The suite in Malta ‘epitomises splendour and elegance’, writes Molly Cleland as she hears from RPW Design to understand how the design firm created Malta’s latest statement presidential suite…
RPW Design has just unveiled the new Presidential Suite of Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa, which, following an investment of more than €30M, epitomises the splendour and elegance of the recently renovated five-star St Julian’s property.
Not only has RPW Design created a harmonious atmosphere but functionality was also at the forefront of the design process to form a space that is adaptable to modern travellers’ transition from daytime business meetings to leisurely evenings.
Situated on the 12th floor of the hotel, guests can enjoy unique panoramic views of Balluta Bay, which are visible from the entire 170 sqm suite. These vistas can be enjoyed on the expansive terrace, balconies and windows which run the whole length of the spacious room.
As well as this statement suite’s interiors, RPW Design were responsible for refurbishing the rest of the hotel. Design notes draw inspiration from the Mediterranean island and immediate surroundings. Encompassing the warmth of the Maltese stone and the shades of the sea, the soothing sound of which instils a sense of calm in its guests. With ample space for dining and a comfortable lounge area, the closed terrace works as an extension of the interior, allowing the outdoors to be enjoyed year-round, being shaded in the warmer months and an intimate sofa setting in winter.
Built on clean, contemporary lines to meet the demand of modern bleisure travellers, the suite reflects the brand’s signature design aesthetic. There is a strong feeling of authenticity throughout the hotel which is echoed in the suite by traditional Maltese crafts and heritage.
Paying attention to detail, the hallmark of the rest of the renovation project can be seen in the leather touches on handles, plush seating, statement light fittings and skilful bespoke joinery. The first-class feel of Malta Marriott’s Presidential Suite is also experienced through the use of warm timber, cane and raffia for a contemporary twist on the island’s heritage.
The airy entrance hall, immediately sets the lavish tone that characterises the rest of the suite, with its marble mosaic floor and discreet closets. This leads onto an open living area, flanked by dining and office space. This adaptable layout creates a seamless transition between quiet concentration and social entertainment feeling connected and cut off at the same time, it accommodates both business and leisure needs.
Complete with a well-stocked bar and a decorative 65-inch mirror TV, the dining area benefits from the functionality of a concealed, connecting kitchenette and pantry that can be accessed through a secondary entrance to ensure guests are not disturbed when being served.
High-end comforts and amenities, synonymous with the five-star hotel, include a pop-up and swivel TV for both the sitting and the office areas, a Bose sound system, intelligent lighting, electronic curtains and a generous dressing room. The walk-in wardrobe leads onto a deluxe en-suite bathroom, with its book-matched marble finish, multi-jet rain shower, high-tech Japanese washlet toilet and double vanity, promising the pinnacle of pampering and relaxation. Guests can also opt to treat themselves to a separate, spa-style, stress-relieving whirlpool bath, hovering over the bay and leading off from the elegant and inviting master bedroom.
Moving through to the bedroom which, its own views, every element of the rooms design – from the lush bedding to the soft furnishings, smart upholstery, rich textures and restful colours – spells out indulgence and the height of luxury.
Expressing his pride in the new Presidential Suite, the peak of refinement, Malta Marriott General Manager Alexander Incorvaja said it has been “thoughtfully designed around business and leisure travellers alike, as is the rest of the hotel, re-positioning itself as one of the leading five-star hotels on the Islands”.
Main image credit: Marriott International