From wine cellar to yoga retreat: a tale of Refalo’s ODZ cave

An ODZ cave, currently under application to be transformed into a wine cellar is envisaged to be transformed into a retreat for yoga and meditation. Heritage Malta Chairperson and former Gozo Minister Anton Refalo said that the cave lies underneath his property in Qala, Gozo. He said that the natural structure as well as the development above it already exist and his wife is applying to change its original use.

Anton Refalo said that this was ‘the dream of his life’ although the application for development bears the name of his wife.

In comments he gave to he denied applying to build a hotel however has information that the application with the Planning Authority shows that a hotel with seven rooms is going to be built on ODZ land in Qala. Refalo said that this place, on ODZ land, “makes Gozo proud…because it will help in the lives of people as it will reduce their stress u will also reduce the risks of heart problems”.

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