La Maltese displays baroque-style luxury: as velvety as the fabric covering the sofas, and peaceful to the core in its carefully studied setting, this gem of a hotel - part of the 'Relais et Châteaux' group - stands at the summit of Imerovigli. Located on a sheer slope above the bay of Caldeira, this 19th century building displays a profusion of whites and harmoniously organised areas. The main hall, entirely covered with tapestries, heavy drapes, and furnished with velvet armchairs, is slightly too busy: in the absence of a real reception, the lounge gives an imposing first impression. You will also note a strong chromatic contrast between the large deep-red rugs, deep-green walls and gold-lacquered frames. In the middle of the ceiling, a - quite fascinating - huge bronze-coloured chandelier presides over the guests. Fortunately, the second part of the hotel is a mix of baroque and Mediterranean styles, exposing a more moderate ambience. It was designed by Yannis Tseklenis, a Greek architect and designer.
Suspended above the water, the La Maltese hotel is immersed in an enchanting atmosphere. Nothing seems to be able to pull this white building out of the silence, impassive as it is, with its jacuzzis and multi-levelled swimming pools. However, during the time of our visit we did hear some children making noise and our guide took the opportunity to explain that the hotel is accessible to families with young children, unlike some other hotels in the region. There are very few steps and few angles, but at the same time, it is not an ideal location for guests with reduced mobility, as there is only one access ramp near the entrance.