If you’re hoping to melt into a weekend of relaxation, where every element of stress in your being is no more; the Seaview Hotel | Adults Only | 16+ is your absolute solution. Our experience at the Seaview was tranquil, luxurious and above all, highly relaxing.
Generously offered the hotel’s Suite, General Manager Gilbert Schembri pulled out all the stops for a supreme visit – private indoor hot tub included in the stay. As we checked-in and followed the friendly and charismatic receptionist to the elevators, our night at the Seaview began. Third floor, fifth floor, and ding, eight-floor-views await.
The detail is what makes a Suite reservation, in any hotel, an elevated experience. A minimal walk-through where you can immediately get comfortable, change into your robe and set your luggage aside. Prepare your cameras as you break into the room, curtains drawn, the Mediterranean sunshine glimmering through and St Paul’s islands peeking out through the sheers – magical. Keep your focus on the outside… a terrace stretching the ample periphery of the Suite; two ray-facing sun beds and a wee seating area will surely be used at golden hour.
Getting distracted by, or rather drawn to, the lush of the room is quite a challenge, even compared to the glorious seascape outdoors. A two-metre-plus bed, with the fluffiest of pillows sits in the centre of the room – promising the perkiest of wake-ups; with easily accessed lighting points, charging outlets and, honestly, simplicity with thought and practicality. A feature always welcomed.
But, the crème de la crème; the highlight of the room, and a spot where I can imagine myself retiring in – the hot tub. Having been my first Suite with Hot Tub experience, it’s safe to say this facility was put to great use. Trust me when I say, the view at sunset, a glass of wine, ordered from the bar, and the gentle caress of the soothing bath – the absolute remedy for all woe and angst. You won’t find it easy to say goodbye to this element of luxury in your everyday life.
As I settled into the room, embracing and appreciating the experience, a phone call hovers through the euphoria; “it’s time for your massage”, calls in Reception. Spoilt for choice on treatments, Dee Spas runs through the hotel, ensuring that an extra sprinkling of zen is offered to the guests at Seaview. An hour later, your limbs jellified, your worries numbed, your psyche rewired by the tailor-made therapeutic treatments delivered by the professional masseurs at Dee Spas, a trip to the sauna, steam room or indoor pool is encouraged.
Allow yourself an extra hour of self-care; Afternoon Tea will be waiting for you at 16:00. Skip down to the hotel’s restaurant area where breakfast and dinner are served inclusive with your stay. Opting for the Afternoon Tea is a worthy upgrade, but that’s a story for another review.
Take a brisk walk along the promenade, the heat of the sun energising your soul and the rush of the sea waves serenading your every move; or take a dive into the clean and vitalising sea – what a way to tie your afternoon of pampering together. But don’t call a quits just yet, there’s a hot tub waiting for you and there’s a long while left till dinner.
Perhaps the best feature of our stay was the hot tub’s privacy. Nestled in the corner of your extra-large hotel room, a few inches away from your beckoning bed, a little detail gives you an indoor-outdoor experience without the worry of over-lookers. A large rectangular window opens up a portal to, my personal favourite viewpoint in Malta – St Paul’s island. That glass of wine mentioned earlier, was in fact ordered post-massage-pre-dinner to be enjoyed right as the orange and pink hues hit the horizon, the day’s sun setting over Ghadira Bay in the distance.
It’s been three or four hours, so feeling slightly peckish is absolutely normal when all you’re doing is embracing life’s luxuries. A spacious rainfall shower, warm and soothing, gets you ready for your evening adventures, and since you’re located along the Bugibba Promenade, there are ample options to close off the night with that ultimate Chef’s kiss!
Dinner at the Seaview is varied and made fresh by the house kitchen, with a focus on daily international specials, local and traditional dishes and a selection of sides; the buffet-style spread will sort you out for a simple, convenient and acceptable meal, that’s already catered for a lift-ride away from your room. Within the hotel, guests can also find Manakis Greek Taverna.
The area is packed with night-life options that stay open till late in the spring and summer months; there’s also great connectivity to the rest of the island, so don’t be worried to venture out of the area during your stay at the Seaview Hotel. But if, like me, you’d take on any opportunity to soak in some more me-time; your Hot Tub Suite awaits.
As you sleep away whatever worry lingered after a magical day of bliss, your first pleasure of the day should definitely be a peaceful dip in the rooftop’s infinity pool; or if you’re fitness-focused, the equipped gym could be your cup of tea. The breakfast hall is open from 07:00 till 10:30, giving you the choice to opt for an early start or take it easy. But quite honestly, you’ll want to stay here forever.
Kristina Cassar Dowling
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