Minimalist makeover for Malta’s The Phoenicia

Gordon Campbell Gray and Mary Fox Linton update the Valletta landmark

The restaurant at The Phoenicia, Malta
The restaurant at The Phoenicia, Malta

Welcome news; one of luxury travel’s original tastemakers is, after a hiatus, back on the scene – in Malta: Gordon Campbell Gray (who brought us One Aldwych, in its day the London luxury boutique hotel, and Antigua’s Carlisle Bay) has once again teamed with longtime partner, decorator Mary Fox Linton, to imbue The Phoenicia (www.phoeniciamalta.com; from €250) – a Valletta landmark, dating to 1939 – with the Gray-Linton signature mix of minimalist understatement and opulence cast in icy-sorbet tones. The seven-odd acres of gardens have been totally refurbished, along with the hotel’s 136 rooms and suites. The serious sybarite’s money has been on Malta moving into the Mediterranean spotlight for some time now; watch this space for more news soon.

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