Malta’s refined Casa Ellui is a revelation

Small but seductively stylish with some of the best food on the island, this nine-suite palazzo is a delightful discovery in the heart of Valletta

One of the suites at Casa Ellul, a former private palazzo in Valetta
One of the suites at Casa Ellul, a former private palazzo in Valetta

The revelation of 2018 so far is Malta, that little southern Mediterranean island with big cultural aspirations – and some surprisingly stylish addresses. The standout is Casa Ellul (casaellul.com; from €270), a nine-suite inn on a quiet Valletta side street, owned by brothers Matthew and Andrew Ellul, scions of Malta’s oldest wine and spirits merchants. They converted the old family palazzo in 2014, layering midcentury furniture, original art and quirky details in with all the carefully preserved cornices, terrazzo floors and traditional enclosed wood balconies, known as gallarije. It’s all capped off by a new restaurant, Risette, opened last November and one of the best on the island

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