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8 Reviews

  • Reviewed October 2018
    Rosemary Gregory

    great gozo

    A great holiday. Ta chenc is a lovely hotel. Single storey buildings with very spacious room and bathroom. A fabulous choice of food at breakfast with plenty of choice for dinner. Staff very friendly and helpful. Gozo is laid back with a very good public transport system to get you to start walks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the ancient monuments and magnificent churches along with stunning scenery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    NA

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Not a huge choice for vegetarians at dinner in the hotel.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The written instructions for the walks provided by headwater were very clear and easy to understand. The best walk instructions we have come across. We were very impressed by the speed and efficiency of responses to queries to headwater.
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Beverley Thorpe

    Gozo go slow

    An ideal escape, even in the winter months when the sun is not so reliable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I'm really pleased to look at the map of Gozo and know that I have walked virtually all of it. The walk booklet led me across the island in all directions but knowing that it was very hard to get lost gave me more freedom to explore 'off piste'.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not applicable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The Ta Cenc hotel was very welcoming and the rooms comfortable and heated! The spa was a bit tired but the heated pool a must. Staff were lovely. Winter in Gozo was okay but it would have been even nicer in the spring. As a single female traveller I felt very safe.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Remember - you can't get lost on Gozo!
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Judith Pickthall

    Gozo; self-guided walking holiday Feb.2016

    Excellent Hotel (La Cence). Lovely weather Walking was excellent. Food great. Peopl,e very nice and very friendly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cliff walks.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go to Gozo Don't hire cars. Use the buses - the service is cheap and covers everywhere, regularly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It is a wonderful place, full of historic interest (esp. the Victoria Citadel, and the ancient tombs at Gjigantes The beach at Ramala Bay is as impressive as advertised, but the whole place was shut.
  • Reviewed March 2015
    Mair George

    Exploring Gozo - Calypso's Isle

    Great holiday to take in Feb to get away from wet cold UK. Easy walking with a beautiful coastline, hilltop villages and lots of churches to visit. The hotel was amazing, with cottage style rooms in the gardens, delicious food and a great Spa & Pool. The local bus stopped outside and we used the local buses to walk in different parts of the island, so convenient and very good value. We did all the suggested walks, we saw some beautiful views and the route notes were all excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at San Blas bay having walked down a very steep hill, the beauty of the small, sandy, rocky cove in the sunshine was breathtaking. It was well worth the effort of the descent and subsequent ascent (by a different route) (Bays and Towers walk- we did it on our last day too and had seen almost all the island)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A self guided

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Wish we had stayed an extra day to visit the Medina in Malta!
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Jacqueline Faccenda

    Calypso isle

    Lovely hotel even if had to share with film crew. Staff helpful and attentive. Pool very relaxing Enjoyed the spa and facilities

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to answer this

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not applicable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure no film crew in residence!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Plan to explore other than walking really enjoyed the boat trip round the island and swimming in the sea.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Jacqueline for her review. We were very sorry to learn that her holiday was affected by the film currently being shot in the area surrounding her hotel and we have responded to her directly on the matter.

  • Reviewed August 2014
    Tricia Simon

    luxury hotel to return to after lovely island walks

    a week of luxury and lovely walks on this quiet and relaxed island

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    walking through the beautiful spring flowers with the pounding sea in our ears. Amazing cliff walks the food in the hotel was amazing. heated pool was great. walking through the local's fields and being given freshly picked oranges to enjoy at lunch

    What did you think of your group leader?

    self guided - good map and notes, helpful and very friendly locals if needed

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    getting the local bus is easy, get a map from the ferry/bus station in the capitol and buy a week ticket for just a few euros so that it is easy to hop on and off. There is a hotel shuttle to Victoria but the local bus is also convenient. take clothing that will still fit after a week of 3 course meals and enormous, well stocked buffet breakfast.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Gozo is where the people from Malta go on holiday and it is very quiet and relaxed March was sunny but windy so was unusually cool but very green
  • The Adventure of Being Lost in Gozo

    I was given much misinformation when booking this tour. I am not fond of running into loose dogs, when alone on trails. I was told that no reports had been made of participants encountering dogs and that there was a leash law on the island. I was accosted by dogs on 3 separate walks in a week. Other fellow walkers had the same experience. Exodus outsourced everything to Headwaters and there seemed to be little if any communication between the companies. I was told that I would be the only one on the trip, although I was told at an earlier point that there would be 8 others. Why book a tour, if you will be totally alone? The walking tours book was useless. I was unable to complete any of the walks as indicated.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the walk along the cliffs to Xlendi, until the winds starting picking up and I couldn't find the path down to the village. The prehistoric megaliths in Ggantija and Mjandra were awesome!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    There was no group leader. A man named George handed us some paperwork, coordinated our departure schedule and then disappeared.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    My advice is to book the hotel on your own and buy a walking trails book on Gozo. The book provided by Exodus (Headwaters) was totally inadequate and who knows if it has ever been updated. All of the walkers using this book were lost and called the book "rubbish". You will save money and have less wasted time and frustration by booking on your own. I was provided with no value add by booking through Exodus. I feel totally ripped off, since I could have booked the hotel with meals and transfers for less than half of what I paid to Exodus. I never got to see many of the sites that I walked my butt off to see.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I heard from some fellow travelers that in the past Headwaters had always provided them with a quality product, but that they were very disappointed by our tour. I seemed to be the only one who had not booked directly through Headwaters. I was also told that Headwaters had been sold and that that might explain the poor quality of our walking guides. Not a good excuse, but this is what was mentioned.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We are aware that there may have been some confusion over Bonnie’s expectations on this self-guided departure and we have contacted her directly about this. We are very confident in our route notes for this trip; they are checked on a regular basis and there have not been problems with them before, but we regret that Bonnie was so disappointed.

  • Reviewed April 2014
    Ruth Morgan

    Calypso's Isle

    We’ve just returned from a week in the stunning Ta’Cenc Hotel on the cliffs of the south coast of Gozo, which was a last-minute booking and proved to be an excellent choice. We had a very comfortable room which opened out onto the poolside, in this well designed single storey complex of rooms and trulli, in its own landscape of limestone and flowers. While the weather was quite warm and sunny, there was always a breeze (or more) which stopped us using the pools, but there was also a spa with warm in/outdoor pool and all facilities – the perfect end to a day of walking. The food was superb, with buffet breakfasts and four course dinners, and the service was immaculate. The holiday is self-guided and we did most of the walks suggested by Exodus, sometimes bumping into other hotel guests on the way; the walk notes we’d been given were so detailed we never got lost. But we did miss the group activity that are such a feature of the previous Exodus group holidays we’d been on and that people benefit enormously from. The hotel had a courtesy bus into the main town Victoria, from where local buses went out to all the villages, so we either caught them or walked from the hotel. The cliff walks were amazing and the flowers a myriad of colours; the views were stunning. The limestone quarrying and the salt pans fascinated us but we were upset by the evidence everywhere of the shooting of migrating birds. Being early in the season, some of the villages were sleepy, but there are many fine churches and archaeological sites to visit, as well as the citadel and museums in Victoria. We liked the folklore museum in Gharb and it was good to hire bikes and explore the villages (though the drivers are crazy!). It would have been easy to have a day on Malta by bus and ferry but we had no time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing steep rock-cut steps out of Xlendi bay among all flowers of all colours, to catch the view at the top. The view from the bell tower in the church at Xewkija and the bells tolling right above our heads!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Self-guided.
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