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Our Surreal ‘Caverna’ Suite

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Our bus transfer dropped us off at our hotel at around midnight. After a late flight to Malta, we were all exhausted and just wanted to get to our room and sleep. However, my parents and I went on a little adventure before this could happen!

The hotel reception was extremely modern and white with shiny marble flooring. We checked-in at the reception desk and got given our adult wristbands as expected. The man at the desk told us our room numbers, 6934 and 1702. Even this was a shock because on previous holidays we’ve been next door to each other. We then just expected that my sister and her boyfriend would be staying on the 6th floor (which they were) and we would be on the 1st. My sister and her boyfriend were given their key first, it was in the form of a key card, and were directed to get in one of the lobby lifts, straight up to their floor where they would easily find their room.

Next we were allocated our keys; however ours came with a chunky block keyring and were old fashioned long keys. We were told we had to go with one of the men from reception, otherwise we wouldn’t find our location. As you can imagine, at this point we were all looking at each other wondering where on earth we were heading.

The man grabbed hold of my mum’s suitcase and stormed off in front, leaving me and my dad to speedily drag our cases behind them. We were led outside of the reception and past the outdoor swimming pool. In the process I ended up getting my case stuck in the gutter and tripping over it! The man proceeded to grab my case and continued his march.

We were in the pitch black going up a narrow up-hill cobbled walkway. We were walking away from all of the lights of the hotel complex on the other side. I made the comment on the way that we were staying in the garden shed! Continuing walking up, we abruptly turned left and arrived at a wooden door that seemed to lead to nowhere.

The door was opened by the man with one of the keys to reveal an extremely dark set of very steep stairs, about two flights of a normal staircase. At this point we were getting hysterical and a bit delirious as it was so surreal. We hadn’t booked this room so really didn’t know what to expect.

Walking down the steps, we ended up at another door, opened by another key. The door revealed a large cave like room that we assumed was a honeymoon suite. There was a sign of the top outside door saying ‘Caverna Suites’, however it was too dark for us to see this at the time.

When we entered it was so so dark in the room itself; however it was the man’s first day so he didn’t know where any of the lights were! I stood by the sofa for a good ten minutes before even taking my bag off my back due to the pure shock. I nearly wet myself laughing, it was so unbelievable!

We then realised that there was only one bed that was massive (we managed to fit all five of us in it at one point in the holiday!) so we initially thought us three were all in this. However my dad found that the sofa turned into a bed but the only problem was that there was no bedding for this bed. It was almost like they were not expecting me.

The man then left to walk all the way back to the main reception to get us some more bedding. In the meantime we were all boiling and couldn’t work out what we thought was the air conditioning unit; it seemed to be blowing out hot air. It turned out that this was the dehumidifier due to the fact we were underground. Also, my dad tried to open the glass patio doors at the back; the next thing we know, he turned around with the handle in his hand. We all lost it again - hysterical laughing commenced.

Once the bedding arrived, the sofa bed was made up and the actual air conditioning unit was switched on, we could finally get ready to go to bed. However, we were all so hyped up about this room situation that we struggled to sleep.

We didn’t tell my sister and her boyfriend about our room as we knew they would find it hilarious. We managed to keep it quiet all through breakfast the next morning, but it wasn’t until we saw their room that I couldn’t hold in the laughing any more. Their room was similar to the lobby in the fact that it was crisp white and very modern; lovely but on a different end of the spectrum to ours.

We preceded to google our room later in the week to see whether we could find out any information about it. It turned out that there are only three of these suites in the hotel out of about 470 rooms. These are the luxury rooms and we have no idea how we managed to secure one. We didn’t pay for it as they are considerably more per night than the standard family room. The hotel was also fully booked and we couldn’t understand the whole thing.

The website stated that these Caverna Suites are their exclusive accommodation. They are located off the pool area, but are out the way from the rest of the complex. They are ideal for a couple or a family with two children. As the description states, ‘...each room has a private entrance, sleeping area, own private patio with sunbeds and a back gate, as well as two TVs.’ We also had a rain forest shower in the bathroom, a kitchen area with a table and a reclining arm chair in the corner.

The Cavernas are for sure an ideal choice if you are looking for something different! We will all definitely never forget this room experience - we have never laughed so much before.

Rachel

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