New Cretan addition for Design Hotels

Reimagined Cretan Malia Park joins Marriott International luxury stable

Design Hotels has welcomed the addition of the 204-room Cretan Malia Park to its stable in the Greek Isles. Owned by Greek hospitality company Phāea Resorts, Cretan Malia Park was originally built in the 1980s but has recently completed an extensive renovation.

The enhancement has seen the property’s exteriors stripped back to reveal a simple canvas that both references the island’s architectural heritage and allows for the resort’s verdant gardens to take centerstage.

Scattered across a series of low-rise structures, the hotel’s rooms and suites are all located on the ground or first floor, ensuring proximity to the hotel’s outdoor spaces are always within reach, be it via a balcony or garden terrace. Each room category is defined by its own set of decorative markers. Double rooms are characterised by herringbone flooring and geometrically styled jade-hued wall tiles, while the airy bungalows are punctuated with shots of blue or terracotta, applied by way of graphic wall tiling and textiles.

In the suites, sideboards, wardrobes and folding doors accented with rattan screens introduce a rustic fringe to otherwise contemporary spaces. The bathrooms are united by a restrained tonal palette, which sees spherical black and white pendant lighting interweaved with grey terrazzo, local white marble and minimal black fixtures in suites, and beige stone in rooms and bungalows.

Olive-oil-based amenities come courtesy of Greek brand Olive Era, and the mini bars stock an extensive range of complimentary snacks and beverages sourced from Crete or mainland Greece.

Served by the hotel’s organic kitchen garden and inspired by Crete’s rich culinary heritage, Mediterraneo is an all-day restaurant focused on Mediterranean dishes and regional specialties. Offering an insight into traditional Greek gastronomy, Mouries’ menu of simple, time-honoured recipes is a celebration of the island’s natural bounty, putting the spotlight on locally-caught seafood, freshly pressed olive oil and foraged wild herbs.

The newly opened Beach Shack is a cool, calm beachside bar that serves Greek tapas throughout the day and sundowners as the night draws in. The Crush, the Pool Bar, and the Lobby Bar round off the hotel’s range of restaurants and bars.

Supporting Cretan Malia Park’s dedication to spiritual and physical wellbeing is a series of spaces devoted to wellness. A daily-changing program of physical activities takes place both on-site and, on the beach, and are open to all guests. A yoga pavilion offers morning classes and meditation sessions and is a restful place to recalibrate body and soul.

For more details, go to cretanmaliapark.gr/

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