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Discover Malta, named #3 on the New York Times “Places to go in 2016,” with Corinthia Hotels… by the sea, in vintage cars, or behind closed doors

Discover Malta, named #3 on the New York Times “Places to go in 2016,” with Corinthia Hotels… by the sea, in vintage cars, or behind closed doors (Forimmediaterelease.net) Go on location behind the scenes in the footsteps of A-list film stars, take a peek behind the closed doors of private palazzos, and explore the hidden gems of Malta in a vintage car! These are some of the exclusive experiences on offer for guests at Malta’s five-star Corinthia Hotels: Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa and the Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay.

Malta is the new buzz in American travel! This jewel of the Mediterranean was recently named #3 on the prestigious New York Times “52 Places to Go in 2016” ( www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/07/travel/places-to-visit.html?_r=1 ) elist in the Sunday Travel Section. This month, “The Hidden Gems of Malta” was featured on Peter Greenberg’s season premiere of Travel Detective, aired on Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS) nationwide.

An archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year. The island is steeped in 7,000 years of history dating back to its Megalithic Temples and boasts three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the capital city Valletta, which is set to be European Capital of Culture 2018.

No one knows Malta better than Maltese-born Corinthia Hotels’ Group Chairman, Alfred Pisani, who took Peter Greenberg in a vintage jaguar on a private tour through the winding streets of Mdina.

Fascinated by Vintage Cars? Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, the original Corinthia flagship founded in 1968, can arrange for guests to explore the narrow roads, see the historic sites and beautiful Island vistas in an authentic classic car!

Corinthia Palace Hotel also offers an exclusive Private Malta program, which takes guests behind the normally-closed doors of the most interesting private homes and Palazzos. Other highlights include private visits to the spectacular St John’s Co-Cathedral, a yacht tour of The Grand Harbor, and special musical performances.

For movie buffs, Corinthia St. George’s bay offers a new program, “The Gozo Movie Tour”, designed to showcase the stunning scenery and location of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s new movie, By the Sea filmed entirely in Gozo. The Maltese archipelago was not only their movie location but Angelina and Brad’s actual honeymoon destination. This exclusive package, available on www.corinthia.com , features a day-trip to Gozo – a chance to explore the island’s historic gems and hidden bays, visit the filming locations of By the Sea, and meet some of the background talent involved in the making of the movie.

Numerous locations on Malta, Gozo and Comino have appeared in Film and TV productions throughout the years including Robin Williams’ 1980 Popeye, Game of Thrones, Captain Phillips, Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, Munich, Troy, and World War Z.

PHOTO: Alfred Pisani, Group Chairman, Corinthia Hotels & Peter Greenberg, Travel Detective Host/ CBS News Travel Editor in Vintage Jaguar at Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa

About Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa

The Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is the original flagship of Corinthia Hotels, opened in 1968. Located in the heart of the island of Malta, adjacent to the Presidential Palace, the 150-room five-star Corinthia Palace exudes grace and historic charm. It is positioned between the island’s capital Valletta and Mdina, the picturesque medieval silent city that is still inhabited till this day. This opulent hotel offers the leisure guest an extensive range of facilities, including the Athenaeum Spa and Health Club, complete with a wide range of revitalizing treatments and indoor and outdoor pools. With a century-old restored villa as its main dining venue, this hotel is all about warmth, personal attention, and traditional elegance. The hotel boasts top-class restaurants, including Rickshaw, offering Asian-fusion dishes, and the al fresco Summer Kitchen. For corporate guests, modern business facilities are available, with a large conference room easily accommodating 450 delegates, and six syndicate rooms including two boardrooms for smaller groups. Corinthia Palace is a 21st-century stately hotel, created by experts with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service. Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is an award-winning member of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta. For more information, visit www.corinthia.com/palace or visit Twitter @corinthiapalace ( https://twitter.com/corinthiapalace ) or Instagram @corinthiapalace ( https://www.instagram.com/corinthiapalace/ )

About Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay

Located in the culturally vibrant and historically pivotal St Julian’s, the Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay is a world-class resort that offers the perfect balance of tranquility, panoramic views of the Mediterranean, culinary delights and leisurely activities. The resort boasts 141 rooms, 70 Executive Club rooms and 38 suites, all with a private balcony, as well as 5 pools, a private rocky beach and direct access to the Mediterranean Sea. With an excellent selection of elegant and al fresco eateries, celebrity-chef run Caviar & Bull, poolside dining and the top-class Pearl Lounge, the hotel’s restaurants and bars are some of the best of the area. The Apollo Day Spa, water sports center and state-of-the art fitness center ensure guests can all unwind in their individual way. Corinthia St. George’s Bay is a 21st-century luxury seafront resort located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Opened in 1995, the Corinthia St. George’s Bay was created with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service. Corinthia St. George’s Bay is a member of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star hotels, founded by the Pisani family of Malta. For more information, visit www.corinthia.com/hotels/malta/Malta_StGeorgesBay/ or visit Facebook Corinthia St. George’s Bay ( https://www.facebook.com/CorinthiaHotelStGeorgesBay ) or Instagram @corinthiasg ( https://www.instagram.com/corinthiasg/ )

About Malta

The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta built by the proud Knights of St. John is one of the UNESCO sights and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta's patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire's most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do. For more information on Malta, visit www.visitmalta.com

MEDIA CONTACTS: Fiona Harris, Director of International Public Relations, Corinthia Hotels, fiona.harris@corinthia.com or tel: 0207 321 3034, Evelien Lemmens, evelien.lemmens@corinthia.com or tel: +44 (0) 207 321 3196; In the US: The Bradford Group, Karen Hoffman/Bianca Pappas, Tel: (212) 447-0027, Fax: (212) 725 8253, E-mail: info@bradfordglobalmarketing.com

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