Ursulino Valletta \ Malta

Set on a quiet, cobble-stoned street facing the monastery of St Ursula, Ursulino sits gracefully among Valletta’s beautiful Baroque buildings. Formerly a 20th century family townhouse, it began a new lease of life as one of Valletta’s loveliest boutique hotels in 2015 and has retained its original art nouveau charm. An eclectic art collection focusing on Valletta’s city-scapes in all styles and colors decorates the walls of the communal areas, while the seven contemporary rooms feature pops of bright colors and Maltese-style tiled floors; sleek bathrooms are equipped with Molton Brown amenities.
Among this boutique bolthole’s special features is its rooftop terrace with 360 degree views of Valletta’s skyline, including Fort St Elmo and the Grand Harbor. On balmy, sunny days - and there are many in Malta - you can enjoy a continental breakfast up here (we loved the Sicilian sweets).

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*Images courtesy of Ursulino Valletta

Thirtyseven Gozo

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.

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Valletta Vintage \ Valletta \ Malta

Valletta Vintage is a seriously stylish collection of five studio apartments spread across three historic buildings in Valletta and Birgu, adorned with an eclectic mix of mainly vintage finds, complemented by bespoke and contemporary pieces. Owner-architect Chris Briffa’s passion for art and design comes across in each themed apartment. The Atelier (formerly Chris’s architect studio), The Gallery and The Library Room are housed in a restored 18th century limestone building by Fort St Elmo. Each features a unique charm, but we loved our Library Room, with its traditional Maltese balcony, hammock, architect’s steel desk, Philippe Starck lighting and potted plants. Lovers of all things vintage will appreciate the hip Retro Pad, a one-bedroom maisonette with beautifully restored furniture and designer pieces.

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*images courtesy of Valletta Vintage