The Collacchio district in Malta’s former capital of Vittoriosa was once the private realm of the Knights of St. John. For decades after their arrival on the Mediterranean archipelago in 1530, members were the only people allowed to reside in the quarter, where the Inquisitor’s Palace still stands. Palazzo Vittoriosa—a new hotel set in a Collacchio townhouse once reserved for guests of the knights—carries on the district’s exclusive pedigree.
Scheduled to open in March, Palazzo Vittoriosa is a four-bedroom retreat that rents to one party at a time. The restored 16th-century structure is owned by the Dutch couple Remco and Jessica Slik, whose contemporary art collection is showcased throughout the property. A 9-foot-tall papier-mâché chandelier by the Amsterdam-based designer Marcel Wanders hangs in the Palazzo Vittoriosa suite, which includes a private dining room where the chef Bart Saive—who counts the president of Malta as a client—serves up Maltese rabbit and other specialties on request.
Meals can be enjoyed anywhere on the property, including the ocean-view rooftop pool area. Outside the hotel, guests enjoy exclusive access to private art collections. Palazzo Vittoriosa, +356.21.370.830, www.palazzovittoriosa.com