Thursday, July 18, 2024

InterContinental makes Greek Island debut with the InterContinental Crete

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts proudly presents its inaugural property in the Greek Islands, InterContinental Crete. Bolstering IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury and lifestyle portfolio – now the second largest in the world – InterContinental Crete is the embodiment of contemporary Grecian hospitality and one of the first openings to follow the brand’s announcement of a transformative evolution. InterContinental is reimagining the luxury travel experience, building on its heritage dating back over 75 years, as it turns the page on this next chapter.

Panoramic bay views and a rugged coastal backdrop set the scene for InterContinental Crete. The pristine coastline resort, complete with striking modern architecture and state-of-the art amenities, cocoons guests in its tranquillity, which is within walking distance of the cosmopolitan coastal city of Agios Nikolaos. The island’s capital, Heraklion and Heraklion airport can be reached in under an hour. 

Amenities of InterContinental Crete include two outdoor infinity pools overlooking Mirabello Bay, three Mediterranean-inspired restaurants led by prolific Michelin-starred Chef Consultant, Nikos Roussos, a nature-inspired wellness centre, and various family-friendly facilities. The hotel’s impressive selection of guestrooms, most complete with private plunge pools and many with interconnecting capabilities, are ideal for couples, families, or multi-generational travellers.

Nikolaos Iliadis, General Manager of InterContinental Crete said: “As we open the doors to InterContinental Crete, we are proud to introduce both InterContinental and IHG to the Greek Islands. InterContinental Crete celebrates the newly reimagined InterContinental brand evolution and brings to life a range of new initiatives for the modern luxury traveller. We are thrilled to set a new standard for luxury hospitality in the Greek isles as we connect guests with our culture through cutting-edge technology, innovative design, and the exceptional talents of our diverse team members at InterContinental Crete.”

Opening doors to a ‘world of fascination’, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts are dedicated to those who appreciate travel and the cultured state of mind it brings, the wonder of fascinating places and fresh perspectives. The evolution of InterContinental is driven by the brand’s long held belief in the power of travel to expand the mind and connect cultures.

InterContinental Crete is strongly connected to the landscape, expressed through its otherworldly design. Drawing inspiration from the rich Cretan terrain and a majestic rock formation that commands the centre of the building, the detailed approach reflects the island’s beauty and mythology through curated works from local artists.

When entering the reception area, guests are greeted by an original sculpture representing a hybrid between the Sphinx and Minotaur – two icons of the island’s ancient history. An original work reflective of branches and lungs stretches vertically behind the reception, symbolizing life and vitality. Bronze creatures elegantly adorn the handrails of the corridors, discovered by guests as make their way to their rooms.

At the helm of the hotel’s three Greek eateries – ZEUS, KNOSSOS, and MINOAN – is Chef Consultant Nikos Roussos. Roussos has been awarded with 2** Michelin stars and today is the executive chef / co-owner of esteemed modern Greek restaurants in London. The Chef, staying true to his commitment for modern Greek food and seasonality, creates menus featuring elegant comfort dishes that reflect the Cretan culinary heritage using handpicked local ingredients.

The wine list features wines of indigenous grape varieties, while cocktail menus have been concocted by award-winning mixologist, Elias Stergiopoulos and demonstrate his distinguished knowledge of the Greek palate with drinks designed to complement the hotel’s scenic setting.

The Aegeo Spa offers several traditional and one-of-a-kind treatments including a Cretan massage infused with local olive oil, a Saffron infused anti-aging face and neck massage, and an antioxidant-rich cryotherapy treatment. A hammam, sauna, steam room, indoor pool and relaxation area complement the Spa’s four treatment rooms, two of which are double for couples to take treatments together. A fully equipped gym is also available.

Each of the resort’s 199 guestrooms and suites evoke a sense of serenity and elegance through interiors that harmoniously blend crisp contemporary linens and soft furnishings with organic-inspired elements and traditional Cretan influences. Minimalist design marries sophisticated elegance in the Classic and Premium rooms, which boast private plunge pools, balconies, coffee-making facilities, walk-in showers, and luxury toiletries. For a Cretan home-away-from-home, guests can select from a range of spacious suites featuring super king beds, furnished balconies offering stunning sea views, walk-in showers, and comfortable added sofa beds.

InterContinental colleagues serve as cultural connectors, helping guests embrace and explore cities and local neighbourhoods in over 70 countries where its hotels and resorts reside. Bringing to life the Insider Expertise of InterContinental Crete is The Concierge, on hand to facilitate cultural exploration by introducing guests to in-the-know discoveries and bespoke experiences such as excursions to the island’s archaeological sites and traditional villages, natural gorges, small vineyards, and olive groves.

Nestled amongst the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Crete beckons with its timeless natural beauty and captivating contrasts. As Greece’s largest island, Crete boasts a rich history, unique culture, stunning landscapes, and panoramic vistas. From the majestic White Mountains to the vibrant Samaria Gorge, the island offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. Alongside its archaeological treasures, Crete’s warm hospitality and delectable cuisine provide a window into the island’s vibrant soul. The coastline, particularly picturesque Mirabello Bay, invites travelers to relax on its sun-drenched shores and sail its crystal-clear waters, framed by charming villages like Agios Nikolaos. Crete’s blend of ancient marvels, natural scenery, and distinct culture creates an unforgettable journey through Greece’s original island paradise.

InterContinental Crete is now open with rooms starting at €205 per night for members of IHG One Rewards.

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