The Hidden Side of Malta

Valletta, Malta
Valletta, Malta // Photo by vasantytf/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images
Access to a Malta Home is an experience provided by the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa.
Access to a Malta Home is an experience provided by the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa.

Now is the perfect time to visit Malta — that’s right, the five-island chain in the Mediterranean. Malta, once under British rule and now part of the EU, is full of history and has a beautiful medieval landscape (the famed show “Game of Thrones” was filmed throughout the islands). Here are Luxury Travel Advisor’s suggestions for when you’re visiting.

The Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa, Malta has a new, in-depth way to see the island and get a glimpse of historical landmarks like St. John’s Co-Cathedral, which houses the only signed Caravaggio masterpiece. The tour, Private Malta, is a four-day experience where guests will be guided by local experts. It also includes a private musical performance in Malta’s Palazzo. Best part? Guests can visit private homes and palazzos, as well as meet their owners.

A typical tour will visit about six homes over four days, and each house has deep roots in Maltese culture. Some homes are marked with war damage, others owned by members of the British royal family.

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Jim Dunn, creative consultant to the Corinthia Palace, says that the goal is to show off Malta’s tremendous history and to get guests to meet the locals in their homes for a private visit over a lunch, dinner or coffee.

Tours are crafted to be true VIP experiences, and can be customized. They can also accommodate physically challenged guests.

While in Malta, travelers should take advantage of the clear blue water by either relaxing on the beaches or scuba diving (the water has high visibility). October is a prime time to visit, because the Mdina Grand Prix will take place October 8-11. The Classic Car Grand Prix is held on the main streets of Valletta, the capital city. Those traveling to Malta from the U.S. will have to make a connecting flight to get to the island. We suggest chartering a yacht from Sicily for a short and beautiful ride to the islands. Advisors should contact Lorraine Dunnett, director of sales and marketing at the Corinthia Palace, at [email protected] or 011-356-2144-0301.

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