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Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Ta’ Cenc & Spa. It’s a beautiful location overlooking the cliffs and sea. There isn’t much else nearby, the adjoining village has a little shop and a couple of restaurant. The shop has quite a few things but no baby supplies for which you would have to go to Victoria if travelling with a little one.

There is a good on time bus service with a bus stop a couple of minutes away from the hotel that goes once an hour, you can go straight into the bus with a buggy rather than storing it underneath. The bus costs 2€ per journey up to 2 hours or you can get a card with 12 journeys for 15€ at the bus station in Victoria. The hotel also provides a free shuttle bus to Victoria three times a day but we never went at those times. We considered hiring a car but just got buses everywhere in the end and often a taxi on the way back, which cost us 15€ from most locations (agree on a price when booking).

We had bed and breakfast at the hotel and the breakfast was great, plenty of choice and can be had inside or outside in a beautiful courtyard. We also loved all the resident cats! It’s a great hotel for cat lovers. We also had dinner there one evening and the food was very good. The snack menu during the day which can also be ordered as room service was decent but a bit limited for choice and a bit pricey.

There are two outdoor pools and a spa pool which is partly indoors and partly outdoors. We didn’t use the main pools as they felt a bit cold for our baby to go in but went to the spa pool most days. We loved that pool in its setting in the rocks and it was a heated to 31 degrees so perfect for a baby. Please note that children are only allowed in the spa area until 12pm and between 6 and 7pm though.

The only thing we’d criticise would be that when we arrived and went for dinner they only had one high chair and there were two babies in the restaurant at that time but they quickly rectified that and borrowed one from their other restaurant (Ta’ Cenc Kantro Lido). On another day there was no tray for the highchair at breakfast and we thought they would know at the time of booking that people are visiting with babies and have enough highchairs ready.

We walked to the Kantro Lido restaurant one day too which took about 40 minutes and was a nice walk with great views over the island. There are also sunbeds and access to the water there and the water is nice and clear. The views from the restaurant and the sunbeds are stunning! The way back was a bit more tiring as a lot of it was uphill!

I would recommend Hotel Ta’ Cenc & Spa for a stay on Gozo.

Stayed: October 2018, travelled with family
3  Thank raccooncrossing
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

We have previously visited this hotel and spa in 2016 but were disappointed to find that a lot of the niggles were still there in 2018.

Let's start with the positives!

It's a quiet peaceful locationwith happy helpful staff.

Our room [ one of the newest in the resort ] was spacious, comfortable [ except the pillows ] and the bathroom was clean and had a seperate shower / bath.

The food [ we were half board ] was very good [ as always ] with plenty of choice and very helpful cheery staff.

The not so good parts.

The parasols around the pool were dirty, shabby and in need of repair. The sun lounger pads are stained and old!

The gym equipment is not maintained and therefore everything sqeaks or needs replacing.

The chairs in the restaurant are stained and tired.

The general walk areas are not regularly maintained and could do with a daily sweep.

These may seem trivial things but as these were the same 2 years ago you feel that the place lacks a strong management and could do with a bit of an investment.

Would we return? Probably! The place does have a rustic charm and is a great place for a quiet chill out.

Room Tip: Go for a newer room where the showers actually work.
  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Keith H
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

We travelled through dusty back roads from Victoria for about 20 minutes to get to the hotel and what a joy to reach it's peaceful secluded grounds. An attractive hotel in a wonderful location leading onto the dramatic Ta’ Cenc cliffs. I would say it is more 4 star than 5 but charming nonetheless and my favourite hotel on Gozo.

Ta Cenc sits into the sand-coloured rocky landscape between the village of Sannat and the typical Mediterranean garigue of the Ta’ Cenc cliffs. The views are incredible from the cliffs, occupied since Neolithic times. Sannat has an 18th-century parish church and a little bar frequented by part-time resident Billy Connolly.

Every rooms has views of the gardens, countryside or courtyard, and there are a handful of freestanding stone trullo, which I stayed in, on the edge of the garigue. Consisting of multiple low-rise buildings formed from local limestone and with traditional comfortable interiors, the rooms are airy, cool and comfortable. Nature merges with the hotel – including a marvellously gnarled ancient carob tree in the centre of the restaurant, plenty of vegetation. Essentially the hotel oozes a sense of calm, peace and quiet with open space making you feel as if you really are away from it all.

Two outdoor swimming pools sit on peaceful terraces overlooking beautiful wild countryside. The pools are well maintained and lovely to dip in and out of, but the sunbeds need renewing. There is sporadic poolside bar service, but the outside bar lying between the pools is delightful to sit in for a drink or food. There is a spa with whirlpool tub, sauna, steam room, treatment rooms and a delightful indoor-outdoor pool. Its outside area, surrounded by lush green plants, is particularly lovely when gently lit at night.

One of the main highlights, and NOT TO BE MISSED is the bar-restaurant and terrace of rocky platforms above a deep creek of clear blue water just off the larger creek of Mgarr Ix-Xini, a marvellous swimming spot in the whole of Gozo. Great seafood and my god so much in each serving. The seared tuna is a MUST.

I found the service to be very friendly and helpful. but it is not five-star service in the hotel or restaurants. It matter little, the place is marvellous.

Most rooms have been recently refurbished in a fresh modern-traditional style in natural colours with images of plants and birds. All rooms are on the ground floor and each has its own little patio. Junior suites are in a darker, richer palette and the trullo are like small self-contained homes with a bedroom, bathroom and sitting room beneath a corbelled, 'beehive', limestone roof.

Breakfast is a good hot and cold buffet with plenty of variety, and can be taken beneath the spreading arms of the ancient carob tree. Other meals are not always up to the price. There are, however, plenty of good restaurants in Gozo, all within about a 20-minute drive, many far less. Victoria, where I am moving to in Feb, remains the best town to visit for cafes and sitting in the sun sipping wine or a coke.

Great hotel, wonderful location.

Room Tip: choose one on the edge of the garigue
  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled on business
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1  Thank markboyde41
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

This hotel purports to be 5 star. With some improvements, this could be justified but, at present, it falls down in some areas.
The taps in the bathroom were poorly maintained so that, despite the large shower head, it was difficult to have a good shower. One tap was so stiff, it could only be turned on to give a dribble of water. The drains from the washbasin and bidet also seemed to be partially blocked.
The bedroom was very comfortable but it was necessary to keep the curtains closed when the lights were on as the large doors leading to the terrace allowed passers by to see in.
Excellent facilities for swimming, etc., but the quality of the restaurant food was rather variable. Very helpful and generally pleasant staff in all areas.
Internet access was unreliable and intermittent.
For the price, one could have hoped for better. We understand that a makeover is due soon.

  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Freedom800357
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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

My husband and I were so blessed when we stayed at the hotel.
Mostly great staff. We loved the pool at the spa and the peacefulness of the area.
Thank you Charlie the bus driver,
Chris - the restaurant manager
Alex -the restaurant managers assistant
And many others.
I would suggest booking a car somewhere else. We booked twice a car from the hotel and the reception staff forgot to reserve one, so we ended up naturally disappointed as we had planned our day around having a car.
Don’t expect our standard of 5 star, but regardless, you will fall in love with the Hotel and of course Gozo. I’m sure we will return again one day x

Stayed: August 2018, travelled with family
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