Opened in 2009, the modern architecture of this hotel was inspired by Crete itself. Some of the materials used came directly from the work carried out to drill into the earth and extract the rock. The rather discreet resort spans some 173 acres and therefore blends in quite well with the surrounding landscape. The entrance is particularly spectacular, as the superb views of the sea catch your eye just before you go through the main doors. Once inside, the minimalist and distinguished design is particularly striking, from the marble and the lighting (particularly at night) to the arrangement of the bench seats and the large picture windows looking out over the sea. The only thing you might find a little disconcerting is finding your way from one floor to another to reach one of the 4 bars, one of which has a cigar cellar, the restaurants, the gym, the hammam, or the superb spa.
The resort is laid out in the form of a myriad of little villages featuring minimalist facades and the guest rooms are housed in one storey blocks arranged around 28 private pools. The idea was to recreate a Cretan village where guests can have a pleasant stroll around the quaint little tree-planted alleyways. The sign-posting is rather sparse though, so it can get quite disorientating. Leisure facilities include 2 large main swimming pools, one of which is Olympic sized, which afford spectacular views out to sea and are lit in royal blue at night, reflecting the name of the hotel.