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Discover Malta Luxury Mediterranean breaks on offer at the Grand Hotel Excelsior 2013 - 2014

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Malta, Truly Mediterranean Blessed with 300 days of sunshine, a mild Mediterranean climate and set in crystal blue seas, Malta and its sister islands of Gozo and Comino offer you a memorable experience, where moments of complete relaxation can be combined with the exploration of the islands’ many cultural, artistic and natural treasures. Long considered to be a microcosm of the Mediterranean and a favourite with travellers who seek an authentic island experience, our islands offer an impressive portfolio of historical and cultural sites, together with a wide spectrum of activities, making Malta a truly unique year-round holiday destination. Megaliths, medieval dungeons, Auberges, Valletta – a city built by Gentlemen for Gentlemen, baroque churches – The Maltese Islands are truly mythic offering 7,000 years of history. The narrow meandering streets of Maltese and Gozitan towns and villages all lead to the main square which is invariably dominated by the splendour of a baroque church. As the countryside is dotted with medieval towers, wayside chapels and the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum. Away from the hustle and bustle of village cores, the Maltese Islands offer various natural spots to be explored and admired. The first rains after the long, hot summers bring the landscape to life with an astonishing variety of wild flowers and plants. From mid-November until mid-May, the Islands are green and lush with fields full of vegetables and waysides carpeted with fennel, clover, wild iris and myrtle. Malta has managed to strike the right balance between traditional hospitality and a cosmopolitan spirit born of our millennial history of welcoming people from all around the Mediterranean region and beyond. Moreover, Malta has developed into a highly sought-after location for international movie productions, while Valletta’s majestic Grand Harbour welcomes cruise liner passengers from all over the world. The Maltese islands are just a few hours away from major European airports, and with many scheduled, low cost and charter flights linking Malta to a host of European and other Mediterranean countries, not to mention the excellent sea connections to Europe, getting here could not be easier. Within this Luxury Mediterranean Breaks Brochure, you will find a choice of exclusive breaks from Rural Malta to Romantic breaks on Valentine’s day. So whether you are looking for a Romantic getaway or a Golf and Spa break, we can ensure that you get the holiday that you deserve. We hope that you enjoy our 2013/4 Luxury Mediterranean breaks


Longing for an authentic Experience? Luxury Breaks

Sunny Autumn

Historical Malta Escape

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Malta Dine & Stay

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Le Grand Spa & Wellness

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Valletta History Experience

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Diving Malta Experience

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Sightseeing Flight Experience

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Rolex Middle Sea Race

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Rural Malta

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Malta International Choir Festival Zigu Zajg Children’s Festival

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Santa, Baroque Music and Romance Festive Season

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Valletta International Baroque Festival page 26 Valentine’s Day

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Nature in Bloom

For more information please feel free to contact us. Reservations

+356 2125 2210

reservations@excelsior.com.mt

UK Office

+44 01489 860161

ukoffice@excelsior.com.mt

When booking online or by phone please quote the Promo Code of your chosen offer. These offers can also be found on our website

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Malta Heritage and Military

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Maltese Gardens and Attractions

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Malta the Sailing Destination

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Summer Malta Jazz Festival Summer Traditional Festa

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We also Recommend one of our Friends’ Getaway breaks. Into Nature

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Hen’s Getaway

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Play your 18 holes

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... Flip through our brochure, to discover your ideal Getaway.


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MALTA

During every moment of your stay, the Grand Hotel Excelsior, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts is committed to making your stay a memorable one. An intimate event or a family celebration; a reunion with old friends or a new business connection. We promise intuitive service, unmatched attention to detail, and sophisticated style providing moments that create long-lasting memories. We invite you to Live the Grand Life at the Grand Hotel Excelsior. With this hotel as your home you are only two minutes away from Valletta, Malta’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a unique opportunity to re-live Malta’s rich history whilst unwinding during a Mediterranean Luxury Escape. Our prime location allows for easy access to all tourist locations around the Maltese Islands. We highly recommend that you take advantage or our private tours around Malta and Gozo and discover the unique and Truly Mediterranean experience in style. Le Grand Spa compliments our luxurious accommodation, with excellent spa and wellness facilities. Its relaxing atmosphere is the perfect starting point for the journey toward equilibrium between your body, mind and spirit. We offer an indoor (heated) and outdoor swimming pool and also have the only private sandy beach in the capital city Valletta. We wish you a pleasant stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, and look forward to live the Grand Life with you.

Norbert Grixti General Manager

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Historical Malta Escape PROMO CODE - PROMLT

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Great Getaway Experience - Share time together with family and friends and visit some of Malta’s unique attractions. With our stunning views and excellent location, the Grand Hotel Excelsior the ideal Escape. 

Check out Our Special Malta Highlight. Package.

Our Historical Malta Break includes:

• Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast basis in a room of your choice (Room Rate varies according to room type booked) • Welcome drink upon arrival

• Private Chauffeur-Driven Self Guided Tour of Historical Malta – half day tour • Free use of pools, whirlpool and gym.

• The Private Half Day Chauffeur-Driven Self-Guided Tour of Historical Malta includes: Mosta – Mdina – St.Paul’s Catacombs – Rabat – Dingli Cliffs – Limestone Heritage – Siggiewi

Rates starting from €86 per person per night in a Double Deluxe Inland Room.

Terms & Conditions Apply. • Kindly note that entrance fees to Heritage Sites and Museums are not included.

• Tour can accommodate a maximum of 4 persons and is compulsory at €120 in addition to the room rate. • Duration of the Tour – From 10.30 hrs till 15.30 hrs.

• Offer is valid when staying for a minimum of 2 nights.

• Reservation is non-refundable upon booking – cannot be cancelled or changed without charge.

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Malta Dine & Stay

PROMO CODE - PRODIN

For a hassle free holiday in Malta book a holiday at the Grand Hotel Excelsior on Half Board Basis and enjoy 5 star luxury at its best! Our Great Value Malta Dine and Stay Deal includes: • Accommodation in a room of your choice (price varies according to the room type booked) • Daily Buffet Breakfast

• Daily Buffet Dinner (drinks not included) • Welcome drink upon arrival

• Free use of pools, whirlpool and gym

Rates starting from €80 per person per night sharing in a Double Deluxe Room.

Terms & Conditions Apply. • Kindly note that beverages are not included.

• The Daily Buffet Dinner is at the Admiral’s Landing Restaurant. • Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival. • Kindly note that an additional supplement applies for Xmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinner. • Rates and availability are subject to change.

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Le Grand Spa & Wellness PROMO CODE - SPAPKG

Spa Retreats don’t have to cost a fortune. Indulge in a relaxing spa holiday at Le Grand Spa!  Our Spa and Wellness Luxury Break includes: • Accommodation in a Deluxe Room • Daily Buffet Breakfast

• One Couples Dream (Couple’s Massage) per stay • Use of pools, gym and whirlpool.

Rates starting from €81 per person per night in a Double Deluxe Inland Room. We look forward to providing you with an exceptional Spa experience in one of the top Spa Hotels in Malta, Le Grand Spa. 

Terms & Conditions Apply. • Offer is available for a minimum of two nights stay. • Offer is on a fully prepaid, non refundable basis.

• Spa treatment is a Couple’s Dream massage per stay. The Couple’s massage cannot be exchanged for another treatment and must be utilised during the stay.

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Valletta History Experience

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PROMO CODE - PKGVLT

istory, Elegance and Lifestyle… Valletta’s 320 monuments make it one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. Take advantage of this holiday deal to explore and enjoy the beauty of the City built by gentlemen for gentlemen. Re-live the arrival of Valletta’s earliest settlers; the Great Siege that erupted between the Knights of St John and the fierce Ottoman Empire; the French and British rule; and the city’s heroic role in World War II. This Malta Holiday Package includes an audiovisual spectacular, a great source of entertainment for all the family, right in the heart of Malta’s capital city Valletta. It provides fantastic insight into the history of the Capital, local culture and Maltese society, through a documentary that charts Valletta’s evolution over the centuries. The Valletta History Package is available when booking a minimum of 3 nights on Bed and Breakfast Basis including tax.

Our Valletta History Break includes: • Accommodation in the room type of your choice on bed and breakfast basis • 1 ticket per person booked to the Valletta Living History show (a 35 minute high definition audio visual show) – at booking stage please select how many persons you would like to book • Chauffeur driven service to and from the hotel to the Show • Welcome drink upon arrival

• Use of our indoor & outdoor pool and fitness centre • Complimentary parking for in house guests • Free pressing service during your stay.

Rates starting from €69 per person per night sharing in a Double Deluxe Room.  

Terms & Conditions Apply. • A minimum stay of three nights is required.

• Your admission ticket/s will be given to you upon check-in at the hotel. • Ticket/s must be utilized during your stay are non exchangeable and non refundable.

• Quoted Rates are inclusive of tax and availability is subject to change at time of booking.

• Show runs 8 times a day between 10.00 hrs & 15.15 hrs. It is recommended that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the show. • Offer not applicable to groups or with other special offers.

• The hotel cannot be held responsible for the level of service provided by Malta Living History and is not liable for any incident that may occur during any activity included in the package. • All amenities associated with this promotion are per room.

• Quoted Rates and availability are subject to change. Offer is on a fully prepaid basis. No refunds if booking is cancelled or modified.

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Malta’s Clear Waters... a Real Diving Experience PROMO CODE - PKGDIV

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hy not have an active holiday in Malta and venture underwater? For all travellers wishing to experience the wonderful world of Scuba Diving around the Maltese Islands, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is offering an attractive Malta Diving Package.

If you would like to try a diving experience during your holiday in Malta, be sure to check out Our Malta Diving Experience which includes: • Accommodation in a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room with magnificent views of the Marsamxett Harbour. • A 20% off the Bed and Breakfast Rate • Welcome drink upon arrival • Daily Buffet Breakfast

• A Half Day Diving Course including an in-depth scuba briefing, pool dive with underwater skills, and an open water scuba dive per person including all relevant equipment • Taxi pick-up from the Dive Centre in Sliema to the Grand Hotel Excelsior following the Dive • Use of indoor and outdoor pool and fitness centre during your stay • Complimentary pressing service during your stay.

Those opting for this offer need not be certified or have any experience in diving. Together with an experienced PADI Instructor the student, minimum age 10 years, will complete an in-depth scuba briefing covering different topics such as Marine Diving Safety and Scuba Diving skills. This is then followed by a Pool dive with underwater skills, where the student will build confidence by performing basic scuba diving skills under the direct supervision of a qualified PADI Instructor. After this first pool dive an Open Water scuba dive will follow where the student will enjoy a shallow scuba dive in the open sea under direct supervision of a qualified PADI Instructor. After this half day course the student will be awarded a PADI certification which will allow them to dive anywhere around the world up to a max of 9-12 metres provided one always dives under the direct supervision of a qualified Instructor.

The Malta Diving Experience starts from €109 per person when sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room.

Enjoy your Malta vacation in the Maltese Islands to the full. Come & have a BUBBLE with us & experience this magical underwater world.

• Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival.

Terms & Conditions apply. • Offer is available from August till 22nd December 2013 & from 2nd January till 22nd December 2014.

• The Dive Centre will pick you up from the Grand Hotel Excelsior for your dive. As part of the package you also have a taxi pick-up from Sliema following the dive. Kindly advise Transport Desk your preferred pick up time.

• Please indicate preferred date of diving experience in the comments field of the booking (subject to availability at time of booking).

• A Diving Medical Statement and/or Medical Check-up must be done prior to commencement of any diving practise where compressed air is being used (Maltese Law). If a medical check-up is necessary then the following doctor’s fee applies. (€30.00). The doctor’s fee is not included in the package.

• Must be booked 7 days in advance.

• Rates and availability are subject to change. • Offer is valid for a minimum of a 3 night stay.

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Malta Sightseeing Flight Experience Would you like to experience Malta from a bird’s eye view? Enjoy the stunning scenery that the Maltese Islands have to offer from the air. This scenic plane trip is an amazing and different way to experience the Maltese Islands from above, on board a Cessna 206 six seat aircraft. So if you’re after a special holiday in Malta try out Our Malta Sightseeing Flight Experience.

Our Malta Flight Experience includes: • Accommodation in Our Exclusive Royal Suite • A 20% off the Bed and Breakfast Rate • Welcome drink upon arrival • Daily Buffet Breakfast

• One way airport pick up from the Malta International Airport to the Grand Hotel Excelsior (for a maximum of three persons)

• Two way taxi transfer from the hotel to the Malta International Airport for the flying experience and back to hotel (for a maximum of three persons) • A 20 minute sightseeing flight for 5 persons

• Use of indoor and outdoor pool and fitness centre • Complimentary pressing service during your stay

Offer starts from €149 per person per night sharing the Royal Suite.

Terms & Conditions Apply. • Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival. • Rates and availability are subject to change & must be booked 14 days in advance.

• Offer is valid with a minimum of 3 nights stay.

• Please advise expected time of arrival and flight details at booking stage so that our Transport Desk can organise the airport pick up for you. You may also send an email to our Transport Desk on taxi@excelsior.com. mt. Taxi transfer is only one way and for a maximum of three persons. • For the transfers to the Flight Experience at the Malta International Airport and back kindly contact Our Transport Desk during your stay to place your booking. • Offer is not available on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. • Offer is only valid when 5 persons share the Royal Suite

For the flight experience: • Flights only take place if the weather conditions permit and are subject to weather and air traffic control. • You need to present your Passport/ID CARD at the Malta International Airport Gate. • Infants between 0 – 2 Years are only free of charge if not occupying a seat. • No luggage is allowed on board during sightseeing flights. Only handbags and cameras are allowed.

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Rolex Middle Sea Race October 2013

PROMO CODE - ROLEX

Do you love Coastal Races and wish to be part of this experience?

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he 34th edition of the Rolex Middle sea race is just round the corner. This highly rated takes place in the heart of the Mediterranean, starting and finishing in Malta.

It’s 606 nautical route includes waters of Sicily and the Strait of Messina, the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa, and even features Stromboli’s active volcano as a course mark. For the past three editions the winner of the race was the team of Esimit Europa 2 from Slovenia. The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a yearly event organised by Malta Royal Yacht Club in collaboration with the Grand Hotel Excelsior. In fact the Grand Hotel Excelsior is a proud partner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013. This Luxury Malta Hotel is located only minutes away from the Grand Harbour where the event will begin.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior offers this experience which inludes:

Terms & Conditions Apply.

Take advantage of our discounted rate for this event and witness the number of sailing boats leaving the magnificent Grand Harbour in Valletta on the 19th October!

• Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival.

Stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior between the 19th & 26th October 2013 & benefit from: • Accommodation in a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room • A 20% Discount on the Bed and Breakfast Rate • Welcome drink upon arrival • Daily Buffet Breakfast

• One way taxi transfer from the Malta International Airport to the Grand Hotel Excelsior (for a maximum of three persons)

• Offer is valid from the 19th till the 26th October 2013.

• Rates and availability are subject to change. • Offer is valid for a 3 night stay.

• Please advise expected time of arrival and flight details at booking stage so that our Transport Desk can organise the airport pick up for you. You may also send an email to our Transport Desk on taxi@excelsior.com.mt. Taxi transfer is only one way and for a maximum of three persons.

• Use of indoor pool and fitness centre

• Complimentary pressing service during your stay

Rates starting from €74 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room For any additional nights please feel free to place a second booking with our Best Available Rate. You may also opt for Our Special 4 Hours &/or 8 Hours Sail Malta Tours. These tours take you to various spots around Malta and Gozo.

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Rural Malta November 2013

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PROMO CODE - RURAL

ahrija, a village on the outskirts of Rabat, is a great spot for those who love the countryside and its scenery. In Bahrija one finds a chapel dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, the local patron. Currently being restored to its former glory. St.Martin of Tours was a young Roman soldier stationed in Amiens, France. During his travel he came across a poorly dressed beggar and felt pity for him. He cut his own military cloak in half and shared it with the poor man in the street. During the night, Martin dreamt of Christ wearing the half cloak and saying: “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptized; he has clad me.” (Sulpicius, ch 2). Martin then decided to get baptised and converted to Christianity. St Martin’s feast in Bahrija is celebrated on the Sunday closest to November 11. The feast has several traditions. Since the feast occurs at a time when seasonal fruit and nuts are abundant there are many traditional sweets related to it. These include the “Torta ta’ San Martin” (St Martin’s Tart) and “Il-Borża ta’ San Martin” (St Martin’s Bag) which include a mixture of figs, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, dried figs and oranges. As a tradition parents tell their children the story of this saint and give them ‘Borża ta’ San Martin’, a small bag full of nuts and fruit symbolising Saint Martin, the giver. In fact, there is also a popular rhyme linked to this tradition that goes by: “Ġewż, lewż, qastan, tin – kemm inhobbu lil San Martin” (literally translated to “Walnuts, almonds, chestnuts, figs – oh how I Love St Martin”). On Saturday evening a small procession with the statue of Saint Martin and a band playing along takes place around the village. This is followed by a small ground fireworks display in the village square. On Sunday morning, the feast day, the village of Bahrija is renowned for its annual ‘turkey fair’, in Maltese referred to as ‘Il-Fiera tadDundjani’. If you happen to be going by car to the Bahrija feast, be sure to arrive early as all the streets get packed with cars. This fair is popular for its agricultural and animal products. One can find plants, fresh vegetables, local honey, other local produce and an exhibition of local animals. If you’re planning to visit Malta in November, what better way to complement your holiday than a country walk and a visit to the Bahrija feast.

On this occasion the Grand Hotel Excelsior is offering a Special Rural Malta Experience which includes: • Accommodation in a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room • A 20% Discount on the Bed and Breakfast Rate • Welcome drink upon arrival • Daily Buffet Breakfast

• One way taxi transfer from the Malta International Airport to the Grand Hotel Excelsior (for a maximum of three persons)

• Two way taxi transfers from the hotel to the Bahrija feast on

Sunday 17th November in the morning and back to the hotel (for a maximum of three persons)

• Use of indoor and outdoor pool and fitness centre

• Complimentary pressing service during your stay.

Rates starting from €83 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room.

Terms & Conditions Apply. • Offer is valid from the 15th till the 18th November 2013.

•  Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival. • Rates and availability are subject to change.

• In order to attend the St Martin’s Feast you need to be staying with us on the 17th November 2013. • Offer is valid for a 3 night stay.

• Please advise expected time of arrival and flight details at booking stage so that our Transport Desk can organise the airport pick up for you. You may also send an email to our Transport Desk on taxi@excelsior.com.mt. Taxi transfer is only one way and for a maximum of three persons. • For the transfers to St Martin’s feast kindly contact Our Transport Desk during your stay to place your booking.

Itinerary: On the feast day, (17th November) it is advisable to leave the hotel at around 10.00 hrs.

The taxi driver will drop you off at Bahrija where you will be able to enjoy a couple of hours wandering around the village and enjoying the local feast, trying some local food, taking some unique photos of the local celebrations and chatting with the locals.  Preferably you will then be picked up from Bahrija at around 14.00hrs. Kindly advise Transport Desk your preferred pick up time.

For your excursion you might also wish to include Our Maltese Island Lunch Box. This includes: a traditional tuna bread; a fresh local salad; a cereal bar; a fresh fruit; two muffins; a small bottle of water and a fruit juice. Please feel free to select the number of packed lunches you require at booking stage. Price is per packed lunch and is optional. 

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Malta International Choir Festival November 2013

PROMO CODE - CHOIRFEST

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his year’s Malta International Choir Competition & Festival of Sacred and Secular Music will take place between the 31st October and 4th November 2013.

This International Choir Festival brings the City to life for five consecutive days. It brings together choirs and performers from different countries and with different styles and levels of achievements. The Festival takes place in various venues across the city of Valletta. The Opening of the Festival will take place on Thursday 31st October, starting off with a Grand Parade in Republic Street in Valletta leading to St John’s Co-Cathedral where a Singing for Peace Concert will take place. The following days will see participants singing in various venues around Valletta and Floriana. The Grand Concert will take place on Saturday 2nd November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, a grand and beautifully preserved 16th century building in Valletta which was once the “Sacra Imfermeria” of the Order of St John and overlooks the stunning Grand Harbour.

As part of this Great Malta Experience, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is offering a Special Malta Music Festival Offer which includes: • Accommodation in a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room

• A 20% Discount on the Bed and Breakfast Rate • Welcome drink upon arrival • Daily Buffet Breakfast • One way taxi transfer from the Malta International Airport to the Grand Hotel Excelsior (for a maximum of three persons) • Use of indoor and outdoor pool and fitness centre • Complimentary pressing service during your stay

Rates starting from €74 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room.

Terms & Conditions Apply. • Most of the concerts are free of charge. The Grand Concert on the 2nd November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre is at a charge of €15 per person. The above mentioned package does not include entrance to any of the concerts. Should you wish to book your seats for the Grand concert kindly book via the Mediterranean Conference Centre website in the beginning of October 2013. • Offer is valid from the 29th October till the 5th November 2013. • Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival. • Rates and availability are subject to change. • In order to attend one of the concerts you need to be staying with us between the 31st October and the 3rd November 2013. • Offer is valid for a 3 night stay. • Please advise expected time of arrival and flight details at booking stage so that our Transport Desk can organise the airport pick up for you. You may also send an email to our Transport Desk on taxi@excelsior.com.mt. Taxi transfer is only one way and for a maximum of three persons.

If you are a music lover, be part of this Choir Festival! Meet music lovers from all over the world at encounter concerts. You will have the opportunity to experience unforgettable concerts in some of the 365 churches in Malta.

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Zigu Zajg Children’s Festival November 2013

PROMO CODE - KIDSART

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igu Zajg Festival is a Children’s Art Festival organized in various venues around Valletta with Maltese and international artists presenting a variety of shows and workshops.

This year, the festival, will take place between the 14th and 20th November 2013 and will be organised by St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity. The Centre will once again be transformed into a haven for the arts for children and young people. Music, storytelling, animation, film, dance and theatre will be some of the exciting ingredients designed to capture the imagination of the young and young at heart.

As an appreciation of Art the Grand Hotel Excelsior is offering a Special Kids Arts Festival Offer which includes: • A special discounted room rate for your stay • An upgrade to a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room • Welcome drink upon arrival • Daily Buffet Breakfast • Chocolates and a bottle of wine in the room upon arrival • A smoothie and four cookies for your child in the room upon arrival • Use of indoor pool and fitness centre • Complimentary pressing service during your stay

Rates starting from €64 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room.

Terms & Conditions apply. • If you would like assistance in finding your way to the Kids Art Festival please speak to Our Dedicated Concierge Team. And for more information kindly visit: http://www.ziguzajg.org • Offer is valid from the 16th till the 25th November 2013. • Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival. • Rates and availability are subject to change. • Offer is valid for a 3 night stay. • The Children Art Festival will take place between the 18th & 24th November 2013 around Valletta

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Festive Season

December 2013 PROMO CODE - 4DAYXMAS

Christmas is a magical time. Add some sparkle to yours this year and make it a Special One! Our thoughtfully prepared Malta Christmas Break is like no other! Allow yourself to indulge in the traditional Christmas spirit; whether it’s sipping mulled wine, decorating a Christmas tree with your children or simply having a break from cooking! Enjoy this joyous time and let the Grand Hotel Excelsior’s team make this Christmas truly unforgettable! Our offer includes an upgrade to a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room and Daily Buffet Breakfast.

Arrive on the 23rd December to give yourself time to enjoy the festive atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit before dinner by sipping mulled wine and tasting our delicious mince pies at the Harbour View Bar. We have also prepared a treat for your little ones - children just love gingerbread cookies and a nice cup of hot chocolate. As the evening draws in we suggest you take a stroll around the beautifully lit Valletta to view traditional Maltese cribs and savour the merry atmosphere.

Christmas Eve

Start off your Christmas by enjoying your lavish buffet breakfast before setting off on some last minute gifts shopping. Alternatively, find a cosy spot and relax at one of our bars. If your Christmas shopping is ready and all the gifts are wrapped, we recommend, that you embark on our Historical Malta Escape Tour. Christmas celebrations would not be complete without decorating the Christmas tree or finding a stocking filled with sweets. Enjoy your afternoon with a nice bottle of sparkling wine and our traditional Christmas sweets; and together with you children decorate your own Christmas tree. Once the Christmas tree is up, help your children in finding the best visible spot to hang the stocking in your room! Make the Grand Hotel Excelsior your home away from home this Christmas. In the evening between 19.30hrs and 20.30hrs, experience the true spirit of Christmas when Santa together with Alice and the Wonderland characters visit our young guests. Oh, how we love to see the sweet smiles full of happiness and laughter when they see Santa Claus! Also to treasure these precious moments we will give you a keepsake photo of your child with Santa Claus. Following the eventful day we invite you to enjoy our Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner full of flavours to tantalize your taste buds, accompanied by live music! If you also wish to attend the traditional Midnight Mass in English, we suggest Casa Leone in Balluta, St. Patrick’s in Sliema, Our Lady of Sorrows in St. Paul’s Bay or St. Barbara Church in Valletta. For more information feel free to contact our Transport Desk.

Your Christmas Day is here!

Wake up to a delightful morning of gift-exchanging excitment, followed by a delicious Buffet Breakfast. Whilst you are enjoying Breakfast, Santa’s assistant will pay a visit to your room and fill the Christmas stocking with some sensational sweets! After a morning full of excitment you might wish to enjoy a peaceful stroll around the surroundings of the hotel, or to relax in the lounge area before joining the rest of our guests for our Traditional Christmas Day Lunch, prepared by our award-winning kitchen brigade. To put your mind at rest, our events team will keep your children entertained so that you will surely make the most of the Christmas Day Lunch! In the evening, spend some quality time with your family at your own leisure. On your final day, Boxing Day enjoy our delicious breakfast, and if you still have some free time, spend the rest of the morning relaxing at Le Grand Spa.

On behalf of our Grand Hotel Excelsior team we wish you a wonderful Christmas in Malta.

Offer starts from €117 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room. Terms & Conditions Apply. Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival.

Rates and availability are subject to change. Offer is valid for a 3 night stay.

Offer is valid for stay dates from the 23rd till 26th December 2013. Kindly note that the below compulsory supplements apply per child & are at an extra charge to the package price:

Children between 0 and 6 years free of charge For children from 7 up to 12 years the below charges apply: Xmas Eve Buffet Dinner at €50.00 per child Xmas Day Buffet Lunch at €32.50 per child

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Valletta International Baroque Festival January 2014

PROMO CODE - BAROQUE

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he Valletta International Baroque Festival will take place between the 10th and 26th of January 2014. The aim of this Festival is to celebrate the Baroque identity of our truly special capital city, Valletta. Enjoy a special holiday deal during this Festival at a superior five star hotel on the doorstep of Valletta. Book your stay between the 6th & 31st January 2014 to receive a 25% discount on the Bed and Breakfast Rate. Offer is on fully prepaid and non-refundable basis.  

Rates starting from €70 per person per night in a Deluxe Double Inland Room. Terms & Conditions Apply. Offer is on a fully prepaid and non-refundable basis.

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Valentine’s Day A Romantic Stay for Two 14th February 2014

PROMO CODE - VALENTINEROMANCE

Would you like this Valentine’s Day to be a memorable one and ensure that your loved one feels special?

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n many countries Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day is celebrated each year on February 14. What once started as an exchange of cards with a handwritten note has over a period of time turned into a special day, allowing people to express how they feel about each other. Couples seek ways of making the day special for their partners; whether sending flowers and cards, buying and exchanging gifts or enjoy a romantic evening with their loved ones.

As part of this Romantic Stay, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is offering: • Accommodation in a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room with magnificent views of the Marsamxett Harbour • Welcome drink upon arrival

• Chocolates and a bottle of wine in room upon arrival • Daily Lavish Buffet Breakfast

• A Romantic Evening with Our Lavish Valentine’s Day Buffet Dinner for two

This Special Valentine Stay starts from a Special Price of €178 per couple per night.

L E G R A N D SPA

Treat your pa rtner to one of our exclusive Valentine’s Spa Packages

Terms & Conditions Apply. • Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival. • Items are available during your stay and cannot be consumed on any other date. • Rates and availability are subject to change.

• Offer is available for a three night stay and must include the 14th February 2014.

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Malta Heritage and Military A Passion for Heritage March 2014

PROMO CODE - MILITARY

Planning your next Winter Break? Why not explore Malta’s military heritage with our newly launched offer.

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he Lascaris War Rooms were the Operational Headquarters which were built in order to provide a secure place from where war operations could be conducted. The war rooms are located deep in the rock under St. Peter and St. Paul Bastion which forms part of the defences of Valletta built by the Knights of St. John in 1566.

Fort Rinella in Kalkara was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta’s recent British colonial past,

but it is also the world’s first mechanical fort which enabled its small garrison to fire a monstrous 100-ton gun every six minutes. On visiting this fort in 1889, the great French writer Jules Verne described it as a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe forever.

The Malta at War Museum housed in an old 18th century military barracks built in the historic walls of Vittoriosa, (Birgu), is Malta’s best presented testimonial of the great ordeal suffered by the Island during the Second World War. The site focuses on the daily life of wartime Malta telling the story of how this tiny island managed to withstand one of the fiercest onslaughts in modern history. It offers a unique experience to the visitor through a combination of original filmfootage, expert guiding and original artifacts and memorabilia, all of which are nicely presented in a new modern setting.

The Saluting Battery in Valletta offers breath-taking views of the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities. This battery

offers the visitor a unique opportunity to learn from close quarters how the cannon worked and was fired in days gone by.  It also provides a wealth of information on how time was measured and signalled out in the past. It also explains the long quest of mariners to find a practical solution to the issue of longitude that would allow them to sail safely in open seas.

The Malta Military & Heritage Experience includes:  • Accommodation in a room type of your choice (price varies according to room type booked) • Welcome drink upon arrival  • Daily buffet breakfast

• A Compulsory Military & Heritage Pass (In the packages section of the booking please select quantity, i.e. the number of persons/passes you wish to book. Price is per pass for one person).

Rates starting from less than €65 per person per night sharing in a Double Deluxe Inland Room. Please Note:

Through the Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna Heritage Pass you will have access to the Saluting Battery (Valletta), Malta at War Museum (Birgu), Fort Rinella (Kalkara) and also the Lascaris War Rooms (Valletta). Opening times for all the above mentioned sites are from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm and there is no need for pre-booking. For more information kindly visit the Wirt Artna Website. http://www.wirtartna.org/ Our Chauffeur Driven Service can organise your taxi transfers for you. During your stay kindly visit our Transport Desk and our Guest Transportation team will gladly assist you.

Terms and Conditions Apply.

           • The Malta Military & Heritage Pass is at an extra charge to room rate and is compulsory. Price is for the venues. Taxi transfers and visitors guide not included. In the packages section of the booking please select the quantity, i.e. the number of people/passes you wish to book. Price is per pass for one person.  • Offer is valid when staying for a minimum of 3 nights. 

• Reservation is non-refundable & fully prepaid upon booking – cannot be cancelled or changed without charge. • Rates are inclusive of tax and availability is subject to change at time of booking. • You will receive your Admission Pass/Passes upon check-in at the hotel.

• Pass/Passes must be utilized during your stay are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. • Offer not applicable to groups or with other special offers.

The hotel cannot be held responsible for the level of service provided by the Heritage Venues and is not liable for any incident that may occur during any activity included.

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Maltese Gardens & Attractions April and May 2014

PROMO CODE - GARDENS

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hether you are a nature lover or are seeking a haven of tranquility during your holidays in Malta, the lovely gardens around Malta offer some ideal spots for your free time.

If you wander around Malta you will find a number of beautiful public gardens. Although they are quite small in size, most of them have a historical and cultural background.

3 Day Break includes:

• Accommodation in a Deluxe Partial SeaView Room (20% off the BB Rate) • One way taxi transfer from the Malta International Airport to the Grand Hotel Excelsior (for a maximum of three persons). A Day 1 – Four Hour Tour to Valletta A Day 2 – Four Hour Tour to Ta’ Xbiex, Balzan and Naxxar A Day 3 – Four Hour Tour to Ta’ Qali, Mdina and Buskett

Terms & Conditions apply.

Some of the gardens may not be open on Sunday & Public Holidays. • Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival. • Rates and availability are subject to change.

• Entrance to gardens is free of charge, however should you wish to visit the palaces and/or the mentioned attractions these would be at an additional supplement and must be purchased directly from the site. • Offer is valid for a 3 night stay.

• Please advise expected time of arrival and flight details at booking stage so that our Transport Desk can organise the airport pick up for you. You may also send an email to our Transport Desk on taxi@excelsior.com.mt. Taxi transfer is only one way and for a maximum of three persons. • For the tours kindly contact Our Transport Desk during your stay to place your bookings.

Rates starting from €114 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room. Day 1: Valletta & Floriana Arrive at the hotel and spend the day wandering around Valletta. Hastings Garden - Valletta Lower Barracca - Valletta Upper Barracca – Valletta Argotti Botanical Gardens – Floriana Day 2 Sa Maison Garden – Ta Xbiex San Anton Gardens - Hal Balzan Palazzo Parisio - Naxxar Day 3: Central Malta Ta’ Qali National Park Howard Gardens - Mdina Buskett Gardens - Buskett

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Malta...the Sailing Destination June 2014

PROMO CODE - SAIL

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he Grand Hotel Excelsior offers a unique opportunity to discover the beauty of the Maltese Islands by sailing in crystal clear waters, under deep blue skies. Spend time together with friends or family in peace and tranquility on-board and enjoy a day of adventure and fun sailing off the spectacular coast of Malta. Lovely views, a nice summer day, and pure relaxation… Definitely an excellent experience during the summer months!

The Malta Sailing offer includes: • Discounted Accommodation • Daily Buffet Breakfast

• A 4 hour boat trip (During your boat trip you will enjoy great views of the Valletta Harbour, The Three Cities, St. Julians and Sliema). • Welcome drink upon arrival

• Use of our indoor & outdoor pool and fitness centre • Complimentary parking for in house guests • Free pressing service during your stay

Rates starting from €173 per person per night in a Double Deluxe Inland Room. Terms & Conditions Apply. • Offer is subject to availability and not related to any other offer. • The Malta Sailing offer is on fully prepaid and non refundable basis. No refunds if booking is cancelled or modified. • Must be booked at least three days before arrival and with a minimum of 2 nights stay. • Offer is not applicable for groups or with other special offers.  • Please inform Our Transport Desk on which day of your stay you wish to book the Sailing Tour.

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Malta Jazz Festival July 2014

PROMO CODE - JAZZ

The year 2014 marks the 24th edition of the Malta Jazz Festival, so if you will be in Malta during the month of July add some music to your holiday. Don’t miss out on some great music at this year’s Jazz Festival. Every night the show starts at 20.00 hrs at Ta’ Liesse, Grand Harbour in Valletta, only a short walk from the hotel.

The Malta Jazz Festival Offer includes: • Accommodation in a Deluxe Inland Room  • Welcome drink upon arrival • Daily Buffet Breakfast

• One Single Day Standing Ticket per person booked for the Malta Jazz Festival 

•  One way taxi transfer from the Malta International Airport to the Grand Hotel Excelsior (for a maximum of three persons) • Use of indoor and outdoor pool, whirlpool and fitness centre • Complimentary pressing service during your stay.

Room rates start from €103 per person per night when sharing a Double Deluxe Inland Room. For any additional nights please feel free to place a second booking with our Best Available Rate.

Terms & Conditions Apply. • Offer is valid for Festival dates which will be advised later.

• Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival. • Rates and availability are subject to change.

• In order to attend one of the concerts you need to be staying with us on the 18th, 19th or 20th July 2013.   Ticket/s for the show are an obligatory part of the offer. At booking stage please select which date and how many persons will be attending the concert. Date cannot be modified. Charge is per person and at an extra charge to the room rate. • Offer is valid for a minimum of 2 night stay.

• Please advise expected time of arrival and flight details at booking stage so that our Transport Desk can organise the airport pick up for you. You may also send an email to our Transport Desk on taxi@ excelsior.com.mt. Taxi transfer is only one way and for a maximum of three persons.

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Malta Summer Traditional Festa August 2014

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PROMO CODE - FESTA

hat comes to mind when you think of Malta during summer? Feasts, food, fun, sun, holidays, relaxing, fireworks.... Oh the list is endless!

It is widely known that during the summer months there is a feast almost every week. But one of the biggest feasts in Malta is that of Santa Marija which is celebrated on the 15th August. Several towns and villages around Malta celebrate Santa Maria, namely Mosta, Attard, Mqabba, Qrendi, Gudja, Ghaxaq and Victoria Gozo. It is a religious and public holiday in Malta, so the Maltese will be out to celebrate. If you happen to be in Malta enjoying a short break during the Santa Marija weekend, you can surely enjoy one of the Santa Marija feasts around the Island. Be part of the festa fever; join the locals celebrating in the town or village square; enjoy the amazing fireworks displays; savour some of the traditional festa food; and watch the children’s delight in throwing the confetti as they follow their village statue and marching band. Should you wish to visit one of the villages and towns celebrating the Santa Maria feast, kindly contact our Chauffeur Driver Service Desk at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta and they will ensure you are taken to your destination and paticipate in the fun, intrigue and colours of a Maltese Festa.

Festa Offer details

Terms & Conditions Apply.

If you would like to enjoy a Malta Summer Festa, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is offering a Special Package for the Santa Marija Weekend which includes: • Accommodation in a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room

• Offer is valid from the 13th till the 17th August 2013.

• Welcome drink upon arrival

• Rates and availability are subject to change.

• A 20% discount on the Bed and Breakfast Rate • Daily Buffet Breakfast

• Dinner at Tiki Terrace for two (food only)

• Two way transfer from the hotel to Mdina and back on the 14th August (evening) to enjoy the fireworks displays (for a maximum of three persons) • Two way transfer from the hotel to Mosta and back on the 15th

August (evening) to enjoy the Mosta Santa Maria Feast celebrations • Use of indoor and outdoor pool and fitness centre

• Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival. • In order to attend the Santa Maria Feast you need to be staying with us on the 14th & 15th August 2013. • Offer is valid for a 3 night stay.

• Please contact Our Transport Desk during your stay and advise drop off and pick up time to Mdina and Mosta so that they can organise the transfers for you. You may also send an email to our Transport Desk on taxi@excelsior.com.mt. Taxi transfers are for a maximum of three persons.

• Complimentary pressing service during your stay. For any additional nights please feel free to place a second booking with our Best Available Rate.

Rates starting from €138 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room.

Itinerary for the Excursions On the 14th August it is advisable to leave the hotel at around 21.30 hrs. The taxi driver will drop you off near Mdina where you will be able to enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks of various villages and towns from the Mdina bastions. We suggest that you are picked up from the Mdina gates at around 23.30hrs after the final displays take place. Kindly advise Transport Desk your preferred pick up time. On the 15th August, the feast day, it is advisable to leave the hotel at around 18.30 hrs as the procession starts at 19.00 hrs. You will be able to enjoy the local atmosphere, taste the food by the traditional feast stalls and relish festival ambiance. (Preferably you will then be picked up from Mosta at around 23.00 hrs). Kindly advise Transport Desk your preferred pick up time.

TIKI BAR & RESTAURANT... dining on the water’s edge.

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Build memories with your friends & enjoy our Getaway Breaks in unique Malta.

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Our Horse Riding Adventure includes: • Accommodation in a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room • 20% discount on the Bed and Breakfast Rate • Welcome drink upon arrival • Daily Buffet Breakfast

• One Way taxi pick up from the Malta International Airport to the hotel (for a maximum of three persons)

• Two way taxi transfers from the hotel to Golden Bay and back to the hotel (for a maximum of three persons) • 1 hour horse riding session overlooking the most popular beaches

• Complimentary use of indoor and outdoor pool, whirlpool and fitness centre • Free pressing service during your stay

• Use of indoor and outdoor pool and fitness centre

Rates starting from €90 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room. For your excursion you might also wish to include Our Maltese Island Lunch Box. This includes: a traditional tuna bread; a fresh local salad; a cereal bar; a fresh fruit; two muffins; a small bottle of water and a fruit juice. Please feel free to select the number of packed lunches you require at booking stage. Price is per packed lunch and is optional.

You may also opt for Our Lavish Buffet Dinner at a supplement of €28 per person per day (Food Only).

Into Nature

Terms & Conditions Apply. PROMO CODE - HORSERIDING

Breathtaking views from the top of a saddle.

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pring and Autumn are definitely an ideal time to experience the most beautiful seasons in Malta when flowers bloom, weather is perfect and the Maltese countryside can truly be enjoyed!

At this time of year, the Maltese natural surroundings will be at their best. Nature definitely has its special ways of creating the most beautiful palette of colours. Capture some breathtaking views of the Maltese countryside with green fields, wild flowers in full blossom and the blue sea to compliment all. There is no better time to enjoy a horse ride or a walk. So for your next holiday experience the Maltese Islands whilst enjoying the comfort of our luxurious amenities!

• Offer is valid from the 1st September till the 22nd December 2013 & 2nd January till 20th December 2014.

• Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival. • Rates and availability are subject to change. • Offer is valid for a 3 night stay.

• Please advise expected time of arrival and flight details at booking stage so that our Transport Desk can organise the airport pick up for you. You may also send an email to our Transport Desk on taxi@excelsior.com.mt. Taxi transfer is only one way and for a maximum of three persons.

• Kindly note that horse riding is available every day in winter between 9.00hrs & 17.00 hrs and in summer between 8.00hrs & 20.00hrs. Please provide us with your preferred date and time for the horse riding experience at booking stage. However, please be informed that the horse riding session date and time is subject to availability and will be confirmed to you by our Concierge Desk. • For the transfers to Golden Bay kindly contact Our Transport Desk during your stay to place your booking.

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Your Hen’s Getaway includes: • Accommodation in a Twin Deluxe Partial Sea View Room for you and your special friend. • Welcome drink upon arrival • Daily Buffet Breakfast

• A €100 Spa Voucher to be redeemed against a spa treatment of your choice • A bottle of Sparkling wine in room upon arrival

• One way taxi transfer from the Malta International Airport to the Grand Hotel Excelsior (for a maximum of three persons) • One way taxi transfers from the hotel to Paceville (for a maximum of three persons) • Use of indoor and outdoor pool and fitness centre • Complimentary pressing service during your stay.

Rates starting from €106 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room.

Terms & Conditions: • Offer is valid from the 1st September till the 22nd December 2013 & 2nd January till 20th December 2014.

Hen’s Getaway

• Reservation requires full prepayment for the entire stay at time of booking. This special rate is non-refundable and prepayment is charged to your credit card between time of booking and day of arrival. PROMO CODE - HEN

Celebrate your next big step in style and glamour! Enjoy some special moments of fun and joy with your friends prior to your wedding day and start your celebrations with a glass of bubbly in the room. Spend the afternoon pampering and relaxing at Le Grand Spa and indulge with one of our special spa treatments. Start the following day with a delicious buffet breakfast where you will be spoilt for choice by our chefs’ selections. Enjoy the day by doing some shopping and sightseeing in Valletta. In the evening you may wish to opt for our sumptuous buffet dinner at the Admirals Landing restaurant. End the day by hitting the clubs in Paceville for a special night in Malta’s nightlife and entertainment venue.

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• Rates and availability are subject to change. • Offer is valid for a 2 night stay.

• Please advise expected time of arrival and flight details at booking stage so that our Transport Desk can organise the airport pick up for you. You may also send an email to our Transport Desk on taxi@excelsior.com.mt. Taxi transfer is only one way and for a maximum of three persons. • For the one-way transfer to Paceville kindly contact Our Transport Desk during your stay to place your booking. • No Cash refunds for unused SPA credit.


Play your 18 holes

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PROMO CODE - PKGGLF

alta is the ideal location for Golfing, due to it’s central location in the Mediterranean. Together with the favourable mild weather during winter, the Maltese Islands offer a fully equipped Golf Club located in Marsa. Brief History of the Royal Malta Golf Club The Royal Malta Golf Club dates back to 1888 when golf was first played in the ditches formed by the fortification walls of Valletta. One of the founding members was the then Duke of Edinburgh who was serving in Malta at the time and from whom the club received royal patronage. The club moved to its present location in Marsa in 1904 and in the course has undergone numerous changes, the most significant of which is the installation of an irrigating system that helps keep the course evergreen.

Golfing in Malta today

This Malta Golf Escape includes:

The Royal Malta offers 18 holes of golf in a very well maintained course. Today at par 68, the course is a good test of golf without being unkind to the novice. There are some very interesting par 3s, the most memorable of which, is the 6th – nicknamed “The Maid’s Bedroom” by the members. The two par 5s present a daunting challenge in the prevailing winds, as do some of the longer par 4s. A PGA qualified teaching professional is always on call for those who wish to learn the game or improve their talent. For non-golfing partners the adjacent sister club Marsa Sports Club offers facilities which include 19 tennis courts, 5 squash courts, a mini golf piste, bowling alley, swimming pool, bar and restaurant. Reservations are required.

• Accommodation in a room of your choice (price varies according to the room type). • 1 round of Golf per person of 18 Holes. (please select the number of persons to book. Price is per person for one round.

Malta Golf Escape The Grand Hotel Excelsior and the Royal Golf Club are offering you an attractive Malta Golf Escape. This Valletta Hotel is ideally located with just 6km from the Royal Malta Golf Course and the Marsa Sports Club, around 10 minutes by car.

Terms & Conditions Apply. • Offer is on a Fully prepaid basis. No refunds if booking is cancelled or modified. Should the course not open due to inclement weather, we will refund you the costs of the prepaid golf rounds accordingly. • Equipment hire is at an extra charge. • Please indicate your preferred date of golf experience which is subject to availability at time of booking. Our Concierge will confirm the date to you via email. • Offer is valid with a minimum of 3 night stay.

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Weather in Malta

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7,000 years

of Civilisation 5000 BC

First settlers arrive in Malta from Sicily

3600-2500

BC Construction of Megalithic temples

800-480 BC

Phoenician Rule

218 BC

Roman rule begins during Second Punic War

60 AD

St Paul the Apostle shipwrecked off Malta

395-870

Byzantine rule

870-1090

Arab rule

1194-1530

Norman rule

1194-1530

Swabian, Angevin and Aragonese rule

1530

Islands ceded to Knights of St John

1565

The Great Siege, Ottomans besiege Malta with an overwhelming force but are defeated by a small army of knights and Maltese.

1566

Founding of Valletta, the new capital city, named after Grand Master La Valette, hero of the Great Siege

1798

French army under Napoleon Bonaparte invades the islands on the way to to Egypt Knights of St. John expelled after 268 years in Malta

1800

Maltese revolt against the French who are expelled, heralding the start of the British Era.

1964

Malta gains Independence

1974

Malta becomes a Republic

2004

Malta becomes a member of the European Union

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