We stayed for one week in the off-season. George met us at the airport and we were delivered to our apartment. Nicely presented with a good kitchen/dining/lounge open plan area. Two great balconies - would be perfect in the summer. Nice bathroom and large bedroom. Marsascala is not a tourist town which suited us well. Nice restaurants just a 5min walk from the apartment. If you want to venture further you will need a rental car - which George can arrange for you.
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If you want a clean, well kitted out apartment in a great location close to the centre of marsascala then this is perfect. Two balconys gave us morning and evening sun were an extra bonus. Thanks George for a lovely stay!
Set on Triq il-Quccata in the Bella Vista area overlooking Marsaskala, the Ta’ Kurun penthouse accomodation is owned by the delightful George and Cynthia DeBono (owners of GCM Holiday Apartments). The property is on the fourth floor of an apartment block (the top floor and gratefully serviced with a lift) at the end of a terrace with quite spectacular views of the valley running down to Marsascala Harbour. Being higher up it captures the cool breezes in the heat of Malta and escapes some of the humidity that exists at sea level.
Luqa Airport is about a 15 minute drive away and George was promptly there to collect my wife and I at arrivals. My emails with George prior to our arrival was both friendly and informative and booking through Trip Advisor was very easy. Ta’Kurun is set in an elevated position so there is of course a hill to negotiate, but this is manageable even if you are on the wrong side of 50. The air conditioned apartment is basically a large kitchen / diner, and large double bedroom / en suite, and one large and one smaller outside terraced areas. All mod cons from ironing boards to hair dryers are supplied and a welcome pack of basic food / drink provisions was there waiting for us. The Wifi is a bit slow, but very workable. The kitchen has a fridge / freezer, gas hob, toaster, washing machine, microwave / grill, and kettle, and all plates and cooking utensils (all to a very good standard and very clean). The bedroom has a large double wardrobe, a 4’6” double bed with bedside lockers. It is still advisable to bring anti-mosquito sprays / plug-ins since they do manage to get in somehow. The adjacent en-suite is well lit for shaving / applying make up etc., a toilet, and a standard size multi-function shower (with a good supply of face cloths, hand towels and bath towels) which has good water pressure. The smaller terrace gets the sun from very early in the morning and is great for taking a chair out, enjoying your tea/coffee and watching the Harbour area wake up. It does though look out over the rooftops below, so the best views are in the rear terrace with gets the sun from about 10 A.M. The rear terrace is the primary attraction of the property with 270 degrees of unobstructed views of the wooded valley, terraced fields, and Marsascala Harbour. Equipped with a small table and chairs, and two quality and comfortable sun loungers. Perfect for private sun bathing, enjoying a glass of wine, or watching the distant fire work displays over Valletta or simply the amazing colours of the sun sets.
George can arrange car hire, and I understand there would be underground parking available. We though decided to go rustic for the week and so it’s about a 15 minute walk to the Harbour front where most of the restaurants etc. are located. About 10 minutes on the way there are two grocery / off licence stores, and a cash point machine. There is a larger supermarket on the St. Antonio road to Zabbar (heading inland from Marsascala) which is about 30 minutes walk away. Just before the Harbour front you’ll find the main bus stop where you can catch the 119 to Marsaxlokk, the 124 to Birgu (aka Vittoriosa, one of the three cities), and several buses to Valletta and the airport. Buses are incredibly cheap and an a hop on any bus day ticket is €1.50, or €6.50 for a week pass.
There is plenty of choice of restaurants and café’s, and prices to suit all budgets. That said, all the restaurants we visited were good despite the price. The il-Fanal serves Maltese / Italian / Chinese and an average meal & drinks is about €12 per head. However, the Tal-Familja offers a better class of cuisine which although isn’t cheap, is excellent value and quality at between €20-30 per head for a real Maltese dining experience.
Overall, a great value accommodation, excellent service, location, and position. Many thanks to George and Cynthia.
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