6 wedding planners getting together on a Fam trip in Malta by Wed in Malta
At last, long planned trip for our Dutch friends has come and also gone. Wed in Malta hosted 5 Dutch wedding planners from all over Holland to attend The Palace wedding open weekend as well as to experience our beautiful island and check out some very nice venues for their possible upcoming weddings.
Apart from the fact that mother nature was very kind and debuted it’s gorgeous rays on us for the entire weekend, we managed to see some very different venues, all featuring their uniqueness and style. Our first appointment on Saturday morning was a wake call breakfast at the 5 star Hotel “The Palace”, where all 5 wedding planners were staying followed by a detailed showround of all their properties in Sliema by the very professional sales and events team Afton and Sylvain.
Razzett L-Abjad was our second stop, an authentic rustic in style 200 year old building, abundant in character and tradition with a reception area that is cut in rich and which formed part of the original stables surrounded by vines.
Eve at Limestone Heritage gave us a very detailed insight to their unique family run and award-winning attraction, and its unique stone resource. It features gorgeous gardens, a waterfall, an old stone quarry and a traditional Maltese farmhouse surrounded by peace and tranquility in the old village of Siggiewi
By then we were all famished and delighted to have arrived at our next destination, which brought us to Attard and the beautiful settings of the gardens at Villa Bologna. A majestic Villa built in 1745 with its original features surrounded by the symmetrical layout and citrus trees throughout the baroque gardens. Daniela from Island Caterers hosted us and was very kind in giving us all the details related to both their exclusive venues as well as their passion for food and hospitality. Waiting for us was a large table set in the marquee which overlooks the Dolphin garden with a selection of fine canapés set on the table, from Hoisin Duck wrapped in cucumber to Tuna tar tar set on humus, salmon cones, prawn sushi and much more. This was not it, as more miniature dishes kept flowing in together with what is to me the best wine on the island. It took us a while to convince the star of the show to come out but finally David made his grand entrance, for his well-deserved applause.
The new Xara Lodge was our final stop for that afternoon before heading to the Hotel for some time at leisure. Annmarie took us around the multi-purpose building ideal for both weddings, events, incentive offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside state-of-the-art facilities designed in a modern and unconventional way.
In the evening we had a luxury Land Rover waiting for us at the Hotel door which was sponsored by Godwins Garage who was kind to also allocate Noel as our driver for that evening. We headed to the 5 star property Radisson Blu Golden Sands where Abigail greeted us and showed us the most beautiful rooms and venues this property enjoys overlooking the stunning sandy beach at Golden Bay. With it’s own private beach one could also opt for that casual beach wedding, or a more formal wedding in one of the many terraces at the Hotel.
Chef Andrew who stole the heart of one of our ladies with his passion for food and unique style for food presentation, greeted us at the entrance of Essence restaurant, which was exclusive to us for the entire evening. Totally spoiled by the choice of both the menu and the selection of wines and cocktails. The bread presentation had already given away the type of evening it was going to be. Some 5 different bread rolls wrapped in a warm cloth….
I cant quite remember te exact wording for the dishes but I do remember the divine taste of each. Cauliflower and vanilla soup, cured and smoked duck served in 3 ways, Crab cannelloni set on a rich foamy cream and squid bites, pork cheeks set on a light potato puree, and the grand finale…. lemon grass semi freddo, warm chocolate biscuit and petit doughnut and brown sugar ball together with the handmade chocolate petit fours.
Sunday morning reserved a different kind of program. The day started a bit later and we all met at the Hotel at 10am where we headed towards the capital city of Valletta where we visited the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the beautiful Saluting battery, another stunning wedding venue with the views of the 3 cities. Chris from Outdoor living had prepared a very nice activity for all the participants, their latest treasure hunt using Tablets, a great event to tick the likings of many and discover the magical city of Valletta showcasing our culture and history and at the same time participants had to mingle with the locals to solve some of the questions asked for more points.
Their last question got everyone together at the Casino Maltese, another plausible wedding venue in the heart of Valletta in front of the majestic pjazza named after Queen Victoria featuring the national library surrounded by open air cafes. Originally used as the treasury of the knights of St. John, today the exclusive Casino Maltese retains most of its original 16th Century features. Catermax, exclusive caterers for this venue and other venues around Malta prepared a light lunch which we all enjoyed in one of the grand ballrooms within the Casino, where we also enjoyed the carnival preparations in St. George’s square.
It was time to hit the road and get everyone to the airport for the afternoon flight back to Brussels. Thanks to Peppin Garage and Cabs plus we could visit all these places within such a short period of time.