Tuesday 16 October 2018

A discreetly elegant, essentially Mediterranean dining experience

The press was recently invited to the launch and re-branding of The Villa which now has two concepts – Taro and Nori.

From the moment you walk through the imposing double doors of Taro at The Villa, the experience is designed to provide the ultimate in Maltese gastronomic excellence. With an award- winning kitchen brigade, professional service team, Taro offers daily changes to its a la carte menu, making the most out of the freshest ingredients the Mediterranean has to offer.

The restaurant is also collaborating with eCabs to provide complimentary taxi services on certain nights, with the intent to promote safer roads and responsible drinking habits.

Their kitchen brigade, lead by Executive Head Chef Adrian Buttigieg, have transformed the traditional Mediterranean restaurant menu into an immersive concoction of flavours, textures and colours from all over the culinary world, and is continually researching and discovering new ways to wow their patrons on a daily basis.

A great restaurant is not just comprised of its food. At Taro at The Villa, they’ve made sure that even the plates’ quality matches what’s on it. Speaking of plates, almost each plate one eats from at Taro is completely unique, crafted by hand by local ceramic artist, Sue Mifsud, especially for the dish it’s serving.

Delicious Asian street-food & a unique cocktail culture

Nori at The Villa is the result of a 3-way match made in heaven: Asian street food, eclectic custom-made cocktails, and an unparalleled view of Balluta Bay from The Villa’s spacious terrace.

We guarantee you will not find the cocktails you find at Nori anywhere else. Specially concocted by our award-winning bartending team for Nori, each offering has its own unique  character, air and punch.

With delicious dishes designed to be shared over cocktails coming from all over the East, Nori is the perfect spot to unwind after work with colleagues and friends. From steamed Japanese dumplings, to Indian curries and South Korean Noodles, we guarantee you’ll find something to fall in love with. Apart from that view from the terrace of course.

A versatile events venue for any occasion

Thanks to its spacious indoor areas, two spacious terraces and grandiose 19th century structure, The Villa can host practically any kind of event with style & grace, from weddings, to corporate functions, to intimate gatherings.

Whether your dream wedding is an intimate indoor ceremony, or overlooking gorgeous Balluta Bay, The Villa is equipped to deliver the fairytale night you’ve always imagined.

After the location itself, the most important aspect of any successful event is the delivery of service & food & beverage. With a highly experienced, forward-thinking team of professionals, your event will take the exact shape that you imagined.

Le Méridien to reopen as the island’s rst Marriott hotel in July 2019

Le Méridien St Julian’s Hotel & Spa has started the year focusing on rebranding its image in an exciting nine-month operation that will see it transformed into the rst Marriott hotel on the island by July 2019. Having surpassed its ambitious nancial targets for 2017, Le Méridien general manager Alex Incorvaja said his team was working hard to ensure it was business as usual until the hotel closed its doors for refurbishment in October 2018.

“This is a very exciting period for the hotel, buoyed by record gross operating pro ts that encourage us to maintain the momentum until we close in October,” he said.

Mr Incorvaja said everything was on track for the hotel to reopen as the prestigious Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa in July 2019.

He explained that at the moment the hotel was nalising the refurbishment of a number of rooms that included personalising the character of the new Marriott rooms. While Le Méridien is already classi ed as a ve-star hotel, once rebranded as part of Marriott International the number of executive suites and premium spots will increase.

The rebranding follows the Marriott chain’s purchase of the Starwood brand, which owned the Le Méridien. The world-leading hotel chain has more than 6,000 properties operating under 30 brands in over 120 countries and territories around the world.

“The Marriott chain is one of the strongest brands worldwide in terms of hotel lodgings, and its arrival on the island is de nitely good news for the tourism industry,” Mr Incorvaja said.

 

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