The delightful walled city of Mdina in Malta is home to another delight no other than film star Brad Pitt’s favorite hotel the Xara Palace!
With stunning views high up on the fortified walls from the boutique hotel it is perfect for getting away from the bustle of the busy holiday areas that Malta offers many of its tourists.
This is certainly a discerning choice for the quiet and reflective ambience appreciating guest rather than the more noisy café, bar and club areas on some areas of the coast.
With the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Sharon Stone, Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Anniston, Bruce Willis, Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, Rupert Everett, Roger Moore many politicians and business leaders, this five star haven becomes a film star haven!
However you would hardly know it.
As like the silent city itself the hotel is silent about who else is staying there and quite frankly I was pleased, as I would have hated to have had Brad Pitt knowing that I was there too! (We go back a way, well to the launch of his film Fury!)
Although the Mdina is certainly not bereft of tourists, it has to be one of the must see places on the island and quite rightly so.
However the ‘Silent City’ is just that, once the evening draws on!
As night time approaches and when the visitors have departed this is when you should take the chance to walk out from the hotel and around Mdina’s cosy narrow streets. Exploring its fine medieval and baroque buildings that make up this unique location.
The quiet and timeless atmosphere is only broken by the chime of church bells or of the occasional horse drawn carriages that are still to be found in the city usually ferrying tourists around rather than the local residents.
This is still a living working albeit tiny city and flourishing here are convents and monasteries, catering for the religious needs of its parishioners.
Catering for the city’s guests food wise, is the hotel itself, with an excellent restaurant the de Mondion set high on the old bastions and on summer nights no better place to eat on the Island and with Brad Pitt perhaps at the next table, dream on!
With other restaurants nearby and all within walking distance you can still enjoy variety of dining experiences whilst living, if just for a few nights, in this little city sanctuary where the silence reigns by order and who would want it any other way?