THE MYTHICAL ISLAND OF MALTA IS AN ENCHANTING PLACE. WITH A CHEQUERED HISTORY OVER 5,000 YEARS, IT’S BEEN HOME TO HEROES, KNIGHTS, CRUSADES AND EMPIRES – AND NOW US.
THIS EXPERIENCE WAS POWERED BY MALTA TOURISM AUTHORITY
“AS WITH THEIR OTHER PROPERTIES, IT FINDS A DELICATE BALANCE BETWEEN OLD, NEW AND VINTAGE IN ITS EXPERTLY CURATED INTERIORS.”
We found the blend of nature and history bewitching – crystal blue waters for diving; the beautiful streets of Mdina, called “The Silent City”; the wild landscape of Gozo and the ‘superbissima’ Valletta, a nickname from the old houses of Europe to describe the beautiful capital of Malta. It was here that we stayed during our journey, in a place that felt as much experience as hotel – VALLETTA VINTAGE. Despite landing in Malta during a tropical rainstorm, nothing stopped us from exploring Valletta. It’s in the heart of the old city that architect Chris Briffa and his partner started the VALLETTA VINTAGE concept. Not a hotel. Not just apartments. It’s a collection of vintage and contemporary properties that offer an alternative to mainstream holiday accommodation. Their love of art and design coupled with a belief that good architecture can bring inner peace and solace have led to this aspiration becoming reality. The collection grew from one small apartment to five, each in beautiful traditional buildings over a hundred years old, spread around the city of Valletta and its harbour. Each apartment subtly integrates the traditional with the contemporary. Together with his wife Hanna, Chris furnished the self-catering studios with a mix of designer and vintage pieces sourced from local ateliers and markets. Very much like an extension of their own home, each unit is equipped with all modern commodities and comforts, clever details and a growing collection of local, contemporary artwork. Each of the apartments reflects its personality and location – Gallery, Atelier, Library, Retro Pad, Hideout and the newest one, Doma.
This latest project, a remodelled eighteenth century townhouse, opened in April 2019. The team have spared no expense during its eight-year-long renovation. As with their other properties, it finds a delicate balance between old, new and vintage in its expertly curated interiors. Spread over five floors, the spacious terrace and family room connects its three bedrooms and four bathrooms through a central courtyard. Surrounded by vistas of Valletta – rooftops and churches – its historical location means guests have a memorable and a truly local experience. We let this charming place be our home for a few days and from the moment we arrived were treated as real Maltese.