Sliema, Malta

Aster House


Art Deco Dreamland


Bordering Balluta Bay





Just off Sliema’s promenade, 1920s Aster House has been revamped with a modern-Maltese flair and art deco-ed dashes throughout. Traditional handmade tiling lines the hallways, where abstract artwork adorns accent walls and avant-garde furnishings rest under restored stained glass windows. Embracing upside-down living, the villa is split over three levels with a living room and three bedrooms on the lower levels and a kitchen upstairs. Not that you’ll be indoors all that much with your own private rooftop terrace and barbecue, or out and about, watching bobbing swimmers bathing in Balluta Bay and venturing through Valletta.

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First Glance

  • This 240-square-metre terraced villa is located a few minutes walk from Sliema town centre, Balluta Bay and St Julian’s.
  • Inside, you’ll find restored Maltese detailing from the original house paired with modern amenities and sleek furnishings.
  • Locally painted artwork adorns the walls, arched windows are stained with light yellows and greens, and each of the bedrooms have a painted accent wall and an ensuite bathroom.
  • Large windows and doors enhance the villa’s natural light.
  • There’s also a large media room at the entrance of the villa, with a small workspace and printer, and a projector with a two-metre screen, Disney+ and Netflix.
  • In the centre of Aster House, there’s a grand staircase leading up to the kitchen and living area; there’s also a smaller spiral staircase at the back of the villa.
  • Upstairs, the modern kitchen is fully equipped with Bosch appliances (freezer, hob, oven, grill, toaster), plus a Nespresso machine and a popcorn-maker; at one end of the room, you’ll find a small living area with an adjoining two-seater terrace, at the other end large doors open out onto a patio with an alfresco dining area and steps leading to the rooftop terrace.
  • The fuchsia-flower-lined rooftop terrace has two sunloungers and overlooks Sliema’s cityscape.
  • Eco-built Aster House is also big on sustainability; all water is harvested, air-conditioning is solar-powered, you won’t find any single-use plastics, and smart screens are installed throughout to help monitor your environmental footprint (including water and power usage) during your stay. And, those with the smallest footprint can get discounts on future stays.

Villa highlights

  • Traditional Maltese tiling
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Flooded with natural light

Sleeping arrangements

  • Aster House has three bedrooms; one master room located on the ground floor, and two located on the first floor.
  • All three bedrooms have super-king-size beds. The master room also has a pull-out sofa bed for an extra guest, as well as its own private two-seater terrace. One of the first-floor bedrooms has a traditional Maltese balcony, and the other is accessible via the villa’s restored 'Garigor' spiral staircase.
  • There are ensuite bathrooms in each bedroom, each with a walk-in shower and Rituals bath products. The master room also has the original 1920s open-air standalone bath tub in a separate lightwell.
  • The sofa in the ground-floor living room can also be converted into a double bed (twinned on request).
  • There’s also a 49-inch TV with Netflix and Disney+ in the master room and in the second floor living area.
  • All three bedrooms have black-out blinds and shutters.

Key kit

  • Air-conditioning in all areas
  • Free WiFi
  • Two flatscreen TVs with Netflix
  • Two-metre voice-controlled projector screen
  • Xbox with two controllers and games
  • Five Amazon Echos
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Iron and board
  • Golf umbrellas
  • For little Smiths, there’s a cot, high chair, baby plates and cutlery, and a toy box


  • There’s no pool as such, but you’re just a two-minute walk from Balluta Bay with it's many beach clubs (separate entrance fees), and the rooftop terrace makes for a prime sunbathing spot.


  • There are four terraces; one with a back garden on the ground floor connected to the master room, a Maltese balcony attached to the first-floor bedroom, another on the second floor alongside the living area; the final one is accessible through the kitchen, with a spacious terrace, an alfresco dining area, barbecue, and steps leading to a private rooftop terrace with two sunloungers and views over Sliema's historic centre.
  • The villa is also located a few minutes from seafront, 10-minutes from the town centre and the harbour, where you can catch ferries to Valletta and the Grand Harbour.


  • Fly into Malta’s international airport, where you can hop in a taxi for 20 minutes to the villa. Transfers can be arranged for you (€35 for a five-seater or €75 for a seven-seater).
  • You're unlikely to need a car here, but if you'd rather opt for your own set of wheels, there's a car rental five minutes from the villa. The ferry to Malta's neighbouring Gozo island is also a half-an-hour drive away for scenic day trips.
  • Parking isn’t available at the villa, but you’re welcome to park for free on the street.

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Price per night from $576.10