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Minos Beach Art Hotel, Crete


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An art hotel inspired by nature

A landscape of sand, rocks, greenery, and trees is peppered with whitewashed bungalows, villas, and terraces that look to the sea.

Drawing inspiration from the traditional architectural style of the fishing villages of Eastern Crete that surround the hotel, the architects wanted Minos to be in physical and conceptual harmony with the island. 

Low-lying villas and bungalows don’t distract the eye from the natural horizons that are comprised of the sea, the beaches, and the inland hills. Together, it all comprises the first truly luxury hotel in Crete.

Much of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation art collection is found in the hotel and its Open Art Air Museum, while muted colors, tactile fabrics, natural woods, and the occasional artifact from a bygone era keep things minimalistic, inside and out. Sound and nature also play a key role in the design: Trickling water sooths the mind and a lonely piano invites the creative flourish of a passerby.