Travel World News on October 11: Mdina’s Xara Palace Relais and Chateau has been included in a list of the 12 most regal stays around the world compiled by the CNN.
The news network says that “the Maltese city of Mdina is itself a
historic wonder: a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose history was
influenced by the Knights of St. John. Built by the Knights in the 17th
century as a residence for the royal Moscati Parisio family, the Xara
Palace was reopened in 1999 as an exclusive 17-room Relais &
“Rooms are simple yet refined, paying tribute to the order through
numerous antique paintings. A highlight: the award-winning de Mondion
restaurant, offering traditional dishes with 180-degree views of the
The feature says that throughout the world, but mainly in Europe and
parts of Asia, numerous palaces, castles and chateaus have been
carefully converted into deluxe lodgings — rich in history and,
understandably, often in cost. Some of the finest include the newly
opened Four Seasons Lion Palace in St. Petersburg and the recently
renovated Gritti Palace in Venice...read on.