Malta’s Five-Star The Phoenicia Malta and Iniala Harbour House & Residences Have Been Named Virtuoso Preferred Suppliers

Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) announced 2 more 5-star properties, The Phoenicia Malta and the Iniala Harbour House & Residences, to Virtuoso.

MTA has been a Virtuoso member since 2017, and with the addition of The Phoenicia Malta and the Iniala Harbour House & Residences, the growing number of Malta’s Virtuoso preferred suppliers, which already include the InterContinental Malta and Citrus Meetings & Events, reinforces Malta’s position as a luxury destination. Virtuoso is the leading global network of agencies specializing in luxury and experiential travel, with more than 20,000 advisors and partnering with the world’s best hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more.

Michelle Buttigieg, MTA Representative North America, congratulated The Phoenicia and Iniala Harbour House & Residences on being accepted as members of this prestigious luxury consortia of travel advisors.

“These two new preferred suppliers strengthen Destination Malta’s presence at Virtuoso.”

“Since Malta first joined Virtuoso, Destination Malta’s luxury product has rapidly expanded and Virtuoso provides Malta with an opportunity to directly reach and educate the luxury travel advisors about Malta’s luxury offerings and curated experiences. Malta offers the Virtuoso agent’s clients an opportunity to explore a less crowded, off the beaten track Mediterranean archipelago, with 8,000 years of history, where English, along with Maltese, is an official language,” Buttigieg added. 

Marsamxett Harbour, Malta

The Phoenicia Malta

The Phoenicia Malta has long been recognized as one of the island’s finest hotels and world class service. From the day it started welcoming guests in 1947, the hotel has presented refined and luxurious experiences. More recently, the property has added new, and improved amenities, such as the beautiful Deep Nature Spa, rejuvenated gardens, the new look of the much-loved Club Bar, as well as the newly created Pegasus Junior Suites. 

Robyn Pratt, General Manager, stated, “We are proud to have been accepted by Virtuoso to join their network of luxury properties worldwide. Together with our owner we are constantly improving on both the product as well as guest experiences. It is therefore gratifying to be recognized officially by such a prestigious organization, and we look forward to being represented by exceptional travel consultants working to deliver memorable experiences to the world’s most discerning travelers.”

The Gallarija Grand Harbour View Res view at Iniala Harbour House & Residences

Iniala Harbour House & Residences 

The luxurious Iniala Harbour House & Residences overlooks the famous Grand Harbour. 

Spread across five grand townhouses and their ancient vaults, dating back to the 1600s, Iniala Harbour House & Residences offers 23 uniquely designed rooms and suites, outstanding facilities, world-class cuisine and a dedicated team that ensure guests of world-class service. 

From sophisticated minimalism to understated baroque styles, the hotel is a mixture of unique and innovative concepts created by three world-class design studios – A-Cero from Spain, Autoban from Turkey and Malta’s DAAA HAUS. From traditional Maltese balconies to classical frescos, each house features exquisite details that have been historically preserved to offer a unique identity and a timeless experience.

The hotel also has an exclusive state-of-the-art gym, a spectacular Michelin star fine dining rooftop restaurant, ION Harbour, headed by world re-nouned chef Simon Rogan, as well as an indoor pool and spa. 

Iniala is the brainchild of Mark Weingard, a visionary and philanthropist who transformed his holiday home in Thailand into an idyllic award-winning luxury beachfront hotel. Iniala Hotel’s foundation is built upon a passion for art, design, gastronomy, service and philanthropy. By incorporating an exceptional level of each of these elements, Iniala brings an unparalleled dimension of experiential and luxury travel to its destinations. Upon discovering the natural beauty, rich history and fascinating culture Malta has to offer, Mark was inspired to create Iniala Malta, a luxury hotel that embraces the island’s heritage and reflects its world renown hospitality.

Kyle Pace Cumbo, Director of Sales & Marketing for Iniala, noted that Iniala Harbour House will be offering special amenities for Virtuoso clients including: 

  • Room upgrade based on availability.
  • The delivery of a “personalized welcome note” from the Preferred Supplier on behalf of the agent and/or agency.
  • Early Check-in upon availability & 4pm late checkout, upon availability.
  • Daily breakfast for two, per bedroom, for the duration of the stay.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Extra amenities:

  • Champagne on arrival & Local delicacies in the room on arrival
  • Bottle of Champagne or Cassar de Malte in the room during their stay
  • Transfers from and to the airport in our 100% sustainable Iniala Cab.

About Malta

The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta, built by the proud Knights of St. John, is one of the UNESCO sites and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta’s patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire’s most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 8,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.

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SEEN IN IMAGE: Phoenix Terrace at The Phoenicia Malta – image courtesy of Philippe Schaff


Malta Tourism Authority – North America 

Michelle Buttigieg

Tel:      (212) 213-0944

Fax:     (212) 213-0938

E-mail: [email protected] 

MTA U.S./Canada Editorial Contact:

The Bradford Group

Amanda Marconi/Jillian Sliwinski

Tel:      (212) 447-0027

Fax:     (212) 725-8253

E-mail: [email protected]

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