Malta – A conference island for all seasons.

Top Banana’s Polly Rogers and Jade Ball are fresh back from a trip to Malta, checking out some venues … so we thought you might like to find out more about this hidden gem of an island, which is just 50 miles South of Italy and a three hour flight from the UK.

With it’s great all year round climate (slightly breezy from February to April apparently!) and plenty of sunshine, there’s a thriving and loyal tourist trade in Malta.

But Valletta’s recent nomination as the European Capital of Culture 2018 means investment in the island’s hotels and conference facilities is on the up, making it a great destination for events and somewhere most delegates probably haven’t been before.

Great Conference Space

Radisson Blu Resort, St Julian’s is the closest hotel to the seafront in the whole of Malta. All the meeting rooms have spectacular views over the Med with terraces where delegates can soak up the sun. 75% of the bedrooms also have sea views. It’s a great venue and with more than 250 rooms, offers plenty of onsite accommodation for delegates too.

The conference suite at the Intercontinental is impressive in scale … a massive, flexible space which can be configured in so many ways to suite whatever you need. The largest of the 13 different rooms takes up to 2,500 delegates for a reception and 1,700 theatre style and is right under the hotel with its 450 rooms and suites.

Several other hotels have conference facilities for smaller groups including the Le Méridien St. Julians where Polly and Jade stayed during their visit. A great hotel in a beautiful location with fabulous views from the roof terrace and lovely public areas.

Large events made up of a number of distinct groups can be well looked after in Malta by using several hotels … all within walking distance of one another. It’s a great option for companies looking to bring together different teams who want to retain a sense of their own identity during the event.

Old World Charm

Polly loved the old world charm of Valletta and Mdina with their weathered limestone buildings and cobbled streets: “There was a calm feel to these two cities which I loved after the hustle and bustle of the rest of the island.”

Jade was particularly taken by an ancient farmhouse which offers large scale gala dinners and the Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens – an event space ideal for evening events. “The outside space was stunning with a waterfall tumbling down one of the walls and a cool, tented area with part of the old wall exposed on the inside. A perfect contrast to the modern conference space we’re using for the meeting itself.”

Jade added: “Rates in Malta are still quite reasonable and there are more flights this winter than ever before, so access is easier than it’s been previously. Add to all of this the simplicity of working in a country where the currency is the Euro and English is widely spoken and you’ve got a great event destination for all seasons.”