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Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay selected as location for the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 shot on the Mediterranean island of Malta

Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay selected as location for the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 shot on the Mediterranean island of Malta (Forimmediaterelease.net) NEW YORK, New York - The legendary Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay, in Malta, is a featured location in this year’s highly anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016, making its debut across print, digital, social, video and more on February 15.

Shot by renowned photographer Ben Watts, the models featured in the Malta shoot are: Kate Bock, Samantha Hoopes, Robyn Lawley, Tanya Mityushina and Kelly Rohrbach.

Located on a headland on the water’s edge, boasting panoramic views over the sparkling Mediterranean, the five-star Corinthia St. George’s Bay was selected by SI Swimsuit editors to host the shoot. A standout feature of the hotel is its famous Lido¬ - a large and distinctive cascading outdoor pool complex, flowing all the way down from the hotel level to the private beach lido, offering a wide range of water sports, including a fully licensed Professional Association of Diving Instructors diving school.

Located in the culturally and historically vibrant St. Julian’s, Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay was built around one of the thirteen 17th century watch-towers. The village of St Julian’s was established initially as a fishing village, which later became a summer residence for wealthy locals and has now developed into one of the island’s mostly sought after resorts for nightlife and entertainment. The town still retains some of its’ old dwellings and boat houses.

The iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit franchise reaches more than 70 million U.S. adults annually and spans more than 20 product extensions along with a vibrant experiential marketing business. Since debuting in 1964 Swimsuit has become a pop-culture phenomenon and a revered launching pad for successful careers in TV, fashion, business and film including those of Kathy Ireland, Cheryl Tiegs, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Kate Upton, and Chrissy Teigen.

Ben Watts was born in London, England studied photography in Sydney, Australia and is currently based in New York. He is a regular contributor to numerous magazines including New York Times Magazine, GQ, Interview, Lucky, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Elle, French Elle, French Glamour, Glamour US and Tokion. His work has also been published in Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Outside Magazine, Travel + Leisure, and Conde Nast Traveler, among others. Besides his work for international magazines, Watts has shot advertising campaigns for clientele, such as Polo Ralph Lauren, The Gap, Kodak, Sony Music and Apple.

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/stgeorges or visit Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/CorinthiaHotelStGeorgesBay ) Corinthia St. George’s Bay 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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