The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

HER­ITAGE REIGNS: If you want im­pec­ca­ble fives­tar style, Mediter­ranean views and a sense of h his­tory, then The Phoeni­cia, a mem­ber of Lead­ing Ho­tels of the World, is the prime pick; it was opened in 1947 and fully re­fur­bished last year. More:; phoeni­cia­

Casa El­lul is a small her­itage ho­tel within the walls of Val­letta and op­po­site the Carmelite Church; it boasts myr­iad bal­conies, gor­geous gue­strooms and a chic am­bi­ence. Look for pack­ages that com­bine Casa El­lul and Xara Palace in Md­ina. More:; casael­

A more mod­est op­tion, and one I love, is the friendly, fam­ily-run Ho­tel Ju­liani over­look­ing Spinola Bay. A glass of the lo­cal bit­ter or­ange spe­cialty, kin­nie, is of­fered in the lobby lounge to ar­riv­ing guests; aqua-ac­cented gue­strooms are airy and spot­less and its award-win­ning in-house Asian restau­rant, Zest, is ter­rific. More: hotelju­

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