More and more people are doing it – holidaying in a home from home scenario, preferring to rent out a villa in Malta or an apartment rather than living it up in a hotel. It is just one other way of experiencing the life as the locals live it and while you are at it you may even cut down on expenses at the same time. Holiday Malta Villa rentals are on the increase at least on this side of the hemisphere and whilst each country has its own rental quirks and methods here is how it works in Malta and Gozo:
– The property should be clean, neat and tidy and most Maltese and Gozitan owners are pretty house proud and will present their property at its best. Usually cleaning services or linen change services are not offered during your stay if this is seven days or less. If you prefer daily cleaning services or at least more often than once a week, then you need to request this specifically and it will probably be at an extra cost.
– Most self-catering holiday villas in Malta homes come equipped with a washing machine. If you are not interested in using that and would rather have a daily laundering service, you will have to request it apart.
– You should confirm beforehand whether you need to take your own towels and linen. Some landlords will not supply these, whilst they will supply quilts and blankets.
– If you are travelling with young children and need extra beds or cots, be clear as to what you need. Some landlords will advertise an extra bed without specifying whether it is suitable for an older or a younger child.
– If you are renting out a self-catering apartment/Malta villa, then you should find basic kitchen utensils : cutlery, plates, pots and pans. Some landlords will leave basics such as sugar, milk, biscuits, water, tea and coffee….. clarify what you will be getting especially if you plan to arrive late at night with no chance of taking off to a restaurant.
– If it’s winter clarify whether hot water will be readily available. Whilst this is the norm, there may be instances where hot water geysers are not switched on in time to allow an unwinding wash after your voyage.
– Also make sure heating is installed. Maltese winters can be pretty cold and humid. This will come to a surprise to people arriving from much colder countries where central heating takes the chills out of indoor living. Since central heating is not the norm in Malta, you will find air-conditioning and gas or electric heaters.her hot water will be readily available. Whilst this is the norm, there may be instances where hot water geysers are not switched on in time to allow an unwinding wash after your voyage.
– For spring/summer/early autumn, fans or air-conditioning are a must. Don’t settle for one fan for the entire apartment if more than two bedrooms are used. Each bedroom will need freshening up.
– Smoking in public areas and establishments is illegal in Malta and Gozo. If you are a smoker, it is wise to make sure smokers are welcome in the property you are renting out.
– If you or somebody you are travelling with has a disability or health condition which requires special facilities, ask the Malta Villa owner whether these can be accommodated.
– Maltese and Gozitans are well-known for their friendly and forthcoming attitude towards strangers. Feel free to ask advice, travel instructions, recommendations on good restaurants, shopping areas, beaches, museums, etc.
There are a number of options available that should cater for any budget. Ask a real estate agent in Malta for some professional advice. In most cases, they should have a short let specialist available that would be on call to assist you.
Written by: Marika Azzopardi
Marika Azzopardi is a freelance writer and journalist. A frequent contributor to national English language papers and magazines, she writes about a bevy of topics including art, people and life in general. She is also the author of children’s books and short stories, delving into adult fiction from time to time.