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IHG to debut Intercontinental brand in Crete, Greece

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that it will debut the Intercontinental brand in Crete, Greece.

InterContinental Resort Crete will provide idyllic views over Mirabello Bay. The hotel may be directly accessed from a seafront promenade, making it the only property in Agios Nikolaos to offer such great accessibility to its guests. It is ideally located less than an hour’s drive from Crete’s capital Heraklion, and Heraklion International Airport.

Set to open in 2023, the resort will feature 205 guest rooms and suites all boasting private verandas – and half featuring private jacuzzies.

Willemijn Geels, Vice President – Development Europe, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said:

InterContinental is the world’s first and largest luxury hotel brand and has been renowned by guests as the epitome of luxury hotel experience for the past 75 years. We are delighted to be partnering with Henderson Park and Hines to introduce the brand in Crete and look forward to bringing our shared vision to life. InterContinental Resort Crete is the latest in a series of signings by IHG in Europe over the past 12 months that perfectly illustrate the strength and popularity of the InterContinental brand. Exciting new properties in locations including Ankara in Turkey, Baku in Azerbaijan and Canj in Montenegro have expanded our luxury footprint in the region. We’re also delighted to announce a 20-year extension of our agreement with InterContinental Athens. It’s going to be a great year ahead, and we look forward to more growth to come in 2022 and beyond.

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The interior of Intercontinental Resort Greece will be inspired by elements of the sea, air and rock, and enriched with local history, materials and craft. 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.

The resort will have 4 restaurants, 3 bars and a range of facilities including a pool terrace, indoor spa, infinity pool deck and rooftop swimming 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.

Philippe Couturier, Managing Director, Henderson Park (with which IHG is developing this resort), said:

Our success in attracting the InterContinental brand, one of the world’s leading luxury hotel names, to commit to this resort in Crete is a strong endorsement for its quality and appeal, as well as the huge potential we believed it offered from the outset. InterContinental Resort Crete is an exciting addition to Henderson Park and Hines’ Greek hospitality portfolio, and we hope that this agreement will mark just the first stage of building a rewarding long-term relationship with IHG at this exceptional property.

Paul Gomopoulos, Senior Managing Director and Country Head of Hines (with which IHG is developing this resort) in Greece, said:

We’re proud to be working with IHG Hotels & Resorts on this truly unique property. Our joint venture has established a strong track record in the Greek hospitality market, and we are delighted to partner with IHG and look forward to harnessing the power of its global enterprise and utilising its market-leading expertise. With a prime location and unrivalled facilities, InterContinental Resort Crete will be the first choice of guests seeking a luxury stay on the island. There are many exciting developments planned for Crete, and we’re confident that our new hotel will be at the heart of the island.

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.

Meanwhile, IHG recently announced the opening of Intercontinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort and Spa, UAE.

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