Gozo’s Bays of Beauty
Xlendi nestles in a beautiful, secluded inlet on the south coast of Gozo, about 15 minutes drive from Gozo’s capital town, Victoria. It exudes an intimate Gozitan charm and a traditional local atmosphere, with safe bathing in the sheltered bay. It is a real sun-trap during the day, with magnificent sunsets at the close.
Xlendi Bay Entertainment
There is a host of little restaurants and bars huddled along the sea front, offering local Mediterranean dishes, whilst some venture successfully into Asian cuisine with a simple but varied offering which provides a welcome alternative after a few days stay when the local offering has become a bit ‘samey’.
And, if you fancy treating yourself to a speed-boat trip, there’s a great boat-hire operator on the Xlendi sea-front with a range of power options on its speed boats, as well as pedalos and pleasure trips. Taking care to keep well clear of the many swimmers as you steer out of the inlet, once in the open sea, you can see a large part of the Gozitan coast in an hour, and, probably, if you take one of the higher powered boats, you could circumnavigate the island.
Where to stay in Xlendi?
There are a number of hotels and apartments overlooking the bay, but although not as highly rated in the travel sites as some, the St Patrick’s Hotel has to be worth a try because it has such a charming, traditional and friendly atmosphere.
St Patrick’s Hotel
It is the perfect place to chill out for a few days. Centrally positioned on the sea front, the club sea view rooms at St Patrick’s are delightful, with spacious terraces and the charm of traditional stone walls. It perhaps does not live up to the expected international standards of a four star hotel, but if you accept it for what it is, you can have a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable stay. There are a number of sea view rooms on lower floors, but it is best to phone the hotel to check what they have available for your visit as other rooms face over the square, with inland views and some have no external windows, looking only onto the quaint atrium of the hotel.
The roof garden with its small pool and jacuzzi is a real retreat with magnificent views of the bay and surrounding hillsides. Unlike many hotel roof-top pool areas, this is quiet and far from overcrowded, with all-day sun if required!
The breakfast buffet available (as part of the room price) is very plentiful, offering a full range from ‘full English’ to continental meats, cheeses and salads, pastries and fruit.
There is free parking in the square immediately behind the hotel, but be wary of parking under certain of the trees overnight or you may find your car has acquired an interesting polka-dot effect by morning thanks to the many roosting birds. Ask the reception for advice!
Alongside the neighbouring cafes and restaurants, the St Patrick’s has its own cafe/restaurant tables on the sea-front, offering an excellent lunch and evening menu.