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“Villagg tal-Fanal made our holiday perfect!”
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Villagg Tal-Fanal
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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“Villagg tal-Fanal made our holiday perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2010

We spent a very relaxed two weeks in August-2010 at Villagg tal-Fanal.
Our overall review: our stay at Villagg tal-Fanal made our holiday perfect!

Gozitans are very welcoming and friendly. Gozo is an amazing place and you soon become accustomed to its relaxed pace of life. Villagg tal-Fanal provides the perfect stay if you want flexibility of a self-catering holiday.

We stayed in a very clean two-bedroom maisonette which was spacious with large kitchen diner, large lounge, family shower room and an on-suite bathroom. Outside, the private courtyard had patio chairs and table where our family could relax, sit and eat or simply listen to the distant church bells and chirping grasshoppers!
Staff were courteous and very helpful and during our stay all bed linen and towels were changed and accommodation cleaned, all with a friendly smile.
The complex has 26 apartments or maisonettes centred around a pool with sun loungers and shades. The Villagg was always clean and well maintained as was the pool clean and maintained with chlorinated water.

Gozo is a must visit destination. The Azure window has to be seen, especially in the evening for the spectacular sunset. There are many beautiful churches, Ta’ Pini and Victoria’s Citadel Catherdral to name a few. Ramla bay inspires with perfect sand and San Blas has its charm but prepare for the half mile descent to San Blas beach!
Car hire is a must if you want to go places on the island, although everywhere can be reached within a 15 minute journey!

Visit Gozo and stay at Villagg tal-Fanal - you’ll be pleased you did!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2010

We spent ten days at the Villagg tal-Fanal and found it an excellent place to stay with our young boys. The location is perfect for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. The accommodation is set around a central pool area that has plenty of shade and sun loungers and well maintained gardens. The accommodation is spacious with most having access to a private balcony/courtyard. The accommodation is reasonably well furnished, but could benefit from a few more kitchen utensils! Cleaning is carried out once a week, clean towels provided etc. You will need a car to explore the island and free underground parking is available at the complex. A small local supermarket provides all your basic requirements. Take a chance you will not be dissapointed. We would certainly return.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2010

The accommodation at Tal Fanal is very dated, we stayed in a ground floor one bedroom apartment. The bathroom did not have a proper shower just one of those hand held ones which rest on the taps. It was generally a very tired apartment which had seen better days. Our large terrace was filthy and with a couple of plastic chairs and a broken umbrella, it did not entice us at all. We had been given the minimum in kitchen utensils, several of which were rusty and only fit for the bin. Although not the fault of the village, our rubbish which was supposed to be collected every day was sometimes left for several days outside in the heat. Saw 4 cockroaches in the apartment which obviously wasn't a surprise considering the rubbish problem.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2010

not bad for a family weekend break clean kids can play and swim nearly all day free parking value for money, alex.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2009

The Villagg Tal Fanal is a haven of peace and tranquility. During our stay in May 2009 there were only two other apartments occupied. We hardly ever saw anyone else, and if there were other people by the lovely pool, then they respected the nature of the place, so the only sounds you could hear were the birds and church bells in the distance.

The underground garage keeps your car cool and keeps the narrow village street clear of too many cars. A car is essential here, although there is a supermarket that stocks everything from fresh essentials to birthday cards in English a 10 minute walk away, to get further afield a car is very much required. There are several restaurants within a few minutes drive, in fact most of the island is within 20 minutes of the village. One bonus of driving in Gozo is we never had to pay for parking once! The main roads are generally fine, the minor roads are OK in most places but don't count on it, some of the roads are awful and should be negotiated with care, especially off the beaten track. The only petrol stations are located on the road between Victoria and Mgarr, although there is one near the citadel in Victoria on the road towards Gharb. The petrol station here is just a couple of attended pumps at the side of the road. I think all of the petrol stations are attended. We only used 10 Euro of fuel in a week, so don't fill it up too much or you wont get your moneys worth!

The roads around the village are quiet and there are some nice walks from the village. There are some stunning views, especially from the lighthouse and the citadel in Victoria. There is also a good view from the road that runs past the botanical garden in Nadur.

It is worth taking some of the minor roads as you get to see more of the everyday life, goats and horses being taken for a walk for example. Most of the main sights are sign posted but the sign posts tend to cater for people on the main roads.

We went to Valetta for a day out, took the ferry over and then caught the bus waiting at the ferry terminal. It took about an hour to get to the Valetta bus station, just outside the city gates. The cost was 58 cents each, each way. You have to buy a ferry ticket on the way back, there are timetables available at the ferry terminal

We ate at street side cafes, beach cafes and restaurants which were recommended and some that weren't. We didn't have a bad experience of any kind in any of them, all good food at the very least and generous portions!! Some restaurants weren't open or were only doing lunch or dinner due to the time of the year (early May) but there was still plenty of choice and they all did very good specials. Try the local specialties, if you like seafood you will love Gozo.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2009

I have stayed on Malta, gozo & Comino about 20 times over the last 14 years and this is the worst place I have ever stayed at.
The rooms are damp and smelly, the staff are extremely noisy, the pool was very dirty and unusable due to the large amount of dead insects floating on the service.
We were woken up every morning at 7.00am by the noisy staff.
There was building work being carried out on the complex, we were not told and the staff could not careless.
please do not waste your money--Gozo is a lovely place--we plan to buy a property there when the exchange rate improves--this property and the handling agents are letting the entire island down.
Do not accept a hire car from Gozo garage--they are not safe and would be scrapped in the UK.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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salisbury
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2008

I have just returned from a wonderful week in Gozo staying at the Villag Tal Fanal. The complex is very nice, is clean, with a lovely pool and tidy accommodation. But:

If you want a sun lounger by the pool, forget it!! They're already covered in towels owned by the Maltese, Gozitans, and Italians that frequent the complex. One night we got back from a meal at 1230 am to find that every sun lounger was covered by a towel.

If you want to walk to the shop, forget it!! You'll need a car. If you want to go for a meal or a drink in the evening, you'll need a car.

If you are going with kids over the age of 7 or 8, you'll be hard pressed to keep them amused after 6pm as there is absolutely nothing to do on site. If you want to watch the satellite TV, forget it!! It's tuned to italian channels, the english ones are inaccessable.

Don't get me wrong...the place is gorgeous. But not for a family holiday where kids are going. If you are going with older kids I suggest you take a DVD player or something similar to keep them amused.

We realised all this after day two.....

From then on we spent most of our days at the lovely Ramla Bay (5 euros for a sun bed, 3 euros for a parasol, lovely sandy beach with stunning views). Returning to the complex by early evening, getting showered then getting back in the car and going for a meal (can recommend Brookies, five minute drive away, great menu, and english sattelite kids channels laid on for the younger members). We tried to stay out till as late as we could, then returned to the complex to sleep.

In summary, the photos that you find on the net are spot on, the place is picturesque, but if you're a family going, you'll be bored!!!

  • Liked — lovely room
  • Disliked — boring
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Villagg Tal-Fanal
Address: Lighthouse Street, Ghasri, Island of Gozo, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Gozo > Ghasri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Ghasri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villagg Tal-Fanal 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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