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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.

Maritime Malta: Inside The Country’s Nautical History

Take to the Seas   |   June 2017

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Fearsome naval battles, Greek myths come to life, and plenty of pirates – Malta certainly has a more colourful maritime history than most

Marina in Vittoriosa © anyaivanova iStock Thinkstock

Technically an archipelago comprised of three main islands (Malta, Gozo, and Comino) as well as several more uninhabited outcrops, maritime Malta has been a nautical nation ever since rafts were invented.

A country with seafaring at its core, it’s thought that Malta’s first, prehistoric inhabitants floated over the water from Sicily. Evidence of ancient naval activity can even be found in the 2,500 year-old Tarxien Temple, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Centre that features walls embellished with carvings of ships.

Malta has always had to rely on the Mediterranean as a lifeline – as its largest island stretches just 30 km across and is largely comprised of inhospitable limestone, the country has never had enough resources to fully support the needs of its population. But what it lacked in arable land, it made up for with an excess of natural harbours. Thus, the Maltese became masters of the seas.

Many thousands of years ago, Malta was a vigorous trading nation. Around 800 BC, the seafaring Phoenicians landed on Malta and lived together with its indigenous people. Later overseen by the Carthaginians and the Romans, Malta was as well located in the ancient world as it is today: between Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, it made a pretty perfect trading hub.

It’s no wonder that the country is shrouded in its own ancient lore. Some say that maritime Malta was the real location for Ogygia, the island where the devious nymph Calypso lived – heroic Odysseus was stranded here for several years during his voyages in Homer’s Odyssey. Others point to 60 AD, when St. Paul was supposedly shipwrecked on the island, bringing Christianity to the Maltese.

Ship © Iakov Filimonov
Engraving © ilbusca

Of course, such a well-situated and strategic island was bound to incite some competition. In 1283, tensions came to a head with a battle between the duelling Angevins and Aragonese. Held right in the Grand Harbour, it ranks among the bloodiest naval battles in history.

Another highlight from Malta’s maritime history? Pirates – but not the colourfully bearded storybook varieties. As Malta’s commerce increased, so did those looking to pilfer its booty for themselves. Fleets of pirates once prowled the waters around the islands, and were said to use the caves of Comino as their base. Once the British took on Malta as a colony in 1813, they eventually disappeared, and unfortunately, failed to leave behind any hidden treasure.

Today, visitors to Malta will not only encounter elements of the country’s maritime heritage – they’ll see them everywhere. One of the most popular nautically themed attractions in Malta is the Malta Maritime Museum, located in an old naval bakery in Birgu. Here you’ll find everything from the largest Roman anchor in the world to 60 traditional boats and no shortage of cannons.

To explore modern maritime Malta, take a walk down to the traditional fishing village of Marsaxlokk, where colourful fishing boats pull fresh produce from the sea. For a taste of the high life, a number of chartered yacht opportunities will let you trawl the archipelago’s ancient, azure waters on a leisurely day trip. Several local agencies offer different vessels and packages, while the Malta Sailing Academy will school novices in a first-hand approach.

When next you’re in Malta, then, hit the high seas: there’s a good 8,000 years of history behind you.


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