Reliable & established rental business for over 15 yrs, many repeat customers
About Elaine Meli
As my husbands family still live in Malta, we have been regular visitors to the islands since I lured him away from the sunshine to live in the UK many years ago. He claims he is still waiting for summer to arrive! Needing a bolthole from the hecticness that comes with being part of a large and noisy Mediterranean family, we bought our first property in Xlendi in 2003. It's only when various friends asked if they could stay that we thought maybe renting was the way to go. The overwhelming interest took us by surprise, so we felt more confident in buying our second property in 2007, this time with a pool, because us Brits do love to swim in a pool rather than the sea! Desperately not wanting to fall into the pot of cliches, but both places truly are magical, charming and sooo relaxing.
Elaine Meli purchased this Apartment in 2007
Why Elaine Meli chose Ta' Pinu
Gharb is just so traditional Gozitan; there is nothing touristy about this village. There are frequent events taking place in the parish church square where it seems as though the whole village has turned out. There is an annual BBQ when each household turns up with their their family recipe offerings; you can only begin to imagine how much food there is! Gharb is surrounded by greenery with many different walks available from right outside the apartment door, including one of our family favourites up to the little chapel of St Dimitri that has far reaching views over the island. It is a quiet village so a car is probably necessary if you want to travel further than Victoria, or else you are very fit and don't mind walking everywhere.
What makes this Apartment unique
The apartment is in a very peaceful location and feels very exclusive. There are little extras in the development that feel very homely; like the library of books in the hallway for example. It is very well kept and presented and exceptionally clean. The apartment itself is very stylish and well thought out and is a comfortable base from which to explore this little gem of an island. There are only 8 apartments in the development, and only one is lived in permanently by a retired English man, while the rest are second homes, so the pool is never crowded, even in summer.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Good Value Accommodation
This one bedroom accommodation is ideally located in a quiet village street. There are around five acceptable restaurants within walking distance. We found car parking close to the apartment was not a problem (albeit on the street). Victoria (the capital) is a short drive away. Although the weather was not hot enough for pool use, we did use the pool area for sunbathing, which was private and sheltered. Kitchen facilities are adequate and there is a decent lounge area. There is a small balcony (with table/chairs and clothes drier) overlooking the street. The apartment represents good value for money. Directions to the property were good although beware the road works around Malta airport!
Thank you Steven for such a positive review. I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed the pool area and discovering the island and some of its fabulous restaurants. We hope to welcome you back again one day
Excellent holiday for anyone who craves peace and quiet
No cars no hustle and bustle
Only negative the mattress was awful differcult to get a good nights rest
That’s the only reason I gave four stars not five
Thank you for your comments. I'm sorry that you found the mattress to be uncomfortable. They were infact only replaced earlier this year so they are new but everybodys tastes are different and it is very hard to find a one size fits all. Overall I'm glad you enjoyed the peace and tranquillity that sums up Gozo and hope to see you again one day.
First floor apartment
We found our way to the apartment easily thanks to the directions sent. The apartment is situated on the 1st floor, up a curved marble staircase & there is a lift for anyone who would need it. The apartment was one of the cleanest & well presented that we have stayed in. The kitchen had every utensil that we needed. Although there wasn't an oven, this didn't pose a problem as there is a hob & a microwave. The bathroom was well tiled, with nice towels and lashings of hot water. The balcony had full sunshine from early morning right through to mid afternoon. There is a pool area out the back but TBH we didn't use it. On the whole this was a lovely little place for me & my husband to spend a week in the sun. We would recommend this apartment to others.
Unspoilt Mediterranean Charm
With Elaine's excellent communication we found the apartment easily. Gharb is a charming town with restaurants we went back to. I'd recommend a car to get to the beach unless you're used to the heat. The rooms were beautiful and clean as was the rest of the building and the pool.
The apartment is lovely and well appointed
It is located in a quiet village and is ideal for a relaxing holiday. Everything in the village is within a short walking distance, restaurants, local store, etc and travelling is easy on the bus service. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and would happily return
Good location quite and within easy travel distance to the Island
The apartment was well equipped and comfortably furnished. There are a couple of local food stores stocking most of the necessities, it is just a short drive to Victoria where there is a good choice of shops and supermarkets to supplement the local stores. There is no oven just hot rings and a microwave. This did not cause us an issue as we only had breakfast in the apartment and ate out for all other meals. There is a poor choice of restaurants within walking distance but there are a of number of very good ones a short drive away. Although the small balcony overlooked the street it was quite and a nice spot have breakfast and a glass or two when we returned from the evening meal.
The pool was welcomed in the heat of the day. It is small but ideal for a cool off and a short swim. The one issue we had the heat at night, there is no air conditioning and the fans were not enough, just moving hot air about.
For the price it represented good value for money and an excellent base to discover the lovely island of Gozo.
Thank you very much for your feedback. Gharb is a quieter local village so there is not as much choice of restaurants and shops as some of the bigger more commercial towns but as mentioned nowhere is far away on Gozo and you do reap the benefit of peace and quiet in a smaller village.
Regarding the heat, the temperate as in many parts of Europe, this summer has been exceptionally hot so I can see why you felt the heat more. Usually the fans we provide are more than sufficient meaning we can also keep our rental costs very good value for money as we don't have to add on expensive electricity charges. Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review.
Special interest holidays:
Walking - Gozo is wonderful walking country with plenty of well trodden tracks through the more famous of the islands landmarks such as Calypso's Cave or the Azure Window but also some hidden secrets such as the beauty and peace of the Lunzjata Valley and the tiny hamlet of Ghasri.
Rock Climbing - For the adrenalin junkies, the Maltese Islands offer a varied and scenic playground for rock climbers of all levels. Whether you are looking for some short and sweet challenges or want to push your limits, there's a spot here to suit your style. There is a comprehensive guide in the apartment cataloguing 21 areas on all 3 islands with 1,200 plus climbs.
Diving - Gozo is also an enviable base for diving whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced diver. The islands offer over 50 shore and boat sites with depths from 5m to 45m in Gozo, Comino and northwest Malta; and sights from natural rock formations to sunken wrecks and reefs bursting with marine life. Contact us for more information.
Segway is now available in Gozo with a varied choice of tours ranging from the salt pans, to St Dimitri chapel or the dramatic cliffs of Munxar. Contact segwaygozo.com.
Fancy seeing Gozo from a different point of view but prefer four wheels to one, then why not try quad bikes. Half or full day tours available through gozoquadhire.com.
For beginners, families or even more experienced riders, this wonderful family run stable offers tailored rides around the unspoilt northern coast of Gozo. The horses are beautiful and well cared for and the owners couldn't be more patient or helpful. Just check out their reviews on trip advisor - gozostables.com
Bicycle & Scooter Hire:
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Just under a couple of miles away next to Dwerja and the magnificent Azure Window, you can swim at the Inland Sea, where the sea has cut into the cliffs to form a shallow, sheltered salt water pool with pebbly crystal clear water. Ramla Bay is a magnificent sweep of red sand on the north of the island, there are also several rocky coves for secluded swimming and several good sandy beaches on the north west of Malta. The Blue Lagoon in Comino is beautiful and is easily reached by public ferry.
Fly to Malta's International Airport from London Heathrow/Gatwick in just 3-3½ hours. Malta is also served by numerous other large European airports and is very well connected. Air fares can start from as little as £50 plus tax per person.
We are approx 7 mins by car from the capital Victoria and 20 mins to Mgarr harbour and the ferry to Malta. We are just 7 minutes from Dwerja and only 15 minutes from the red sandy bay of Ramla and the prehistoric temples of Ggantija. The famous cathedral of Ta'Pinu is just 2 minutes down the road.
Transfers to Gozo. There are several options as detailed: For a stress free start to your holiday, we can organise private transfers from Malta airport direct to our apartment. Please contact us for a quote. Alternatively there is a public bus service from 4.75 euros (£3.60) per person to Cirkewwa where you can catch the regular Gozo ferry. The ferry runs frequently (approx every 45 mins) and costs 4.75 euro (£3.60) per foot passenger. The crossing takes around 25 mins. The other option is to hire a car at Malta's airport. Car hire is amongst the cheapest in Europe, with prices starting from 18 euros (£14) per day. Contact us for a quote. Whichever mode of transport you choose, it is a scenic journey along the coast road and the ferry has excellent facilities including a magazine kiosk and cafeteria. The total transfer time should not exceed an hour and a half.
Our apartment is located on the edge of this peaceful inland village but within a short walk of local restaurants, grocery shops and bars. We are a 10 mins walk to the shrine of Ta'Pinu, probably the most revered church on the Maltese Islands; a very interesting folklore museum and a glass blowing shop selling samples of the local art, the beauty of which will rival those found in Venice at half the price! There are some excellent restaurants for a village of this size with a choice of pasta, local cuisine, fish and seafood.
Gozo is home to some beautiful peaceful beaches, sleepy villages, prehistoric temples older than Stonehenge, the legend of the goddess Calypso and some of the most spectacular diving sites in the Mediterranean. Wander around the baroque modern day capital Valletta, peruse the delights of colourful Marsaxlokk and its famous Sunday market; amble through the medieval 'silent city' of Mdina for breathtaking views or unwind in one of the award winning spas. Local activities diving, swimming, walking, sailing, cycling, fishing, wind-surfing and kayaking.