Travel challenge: An indulgent week in Malta

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Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a week in Malta for two people in October. Prices are per person, based on two departing from Gatwick on 1 October...

Sovereign Luxury Travel

£879: Le Meridien St Julians Hotel and Spa

The price includes flights, transfers and accommodation in a superior room with breakfast. "Le Meridien St Julians Hotel and Spa offers an outstanding level of service in contemporary accommodation. Guests receive complimentary access to the luxury spa facilities," says Stephanie Pritchard of Sovereign (0844 415 1936;

Prestige Holidays

£699: Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa, St Anton

Includes flights, transfers and accommodation with breakfast, plus the services of a Prestige's representative, a back and neck massage in the spa and a bottle of wine in the room on arrival. "The hotel is in an ideal location next to the Botanical Gardens and the Presidential Palace. Valletta, with all its historic and cultural attractions, is only 5km away, with courtesy transport available – which is also provided to Sliema, St Julian's and the Royal Malta Golf Course," says John Dixon of Prestige Holidays (01425 480400;

Malta Direct

£554: Radisson Blu Resort, St Julian's

Includes flights, transfers and accommodation in a side seaview room with breakfast, plus a mini-guide to Malta, complimentary entrance to a Malta attraction and a harbour cruise. "The Radisson Blu Resort is superbly situated in a quiet area of St George's Bay, overlooking the Mediterranean. It is only a short walk from the centre of St Julian's – one of Malta's leading resorts," says Richard Gamber of Malta Direct (0845 365 3410;