Greek Islands debut for InterContinental

199 rooms and suite InterContinental Crete overlooking Mirabello Bay

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has launched 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, revealed eight months ago. 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 can be reached in under an hour.

InterContinental Crete, Beach

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InterContinental Crete features 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.”

Twin Junior Suite, Sea View private plunge pool - InterContinental Crete

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, InterContinental Crete

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. There is also a fully equipped gym on-site.

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.

KNOSSOS Restaurant, InterContinental Crete

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

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