Blue Palace Resort & Spa
BLUE PALACE RESORT
& SPA 5*
HOTELS & LEISURE HOUSING COMPLEXES
PLAKA S.A. SBOKOS
DATE OF PROJECT:
A state-of-the-art five star 520-bed luxury resort was built in Elounda, Crete, directly opposite the island of Spinalonga, on a 93,000 m2 site. The key feature of this plot was that it was located right on the seafront and is divided by a road into two sections. The upper section is where the main volume of buildings are constructed in an amphitheatre-like arrangement with certain buildings sunk into the hillside and with green roofs. The communal spaces have been placed at the highest point of the site and a telepherique, which passes under the local Plaka – Elounda road, can be used to access that section of the plot which adjoins the sea. This section contains the thalassotherapy spa centre, a taverna and a Mediterranean cuisine restaurant. In addition to the 195 main rooms, all of which have a direct view of Spinalonga island which is framed by two stone walls, there are also four villas, fifty two suites and sixteen two-storey family apartments/family rooms, all of which have individual pools.
In the lobby, the architectural vocabulary used is based on local styles borrowing elements from the Heraklion shipyards.
The project was delivered in collaboration with 3SK Stylianidis Architects in 2003.