More about Ta Cenc Hotel & Spa Gozo
Visit ta' Cenc Cliffs
Whilst on an archaeological course, I was taken to visit the cart-ruts at Ta' Cenc. As you can see from one of the photos, Ta' Cenc also offers some breath-taking views.
The cliffs reach an altitude of 135 metres above sea-level making them the highest sheer drop on the islands. Part of Ta' Cenc is soon to become protected as a national nature reserve due to its ecological value. Some of the birds which can be found there are the Cory Shearwaters, Storm Petrel, Yelkouan Shearwater and Blue Rock Thrush which is Malta's national bird called Merill. The national plant Widnet il-Bahar can also be found at Ta' Cenc amongst a variety of flora.
Ta Cenc Cliffs
No visit to Gozo could be complete without admiring a sunrise or sunset on the Ta' Cenc cliffs, or just taking a stroll and admire this natural Gozitan heritage.
Kindly take a moment to sign this petition against building a golf course in such a beautiful place of great ecological importance ....
Ta Cenc Cliffs
This is the beautiful Ta Cenc Cliffs, unfortunately there is a plan to destroy such beautiful nature and to construct on this unique area hotels and golf course.
Such project will be irreversible and a disaster for many plants, animals and the unique environment.
I do believe that hotels and golf course can be built elsewhere, but such unique nature there is only one.
If you have the same opinion, please visit the link included here and sign the petition .
Small but perfectly formed
Though only nine miles long and four miles wide, Gozo still surprises with its dramatic scenery, ancient heritage, plus handsome churches and chapels. Never mind the friendly people, warm seawater and tasty local food!
Highlights from our holiday included trekking along the Ta-Cenc clifftops, pottering around Dwejra Bay, sunbathing on Ramla Beach, poking around the market in Victoria, admiring the stone walls of the world's oldest temple, strolling the farmland around Gharb, having a meal on the Xlendi seafront, taking in the view from atop Victoria's citadel and watching the Gharb glassblowers at work. Buying fresh fruit and vegetables at the Victoria market still warm from the sun and freshly picked from the local farms, sampling cheese and olives, picking out a bottle of Gozitan wine for pennies, then heading back to our villa for a meal of salad, pasta and wine!
Lovely but in sad decline
Ta Cenc has an exceptional location, perfect layout and a fantastic peaceful ambience. It is a unique property which has the atmosphere of staying in a private house rather than a 5* hotel. The staff are friendly and the service was attentive at all times. We have stayed at Ta Cenc on 3 occasions and have always had a most relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
Now for the negatives...the rooms and bathrooms are somewhat dated, and worse the bedlinen so old that it had bobblles on it from too much washing.
It is clear that the owners are spending little or no money on maintainance and the whole place is starting to look shabby. The breakfast was at best mediocre, treats included watered down apple juice. We ate at the hotel once on the evening, from the Table D'hote menu...the food was dreadul. I had duck breast which was tepid greasy and tough.
This is simply not good enough at the inflated prices that are being charged for the food (by Gozo standards)
I will probably go to Ta Cenc again..I t rather love it but I will be greatly saddened if its decline continues. We gather that the owner wants to build some monstrous "7 star" hotel and golf course as part of the complex for which he awaits planning permsission. This would totally destroy the spiriit and integrity of a very unique place..At the same time it is clear that because of this the owner is unwilling to spend any money on the currrent hotel.
Nothing better on Gozo
An unusual hotel in that it has quite a lot of rooms 80 odd but still has an intimate feel about it. having said this it was not full when we went so the service was probably better than in high season. We had a suite N.111 which did not have a very nice view. The furnishings were simple but tasteful. The patio/garden furniture could have been a bit cleaner. Bathroom was good though the water from the taps was dark brown.
The public rooms were very plush with loads of sofas. Pools and gardens very well maintained. We had lunch in the café restaurant which was well served but expensive huge portions and food quality so so! We decided not to eat in their restaurant though we had breakfast there. The breakfast was pre-cooked which for the price is not good enough. Unfortunately it was too cold to use their private "beach area" down the Ta cenc cliffs because this was the only really beautiful place I would have wanted to swim in the whole of Gozo. In fact having driven all over the island i did not see any other hotel that can compare with this one. The radisson and other 5 star hotels on the island were horrible.
Ok but itchy
Stayed for a week. We had booked a trullo - didn't get it on arrival, were in a family suite. Had a baby with us so initially happy. Then we figured out the trullos had views - the suites don't. Were moved to trullo for night four of 7 nights onwards.
Restaurant, housekeeping and front of house staff very helpful. Pools just lovely, ditto peace and quiet. Spa of a great standard.
Food under flavoured but we're spoilt in London I guess. Huge, insanely sized portions!
But oh the furnishings in the rooms are just dire. So worn and not of best quality to start with. Finally - the pool and especially the room garden furniture deserately need more care. The hotel cats sleep on them and we have come home with fleas. We have written this to the very pleasant manager.
Beautiful, rustic retreat
Stayed at Ta'Cenc for my honeymoon. Wonderful hotel, as different from a modern, high-rise carbunkle as you could wish for. Very much a village-style layout, with low-rise stone buildings in a rural location overlooking the sea across to Malta.
We stayed in a trullo, a circular stone bungalow with stepped roof and drapes. Although the quality of the fixtures (e.g. cupboard doors) belies the five star rating, the charm of the place more than made up for that. Bathroom was quite small and not very well laid out. Could have done with better lighting. Stunning view across the cliffs to Comino and Malta itself.
The complex was quiet and peaceful, with the staff friendly but quite relaxed. Two outdoor pools with loungers, one pool part indoor, part-outdoor, with the outdoor section surrounded by a landscaped, peaceful garden. Steam room and sauna facilities, also a gym should you feel the urge.
We went to the restaurant twice for dinner. Both times the food was excellent, and as it was buffet style, plenty of choice. Mondays is Gozitan special, with local meats, fish, and cheese. Live background music is slightly cheesy too! Breakfast was excellent too - wide range, hot or cold, plenty of bread. Watch out if you sit outside - there are lots of friendly cats angling for a piece of your meal; more annoying are the persistant flies.
There are three restaurants within walking distance from the hotel, one right opposite the entrance (again excellent fresh local food). Small supoermarket 10 minutes walk away, and a few more shops and a bank in Sannat town square - although this is downhill from the hotel. There's a shuttle bus four times a day to the hotel's private beach (rocky, not sand) and also into Victoria, the capital of the island.
If you want to explore further afield than these, I'd reccomend hiring a car for a couple of days, as the buses - both public and the hotel's - stop in the early evening. Victoria is walkable in an hour or so, but it is quite and incline and the roads are pretty bad.
Overall, it was a thoroughly wonderful place, and I'd love to go back in the future.
This is not your usual 5* hotel. I recently went there with my close friends and family to get married. You are really made to feel welcome at this hotel. The hotel has a beautiful laidback feel to the whole place while still providing a high level of service. I stayed in one of the turellos; which had an amazing view of both Malta and Comino. I would strongly advise anyone to visit this hotel. It makes such a nice change from your normal 5* hotel and has bags of character. The food is great and the portions are huge. As for anyone thinking of getting married there, don’t think twice just do it. The hotel really made the day special for us and given me memories that I shall never forget. I have never seen a setting quite like it for a wedding, just perfect. The assistant manager David is excellent and most helpful. I found the staff to be both courteous and friendly.
There is a great bar straight across from the hotel; this also is well worth a visit.
This will not be my last stay in this hotel; I will most defiantly be back.
Ta' Cenc Cliffs
The Ta' Cenc Cliffs are another example of natural beauty in Gozo. Nothing beats a relaxing stroll on the cliff edge, admiring the beauty of the cliffs and the strength of the sea if it is rough.
The Ta' Cenc cliffs, apart from being a tourist attraction are also a bird sanctuary as it hosts one of the largest Cory's Shearwater colonies in the mediterranean. If you visit this place on a moonless August evening you can hear their haunting cries as they return to their colony after periods feeding at sea.
While walking back to the road from the edge of the cliffs, one can admire the little island of Comino.
Ta' Cenc Cliffs
Ta' Cenc Cliffs
Ta' Cenc Cliffs