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Challenge yourself to a tennis match on one of our on-site courts!

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The IK Tennis Academy is situated in the Urban Valley Resort & Spa and provides the ideal opportunity for you to blow those cobwebs away with an exhilarating game of tennis!

The IK Tennis Academy caters for all ages and abilities and has 2 hard outdoor courts plus another 2 hard outdoor courts at St.Martin’s College, Swatar.

Hotel guests can make use of the courts free of charge. We will provide tennis rackets and balls….all you have to do is check availability with reception or online at http://iktennisacademy.com/!

 

Go on, book a game and make the most of the facilities and beautiful Maltese weather. Courts are available weekdays and weekends.

 

About IK Tennis Academy

 

Founded by Ivana Kubickova, IK Tennis Academy is primarily focused on the development of young children from absolute beginners to what we refer to as ‘Pro Juniors’.  Ivana is also the Pro Juniors Head Coach.

The Pro Juniors program is aimed at players under the age of 10. Access to this program is based on ability and commitment. An advanced level of athleticism and coordination, as well as a higher time commitment to the weekly training schedule.

Tennis has always been central to Ivana’s coaching, being the most satisfying aspect. In Ivana’s words, “to help kids explore their full potential in a sport I love so much is a prospect I cherish. This was central to my decision to follow a coaching career, a philosophy and a passion I would like all IK coaches to also embrace.”

Ivana is supported by her fellow training coaches:

  • Robert Tarpey, Technical Director – born in the UK, Rob is a former pro player turned ITF Level 2 coach; he was also the former national coach for Malta Tennis, captaining also Malta during the Fed Cup in 2007. He was the private coach for Kimberley Cassar amongst others.
  • Andrea Giusti, Pro Juniors Coach – Andrea was born in Florence, Italy in 1979. From a very young age, he had a very strong passion for tennis. Having won numerous tournaments in Italy, he decided to pursue a career in coaching. Andrea is highly qualified, and focuses very much on the development of a good technique. He has a very professional attitude, and a very positive approach to coaching.

 

Training Programmes

IK Tennis Academy offers training to suit all ages and abilities through their Mini Tennis, Pro Juniors and Adult training programmes:

 

  • Mini Tennis – this is the first step into tennis. There are 3 levels of mini tennis, Red, Orange and Green, with each level focussing on a different age range and set of skills, with Red being for the younger children and Green being the final level playing on full sized court.
  • Pro Junior – like the mini tennis program, the Pro Juniors program is aimed at players under the age of 16, however access to this program is based on ability and commitment. An advanced level of athleticism and coordination, as well as a higher time commitment to the weekly training schedule.
  • Adult – there are 3 different types of coaching for adults with all 3 being good for beginners as well as for advanced tennis players. Each programme is specifically designed to improve player‘s skills while keeping it still intensive and fun.

 

IK Tennis Academy also organises training camps and tournaments for players regardless of their age or level.

 

Find out more and book at the IK Tennis Academy website: http://iktennisacademy.com/

Urban Valley Resort is proud of their Team for receiving TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence so soon after opening!

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We are so delighted that our resort and facilities have recently received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on the many incredible reviews we have gained since opening only a few months ago.

We have been rated 4.5 Excellent Score, categorized into the following areas:

Location at 4

Cleanliness at 4.5

Service at 4.5

Value at 4.5

Location

 

Situated in the beauty of the natural valley of “Wied Għollieqa” Nature Reserve, the hotel benefits from stunning countryside views, and throughout the year a number of birds also use this valley as a nesting ground, making the gardens an idyllic location to relax and unwind with only the sound of birdsong as background music.

Our Tri Bistro also boasts these beautiful views, and offers delicious dining, creative cocktails and award-winning wines, all served under the beautiful Mediterranean sky.  It is the go-to destination to dine during Malta’s warmest months due to its tranquil and secluded location, as is set within the hotel gardens, surrounded by its picturesque swimming pool and enveloped by lush greenery.

If you prefer a slightly more bustling atmosphere then our various bars and eateries can be enjoyed, our most vibrant being our Thistle Lounge Bar – offering full-bodied coffee and delicious pastries; and Silver Heron (our buffet breakfast and buffet dinner and A’ la carte lunch restaurant) – offering a wide range of mouth-watering dishes to enhance the senses.

Due to its countryside setting this means that our resort is situated away from the busy and chaotic city life, so to make accessibility super easy we offer a scheduled complimentary shuttle service to and from Sliema Ferries, St. Julian’s and Valletta, meaning that accessing the sights around us is also made as simple as possible.

Cleanliness

Our hotel’s modern and luxury decor is meticulously maintained and cleaned to our highest standards, and our vast gardens and outside space is well groomed to ensure that its beauty is enjoyed all year round.

All our rooms, suites and penthouses have been specifically designed for maximum comfort with a luxurious and sleek ambience, and it is of utmost importance that we keep these, as well as all our vast communal areas, as clean and comfortable for our residents during their stay.

Our rooms provide the right setting for a good rest or to catch up on work, due to complimentary WIFI, TV entertainment and comfortable furnishings.  The minimalist decor of the bathrooms, lined with marble, also boast optimal cleanliness, and are a perfect place to unwind under a cool refreshing shower after a long day enjoying the Malta sunshine.

Service

The service we provide is absolutely key to us at the Urban Valley Resort, and our team is trained to the highest standards to ensure that our patrons are served with everything they could want and need from their stay, visit or celebration with us.

We believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so after a good night’s sleep, our Head Chef Chris Tonna and his team carefully chooses, prepares and serves each and every dish to provide an absolutely energising start to the day.

An enriching distinctive variety of cold and hot dishes are also served throughout the day in all of our eateries to ensure that everyone’s tastes are pleased; and whether in our restaurants, bars, meeting rooms, reception, or just in our hallways and communal areas, our team will always greet our guests with a friendly smile and be on hand to serve in the best way possible.

Value

Whether you dine with us, host your event or stay in one of our spectacular rooms, value is a huge priority.  We work with our patrons and visitors to ensure their needs are met, and that they always receive value for the money, while never compromising on the quality provided by us.

With a variety of room options available, and a special discount for booking directly with us, we offer the best room rates for all our guests (and even welcome your furry companions at a pet-friendly rate!)

Plus in our vast choice of food offerings there are a menus to suit everyone’s budget, especially with Afternoon Tea served daily between 1400-1800 hours in our Thistle Bar for €12 per person, and our full buffet Breakfast and Dinner served in our Silver Heron Restaurant at €13.00 and €25.00 per person.

Ingredients are chosen for their high quality, resulting in menus that are exciting and innovative and that offer a selection of pasta, charcoal-grilled meats, hearty salads and vegetarian options – complemented by an excellent international wine list and tempting variety of desserts.

Excellence

We would like to thank all our amazing guests and visitors that reviewed us on TripAdvisor since we opened, and are delighted to have received our Certificate of Excellence across all of the areas that we value so dearly.

Our team is the heart of everything we do and we are so proud of them for all of their hard work to continue delivering our award-winning facilities and food and beverage offerings.

The pictures you’ve seen in this article are from the Thank You Lunch we held at the beginning of June with the entire team working at Urban Valley Resort & Spa, a special moment to get together with fellow co-workers and collaborators and congratulate each single one in person.

We invite you to visit us so we are able to serve you in our award-winning way too.

Viento poolside bar: the freshest place in Malta to unwind and to get together with fellow co-workers!

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Whether it be to celebrate a promotion, bring your team together, or a regular after work gathering, the Viento Bar is a great place to relax this Summer right by our poolside!

The bar is the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail, beer, spirit or glass of fine wine, after a long day at work, to catch up with friends and colleagues, or to conduct your corporate meeting in a more informal setting.

With its cool and chilled-out-vibe, free WI-FI and greenery around it, the outside bar offers a delicious selection of exciting drinks and food options.

Alternatively, patrons can use it as a place to relax with one of our star selection of gins and rums after enjoying a fuller meal in one of our restaurants.

If you lack knowledge of the bar menu, the friendly and knowledgeable staff will be able to talk you through their selection and recommend something based on your tastes.

This, along with the bar’s energised environment, makes it a perfect fit for entertaining or your private function.

Expect mouthwatering paella dishes such as chicken, rabbit and chorizo, the freshest seafood including mussels, clams, prawns and chorizo. Finish off on a sweet note with the Churros station served with melted chocolate and various toppings.

We are excited to introduce you to our exciting range of themed menus:

Rum Gin & Tapas  where you can indulge in beef empanadas with spicy tomato salsa or rice stuffed dolmades with lemon infused yoghurt

Cuban Night BBQ  with tasty prawn skewers with cilantro and lime zest or mojo marinade chicken thighs

Noche Española  with typical Spanish paella or tomato gazpacho with cucumber and avocado

All themed menus include three hours open bar and build-your-own-menus available with different options (minerals only, wine and beer, or full open bar)

Stand up reception menus and add-ons such as Themed Stalls, Ice Cream Parlor and Cocktails make our bar-by-the-pool even more ideal for evening staff parties, birthday parties, farewell parties – well any fun party in-fact!

Whatever you are looking for when it comes to your corporate event or work function, we invite you to let your imagination run as wild as our vast outdoor spaces, and to open your  events to our stunning comfortable rooms, suites and penthouses, conference spaces, bars and eateries, and acres of tree-shaded natural reserve park and gardens!