The Maltese Islands are a haven for those seeking the ultimate relaxing and pampering holiday. The islands boast four spa resorts offering the latest treatments and facilities, some of which are unique in the Mediterranean.
Fortina Spa Resort, Sliema ****
Close to £9.25 million are currently being invested in the construction of a new five-star hotel: the Fortina Spa Resort, a sister hotel to the long-established and popular four-star Fortina, next door. Works started in February 2002 and are expected to be completed by summer 2004. The project includes the expansion of the current spa facilities in the four-star hotel, extending into the five-star resort, making this the largest spa in the Mediterranean. The project includes the construction of a 17-storey tower with rooms facing the breathtaking bastions of the Baroque capital city Valletta. The highlight of the project will be the 53 spa bedrooms - the first of their kind in the world, offering spa facilities in the comfort and privacy of one’s room. 16 of the spa bedrooms also feature their own individual private swimming pools on their private roof terrace. The five-star hotel will also have over 90 executive suites. 27 of the spa rooms are expected to receive the first guests this June while the rest of the hotel will be completed by the first half of next year. The spa rooms feature the latest state-of-the-art therapeutic bath, a dermalife hydrofusion skin and body care system, a special two-person shower with steam/sauna features for algae and mud treatments and hi-pressure water massage. The bedroom also features a jacuzzi with a Swarovski crystal light decorative motif on the ceiling. When the project is completed, the entire Resort (four and five star hotels), which currently has 213 rooms, will have nine swimming pools, tropical gardens, 10 restaurants, six bars, a luxury cigar bar and a VIP guest lounge. The spa was designed by the Austrian spa specialist company Thermarium.
Barcelo’ Riviera Resort and Spa, Marfa Bay, Mellieha ****
Opened in September 2001, the 187-room resort features the Elysium Spa offering an extensive range of Thalasso therapies. Treatments include the Rasul Bath, Body Blitz, Vichy Shower, Hydromassage Bed, two Hydrotherapy Tubs, Sabbia Med, Solarium and a Hydrajet pool guaranteed to ease muscle tension. The resort also offers a high tech gym, dance studio, swimming pool, jacuzzi and surrounding relaxation area as well as beauty and massage rooms.
Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard *****
The Athenaeum Spa at the 155-room Corinthia Palace Hotel offers a wide range of unique classical and holistically therapies. The Beauty area offers Thalasso therapies, the OKKAIDO (herbal steam bath) as well as classical beauty treatments using LA PRAIRIE Products. The Athenaeum also offers different therapies carried out by professional specialists using psychotherapy, REIKI, holotropic breathing sessions, music and art therapy as well as stress and group management. Classical medical therapies (physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic) are also available with highly qualified therapists from Malta, England and Germany. Facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, Jacuzzi, fitness room, solarium and sauna garden.
Kempinski San Lawrenz Leisure Resort and Spa, Gozo *****
The KEMPINSKI SPA at SAN LAWRENZ on Malta’s sister island of Gozo, boasts one of the largest and best Ayurvedic and Marine Cure Centres in the Mediterranean. Treatments include algae body wraps, balneo baths and peelings with marine products, facial treatments, refreshing Vichy showers, massages in the hydrojet tub, underwater massages, flash showers for stimulating circulation, and numerous other variants of specialist Marine Therapy. Guests can enjoy the warm 31-degree, oxygen rich hydro-pool in a relaxed atmosphere or go to the hammam or solarium. The 106-room hotel also features an indoor pool area with Jacuzzi and 2 outdoor pools plus an outdoor kid’s pool. The Ayurvedic Centre is run by doctors and professionally trained and experienced staff. Ayurvedic treatments include oil therapy, rejuvenation therapy, body slimming, aphrodisiac therapy, skin care, Panchkarma and other individual treatments of the Kerala region and treatments for mental well being. The centre is run in association with a family that has an ayurvedic tradition of 135 years with no compromise on quality and services. All the medicines used at this centre are specially prepared by this family.
For more information on the Maltese Islands, please contact the Malta Tourism Authority on 020 8877 6990 or through the official website at www.visitmalta.com