Visual diary: Malta, part 1

1st December 2013












Malta-Balluta Bay


Malta.  It was my second holiday of the year and had a blasting time with the Malteasing crew – Louisa, Charlie, Michael and Anna.  Curious friends and PRs at press days would come up to me and ask if the holiday was part of the press trip because of the ‘#Malteasing‘ hashtag that was fed out of control (sorry guys) on our Instagram and Twitter feeds, no, we actually created a hashtag specifically for the trip.  That hashtag and our presence on social media resulted in many interesting aspects and reactions along the way – locals, British expats and holiday goers leaving comments saying ‘I was there last week’, ‘I lived there’, such and such, I even had a couple of emails from new followers asking for my suggestions on hotels in Malta.  The pressure of having to upload pictures on Instagram to entertain the followers, that gained new followings and lost a handful.  Testing the waters to enable or maintain guest relations with Le Meridien Malta in St Julian’s Bay and its hotel group Starwood, where we stayed for 6 nights (there was a little hiccup with the service in the beginning, issues resolved the next day all thanks to social media), and complimentary drinks to promote #WestinWeekend courtesy of Westin Dragonara Resort.

Malta is a fascinating country, very hot.  We pretty much covered three-quarter of the island, you would always find interesting undiscovered spots in the back streets of the town/city – the unspoilt heritage buildings, laundry hanging outside the windows, medieval cathedrals, overgrown purple foliage, classic car models from the 50s parked in the streets of Valletta and Mdina, road tripping in heavy flash flood and then we came across an abandoned film set from the 80s movie Popeye now a tourist attraction site.  Seafood feast straight from the sea in Marsaxlokk.  We also visited Mdina, an old fortified capital of Malta.  An impromptu shopping at Zara in Sliema, a fifteen minute walking distance from the hotel.   Did you know Malta was one of the prime filming locations in Games of Thrones, hell yeah!

Stay tuned for part 2 visual diary of Malta – Gozo.  All photos were shot with the Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5, provided by Olympus (UK).
Check out my Instagram round up below.

Malta instagram StyleSlicker 1

Instagram round-up: 1. Catching a flight to Malta with #Malteasing crew @thisislouisalau @charliemay @anastasiaduck and @annajewsbury.  2. Delicious Maltese Pastizzi, a popular snack in Malta contains filling either of ricotta cheese or of mushy peas.  3. Admiring the old buildings in the back streets of Sliema.  4. It’s all about the ‘money shot’, in Mdina.  5. Boat tour at the Blue Grotto.  6. Pugs encounter in the @LeMeridienMalta‘s car park.  7.  Feet dipping in the hotel’s roof top pool.  8. Catching up with emails and endless cups of cappuccinos.  9. The blue door in Balluta Bay.

Malta instagram StyleSlicker 2

10. Our afternoon treats, bubble tea goodness in the car.  11. Mr Scissors, it’s actually a reputable hairdressing salon in Sliema.  12.  King Prawns linguine at U-Bistrot in St Julian’s Bay.  13, 14, 15 & 16:  Drinks by the pool side and dinner at @westinhotels Dragonara Resort.  17. Crystal clear pool at Ghar Lapsi near the Blue Grotto.  18.  Can’t help ourselves with a little sneaky-impromptu shopping at @OfficialZara in Sliema.

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  • Reply Jonelle 1st December 2013 at 04:21

    I have no idea Popeye town even existed, nor in Malta.

  • Reply Michelle Lee 1st December 2013 at 12:43


  • Reply Project Janeuine 1st December 2013 at 14:14

    Ohhhh, that cathedral is just exquisite! The village looks so picturesque also, thank you for the beautiful photos. Your Instagram pics are also teasingly delish also hehee

  • Reply Anna Ludfoot 1st December 2013 at 14:21

    Stunning pictures. I spent 2 weeks in Malta over the summer and I fell in love with it. I hope to go back there soon.

  • Reply Yvonne 1st December 2013 at 14:27

    I’m going there next week!

  • Reply Vi 1st December 2013 at 14:45

    My partner and I booked our honeymoon to Malta, so lovely to see the country through your eyes. I was told Malta is the easiest country to get around in for English speakers. Look forward to see part 2.

  • Reply Rick Brika 1st December 2013 at 16:11

    Your Instagram feeds always blow my mind, the perfect composition and vibrancy makes me want to improve mine.
    Love this post.

  • Reply Ken 1st December 2013 at 16:23

    Never expected Malta to be this beautiful! <3

  • Reply Supreme 1st December 2013 at 16:24

    Shopping at Zara doesn’t hurt at all, it’s cheaper than in London.

  • Reply the style crusader 1st December 2013 at 16:37

    So the Popeye town was made just for the movie? It looks incredible. Absolutely loved following all your #Malteasing adventures. Wish I could have been there with you guys! xx

  • Reply Francesca Him 1st December 2013 at 17:25

    Lovely photo of Marsaxlokk. I stayed at the Hiltons for a few days on a business trip, I regretted for not staying longer and would have visited the islands of Gozo and Comino.

  • Reply Candy Pop 1st December 2013 at 20:26

    I adore Malta and your photos bring back some wonderful memories.

  • Reply thecitygourmand 2nd December 2013 at 10:03

    Loving your travel adventures!

  • Reply Banu 2nd December 2013 at 22:29

    Love the gilded decor in the cathedral, love reading your travels.

  • Reply Julian D 2nd December 2013 at 22:50

    I stayed almost a week in Malta and Gozo with friends this summer – incredibly friendly locals, fantastic fish and cheap living. We’re planning to go diving and fishing next summer. Your visual diary has made me fall in love with Malta again.

  • Reply steph 3rd December 2013 at 07:58

    that part of the world is just so beautiful! love the idea of a custom hashtag 😉 thanks for sharing these as always – i really enjoy your photos!

  • Reply becky | accooohtrements blog 5th December 2013 at 00:26

    well, that’s malta added to the list.


  • Reply Marlene 18th December 2013 at 14:07

    Haha….I was one of those who went …. malteasing??! What’s that? Beautiful photos, Kit!

    • Reply Kit Lee 18th December 2013 at 18:15

      @Marlene Something we made it up.

  • Reply Visual diary: Malta, Gozo, part 2 9th January 2014 at 20:08

    […] Continuing from part 1. […]

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