OVERVIEW \ design B&B with rooms starting at $190
Two decades ago, fashion industry professionals Patti and Giuseppe bought an abandoned 400-year-old farmhouse in the sleepy town of Munxar in Gozo. Today, the property has been transformed into a luxurious rural retreat filled with beautiful objects from their travels around the world. Their spectacular taste shines through in carefully selected furniture within the uniquely decorated rooms and suites. There are 10 in total, ranging in style from contemporary pop art in the Marilyn Monroe-inspired loft to oriental glamour in the Shanghai Junior Suite. The authentic limestone building is divided in two parts – the original house and a new, more modern wing – and across the boutique bolthole are two pools and pretty plant-filled courtyards looking out onto Gozo’s countryside. Combining down-to-earth rustic charm with bespoke luxury, it’s no wonder A-list celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie chose to stay here when filming in Gozo.
Breakfasts are wonderfully abundant and fresh, comprising exotic fruits, homemade yoghurts, a huge selection of pastries, cakes and breads, jams and syrups. There’s a €15 surcharge for hot breakfasts.
There isn’t a formal restaurant but delicious, home-cooked lunches and dinners made with local, seasonal ingredients can be requested in advance.
During the summer months, ThirtySeven Gozo hosts an al fresco cocktail hour: guests mingle while sipping on expertly-made Camparis.
There’s a wonderful gift shop where guests can buy handmade beach bags, espadrilles, the hotel’s own collection of linen bedsheets and more.
The hotel can arrange yoga sessions on Gozo’s salt pans or in-house massage treatments.
The original guesthouse has more characterful, rustic-chic rooms, while thirtyseven.two's rooms are larger and sleeker.
Additional amenities: pool, lounges, indoor and outdoor eating areas, spa room, AC, wifi, bathrobes, beach baskets, concierge, room service via whatsapp
37 Triq Munxar, Munxar, Gozo. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the Gozo Ferry Terminal. Ferries to Malta (6km away) leave every 45 minutes and the journey takes approximately 25 minutes.
Reach Malta via air (Malta International Airport), by catamaran from Sicily, or by ferry (Virtu Ferries).
*they also offer a door to door pick up service from the airport whihc makes it very easy
Double rooms from $190 and suites from $260.
Need to know
The hotel is closed from December to end of February every year.
A car is essential to explore the island of Gozo.
Children are welcome, although older children (older than 6) would fit in better.
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD...
Things to do: visit the megalithic Ggantija Temples and the Azure Window (Tieqa Żerqa), see the patchwork of salt pans near Xwieni Bay, walk along the cliffs of Ta’Cenc, admire Victoria’s historic citadel, head to the beach at Ramla Bay, take a daytrip to Comino and swim in the Blue Lagoon, take their Vintage Riva Boat for a swim in the secret creeks and around Comino, explore the crystal clear waters and enjoy the views of Gozo from the water.
Restaurants: Otters Bistro, Tmun Restaurant, Maldonado Bistro
CONTACT \ BOOKING
Visit their website for more info and booking.
*Reviewed by contributor Clemmy Manzo, images courtesy of ThirtySeven Gozo