Story and photography by Manos Angelakis
54-56 Hilda Tabone Street,
BRG 1257, Vittoriosa, Malta
Tel: +356 2137 0830
A Maltese Knight’s Auberge
We crossed the Grand Harbor from Valletta to Vittoriosa on a Maltese daghajsa, a high prowed boat typical of the Maltese islands. Near the quay, a pair of heralds, a drummer and a trumpeter in renaissance garb, were waiting to guide us to the Colacchio neighborhood, where the Knights of Malta had many of their auberges (communal residences). We walked through the meandering streets of the old city to Palazzo Vittoriosa, considered the top luxury rental in Malta, where we were having dinner courtesy of the Malta Tourism Authority.
The building is a Medieval Knights of St. John auberge constructed from the ubiquitous honey-colored limestone used for buildings on the island; it has been totally renovated and turned into a superb luxurious property by the Dutch owners, Jessica and Remco Slik, and is considered the most special place to stay on Vittoriosa. The palazzo can host a maximum of 7 guests, if reserved on an Exclusive Use basis. Most of the guests prefer the exclusive option, so they can have all the facilities at their disposal at all times.
And the facilities are very impressive.
The entire building is air conditioned throughout and there is elevator access to all rooms and suites on all floors. There is a rooftop entertainment deck and pool with an adjoining jacuzzi that offers exceptional views of the Grand Harbor, Valletta and the Mediterranean. There is a three-story-high atrium, with a ground floor that acts as a living-room area with a large fireplace. There is also an exercise room with state-of-the-art equipment.
A formal dining room on the second floor with an adjoining library is serviced by a kitchen on the ground floor, near the entrance, that has professional stoves and equipment, and can be used to cater very elaborate meals. Private chef Bart Saive, the Belgian chef that catered our dinner, is obtainable to pleasantly surprise guests with his modern dazzling cooking.
And of course there are the suites, each with king or queen size beds, an extensive pillow menu and crisp Belgian sheets.
The Chandelier Suite has been featured in many interior design magazines; it is a very large room with 18-foot high ceiling. A sculptured free standing staircase leads to a private walk-in wardrobe. The en-suite bathroom features a double walk-in rain shower and a 4-person jacuzzi.
The Loft Suite offers a combination of architectural features and stunning works of art. Hidden behind the bed is the bathroom with a huge walk-in double rain shower and a 2 person jacuzzi. In the suite, there are large chairs to relax in or watch TV, a desk to work on, and a large smart TV and fast Wifi.
The Garigor Suite features a majestic stone spiral staircase (garigor in the local dialect) with centuries old graffiti and a private glass floored balcony. It has warm colors, rich fabrics, and a combination of contemporary and antique restored furniture. The suite’s bathroom features a large 4 person jacuzzi.
The concierge or the owners will take care of all your needs.
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