We are Tropical Zombies

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

To be fair, dear reader, it’s not really our fault.

YOU sent us here. You shunned the likes of Poland, France and Denmark and chose to ship us off to Malta. Made up of three tiny islands, just over 100 miles south of Sicily, it is where many Brits and French vacation, and for good reason. It is the perfect place to be seduced by the hot sun, to lounge poolside for days on end, eat good food and to just let any care or worry melt away.

Hotel view

And that is exactly what we did. After a whirlwind trip through Jordan, we were easy prey to the seduction, and for our first few days, we did a whole lotta relaxing. We shuffled around our resort like zombies, barely cognizant of where we were, what time it was, or what we needed to do.

Poolside lounging

Dalene lounging

When we weren’t soaking in the rays, we were swimming lazy laps in the pool, or retreating to our air conditioned room for cheap drinks while watching brilliant sunsets. We scoffed at the idea of museums, tours and the like.

Damnitall, we were on vacation.


(“Aren’t you always on vacation?” I can hear the collective groan! You try touring all day, and then: writing, editing posts, editing photos, editing video, responding to emails, tweeting, facebook-ing, etc…all after hours, and tell me how your vacation is! Not complaining, just telling.)

We took full advantage of our tropical location and succumbed to the zombiefication. And while we may blame you for our limited view of Malta that resulted, we also thank you, because it was just what we needed.

We may just let you make all our decisions for us from now on.


See that amazing view and pristine pool we had? This was all thanks to Hostelbookers.com and the beautiful Paradise Bay Resort Hotel near Mellieha. To read our full review of the property, please click here.

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  1. Malta is gorgeous! I was on Gozo for a friend’s wedding a few years ago, and I wish I could’ve spent more time there. Looks like you had a nice time relaxing!

  2. Totally jealous! I’ve always wanted to go to Malta!! I think places that played such a pivotal role in history like that end up with so much culture and mystery.

    Thinking about a cruise next year (though not sure if that fit’s in with our eco-tourism pedigree….) and we’ll have to stop there for sure.


  3. We had Malta on our radar for a whole and then opted to go to the Canary Islands instead. After, I wish we had stuck with the original plan and gone to Malta.

    1. It reminded us of our time as “corporate slaves” in Canada where we would run away to resorts in Mexico or somewhere once a year. We were total zombies then too – we haven’t behaved like that in a long time! Thank you Malta!

  4. I didn’t vote–I was on the ship! sorry! Internet was minimal!–but I would have chosen Malta myself…both for me, personally, and for you guys, too. Thanks for taking one for the team πŸ˜‰

  5. It looks really pretty, and really relaxing. I think most travelers can relate to needing a vacation from traveling at times – I’ve been going non-stop for nearly a month now, and I already feel like I need a break and a nice hotel with a pool to lounge by!

  6. I agree, you’re totally entitled to a vacation! We were going to go to Malta in August, but decided on S. Africa instead, so it remains on my list.

  7. Looks nice. Malta is one our short-list for a possible Christmas getaway this year.
    And seriously, blogging is not an easy thing, especially while traveling. Only a small portion of it is the writing, the rest is what gets overwhelming. Sounds like you guys had a good vacation.

    1. We really needed it, so took full advantage of our situation! Although you’ll notice Pete still had a laptop by the pool…didn’t *entirely* disconnect this time.

  8. Glad you guys ended up going to the one i voted for. Great to see you guys enjoying the break from your demanding job(being jelaous) πŸ™‚ catch you later!!!

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