Locanda La Gelsomina


It isn't common to find an East meets West retreat tucked away down a tiny side street of Birgu in Malta, which makes Locanda La Gelsomina so unique. Their take on both cultures is beautifully done and all within a 500-year old limestone building, impressive to say the least. The artefacts, tapestries and tea references are all aspects that have been experienced by the family that owns the luxurious boutique hotel. After having referred to the Far East as home, it was important for this to be evident within the style and ambience - which it does by the dozen. In true Maltese style, it is opulent yet accessible and is the kind of place that will have you curious about the stories behind all the different pieces.

Noble suites are simply named one, two, three and four, all are spacious and reveal their own sense of characters. Luxury Frette bed linens and towels and hand-glazed tiles can be found in all. One of the suites actually looks out onto the rooftops of Valletta city and the Harbour, whilst the others have a pretty courtyard view. The rich sense of style emulates a worldly feel; that nicely complements the stripped back walls and minimal use of furniture. The texture from the tapestries, colours from vivid artwork or brightly painted furniture and hints of green from plants, give a welcoming and fully rounded feel. Guests can start the day with a delicious organic breakfast with an assortment of local produce and juices.

A range of experiences can be organised by the team, ranging from gastronomy, tea ceremonies to spa and wellness or yacht excursions. The Zen-like atmosphere kindly lends itself to yoga practices and rituals too. Locanda La Gelsomina is a hidden gem guaranteed to positively shape your stay in Malta.

Locanda La Gelsomina

Address: 3 Triq Il-Kunsill Popolari, Birgu BRG 1131, Malta

Tel: +356 2180 7897  


Style: East Meets West Retreat

Rooms: 4 rooms


Airport: Malta

Breakfast: Yes