#WellWed: 5 Unique Places To Tie The Knot In Malta
Want a destination wedding with a difference? How about a film set or a gilded palace? We're head-over-heels for these amaze-o Maltese wedding settings.
In the middle of the Med, 62 miles south of Sicily, the tiny archipelago Malta, is the perfect place to say, “I do”. You’re guaranteed good weather, great food and a seriously exotic vay-cay with your bae – what’s not to love? So if you’re thinking about exchanging vows abroad, here’s our pick of some of the island’s most extraordinary venues.
Go barefoot at Golden Bay
Under twinkling lights on one of the most beautiful beaches on the Western Maltese coast, gather champagne-sipping guests wearing maxi dresses and open-buttoned shirts at Golden Bay – we can dream, right!? Continue the party at one of the cliff-side hotels.
Toast your future overlooking the vines at Ta’ Mena Estate
Want to walk up the aisle in nature? Joseph Spiteri can organise that at Ta’ Mena Estate, along with a lavish dinner (for as many as 1,000 people!), with most of the ingredients coming from the surrounding farm. Home-grown grapes have the island effect, giving wine a salty smack. We’ll drink to that!
Live happily ever after at Popeye Village
Feel like you’re in your very own film as you exchange vows on location, quite literally, at Popeye Village. The gloriously shabby chic set remains at Anchor Bay; 33 years after Robin Williams played the spinach and Olive Oyl lovin’ sailor man.
Feel like royalty at the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Hidden deep in the noble, walled city of Mdina, the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux hosts super elegant 5-star wedding soirees. Depending on numbers, you can celebrate outdoors in the 17th century palace-come-boutique-hotel’s piazza, courtyard-style in the glass-topped atrium or by the pool at the new Xara Lodge.
Live out your fairytale fantasy at Palazzo Parisio
The biggest issue? Deciding between the gilded ballroom or the classic baroque gardens – which matches your gown best? Baroness Scicluna (who’s great grandfather acquired the Naxxar-based Palazzo Parisio at the end of the 19th century) and her daugther Justine can guide you through all nuptial prep.
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