Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay
From the spacious balconies of Corinthia St. George’s Bay Hotel’s rooms, the sandstone walls of historic medieval Maltese buildings stand out on the inlet while the boats move back and forth across the Mediterranean Sea. In terms of location, this five-star hotel, with 248 rooms, could not be more strategically located. At the edge of the city of Saint Julian, not only offers beautiful panoramic views, but it is also a little more than a 1,5 km from the modern Sliema, with its promenade and outdoor cafes, souvenir shops and restaurants. It is also just 8 km from the capital of the island, Valletta.
With a 16th-century watchtower built when the Crusaders (the Knights of St. John) ruled the island, the hotel also shows an authentic sense of history. It is said that when Napoleon invaded Malta in 1798, this was the first place he stopped. The capital of the north of Malta, where the hotel is located, was initially a fishing village, which later became a summer residence for the wealthy inhabitants before becoming one of the island’s most famous resorts. It still preserves some of its old buildings and boathouses, even if the number of fishermen left is small.
In terms of rooms, members who are part of the Executive Club are treated in an exclusive reserved area with 39 suites and 31 rooms, a separate reception for express check-in and their own lounge. All rooms have a sea view and are of contemporary design, reflecting a simple decor. The Executive Suites are spacious, with bedroom and living room that have access to large open terraces, perfect for sunbathing and watching the stars at night. All rooms have a walk-in closet and a large bathroom. But the unbeatable highlight of the rooms is undoubtedly the view and the natural light that comes in every day, thanks to the many windows overlooking the sea.
The culinary possibilities are varied thanks to the different options to choose from. Breakfast at Fra Martino Restaurant and Terrace consists of a rich buffet but in the evening, you can enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner, a selection of homemade desserts freshly prepared by pastry team and select a fine wine from the extensive wine list, expertly chosen by their sommelier. However for the meals a wide choice is available, from the refined Caviar & Bull to the poolside bars. Caviar & Bull is the favorite restaurant of the well-to-do Maltese and serves modern Mediterranean cuisine, including smoked salmon with parmesan foam, caviar with honey and sweet truffle and, of course, a variety of other caviar. The Henry J Beans American restaurant is popular with local families and guests. Here you can simply grab a beer and nachos on the terrace or enjoy a hot dog or a classic burger inside. The Buddhamann Asian restaurant, with glass walls, has sofas on the terrace overlooking the bay and offers beautiful sea views as well as the Broadside Terrace Grill and Cocktail bar (open May to October).
Although there is a small public sandy beach at the bottom of the street on which the hotel stands, the Corinthia St. George’s Bay Hotel also has its own private beach and four outdoor pools. The White Olive Restaurant and Lounge is located close to the main pool at the Lido St. George’s Bay. This is the ideal place during the summer where to enjoy tasty light snacks, including baguettes, salads, grills and of course desserts but even for refreshing drink and cocktails.
Other water activities include a PADI diving school, an indoor pool, a spa and a gym. The Apollo Spa offers a full menu of treatments ranging from face treatments to body wraps. The latter includes special detox versions with algae and chocolate. There is also an assortment of massage options ranging from traditional Thai to hot stone and bamboo. The Absolute Spa Experience combines a personalized facial massage and a Thai massage, while candlelit treatment uses a warm, aromatic oil from a slow burning candle.
Fully aware of the needs of guests, the hotel also offers a range of special experiences ranging from swimming with dolphins to dinners for two on a private yacht in the Grand Harbor. It also has its pier, so guests can arrive and leave by boat. The Corinthia St. George’s Bay Hotel represents luxury and tranquility in a secluded location, while still being within walking distance of the island’s many clubs, pubs and nightclubs.
Splendidly located at the mouth of a picturesque St. George’s Bay in St Julian’s, this unique seafront resort is far 10 minutes from Valletta and 15 km from Malta International Airport. The Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay is shielded from the busy party-time vibe of the area, but is just two minutes’ walk from all the facilities of Paceville. Situated on the waterfront of St. George’s Bay, just five minutes from a sandy beach, this beach is lovely in summer because beyond the stunning views, it is backed by copious bars, fast-food outlets and clubs as well as restaurants that will appeal even to those not drawn to Paceville’s other offerings.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from just Euro 125,00 in low season; and from Euro 167,00 in high. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
They offer a dedicated kids’ club during the peak summer months of July and August, and all their dining destinations are family friendly, offering dedicated menus. They also offer in-house access to watersports, the dive centre, the volleyball court, the kids’ pool and so much more.
The History of Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay:
Opened in 1995, Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay was created with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service. Located in the culturally vibrant and historically important St. Julian’s the Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay was built around one of the thirteen 17th century watch-towers built as a gift to Malta by the Aragonese knight Martin de Redin, when he was elected Grand Master of the order of St John in 1657. Prior to the building of the hotel, the site formerly housed a section of a 19th century British military base, parts of which still stand to this day and house the Institute of Tourism Studies opposite the hotel. The newly built hotel, then known as the San Gorg Corinthia, received its first guests towards the end of 1995 and was subsequently declared officially open on Saturday 27 July 1996, by the then Prime Minister of Malta (later President of the Republic) Dr Eddie Fenech Adami, in the presence of Corinthia Group Chairman Mr Alfred Pisani and a host of other distinguished guests. Appropriate speeches for the occasion were followed by a Gala dinner in the hotel’s elegant banqueting rooms. The hotel was later named Corinthia Hotel S. George’s Bay to fit in with the new Corinthia Hotel’s brand. The hotel forms part of Malta’s leading upscale international Brand Corinthia Hotels and was the first of a new series of deluxe five star properties in Malta’s golden accommodation belt in St. Julian’s, offering excellent, leisure, conference and dining options to both local and international clients.
Things to know
The Guinness World Record holder, Malta’s Sean McGahern set a new world record for the Longest Warm Water Scuba Dive by spending 49 hours and 56 minutes underwater. The event took place between the 3rd and 5th of October 2013 at the lido at Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay.
Test a GoPro, to help you capture every special moment during your stay. The hotel has partnered with GoPro to offer a free rental of a GoPro HERO4 including a selection of mounts and accessories. Guests who book their accommodation at Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay can make use of this offer.
St. George Bay has been given a blue flag status since 2009. Blue Flag criteria include standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management criteria. The Blue Flag is sought for beaches and marinas as an indication of their high environmental and quality standards.
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