The InterContinental Malta
This marks the first of a series of spotlight pieces on Hotel and Conference Centres we are starting here at Connections to give our clients and audience an alternative from the normal and what else is out there.
We start with The InterContinental Malta, located in St. George’s Bay St. Julian’s, only 20 minutes away from the Malta International Airport and 10 minutes away from Valletta it has some un spoilt views of the mediterranean.
Now Malta has a lot to offer being located in the heart of the Mediterranean, 90 kilometers south of Italy. The island benefits from easy access from major European Gateways (1 hour flight from Rome, 2 ½ hour flight from Frankfurt, 3 hour flight from London). Vast airline network makes it very well connected, carriers include; Air Malta, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Emirates, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Brussels Airlines and SAS as well as Ryanair, Vueling, and Easyjet. Political and economic stability. Temperate climate all year round and not to mention 3 UNESCO World heritage sites and varied cultural influences including Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Arab, Castilian, French and British.
The InterContinental boasts 481 guest rooms made up of 376 Deluxe Rooms and 50 Club Rooms and they also have 55 suites which incorporate 30 of their new Highline suites which is the islands premier luxury product. Along with the Club InterContinental lounge that comes with top class butlers and bespoke amenities and the SKYBEACH infinity pool all aimed at high end clientele.
They also have 6000 sq meters of conference and event space made up predominantly of their revamped 3600 sq meter conference hall and exhibition space. Along with 9 restaurants and bars with outdoor solutions for up to 1000 people and not to mention the InterContinental Private Beach Club with sandy beaches right on the Med.
Meeting & Conference Space
As mentioned the hotel has 6000 square meters of meeting and exhibition space, including the newly refurbished 3600 square meter arena. However it also has a 1215 square meter plenary boasting an 8.5 meter ceiling height as well as 24 individual meeting rooms that are all self-sufficient and serviced by a fully functional conference centre equipped with all the latest AV requirements needed. It also has the capacity for a 960 seated gala dinner and has 12 cinema suites with a capacity of up 700 people adjacent to the hotel.
Hospitality & Facilities
The hotel has 9 restaurant bars on site with a diverse selection of cuisine including Mediterranean, Maltese and contemporary. There are a range of locations including the seaside, rooftop and garden with capacities ranging from 60 to 1000 people. Then there are also the onsite facilities including the private sandy beach, 10th floor panoramic outdoor pool, the SKYBEACH & SKYHIGH, the heated indoor swimming pool including the sauna and steam room, the Spa and wellness centre encompassing authentic Turkish Hamam and the islands largest fitness centre Cynergi, a state of the art fully equipped gymnasium including squash courts, aerobic studios and cardio alternatives.
Now if all of the above isn’t enough for you then Malta has some amazing excursions on offer including a fascinating Comino Island and Blue Lagoon Cruise, 4X4 Tour of Gozo Island or even an e-bike tour of the capital Valletta the island offers so much.
If all of the above wasn’t enough incentive to choose Malta as your next destination then maybe this will. The Malta Tourism Authority have launched a new incentive scheme to welcome back international conference and event delegates to the island. For more information on this you can read the update from the Authority here – Malta MICE Incentive Scheme
Please keep up to date by subscribing to our mailing list for more amazing bespoke blogs about MICE and private travel destination across the globe.
Connection Travel Mailing List
The 14 day Quarantine period for visiting Portugal has now been lifted and visitors and delegates alike are being warmly welcomed to the three very different and beautiful regions of this fine country.
To the North there is Porto and the Douro valley region famed for its production of delicious wines and the esteemed and famous Port. Porto and its near neighbour Gaia on the opposite banks of the river have much to offer in terms of Luxury travel and polished corporate events. Connections have many contacts within the local Convention Bureau and experience of the many superb hotels and beautiful venues that make this ancient city so venerable.The discerning factors of hosting an event here are centred around the epicurean possibilities with the very high standards of fresh food, wine and service. The delay in the releasing the Quarantine period has left many hotels feeling the pinch in terms of occupancy so even better rates are currently available – Porto represents an excellent and very economical choice of destination.
In the middle of the country and only an hour or so by road from Porto is Lisbon – Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From the imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, the Tagus Estuary and the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles and just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril. The historic and vibrant culture is alive in the Old Town and is centred around the arts, Music and Food and Wine. Its an eclectic mix of ancient and modern and as a destination for a long weekend Lisbon has few peers in Europe. There are many and regular direct flights from the UK and very high standards of hospitality and service awaits and very reasonable prices.
On the South coast lies the region of The Algarve centred around the airport city of Faro. This is a sensational part of the world and is seemingly one long golden beach backed by bronze cliffs and fringed by scented pine trees. Dotted with world class golf courses and 5/6 star resorts and hotels this area is a playground for travellers that enjoy luxury without the encumberment of snobbery and high prices.
A specific favourite destination of the Connections family and clients – the Conrad Algarve- lies in the beautiful playground of Quinta Do Lago a mere 20 minutes from Faro Airport that has many direct flights from the UK on a daily basis.
Room rates are currently negotiable. If you would like a few days in Portugal with your Sales Team, your Dealer Principles or your Top Achievers then call or email us today for a free, fully costed and detailed proposal obligation free.
“No thanks!” – We have tried all levels of virtual communication throughout the lockdown and whilst its great for passing on information and keeping up to date with destinations old and new its limitations arrive quickly when we start to discuss relationships. I agree that relationships have been maintained on Zoom and discussions have been had, points of view exchanged and real business taken place. But have relationships improved or even begun? Meeting new Hoteliers and DMC’s on Zoom has been a good opportunity and a new way of interesting, long term learning but have I built any long lasting relationships – no. I instantly recognise the faces in the Zoom groups that I have met and been away with and shared hospitality, experiences, fun, laughter, joy, sunshine and all the senses besides and I smile to myself and giggle with memories. Virtual is flat and non distinct – I cannot feel it, smell or taste it and although I have been to Turkey, The Azores, Rwanda and Namibia to name a few I have not made any new relationships or friends,
As a direct consequence I am now appealing to my clients and customers old and new that know me and staking firmly in the ground that you should not waste your time, energy or budget on trying to maintain your corporate communication using a virtual platform. There – I came out and said it – I hope it creates arguments North and South and call me old fashioned but nothing will replace face to face meetings, conferences, networking, hospitality, recognition in front of your peers and above all the human touch, You may be the most un-tactile person on the planet but handshakes and hugs are vital human elements and stave off all form of mental tiredness and low levels of motivation.
So from October 1st we can start to meet again. Let’s not even consider flying anywhere but let’s look at this beautiful country where we live and the hundreds of fabulous locations, facilities and hotels that are waiting to greet us. Coupled together with the amazing standards of our AV suppliers and we have a sensational event at our corporate fingertips waiting to send out a message and immediately bounce your business back with motivated employees. Employees that have been in the lockdown dark zone for far too long and need to be brought into the light and leave beaming after a long overdue meeting.
Talk to us today – we understand the old fashioned standards – we will understand your business and the message you want to send – call or email us today with your ideas and budget – we will come back to you with a fully costed and complete Action Plan
Suzie, Chris, Emma and Jack
HATCHING TIME ON SAADIYAT ISLAND
In the upcoming weeks, some very special guests will be returning to Saadiyat Island. Every summer, Hawksbill turtles flock to Saadiyat’s nine-kilometre beach to build their nests. Currently an endangered species, the Hawksbill turtle has been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, as populations have declined over 80% in the past three decades. This compelled the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) to launch a turtle protection programme in Abu Dhabi in 2010 – the only one of its kind in the Arabian Gulf. To protect the turtle nests tucked in the dunes, guests are allowed access to the beach only via a raised boardwalk, so as not to interfere with the fragile ecosystem. At night, all the beach chairs are removed from the beach and night lights are dimmed to help the hatchlings with orientation.
The Conrad Algarve offers a grand setting for social gatherings of all descriptions. With five flexible and dynamic conference rooms, one Board Room and a Grand Ballroom, the Conrad Algarve provides the perfect backdrop for inspirational events, business meetings, product launches and corporate incentives. Discover a new standard of contemporary luxury at this Almancil resort in Algarve. With natural surroundings, innovative facilities and flawless service, the Conrad Algarve hotel will provide you with the perfect conditions for a memorable event.
Discuss business in one of the six meeting rooms equipped with the latest audiovisual technology or host an event for up to 300 people in the grand ballroom offering panoramic views and private access to the luxuriant hotel gardens.
Choose from an extensive range of sophisticated meeting and event spaces or host an exquisite outdoor event. The Conrad Algave hotel gardens, terraces and pool area can accommodate up to 300 guests.
The Conrad Algarve offers a unique place where you and your delegates have the luxury of being yourselves.
The Hotel sits in the splendid enclave of Quinta Do Lago that is a by word for luxurious environment, restaurants and Golf Courses. Additionally, the weather is calm, clear and bright and warm enough for all outdoor activity right through to November.
Contact Connections today for your exclusive Conference, Meeting or Incentive quotation. Or maybe you just fancy playing Golf with a few friends – we can accommodate that as well!!
If you look closely at our new web site you will notice various references to the Jumeirah Hotel brand. Connections regularly use the facilities and professionalism of Jumeirah hotels as they are second to none in terms of providing service and property standards that Connections strive to supply for their clients.
The latest developments with our partner are as follows –
Exciting news that the next Jumeirah Hotel opening is in early March – they are opening the Jumeirah Royal Zabeel in Bahrain – a stunning hotel situated on the Al Seef Coast – 178 rooms and 10 royal villas paying homage to the Bahraini pearl fishing industry. Sadly we have no images available yet but what we have seen from artists impressions and hardhat tours is it’s a beauty!
Also Jumeirah Sadiyaat island in Abu Dhabi is coming along nicely and should have the soft opening in the summer – situated next to Sadiyaat Beach Club with direct, perfect sea views and last but not least Bali (more details will follow) will open in the Autumn.
Jumeirah have also launched a new brand called “Zabeel House by Jumeirah” which will be an eclectic group of hotels in good locations designed for tomorrows traveller – not luxury – not lifestyle but Upscale Casual with room rates starting from £95 in Dubai – the basic done brilliantly