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Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour Opens in Malta

Luxury all-suite boutique hotel, Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour in Senglea in Malta, is now open. The hotly-anticipated launch follows the extensive renovation of one of Grand Harbour’s most famous landmarks: Sheer Bastion. Travel PR agency Pilot PR reports.


Located just five miles from Valletta - European Capital of Culture 2018, prices at Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour, a member of Design Hotels™ , start from €215 per night.

The iconic Sheer Bastion structure was originally built in 1554 during the reign of Grand Master Claude de la Sengle. Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour derives its name from the large sheer crane structure (macchina) used for centuries to welcome seafarers and to hoist the heavy masts and cargo. The hotel is a centerpiece of the Cottonera Regeneration Project that has also recently seen the transformation of the Vittoriosa waterfront, which the hotel overlooks.

Juxtaposing the old with the new, the design of Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour, was overseen by Maltese architect Edwin Mintoff in conjunction with Milanese Interior Design firm Daaa Haus.

Set against a backdrop of historical fortress walls, Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour’s luxurious minimalist design preserves original historic features to blend natural and traditional materials with modern, clean lines.

The architecture incorporates glass and natural light to throw relief on the high vaulted ceilings, chalk-white walls, limestone, and slate in the large communal areas.

Lacquered raw steel, lava stone, limed oak, Carrara marble and Maltese hard stone are also used in the hotel’s elegant design, while the Old and New Worlds are seamlessly brought together in the creative use of lighting, tufted wool rugs, bespoke Italian furnishings, and locally commissioned artworks by Victor Agius.

The stylish and comfortable 21 suites range from 40 square metres to 130 square metres and all offer unobstructed views of the Grand Harbour and the surrounding marina. The suites feature large living rooms and bedrooms, Milano sofa beds, free-standing baths and walk-in showers. Impressive mezzanines float above custom crafted bathrooms and Tom Dixon and Flos & Louis Paulson light fixtures are used in the hotel lobby as well as some of the suites.

The two signature suites - the Macina Suite and the Presidential Suite – each have 130 square metres of living space, a bathtub with a view, and kitchenettes. The Presidential Suite also has a spectacular harbour terrace.

A rooftop pool offers breath-taking views of Vittoriosa and Cospicua, extending as far as the city of Valletta. With complete privacy guaranteed, here guests may choose to take part in various seasonal activities on offer such as aqua gym, yoga and pilates. Exclusive appointments with personal trainers can also be arranged, in addition to in-room spa treatments.

The 930 square metre rooftop terrace overlooking the Three Cities can accommodate events for up to 1,000 guests, and is ideal for weddings, special events and corporate functions.

Hammett’s Macina Restaurant, independently run by the renowned Chef and Restaurateur, Chris Hammett, serves Maltese cuisine with an international twist. The restaurant can be accessed from both within the hotel and the pavement outside. The hotel also has a bar and café, and a boardroom for small conferences.

Together with its sister property, the acclaimed luxury villa hotel Cugó Gran in Menorca, the opening of Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour establishes the Cugó Gran Collection which is under the management of IBB Hotel Collection. IBB currently operates 10 hotels across Europe and is part of the Von der Heyden Group which has over 25 years of expertise in leisure and real estate.

Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour is located four miles from Malta International Airport.

About Senglea, Malta

Located between Sicily and the North African coast, Malta’s archipelago is a melting pot of Italian, Spanish, British, and North African influences, and famous for its Knights.

Senglea in the Grand Harbour area is the smallest of the Three Cities in the Cottonera, the other two fortified cities being Birgu and Cospicua. The old city is situated on a peninsula protruding into the Grand Harbour, facing the charming walled city of Valletta. The oldest of the Three Cities is Birgu, which has existed since the Middle Ages while Senglea and Cospicua were both founded by the Order of Saint John in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Three Cities are enclosed by the Cottonera Lines, along with several other fortifications. With many structures undertaken by the Knights themselves, Senglea is one of the heaviest fortified areas on the Island; a Maltese gem enclosed by spectacular bastions with commanding views over the Grand Harbour.

Rich in culture and heritage with many churches, palaces, and forts to explore, Senglea has a newly renovated promenade. The Marina is where flagship yachts such as the Maltese Falcon moor. The Birgu waterfront is a lively night spot with restaurants, bistros, wine bars and cafés set along the water’s edge. Popular tourist attractions to visit are the Maritime Museum, Inquisitors Palace, and the historical Fort St. Angelo.

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