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St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity

The main conference venue is the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, housed in a 16th century Cavalier which forms part of the city walls of Valletta. The restoration of the Cavalier was part of Malta’s Millennium Project.

The St James Cavalier, Centre for Creativity first opened its doors to the public on the 22nd September 2000. Since then, it has taken on the role of pushing forward Malta’s cultural aspirations.

Main Conference Hotel

Grand Hotel Excelsior (Official Rating – 5*)

General Information

The Grand Hotel Excelsior, a 5 star Hotel in Malta, is two minutes away from Valletta, Malta’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sixteenth century fortifications embrace the Grand Hotel Excelsior and its olive gardens making it the only 5 star hotel in Malta nestled within historic architecture. This is a unique opportunity to re-live Malta’s rich history whilst unwinding during a Mediterranean Luxury Escape.

This Luxury Valletta Hotel is blessed with magnificent views of Marsamxett Harbour & Fort Manoel.


Exuding an overwhelming sense of style and grandeur, the Grand Hotel Excelsior offers 433 Rooms and Suites set over 10 floors, all elegantly appointed with exquisite comforts and all of the latest technological amenities, ensuring its status as Malta’s most prestigious address. The superior Valletta Accommodation offers a harmonious blend of classic and contemporary design and enjoy natural light, with breathtaking views all around.

Food and Beverage

There are 9 outlets within the hotel:

  • Spice Island: Specialises in stunning Mediterranean, South-East Asian, Middle Eastern and Caribbean Cuisine.  Fragrant flavours, unique ingredients and our live cooking stations really make a meal to remember in this, our hotel’s main buffet style restaurant.
  • Admirals Landing: With dynamic views of Manoel Island and Marsamxett Harbour, the Admiral’s Landing is the perfect place for a la carte dining. Offers the perfect combination of International cuisine with a Mediterranean twist and an extensive wine list.
  • Tiki Bar & Restaurant: This casual Mediterranean Diner is on the very edge of the shore, giving it truly unobstructed views of the Harbour and Manoel Island. The menu includes a selection of pasta dishes, salads, snacks and grills.
  • Yacht Club: Serves snacks, ice cream and a wide range of beverages on the Piazza Marina by the outdoor pool.
  • Tiki Village & Blue Ocean Bar: Located at the Water’s Edge so that guests can revel in stunning views of Marsamxett Harbour while relaxing in a beautiful and exotic ambiance. Guests can enjoy light snacks at lunchtime and mouth-watering platters are served in the evening.
  • Harbour View: The perfect place to relax, sip a cocktail and enjoy the luxurious views of Malta. Classified as the hotel’s lobby lounge bar, this high class Malta Bar overlooks the pool area and seafront, and offers splendid views of the Marsamxett harbour. Serves an array of cocktails, coffees, wines and cakes.
  • Chartroom: Located on the lobby level of the hotel, the elegantly decorated bar, with its stunning view over the Marsamxett Harbour, offers a relaxing atmosphere for you to savour the delights from our finest selection of drinks.
  • Vista Tea Terrace: Serves daily afternoon tea on the terrace.
  • Castaway: A part of the Spice Island Restaurant, serves wines, champagne, cocktails and hot drinks.

General Facilities

The Grand Hotel Excelsior boasts superb facilities which include a private 30-berth marina, ideal for those who like to travel in style and luxury, a large outdoor and indoor swimming pool, a fully equipped gym, and a beauty & health centre offering an array of services, where one can forget the stress and troubles of a busy day while relaxing in the sauna or totally unwind with a massage or relaxation treatment.

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