We stayed at the Cornucopia Bungalows between 5-14 th July and had a truly memorable holiday here. Myself, husband and 3 sons aged between 16 and 21.
I cannot comment on the hotel rooms so my review is based on the bungalows and the facilities available at the hotel of which we were free to use.
I booked direct with the hotel .Our bungalow (no 8) was extremely spacious and slept 5 in 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms , all of good size with plenty wardrobe and storage space . There are air conditioning and ceiling fans in every room, . In addition to the hotels facilities of which you are free to use ,the bungalows also have lovely terraces , with table & chairs , sunbeds , a shared pool with plenty outside space and a fabulous view towards the sea at Marsalforn.
Next morning we paid the extra 5.50 Euros per person, per night to upgrade to B&B, my one luxury I was determined to have. Breakfast consisted of a cooked option of bacon, fried eggs, tomato’s, sausages, beans and fried potatoes plus all the usual continental options of toast, croissants, cakes, cereals , Melon, cheese, ham, cereal, fruit salad which seemed to be in cream ..Very nice.
The hotel is full of rustic charm. It has a small and intimate feel but also has all the facilities you are likely to need should you decide to go out and about or stay put and relax. There are 2 swimming pools.. One with a Jacuzzi and both with plenty sun beds and umbrellas .A large bar that if you explored was actually in 3 parts, with a good selection of snack/lunch options available. TV, internet and free Wi-Fi available in the reception/bar/small pool area should you want it.
Being a self catering option the website said cleaning only twice a week in the bungalows but much to my delight we were cleaned, beds made and fresh towels every day. I’m not sure if this was because we upgraded to B&B though.
The pools are busier at the weekends when local Maltese people arrive on gozo to relax and there is a good age mix here from young children to the more mature. Young children played happily in the pool. Many guests are return visitors and you can understand why. The cornucopia is a very special place with warm and friendly staff and guests.
We had a meal at the restaurant on our first evening which was very very good. Little touches like the waiter asking us if we would maybe like some help with the menu was very much appreciated. We also attended the Friday night BBQ which seems to be very popular judging by the amount of outside guests and coaches that arrived.
Xaghra square is a 15-20 minute stroll although not recommended in the heat!! . Claimed to be one of the most beautiful on the island with plenty nice eating places, all reasonably priced. Our favourites were D venue and Orleander both on the main square.
To get the best out of Gozo and the cornucopias location I would definitely recommend a car although there are local buses available. Marsalform is only a 5 minute drive where there are plenty other lunch and dinner options. Chez Armand was another lovely restaurant recommendation we got from fellow guests. It’s on Qbajjar Seafront which is the next small bay round to the left from Marsalforn. Just follow the coast road round to the left or the signs clearly marked Obajjar and there are 2 little restaurants on the bay. You can’t miss it and no parking problems like there is in Marsalforn. Do also visit Xlendi. It’s a busy little place come the evening so would definitely recommend bookings ahead. We had a lovely meal at Ta Karolina right in the corner of the bay which the cornucopia booked for us. Ask for a table on the waters edge if you can get one . The stone crab next door also looked very nice.
We have certainly fallen in love with Gozo and the cornucopia and hope to be back next year.
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- Also Known As:
- Cornucopia Hotel Xaghra
- Cornucopia Hotel Island Of Gozo/Xaghra, Malta