Malta’s storied capital has an intriguing history spanning 16th-century knights, British naval communities and lavish religious architecture; it’s a uniformly beautiful city that’s been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1980. Renting an apartment in Valletta means you’re free to move at your own pace, whether that’s breakfasting on a balcony in the old town, looking out at architectural flourishes and church rooftops, taking a siesta before a night out on the town, or getting out and meeting the locals in residential streets…
In the heart of the old town, surrounded by a trio of pretty churches, Paulos is a cavernous stone mansion peppered with antique furniture, burnished picture frames and colourful painted tiles. Its handful of light, bright rooms sleep between two and four people. Simply furnished but tasteful, some have sofas, kitchenettes and balconies for self-catering space. A hot breakfast of bacon, eggs and crêpes goes above and beyond the usual continental spread.
Set in Sliema, on the neighbouring peninsula to Valletta’s pretty old town, Pebbles has affordable twin and double studios with kitchenettes, as well as more substantial apartments with leather sofas, smart, modern kitchens and balconies overlooking Marsamxett Harbour. Staff keep you topped up with bottled water and room service; and all guests get an automatic invite to the hotel’s all-day-pool-party of a beach club, MedAsia Playa.
With soaring views over Valletta’s Grand Harbour, this old town hideaway has just seven gorgeously styled suites, with kitchens and seating areas, done up in earthy taupe, beige and chocolate with metallic accents. Book the sea-view penthouse for your own decadent terrace, with ace snapshots of the Mediterranean and the hulking bell in the neighbouring church’s tower. A fabulous roof terrace lets you breakfast in the breeze, with a sweeping city view.
These designer apartments are the perfect blend of classical furnishings, 17th-century architecture and cutting-edge luxury. Sleeping between two and six, each has its own distinct personality. Book U Townhouse for a show-stopping marble dining table and squishy dove-grey sofas, or U Duplex for a mezzanine-level bedroom and spiral staircase. All have top-quality linen and towels and the owners can arrange chef-cooked catering for your private Maltese dinner party.
In a former sea captain’s home, gazing out over the Grand Harbour, this complex of one-bed apartments ups the glamour factor with a serene shared roof terrace and a heated whirlpool with fabulous views. Within the apartments, slabs of exposed stone wall are offset by retro floor tiling and bright bedding in paintbox shades; check out the building’s traditional closed Maltese balconies for a pristine example of the local architecture.
Sleeping up to eight, this luxurious, light-filled apartment has polished wood floors, a mix of double, twin and triple rooms, bright feature walls and a sunny balcony breakfast table facing the sparkling waterfront. Close to Sliema’s ferry point, it’s designed for families or groups of friends who are used to their creature comforts: think plump mid-century sofas, top-spec kitchen, glass dining table and hot tub fizzing on the balcony.
In the heart of Valletta’s old town, close to the Baroque cathedral and brilliant Museum of Archaeology, this designer townhouse has six exclusive apartments up for grabs. Fully-formed kitchens have handy ovens and dishwashers; but really this place is all about the luxury touches, with gleaming polished marble at every turn, underfloor heating and freestanding bathtubs. Stay more than three nights and the owners will throw in a free airport transfer, too.
Slightly out of the way in the suburb of Il Gzira, apartments in the contemporary, light-filled Blubay complex have kitchens, fridges, kettles and seating areas. One perk of this location is a sun-soaked roof deck with a pool and a helpful front desk to help hail taxis or assist with directions. Bag one of the couple with a sea-view balcony for the most luxurious feel at a very comfortable price.
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