Art, impact and pristine setting at Minos Beach Art Hotel in Crete – Hospitality Net
Located on the shores of Mirabello Bay, Minos Beach Art Hotel is just minutes from the elegant resort of Agios Nikolaos. Drawing inspiration from the traditional architectural style of the fishing villages of eastern Crete, the low-rise whitewashed villas and bungalows are in harmony with a landscape of craggy rocks, sandy shores, lush greenery and stunning views on the Aegean Sea. Inside, the sleek design is complemented by a tactile world of raw concrete and exposed wood tiles, beams and joinery and earthy jute. A deep respect for the balance between the local environment and the economy means that much has been purchased in Crete and in the country. The custom-designed rooms include Greek Adorno beds and mattresses from Elite Strom, two Greek companies, and materials in general have been selected with minimal environmental impact as a criterion. Together, a warm and neutral palette provides the perfect backdrop to the hotel’s more than 50 art installations on display throughout the property, creating a living museum atmosphere.
The works inspired by the island’s natural environment are site-specific commissions from local artists created for the hotel and its garden, and are complemented by a selection of works by international artists. The hotel’s connection to the art world dates back to 1988, when Original Gina Mamidakis organized the very first Art Symposium. Driven by the idea that tourism should be a holistic cultural experience, pioneering for the time, Mamidakis long ago planted the seeds of a thriving cultural experience rooted in Greek hospitality. The mission of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation is to create and implement programs and actions in accordance with its vision concerning the arts, people and the environment. Much of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation’s art collection is housed in the hotel and its open-air art museum.
Award-winning chef Giannis Baxevanis oversees the culinary program, drawing on a handful of trusted local suppliers. Much of the produce used in the three restaurants, four bars and the kafenio (traditional cafe) comes from trusted local suppliers in Agios Nicolaos and the surrounding area, including many wines from the vineyards and wineries in the area. Guests have an abundance of options for excellent Greek and Cretan cuisine, from the poolside bar or seaside wine bar to alfresco dining and a more formal dining experience at La Bouillabaisse. With community well-being at the forefront, Minos is committed to taking concrete steps to support local businesses and products, with the aim of protecting and restoring the natural environment, vulnerable communities and the well-being of the staff.
Easily accessible by ferry and plane, Crete is full of beaches, gorges, rivers, mountains and plains framed by historical wonders, customs and traditions. Lush Mediterranean scenery and rocky shores prevail on Greece’s largest island, believed to be the birthplace of the Minoans who flourished between 3000 and 1200 BC, mainly in central and eastern Crete. The fortuitous location of the Minos Beach Art Hotel on the shores of Mirabello Bay is a stone’s throw from Agios Nikolaos.