What's Floating Around

What’s Floating Around? 20 March 2017

The Westin Dragonara Resort

Welcome to another week and we’re gearing up for “All About People” with the great team at DBF Events this coming weekend in Malta. After Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in 2015 and Barcelo Asia Gardens in 2016 , Malta is the destination for this year.

This is an annual forum which brings together agencies and suppliers and with a combination of one to one meetings and destination presentations the event is a great balance of education and fun.

One of Malta’s top 5-star hotels located in the heart of downtown St Julian’s and right on the water’s edge, from where one can directly access the Mediterranean sea from one of two private beaches, and with  over 74,000 square metres of space, The Westin Dragonara Resort is the host venue for the event.

Having never experienced Malta before, Paula and Fiona are attending and are keen to discover what the Island holds for our clients.

With less than a three hour flight and having great infrastructure, the Maltese Islands offer endless possibilities in just 316 square km. The weather is mild and sunny all year round, making it an ideal outdoor destination for al fresco dinners and outdoor activities. As a European Union Member, Euro is the official currency and the country is part of the Schengen area, making this Mediterranean destination easy and fast to get to.

There are 15 five star hotels on the Maltese Islands together having 3500 rooms accommodating up to 7210 beds. 12 of these properties are identified as Conference hotels including one of the properties on the Island of Gozo. Five star hotels in the Maltese Islands are all required to offer certain facilities and services such as a desk with working area in the room, a bar open 7 days a week, 24-hour food and drink via room service, ironing service within the hour, shuttle or limousine service and indoor and outdoor pools. Conference hotels go an extra mile to offer the comfort of having meeting facilities right in the same building, saving delegates time and costs of travelling.

Four star hotels are no less satisfying then five star hotels.  For such a competitive price, four star hotels have so much to offer for your guests to indulge in excellence.  There are 44 four star hotels around Malta and Gozo, accommodating up to 16,253 beds.

Whatever the type or theme of event, there’s a venue in the Maltese Islands that will tick your boxes.  Whether in Malta or Gozo, indoors or al fresco, small or large scale, modern or aged, it can happen here.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of the Maltese Islands is their size. No venue is far away, even if it is on the other side of the Island it can be reached within an hour or less. This offers program flexibility and good value for money since transfer times or transport costs are kept at a minimum.

Most hotels have meeting and event spaces that can be transformed for that special Gala dinner or stand up reception. The coastal setting of most of the conference hotels opens up a wide range of possibilities. Replace a coach transfer with a thrilling speedboat ride arriving directly on a sandy beach where guests are treated to freshly prepared cocktails. Then continue the maritime theme with champagne lunch on board a Turkish gullet as you cruise along the coast of the Maltese Islands.

If you are looking for a venue or location which is off-site from the hotel grounds, there are many options to consider. Beautiful historical venues which are scattered around the Islands create the most special backdrop to an event, give unrivalled mystical elegance and tell a story of bygone centuries. Modern, purpose-built venues cannot be overlooked either. With their features of high tech, adaptable space, and special lighting, nothing is impossible.

The narrow meandering streets of Malta’s ancient towns and villages are crowded with Renaissance churches and Baroque palaces. The landscape is dominated by the medieval walled city of Mdina, the historic three cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa lining one flank of the Grand Harbour looking out at the majestic 16th century capital Valletta. The countryside is dotted with the oldest known structures in the world, making Malta a veritable open-air museum. Village squares, churches, palaces, museums, and a variety of Government owned spaces and gardens can all be made exclusively available for special events on request.

The capital city Valletta offers numerous locations and jaw-dropping backdrops for the most spectacular of events. Its magnificent palazzos and elegant squares will elevate a simple dinner into a dramatic experience set right at the heart of Malta’s rich history. On a balmy evening the gardens at Upper Barrakka on the city’s bastions are the perfect setting for a scintillating dinner al fresco with views of the Grand Harbour. The expansive 275m long promenade on Valletta’s Waterfront, an 18th century trading hub, can be adapted for any event of any size. Close by you can opt for an event at Fort St. Elmo or transfer to the opposite side of the coast to Fort St. Angelo in Birgu.

Gozo is not short of outstanding scenery and one of the most spectacular natural locations is the Azure Window. Hewn by the raging sea, it offers a unique and magnificent backdrop to an unforgettable luncheon on the rocks for delegates. The Citadel or Ċittadella has recently been restored and is another alternative to consider.

With over 300 days of sunshine and mild winter weather, outdoor locations in the Maltese Islands are vast. One can choose from gardens to scenic viewpoints, historical forts, beaches, terraces to old buildings full of character. Sandy beaches and rocky shores give the event a unique island feel while the coastal locations of most of the conference hotels open up a wide range of possibilities.

We look forward to sharing a whole new range of opportunities for clients on our return and in the meantime, have a great week!