Dark Mode Off / On

My husband and I recently embarked on a quest to treat ourselves to something extraordinary in our beloved Malta.

The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, review

After much deliberation, we decided to book a stay at The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, and let me tell you; it was an experience unlike any other!

The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, review

Tucked away in the ancient walled city of Mdina, amidst centuries-old palazzos, historic homes, and the awe-inspiring St. Paul’s Cathedral, we stumbled upon the hidden gem, The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux.

The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, review

This 17th-century wonder transports you to a world where history meets luxury.

The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, review

A Room with a View (and So Much More!)

We were lucky, and we were happy with a room that felt like a palace.

The suite, spanning two luxurious floors, was beyond our wildest dreams. We were greeted by the spacious living area adorned with opulent furnishings as we entered.

The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, review

But that was just the beginning. The pièce de résistance was undoubtedly the Jacuzzi tub that beckoned us for a relaxing soak. Imagine sinking into bubbly bliss while sipping on a glass of wine. It was the epitome of indulgence!

The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, review

Now, let’s talk about the views- oh, those views! Every morning, we stepped onto our private balcony to see the picturesque Maltese countryside unfold like a masterpiece.

The rising sun painted the landscape in hues of gold and amber, creating a backdrop that felt plucked straight from our dreams.

Service Fit for Royalty

The staff at The Xara Palace went above and beyond to make us feel like true royalty.

The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, review

Their warmth and attentiveness made us feel like we were the only guests in the entire palace. Their local knowledge was a game-changer, from restaurant recommendations to insider tips on exploring Mdina.

Unique Dining Experiences

Speaking of dining, The Xara Palace offers an array of boutique restaurants that cater to every palate.

Whether you’re in the mood for fine dining at The de Mondion, a taste of the Mediterranean at The Medina Restaurant, or traditional Maltese flavours at Trattoria AD1530, your taste buds are in for a treat!

The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, review
The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, review

Mdina & Beyond Rabat – Malta’s Historical Tapestry

Venturing further afield, you’ll find fortified cities that have witnessed centuries of civilization.

You can also delve into the mysteries of megalithic temples, where ancient rituals once occurred, and visit charming fishing villages that have retained their authentic allure.

And let’s not forget the idyllic beaches that fringe the coastline, inviting you to bask in the Mediterranean sun and dip your toes in crystal-clear waters. Whether you’re a history buff, a culture enthusiast, or a nature lover, Malta has an adventure tailored just for you.

The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, review

So, when you stay at The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, you’re not just booking a hotel; you’re embarking on a journey through time, with Rabat and the rest of Malta’s historical tapestry waiting to be explored.

A Dream Wedding Venue

The Xara Palace is a dream for those seeking an intimate, romantic, and lavish wedding setting. Set amidst centuries-old palatial grounds in the former capital city of Mdina, it’s the perfect backdrop for your special day.

Our stay at the Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux was magical. With unparalleled charm, breathtaking views, and world-class service, it’s safe to say that we felt like millionaires.

If you’re seeking an unforgettable Mediterranean escape that combines history, luxury, and a touch of enchantment, The Xara Palace is your answer. We can’t wait to return and create more beautiful memories in this slice of paradise.


Contact Information


Things to know & Do

Exploring

Museum NameLocationDescriptionReview
Mdina Cathedral MuseumMdinaRoman townhouse ruins with mosaics and artefacts.
Palazzo Falson Historic House MuseumMdinaA historic house museum showcasing art, antiques, and period furnishings.
Mdina DungeonsMdinaUnderground dungeons and displays about Malta’s medieval past.More
Domvs RomanaRabatA museum displaying art, religious artefacts, and archaeological finds.
Underground dungeons and displays about Malta’s medieval past.RabatAncient underground catacombs with Christian frescoes and tombs.
Wignacourt MuseumRabatA museum displaying art, religious artifacts, and archaeological finds.
National Museum of Natural HistoryMdinaSt. Paul’s Catacombs

Restaurants

Restaurant NameCuisine TypeLocationContact Information
De Mondion RestaurantMediterranean, Fine DiningXara Palace Relais & Châteaux, MdinaWebsite / +356 2145 0560
The Medina RestaurantMediterranean8, Villegaignon Street, MdinaWebsite / +356 2145 3861
Palazzo de Piro RestaurantMediterraneanPalazzo de Piro, MdinaWebsite / +356 2145 0560
Bacchus RestaurantMediterranean, Fine DiningTriq Inguanez, L-ImdinaWebsite/ +356 2145 4981
Da LuigiItalian3, St. Agatha’s Street, RabatWebsite / +356 2740 1740
Diar Il-BnietMaltese, Mediterranean35, Cathedral Square, RabatWebsite / +356 2145 4004
Crystal Palace RestaurantMaltese, Mediterranean76, St. Paul Street, RabatFacebook / +356 2145 9320

Shopping

ShopsSpecialtyLocationContact Information
Is-Suq tal-BeltSouvenirs, Local CraftsTriq San Pawl, MdinaWebsite / +356 2145 6777
The Mdina Glass ShopGlassware, SouvenirsTriq Mesquita, MdinaWebsite / +356 2145 4671
Fontanella Tea GardenConfectionery, Souvenirs1, Bastion Street, MdinaWebsite / +356 2145 4261
Mdina Experience ShopSouvenirs, GiftsVillegaignon Street, MdinaWebsite / +356 2145 1111
Ta’ Mena EstateLocal Produce, WineTriq Għajn Tuta, RabatWebsite / +356 2155 6625
Avocado BoutiqueFashion, ClothingTriq San Pawl, RabatFacebook / +356 7948 9924
Heritage Malta Gift ShopMuseum Souvenirs, GiftsVarious Locations, MaltaWebsite / +356 2295 4000
Mdina PotteryCeramics, PotteryVillegaignon Street, MdinaWebsite / +356 2145 2579

P.S. There is a classic vintage shop in the area, so classic and be sure to visit it.


Things & History – Facts

Hidden Gems

  • Discover the “Bastion Square” for panoramic views.
  • Stroll through the enchanting “Mesquita Square.”
  • Uncover ancient catacombs and tunnels.
  • Seek out secret gardens and courtyards.

Timeless Traditions

  • Witness traditional Maltese festivals.
  • Experience the annual Medieval Festival.
  • Delight in local crafts and artisanal products.

Famous Residents

  • Home to nobility and prominent figures.
  • Birthplace of renowned composer Girolamo Abos.
  • A muse for artists, writers, and poets.

Time Capsule

  • Mdina is like a living time capsule.
  • An architectural marvel with a well-preserved history.
  • Each cobblestone tells a story of centuries gone by.

Our stay at the Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux was magical. With unparalleled charm, breathtaking views, and world-class service, it’s safe to say that we felt like millionaires.

If you’re seeking an unforgettable Mediterranean escape that combines history, luxury, and a touch of enchantment, The Xara Palace is your answer. We can’t wait to return and create more beautiful memories in this slice of paradise.

Mdina’s history is a rich tapestry of cultures and epochs, making it a must-visit destination for history buffs and travellers seeking enchantment. Explore the hidden gems, embrace timeless traditions, and connect with this captivating city’s legacy of famous residents.

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Discover more from The Punk Rock Princess

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading