We enjoyed staying in this part of Malta and living like the locals do.

Lisa & Rachael from Georgia, USA – March 2017

Aldo - Love your creative decorating and your ability to make your house feel like the "real" Malta. We enjoyed staying in this part of Malta and living like the locals do.

I'm here every 90 days for business and hope to return with another family member to enjoy this beautiful country. All the best to you!

The location is beautiful and makes getting around very easy.

Julie & Martin from Birmingham, UK – February 2017

Thank you so much. We have enjoyed our first visit to Malta. The house is beautiful and it's so easy to get about. My fondest memory will be the warmth and friendliness of the local people.

We were fortunate to see the carnival which was excellent. The location is beautiful and makes getting around very easy. We loved the local boats to take you across to Valletta - only 2 Euros each.

xx We shall visit again.

...we found Valletta very accessible via the frequent ferry.

Roger & Jacky from Cambridge, UK – January 2017

Recommended by friends - Kim & Steve (May 2016)
Indulgence Divine did not disappoint. Our first visit to Malta but won't be our last. ID, and Birgu, is such a lovely place to stay and we found Valletta very accessible via the frequent ferry (much faster then the bus!)

ID is a fantastic house and we hope to return at a warmer time of year to make use of the lovely roof terrace. We've enjoyed exploring all that Birgu has to offer, as well as visiting Mdina (by bus) and Valletta (as aforementioned). A brief trip to Sliema confirmed to us what a great place to stay Birgu is!

Thank you Aldo and Joseph for organising Jacky's b'day cakes - it's been a memorable birthday week.

It's beautifully decorated and very comfortable.

Claire & James from Oxford, UK – January 2017

We have loved staying at Indulgence Divine. It's beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Birgu, Valletta and Mdina are wonderful places - fascinating history and full of mystery and elegance.

We have decided that we must return. There is still so much more to explore.

It has been our 5th time staying here at ID - we love it!

Ken & Vivien from London, UK – October 2016

We have had a fabulous, relaxing time here in Birgu once again. It has been our 5th time staying here at ID - we love it! Here for Notte Bianca in Valletta this time - a great experience.

Thank you to Joe for picking us up at the airport and for the warm welcome. Thanks too to Josephine and of course to Aldo - shame we didn't get to have that coffee, perhaps next time! We will be back.

The tranquillity, the colours, the freshness sitting drinking wine on the rooftop terrace in the summer evenings...

Marlene from Toronto, Canada – August 2016

Indulgence Divine - living here has been such a treat. The tranquillity, the colours, the freshness, sitting drinking wine on the rooftop terrace in the summer evenings... nothing beats this feeling.

Crossing over to Valletta by ferry early morning is a must as is walking through Birgu to dine at the waterfront.

We'll also be telling all our friends about beautiful Birgu and the fabulous find that is Indulgence Divine!

Judith & Luca from Lisbon, Portugal – July 2016

A week in the beautiful house has been a much needed break for both of us. We couldn't stop taking pictures of the interior - We hope you don't mind if we borrow some of the design ideas for our house back home.

We've taken some lovely early morning walks (before the July sun gets too hot) around town, and the rental car has come in handy to discover those parts of the island too difficult to get to otherwise.

We'll also be telling all our friends about beautiful Birgu and the fabulous find that is Indulgence Divine!

...a quirky feast for the eyes and totally relaxing.

Kim & Stephen from Cambridge, UK – May 2016

Indulgence Divine is so beautifully restored, decorated and presented, a quirky feast for the eyes and totally relaxing.

Thank you for everything Aldo, and to Joseph for a very warm and charming welcome, and to Josephine for taking such wonderful care of the house. We have both loved our stay here!

The house was very comfortable and much more spacious than we had expected.

Martin & Janice from Cambridge, UK – May 2016

Birgu has been a brilliant place to stay in. We are very glad that we chose it over Valletta, which we liked as well, but better to work there than to stay in. The location of Indulgence Divine could not be better and it was great to wander the tiny lanes with their very different light at different times of the day. The house was very comfortable and much more spacious than we had expected.

We have particularly enjoyed sitting in the upstairs room and on the terrace. We have been really impressed by the amount of time and thought that has gone into the planning and design of the rooms - and the trust you have placed in your guests to look after your lovely things. Thank you for the trouble you have taken with the instructions and advice and many thanks to Joseph for picking us up, for his welcome and for the basket of goodies - a kind thought. We have had a fabulous stay.

We loved the intricately decorated and well thought out interior, the colors.

Ashutosh & Brittany from Wisconsin, USA – April 2016

Thank you Aldo, Joseph & Josephine for this beautiful creation and experience! We loved the intricately decorated and well thought out interior, the colors. Loved the secret room full of wonderful books. Loved the bathroom door knob. Loved the colors (mentioning it again). Loved the wall hangings, the tapestry, the outdoor patio.

Aldo, thank you for being a great host and reaching out to us with great tips and suggestions.

We chose well with Birgu - the most beautiful place with excellent local people. Grazzi.

Rosemary & Richard from West Sussex, UK – April 2016

Thank you Aldo for providing this wonderful house. Thank you Joseph for your welcome and hospitality. Thank you Josephine for being brilliant! Thank you all for the card and wine for our 40th anniversary! We chose well with Birgu - the most beautiful place with excellent local people. Grazzi.

Fabulous house - really ingeniously restored. Aldo has a real 'flair' and everything is perfect. Lots of steps but I managed despite my osteoarthritis + age. Birgu is a gem. The harbour is beautiful with all those "if only" yachts! The people are friendly and good company. Joseph is excellent with a warm welcome-pack, bread, jam, wine, nibbles + lots more. Aldo is an excellent host. Josephine an excellent cleaner. Thank you. xx

One of the best rentals we've experienced in our world travels.

Nancy & Victor from Charlottesville, USA – April 2016

Dear Aldo,

What a delight to spend time in your beautiful home... One of the best rentals we've experienced in our world travels. The attention to detail and style shows throughout, and we are grateful for the experience. It was a pleasure spending time with you. Until our paths cross again, we wish you our best.

The house is situated in a spot you could only dream of.

Lindsay & Glenn from Durham, UK – April 2016

Wow ! What an amazing home.

We had a wonderful time staying in this beautiful house. So much love and attention to detail has gone into this. What a way to spend my 40th birthday!

The house is situated in a spot you could only dream of. Aldo and Joseph have been amazing and so, so helpful. Thank you so much for everything. We will definitely be back.

We enjoyed sleeping in the old chapel...

Emma & Carl from London, UK – Mar 2016

Birgu has been fantastic, very laid back and welcoming. It's steeped in history. My husband's great grandparents were here in WWII so we saw pictures of them in books in the Museum of Malta.

ID is a great alternative to a hotel and makes you really feel part of the community in Birgu. We enjoyed sleeping in the old chapel and reading in the basement. Thank you very much for the experience. Now it's back to England to see our 2 year old, feeling very well rested.

...a place to recommend to anyone who wants to get away from it all.

Clara & Olive from Norwich, UK – January 2016

Thank you Aldo and Joseph for such a lovely experience living in this beautiful work of art. The sheer amount of thought you have put in to the design, comfort, and our needs is made very apparent through everything you have provided in this abode. We cannot help but gush at every detail! Thank you for making our honeymoon so comfortable. Coming back 'home' every night was such joy. We absolutely adore the blend of old and new, with that splash of pop colours! You have really awesome taste!

Thank you so much for your generous welcome pack. It saw us through many ravenous mornings, and midnight snackings. That jam is fantastic!

This is definitely a place to recommend to anyone who wants to get away from it all. We shall be raving about this dream home to everyone once we return back to reality and the humdrum of life. Big love.

We've stayed in many places and the attention to detail here is secondary to none.

Guy & David from Edinburgh, UK – September 2015

Thank you Aldo for making us feel very welcome. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, in your expertly designed apartment. We've stayed in many places and the attention to detail here is secondary to none. The location is also fantastic - so different from anywhere we've experienced. We shall recommend this place to all our friends.

No hesitation in recommending Indulgence Divine to others

Les & Di from Liverpool, UK – July 2015

We have had a wonderful holiday in your fabulous apartment. Birgu is the perfect location for visiting the rest of the islands. 30 mins by bus to Valletta or 20 mins by water taxi and the lift to the top.

Thank you for the welcome pack which got our holiday off to a great start. Thank you John for your help when we needed it and looking after us so well. Should we return to Malta this would be our number one choice and would have no hesitation in recommending it to others. Maybe see you again in 2018!

A designer’s hand all over it which made it a joy to inhabit

Johanne & Derek from Victoria, Australia – June 2015

A wonderful 3 days in Birgu thanks to your wonderful apartment. A designer’s hand all over it which made it a joy to inhabit! Will tell our friends in Australia who I am sure will seek out this opportunity. 

John, thank you fir your liaison – made life so much easier. Cheers.

a sanctuary to return to

Berenice & James from Poole, UK – May 2015

Our first visit to this gem of an island. We fell in love with Birgu and its history and wandering around its fascinating lanes.

This gorgeous apartment is a sanctuary to return to after exploring Valletta and Mdina where there are hordes of tourists. The bakery closed for good a few days before our arrival but there is a van which sells bread near / on the square at about midday daily. It's worth doing a day trip to Gozo to discover delicious Gozitan food and wine!

John an Lorraine were extremely welcoming and helpful.

The location is perfect

Caroline & Barry from Dunblane, UK – April 2015

This was our first visit to Malta and what a brilliant choice. The location is perfect away from the busier areas of the island but just a bus ride, ferry or water taxi to explore further away. We loved ID with its stylish decor and so many interesting pieces of art/design. Some new item to discover everyday. Very comfortable and a lovely place to return to at the end of the day.

Birgu has to be one of the best places full of history, amazing balconies, windows and doorways which I have taken photos of (most of them). You have to go out at the right time to discover the local shops. The bakery had us fooled for a while but eventually we discovered the delicious bread. Also the fruit and vegetable van that daily appears at the end of the street.

We have had a brilliant time, enjoying the weather, learning about Malta's rich and varied history, loving its beautiful buildings and enjoying walks around both city and countryside. We hope to return soon. Thank you Aldo for sharing your amazing home and thank you Lorraine and John for your warm welcome and lifts to and from the airport.

Very calm, safe and peaceful

Gillian & Nick from Dorset, UK – April 2015

Our first time in Malta and. looking around the rest of the island, we realised that we had made a great choice in Birgu and in Indulgence Divine. Beautiful walks, friendly people, lovely food and an all round great experience. ID is a lovely retreat to return to each evening. Very calm, safe and peaceful with lovely Spring colours and nice facilities. Thanks for the warm welcome to Malta.

Everything in this fabulous house was perfect 

Peter & Karen from York, UK – April 2015

Dear Aldo, Our first trip to Malta but we will be back! Everything in this fabulous house was perfect! And many thanks to John who helped us so much on our arrival.

felt very special to have stayed here

Ann from London, UK – March 2015

Wonderful house - felt very special to have stayed here. I can only admire the attention to detail that has gone into it all. In particular - great shower and great coffee. Birgu itself is a beautiful place to stay, but still easy to get to Valletta or around the rest of the island. As a place to escape for a few days, Birgu and Indulgence Divine have been wonderful. I hope to be back (and will recommend to everyone I can think of!)

Special thanks to John - and also for the welcome pack which was a lovely treat.

perfect base

Sue & John from Northumberland, UK – March 2015

Indulgence Divine provides a perfect base from which to explore the many delights of Malta. Birgu is the most attractive and historical location and you are generous in sharing your beautiful home with us, Aldo. Thank you to Lorraine and John for their support and kindness. With very best wishes..

such a relaxing place to stay

Jackie & Keith from Staffordshire, UK – Dec 2014

This was our second visit to ID and familiarity certainly doesn't breed contempt here! It's such a relaxing place to stay - as is Birgu itself, which has changed a lot in the 18th months since we were last here. The completion of the waterfront has made such a difference. Many thanks to Ray for looking after us again and for the warm welcome. Very best wishes for the future. Thanks also to Josephine. And last but not least to Aldo for the opportunity to stay in this wonderful house (again).

what a lovely place to stay

Lisa & Mal from Essex, UK – November 2014

Our first stay in Malta and what a lovely place to stay! We are so happy to be in Vittoriosa - so beautiful and so packed with history. Hope to be back soon.Ray was so helpful we wish him well for his future plans.

a home from home for us

Vivien & Ken from London, UK – October 2014

Our 3rd visit to ID, which is becoming a home from home for us! Thanks again to Ray for the warm welcome and the welcome treats. We were fortunate to be able to meet Aldo for a coffee during our stay and told us it was Ray's last month - we will miss him. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay as always - here for all of Birgu Fest this time. The town is so very pretty in the candlelight.Got to see the Blue Grotto this trip - well worth a visit. Impressed with all the developments going on around the area - lovely to be able to walk orund to Senglea this time. Water taxi service to Valletta (just past Bacino's Cafe/restaurant) is good value for money and so much quicker than the bus. Hope to be back again next year too!

Thank you Aldo for opening your wonderful home to us

Gary & Penny from Toronto, Canada – September 2014

Thank you Aldo for opening your wonderful home to us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and in Malta. Hopefully we can return one day to stay again at I.D. We really loved Osteria VE across the road run by Stefano and Thomas. Both my mother and father were born in Malta but immigrated to Canada at a young age. Neither decided to return to visit and this has been taken up by the various nephews and nieces. This is our first visit and we have thoroughly enjoyed it. It has been a great experience to see the heritage and beautiful sights of Malta. I certainly hope that our son and daughter will take the opportunity to visit Malta and see the beautiful country where their nanu and nana lived.

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