About this listing
A small house, once a fisherman's abode, now a pretty and romantic holiday home. Outside the tourist hub yet conveniently close to sea, beaches, bars, restaurants and shops. Bus stops to several major attractions are just a few steps away.
This small old house has been converted into a charming, relaxing, harmonious space for two or three. Quaint yet comfortable, fully equipped and full of character, it is a unique property in an excellent location.
The house is divided into separate small dining room, kitchenette and sitting room downstairs, and bedroom with adjoining bathroom upstairs.
Both floors are airconditioned.
A flat-screen TV has a great range of cable channels in languages including English, Italian, French, Spanish and Russian.
Wi-Fi is fast and free.
There's plenty of equipment in the kitchenette, including fridge/freezer, gas hob, electric oven, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, cookware, dinner set, all utensils, as well as a washing machine.
The cosy dining room seats four.
The intimate living room sports a super comfy leather sofa.
The open-plan bedroom upstairs, with double bed and wardrobe, can also accommodate a cot or folding bed for a child (free of charge).
Hair dryer and iron/ironing board are provided.
The bathroom has an enclosed shower. Towels and soap/shampoo are provided.
You will find free maps and information highlighting main attractions.
Guests have access to the entire house.
Interaction with Guests
Since we live in the same street, we are always on hand to provide you with information to help you make the most of your stay, if you wish. Just drop us a message or knock on our door and we'll be only too happy to give you further assistance after a brief introduction to the area on check-in.
Situated on the edge of St Paul’s Bay, in an area still used by traditional fishermen, the maisonette is literally a minute’s walk down some steps to a swimming area with pristine water and a 10-minute bus ride away from some amazing beaches. But it is also conveniently close to food stores, bars and restaurants, while buses that go to several major attractions are just round the corner. It is perfectly positioned whether you want to be a beach bum or see all the sights, for a diving holiday or a walking trip, a laid-back weekend break or an adventurous vacation full of activities.
Across the road and down some steps you will find a little cove with crystal clear water reserved for swimmers, lying on the other side of a jetty where traditional Maltese fishing boats still berth.
A few steps away are bus stops on main routes that take you direct to major attractions such as Malta’s best beaches, the walled city of Valletta, Sliema’s shopping centres and harbour cruises, and the entertainment hot spots of Bugibba and Paceville.
A direct bus from the airport, the X1, takes about an hour to arrive. It stops 10 minutes away by walk at a bus stop called Roti, just around the bay from our place.
Just down the road is a lovely promenade that runs around the beautiful bay of Xemxija (Maltese for sunny).
Within 5 to 10 minutes’ walk are a number of small outlets that serve all your daily needs, from buying food to postal services, picking up a newspaper to renting a car.
Just a few minutes’ walk along the promenade are a dozen good but reasonably priced restaurants including Maltese, Italian, Chinese, Greek, and Indian, as well as a few bars and a couple of night spots.
A 10-20 minute bus ride will take you to the island’s most beautiful sandy beaches.
If you prefer a quieter swim, the maisonette is within easy reach of several small, secluded bays.
Nearby is the open countryside with walking trails that include an old Roman road.
It takes just 20-30 minutes to walk to the tourist zone of Bugibba, with its shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and nightlife. Here you can grab a Macdonald’s or spoil yourself with fine cuisine, purchase tours and book boat trips, enjoy an evening stroll or go dancing.
Nearby activities and attractions: Aquarium, waterpark, watersports, boat hire, leisure cruises, diving, tennis, horseriding, walking, bicycle hire, cinema, shopping, museums, old towers and churches, Roman remains and much more.
Parking is free, on the street, close by, never more than one or two minutes away by walk and even closer in the off-peak months.
Other Things to Note
The house is just up the street from a main road, which makes it extremely convenient for catching the bus to major attractions but which means there may be some traffic noise during the day. The area is very quiet otherwise.
1. Kindly switch things off when not in use and keep windows closed when A/C is on;
2. Don't be too noisy late at night so as not to disturb the neighbours;
3. No smoking inside please.
Mark goes above and beyond to make his guests happy - we were collected from the airport, shown around the local area and greeted on arrival to the holiday home with some local treats! I particularly like Mark's attention to detail and efficiency - the house is immaculate and was cleaned half way through our 2 week stay. The kitchen is fully functional and essentials are provided. Mark has a lot of travel literature in the house so you can sit down and plan out your holiday properly. He even arranged our cab back to the airport. Can't fault a thing. Thanks again Mark!
Mark is friendly and generous with his hospitality skills. Everything in the small converted fisherman’s quarter is exactly as advertised. It’s comfortable and relaxing, very convenient walk to the beach, which is literally across the street. The town center is also within walking distance if you’re fit. 20-25 minutes walk away.
My husband and I enjoyed it very much except for traffic noise.
Mark and his wife were extremely welcoming and helpful! The house was exactly as described and the location was perfect. The bus stop was right around the corner and allowed us to get to wherever we needed. It was a wonderful first Airbnb experience!
Appartamento molto carino e funzionale e dotato di ogni comodità. Mark è un persona estremamente gentile e disponibile, ci ha fornito ottimi consigli per visitare l'isola.
Nei dintorni ci sono pochissimi bar e ristoranti, ma la casa è comunque comoda ai mezzi pubblici
Mark and his wife were absolutely brilliant hosts. They were incredibly friendly, chatty and helpful - popping over throughout our stay to give us ideas of places to visit and answer any questions. As is always very welcome with an airbnb stay, they provided a booklet for our stay with lots of helpful information, leaflets, maps etc.
We are welcomed with a basket of local goodies upon arrival which was a lovely touch!
The house itself is great - just as gorgeous as it looks in the photos and we couldn't have asked for anything more. Love St.Paul's as a base (no hideous tourist traps in sight)
Have been to Malta several times and I'm sure will be coming back and staying here again!
What a lovely, well appointed, clean, charming apartment located close to a fairly private swimming area, bus stops and an easy stroll to amenities.
Our host, Mark, was very kind and helpful. Plus we were given a lovely basket of fresh food, wine and cisk, the local beer. Fresh flowers were on the kichen table. A lovely start to our stay and so thoughtful.
We relaxed and enjoyed our stay.
I recommend staying here.
Desidero innanzitutto ringraziare Mark per la sua cortesia e disponibilità. E' stato molto cortese ad aspettarci e a darci indicazioni su cosa visitare.
L'alloggio è molto carino e ben curato, adatto ad una coppia, funzionale e con tutto il necessario. La descrizione dei servizi è perfetta! Altra cosa molto importante che vorrei sottolineare è la pulizia dell'appartamento!
L'alloggio è ubicato in una vietta laterale nella Baia di San Paolo, che si presenta molto (website hidden) sono un fruttivendolo, un bar e un piccolo negozietto dove fare acquisti alimentari.
Abbiamo trovato la posizione comoda sia per muoversi (le distanze dell'isola sono comunque brevi: dall'aeroporto si dista circa 40 min) sia per il parcheggio.
Unico neo è il rumore del traffico che si sente durante le ore notturne, ma è decisamente sopportabile.
About the Host, Mark
I am married with a boy of 12. Our current project as a family is doing up our new (old) house, next door to the property advertised here, and running this holiday home together. We'll be your "friendly hosts", always at hand if you need help to make your stay a more fulfilling and enjoyable one.