Thirtyseven Gozo

Gozo, Malta Book from

Reviewed by Abigail Blasi
A beautiful, chic haven, set in converted farmhouses in a quiet Gozo village
The diminutive island of Gozo is an enchanting landscape of rural hills, rocky coves and sleepy villages, with the citadel of Victoria at its centre. Hidden behind great limestone walls, Thirtyseven is a surprise in the somnolent village of Munxar. Created from adjoining ancient farmhouses, it’s a haven of prettily flower-laden courtyards, 2 swimming pools, big, sun-shaded daybeds, and diverse, beautifully decorated rooms. Original artworks are everywhere, from pop art to large-scale nudes, along with gorgeous artefacts acquired by larger-than-life Italian owners, Patti and Guiseppe, during their travels.

Despite spanning just 14km in length and 7km at its widest point, there’s plenty to do on and around Gozo: golden beaches, sea-cliff walks, diving, boats to the azure Blue Lagoon, and daytrips to Malta, but it’s ever so tempting to just chill out and enjoy Patti and Giuseppe’s warm hospitality instead...

Highs

  • Great location in a sweet, sleepy village, with restaurants nearby and close to beautiful landscapes and glorious seacliffs
  • Ten characterful, gorgeous rooms
  • Massages in the small treatment room and great homemade meals on request
  • Patti and Giuseppe have lots of local knowledge and can arrange boat trips for you
  • Wonderful for a romantic escape

Lows

  • Guests are not permitted to bring food and drink onto the premises; refreshments can be provided but guests may consider them to be expensive
  • Can be tricky to find, but worth it once you arrive

Best time to go

Gozo’s finest hour is spring (May-June), when the weather is perfect, wild flowers run riot and the beaches and towns are fairly uncrowded, though September and October are also great. Both Malta and Gozo get busy and baking in July and August. Christmas is a wonderful time, with the living nativity in Mgarr attracting thousands of visitors.

Our top tips

  • Be sure to explore nearby Dwerja, a coastal area with extraordinary rock formations
  • If you're wondering which wing to choose, the original guesthouse has more characterful, rustic-chic rooms, while thirtyseven.two's rooms are larger and sleeker
  • Great for...

    Beach
    Family
    Great Outdoors
    Honeymoon
    Wedding
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Boutique Guesthouse
    • 10
    • Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
    • All ages welcome (some restrictions apply)
    • Open all year
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    Room:

    Rooms

    There are 10 rooms and suites split between the original guesthouse and Thirtyseven.two, a newer addition.

    Thirtyseven’s original guesthouse has 4 rooms and suites. The Shanghai Junior Suite is a separate poolside bungalow with a private rooftop terrace, and beautiful Chinese-styled decor. Barambura (‘pigeon coop’) has alcoves in the walls - hence the name. The Palm Room and The Garden suite have pared-down decor, and both open onto private patio gardens filled with a blaze of plant colour, so these would be our top choices.

    Thirtyseven.two was the second farmhouse to be converted (added in 2013), and its rooms are larger and sleeker, with a more contemporary style. Ulysseus, the only single room, is located next to Calypso, which adjoin so could be great for a family. The cave-like Ghawdex has a romantic feel and opens onto the pool terrace. The Colonial Suite has 2 single Keralan-teak, four-poster beds (and a grand bathroom) while the minimalist, airy Tokyo Penthouse has a terrace with breath-taking views. The pick is the chic Loft Suite, where a glass wardrobe separates the bed from the sofas (although there’s no outdoor space).

    Each wing has its own pool and lounge (couples are often in one wing and families in the other to maintain the 'right' atmosphere).

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Bathrobes
    • Beach baskets
    • Beach towels/sarongs
    • Cots Available
    • Extra beds
    • Fan
    • Hairdryer
    • Safe box
    • Straw hats
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi

    Eating

    The continental breakfast is rich in delicious local produce: cheeses, meats, pastries, just-squeezed juices teas and coffees (hot options and espresso incur a surcharge). Each wing has a winter dining room with a long glass table and chic, bright chairs under an exposed-stone arched ceiling. But whenever it’s warm enough, which is often, everyone eats at thirtyseven.two's outdoor dining area.

    No other meals are formally served, but they are available on request. Patti is a great cook, specialising in Mediterranean, Italian, Moroccan and Asian cuisine. Note, guests are asked not to bring food and drink from exterior sources onto the premises.

    There are some great restaurants dotted around Gozo - as it’s so small, it’s easy to reach anywhere on the island. Patti and Giuseppe offer plenty of excellent recommendations.

    Features include:

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner by arrangement
    • Lunch by arrangement
    • Restaurants nearby
    Eating:
    Activity:

    Activities

    • Relax by the pool or book a massage in the small treatment room
    • Head to Xlendi for walks, swimming in the sea, and scuba diving in crystal-clear waters
    • Take a day trip to the beautiful, barren island of Comino and swim in the Blue Lagoon
    • Wander along the cliff tops at Ta’Cenc and enjoy the thrilling sunset views, or explore the wonderful countryside of Gozo by taking a coastal walk on one of the island’s many winding paths
    • Laze on the beaches at red-sand Ramla and San Blas bays
    • Visit Xaghra’s mysterious Ggantija Temples. There are some very good restaurants here, too; ask Patti for her recommendations
    • Head to Victoria to see its walled citadel, polychrome-floored cathedral and fascinating Museum of Archaeology

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Cooking classes
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Scuba diving
    • Snorkelling
    • Swimming
    • Well being

    Kids

    Children are very welcome and will love the pool, though older children will probably fit in better here.

    Best for:

    Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Although most rooms can hold baby cots or extra beds, we recommend the suites as they are more spacious. Note that Patti and Guiseppe will assign families to the wing which they think will best suit them at the time of booking; couples will often be placed in the other wing to maintain a romantic atmosphere. Families with older kids should request the Calypso and Ulysseus rooms as they are next door to each other.

    Families Should Know:

    Some rooms are not suitable for younger kids as they contain a lot of glass or delicate ornaments, advice will be given on enquiry.

    Our guests' ratings...

    9/
    Rooms
    9/
    Food
    9/
    Service
    9/
    Value
    9/
    Overall

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