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At Corinthia, we always strive to provide the best rates on our website. If you don’t think we have, we’ll pay for 100% of your room on the first night, and price match the rest. Should you find a lower price elsewhere, please submit a claim within 24 hours of your original booking and we will respond within two working days. Please note, this also applies to discounts and promotions available on

Process for making a claim:

Step 1. If within 24 hours of a confirmed reservation with Corinthia Hotels made on, you find a lower rate for the same hotel, room type, inclusions, stay dates, discounts and payment conditions, please contact the relevant email address from the list below to make your claim. All claims must be made within 24 hours of the original booking and at least 24 hours prior to the standard check-in time of the hotel.

Step 2. Your claim should be supported by the URL where the lower rate was found and a screen shot which clearly displays the date of stay, room type, same hotel, inclusions and payment conditions of the lower rate offering on the competing website. Please include your contact information (name, email and phone number).

Step 3. If we are able to verify that the lower rate found qualifies for the Best Rate Guarantee, and all other terms and conditions are met, Corinthia Hotels will pay for 100% of the room charges of your first night, and will price match the room for the rest of your stay. You will be charged for all nights booked at the matched rate, minus the first night which will be free.

To make your claim, email the relevant hotel on one of the following:

First night free, match rate for rest of stay, no minimum nights

Terms and Conditions:

Corinthia Hotels guarantees the best online rate on based on the following terms and conditions:

1. Your original booking must have been made through
2. The lower rate must be found and the claim submitted by email within 24 hours of the original booking and at least 24 hours prior to the standard check-in time at the hotel. If the original booking was made within 24 hours of arrival, the Best Rate Guarantee is not applicable.
3. The Best Rate Guarantee only applies to published rates available to the general public online, which can be found and booked immediately without any kind of restriction or payment restrictions.
4. The lower rate found must be for exactly the same booking criteria - the same hotel, the same room type, same inclusions, the same stay dates, same number of guests, the same rate description and, if applicable, the same promotion. The cancellation and advance purchase policy and all other terms and conditions of the stay must also be identical. If the claim refers to a reservation consisting of several nights' accommodation, the average rate for each night will be compared to the average rate for each night, for an identical reservation, using the website where the lower rate is found.
5. Corinthia Hotels will verify the lower rate claim and respond within two working days of the claim being made. *Claims will be processed from Monday to Friday, between 9am to 5pm, at the hotel's local time.
6. The rate comparison will be made net of any taxes, gratuities or any other fees or charges associated with the room rate, and the lower rate must still be available at the time the hotel validates the claim.
7. The Best Rate Guarantee is void where prohibited by law. Corinthia Hotels reserves the right to modify or cancel its Best Rate Guarantee policy at any time in its sole discretion and without prior notice.
8. Corinthia Hotels has the sole right and discretion to determine the validity of any claim, including without limitation, determining that the lower rate found is genuinely available and that the claim meets all terms and conditions. In case of dispute, Corinthia Hotels' decision is final.
9. In the case of a fully prepaid rate booked through, Corinthia Hotels will refund the difference to your credit card, if applicable, within 30 business days of submitting your claim. Corinthia Hotels is not responsible for any fees associated with cancelling a reservation made through a different channel.
10. Best Rate Guarantee will be suspended during times where or certain rates are not available due to an outage, a technical issue or a circumstance beyond Corinthia Hotels' reasonable control.
11. The Best Rate Guarantee does not apply to rates found offline, negotiated corporate rates, group or MICE rates, opaque provider rates or rates requiring membership in a club or other organization, governmental rates, direct mail or email solicitations, rates offered by providers that do not supply the name or location of the hotel until after a reservation has been made or other rates that are not available to the general public. We reserve the right to deny a claim if the availability of the Competing Rate cannot be independently verified at the time of processing the claim.
12. The Best Rate Guarantee does not apply to packaged rates. Packaged rates include Hotel accommodations sold as part of a travel package in which the Hotel does not provide all services (including but not limited to airfare and/or car rental, tours etc.) and Hotel accommodations sold with additional amenities.
13. Corinthia Hotels may deny a claim where the difference between the rates is less than 1%.
14. If the Competing Rate is in a different currency from the rate booked on, the Competing Rate will be converted into the same currency as the rate offered on our website using the exchange rate as published in in place at the time the initial reservation was made. Discrepancies may occur between Corinthia Hotels' rate and the Competing Rate due to differences in exchange rate sources. If the rate discrepancy is solely due to exchange rate fluctuations, we reserve the right to deny the claim.

A Beginner’s Guide to Kayaking in Malta

Take to the water   |   June 2019

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From what to pack to where to paddle, here’s a rewarding way to explore the island

Fringed by azure waters and blessed with balmy temperatures year-round, Malta is among Europe’s most coveted beach destinations. From snorkelling in the Blue Lagoon to sunset cruises around Grand Harbour, there are plenty of traditional waterborne highlights to discover. However, for a more adventurous experience, pick up a paddle and glide out in a kayak. There’s no better way to explore the archipelago’s many secret caves and coves. Pointing out the best tour operators and ticking off what to take on a trip, here’s how to kayak in Malta.

The Basics of Sea-Kayaking

The difference between canoeing and kayaking is in the oar and the sitting position. Canoeists kneel or sit on a raised seat and have a blade at only one end of the paddle, while kayakers sit in a low seat, legs stretched out in front beneath a covered deck, and row with a double-bladed paddle. Kayakers sit much lower in the water, and consequently there’s a propensity for the occasional capsize, which is all part of the fun. A quick kayak roll will soon flip you upright, and it’s an easy technique that you’ll learn from Malta’s kayak tour operators.

What to Take

An off-shore excursion means plenty of sun exposure, so apply a generous SPF to the face, torso and arms before heading out. There may be one or two kayak rolls along the way—although thanks to Malta’s tranquil tides, these are usually self-inflicted—so avoid wearing cotton, which retains water and can be cumbersome. Instead opt for quick-drying, breathable fabrics—long-sleeved rash vests are ideal to protect from the UV. Ensure caps or sun visors are clipped on tightly. Sealable bags are provided by all kayak tour operators to keep phones and valuables safe and dry below deck.

Kayaker © iStock/vm

Malta’s Top Kayak Tours

One of the prettiest beginner-friendly routes for a paddle is a trip from Gozo to Comino. Gozo is an easy ferry hop from Malta, and Gozo Adventures collects arrivals directly from the ferry terminal. You’ll be delivered—kayaks, tour guide and all—to the turquoise sweep of Hondoq Bay. Take a watery glide above flickering shoals of fish to Comino, whose diminutive circumference leads past the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon. Stop for a lazy picnic lunch, provided, before dipping beneath the waves for some snorkelling.

Ambitious kayakers will enjoy the varied coastline of Mellieha along Malta’s north-western tip. Here, imposing cliffs are carved out with quiet coves and hidden caves, with plenty of opportunity to cool off on a snorkel around the boulders. Further around the tip is Popeye Village, a pretty huddle of colour that’s stunning when admired from off-shore. Seek out Sea Kayak Malta, which arranges excellent tours around the island.

For those yearning to go solo (without a guide), rent a kayak from Bugibba Kayak Hire and paddle out across the cerulean sweep of St Paul’s Bay. This provider also offers sit-on kayaks, which are much easier to slip off for a cool dip in the sea between paddling sessions.

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