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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.

Popeye Village: Malta’s Most Unique Fun Park

The perfect day out with the kids   |   March 2019

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Why this cartoonish 1980s film set is a must-see when visiting Malta

Malta Popeye © iStock/Freeartist

It has been nearly a century since Popeye the Sailor rose to beefy-armed, spinach-guzzling fame in EC Segar’s Thimble Theatre comic strip. Since then, the one-eyed mariner has marched jauntily across television cartoons, arcade games, advertising campaigns and candy cigarette boxes. He had to wait 50 years before he was picked up by Hollywood, though. Robin Williams took the lead as the pipe-puffing sailor in the 1980s blockbuster musical. It was set in Malta’s beautiful Anchor Bay, in what is now a fun park known as Popeye Village.

This remote slice of the island, two miles from the sleepy village of Mellieħa in the northwest, was selected for its extraordinarily photogenic setting. Carved into a cliff face overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean, it was an ideal location upon which to construct Sweethaven Village, where Popeye lands on a quest to find his father and instead meets the lovely Olive Oyl and her peevish fiancé Captain Bluto. The cheery set of 20 cartoonish wooden structures took seven months to construct in 1979, and 30 years later, has successfully transformed into one of Malta’s leading family-friendly attractions.

Anchor Bay © iStock/ KavalenkavaVolha
Popeye Village Building © iStock/CCellaPhoto

Head inside to explore Popeye’s Cabin – complete with the sailor’s original ‘hammock bed’—and the Nautical School where the Popeye The Sailor Man theme tune is played pretty much on repeat. Along the way, you’ll bump into an enthusiastic Popeye and Olive, who bring with them a surprisingly sophisticated level of character-led, tongue-in-cheek humour. A busy crew of camera technicians and animators work tirelessly to recreate the Hollywood experience, projecting onto a big screen up-beat interactive choreographies (no visitor is spared) of Popeye’s catchy I Yam What I Yam. There’s also nautical-themed mini golf and face-painting – in-keeping with Popeye Village’s strictly no digital policy – and a museum of charming vintage Popeye paraphernalia.

After all of the adventure, cool off with a swim down at the beach. While the set was being built, a breakwater was constructed across the bay to protect it from the high seas during filming. This makes the shores of Popeye Village fun park the most tranquil on the island. There’s plenty for the energetic and adventurous, from water trampolines to 20-minute boat rides across the bay, while sunseekers can stretch out on the deck or take a dip in the Splash Pool.

Cursory snacks and ice creams are available from Seafarers Snack Bar, but Tipsy and Son’s Winery puts on a more indulgent spread. Situated on Sweethaven’s main street, choose a table on the sunny deck overlooking the bay. Sip on a glass of crisp local white wine, Kinnie for the younger visitors, and enjoy the views. That is, until Captain Bluto disrupts the peace with his signature roar of fury.

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