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26 CLONDALKIN GAZETTE 20 September 2012

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BRIDE& GROOM Dublin’s complete

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With a wealth of options to consider, Malta has a great range of venues and locations to add a dash of classic style and beauty to your big day. The Fortina Spa Resort, located in the heart of Sliema on the island’s northeast coast, is perfectly located to help make the most of your venue.

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Marvellous Malta will make your day EVERY wedding day should be glorious but, sadly, the Irish weather isn’t always what you’d hope it will be. Long-haul destinations usually offer guaranteed sunshine, but you have to factor in the jet lag and expense. However, with Malta just a three-hour flight away from Dublin, you can find a sun-soaked spot rich in history, beauty and culture, that is often called “an openair museum”. The breadth of choice is astonishing, but what may intrigue you more is the exceptional value for money that getting married in Malta can offer. The island is generally far more reasonable than many other Mediterranean islands. The combination of Malta’s climate, and its

selection of inspiring wedding venues, could offer the idyllic location for the best day of your life. One such venue is the Fortina Spa Resort, located in the heart of Sliema on the north-east coast of Malta. The resort overlooks Valletta, the island’s capital, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Luxury Whether you want to relax in the spa facilities at the hotel for a few days before the event, or have the ceremony first and holiday later, the Fortina provides the ideal base for a luxurious wedding and honeymoon. Imagine exchanging vows on a gloriously sunny day, cooled by the scented breeze drift-

ing off the Mediterranean, then whisking your guests off in a yacht to enjoy a reception in the grounds of a castle, followed by dancing under the stars ... Alternatively, why not think about getting married in a country chapel, art gallery or on the beach? To make sure everything goes like clockwork, it helps to have local experts to organise and advise you on your wedding. The staff at the Fortina Spa Resort are experienced wedding organisers, and can source photographers, make-up artists, hairdressers, florists and even send your invitations for you – in short, everything you need to ensure the day goes smoothly.

They can also accommodate you for a beautiful ceremony, to your exact specifications, in the grounds of the resort. The resort is also acclaimed for its internationally-inspired cuisine, so, if you’re tying the knot on the pool deck against breathtaking views of Valletta harbour, you can take advantage of an extensive repertoire that includes French, Thai, Indian or Italian fare, or local flavours. You can also take the expertise of the Fortina’s award-winning chefs with you, should you decide to hold your reception elsewhere on the island. For further information, call 0800 917 3001, or email info@hotelfortina.com.

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