Tucked away on the southeastern part of the island of Malta, the Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour is placed against a backdrop of historical fortress walls in the fortified city of Senglea. Built in 1554, the landmark structure that houses the hotel is also home to majestic high-vaulted ceilings, chalk-white walls, limestone, slate, and 21 suites, each with unobstructed views that extend to the harbour and the surrounding marina.
Named “Macina” for the large cranes that used to hoist heavy masts and other cargo at the harbour, the Cugó Gran Macina is a one-of-a-kind structure that pays homage to its past. With interiors that mix the Old World with the New, the designers at Daaa Haus transformed the hotel’s historical aspect through creative uses of lighting, wool rugs, Scandinavian pieces, and bespoke Italian sofas and beds. The elegant design also combines a wealth of rich materials such as lacquered raw steel, lava stone, limed oak, Carrera marble, and Maltese hard stone.
The transformation of the historical landmark into a modern retreat was envisioned by Architect Edwin Mintoff, who offers visitors a rare combination of expansive views with discreet privacy in their suites, while large communal spaces and high-vaulted ceilings allow for an ample amount of natural light to highlight the property’s minimalistic, inviting design. The hotel is equipped with a pool that offers views extending as far as the city of Valletta, and Cugó Gran’s restaurant, manned by the renowned Chris Hammett, brings a taste of Maltese cuisine with an international twist, making it a unique eatery on the island. As a stunning testament to the past awash in bespoke design, the uncompromising luxury of the Cugó Gran Macina is perfect for today’s international traveler.
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