Mellieħa Bay Hotel is closing in the coming days in preparation for an exciting project that proposes to transform the 50-year-old hotel into a 5-star resort set amongst an oasis of greenery.
The hotel first opened its doors on October 21st in 1969.
The directors will bid a heartfelt farewell to staff today, thanking them for many years of loyal service.
“Today is a bittersweet moment as we end a 50-year chapter that has forged relationships between our staff and many repeat guests,” Brian Mizzi, company chairman, said of the hotel’s final days, “we set out out to deliver a new resort that will take Mellieħa Bay Hotel to a new level.”
“This is an opportunity to thank the staff — we have 40 employees who have been with us for more than 20 years — as their many years of dedicated service and loyalty have earned the respect the company is enjoying today.”
The project – developed by Mellieħa Bay Hotel Ltd (a company jointly owned by Alf. Mizzi & Sons and Mizzi Organisation) will seek to explore a new niche, providing visitors with a five-star experience during their stay in Malta.
“Our much-loved hotel could no longer meet modern-day demands, so we wanted to create a five-star tourist concept that celebrates and embraces one of the most beautiful sites in Malta overlooking Għadira Bay,” Mizzi told the media.
Top architect Edwin Mintoff and HKS Architects, an international architecture firm that specialises in the design of renowned hotels, have been invited to help deliver the ambitious vision for the soon-to-be developed area in the North of Malta.
The proposal envisages demolishing the existing building and constructing a new, higher-tech one.
Plans are being finalised and will be submitted to the Planning Authority in due course.
Staff at Mellieħa Bay Hotel were informed of the hotel’s closure last December and the directors worked hand in hand with unions to assist them with finding alternative employment and facilitate relocation.
Our favourite Belgian couple, Jean-Pierre and Annie, who provided us with a flurry of photos of Malta from all the way back in the 70’s are currently staying at the hotel during its final days, as a final farewell to a venue that hosted them for many happy and fond memories.