European Spa magazine - Spring Issue 79

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Spa Spotlight Athenaeum Spa, Corinthia Palace Hotel, Malta

Right: The hydropool in the spa’s private Vitality Suite Below: The sunlit limestone exterior of the Corinthia Palace Hotel represents traditional Maltese architecture

Space for oneself European Spa takes a look at the revitalised and recently refurbished Athenaeum Spa at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Malta

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ocated in the heart of the island of Malta, the Corinthia Palace Hotel was built in the 19th century as a private villa for the country’s chief justice. In 1959, it was converted into a restaurant by local businessman Paul Pisani, before being transformed into a 147-bedroom hotel nine years later by his son, Alfred Pisani, who now heads Corinthia Hotels and is recognised as one of the world’s most influential hotelliers. Key to the property’s luxury offering is Athenaeum Spa – a 2,000sqm Mediterranean-inspired paradise that encourages guests to enjoy personal quality time. 72

In 2018, extensive renovations began on the property as part of a £7.5m (€8.5m) refurbishment to celebrate the hotel’s 50th anniversary. This project resulted in the complete restructuring of the spa by UK design firm Goddard Littlefair, with the indoor swimming pool being the only original feature retained in the design. Aiming to establish a strong connection with the island’s natural environment, the spa now offer seven treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite; a lounge; a Vitality Suite; and a nail salon. Bespoke treatments developed by Maltese artisan aromatherapist Stephen Cordina are offered on a menu that also includes www.europeanspamagazine.com