Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour in Malta officially opens!

IBB Hotel Collection, a subsidiary of Von der Heyden Group, an international recognised developer and investor in bespoke Hotel developments, on May 3, 2018 celebrated the opening of the legendary Macina as Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour. This signals the arrival of a new home for visitors seeking a new-world charm in one of Malta’s historical and walled cities, Senglea, which forms part of the famous three-cities opposite the capital of Valletta

The opening ceremony was held on the property’s rooftop event venue, The Sheer Bastion, which unfolds breath-taking views along with a sweep of history dating back to the 16th century and hosted many dignitaries from Malta and abroad, among others Malta’s honourable Prime Minister – Dr Joseph Muscat.

Built in 1554 by the Knights of St. John, Macina 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 masts and other heavy cargo, which was eventually dismantled during the British period in 1864.

The Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour has 21 rooms and each them has its own unique design, moulded according to the design of the bastion. The furniture is mostly modern, but there are some quirky additions – such as a basin with spectacular views overlooking the Grand Harbour.

Cugó Gran Macina is also the first member of Design Hotels in Malta – a select group of boutique and design-luxury driven hotels around the world and forms part of SPG´s worldwide loyalty program.

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IBB celebrates opening of legendary Macina in a new avatar

IBB Hotel Collection, an international leader in bespoke developments, celebrated the opening of the legendary Macina as Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour, signaling the arrival of a new home for visitors seeking a new-world charm in one of Malta’s historical and walled cities, Senglea.

Cugó Gran Macina is also the first member of Design Hotels in Malta. The star-studded opening ceremony was held on the property’s rooftop event venue, The Sheer Bastion, which unfolds breathtaking views along with a sweep of history dating back to the 16th century. IBB Hotel Collection Chairman Sven von der Heyden welcomed the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat and host of dignitaries from Malta and abroad.

Sven von der Heyden said: ”We are honoured to be part of the Macina story, which historically contributed to Senglea’s title ‘Citta’ Invicta’ (Unconquered City). After 40,000 total man hours and a multimillion euro investment on restoration and rehabilitation, it is a great feeling to see such an iconic 16 th -century building come to life again for people to experience and be another step closer to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour, located in Senglea’s iconic Macina Bastion, enjoyed a soft opening in December 2017 and now, after an 18-month renovation, all the 21 fully-appointed suites are open to guests. The IBB Hotel Collection, operates hotels under lease, management and franchise contracts with three different own-brands: Cugó Gran, IBB Hotel and IBB Blue Hotel.

Vladimir Saal, CEO of IBB Hotel Collection, said: “IBB opened four hotels during the last 12 months, but nothing can be compared to the passion and the attention to detail that was necessary for the opening of this new gem of our hotel collection. We are very proud of the transformation process of this important development project at Grand Harbour. Now we can fully concentrate on the opening of our new IBB Hotel Valletta Merkanti adjacent to Suq tal-Belt.”

Built in 1554, during the reign of Grand Master Claude de la Sengle, Macina 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 masts and other heavy 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.

More than 500 invited guests peered from The Sheer Bastion which features unique panoramic views of Valletta and the Three Cities. The venue is part of the Hammett’s Collection of the eponymous Chris Hammett, a 24-time award winning restaurateur. It can host up to 1,000 guests standing or 300 seated in a spectacular setting and is likely to become Malta’s foremost destination for corporate meetings, weddings, and other celebrations.

Guests also experienced the history and transformation of the building via short films. A celebratory plaque was unveiled by the Prime Minister in the presence of Chairman, CEO and other senior IBB officials.

IBB Hotel Collection is a subsidiary of Von der Heyden Group, a Valletta-based real estate development, investment and group of hotels, with special interest in redevelopment projects.

Currently operating 11 hotels in Germany, Poland and Spain, the hotel collection has ambitious growth plans for the upcoming years.

Source: www.livenewsmalta.com

Macina officially opens as all-suite hotel

IBB Hotel Collection on Thursday celebrated the opening of the legendary Macina as Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour in Senglea.

Cugó Gran Macina is also the first member of Design Hotels in Malta.

The opening ceremony was held on the property’s rooftop event venue, The Sheer Bastion, part of the Hammett’s Collection of the eponymous Chris Hammett, a 24-time award winning restaurateur.

The 16th century building required 40,000 total man hours and a multimillion euro investment on restoration and rehabilitation to turn it into a hotel offering 21 suites, which chairman Sven von Heyden said had brought it “another step closer to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site”.

Built in 1554, during the reign of Grand Master Claude de la Sengle, Macina 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 masts and other heavy cargo, which was eventually dismantled during the British period in 1864.

IBB Hotel Collection is a subsidiary of Von der Heyden Group, a Valletta-based real estate development, investment and group of hotels, which is now working on the new IBB Hotel Valletta Merkanti adjacent to Suq tal-Belt.

Source: www.timesofmalta.com

Inside The New Luxury Hotel Carved Into A Senglea Bastion

Malta’s newest luxury hotel officially launched last night, and it is unlike anything the country has yet to offer – with all the opulence of a snazzy hotel but carved inside a 16th century bastion in Senglea.

The building now housing the Cugo Gran Macina hotel was built in 1554 during the reign of Grand Master Claude de la Sengle, after whom Senglea is named. It was originally used to hoist masts and other heavy cargo onto ships docked in the Grand Harbour, and was later used as the headquarters of the Labour Party between the 1970s and the 1990s.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat gave a light-hearted nod to this part of the building’s history when launching the hotel yesterday.
“I remember I was on one of my first dates with Michelle but needed to pop down to the Macina for a brief ten-minute meeting. Michelle agreed to come down with me, probably because she didn’t have a lift, but the ten-minute meeting ended up lasting an hour if not longer,” he said. “When I told my daughters this anecdote as we passed by the Macina, they asked me why I left mummy waiting inside a stuffy old room. Well, now I can tell them that I left her waiting inside a five-star hotel.”
The hotel is the work of the IBB Hotel Collection, owned by the von der Heyden business group.

“We are honoured to be part of the Macina story, which historically contributed to Senglea’s title ‘Citta Invicta’ (Unconquered City),” IBB Hotels chairman Sven von der Heyden said. “After 40,000 man hours and a multimillion euro investment on restoration and rehabilitation, it is a great feeling to see such an iconic 16th century building come to life again for people to experience and be another step closer to being a UNESCO world heritage site.”

There are only 21 rooms in the hotel, but each one has its own unique design and is moulded according to the design of the bastion. The furniture itself is mostly modern, but there are some quirky additions – such as a basin with spectacular views overlooking the Grand Harbour. Prices range from €250 to €400 a night.
Cugo Gran Macina is also the first Maltese member of Design Hotels – a select group of boutique and design-luxury driven hotels around the world

Source: www.lovinmalta.com

Malta’s 2nd Seabin to be installed in Historical 3 Cities Marina by 7 Private Companies

The Von der Heyden Group, Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour, Hammett’s Collection, The Grand Harbour Marina, Palumbo, Bradbury Yacht Concierge Services and S&D Yachts announced the installation of Malta’s 2nd Seabin in a press conference held at The Sheer Bastion today, Thursday 25th October.

The 7 private companies have collaborated with Strand Marine and e-NGO Żibel, a community dedicated to keeping Malta clean, in procuring this award winning device capable of filtering 25.000 Litres of seawater per hour and 1.5Kgs of floating debris per day including harmful microplastics up to 2mm small.

Chris Hammett, director of Hammett’s Collection said: “The 3 city marinas not only provide unparalleled scenery to an iconic landmark in Malta, it is part of the island’s cultural heritage that is enjoyed by locals and visitors from all over the world. Investing in this incredible holistic solution is another step forward in ensuring environmental sustainability’’.

The 3 Cities Marina Seabin is the second Seabin to be installed after the one at the Yacht Marina in Pieta and maintained with the help of the local Senglea Regatta Club.  The idea was developed in Australia with the help of crowdfunding.  Sea Bins have already made a huge difference to harbours in places such as Gibraltar, Singapore, Ireland, Italy and the UK.

Recruitment Day at ITS Luqa, Malta

Today, the Von der Heyden Group, IBB Hotel Collection, managing company for Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour and IBB Hammett’s Operations Ltd joined over 20 of some of Malta’s most pioneering hospitality companies in this year’s Industry – Student Meet Up held at the new Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) in Luqa. Amongst the different reputable organisations, Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour was the only boutique hotel in the industry hosting 21 suites, offering unique and exciting opportunities in the field of hospitality. The Von der Heyden Group, IBB Hotel Collection, Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour and IBB Hammett’s Operations Ltd look forward to proceeding further with some of Malta’s most promising talent in the industry.

Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour awarded European Prix Versailles for design

The secretariat of the Prix Versailles, in association with UNESCO and with the International Union of Architects (UIA), has announced that the firm of Edwin Mintoff Architects has been awarded the European Prix Versailles Special Prize for the design of the Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour in Senglea in the category of Exterior Hotel Design. The Prix Versailles is awarded in recognition of the best projects around the world and the winners are rewarded for their “extraordinary architecture and design”.

The Secretariat summarised the award process by reiterating its mission statement:

“Inspiration, Progress and Inclusion: the Prix Versailles continues to pursue its mission of making architecture and design into tools for sustainable development with its various components: ecology (green economy) and society and culture (purple economy).”

Following a far-reaching call for submissions and a systematic press review, the winners have now been invited to compete for the World Title with the successful participants to be unveiled at the World Finale being held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris this coming September. As winners of this award, Edwin Mintoff Architects will be representing Europe in the Category of Exterior Hotel Design, to compete against the winners of the other five continents for the World Title. The firm was already awarded both the Din l-Art Helwa prize for ‘The Rehabilitation and Re-Use of Buildings’ and the Malta Architect Award in ‘Hospitality, Tourism Accommodation and Leisure’ for this project, and was also shortlisted for the Premju Galizia Urban Regeneration Award. The Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour forms part of the luxury Cugo Gran sub brand of international IBB Hotel Collection, with 13 hotels in Germany, Spain, Poland and Malta.

Edwin Mintoff awarded European Prix Versailles for design of Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour

The secretariat of the Prix Versailles, in association with UNESCO and with the International Union of Architects (UIA), has announced that the firm of Edwin Mintoff Architects has been awarded the European Prix Versailles Special Prize for the de- sign of the Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour in Senglea in the category of Exterior Hotel De- sign. The Prix Versailles is awarded in recognition of the best projects around the world and the winners are rewarded for their “extraordinary architecture and design”.
The Secretariat summarised the award process by reiterating its mission statement:
“Inspiration, Progress and Inclusion: the Prix Versailles continues to pursue its mission of making architecture and design into tools for sustainable development with its various components: ecology (green economy) and society and culture (purple economy).”
Following a far-reaching call for submissions and a systematic press review, the winners have now been invited to compete for the World Title with the successful participants to be unveiled at the World Finale being held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris this coming September. As winners of this award, Edwin Mintoff Architects will be representing Europe in the Category of Exterior Hotel Design, to compete against the winners of the other five continents for the World Title. The firm was already awarded both the Din l-Art Helwa prize for ‘The Rehabilitation and Re-Use of Buildings’ and the Malta Architect Award in ‘Hospitality, Tourism Accommodation and Leisure’ for this project, and was also shortlisted for the Premju Galizia Urban Regeneration Award. The Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour forms part of the luxury Cugo Gran sub brand of international IBB Hotel Collection, with 13 hotels in Germany, Spain, Poland and Malta.

Hammett’s Macina Restaurant at Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour Hotel Named ‘Luxury Heritage Restaurant’ in Europe at 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Awards

Hammett’s Maċina Restaurant located within the walls of the Sheer Bastion fortress in Senglea, Malta – home to luxury boutique hotel, Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour – has been named ‘Luxury Heritage Restaurant’ in Europe at the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Awards.

The 4th annual World Luxury Restaurant Awards ceremony was held at The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia on the 5th July with representation from over 90 countries. The World Restaurant Awards recognize establishments for world-class service excellence. Awards are presented on a country, regional, continental and global basis. Winners are selected by public vote online, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by staff.

Unimaginable history seeps from the Maċina’s ancient walls. Built almost half a millennium ago by the Knights of Saint John, the Maċina has been a landmark for centuries and now hosts Hammett’s Maċina Restaurant. The gastronomical concept is a take on the islands’ succession of powers with a modern representation of traditional Mediterranean culinary influences that date back to the Phoenician times, and using the finest local, seasonal produce.  The Kitchen brigade is led by Chef de Cuisine, Francisco Carrasco, and directed by the Maltese multi award-winning Chef and restaurateur Chris Hammett.

“We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award for our youngest brand at Hammett’s Collection”, Says Chris Hammett. “Winning the ‘Luxury Heritage Restaurant’ award is testament to team’s hard work in achieving both our cultural and gastronomic goals for a unique concept that draws from the islands’ culinary history”.

“We are so delighted for Chris, Francisco and the team,’ says Sarolta Mike, Hotel Manager of Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour. “Hammett’s Maċina Restaurant has really helped us put Senglea on the map, certainly amongst our international guests.  It is immensely popular of course also amongst the locals!  We feel very fortunate indeed to have so much culinary talent and flair going on within our hotel walls!”

Hammett’s Maċina Restaurant launched in February 2018 following the opening of the 21-suite Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour hotel and the meticulous renovation of the Maċina; the Sheer Bastion structure which was originally built in 1554 during the reign of Grand Master Claude de la Sengle.  Maltese architect Edwin Mintoff created the hotel’s luxurious minimalist design whilst preserving original historic features to blend natural and traditional materials with modern, clean lines. In June, Edwin Mintoff Architects was awarded the European Prix Versailles World Architecture & Design Award in the ‘Exterior Hotel Design’ category.

Both Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour and Hammett’s Maċina Restaurant are under the management of IBB Hotel Collection. IBB currently operates 15 hotels across Europe and is part of the Von der Heyden Group which has over 30 years of expertise in leisure and real estate.

Rates at Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour, a member of Design Hotels™, start from €159 per night room only.