An interesting new holiday option for 2023 has appeared, with IHG announcing the new InterContinental Resort Crete.
It sounds impressive, with all 205 rooms having private verandas and half of them having a private jacuzzi.
I don’t know Crete too well, but the hotel promises ‘idyllic views over Mirabello Bay’ and that it will be the only hotel in Agios Nikolaos to offer direct access to the seafront promenade. Heraklion will be the nearest airport, albeit about an hour away.
This is the only image released so far, of the lobby. There is no website yet.
To quote IHG:
“The interior of InterContinental Resort Crete is inspired by elements of the sea, air and rock, and enriched with local history, materials and craft, offering guests the ultimate combination of peace and relaxation. The entrance lobby, lounge and reception will feature an exposed rock face lit from above by a water-filled skylight, drawing from the island’s scenic coastal character.
When it comes to relaxing, the hotel will offer something for every guest with four restaurants, three bars and a range of facilities including a pool terrace, indoor spa, infinity pool deck and rooftop pool. There will also be a wellness and fitness leisure centre, while those looking to work can visit the extensive, fully equipped range of meeting spaces.
Crete is one of Greece’s leading destinations with more than six million visitors thanks to its picturesque beaches, pristine natural beauty, exquisite cuisine and thousands of years of culture and history, including Minoan Era sites such as the Knossos Palace.”
The hotel could be a good opportunity for IHG One Rewards members to test out the new elite benefits, including free breakfast and the ability to guarantee a suite upgrade at the time of booking. There is no mention of a lounge in the publicity material.
The current top branded option in Crete is probably Marriott’s Domes of Elounda, which has been a favourite of HfP readers. I didn’t review my stay a couple of years ago – I preferred to cover BA’s odd link to the area – but a 14-year old reader wrote a review of Domes of Elounda here during our ‘My Favourite Hotels’ feature during covid.
We will update you with news of an opening date as 2023 approaches.
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