Let’s Entertain You

By / 7th August, 2017 / News / Off

Let’s Entertain You!

When you need a lazy night (or day) in at Julesy’s BnB, we’ve got you covered.
All our rooms have the latest LED (Smart TV) technology, with a generous 40″ (100cm) screen. In addition to our Free Netflix service for all the latest movies and television series, we also provide 50 live TV channels to choose from too.

So, sit back and relax in your individually controlled air conditioned room and watch your favourite show. Yes, there’s a fully stocked mini-bar to keep you hydrated. 🙂

 

The best of Gozo & Comino

By / 29th July, 2017 / News / Off

The best of Gozo & Comino

For our guests who are short of time, we now have a new excursion available.

Guests are picked up & returned to Cafe Riche (a 5 minute walk from Julesy’s BnB), for a full day’s excursion.

The vessel then departs from Sliema Creek, in the morning and cruises north, passing through the Comino channel and heading for Gozo. Upon arrival at Mgarr Harbour, guests are welcomed by a representative who will drive them around various charming villages in Gozo, including Xewkija, Xlendi, Rabat, the Citadel, Gharb (and Ta’ Pinu Basilica) as well as Dwejra. Short stops for photographing or exploring the sites will be included at Citadella and the Inland Sea. Guests will also have some time for traditional Gozitan crafts. After visiting the Island of myth and legend, guests proceed to Mgarr Harbour for a transfer to the breath-taking Blue Lagoon, where they can enjoy a dip in the crystalline blue waters or explore the island of Comino. Guests then board the indicated vessel which will return them to Sliema via the north-eastern coast of Malta. The return trip offers views of Mellieha Bay, St. Paul’s Islands, Bahar ic-Caghaq, St. Andrews, St. Julians, the Sliema Promenade, Tigné Point and finally Sliema Creek.

All this for just €40 per person. Yes, €40 per person!!!

Bookings should be made in advance via our Tour Desk, where you will also find another 45 different excursions we have on offer.

Morning Coffee

By / 16th July, 2017 / News / Off

How was your morning coffee today?

We at Julesy’s BnB take our coffee very seriously to ensure our guests have a coffee-licious experience.

It all starts with our 100% Arabica Coffee, which we’ve sourced from dedicated roasters in Sicily. The aroma of these beans is so aromatic that we became Malta’s exclusive distributor of them. Our beans are then finely ground through our handcrafted Italian coffee grinder, to assist with the ideal crema. Next, our ground beans are placed in our beautifully handcrafted Elektra Coffee Machine and we create the magic.

Coffee Machine

From espresso to cafe latte to cappuccino, or a good old flat white, we create our guest’s preferred coffee.

SUMMER SOLSTICE AT ĦAĠAR QIM & MNAJDRA TEMPLES

By / 30th May, 2017 / News / Off

SUMMER SOLSTICE AT ĦAĠAR QIM & MNAJDRA TEMPLES

Believe it or not, we still currently have 2 rooms available to book for this great event.
If you’re keen to stay with us, please click on this link to book ASAP.

Then you can experience the Summer Solstice from either Mnajdra or Ħaġar Qim Temples.
After the Solstice there will be a tour of the Visitor Centre and refreshments.

TICKETS, priced at €25 per person and €15 for HM Members, can be purchased from all HM sites/museums and ONLINE.

Limited places available.

For further information phone on +356 2142 4231.

 

Adventure Package

By / 29th May, 2017 / News / Off

Adventure Package

We often have adventurous guests wanting to get more out of Malta than sightseeing and relaxing. So, we’ve put together a sensational and well priced Adventure Package.

Full details can be found via this link, but here’s a peak on what’s on offer:
– A full day on a large catamaran, with a 5 star buffet lunch, followed by party time with the latest beats
– A Jeep safari in Malta
– A choice of Scuba Diving, or Horse-riding in the Maltese countryside
– A choice of Kayaking, or Abseiling, or Sea Level Traversing
– A choice of a Quad Tour in Gozo, or a Defender Jeep Safari in Gozo
– A Segway Tour in Valletta city

Plus dinner out every night at some of our favourite restaurants.

Yet just another reason to stay with us here at Julesy’s BnB. 🙂

 

 

DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING IN MALTA

By / 13th February, 2017 / News / Off

Discover scuba diving in Malta.

Have you ever dreamt of floating weightless amongst an array of rainbow fish and coral formations ?
Grab your chance at this introductory diving course in the bays of Malta! Our guests are picked up from Julesy’s BnB and driven to the scenic Reef Bay at St. Julian’s, where a trained diving instructor will teach you the necessary precautions and basic skills of this exciting adventure sport. All that is left is to put on your mask and fins and then dive deep down into the beautiful reefs. Experience the thrill of breathing underwater. Grab the opportunity to explore more of Malta’s unique bays from under the sea.

All this for just €50 per person, and available everyday of the year.

Be sure to check out our other Tours & Excursions available on our website.

What to see and do in The Three Cities – Malta

By / 24th January, 2017 / News / Off

What to see and do in The Three Cities – Malta

The Three Cities consist of Vittoriosa (aka Birgu); Cospicua (aka Bormla); and Senglea (aka Isla).
This is the oldest region in Malta, which pre-dates Mdina and Valletta. Yes, the ‘real’ Malta!

Apart from walking around and seeing all the beautiful architecture, with some buildings dating back over 1,000 years (and still being used today); checking out the Grand Harbour Marina; enjoying a meal with a drink or two at one of the many restaurants and cafes; there are several things to see and do whilst in the Three Cities, being:

Fort St Angelo

B3C - Fort St Angelo

The Inquisitor’s Palace

B3C - Inquistors

Malta at War Museum

B3C - Malta at War

Malta Maritime Museum

B3C - Maritime Museum

St. Lawrence Church

B3C - Birgu Church

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

B3C - Cospicua Church

Notre Dame Gate

B3C - Notre Dame

Bir Mula Heritage Museum

B3C - Bir Mula

Norman House

B3C - Norman House

Cottonera Sports Complex

B3C - Sports Complex

Safe Haven Gardens

B3C - Garden

Vedetta – The Watch Tower

B3C - Vedetta

Cottonera Lines

B3C - Cotoner Lines

Santa Margherita Lines

B3C - Santa Marg Lines

The Rolling Geeks

B3C - Geeks

C.S. Lawrence Art Studio

B3C - Art Studio

Flea Market / Boot Sale

B3C - Boot Sale

Street Market

B3C - Street Market

As you can see there are plenty of things to see and do within The Three Cities region. So come and explore and we’d love to have you here with us at Julesy’s BnB as our guests.

Julesy’s BnB

Lascaris Suite - Julesy's BnB

And yes, The Three Cities have plenty of drinking spots, cafes and restaurants to choose from. All can be found within the below link.

Food & Drink Guide

B3C - Food Guide

Sea Level Traversing

By / 23rd January, 2017 / News / Off

Sea Level Traversing

Every Tuesday throughout the year, our experienced sea level traversing guides will take our adventurous guests to the perfect location that suits their experience and the type of activity they are looking for.

It does not matter if our guests are a complete beginner or experienced, we will always find them the perfect level. Sea level traversing allows guests to experience all freedom of climbing but with the added advantage of a very short fall into the sea should they not be able to continue your chosen route.

In the summer months when temperatures are high and the sea is a very refreshing break, guests can throw themselves off the rock-face and into the cool waters of the Med!

All this adventure is just €65 per person, inclusive of being picked up and safely returned back to Julesy’s BnB.

Bookings can be made via: JulesysBnB.com/tour-desk

 

Plan 2017

By / 22nd December, 2016 / News / Off

Plan 2017

As we enter and enjoy the upcoming silly season, and partake quality time with family & friends, we will also reflect on the highs and lows of 2016.

Time to reflect yes, and to look forward to hopefully a safe and fantastic 2017. We tend to make some new year’s resolutions as a result of bettering life’s journey through the next year which seldom take shape. So, what’s going to really change?

There’s an old saying along the lines of ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail’.

Right now you have a choice.
Right now you can take charge of your life and plan.
Right now you need to look at your 2017 diary and slot in some ‘me’ time.

Make 2017 a memorable year and plan your getaway to beautiful Malta.

Be 1 of hundreds of guests whom have stayed with us at Julesy’s BnB and enjoy the moment whilst creating fabulous lifelong memories. Yes, book your room now via our website at www.JulesysBnB.com and make it happen.

We look forward to having you here with us as our guests.

December in Malta

By / 20th November, 2016 / News / Off

December in Malta

December is fast approaching. The month of Christmas trees, snow, thick jackets and warm scarves. Well, maybe in the rest of Europe but not here in beautiful sunny Malta. Yes, believe it or not, Malta can still be quite warm in this time of the year. One could even expect temperatures in the 20’s. So how does a getaway from gloomy weather sound?

During this time of the year (similar to the month of November), the weather could be somewhat different from one day to the next. We experience colder days (sometimes) with rain and thunder, totally different from the previous sunny weeks, however this rarely seems to last long in Malta.

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Christmas Spirit

Despite our good weather, the month of December is all about Christmas. Streets and roundabouts are decorated with Christmas lights and different festive decorations, whilst some houses are decorated from top to bottom with lights around every window and every door.

Valletta and Sliema are the places for the usual Christmas shopping extravaganzas, which is something you’ll ether love or hate. In saying this, Republic and Merchant streets in Valletta, are beautifully decorated with lights and tinsel all along the streets attracting thousands of people everyday for Christmas shopping, and of course people watching.
The Point shopping center in Sliema is Malta’s largest shopping complex, where hundreds of people shop everyday. During the month of December the center and surrounding lane are transformed into a Christmas wonderland.

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Theatre:

In December one can see different Christmas plays, some in English and others in Maltese. A very popular event is the Christmas pantomime which is a very popular tradition in Malta especially for young families. It’s incredible how they take a classic children’s story and transform it into a Christmas fairy tale.

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Traditional Christmas Food:

Christmas time is a time for being spoilt with food and drink. Here in Malta during the festive season you can easily indulge yourself with different Christmas desserts such as minced pies, Christmas log, treacle rings or Qaghaq tal-Ghasel, Maltese Christmas pudding and of course the traditional Pannetone. Nevertheless during the month of December spirits are high, families come together and people exchange gifts in the time for giving.

festa

Festas:
The last religious feast is held in Cospicua on the 8th, and the procession is in our street. Thousands of locals descend on our village to partake in the activities and to witness the traditional festa for the local Catholic Church.

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Flights:

It’s winter. So all the airlines have great deals on flights and we’re only a short flight away. Guests staying with us for 4+ nights are even picked-up from the airport as a complimentary service.

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Accommodation:

So glad you asked. We have our own private time out from the 24th to the 26th as hopefully you can appreciate, however most of the rest of December is up for grabs. Simply click on this link to book.

If you can’t make it here this December, perhaps plan for 2017, noting we are already taking bookings in 2018, as Malta’s capital city is the EU Capital of Culture.

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from Julesy’s BnB

Malta Jazz Festival 2017

By / 17th November, 2016 / Events, News / Off

Malta Jazz Festival 2017

The dates have been released for the 27th edition of the Malta Jazz Festival for 2017.

If you are into Jazz, then you need to here here in beautiful Malta for this exceptional event.

The 3 nights are July 20th; 21st; and the 22nd.

Right now, we have rooms available which can be booked via www.JulesysBnB.com

Further details & tickets can also be found via: www.facebook.com/maltajazzfestival

Go on….treat yourself!!!

Public Bike Sharing – Now in Malta

By / 13th November, 2016 / News / Off

Public Bike Sharing – Now in Malta

Nextbike Malta is the licence operator of the new innovative way to cycle your way around the island. An ideal climate-friendly solution to close gaps in network and timetables of buses. The Public Bike Sharing system from all around the world is now in Malta with bikes available 24/7.

Whether you are a business traveller aiming to reduce travelling time, a tourists on the Island ready to explore the area or a student ready to boost your wellbeing, Nextbike Malta offers an inexpensive and flexible answer to your transport crisis. Join the network and download the App today. Registration is free of charge.

Now available in Sliema, St. Julians, San Gwann, Ta’ Xbiex, Imsida, Gzira and Swatar, and just around the corner from Julesy’s BnB. 🙂

More info at www.NextBike.com.mt

 

nextbike

Need some sun?

By / 7th October, 2016 / News / Off

Need some sun?

Escape to Malta this December, noting the bureau of meteorology is forecasting sunny days for the whole month.

Live your life; Love your life; Book Now!

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Our Top 10 Cheap Eats & Street Foods in Malta

By / 28th August, 2016 / News / Off

Looking for great value eats?

There are over 2,000 restaurants to choose from on the island but we wanted to arm you with a list of the islands best cheap eats, street foods and spots where the prices are not only cheap but also offer great value with pretty reasonable if not exceptional service too. Whether you are on the run or have more time to kill, there is something here to help save your purse on holiday

Queens Pastizzeria – Hamrun – This is hands down the most delicious pastizzi and maltese pie I have ever tried. My favourite is the chicken & spinach pie. You won’t want anything else to eat for the day, so be warned… And at an enormous €2.30 there is simply no better cheap eat on the island that is quiet so yummy.Queens Chicken Pie

Bavarian Sausage – Sliema – Delicious Frankfurt’s with all the trimmings around €5 or so they are great for a quick snack or a on the go lunch. Look out for the van opposite Zara department store in Sliema.Bavarian Sausage Malta

Eat Street Food Truck – Msida – Okay, so you think food trucks are always filled with deep fried greasy food. Well not this one. You will be delighted to see vegetarian options, Asian inspired dishes such as Thai, Indian and Ramon, and delicious desserts too. The Panacotta is just delicious.  All thrown in with delightful service to boot.  Eat Street also travel around to the festivals, so look out for them  via their facebook page.

Soul Food – Merchant Street Valletta – Great vegetarian & Vegan options in the heart of Valletta. Lovely menu at a very good price. Great for vegetarian and vegans, everything is fresh and interesting.

soul-food VallettaTrabuxu Wine Bar – Strait Street Valletta – Excellent value platters, but they also have great wines at reasonable prices too. The atmosphere is cosy and intimate inside, often visited by local celebrities. You can also sit alfresco and watch the passing parade, which is really cool on a Friday or Saturday night. Strait Street is where it all happens, so from here, bar hop from place to place and find your nook.Trabuxu Platters

Senglea Waterfront – Three Cities – There are a host of restaurants to choose from and all of them are really reasonable. Our favourite is Tas Serena which is a new comer to the Senglea Waterfront but the menu is fab as are the prices.Tas Serena

Mint – Sliema – Great lunch time cafe in the heart of Sliema. Very interesting fresh dishes on offer that change daily. Owned by a couple of New Zealanders who have created a lovely meeting spot to gather with friends.

Mint Sliema

La Vida Bar De Tapas – Sliema – The most lively tapas bar in Malta. La Vida serve the best sangria and cocktails too. Oh and if there chocolate brownies in the fridge make sure you save some space. Yum! Tapas dishes start at €4 and you can buy a bucket of beer sit street side with your friends and watch the passing parade. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

La Vida

Diar Il- Bniet – Dingli – Delicious farm fresh Maltese food experience at its best. But you must book in advance because it is so popular. Traditional farm fresh food prepared seasonally from farm to table. If you want to take home small gifts to your family then consider their jams, local honey, olive oils and pickles. Dishes start at €6.95 for a starter to under €20 for a main.

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Well that’s it from us. We hope this helps you save some time scouting through TripAdvisor, reading endless reviews and hopefully help you budget your holiday to get the best out of your holiday in Malta.

Wishing you all a happy healthy week from us here at Julesy’s BnB.

Top travellers tips for visiting Malta

By / 15th August, 2016 / News / Off

Visiting Malta Summer 2016…

Visiting Malta during the summer months is always full of surprises and magical experiences. This little island literally rocks all summer long. Everything from the islands wine festivals, village fiesta’s, film and art festivals, Jazz festivals and big ticket open air concerts so make sure you keep track of up coming events either on our website or you can also visit What’s On Malta for all the latests shows and other gigs across the island. A top of that, the food scene and clubbing scene is up there with some of the Mediterranean’s best, and the nice surprise is, most things are magically affordable!!

This week we thought to give you some useful local tips to help you make the most of your holiday.

Top travellers tips for visiting Malta.

  • It is no secret the traffic in Malta can be absolutely manic. So our tip to avoid the traffic jams is use the ferries as much as you can, from Sliema to Valletta and Valletta to The Three Cities routes. Through the summer months it is the best way to travel between the two main tourist hubs, and it is a lovely water cruise through the harbours too. Only €2.80/per person return. And make sure you show the lift operator your ticket to use the lift when you arrivetraffic jams in Malta from The Three Cities to Valletta, you will escape being charged €1 to get up to Upper Barrack Gardens. Ferries run up until midnight during summer and to 7pm in winter.
  • Want to visit Comino but don’t like big tourist style boat trips… Make your way to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal (the Gozo ferry terminal) by bus or car. To the right of the ferry terminal are water taxi’s that can take you over to Comino and the Blue Lagoon. The drivers usually give you a little extra tour exploring through the caves before dropping you back to Malta too. Added bonus, and fairly affordable!!
  • Car Rental is really cheap for daily hire and is the best way to get to Gozo. Car hire for the day is around €30 for a regular small run about, and we can get you one delivered to our door. Be sure to request one when booking your accommodation because availability is not always possible at short notice, so it pays to plan ahead.
  • The summer months can be really hot, so try and plan most of your sight seeing early morning or later in the afternoons where possible especially for outdoor experiences such as visiting the temples and so on. Siesta is also a big part of the Maltese way of life and in most small villages the shops close between 1pm and 4pm.siesta
  • Make sure you pack a really good hat and plenty of sunblock too. You also might like to add a little electrolytes to your water, the humidity from July to end September can make you quiet dehydrated if you are not used to it. Electrolytes are available from the chemists on the island too.
  • Check out Malta Transport bus services for access right around the island, here is the link for the timetable. While getting around is relatively easy and cheap, be prepared for delays especially if there are big concerts, fiesta’s or roadwork’s on route, sometimes buses may even be so full they will just pass by, so plan your journey’s to arrive as early as possible to your destinations to avoid the frustration.

  • Mosquito season in Malta can be ferocious “in some areas” during summer, if you are particularly sensitive to mosquito bites, perhaps pack a tropical strength mosquito repellent to keep them away at night time. We provide a plug in mosquito repellent for your room.
  • If you are visiting Malta between April and December you will definitely experience Malta’s fireworks. The fireworks are for the celebration of each villages patron saint. There are as many churches as there are days of the year (approximately 360 on this little island). Sometimes when looking across the night sky you will see many different fireworks going off around you. Be aware that these fireworks usually start at 8am in the morning, “yes” in broad daylight. Don’t worry the island is not under attack!! The daylight fireworks are said to warn of evil spirits before the patron saint is carried through the village procession and back to the church again. Be sure to attend at least one while you are here, they are very special and a huge part of the Maltese culture and way of life. fireworks 2
  • Tipping in restaurants is not compulsory, but if you get great service then a usual 10% added to the bill will make your waiters day.
  • If you only have a very short holiday in Malta then it pays to plan your itinerary in advance before you leave home. So pick out what it is that interests you the most and work out how to get from place to place as quickly as possible. The largest taxi fare for instance from one end of the island to the other, should cost no more than about €35, but always confirm the fare with your driver or taxi company first. Our favourite companies are ecabs and Greenr . 
  • Pack sensible walking shoes and be prepared to walk many stairs and steep inclines in some areas. Malta is by no means flat, additionally footpaths and curbs can be quiet narrow with high steps so be careful when walking about. Take your heels in a separate bag and pop them on when you reach your destination. Your feet and joints will thank you for it.

So we hope these tips are useful, help you plan your time and make for really great holiday experience in Magic Malta. Stay tuned for our up coming recommendations covering our top 10 things to do, where to eat, best clubs and bars, best street food and cheap eats and much much more.

Happy planning and hope to see you soon.

Julie, Glen & Roxy

 

Abseiling in Malta

By / 15th August, 2016 / News / Off

Need some adrenaline?

Try abseiling here in Malta. With steep cliffs, slabs and crevasses we take you to the most spectacular places to abseil in Malta. Standing securely on the edge of a steep incline, with the rope disappearing off the edge to the bottom somewhere beneath you, your nerves are on full alert. As you lean back and commence your descent adrenaline is pumping furiously around your body and the feeling is intense!

Priced at just €65 per person (inclusive of transport) and available every Saturday.
Bookings are by appointment.

*NEW* Platinum Package

By / 1st June, 2016 / News / Off

Our new Platinum Package is now available for our guests who want the best of the best.

This 6 night extravaganza includes:
– Private Yacht Charter, with qualified Skipper (inc. lunch & dinner)
– Private Chauffeur exploring Gozo, Malta’s sister island (inc. lunch & dinner)
– Private Chauffeur exploring most of Malta (inc. lunch & dinner)
– A day in Valletta City
– A round of golf at the exclusive Royal Malta Golf Course (inc. lunch & dinner)

Priced from just €1,595 per person, twin share (excludes airfares)

Full details available via this link

This bespoke package is designed specifically for up to 4 couples, with similar interests. Each couple will have their own private suite, and will embark on a fantastic holiday, filled with lifelong memories.

Fancy a round of golf at the Royal Malta Golf Course, during your stay in Malta?

By / 23rd May, 2016 / Events, News / Off

Fancy a round of golf at the Royal Malta Golf Course, during your stay in Malta?

Just 1 of our many ‘things to do’ within our Tours tab on our website at www.JulesysBnB.com

Come and witness at first hand the substantial improvement to the 18 hole course which combined with the warm Mediterranean weather and hospitality make it enduringly popular with visitors who return regularly year after year. The well balanced layout of the course offers an interesting and challenging experience with positional play rather than big hitting paying better dividends. The newly built modern Clubhouse with its superb terrace overlooking the 1st; 2nd and 18th greens will further enhance your overall experience.

RATES
1 Round   –  18 Holes – € 80
3 Rounds – 18 Holes – €195
5 Rounds – 18 Holes – €315

DRESS CODE
Gentlemen: Collared polo shirt, tailored slacks or shorts
Ladies: Sleeveless, non-collared tops are allowed, but definitely not strap tops.
Tailored slacks, skirts or shorts
No blue denim or track suits are allowed on the course.
Only golf shoes with soft spikes or trainers are allowed on the course. Socks are to be worn.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS & HIRE OF EQUIPEMENT
€20 – Set of Bayhill Clubs
€30 – Branded set of King Cobra Clubs
€10 – Pull Trolley
€15 – Electric pull trolley
€40 – Electric buggy per round

Bookings can be made directly via our website or in person with your hosts.

Private Tours, now available

By / 23rd March, 2016 / News / Off

“Private Tours, now available”

Make your stay in Malta an even more memorable one, by experiencing our fantastic private tours.

Our professional chauffeured driver service will:

Personalise your tour to suit you
Remove all the hassle out of group excursions
Avoid having to try to work it all out yourself with the public transport system
Remove your stress trying to drive yourself in a hire car

Please click on any of the following links to get the full details:

A full day exploring Malta’s sister island Gozo
Historic cities of Mdina and Birgu, by night
Explore Northern Malta
Visit the Knights of St John period
Spend 4 hours soaking up Medieval Times
Experience the Prehistoric Blues

Bookings should be made via email at least 48 hours in advance, noting a non-refundable 20% deposit is required.

Private Yacht Charter, with qualified Skipper

By / 9th March, 2016 / News / Off

Private Yacht Charter, with qualified Skipper

Sail around the Maltese Islands aboard a luxury 54ft yacht. The yacht combines timeless design, exceptional seaworthiness and unmatched comfort.

You and up to 14 of your friends and family will be picked up from Julesy’s BnB and be taken on a short trip to the Kalkara Marina, whereby you will set sail at 10:00am. Simon the Skipper will provide you with his personalised bespoke service and ensure you experience pure indigence, whilst sailing the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

A sumptuous but light lunch will be served along with wine and water.

Your full day out on the water will be a life long memorable event, which will have you safely back at the Kalkara Marina at around 6:00pm.

This tremendous tour is priced at just €895, which needs to be booked 48 hours in advance.

For those who would like to scuba dive, Simon is also a qualified Diving Instructor. A scuba diving package can also be added if desired.

Further enquiries and bookings can be made via email.

Julesy’s BnB Banana Bread

By / 5th January, 2016 / Recipes / Off

Shared Thank You’s…..

2016 is already kicking off to a wonderful start, arriving home from our own holiday, Julesy’s BnB has seen it’s first guest for the year.  Our Japanese guests Yukihiro, Yukako and their gorgeous baby Riku stayed for 4 nights with us. Babies always bring another dynamic to our BnB, such a cute baby and always so happy, smiling and waving the whole time, such a treasure.

Roxy however was not so sure on what to make of it all, made herself scarce, but was desperately inquisitive at times to see who this little creature was visiting her house, but she kept a safe distance.

During breakfast I always enjoy finding out what my guests like to eat for breakfast and cater to their cultural needs, but I always like to tempt them with a few other things too, keeps things fun. Even the Vegemite has made an appearance a few times, (99% of our guests who have dared to taste it concur Australian’s are as weird as the creatures that roam the country) obviously it’s an acquired taste.

But our Banana Bread was a clear favourite of the week, so for Yukako, I am sharing this ever popular recipe, as a thank you for being our first lovely guests for 2016, and also in appreciation of the lovely origami crane you left as a gift in your room. We were very touched. Thank you.

Julesy’s Banana Bread

Ingredients

3 large bananas mashed
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups of self raising flour
1 1/2 cups of dark brown sugar
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of walnuts
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C. Use a long loaf tin and line it with baking paper and set aside.

In a large bowl mash the bananas and add the eggs, vegetable oil,  vanilla essence, sugar and walnuts and mix well. Then sift in the flour and mix with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are well combined. Pour ingredients into your tin and bake for 55mins. Remove from the oven immediately and let cool in the tin.

Serve with fresh bananas and strawberries. you can even butter with mascarpone or honeyed ricotta, or just enjoy it on its own.

Julesy's banana bread

 

Wishing you all a delicious 2016 and can’t wait to welcome all our upcoming guests to Julesy’s BnB in 2016.

It’s the small things in life that make us all appreciate and is our motto for the year.

All the best

Julie, Glen & Roxy

xxx

Camera, Lights and Action in Julesy’s Kitchen

By / 1st December, 2015 / News / No Comments

Cooking with KĹŤ Shibasaki – My favourite Japanese actress….

Ko Shibasaki started her career at 14 when she was discovered by a talent scout. She is one of Japan’s top-tier actresses, having starred in many TV shows, films and commercials. Ko Shibasaki became famous for her excellent performance in the controversial film “Battle Royale”, which has brought her fame not only in Japan, but all over East Asia. Recent films also include “47 Ronin” and “Bolt out of the Blue”.

So in July, Ko Shibasaki’s European agent contacted me to help with the popular Japanese television program “Another Sky”, the task was to cook live on TV a traditional Maltese meat pie. This stunning pie was a fond memory of Ko Shibasaki’s during her days as a budding actress many years ago in Malta.Cooking for Another Sky with Shibasaki Ko

The show relived her journey visiting the places she frequented during those days and of course the beautiful Maltese cuisine. I was thrilled to help and quickly (with the help of my lovely neighbour Josephine) identified the correct recipe for this task, a traditional Maltese spiced beef pie, packed full of vegetables and encased in a beautiful rich shortcrust pastry.

Filmed live in my kitchen on a very, very hot summer’s day, Ko Shibasaki and I cooked from scratch this delicious meat pie. Ko Shibasaki was determined to learn every detail to ensure it was exactly right. Once baked, all the cast and crew enjoyed this delicious pie together around the dining table.

It’s not often that you would hear of a leading actress cooking for all the cast and crew, I found this so refreshing…Ko Shibasaki is a truly grounded and delightful person, and a true champion of her beautiful country.Maltese Meat Pie for Another Sky

Ahhh…. just another magic moment in my kitchen!!

The recipe can be downloaded from my previous blog here and I have been told the video of the live show will arrive soon.

Enjoy your day and never pass an opportunity to create magic in your kitchen.

Blessed are the pie makers too.

Julesy 🙂

 

 

Julesy’s French Apple Cake

By / 13th October, 2015 / News / No Comments

French Apple Cake

This is officially the best go to autumn cake to enjoy over morning or afternoon tea, our guests love it at breakfast too. This is a rich custard and apple cake that is topped with a light fluffy cake and  dusted with cinnamon sugar. This reminds me of my grandmothers cooking and smells so divine while it bakes in the house.

Don’t be put off of the French title, some of the best french recipes are relatively simple to do provided you don’t miss any steps in the recipe. So read the steps thoroughly and you won’t get it wrong.

Ingredients

800g of Green Apples, pealed, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 cup water
1 cup plain flour
2 tablespoons flour extra
1 cup of sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup melted unsalted butter
1 cup of milk
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean (scrape out the seeds and paste and warm through the melted butter)
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Mise en place

Preheat oven to 180C.

Lightly grease a 9inch springform tin and line with baking paper. Wrap the base of the pan with aluminium foil.

Peel, cut and slice your apples and boil in a pot with the water for 3 minutes just to soften, then drain the excess water off and let cool while you prepare the cake batter.

In a large bowl whisk together 1 cup of flour, 2 tsp of baking powder, 1 cup of sugar, 1.2 tsp of salt.

Melt butter and add vanilla bean paste or the vanilla extract.

In a medium bowl whisk together 1 egg, 2 egg yolks melted butter and vanilla, 1 cup of milk.

Add the custard mixture to the dry ingredients. Now reserve 1 cup of the batter in another small bowl.

Add the drained apples to the remaining cake batter and fold through. Pour this mixture into your springform pan.

With the reserved 1 cup of cake batter add the extra 2 tbsp of flour and fold through thoroughly, then drizzle this evenly over the top of the apple cake mixture that is already in the pan.

Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle this over the top of the cake mixture.

Bake for 65-75 minutes at 180C.

Cake should be golden brown on top. Leave cake in the tin to cool on a wire rack before serving. Remaining cake should be kept in the fridge.

Serve with a generous dollop of double cream.

Serves 12.

Happy baking everyone and I really hope you enjoy it as much as our guests do.

Julesy 🙂

Lascaris Suite

By / 19th September, 2015 / News / 2 Comments

We are pleased to announce planning is now underway for our new “Lascaris Suite” to join our existing “Cotoner” and “Zondadari” Suites.

The new “Lascaris Suite” is scheduled to be ready for March 2016 to meet the overwhelming demand for guests choosing to stay with us at Julesy’s BnB.

Like our other two suites, we chose to name the suite in honour of one of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Malta. Giovanni Paola Lascaris (an Italian nobile) was in office from 1636 to 1657, and was primarily known for his commissioning of a series of fortification towers around Malta and Gozo, which most still exist today. Lascaris’s  successor continued the implementation of all of the towers.

Our new Lascaris Suite will be fully appointed to a 5-star standard, with its own unique style and colour theme.

Stay tuned for further updates.

 

Intimate celebrations at Julesy’s BnB

By / 16th September, 2015 / Events, News, Recipes / No Comments

She said “Yes”…..

Just one month ago we were contacted by what must be one of the worlds most romantic and thoughtful gentlemen. He found his life partner and wanted to pop the question right here in Malta, and also most privately here at Julesy’s BnB. Of course we obliged, also thrilled that we were entrusted with this most intimate of occasions.

Philip a pharmacist from The Netherlands, helped us plan the perfect scene to ensure his proposal was a success. He asked me to cook a delicious meal that had to cater for vegetarian, and not too much dairy too.  “Xiaohui”, Philips bride to be had an extremely sophisticated palate and appreciated spicy and oriental flavours, of course I was in my element! Her favourite colours were dark blue and pink and favourite flowers were roses and gladiolus, Philip did a great job knowing all of Xiaohui’s preferences. What a guy!

I wanted the meal be slow and relaxed so our guests could enjoy their evening and each others company without too much interruption, other than our service between courses, so we set up our private dining room for them for the evening.

Romantic Terrace Setting at Julesy's BnB

The Menu

Appetisers

Smoked Aubergine, Cucumber and Smoked Paprika Roulades, Summer Roasted Pepper & Avacado Gazpacho & Goats Cheese, Roasted Cherry Tomato & Basil Croustades.

Wine: Moet Chandon Champagne – France

Entrees

Panfried Scallops with a Citrus and herb butter sauce with fresh local crusty bread & Freshly Shucked Oysters with Lemongrass Lime & Chilli Dressing

Wine: Domaine Ville De Colmar Riesling – Alsace France

Main

Sweet Potato Spinach and Chickpea Fragrant Curry stack with Saffron Rice and wild Mushrooms and Cumin

Wine: Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough – New Zealand.

Dessert

Blueberry Souffles with Fresh Blueberries.

Private Dining Room at Julesy's BnB

Of course we were relieved when we got the word she said “Yes”!!!

Happiness and magic filled the night air, and it was a lovely place to be here at Julesy’s BnB.

To Philip and Xiaohui, we wish you both all the very best for your future together.


Fragrant Sweet Potato. Spinach & Chickpea Curry with  mushrooms, cumin and saffron rice. 

Especially for Xiaohui here is your recipe for that fragrant vegetable curry.

Ingredients

2-3 Large Sweet Potatoes diced
180g Fresh Spinach well rinsed
1 400g can chickpeas or fresh maltese “cirri”
1 red chilli, seeds removed
1 large thumb size piece of ginger, peeled
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 red onion, peeled & diced finely
1 tsp. hot Madras curry powder
2 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. turmeric
2 Tbsp. tomato puree
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 x 400ml can of light coconut milk

1 Cup Jasmine Rice
10 Saffron strands and water ( see notes below)
Good Pinch of Salt
Water

2 cups of brown mushrooms
1/2 tsp. Cumin seeds

Fresh Coriander to garnish

Method

First mince the garlic, ginger and chilli and set aside.  Rinse Jasmine rice and either cook in a rice cooker with Saffron Strands or use the evaporation method of cooking rice, stovetop in a pot. See note below on how to get the perfect fluffy  rice without using a rice cooker.

In a large pan heat the coconut oil over a medium heat and add the onion. Cook the onion gently for 4-5 minutes until it starts to soften. Next add the garlic, ginger and chilli and cook until it becomes fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Add the spices and cook for another minute then add the tomato paste. Cook the tomato paste for about 5 minutes as this helps remove any bitterness. You may need to reduce the heat to prevent the spices burning.

Next add the sweet potato and give everything a good stir. Pour over the coconut milk and fill the empty coconut milk can with water and add this to the pan too. Add the desiccated coconut and Chickpeas or “fresh cirri” (delicious when in season in Malta), giving everything a good stir.

Put the lid on the pan and bring everything to a boil. Reduce heat to a high simmer and cook for approximately 20 minutes or until the potatoes are just becoming tender (cooking time will depend on the size of your diced potato).

Add the spinach and cook until wilted and the potatoes are ready.

In a seperate pan heat a little coconut oil and add the cumin seeds to toast a little before adding the diced mushrooms. Cook down until golden add seasoning.

Once all three elements for your dish is complete, fluff the rice and place an egg ring or round mould on a plate, spoon in cooked rice then mushrooms and then top gently with the fragrant vegetable curry. Garnish with coriander and serve immediately.

*My method of cooking rice using the evaporation method is as follows. Rinse the rice well under cold water and drain well. Pour the rice in the bottom of a deep saucepan and level out in on the bottom of the saucepan. Put your finger in the saucepan as though to poke the bottom of the pan, hold your finger upright and notice the measure of the rice, where it comes up your finger. I measure in terms of knuckles. So where the rice measures to the knuckle, fill the pot up with water up to the next knuckle on your finger past the rice with water. Add your spices and salt to the pot and place the lid on the pot and simmer for approximately 12-15 minutes or until rice has completely soaked up all of the water in the pot. Once cooked fluff the rice and serve.


If you have a special event you want us to help you with during your stay then please contact us , we would love to help!