From the first moment we contacted Mario, we felt instantly at ease and confident that a stay in his apartment would be everything we could hope for. I was looking for an apartment which would suit myself, my husband, my 3 year old daughter and 76 year old mother and what we found well exceeded expectations.
It was beautifully furnished with two stunning bedrooms, a good sized kitchen with lovely open plan living area plus a luxury bathroom. We also had wifi and full air conditioning as standard, which was essential given the very hot summer.
The bonus factor with Mario's apartment was the wrap around outside patio and garden area which came complete with bar-b-cue and sun-loungers.
As for the resort, words can't possibly describe how stunning this is. Location wise, Fort Chambray is 10 minutes walk (up hill) from Mgarr Harbour port and is a restored fort currently undergoing further redevelopment after the initial phased building work. This is NOT a building site! Fort Chambray as it stands is the most incredible development with several swimming pools all accessible from any apartment within a minute or two. The main pool itself is, I believe, the largest in Gozo and has the most beautiful setting. Fort Chambray overlooks Comino with Malta in the distance and the view is one you can never get tired of gazing at. A wedding party came to have their photographs taken so that should speak for itself.
Mario was a fabulous host and after meeting us at the airport, he brought us to the apartment which was stocked with food and water and furnished with books and a useful information/welcome pack.
Once we were settled, we were able to explore our surroundings and we found this quite easy, even though we didn't have a car. People with mobility issues may find Fort Chambray slightly out of the way but we managed very well, walking to the local village (Ghajnsielem) most evenings and even during the high heat of the day though this is not recommended to those wiser than ourselves!
Most of the apartments at Fort Chambray are privately owned and at times we had the pool to ourselves. This really felt like it was 'our' holiday - very quiet and leisurely. We took a bus tour round the island during our stay and can honestly say that it confirmed the wisdom of our choice in Fort Chambray.
At night, we usually ate at one of Ghajnsielems lively restaurants near the stunning church. The whole town came alive as locals aged it seemed, from one to one hundred, dined, talked or danced the night away.
All in all, it was a fabulous holiday and all 3 generations of our family enjoyed the experience so much that we truly regretted having to leave and won't even consider staying anywhere else, should we return in the future.