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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.

Wonderfully Fresh Artisanal Maltese Food

Where to eat like a local   |   June 2017

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Reap the benefits of Malta’s beautiful Mediterranean climate by exploring traditional Maltese food

Traditional Maltese Food | Sea Salt © Leon Benjamin/Flickr

The Mediterranean is rightly synonymous with “good food,” and Malta is certainly no exception to that rule. While the country’s rocky and semi-arid terrain is less lush than other Medi enclaves, the abundant sun and long-held farming habits mean it’s bursting with delectable traditional Maltese food. From floral Maltese olive oil to piquant sun-dried tomatoes and wild capers, sun-sweet figs to local Gbejniet cheese and hobz-biz-zejt sandwiches, there’s plenty of produce to sample, whether you’re grazing at farmers’ markets or gearing up for a culinary shopping spree.

Maltese Olive Oil

First things first: it’s time to pick up some Maltese olive oil. The brilliant sunlight and sea breezes have long fostered groves of silvery olive trees across Malta – in fact, olive oil production has been practiced since the time of Roman rule. These days, chefs and traditional Maltese food lovers praise the local olive oil as some of the world’s best – delicious as a cooking ingredient or simply served up alongside a crusty loaf.
Where to pick up your olive oil, then? Many farmers informally sell bottles of their freshly pressed, extra-virgin oil, so it’s always worth keeping an eye on roadside signs. Alternatively, visitors can sign on for a tour and tasting at the Tan-Nixxiegha grove, or pick up a few bottles from the shop at the Villa Bologna.

Wild Capers

Speaking of: if you find yourself in a restaurant facing down an antipasti platter, you’re also likely to find some wild capers alongside your olives. Technically flower buds that are salt-packed or stored in brine, capers grow wild all across Malta, making them very forage-friendly. They’re also more formally cultivated, and jars of capers can be found on most grocery store shelves.

Traditional Maltese Food | Gbejniet Peppered Cheeselets © Malta Tourist Board
Traditional Maltese Food | Artisan-Market © Malta Tourist Board


As with many other Mediterranean countries, Malta’s tomato crops are particularly plentiful. Ripe, juicy, vermilion specimens, fed by the calcium-rich Maltese soil, are a staple of Maltese summers, while sun-dried tomatoes are a popular local treat year-round. Perhaps best of all, though, is kunserva: a concentrated tomato paste that is an essential element of hobz-biz-zejt, or the open-faced Maltese sandwiches that come traditionally slathered with the stuff. Rich, sweet, and gloriously tomatoey, it’s a cornerstone of Maltese cooking. The Gozo-made Three Hills brand is still far and away the most popular, and found in most local food shops.

Bigilla Paste

While we’re on the subject of spreads and condiments, another must-try is bigilla, a paste made from ful ta’girba beans (they’re similar in flavour to broad beans, and are also native to the archipelago). Dosed with garlic and chilli, this is the perfect midday snack, and goes splendidly with bread or raw vegetables. While bigilla is easy to make at home, it’s also available in shops, at markets, and is even hawked by street sellers who specialise in the stuff.


Goats and sheep do well in warm and semi-arid climates, and as a result, their cheese is another staple of traditional Maltese food. Specifically, gbejniet: historically made in Gozo, these round cheeselets come in a few different forms. When fresh, this cheese is as creamy and mild as mozzarella, while the aged varieties are firmer and nuttier. Many producers also coat the cheeses in pepper or other spices, or store them in olive oil. While gbejniet are widely available, Gozo is the best place to sample. Make sure to stop in at Ta’ Rikardu in Victoria for all kinds of local produce – the owner also moonlights as a cheesemaker.

The Salt Harvest

Given Malta’s seaside location, next on the list shouldn’t come as any surprise: sea salt. Salt production is an ancient tradition here, and today it continues, with salt pans across Malta and Gozo producing tonnes of salt every year. The curious can even attend salt harvesting workshops.

And where would traditional Maltese food be without something for the sweet tooth? There’s nothing quite as inviting as a sun-warmed fig, bursting with juiciness. Citrus fruits also thrive in Malta, as do dates. Carob syrup and honey are staples of farmers’ markets, and cumin is another local speciality – the island of Comino derives its name from the spice. From farms to markets and shops to restaurants, you’re liable to find fresh Maltese produce at every step.


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