In Malta the word “Villa” conjures up panoramic vistas of the Mediterranean with a large house overlooking azure waters, terraces with trees and a pool. Villas are always classic, elegant homes that are impressive and aspirational. Although some may be of some age, the majority are modern and minimalistic with some unrenovated gems to be found in-between.
Classically villas have marble or stone floors and older ones have polished flagstone or mosaic and Maltese tiles, hand-crafted woodwork and sweeping staircases leading off vast rooms. If you are lucky, you may find one with original features from the Belle-Époque that has already been modernised, providing a stunning mix of old and new. The aim of these homes have always been to impress and show that one has indeed, arrived.
Villas provide the perfect home for large or extended families, a place to entertain, meet, relax and even seal business deals. They often come with more than just a bit of extra land and some have expansive gardens, pools and parking for a fleet of cars. Rooms as said are generous and will often include large reception areas, a formal and informal dining room, while some of the older classic beauties may even incorporate a ballroom. Modern villas in Malta are sought-after and prestigious properties and often located in exclusive, private estates or upmarket neighbourhoods.
Most villas are large properties set on expansive grounds, offering an excellent measure of privacy and they often make for ideal business ventures such as small boutique hotels but can also be perfectly suited to act as an embassy, luxury guest house or simply a dream home. Typical “villa neighbourhoods” are usually discreet and quiet, oozing sophistication, class and tranquillity. When it comes to accommodation, villas usually have a minimum of three and up to eight bedrooms with private balconies leading off most of the rooms to entertainment decks and converted rooftops.
There has been a sharp increase in demand for modernised, updated properties in the luxury sector of the market with home security and smart technology being high on the list of demands from prospective buyers and investors. Villa owners often travel extensively for business and pleasure and therefore want even these larger properties to be lock-up-and-go ready year-round.