David Bonanno

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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Villa-Apartments sleeps 1-3, 4/5, 6-8

3 newly renovated Villa Apartments in the exclusive Santa Maria Estate. The villa apartments occupy a very large and spacious deck and sunbathing area with a large shared swimming pool ( Garden and pool furniture is provided for every villa apartment.

Villa Desiderata Major offers 3 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a separate walk in shower room and toilet.

Villa Desiderata Midi offers 2 double bedrooms ,1 bathroom and spare toilet with shower.

Villa Desiderata Minor offers a 1 double bedroom, 1 bathroom and a separate walk-in shower room and toilet.

All apartments offer a sitting room, a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable dining area.

All apartments have their own laundry facilities, TV, Wifi-internet, air conditioning in all bedrooms and are fully equipped with bath and bed linen. The village of Mellieha is 10 minutes walk with its many shops, bars and restaurants.

Upon request, the apartments may be booked to cater for 12+ persons. Space for extra beds/cots too may be arranged

Mellieha. The destination of Excellence: Villa Desiderata is a private owned villa situated in one of the most prestigious residential areas of Malta known as the Santa Maria Estate which forms part from ' il-Wied ta' Ghajn Zejtuna' in Mellieha. It is situated just 700 meters away from the main street where you will find a selection of chute shops, bars, restaurants and cafes who cater with pride in this living community..

A regular bus service operates to various destinations in either the northern direction towards the beaches of Mellieha Bay and Paradise Bay as well as to the Gozo ferry & southbound direction leads you to various places as Golden Bay, Mosta,The Crafts Village, Mdina, Rabat, Dingli Cliffs, Hagar Qim Temples , Blue Grotto Marsaxlokk, and The Capital city of Valletta.

Water taxis operate regularly during the tourist season from various points to the Comino's famous Blue Lagoon and its surrounding caves .The village boasts numerous hotels and other tourist related services for the travelers needs. A regular bus service operates to various parts of the island and a bus stop is located in the vicinity of the villa.

Villa Desiderata Combined,Compact & Comfortable: The Villa Desiderata is the ideal accommodation base whether you are spending your annual family holiday or just a quick break from your daily routine. The villa is composed of 3 villa apartments of a 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments located at an elevated ground floor over the road overlooking the swimming pool and the garden. Each Villa apartment have its own entrance and are fully equipped for self catering with a fully fitted oak kitchen with built in stainless steel appliances over the granite tops which include a microwave, toaster and an electric kettle. All pots and pans are provided with all the crockery and cutlery. Each apartment is serviced with its own washing machine, board and iron and clothes drier.

The open plan sitting room is furnished with a setee and coffee table with reading lights and a TV with international stations.

The wireless broadband internet service is connected and is easily accessible from the pool deck area for alfresco

browsing and chatting!.

Villa Desiderata From Home to Home: Whether you are staying for a weekend break or a long winter sun holiday for several weeks you are always feel that its like home. The owners will welcome you to settle down quickly with a short village tour to set your bearings,showing you where you can get your basic daily shopping needs and other commodities such as banks, post office, stationaries, pharmacists and chemists, bakeries, butchers, fishmonger, supermarkets and fruit and veg shops.

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Details for Desiderata 3 bedrooms 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, 2 Bathrooms

Villa-apartment Desiderata Major is beautifully renovated 3 bedroom villa apartment with a large shared pool and jacuzzi. There is a large patio table for 6 persons to wine and dine outside while enjoying the view. A gas charcoal B-B-Q is available. Three double bedrooms (sleeps 6) are air-conditioned. Full bathroom and a separate shower room with second toilet. Fully equipped kitchen with dining area. Comfortable sitting room with cable TV, wifi and DVD player. Laundry facilities, bed and bath linen provided weekly.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
David Bonanno (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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About David Bonanno

I am David 46 years , married to Patricia in year 2000 with 2 daughters Faustina (10) and Davida (8). Born , brought up and fed! in this village of Mellieha and been involved in tourism since exploring stage of tourism in Mellieha in our family run business in car rental, taxi servise and entertainment outlet since. Lived on this exclusive estate for over 40 years and currently reading a Masters degree in International Hospitality management at Edinburgh Napier University. Committed to offer a customer satisfaction with unparralleled level of committment to our guests.

David Bonanno purchased this villa in 2009

Why David Bonanno chose Mellieha

Santa Maria Estate was a specially designated area out for development for the economical and social elite under the British rule of the 1960's as this unique spot to be like a special place to attract ex servise personnel and invite investors to live in this area offered from the Maltese Church and Authorities to attract investment and employment to the local community. However this area was available for the Maltese public not until the early 1970's and still is regarded as a NO rif raf place of Malta. Our villa is uniquly positioned in a quite cul de sac overlooking the sea and valley views up to the islands of Gozo with spectacular sun set sky views.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Desiderata enjoys a unique layout of a symetrical 'W' shape. Guests are always surprised with the tranquility of the area. As we live on the top floor this offers an extra comfort of peace of mind as we are always available for anything one might require during one's stay at any time as we are always a phone or a knock away ( or as close!). The swimming pool and terrace are large and faces the sun from morning till sunset and this is complimented with sun loungers and other garden furniture as tables, chairs and a large parasol for some shade! A gas- charcoal Bar- B- Q is also on site for an outdoor cook and eat experience! The surrunding garden is planted with Maltese endemic trees to add all the colour and privacy of our property.

The units all face the swimming pool deck and are very accessabile as there is no steps around and makes this very comfortable for the infirm and with some form of disability.

For extra comfort specially during our hot season all bedrooms are air conditioned and Wifi is standard.

Guestbook comments from the owner

David, thanks for all. It was a good place. See you in a few years.
Aug 2011
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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Desiderata 3 bedrooms
average rating of 4.352941 based on 17 reviews
Desiderata 3 bedrooms
Mellieha Island of Malta
North Staffordshire, England

Our favourite holiday home in Mellieha

  • 4 of 5
We have now had three separate holidays at this property - 14 weeks in total in 2010 and 8 weeks this year and will be holidaying there again later in the year. The apartment is very comfortable and well equipped, leading out to a spacious terrace and swimming pool. The location of the villa is second to none, it is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac with lovely views of the valley leading to the bay. The owner is Maltese and he is very helpful and can advise on places of interest to visit on the Island. Should you not want to hire a car you can easily access places of interest on Malta by catching the local buses which are inexpensive. There are some very good restaurants in Mellieha for an enjoyable night out. Our family and friends have also been on holiday at this property and have had a lovely holiday and we would have no hesitation in recommending the apartment for your holiday home during any season of the year.
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Desiderata 3 bedrooms
Mellieha Island of Malta


  • 2 of 5
On arrival at the airport we were greeted by the owner, however, even though it was 11.30 at night, and I was travelling with a 16 and 10 year old, we had to wait for 30 mins before we were transferred.
The 2bed apt was typical for what I expected to be honest when we first entered. Note that the details indicated a/c in the bedrooms, but only the double bedroom was fitted with the item. And it was only on first morning at the villa was I informed that I was responsible for the electric bill during the week...this WAS NOT indicated in the original details.
Initial view of the location was great...a large sun deck with the pool and jacuzzi, however the water levels were all low and there was algae floating on the surface.....indicating that the pool had not been used in the days before we had arrived.
After some time the Owner turned the pumps on and the pool started to clear some.
My 10 year old loves the pool, hence why we booked this location, however on 2occasions he has cut the bottom of his foot due to a section if the tiles on the base of the pool coming away, leaving sharp locations. The owner had been informed on both occasions but seemed little interested!!
In recent days all other villa occupants have shown their displeasure with the pool issue, and yesterday the owner actually spent an hour or so sorting the pool out, and by the end of the day the pool was better. However with the pumps off again overnight and no sign of any pool maintenance this morning, the pool algae has started to return again, rendering the pool ' out of use' at this time.
The, whole reason in choosing this location was because of the pool and sadly this has not proven its worth. I would seriously recommend not staying at this location until the pool has undergone a complete overhaul with regular a maintenance regime in place.
So today we are off to find something to do as we cannot use the advertised facilities.
I dare say that this whole issue will be discussed when the final invoice is asked for at the end of the holiday, as I WILL expect a discount.
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your constructive review; but we would like to inform our esteemed future clientele that the issues with this highly esteemed client were resolved during the stay. The only issue pending is an approx. 1 square foot of tiling at the bottom of the pool to be replaced. Eventually the guest stayed the full duration. However we highly apologize with the situation that this review was posted before any issues were tackled. and as far as we are concerned the management reached a mutual consent with the guests at the villa at the time. The management July 16th 2014.
Desiderata 3 bedrooms
Mellieha Island of Malta

What you see, you get!!

  • 4 of 5
Een ruim, schoon en goed uitgerust apartement. Alles wat beloofd wordt is aanwezig en zelfs meer. Een goede uitvalsbasis om Malta te bezoeken. Vanaf het rustige terras, zonder stadslawaai, heb je een weids uitzicht over de stad en zie je de baai van Mellieha in de verte. Door de kleinschaligheid (3 apartementen in een rustige woonwijk)) heb je niet het gevoel in een massatoerime te zijn terecht gekomen. David en zijn vrouw zijn vriendelijk en voorkomend en dragen hiermee bij aan het vakantiegevoel. Prijs/kwaliteit verhouding is goed. Je krijgt hier waar voor je geld.
Afspraken worden nagekomen.
Halverwege ons 10 daagse verblijf kregen we schoon bed- en linnengoed.
Bushalte is op loopafstand en met een weekkaart, te koop op de bus, kan je heel Malta en de veerpont naar Gozo bereiken.
Bijna alle bezienswaardigheden zijn te bereiken met de bus. Op loopafstand, in Mellieha, zijn goede restaurants en supermarkten. David was zelfs zo aardig om de eerste dag met ons naar een supermarkt te rijden en ons te attenderen op een goede Malthese wijn.Die werkelijk goed smaakte! En zo hoefden wij niet met kïlo's boodschappen te sjouwen.
Een aanbevelingswaardige locatie, waar je je niet hoeft te vervelen, maar waar je ook heerlijk in de zon op het terras bij het zwembad kunt relaxen. What you see, you get!!
  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would like to thank this lovely family from Holland for spending their Easter holidays with us. And although the weather was not so hot this year they were able to enjoy their stay with us. Thank you for your time to post such a positive review during your stay with us and we look forward to welcome you again in the future.
Desiderata 3 bedrooms
Mellieha Island of Malta

Spring in Malta 2014

  • 5 of 5
This was our first trip to Malta and we could not have chosen a better location. David's apartment was very comfortable, well equipped and quiet. Views from the patio over to Gozo will be difficult to forget.

David himself went out of his way to make us welcome - this included taking us to the supermarket on our first morning and helping us arrange car rental. He even gave us an impromptu look around Mellieha. This owner really knows how to make his guests feel welcome. Friendly and caring but not intrusive.

There was ample parking for our car at the apartment and all areas of the island are within easy reach. Our day on Gozo was particularly enjoyable and the ancient walled cities of Valletta and Mdina are spectacular places for a casual wander in the sun.

We have no hesitation in recommending David's accommodation.

Two retired Scottish teachers.
  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your time to submit this positive review at the beginning of the season and we look forward to welcome our guests for an enjoyable stay with us at our Villa Desiderata. We are so pleased we were able to match your expectations during your holiday experience on our islands!
Desiderata 3 bedrooms
Mellieha Island of Malta

Silver Wedding

  • 5 of 5
I was looking for somewhere special to celebrate our silver wedding with my family, and after reading the reviews, booked the villa ( with a little trepidation as the reviews seemed too good to be true).However, my fears were totally unfounded, as we could not have asked for a better property and host.We had hired a car to collect at the airport and the directions from David were easy ( once you get used to the Maltese way of driving!).
The villa was spotlessly clean, well-stocked ( apart from egg cups) and in a fabulous location.Do take advantage of the water cooler-cold,fresh water on tap.
There was so much to see and do,so having a car was great- although we wimped out of driving in Valetta and got the water taxi from Sliema instead.Mdina is a must see, as is the National Aquarium at Qawra.Be warned about the manic Maltese way of driving and poor road signs! The beach at Mellieha is lovely- do buy a snorkel and watch the fish by the rocks.Also, Little Armier Bay is a small beach used by the locals,where we spent a great afternoon body surfing the waves.
The local shops in the village stock everything you need to self-cater - Miracle Foods has a good selection of frozen produce, Maypole has cakes to die for.
Dining out is a must and portions are generous. We tried lots of local dishes, with rabbit being the favourite,followed by a Maltese platter. Il-Mithna is perfect for a romantic meal under the stars and Ta Peter for excellent local dishes. Prices didn't seem to vary much between the restaurants, all offering good value for money.
The only negative I have, which is beyond anyone's control, are the mosquitoes. They are immune to jungle formula repellent,mosquito coils,etc., so make sure you have plenty of creams for bites.
Finally,I would not hesitate to recommend this property - it offers something for everyone ( apart from a noisy nightlife),excellent value for money and a good base to explore the islands.
  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Desiderata 3 bedrooms
Mellieha Island of Malta

Thoroughly recommended!

  • 5 of 5
This villa is spacious, very comfortable and in a lovely location overlooking the valley down to the sea. The bathrooms were good, the kitchen very well equipped, there was sufficient privacy from the two other families staying there and the pool was just great. It is also very well located, only 10 mins walk from the sea in one direction and 10 mins walk to local shops and bus stops in the other. (It makes it possible to explore the island by bus rather than hire a car!).

Our host, David, was particularly good: he helped us find our way around the town on our first evening, sorted out any issues with the apartment quickly and efficiently, and was always willing to give general advice about things when asked.

We found Mellieha to be a good base for a holiday in Malta and well connected by bus routes to Valetta, Sliema, Bugibba and to the ferry terminal to the nearby islands of Gozo and Comino. The historic buildings, the museums and the prehistoric temples and underground chambers on Malta are just brilliant, and although there are few sandy beaches, the opportunities for diving and snorkelling are excellent . All in all, a great holiday location!
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Gozo Ferry
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Mellieha Bay
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Billy's 'Musiclub'
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Marsa Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
il-Mithna Restaurant
Car: not necessary

The village of MELLIEHA awarded as a destination of Excellence in the year 2009 by the European Union. The village is geographically located on the northern tip of the island of Malta. It is surrounded by numerous beaches and the village community is scattered around the picturesque environment of the high ridges and valleys which lead to the shoreline. An 8000 strong and proud patriotic residents vary from young families to retired ex patriots from former colonial times.

An active local council and numerous NGOs strive to maintain high standards in this living community for locals ans visitors alike. Apart from the numerous and most popular beaches found within 5 kms other historical sites are worth a visit as The Selmun Castle, St Agatha's Tower, The Mellieha Parish Church &The Sanctuary , World War II Shelters, The Tunnara Museum, Popeye's village and The Nature Reserve at Ghadira. The village celebrates the village fiesta on the 8th September with a variety of cultural activities.

Other Activities: Diving,Water Sports, Fishing, Horse Riding, Walking, Golf, Night Clubbing

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Mellieha Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Autumn 2014
Sep 21 2014 - Nov 2 2014
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2014
Nov 3 2014 - Dec 21 2014
7 night minimum stay
Xmas 2014
Dec 22 2014 - Jan 6 2015
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2015
Jan 7 2015 - Mar 20 2015
7 night minimum stay
Spring / Easter "15
Mar 21 2015 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
May / June
May 1 2015 - Jul 16 2015
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jul 17 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Village Festival
Sep 1 2015 - Sep 20 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Airport transfer direct to the villa is recommended .
Cars/ Minivans are available on request
Extra beds / Baby cot available
Rates are subject to change without notice.
Swimming pool is closed between November and March.
The management have the right to terminate the rental for improper behaviour.
Strictly residents only.
The Prices are all inclusive of VAT and Local Taxes
A 25% Deposit would be required to secure the Apartment. Cheques drawn in British pounds or bank transfer in Euro are accepted.
Air condition is available in bedrooms and charged according to consumption.
Prices quoted are for 6 persons sharing
Late Deal / last Minute rate applies for 4 persons sharing.
Monthly rates excludes utility bills.
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Mellieha Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Village
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Water Cooler
  • Parking On Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Security System
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Garage
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Sunbed
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Fresh bath linen is provided weekly. Washing machine is located in the bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , on request
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms are equipped with a fan and are air-conditioned , have bedside tables with lamps, dressing table with mirror and large wardrobes. Fresh linen is provided each week
  • Books
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Beach Chairs
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • winery tours
  • coin laundry
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • water tubing
  • golf privileges optional
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • equestrian events
  • deepsea fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Car and minivan rental can be arranged through Billy's Car Hire; kindly contact by e-mail to : Taxi and minibus service can be arranged at any time with us.
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