The Xara Palace

Location: Malta | Malta & Gozo

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

The Xara Palace, a Relais & Chateaux hotel, occupies a restored 17th-century palazzo within the historic walls of Mdina, looking out over the ancient city and the hills of Malta. This regal hotel’s centuries of character, modern touches and panoramic views will ensure a luxurious and memorable stay.
Perfect forIndulging in five-star boutique luxury, history and character in Malta.
In the knowSome suites have terraces set in Mdina’s historic fortifications, and one of the suites has a private balcony overlooking the main piazza, which was used from the 17th century by the Town Crier to announce news from the local authorities.

Recommended for...

  • History & Heritage
  • Setting & Views
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Romantic

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

The Xara Palace has a unique location with the centuries-old walls of the ‘Silent City’ of Mdina, with impressive views over the countryside of Malta.

Rooms at The Xara Palace

The rooms are spacious and full of original character, such as antique furniture, wall-mounted tapestries, high ceilings, watercolours of Mdina on the walls, large windows and balconies overlooking Mdina's historic streets. They are also fully modern: the king-sized beds with duck down feather duvets will ensure a good night’s sleep, and the sleek bathrooms are clad in marble.

In some suites, split-level areas separate living and sleeping quarters, while some also have a private terrace and Jacuzzi with lovely views.

Food & Drink

Dining here is a real treat, with the chefs taking traditional gourmet Maltese cuisine and giving it a modern twist. Dine at the elegant, award-winning de Mondion restaurant, one of the finest restaurants in Malta, which is set on Mdina’s historic walls and offers panoramic views from the terrace, or enjoy laid-back meals at Trattoria AD 1530, on one of Mdina’s charming squares.  

Indulge in wine tastings at the hotel and gourmet food tours around Mdina and beyond.


Relax in the glass-roofed internal courtyard, or if you fancy a swim, the seasonal outdoor pool at The Xara Lodge on the outskirts of Rabat, just a five-minute drive from The Xara Palace – reachable via the hotel’s complimentary transfers.

Activities at The Xara Palace

Explore beautiful Mdina on the doorstep, and continue the historic, regal theme by visiting another palazzo: Palazzo Falson has several impressive collections ranging from paintings to jewellery and furniture, as well as a library with over 4,500 books. 

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Hotel location

The Xara Palace is approximately a 20-minute drive from Malta International Airport.

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