CORINTHIA ST GEORGE’S BAY LAUNCHES ‘FOCUS ON MALTA’ PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY

February 1st, 2016

Malta’s five-star Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay has partnered with expert photographer Gilbert Vancell to launch a new and exclusive ‘Focus on Malta’ photography holiday package. The eight-day holiday will showcase this Mediterranean island’s most beautiful locations and hidden gems, covering everything from local and ancient architecture to astrophotography and sea- and landscapes. The 2016 dates for the ‘Focus on Malta’ photography holiday are 16-23 April and 22-29 October.

The Maltese archipelago – made up of Malta, Gozo and Comino – is a photography destination waiting to be discovered, and the capital Valletta boasts the highest concentration of monuments in the world. This trip promises guests the opportunity to capture Malta’s most photogenic highlights, both natural and manmade, and to shoot local characters and craftsmen in their workshops, where, is it said, time has stood still. The exclusive tour will also grant guests private access to the island’s historic venues and locations, ensuring a unique and serene experience. Guests will be guided and accompanied by photography expert Gilbert Vancell, who is on hand to give advice and teach various techniques he employs for astrophotography and post-production.

The ‘Focus on Malta’ holiday, available on www.corinthia.com, is intended for amateur photographers and enthusiasts with an interest in culture, heritage, seascapes and landscapes. No prior expertise or experience in photography is necessary, as photography expert Gilbert will assist guests at every level. Guests are welcome to use any type or brand of camera, from a compact point-and-shoot camera, to a professional full frame DSLR with an array of lenses. The group size will between four to eight guest photographers, ensuring an exclusive and intimate experience.

Gilbert Vancell is a self-taught photographer who specialises in nature photography. Originally a graphic designer and illustrator by profession, Gilbert traded in the long hours in his studio to explore and photograph Malta’s hidden gems – hidden even from the island’s local population. A photographer with a cause, Gilbert claims “I hope that with my photography I will make more people aware of the hidden natural treasures these Islands have, and helping in preserving our natural environment and our night sky.”

The five-star Corinthia St George’s Bay is located on the coast of Malta, boasting panoramic views over the sparkling Mediterranean. Located next to the culturally and historically vibrant St Julian’s, Corinthia St George’s Bay was built around one of the thirteen seventeenth-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 resort for night life and entertainment.

Programme Highlights

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival, transfer to Corinthia St George’s Day, and introductions over dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 (Sunday): Sunrise at St Peter’s Pool, breakfast at Marsaxlokk Sunday market, sunset overlooking the coastline from Qrendi.
Day 3 (Monday): Full day in Gozo shooting the Citadel, saltpans, Mgarr-Ix-Xini Fjord, local villages and the Dweijra area with the iconic Azure window.
Day 4 (Tuesday): A morning in Mdina, the Silent City and Rabat, and an evening of astrophotography, shooting the Milky Way and star trails from a hidden spot along Malta’s coastline.
Day 5 (Wednesday): A morning visiting The Three Cities, a private visit to St John’s Co-Cathedral in the afternoon and a twilight session at the harbour overlooking Valletta. After dinner, a post-processing session by photography expert Gilbert Vancell.
Day 6 (Thursday): Sunrise in Valletta harbour, followed by a full day of shooting in Malta’s capital.
Day 7 (Friday): Sunrise overlooking St Paul’s Island, afternoon visit to Siggiewi village, a sunset session overlooking the bay of Gnejna.
Day 8 (Saturday):Breakfast, farewell, and transfer to airport.
Package price starts at €2875 (£2180) per person. To book, please see corinthia.com/hotels/malta/malta_stgeorgesbay/destination/whats-on/photography-holiday/

BEST RATE GUARANTEE – GET YOUR FIRST NIGHT FREE

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 Corinthia.com.

Process for making a claim:

Step 1. If within 24 hours of a confirmed reservation with Corinthia Hotels made on Corinthia.com, 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.

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First night free, match rate for rest of stay, no minimum nights

Terms and Conditions:

Corinthia Hotels guarantees the best online rate on corinthia.com based on the following terms and conditions:

1. Your original booking must have been made through corinthia.com.
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.com, 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 corinthia.com 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 corinthia.com, the Competing Rate will be converted into the same currency as the rate offered on our website using the exchange rate as published in www.xe.com 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.