Although I’m so very fond of Malta, I find it hard to discover places on the island (other than the stunning natural landscape) that I truly feel in awe of. But stepping foot into Palazzo Parisio, situated in the town of Naxxar, does just that. Now that I’ve been a few times I feel so at peace there. Maybe its because it’s known as the ‘mini Versailles of Malta,’ or maybe its the delicious scones topped with clotted cream served in the tea room. Perhaps is the lush garden (greenery is hard to come by on the island!), or the fact that Oprah has dined there at Luna, the restaurant, herself. Whatever the reasons may be, I love this place.
I recently had the pleasure of bringing my mother and aunt to experience this gem of a place, and they both loved it as much as I. Its the perfect excuse to don your tea party dress, perhaps with a big hat and oversized sunglasses, and wander through the intricately-designed interior, which is in no way reflected by the architecture of the exterior. Then, spend the rest of the afternoon amongst the garden blooms grazing on bite-sized sandwiches and sipping loose-leaf tea (pinkies out?).
I find the best time to go is around 2 in the afternoon (14:00). That way, you can take the ~45 minute tour of the Palazzo itself, before settling into a garden terrace table to enjoy high tea, which is served from 15:00 to 18:00.