In short, Indulgence Divine is a Romantic 16th-century accommodation for two, nestled in Vittoriosa, Malta. If you want to experience living in a converted traditional Maltese house, this is the place for you. Located just behind the Inquisitor’s Palace in one of The Three Cities, and the house itself being approximately 450 years old, you are completely surrounded by an incredible history. Owned by Gattaldo and his partner, the duo have managed to transform the beautiful Maltese townhouse to a contemporary spot in the middle of local life. The pace is slow, the people are friendly and the area itself is unashamedly authentic.
Guests staying at the property will see nods to its previous history, as there is maritime graffiti in the bedroom, indicating that the house was previously a merchant's residence.The muted palette of the washed walls make for a perfect backdrop for the bountiful of colours from the curtains, sofa and other statement designer pieces. Indulgence Divine exudes sheer eclecticism. Not for the faint-hearted, it's bold and quirky seamlessly juxtaposed with classicalism.
Situated on a very normal and unassuming street, upon entering the townhouse you immediately know that you've stepped into somewhere special. The light beams through and you have the steps that take you to the first floor, which is the main living area. The attention to detail is immaculate. Full instructions such as where to locate and use items, lists of recommended places to eat and notes from the guests were all provided. This is in addition to the breakfast box, which went beyond our expectation for self-catered accommodation. Those staying can expect a local goat's cheese, cereal, jam, seasonal fruit, Maltese water crackers, tea and coffee.
The main living room boasts real design features including the curvy legs of the marble table in the living room and the statement open wardrobe - almost too pretty to put your clothes in. You'll also find a magnificent chandelier in the open space and opulent curtains. Adjacent to this is the bedroom, which was clearly a chapel at the house in it's heyday. This was one of our favourite spaces, simply because you have the view of the main area and then this antique Indian batik tapestry hanging on the wall. This is topped off with the Art Nouveau bed, elegantly lined with a canopy featuring the Hieronymus Bosch fantasy scene.
The romantic fantasy continues with an ensuite bathroom that has double showers and glass mosaic tiles. The house features a spiral staircase that takes you to the upper levels. The mezzanine level is focused more on entertainment. Here you have a lounge sofa with TV, books, design magazines for perusal and beams of light coming from the outdoor terrace. From here you can enter the rooftop, a sublime spot on a sunny day for a glass of wine or simply planning your stay in Malta.
- Complimentary bottle of wine
- Breakfast box (seasonal fruit, cereal, jams, tea and coffee)
- Flatscreen TV
- Bed linen and towels
- Bathroom amenities
- Handmade design furniture
- Central heating & air conditioning
- A rooftop
Rate - Start from 95 euros per night
Location - Vittoriosa (Birgu), Malta
Suitable for - couples, solo travellers
Tips - Do enjoy your breakfast on the rooftop and listen to the bells ring