Corinthia Palace has announced its exciting partnership with gastronomic award-winner, Bahia, which will see the popular Michelin-starred restaurant move from its historic, converted townhouse in Lija to a new home on the upper floors of the renowned Villa Corinthia within Corinthia Palace later this year.
“We are thrilled to welcome Bahia, which recently earned its first Michelin star, to Corinthia Palace,” General Manager Adrian Attard said of the move, affirming that “Bahia’s reputation for exceptional quality, innovative cuisine and service excellence are values long shared by Corinthia and this synergy, as well as our mutual ethos, make this an ideal partnership.”
“Along with the recently reimagined Athenaeum Spa, the addition of Bahia to our portfolio ensures that the Corinthia Palace remains the quintessential address for travellers looking to experience the real Malta,” he continued.
Over the past five years, Bahia has made a name for itself owing to its creative food, eye for detail and professional and warm service. The chic bistro is known for pushing the boundaries of the dining experience and for the adventurous way it communicates to the market.
“Change is challenging and the decision to move from the place where it all started was not an easy one,” remarked Colin Ciantar, owner of Bahia. “Nevertheless, we have always pushed ourselves out of our comfort zone. Our meetings with the team at Corinthia highlighted that we shared similar values and, considering its history, the idea of moving to the Villa upstairs was also very intriguing.”
Admitting that the team will miss the space in Lija, the restaurant owner maintained that “we are committed to continue delivering a holistic experience to our diners in a comfortable and contemporary space, both indoors and outdoors. Our skilled team will pursue its journey to bring innovation and respect towards an array of high-quality ingredients while highlighting Malta’s culinary heritage in a contemporary and creative manner.”
Design renders of what the new location will look like once complete have also been revealed, showcasing a stylish and contemporary space created by QP, which has supported Corinthia in developments within several of its locations, including Tripoli, St Petersburg, Budapest, Lisbon, Khartoum and Prague.
Alfred Pisani, Chairman and Founder of the Corinthia Hotels, also marked this new chapter for Corinthia Palace at a press event held at the new location, which is currently a work in progress, affirming that “Corinthia has always set the pace in global hospitality. Once again, we are pioneering the future by welcoming Bahia as our new, Michelin-starred gastronomic partner.”
“For 59 years Corinthia has been the go-to international destination for culinary and service excellence through Villa Corinthia and our other dining experiences – now, we are taking that concept to the next level,” he added.