Malta. Truth is, aside from having a "Maltese-poodle" dog, I have never really given much thought to Malta. In preparing for our European adventure, I began following lots of mommy bloggers in instagram, one who went to malta and I was immediately captivated by her photos of ancient ruins, clear blue water and gorgeous landscape.
All of our travels are a mash-up of inexpensive "Google flight" searches and spg points and Malta was the best of both - hopping down to the island for about $200 per person and free night stay, just 12,000 points per night at the Westin resort.
We headed out early on Friday morning with the quick, 2 hour flight on Swiss Air. The airline has impeccable service- we even got a delicious quiche as a snack on board! Once we arrived in malta, we got to the hotel but our room wasn't ready. We walked around a bit, finding that the town of St a Juliana is a little bit more like party-central Cabo with beer bottles broken everywhere, so went back to the hotel only to find that every kitchen was closed between 10:30-12noon - which meant we couldn't eat!
We hung by the pool and then eventually had lunch before being checked in to our room that came with an incredible patio - it was an outdoor living room! We took a boat ride that evening then ordered room service - and when coming from zurich - it was soooooo inexpensive and delicious, we did it the next day!
I highly recommend the Westin - very family friendly with Westin kids Club and playground, but I would stick mainly to the resort and it's beautiful pools and beaches - we were pretty underwhelmed by the towns though wish we had a chance to explore more by boat.
We flew out early Sunday morning after enjoying the hotels phenomenal, and I mean phenomenal, breakfast buffet and getting some energy out on the playground. Overall was a very relaxing weekend and a great family escape! If we do Europe again next summer, The Westin malta will be on our tour!