Detailed review by KateKirkpatrick
Oxford, United Kingdom
I stayed at Ta Cenc with my then husband-to-be and his parents. On the morning of my birthday (which we were spending in Malta), I woke up, and was told we were going on a surprise trip to Gozo, to stay in Ta Cenc and enjoy the first-rate food and spa...
Architecturally, the hotel is gorgeous; all of the rooms are single-story and the walls are limestone, so they seem to radiate warmth, as well as present a beautiful compliment to the azure blue sky. Our rooms were all nicely sized, with a sitting area as well as beds and desks. The bathrooms were sizeable and clean, and full of everything one could possibly need.
The layout of the hotel was very navigable, and also gave one the illusion of solitude; it felt rather more private than most hotels do. The view from our terrace was stunning, limestone and green littered with domes, capped by the sea. The service was also excellent.
The lobby was very tastefully and elegantly decorated, with various rooms breaking off for guests to relax in, including a games room and small library.
The restaurant was superb - over six months later I still remember what I had for dinner: an aubergine parmesan to start, and very nice pasta. My husband had a starter of squid fettucine which was so large it would have been an overly ample main course. I suppose the only criticism I could offer, actually, was that the portions were rather too large. All of the food was nicely displayed, and very tasty!
The breakfasts were also wonderful: a selection of hot foods and cold. And (which is very important to me) they had a good selection of jams.
The outdoor pools were both beautiful, but a bit too cold for me in April. I enjoyed reading beside them , but when it came to bathing, the spa was the place for me. It was well-equipped, with an indoor/outdoor heated pool (in the 80s, Farenheit), a jacuzzi, a steam room and sauna. During certain hours, children were allowed in the spa area (and thus it was a bit noisier), but the staff were insistent on keeping to the rules, so one could rely on the hours posted.
Ta Cenc is a little way outside of the nearby village, so it isn't really the place for 'nightlife' or shopping as such. However, it is a great place to have a quiet, peaceful, and refreshing time.