The IHGH Group has evolved into a major player in the hospitality industry in Malta since starting out some 28 years ago. From modest beginnings with a single, 200-bed hotel, Island Hotels Group has become a leading name in the deluxe, five-star hotel sector in Malta, as well as a pioneer of upscale vacation ownership.
Today, Island Hotels Group incorporates Island Caterers, the Radisson Blu Resort, St Julian’s, the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands, and vacation ownership company Azure with its brand, Heavenly Collection. Our latest venture, is Hal Ferħ, a luxury, eco-resort that will bring a new concept in hospitality to market.
IHGH is known for its commitment to people – both customers and staff – and its ability to deliver a consistent, quality service and product, as well as be an innovator in its industry. We have managed this balance of growth and traditional values thanks to the entrepreneurial passion and personality of IHGH’s founding families.
For just over two decades, Island Hotels Group was run as a privately-owned entity, self-financing and drawing on the strengths of its founders. Current Chairman Winston Zahra senior started the forerunner to IHGH in the late 1980s and his personal drive and foresight was instrumental in the successful development of the IHGH portfolio.
The opening of our five-star resort in Malta’s prime ‘golden mile’, St Julian’s, saw us cement a relationship with Radisson Hotels International. Under the luxury brand, we went on to create Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands, which opened its doors in autumn 2005 to host one of Malta’s most high-profile and successful events, the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit (CHOGM).
In 2009, we made the transition from family-run firm to publicly-listed business, raising our profile and our potential to invest, strengthen and develop new opportunities. Going public, enabled the Group to diversify its shareholding, bring new members on to the Board, raise capital and take a fresh strategic direction.
In August 2015 the merger of assets with International Hotel Investments plc announced by The Company on the 16th January 2015 was concluded with the final payout to the remaining shareholders of IHGH that needed to be squeezed out being affected on 4th September 2015