Following an intensive 18-month restoration and renovation process, Senglea’s iconic Macina Bastion has now come back to life as an exclusive Cugó Gran luxury accommodation, welcoming its first guests last weekend.
Built in 1554 during the reign of Grand Master Claude de la Sengle, the Sheer Bastion has been one of the Grand Harbour’s most renowned landmarks, deriving its name ‘Macina’ (originally ‘macchina’) from the large sheer crane structure, used to hoist heavy masts and other cargo, which was eventually dismantled during the British period in 1864. Today, the Cugó Gran Macina is aiming high by aspiring to be a landmark of a different class, a luxury boutique accommodation that will be a showpiece on the historic Cottonera seafront.
Offering 21 suites with high vaulted ceilings and ample natural light, ranging from 40 square metres to an impressive 130 square metres, all decorated in a minimalist style to create a luxury environment, Cugó Gran Macina has been truly transformed, blending bespoke interior design and luxury features. All rooms have unobstructed views of the Grand Harbour and the surrounding marina against a backdrop of historical fortress walls.
Overlooking the Three Cities with views extending as far as Valletta, the rooftop terrace has been tastefully converted to accommodate events for up to 1,000 guests, making it an ideal venue for weddings, special events and corporate functions – in fact, it has already hosted its first wedding. A guest swimming pool is tucked discreetly on the annex building rooftop overlooking picturesque Vittoriosa and Cospicua.
The Cugó Gran Macina offers a restaurant and a bar, operated by the well-known and award-winning Maltese restaurateur Chris Hammett and his team, also catering at the rooftop terrace. One board room for small meetings and conferences completes the wide range of services.
The new opening of Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour is yet another milestone in 2017 for the IBB Hotel Collection as the hospitality company continues to expand further in Europe. The IBB Hotel Collection is a subsidiary of Von der Heyden Group, a developer and investor based in Malta. Currently operating 11 hotels in Germany, Poland and Spain, the group has ambitious growth plans for the upcoming years. The group is currently constructing an own asset in the historic city centre of Gdansk (Poland) under the IBB brand, namely IBB Hotel Dlugi Targ.