The brief for this group was to create a three day incentive trip packed with cultural and exciting activities for a German incentive group. We were briefed that the delegates were in their 30/40’s and that their passion was adventure. The itinerary was therefore designed with this in mind and EC Meetings Malta along with HRG Events & Meetings Management – the dedicated MICE specialist of HRG Germany – prepared an action-packed, adventurous trip for the group.
Upon arrival in Malta, the guests were greeted by a member of EC Meetings who handed out a bottle of water to each client before they transferred to The George – hotel in the centre of St. Julian’s. Being an incentive group, it was important for the client to keep the guests together and travelling in style, thus we arranged vehicles with customized company logos to transfer the group around. The afternoon consisted of time at leisure, followed by a relaxed welcome meeting by the hotel pool deck. The evening then began with everyone being escorted on foot to Ristorante Peppino’s; a restaurant in Spinola Bay with spectacular views. The stunning views of the bay made it the perfect setting for a welcome dinner and an ideal introduction to Malta’s charm. The group was accompanied by a German-speaking guide who acted as a great source of information to give the guests some insight into the Maltese Islands. EC Meetings representatives were also on site to give advice on local activities and the best bars to visit after dinner.
The next morning, following a hearty breakfast, six guides awaited the delegates at the hotel and walked them to the award winning marina at Portomaso. The delegates were shuttled by speedboat to a catamaran which sailed to the sister island of Gozo whilst offering an open bar on board.
Once in Gozo, six off-road jeeps awaited the guests on the main jetty and a ‘Lights, Camera and Action’ activity began, allowing the guests to explore The Island of Ulysses in an adventurous fun way. Passing through villages, the teams had to take pictures and videos themed into a story given beforehand. Lunch was held among the tranquil foothills of Marsalforn in a beautiful garden of a very old Gozitan farmhouse, followed by a tour of the most exclusive wine cellars on the island.
Following an afternoon break and a ferry/coach transfer back to the hotel, guests were taken out for a treat with exclusive access to St. George’s beach. The night included a sumptuous three course meal followed by an open bar and music. A brilliant night was had by all!
Day three also took on an adventurous spin with the guests travelling towards the south of the island for a Maltese taste challenge at Razzett l-Antik. Situated in the heart of the medieval village of Qormi, this 300-year-old farmhouse was originally built to grind wheat into flour. With its original features still intact, this unique building staged the perfect ambience and setting for the group activity.
The activity was a mental one as it challenged the guests’ knowledge of how best to mix the cooking ingredients provided as well as a physical challenge as the guests had only 45 minutes to prepare a fusion of flavours. The teams rose to the challenge and a great time was had by all; however the clients still preferred to eat the meal cooked by the professional chefs onsite rather than the food they had cooked themselves. In the afternoon the delegates were transferred to the Meridiana Wine Estate, nestled in the peaceful Ta’ Qali area, for a premium Maltese wine tasting tour, followed by a guided tour of Mdina, Malta’s fortified silent city.
The final evening had to top the rest of the programme and the aim was to create a night not to forget. Before leaving the hotel the delegates headed to a meeting room, where Oscars were presented to the delegates followed by champagne reception. A short transfer was then organized to one of Malta’s high end restaurants which is renowned for its fine cuisine especially its fresh fish as well as its open views. The night did not end with dinner, as the group was then escorted to Club 22, Malta’s highest and finest nightclub, where a VIP area was reserved exclusively for the guests. Drinks here were flowing and the guests soaked themselves up in the funky atmosphere of the club and they partied the night away.
The final morning was used as a time for the weary eyed guests to sleep in, relax, and enjoy a late breakfast before boarding the pre-organized vehicles headed for the airport.