The Jerma Palace
Hotel is a former four-star hotel in Marsaskala,
Malta. It was opened in 1982, and was managed by Corinthia Hotels
International. It was the largest hotel in southern
Malta until it
closed down in 2007. The building was subsequently abandoned, and it
has since fallen into a state of disrepair. Plans to demolish the
former hotel began in 2016.
The Jerma Palace
Hotel was built on a headland called il-Ħamrija,
close to the 17th-century Saint Thomas Tower. The land originally
belonged to Franciscan Conventuals and Ivan Burridge, who sold it to
San Tumas Holdings. In 1976, San Tumas sold the plot to the Libyan
Foreign Investment Company. The Jerma Palace
Hotel was subsequently
built, and it was opened in 1982. The hotel was managed by Corinthia
Hotels International through a management agreement. Libyan
Muammar Gaddafi had a presidential suite within the hotel.
The abandoned Jerma Palace
Hotel in 2016
The Jerma Palace was the largest hotel in the south of Malta, and
its opening contributed to transforming
Marsaskala from a traditional
fishing village to a small resort.
The hotel closed down in March 2007, and in July 2008 it was sold
to the contractors Jeffrey and Peter Montebello (Jefpet Limited) for
€18.6 million. In 2009, the Tumas and Gasan groups sought to
transform the hotel into a "Portomaso of the south" but nothing
materialized. The Montebello brothers planned to transform the former
hotel into apartments, a 5-star hotel and a yacht marina.
Ruins of the hotel with
Saint Thomas Tower
Saint Thomas Tower to the right, as seen in
The former hotel is now in a derelict state, with parts of it having
collapsed and others being in danger of collapsing. Its interior has
been stripped of everything of value, with carpets, marble floors,
doors, tiles and even bricks being stolen. The walls are covered in
graffiti. The building is occupied by squatters, and it is popular
with drug addicts. The former hotel also became an illegal dumping
ground, with people disposing of their garbage there. Rubbish left
at the hotel caused a number of fires within the building.
In July 2015 the
Marsaskala local council wrote to the Planning
Authority that “the council is opposed to any application which
includes the development of apartments”.
In December 2015, it was claimed that Libyan people smugglers were
using the Jerma Palace
Hotel as a drop off point for Syrian refugees
to illegally enter Malta.
In 2016, plans were made for redevelopment of the site. The plans had
included two residential towers, one of 44 and another of 32 storeys,
together with a 22-storey hotel on reclaimed land in the vicinity.
Following a request by the
Marsaskala Local Council and the issue
of an enforcement notice, on 20 August 2016 the Planning Authority
ordered the hotel's owners to demolish the building. On that same
day, the building caught fire but it was put out by the Civil
The site of the hotel, which has been valued at €20.8 million, is to
be sold at a judicial auction in October 2016. The demolition of the
dilapidated hotel buildings is to cost around €1.5 million.
In September 2016 the owners appealed against an Enforcement Order by
the Planning Authority.
In December 2017 the
Marsaskala local council, including Labour Mayor
Mario Calleja, voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new project by
developer Charles Camilleri which includes a 13-storey hotel as well
as an apartment complex, in contradiction with the same council's July
2015 position. The development foresees a 7,000 square metre footprint
with a floor area of 61,000 square metres, as well as a 10,500 square
metre public park around St Thomas tower. The proposal has not been
submitted to planning process yet, so there is no environmental impact
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