With the cold and drizzly mornings stretching ahead of us for a good few months, many could do with a sunshine getaway to look forward to – perhaps in February when a lot of us feel a little “flat” after the build up to the Christmas festivities.
If azure seas, cloudless skies, colourful cocktails on tap and the sun beating down on golden skin sounds like your kind of break, top timeshare resort Azure Golden Sands Resort & Spa in Malta is a good bet for a winter getaway.
Thankfully, living the winter holiday dream doesn’t have to be hard – or expensive. You can find all this and more at Azure Golden Sands’ luxury resort. Whether you want to soak up the sun, swim in the Med, finally finish that brilliant book on the sun lounger, or sit on a terrace eating delicious tapas, this timeshare truly has it all.
Want to know more? Here’s what guest and blogger Zoe Dawes of popular travel blog http://www.thequirkytraveller.com/ had to say about this glamorous resort when she visited for some well needed R&R…
“As I slid open the balcony door a loud twittering invaded the bedroom along with hot sunshine and the heady aroma of suntan lotion mixed with seasalt. Peering over the railing I could see guests lazing next to a bright blue, curvaceous swimming pool and more people toasting gently on the nearby beach, where turquoise water lapped against the shore. Oh, how I had missed that divinely soul-warming heat of the Mediterranean.
I’d just arrived at theAzure Golden Sands Resort & Spa in Malta and was in great need of some RnR. Here I was, no longer in chilly England but sunny Malta and already feeling more relaxed than for ages. On my arrival, I was offered a refreshing glass of orange juice by Henri Diacono, the ‘Guest Relations Co-ordinator’ a fancy title for a charming, helpful and highly knowledgeable man, for whom nothing is too much trouble.
After my balcony moment I had a meeting with friendly Sarah and Martina, from the Azure Marketing department. We sat on the Mokka Bar terrace surrounded by holiday makers enjoying a leisurely lunch, chatting, reading or simply sitting back and enjoying the sun. Sarah explained how Azure has created a 5* quality timeshare resort within the Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort & Spa, so that members get all the benefits of a luxury hotel combined with the flexibility, convenience and choice of the Vacation Clubs.
A quick look at some of the rooms and suites was enough to convince me that there’s no skimping on comfort here. The standard rooms are large, have great views over the beach or countryside. ‘The Heavenly Collection Suites’ are just that – beautifully designed rooms with every comfort you could wish for, with tasteful art work to complement the contemporary décor. The 4 bedroom one has a dining area fit for a queen and an enormous roof terrace.
Everyone has access to the pool area, delicatessen, children’s club, fitness centre and indoor pool, spa and beauty centre, 9 bars and restaurants. Azure members also have access to the Azure Members Lounge and their own pool area. There’s also a private section of the beach with Water Sports and Diving Centre. With accommodation to fit every budget and flexible pricing options to suit different lifestyles I was able to see just how far timeshare has moved on in recent years.
My favourite place to eat at Azure was Agliolio Italian restaurant. Wanting to try something different, I had the octopus and squid in fresh pasta which has quite simply the best pasta dish I have ever tasted. Maybe being so close to Italy helps … I also had a celebratory Bellini made with local bubbly and tried the Malta white wine which was surprisingly (to me) very good.
On another occasion I ate at the Mokka restaurant and had their Speciality Burger – an absolutely enormous, tasty beef bap with chunky chips. What’s good is that with such a variety of options, including sophisticated restaurant Essence and companionable Swizzles Bar, there is something to suit every budget and taste. Breakfast lovers are spoilt for choice every day in Flavours Restaurant and I indulged in a poolside cocktail at the Lagoon Bar.
On my last day I had a real treat – the Sun Lover’s Full Body Wrap at the Myoka Spa. I was cocooned in a sweet-smelling concoction of aloe vera, cucumber and camomile then given a head massage by Bulgarian therapist Jana. The rhythmic massaging and tranquil surroundings of the luxurious spa centre lulled me into a state of hedonistic bliss.
I had a truly relaxing four days. I did see some of the sights on a tour bus, including historic Valetta, the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk and on a boat trip to the Blue Grotto. However, I very much appreciated the leisurely time spent by the pool (even going in for a swim though the water had yet to warm up quite enough for me) and on the beach, which really does have golden sand, unlike many other Malta beaches which are often rocky.”
Photo by The Quirky Traveller.