WATG transform a 3 star property in to a Luxury 5 Star Resort
Grecotel is the largest operators of hotels in Greece. WATG has enjoyed a 10 year working relationship with its owner Mari Daskalantonaki working on over 12 projects. When Grecotel decided to transform one of their older 3 star properties into a luxury five star hotel, WATG welcomed the opportunity and challenge.The brief was to bring a new kind of hotel to Crete, showcasing contemporary design, while using local materials and fitting in to local culture as well as its setting on large expanse of beach overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Amirandes occupies a 70,000 sq m landscaped estate on the north coast of Crete, just 18 kms east of the capital, Heraklion.
The resort centre's on an exotic lagoon that swirls around terraces with sunken seats where you can watch the setting sun's rays dance over the water as they turn into tiny flames from the fires illuminating the lagoon at night. Themed around the lagoon, the Resort's 70,000 sq m expanse comprises six restaurants, private beaches, Elixir Spa with indoor pool, outdoor Olympic-size seawater pool, over 60 private pools and extensive children's facilities. The 212 guest rooms feature indulgent details such as private gyms, home cinema and state-of-the-art bathrooms with colour-therapy and aromatherapy Jacuzzi bathtubs. Refined and considerate service mirrors the Resort's meticulous attention to detail and utmost respect for the privacy of its guests.
The design is in keeping with the grand palaces of the Minoan kings, Amirandes is an exclusive beach-side resort that epitomises Crete's most inspiring features: beautiful architecture, warm hospitality, excellent cuisine and stunning land and seascapes. Great care was taken to take advantage of natural light, including studies of light and shade on the windows throughout the year. The public areas where designed to allow too passive cooling and the use of indoor / outdoor rooms offer tempered environments for the guests.
Situated with easy access to: Heraklion's international airport; the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the Lassithi plain, the palm beach at Vai the prestigious Crete Golf Club & some of the Mediterranean's best scuba diving.