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Xara Palace, Mdina – Malta – a Relais and Chateaux Hotel

The hotel is set right within Mdina’s mediaeval walls. Mdina’s monuments- museums and Roman villas are just a few steps away from the property. It provides quiet accommodation with breath-taking views over Malta and the Mediterranean Sea. The interiors feature antique furniture and original paintings, as well as the latest modern amenities.

The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux

A 5-star holiday in the Mediterranean unlike any other you’ve ever experienced.

The Xara Palace Hotel is a unique 17th-century palace hidden away in the medieval fortified city of Mdina, the old capital of Malta.

Perched on centuries-old bastions, surrounded by stunning baroque architecture, The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, with its luxurious accommodation and award-winning haute cuisine, is truly a haven in which to pause and be pampered.

Meticulously and sensitively restored to reflect its former noble standing, the exclusive 5-Star boutique hotel boasts seventeen luxury rooms and suites enjoying stunning views, all individually and tastefully designed with antique furniture and paintings, luxurious Parisian fabrics and king size beds.

Our promise to our guests centres on an impeccable attention to detail – from the décor to the serene, unhurried pace of life at The Xara Palace Hotel, through every facet of our service – all setting the scene for nothing less than an exquisitely unforgettable holiday in Malta.

This area of the island is as old and as chequered as the history of Malta itself.

The citadel of Mdina has been fortified since as far back as 1000BC when the Phoenicians built a protective wall here. The history of Rabat dates back just as far and also has strong religious ties as this is where St. Paul was imprisoned during his time in Malta and later where St. Agatha hid after she had fled from Sicily.

Over the years Mdina has had different names and titles depending upon who was ruling the island at the time. Named Malet meaning ‘place of shelter’ by the Phoenicians, and Melita by the Romans who built a large town here, it’s current name comes from the Arabic word madina meaning ‘walled city’. The Arabs built strong walls around the city and dug a deep moat between Mdina and its suburbs known as Rabat. No name or title, however, characterises the city of Mdina so accurately than “Citta Notabile” – The Noble City. This name came about in medieval times when it was the favoured residence of the island’s aristocracy and the seat of the “Universita’” or Governing Council. Even from a distance you can sense the nobility.

The Knights who were a sea-based force, favoured Valletta and the Grand Harbour as their centre of activity and Mdina sank into the background as a retreat of the Maltese nobility and to this day has preserved its medieval aristocratic ambiance.

Mdina is today often referred to as the Silent City. Perched on a hilltop, with its massive walls and peaceful shady streets, one really gets the sense of having stepped back in time when walking round this city. Please get in touch with me on 0919 543 7225 or freephone 0808 2550080 or by completing the form below.


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