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Internal Access to Sea, Private Boat, and Near to Malta's Most Pristine Beaches!

Bedrooms 2
Space 95 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Sleep and rise to the sound of the sea teasing the shore below your bedroom

Our newly refurbished family apartment has been revamped, reworked and up-cycled whilst preserving all the features of this authentic 1950's seaside home to bring you more than just a sleep-over but a unique and uplifting experience!

Sleep and rise to the sound of the sea teasing the shore below your bedroom. Roll out of bed every morning onto our surreal balcony and let its magic work wonders on you any time of the day!

Our main bedroom offers a king-size double bed, with a spare bedroom providing 3 single beds. In addition our spacious sofa can sleep 2 adults comfortably.

With new retro-styled features including a bright orange fully equipped kitchen, low lying black leather sofa, and elegant white sheers and curtains to flow with the fresh sea breeze, prepare to lay back and be swung into the awesome 60`s

As the original pale yellow floors conjure the salty tang of many summers past, be tempted for an early morning dip in the sea through our internal boathouse or make use of our little boat to discover hidden coves and open water around the bay.

Our residence is perfectly hidden from the main road bringing perfect silence and tranquillity only to be disturbed by the sound of the sea.

Connect your own music device to our surround system and chill out after a day at the beach.

Time your stay with a mid-summer full moon, and watch it rise in orange from the western horizon and transform into a brilliant white ball glittering on the water and casting reflections through our low lit rooms.

Take advantage of the cooler autumn, winter and spring and set out on some of Malta's most breath-taking walks which will stimulate your senses at every step!

... then rest well with a cup of warm tea on our balcony where time stops for no one except for you!

With our personalised touch and service we go that extra step to bring a smile at all times for both adults and kids!

More Details

Andrew Bianco
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french, german, italian
Response time
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2017

About Andrew Bianco


Brought up in the tranquil and serene village of Xemxija (literally meaning, the Sunny Side!) in St Paul's Bay, Malta, I set out on an adventure back in 2005 to study in London. Soon after I found myself in the great multicultural city of Brussels where I have worked for both the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU as a diplomat and more recently at the European Commission on Research and Innovation policy.

Andrew Bianco purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Andrew Bianco chose St Paul's Bay

My heart and spirit remain closely connected to our long-time family residence in Xemxija, which remains my sole place of refuge and relaxation throughout the year.

Having spent many endless summers in this property which belonged to my grandmother until recently, as a young boy I would spend the days fishing along the coast and venturing into the hills behind. My father would take us water skiing on our boat every evening just in front. We would spend hours swimming in the sea and playing rummy on the balcony with Nana and Dad. Luckily, I was able to buy a share of the property just last year.

I love the sea and everything that is connected to it, and I long for the days I spend windsurfing and sailing around the bay in Xemxija and the beautiful coastline that extends past St Paul's Island.

I truly hope to have the pleasure of sharing my home with you and to give you the chance to experience the touch of magic that this very special place will bring you!

What makes this apartment unique

This special place has the ultimate romantic and relaxation setting. As you drive round the cove at night to the font row of 1950`s bungalows you will be beset by the beauty of coloured lights reflecting over the still water from across the bay.

What makes this space really special, is the direct internal access to the sea through our internal boathouse which allows you to literally crawl out of bed and take a dip. Guests are also invited to rent out our small fibre glass boat and other sports equipment (trips are always accompanied and on advanced request. Subject to weather conditions and availability). Bikes and Stand Up Paddles available from near by rentals.

The residence is perfectly located to Malta's most beautiful pristine beaches of Ghajn Tuffieha (Apple`s Eye) and Golden Bay. The other beaches of Ghadira, Paradise Bay and Armier are only 10-15 minutes away by car.

Within 100 meters walking distance you can also go swimming in the beautiful Fekruna (Turtle) Bay. Partly surrounded by a cliff, the small inlet offers a perfect post for jumping!

During the cooler months, the surrounding hills offer endless Mediterranean country walks, where the scents of wild thyme will stimulate your senses at every step!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Ix-Xemxija, Malta

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 95 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Door to toilet can be close for added comfort if required.
  • Preserving the original 1950's décor, our bathroom is fitted with new classic styled finishings, while keeping several of the original features. We provide clean towels and linen for a great start to your day. The bathroom is also equipped with a blow heater for the winter months. The toilet is separate for additional comfort.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Direct access to balcony through four tier french door.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 large double bed , 1 cot , Overlooking the back garden, this room is equally spacious.
  • A large airy room with direct access to the balcony. The main bedroom offers you a very large double wardrobe with shelving and an additional cupboard for storage. The room has a fresh white décor with touches of brilliant blue colour for a seaside feel. New white curtains with sheers add to the calmness as the sea chuckles on the jetty below. Our second bedroom comes equipped with one double bed and a second single which is extendable into a further double. With a retro styled interior the bedroom also includes a large wardrobe with shelving and additional drawers for storage. This room overlooks a peaceful garden.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • long term rentals available
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
A personal touch... - Used as an all-year residence for over 60 years, the property is kept cool by the natural sea breeze entering through the surrounding windows in each room and the back garden. All doors are netted and cooling fans are provided for additional comfort. - Our residence is furnished with the artworks of renown international Maltese artist Ruth Bianco. All art works can be purchased. - Professional dance, yoga and other well-being classes available on request. - We can facilitate personal diving tuition and diving trips. - Several secret Start Gazing spots, perfect with a glass of wine! - A family member will welcome you and always be ready to accommodate you. - We will welcome you with a surprise selection of Maltese delicacies. - We promise more than just a sleep-over, but to bring you an unforgettable experience!


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Internal Access to Sea, Private Boat, and Near to Malta's Most Pristine Beaches!
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews

Lovely view

  • 5 of 5

Apartment had everything you needed for a great stay. Views spectacular but balcony furniture a little uncomfortable to enjoy it. Good amenities locally and bus links excellent. Well worth buying the Explorer ticket for bus travel around the island. Look forward to a return trip in the foreseeable future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fine individual appartment, perfect for day trips

  • 4 of 5

Andrew and his folk offer a very fine and tastefully equipped appartment in the Xemxija town of Malta. We - 2 kids and 2 adults - felt comfortable throughout our stay. During our stay, we rented a car (+ here-App) and enjoyed the very many day trips for which Xemxija is a pretty good starting point: it is close to the finer sandy beaches and Gozo ferry; the trips southwards took at most 45mins (Peters Pool). On arrival, a selection of some basic food and Maltese fruits was provided with the selection of brews scoring high at one of the adults :-) Xemxija itself has not much to offer for tourists - kids could swim in the harbour area and there is a diving school, apart from that locals barbecue in front of their garages. Going fourth or fifth row in Xemxija, it feels that deconstruction of empty houses and land reclamation would be the best way forward. This leads to the question, why not a five star rating?

Yes Malta is a busy place with traffic throughout the day: The road to Gozo ferry three rows behind the appartment is not heard from the appartment, however the Bugibba bypass across the bay seems popular with motorcyclists in the first hours of the night. Then, the design of the appartment is pretty cool yet some stuff does not score high in convenience which I rate a bit higher myself - e.g. the seating furniture (also # of..) / parasol for the balcony.

Last point and independant of the rating: we were amazed how little bird life there is in Malta. Apart from sparrows and doves most other birds seem extinct. What has been done that there are next to no sea gulls on a small fish rich rocky island? There are big conservation issues and more can be done then building fine Aquariums together with EU support. As tourist and European citizen I do not take this lightly. How nice could Malta be if it had not just a lively historic heritage and marine wildlife but could field a similarly diverse fauna.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great holiday with family in Malta

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful apartment perfect for family. We had a lovely week!

Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hosting you was our pleasure! Andrew
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All you could ask for .....

  • 4 of 5

Massively spacious, clean and well equipped apartment. Good choice of restaurants within 10 mins drive. We had a fabulous welcome from Andrew's parents, and both them and Andrew provided all required information for a very relaxing stay. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Karen, very glad you enjoyed your stay. Always a pleasure, and hope to see you again soon! Best, Andrew
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semaine détente et confort à Malte

  • 5 of 5

Appartement très agréable avec une belle vue et un accès direct à la mer. L' appartement est très bien décoré et le propriétaire très sympathique. Il y a tout le nécessaire pour cuisiner et passer un agréable séjour.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci Anne-Lise pour votre visite! C'était également un vraiment grand plaisir de vous accueillir. Andrew
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Propreté moyenne dans la salle de bain mais correcte pour le reste des pièces de l'appartement.

  • 4 of 5

Cadre exceptionnel, appartement spacieux et très bien équipé (tv, home cinéma, lave-vaisselle, lave linge, sèche-linge...)

Nous avons apprécié le panier d'accueil avec des produits de première nécessité (lait, œufs, beurre, toast, pack d'eau...) et la gentillesse de Nigel (père d'Andrew)

Draps et serviettes de toilettes fournis (et sentant bon la lessive...😉)

Nous reviendrons dès que possible !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19.7 Kilometres
Malta International Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
The Chef
Nearest Ferry
9.8 Kilometres
Cirkewwa, for ferry service to Gozo and Comino
Nearest Golf
16 Kilometres
Marsa Sports Club
Nearest Motorway
800 Metres
Main road
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
The Chef
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Fekruna Bay
Car: not necessary

The Neighbourhood

Brought up in St Paul's Bay I can say without any doubt of mind that there is certainly no place like home! Malta being one of the most densely populated islands on the planet, St Paul`s Bay lies a stretch away from the other hectic towns and villages situated in the more central part of the island.

Enjoy fresh air and beautiful walks in some of Malta's last remaining expanses of untainted Mediterranean countryside.

As a seaside town, St Paul's Bay and the neighbouring towns of Mellieha and Mgarr offer you a vast selection of dining experiences brining you fresh fish and some of the best traditional rabbit dishes on the island.

Situated ideally within 5km of some of Malta's most pristine beaches and coastal stretches, close to the ferry service to Comino and Gozo, and with a drive of around 35 minutes to Valletta and the bustling villages of St Julian's and Paciville, there are few other towns that can offer you such a perfect balance of tranquillity and excitement.

Without exception, St Paul's Bay also brings you its annual village feast (fiesta) towards the end of July (28th July in 2014) making the village a stunning backdrop as endless fireworks reflect over the sea.

Getting Around

Public transport is within 300 to 400 meters walking distance.

Several country walks and coastline spots (Fekruna Bay for a quiet private swim and some jumping at only 100 meters away, Mistra at 1km, and other spots further up the coastline) are accessible on foot.

Use of bicycles in the cooler seasons of autumn, winter and spring offer a perfect way to explore the nearby villages and hills.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are available all the year round from Tony's traditional van store just 400 meters down the road. There is also a small grocery store with all basic general provisions and daily newspapers just 200 meters away.

A Personal Touch ...

- Clean fresh linen and bath towels are provided together with basic cooking ingredients!

- Used as an all-year residence for over 60 years, the residence is kept cool by the natural sea breeze entering through the surrounding windows in each room, and the cool garden at the back of the property. All doors are netted and fans are provided for additional comfort.

- On special request we can accommodate our own private boat usage (45 Eur a day, excl. fuel) and use of other sports equipment including windsurfing, sailing on a classic 1070's Mirror 10 wooden hull boat, fishing and cycling.

- Our residence is furnished with the artworks of renown international Maltese artist Ruth Bianco. All art works can be purchased.

- We manage our residence in partnership with Dance Project Studios, a family run professional dance studio and can facilitate participation in a variety of dance classes, yoga and other well-being classes.

- We can facilitate personal diving tuition and diving trips.

- Several secret star gazing spots to go with a glass of wine.

- A family member will welcome you and always be ready to accommodate you.

- We will welcome you with a surprise selection of Maltese delicacies.

- On your arrival we will be happy to let out many more of our secret offerings to bring you the best possible unrivalled experience.

Guest Access

Access will be given to you personally on your arrival to the residence by your host or a family member to ensure your comfort and ease.

The residence is directly accessible by car and is on the first and top floor with just one short flight of stairs.

As with every town or village on the Maltese islands, access is possible only by road transport. Public buses work directly from the airport, however, we advise a taxi service to save time and which can be very affordable. We can make these arrangements on your behalf closer to your arrival.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Ix-Xemxija, Malta

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$8 per night, per additional guest
Nov 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$8 per night, per additional guest
Dec 2017
1 Dec 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$8 per night, per additional guest
Xmas 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$8 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$8 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$67.83
Refundable Damage Deposit A$301.47

Eur 5 per person per night after the fourth person.

Boat Usage: Accompanied excursion Eur 30 per hour.

2 night stays only possible depending on season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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