Arrived home last night after 2 sun soaked weeks in Malta. It just gets better. Can't wait for the next visit. Seriously thinking of going for good.
Flew with Air Malta for the first time since the inflight meals were revised. We had some awful rice mush on the way out but some very tasty cottage pie on the return.
Anyone visit the Chikiano in St Pauls Bay by the Sirens pool?? well it now has new owners and is open every day. It is now called 'Sirens' and is run by Joe, his wife and their partner. They had new beer pumps and cooler units fitted last Wednesday so can't be bad.
Am thinking of going to Marsaxlokk next time, self catering. Can anyone recommend any 2 bed appartments on the waters edge??
We were at the Gillieru also. I love the hotel but it is sadly in need of the rooms being refurbished.
As for good food try Jim Harleys. Have a look here for bars, pubs and cafes http://www.starwebmalta.com/homepage.asp?bars-armier.htm&core Jim Harleys is on the Mosta road. Walk up the hill opposite the Gillieru entrance, where the buses come down. At the cross roads just before the top turn right and it is about a 20 second walk.
Another good place is 'The Islands' . This is where the buses coming out of Bugibba turn up the hill by the concrete jetty. There are 2 bars almost next to each other. Both good food but The Islands is my favorite. If you go in either tell them Allan recommended them to you please. Jim Harleys combo is a must have. Also have a piece of Mars Bar cheese cake. MMmmm. His wife Donna does all the cooking and does it well.
I do not know when you last went to the Gillieru but Marianne on reception has lost a lot of weight and went into hospital for an operation on her vocals 2 weeks ago so you may not recognise her now.
Enjoy your holiday.
Is Raymondy still there in the restaurant?
Previously travelled with Chevron and had a good price for HB but now Airtours have it in their brochures and have got an exceptional price for B&B which we really prefer.
I have heard good reports about the Harley Bar before so will definitely try that.
Really looking forward to it now!!
Raymond. yes he is still there. Forever the gentleman.
Charles. such an interesting person to talk to.
Andrew. Ohhh dear, Andrew. What a terrific person. Very good sense of humour.
These three are the mainstay of the hotel and always make our holiday a pleasurable one.
Another good place to eat is the Clara May in Tourist Street Bugibba, opposite the bus station entrance. It does not look the best of places during the day. We have been several times early evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. They are listed on the link I posted under restaurants.
If you are in Valletta and fancy fighting for a table but good food go here http://www.perfectioncafe.com/
Anyway Mandy, judge for yourself because I realise everyones tastes are different and we can all say 'Ahh but you must go here. We loved it'.
While I remember. Do you , or anyone else reading this post, have a photo of the 'Jesus Tree' at the roadside going to Rabat ??? I have seen it several times but would like a photo.
From the website you gave me there seem to be a few new restaurants in Xmieja.
We nornally stay at the Gillieru during the last two weeks of July and then sometimes a week in October. It is good to see the same staff there year after year. We nickname Raymond "The Maltese Falcon" as his eyes are everywhere - making sure everthing is just right.
Is the owner still there overseeing the operation?
They should consider themselves very lucky people to have such good staff working for them.
Hey. I want to go back there.........they won't let me in Malta again at this rate
If I remember, the Restaurant du Port served excellent food. It's on the road just past the harbour on the right, sort of sunk down into the pavement! We returned there a couple of times/ Also the Italian opposite the Gillerieu was good. Food in Malta was never disappointing & neither if my memory serves mewell was the 'Green Label' wine!!
We will try the Italian opposite as well. We are there for two weeks and I don't think we will have any trouble finding a different place each evening.
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