Designer hotels: Unique Syntopia luxury hotel in Crete


The latest article in our designer hotels series is a Cretan hotel that has used design to connect comfort, people and nature.

Syntopia is one of the most uniquely designed hotels you will ever experience. It’s something you have to see for yourself.

Exploring the complex of the Syntopia Hotel in Crete, it’s instantly evident this picturesque property is built from the ground up as the perfect sanctuary for the wandering adventurer. Those who crave the amenities and sophistication of a modern luxury hotel as well as a connection with both nature and their fellow guests will find a haven at Syntopia.

Sharp, clean lines dressed in organic timber textures and colours define the hotel’s aesthetic, while native Greek wood and wicker combine to coat the design with a classical finish. Together, these unique concepts provide guests with a contemporary, freeing atmosphere that glistens with the magic of nature and echoes with the timbre of a rich history. These concepts are never more potently evoked than in the guest rooms. Olive wood furnishings bring a deep rustic charm to each room, handcrafted ceramic bathroom tiles exude an understated sophistication, while chic sisal baskets offer homely comforts, and traditional Cretan embroidered cushions ensure each guest enjoys the beauty of the local culture.

This naturally focused architecture continues with the landscaped pool area. The pool itself is finished in micro-pebbles to cleverly mimic the kindest of sea beds, while decadent sun loungers and stylish cabanas surround the pool. However, the focal point that accentuates the beauty of the area – the real centrepiece – is the exquisite lounge tepee that sits by the middle of the expansive water. Bordered by lush, tropical foliage and cacti, you’ll find yourself in what feels like a peaceful waterside commune that seamlessly blends into its natural backdrop, bringing you both a warm sense of community and harmony with the idyllic Cretan surroundings.

Such communal culture is rarely found at any modern hotel, making Syntopia a truly refreshing destination. And nothing exemplifies this feeling of camaraderie among guests better than the thoughtfully curated calendar of events and activities available at the hotel. From stimulating morning yoga classes to exciting evening concerts, and from heavenly wine-tasting sessions to dedicated outdoor cinema screenings, Syntopia promotes a genuinely unique, social kind of holiday. In short, if you want a break from it all while simultaneously forging new and exciting connections and memories, Syntopia is the place for you.

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