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After a recent €2.5 million refurbishment, Ta’ Cenc may now regain its rightful position as the top hotel in Gozo.
With the hotel located on the highest point on the island that should have been the case anyway, but years of neglect and under investment, and the arrival of the Kempinski San Lawrenz, saw Ta' Cenc in a parlous state.
Now the hotel is determined to scale the metaphorical heights, and we watch developments with interest. The majority of the investment went on the rooms, with the public areas and pool elegantly laid out.
The 83 rooms themselves include a number of conical roofed trulli-style bungalows in the gardens, alongside rooms in the main building.
For lunch and dinner, the Il-Carrubo restaurant serves Italian and Gozitan specialities. The scenic terraced Peppi's Bar has superb views out across cliffs to the sea below and serves fresh fish and grilled meats, salads, ice creams and fresh fruit as well as cocktails.
There are two pools, one of which includes a mini pool for children and a hydro message Jacuzzi. There is also a private 'beach' located in the rocky fjord inlet of Mgarr ix-Xini. There's a bar and restaurant serving grilled fresh fish and meats, and sunbeds, umbrellas, and shower/loo facilities. A minibus service takes guests directly to the beach in just five minutes.
There is plenty else to do at Ta' Cenc, including tennis, billiards, table tennis and spa treatments and massages at the wellness centre, and with 160 hectares of land and beautiful cliff-top views, walks are highly recommended.
Maltese is a highly unusual blend of languages, incorporating words from several languages including Arabic, Italian and English, and a number of surprising pronunciations - for example the hotel is pronounced Ta Chench.
Harriet, Original Traveller