Gala dinner venues
The following are a selection of venues suitable for hosting gala dinners outside Conference Hotels.
Upper Barrakka Gardens
Mediterranean Conference Centre
The Notre Dame Gate
The Saluting Battery
Meridiana Wine Estate
Ta’ Frenc Restaurant
Heritage Malta sites
Contact us at V. Tabone Travel should you require any further information or to obtain a quote.
Upper Barrakka Gardens
This is one of two gardens, one named Upper Barracca and the other Lower Barracca, facing the Grand Harbour. Both offer a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour. The Upper Barracca Gardens offer the best view since they’re more centered and at a much higher level. The garden was the gift of an eighteenth-century knight. The Anglican Garrison Church partly intrudes upon it. The garden is built on top of a demi-bastion. The Grand Harbour side of the Gardens is surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. The view of the harbour from this vantage point is magnificent and many people spend hours taking in the site.
An arcade on the same side gives this area the feeling of a balcony. A number of statues, monuments and plaques fill the gardens. A small fountain full of water-lilies and gold fish is located at the center of the garden.
Mediterranean Conference Centre
The Mediterranean Conference Centre is Malta’s largest and has the indoor capacity to cater for a dinner of 1,800 at the same time. For over two centuries, the building was the ‘Sacra Infermeria’ or Holy Infirmary of the Order of St John. Constructed in the late 16th Century, this architectural landmark has had a fascinating history which has seen its role change with the needs of the day.
It is an impressive venue housing what was for several centuries Europe’s largest hall. Below this lies a vaulted hall that transforms into atmospheric venue for large-scale dining and entertaining.
Island Caterers have over the years hosted gala dinners at the Mediterranean Conference Centre for large MICE groups as well as state banquets for visiting head’s of governments and royalty. This beautiful venue steeped in history and inspiring architecture is the perfect location for events held on the island.
“We pride ourselves with having successfully delivered the most flexible and appropriate catering service consistently since inception. We have been and remain unfailing in our delivery and true to our belief that our reputation is only as good as the last meals served.”
Located in the heart of picturesque Naxxar, this stately home is a place of wonder that begs to be explored. You will discover the intricate nuances of Malta’s historic nobility and their enchanting way of life. Touring this stately home offers great insight and sparks the imagination – whether you find yourself seeking inspiration from the grand ballroom, the detailed family chapel or the fabulous walled gardens and orangery, you will find it.
Often described as a miniature Versailles, this quintessentially Maltese Palazzo is a glorious showcase of Maltese and Italian craftsmanship at the turn of the 19th century. The magnificent gilded, mirrored ballroom is unique in Malta and is a favourite venue for overseas conference and incentive groups. It can accommodate 120 dining, 200 for a reception and 150 people theatre style. By combining the surrounding historic rooms capacity can be significantly increased.
Palazzo Parisio also prides itself in having a professional banqueting and events operation and with its own in house catering facility has hosted an array of fantastic events ranging from the most stylish of weddings to glittering gala dinners, fashion shows and corporate events. Palazzo Parisio offers a personalised service with particular attention to detail at this wonderful stately home.
“We understand the needs of the MICE industry and your desire to create a truly unique event. Thus, we work in close cooperation with Malta’s DMCs in delivering the ultimate experience for Europe’s blue-chip companies.”
Nestled in the open Rabat countryside just below Mdina, the Xara Lodge has been built to relive the glory of a traditional Maltese country house. Xara Lodge offers breath-taking views, modern amenities and highly modular open spaces and private areas.
• a number of dining options both indoors and al fresco catering for groups ranging from 20 guests to 750 guests
• conference and meeting facilities catering for up to 320 delegates
• marriage ceremony and wedding facilities
The Bacchus Restaurant is set within the fortifications of Mdina, the Noble City of the Knights of Malta.
The building which dates from 1658 has a blend of Roman to the Medieval architecture which combine to make this a unique venue.
The Notre Dame Gate, Zabbar
The Notre Dame Gate is a 17th century gatehouse built by the Knights of St. John as the main entrance through the landward fortifications, the Cottonera Lines, that encircle the Three Cities on Grand Harbour.
Today the Notre Dame Gate has been restored and is managed by heritage trust Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna. Built on five levels the building is an architectural gem of unparalleled proportions. It stands majestic and proud and offers a reception and events venue with charisma and charm. From its terrace and roof, guests enjoy views over the historic harbour towns and much of the nearby southern tip of Malta. History can be brought alive by the trust’s volunteer re-enactors in period costume.
It is an exclusive venue of Island Caterers and can accommodate up to 200 standing and between up to 100 seated.
The Saluting Battery, Valletta
The Saluting Battery has been carefully restored by the heritage trust Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna. The battery forms part of the city’s old fortifications the building of which started in 1566, just one year after the Great Siege. It occupies one of the most strategic positions in the Grand Harbour. The heritage trust brings the site’s history alive with its firing of the gun display, making your event truly unique and memorable.
The Saluting Battery is an exclusive venue of Island Caterers, ideally suited to corporate events and gala dinners for conference and incentive groups and provides a simply stunning backdrop for wedding receptions during the summer months. Its views, atmosphere, history and spectacular outdoor location make it among the most sought after event venues on the island.
Villa Bologna, Attard
Villa Bologna is a dream-like aristocratic villa surrounded by pristine grounds. Villa Bologna is one of the most elegant and grand of Malta’s fine aristocratic houses. Dating back to 1745, it was built as a dowry for a count’s daughter. It has been lovingly cared for over the centuries, and embellished in the 1930s with elegant gardens with fountains, ponds, pergolas, a citrus grove and lawns, all of which are accessible to guests. The villa today retains its almost fairly-tale atmosphere in a quiet setting at the centre of Malta near the Presidential Palace and gardens of San Anton in Attard.
The beauty of the venue is that it easily accommodates large groups of up to 1,200 in the grounds.
Razzett L-Abjad, San Gwann
Ir-Razzett L-Abjad is a typical Maltese farmhouse located at the centre of the island. It offers a unique setting with all the character, charm and tradition of a rural farmhouse of yesteryear. The reception area, for example, is cut in rock and formed from part of the original stables. With its grapevine covered poolside area, balustraded terraces, rustic details, open-air ovens and barbecue areas, Ir-Razzett l-Abjad is an unforgettable setting that lends itself to a variety of functions and events, including corporate and conference themed events and wedding receptions.
Ir-Razzett L-Abjad can cater easily for both outdoor and indoor functions, with a capacity of up to 450 and 2,000 respectively. With an overall area of two acres, the complex is fully equipped to handle any type of activity, and its grounds also include parking facilities for coaches.
Meridiana Wine Estate Ta’ Qali
Meridiana Wine Estate is home to a fine wine producer in Ta’ Qali, the island’s agricultural heartland. The estate enjoys superb views of Mdina, Malta’s medieval walled former capital city. Meridiana, whose technological partner is the noted Italian wine producer Marchese Piero Antinori, has pioneered quality wines from international grape varieties which are all locally grown exclusively on this vineyard. The building housing the winery is based on an original traditional Maltese farmhouse including an underground cellar as well as function rooms and extensive terraces overlooking the attractive 19 hectare estate.
As a venue the estate offers a variety of themed events for groups, both large and small, including winery tours and wine tastings, and is also used to host other functions such as car launches, fashion shows, weddings and other receptions. Evening set-ups are enhanced by the views of the lit walled city of Mdina and the Mosta Dome. It is a perfect setting in inland Malta.
Ta’ Frenc Restaurant, Gozo
Ta’ Frenc spells chic: its walls are adorned with original works of art by local artists and a collection of traditional Maltese clocks, and a lovely collection of decanters are displayed in niches along the walls. Its decor is a beautiful melange of traditional and modern. Ta’ Frenc offers a number of dining areas or venues within the property to choose from whether it be for weddings or corporate events.
Villa Arrigo by Osborne Caterers, San Pawl Tat-Targa
This imposing villa is located in San Pawl Tat-Targa, an exclusive and sought after area in the Maltese Islands. From its front terraces, one has a bird’s eye view of St. Paul’s Bay, Bahar ic-Caghaq and Burmarrad. Villa Arrigo has immaculate gardens, a Grand Marquee, and is internally decorated with genuine antiques. The extensive gardens, subtle lighting and the sound of running water from the fountain, create a pleasant and tranquil atmosphere.
Heritage Malta sites
Heritage Malta offer a selection of exclusive venues:
The Foyer at the Auberge de Provence at The National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta
The Inner Courtyard and Loggia at The National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta
The St Angelo Hall and Terrace at The Malta Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa
The Front Courtyard at The Vilhena Palace at The National Museum of Natural History in Mdina
The Garden and Inner Courtyard at The Inquisitor’s Palace in Vittoriosa
The Esplanade & Garden at The ex–Royal Naval Hospital in Bighi, Kalkara
The Esplanade at Ġgantija Temples in Xagħra, Gozo
Please contact us should you require any further information on any of these venues.