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Joanna

Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by Joanna »

Larry, the weather was great, considering it was winter, when I was in Malta in December, the occasional light shower but nothing that felt like winter.  There are flights on Alitalia from Rome (I went the other way but I'm assuming they fly both ways).

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Captain Larry

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by Captain Larry »

Yes, Joanna, we also flew Alitalia from Malta to Rome and then on to Dulles, non-stop. However, we had to spend a rather unsatisfactory night in a rather unsatisfactory hotel in Ostia, a rather unsatisfactory town (unless you are going to the beach or to the ruins). I just would rather not "overnight" at a connecting airport on the way home.

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Joanna

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by Joanna »

Larry, a perfect excuse to stay in Rome a few days.  My travel companion wanted to miss the Christmas carols piped over the intercom in Safeway.  There are worse places to have a few days' layover.

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Captain Larry

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

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Well, I still don't have the return flight itinerary worked out yet, but I'm about 95% sure that we will be spending the entire month of February 2014 in Malta. There is an all-inclusive resort in Milleiha that has winter rates cheaper than staying home. I've never stayed at an all-inclusive before, unless you count cruises, and they are only "mostly-inclusive". But I like the thought of having everything I need under the same roof, so to speak, and all paid for in the daily rate. Malta has a lot to see, but it is a small island. Being able to go to the various sites when I want to go and stay as long as I want to is very appealing. And besides, the hotel is just five minutes by bus from Popeye Village.

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Joanna

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by Joanna »

I'll be very interested to hear how you like the resort and Malta.  I'll tell you the rest of my story when you return.

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Captain Larry

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

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I thought a status report might be in order. We, my First Mate and me, along with our traveling companions, Marty and Shirley, will fly from the USA to London Heathrow, leaving Dulles and Philadelphia on January 29 and arriving on January 30. That's on British Airways. We will then change to Air Malta for the rest of the trip to Malta. The return flights on February 26 will be just the reverse.

We have 26 nights booked at the all-inclusive resort in Milleiha. We have nothing else preplanned for the trip. I have, of course, investigated various touring possibilities, but have not yet made any decisions. One thing we will certainly do is invest is the seven-day bus passes at 12 Euro per person. How well will that work? I'll let you know later. Some of the reviewers have horror stories about the bus travel, but they almost all have two things in common: they are in the summertime; and they are during the morning or evening "rush hours". We will be there in February and have no set times to be anywhere. If a bus is full and passes us by, we'll find something of interest in the vicinity of the bus stop and then catch the next one. Or maybe even cross the street and go the other way.

We've done all the preparation we can do at this point. Once Christmas and New Year are out of the way, we'll bear down and start getting serious about the trip.

Joanna, I was intrigued by your last post on this thread, but I'll be patient and wait to hear "the rest of the story." Kind of sounds like Paul Harvey, doesn't it?

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Joanna

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by Joanna »

Paul Harvey, indeed.  Have a wonderful time.  I was there in December, maybe I mentioned it, haven't looked at what I said.  Except for a few showers the weather was good considering it was winter.  There's a kind of uniform and very satisfying esthetic to the architecture which I loved, new blending with old.  I think you'll enjoy the place as I did in most ways that count.  Later then.

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Captain Larry

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

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Hey, Joanna. I'm here - in Malta, and at the Seabank Hotel. Been here four days and having a great time relaxing in the pleasant surroundings and the pleasant climate. The hotel is certainly not full but there are more people here than I was expecting. We get to talking with some folks and say we're here for 27 days and they invariably say, "That's all?"

Anyway, I like the hotel and I love the all-inclusive routine. When we want to go somewhere else the bus stop is right in front of the hotel and an one-day unlimited bus ticket is 1.5 Euro. We've already made one trip to St. Julians, but that was on Sunday and a bit of a bust. Tomorrow we're going to Mosta to see the domed church. Then, wherever.

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Joanna

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by Joanna »

Nice to hear from you, Larry, and glad you're enjoying the place.  Tell me, where is the Seabank Hotel?  Is that the all-inclusive you mentioned before in Milleiha?  I didn't make it up that way so I'd love it, when you have time, if you can give us a description of that area.

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Captain Larry

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

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Actually I've been slightly misspelling the name of the village. It is Mellieha. It is located on a high point of land above Mellieha Bay in the far north of the island. In fact, from my room I can see a road sign that says "Gozo Ferry - 4 KM". That's how close we are to the north end of the island.

There are three, at least, large resort hotels surrounding the beach at the head of Mellieha Bay. The Seabank Hotel is the only one of the three that is all-inclusive. They are all four-star rated. I don't know why it is so but the Seabank, in spite of being all-inclusive, is also the cheapest of the three. The main highway leading to the Gozo Ferry runs between the hotel and the rather large sandy beach, but there is a stoplight controlled crosswalk right at the hotel.

The Seabank Hotel has nearly 500 rooms, six restaurants, an entertainment area, a kids play area with supervision, a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and tour booking representatives permanently established in the lobby. The staff members are all young people from a variety of European countries. They are universally polite, courteous, and helpful. There are few opportunities for tipping since the bill for all services is presented and paid only at the time of departure.

Tonight will be only our sixth night at the Seabank, and we have 21 more to go. But unless something untoward happens during the remaining three weeks, I will have nothing but a glowing review.

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