggio’s Saint Jerome Writing (1607) & Beheading of Saint John the Baptist (1608).

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