“Perched on the ancient bastions of Mdina you will find a real treasure – a unique 17th-century palazzo that is The Xara Palace, the only hotel within this walled city. An exclusive, family-run boutique hotel, this is the place to stay if romance and cultural refinement are what you are looking for, and when money is no object. Your room, one of only 17, may well look out to sea, with high ceilings and an eclectic mix of antiques, traditional Maltese pieces and elegant soft furnishings. A natural haven for royalty and A-list celebrities thanks to its impeccable and discreet service, this characterful building offers a sense of tranquility you will be hard pushed to find anywhere else on the island. The rooftop terrace of Xara's award-winning De Mondion restaurant provides panoramic views of Malta's skyline; during the summer months, a chaotic foray of festival fireworks will accompany a truly unforgettable taste of the island's finest cuisine”
Written by Charlotte Luxford
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux offers 17 individually designed Suites and spectacular panoramic views over the island and out to sea, here all is charm, character and calm. Our staff endeavour to honor their commitment to meet and exceed guest expectations – allowing The Xara Palace to remain peerless in its field – Malta’s most exclusive, boutique Hotel.
What is there to do in the area?
The history of Mdina traces back more than 4000 years. Lamp lit by night and referred to as "the silent city", Mdina is fascinating to visit for its timeless atmosphere as well as its cultural, architectural and religious treasures.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
We offer Continental Breakfast at a charge of €15.00 per person, and Full Breakfast (cooked food) at an additional charge of €6.00 per person.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Dining – the ‘de Mondion’ Restaurant
Fine dining is taken to a new level by Executive Chef Kevin Bonello and his talented brigade. Only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are sourced and the most sensitive cooking methods utilized to preserve taste and authenticity in dishes so beautifully created as to be works of art in their own right.
Dining – Trattoria A.D. 1530
The Trattoria AD 1530 is a charming eatery that prides itself in serving traditional and tasty food typical of the word ‘Trattoria'.
Strategically situated in one of the old squares of Mdina, with the beautiful and imposing Vilhena Palace directly opposite and the magnificent 17th Century Palazzo of The Xara Palace on the other side, the Trattoria's idyllic location is simply perfect for al fresco dining. An equally charming ambiance is available for indoor dining. The high arched ceilings, old carpentry tools and other privately owned memorabilia lining the walls, adorn this quaint and cosy indoor space.
The menu provides a wide selection of salads, pasta dishes, pizzas, fish and meat main courses, sandwiches, traditional platters and mouth-watering desserts and ice creams. A good selection of wines and trendy cocktails are also available.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Offering 17 individually designed Suites and spectacular panoramic views over the island and out to sea, The Hotel is a landmark in Mdina. Brought completely up to date to the highest international standards, this historic building still retains the time-honoured character for which it is famed both locally and abroad. Guests feel part of an intimate and secluded yet eclectic atmosphere.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Whether you are after the ultimate honeymoon, a romantic wedding, a cultural stay or simply an exclusive getaway, The Xara Palace has it all.”