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Nestled in the Mediterranean like a hidden gem, Malta boasts a captivating blend of multicultural charm, making it an ideal destination for President’s Club trips and incentive travel groups. Its authentic ambiance is enriched by a diverse array of cultural and culinary experiences, along with stunning sights that are easily navigable. The island’s unique cultural heritage, pleasant Mediterranean climate, and customizable itineraries add to the overall experience. Malta has two official languages, Maltese and English.  Maltese is the national language and has incorporated many words derived from English, Italian and French.  Italian is also widely spoken. Renowned for its hospitality, Malta guarantees a comfortable and memorable stay, making it an excellent choice for rewarding top-performing employees or executives, fostering connections, and deepening appreciation for its vibrant culture. 

Teaming up with our esteemed partners at Hosts Global Destination Services, we dove into the heart of this destination, forging connections with industry peers along the way. Now, I’m thrilled to share my recommendations and highlights of this unforgettable journey with you!

Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta

Incentive-Worthy Cities 

Malta offers several cities and locations that are perfect for incentive or group travel due to their unique attractions, accessibility, and amenities. These cities in Malta offer a diverse range of attractions and amenities that cater to different interests and preferences, which helps when trying to choose or narrow down an incentive destination. Whether you’re looking to please history enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, or nature lovers, Malta offers visitors a glimpse into centuries-old traditions and modern-day delights. With its picturesque landscapes, bustling streets, and welcoming atmosphere, we’ll explore our handpicked incentive-worthy cities for all who wish to venture to Malta’s shores. 

Valletta, Malta

As the capital city of Malta, Valletta is a vibrant hub of history, culture, and architecture. It boasts UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to numerous attractions, including St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master’s Palace, and the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Valletta also offers excellent dining, shopping, and entertainment options, making it an ideal base for group travel. 

Often referred to as the “Silent City,” Mdina is a medieval walled town steeped in charm. Its narrow streets, ancient buildings, and impressive architecture make it a captivating destination for group tours. Mdina also offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and is home to several museums and cultural attractions. 

Birgu, Malta

Birgu (Vittoriosa)
This historic city is known for its maritime heritage and well-preserved architecture. Visitors can explore its narrow streets, fortifications, and landmarks such as Fort St. Angelo and the Inquisitor’s Palace. Birgu also offers waterfront dining options and stunning views of the Grand Harbour. 

St. Julian’s
Known for its vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene, St. Julian’s is a popular destination for group travelers looking for a lively atmosphere. It offers a wide range of restaurants, bars, and clubs, as well as waterfront promenades and luxury hotels. 

St. Julian’s, Malta

Incentive-Worthy Hotels 

Choosing a five-star property for a President’s Club trip or incentive trip ensures an unforgettable experience, synonymous with luxury, impeccable service, and opulent accommodations. These hotels offer lavish rooms, world-class dining, and stately facilities, elevating the status of the trip and creating lasting memories. With meticulous attention to detail and personalized service, attendees can relax and enjoy a truly exceptional stay at these properties.

Hilton Malta, courtesy of the hotel

Hilton Malta
Situated in the vibrant Portomaso waterfront development, the luxurious Hilton Malta boasts 413 spacious rooms, multiple dining outlets, and upscale amenities, including the Myoka Spa and outdoor pools. Offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, this hotel provides guests with elegant accommodations featuring modern amenities and private balconies. Dining options range from Mediterranean cuisine at the Blue Elephant Restaurant to casual fare at the Quarterdeck Bar & Lounge. With extensive conference facilities and elegant event spaces, the Hilton Malta serves as an ideal venue for President’s Club trips, meetings, and events.

The Phoenicia Malta
The Phoenicia Malta is an iconic luxury hotel with 132 elegant rooms and suites, offering guests a blend of timeless elegance and modern sophistication. Located near Valletta’s historic center and major attractions, the hotel overlooks the stunning Grand Harbour, providing guests with breathtaking views and a prime location. Renowned for its exceptional service and attention to detail, the hotel’s experienced staff are dedicated to providing personalized service, ensuring a memorable stay for every guest. The hotel’s exquisite restaurants and bars provide a culinary journey, from Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at the Phoenix Restaurant to indulgent afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the gardens. 

The Westin Dragonara Resort, courtesy of the hotel

The Westin Dragonara Resort
Perched on the coast of St. Julian’s with captivating sea views, The Westin Dragonara Resort features a villa-style lobby flooded with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Offering a total of 408 rooms and suites, including 66 new Luxury Bay suites in a separate annex by the water’s edge, the resort ensures a comfortable and luxurious stay. Guests can unwind amidst lush gardens by the lagoon-style pools or enjoy direct access to the private rocky beach. Additionally, the resort’s versatile conference and banquet facilities, including elegant ballrooms and outdoor event spaces, cater to gatherings of all sizes with impeccable service and attention to detail, promising an unforgettable experience for all. 

Hotel Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux
For a more exclusive and intimate experience, The Xara Palace Boutique Relais & Châteaux is a converted 17th-century palazzo and is the only hotel located within the walls of the Silent City of Mdina. The Châteaux offers a unique and unforgettable experience amidst its historic surroundings, the hotel’s 17 luxurious suites exude elegance, charm, and exclusivity providing guests with a lavish retreat. Gourmet dining awaits at the hotel’s acclaimed restaurants, where guests can indulge in exquisite cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. Whether strolling through the narrow cobblestone streets or admiring the breathtaking views from the hotel’s terrace, every moment spent at this boutique hotel is sure to leave a lasting impression of beauty and sophistication. 

The Xara Palace, courtesy of the hotel

Malta Independent & Group Activities

Malta offers a plethora of activities that are great for both independent travelers and groups, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all. For those seeking adventure and exploration on their own, options abound, from wandering the charming streets of Valletta and discovering hidden gems in Mdina to exploring the rugged landscapes of Gozo on a thrilling jeep adventure. Independent travelers can immerse themselves in Malta’s past by visiting ancient temples, fortresses, and catacombs scattered across the islands. Alternatively, they can indulge in leisurely pursuits like sunbathing on pristine beaches or sampling local cuisine at traditional Maltese eateries. For groups, curated tours, and experiences provide opportunities for camaraderie and discovery, whether embarking on a harbor cruise, enjoying wine-tasting in the countryside, or participating in interactive cultural workshops. Group activities foster a sense of community and shared adventure, enhancing the overall travel experience in Malta. Whether exploring solo or in a group, Malta offers endless possibilities for adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. 

Gozo Jeep Adventure

Heritage Harbor Cruise & Birgu Walking Tour
The Heritage Harbor Cruise and Birgu Walking Tour is an immersive 3.5-hour journey that delves into Malta’s maritime history and the medieval charm of Birgu. The tour begins with a peaceful harbor cruise with expansive views of Malta’s coastline while narrating tales of its seafaring heritage. Upon docking in Birgu, participants explore the city’s historic streets, from ancient alleyways to hidden squares, discovering landmarks that narrate tales from its Phoenician origins to its significance to the Knights of St. John. This easy-level activity showcases Birgu’s well-preserved fortifications, grand palaces, and ornate churches, making it a perfect outing for heritage enthusiasts, highly recommended by Heritage Aficionados for an unforgettable glimpse into Malta’s storied past. 

Gozo Jeep Adventure
Embark on an adrenaline-fueled Jeep adventure through Gozo’s rugged landscapes, where olive groves, vineyards, and ancient ruins await. This thrilling excursion promises sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea and hidden treasures tucked away in the island’s charming villages and winding trails. After a morning of off-road exploration, indulge in a culinary journey at Ta’ Frenc restaurant, where locally sourced ingredients and traditional Maltese flavors take center stage. Set amidst Gozo’s idyllic countryside, the restaurant’s alfresco terrace offers panoramic views of lush gardens and fragrant citrus groves, providing the perfect backdrop for a delicious lunch paired with fine wines, and proudly listed on the Michelin Guide 2024 (recognized in the first Michelon Guide to the Maltese Island since 2020 – one of only 21 entries. 

Maltese Wine Tour

Maltese Wine Tour
Venture into the rolling hills and picturesque landscapes to indulge your senses and savor the flavors of Malta with an exclusive Wine Tour, an experience sure to captivate your senses and tantalize your taste buds. Set against the backdrop of stunning countryside views, this three-hour excursion invites your group to explore renowned wineries that have perfected the art of winemaking with passion and dedication. Led by knowledgeable guides, this activity is ideal for groups to immerse themselves in the world of Maltese wine, learn about the region’s viticulture, and the unique techniques that define its winemaking tradition.

The Rolling Geeks Tour
Discover Malta in a unique and innovative way with The Rolling Geeks tour. Lasting 2.5 hours, this experience gives attendees the freedom to explore Malta’s cities aboard small electric cars equipped with interactive guides and GPS systems. Whether navigating the fortified streets of Valletta or wandering through the medieval alleys of Mdina, these self-guided tours provide a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation, allowing guests to cover more ground and discover hidden treasures along the way. Suitable for all ages and abilities, the Rolling Geeks tour promises an immersive journey through time, offering a fresh perspective on Malta’s captivating past and cultural landmarks. 

Barakka Lift & Fregatina Ride

Barakka Lift & Fregatina Ride
Gather your group for a stroll to the Upper Barakka lift, a picturesque spot offering panoramic views of Valletta’s majestic harbor. Here, your group will embark on a unique adventure aboard a “fregatina,” a traditional Maltese boat, to explore the three cities. As the fregatina navigates the azure waters, soak in the sights of Valletta, Senglea, and Vittoriosa, each city boasts its own unique history and architectural wonders. Whether you’re lounging on deck, chatting with fellow travelers, or snapping photos of scenic vistas, this charming boat journey promises to be a highlight of your participant’s incentive trip. 

Group Walking Tour
While Malta has many enticing activities, nothing quite captures the essence of its cities and culture like exploring them on foot. To truly immerse your attendees in the local ambiance, consider integrating a walking tour into the itinerary, offering a blend of experiences that highlight the island’s unique charm and heritage. Think about Incorporating a shopping experience with local vendors and an optional walking tour that visits iconic sites such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral, a magnificent testament to Malta’s antiquity as the bastion of the Knights of Malta. Along the way, add in options to discover museums, architectural marvels, and breathtaking seascapes that provide a holistic and unforgettable exploration of Malta’s cities and cultural treasures. 

Are You Ready to Begin Your Adventure to Malta?

Whether you crave thrilling adventures, cultural immersions, or simply relaxation, Malta has everything you desire, promising an unforgettable experience for every traveler. Get started today! Brightspot can help you plan your next incentive trip to Malta and embark on a journey filled with excitement and discovery.  

Genny Castleberry

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