Cube Concept was assigned the design and construction of the renovation of a hotel complex located in Hersonissos, Crete. The complex consists of several 2 or 3 story autonomous buildings which form small neighborhoods, accentuating the feeling of staying in a small community completely integrated with its surroundings. The steep hill the hotel is located on, led to the development of the buildings on several levels, providing all of them with an unobstructed view of the sea. 31 of the buildings host rooms and the main building contains the Reception, the Main Restaurant, and on the rooftop a Bar and the A La Carte Restaurant. Outside of the main building there are also 2 stores, 2 more A La Carte Restaurants, a Spa, a Kindergarten, a Teenagers’ Club and a Conference Room. The hotel also includes 2 pools and a water park.
The design was heavily influenced by the existing, native trees, which we aim to keep. We have created small “neighborhoods” between the buildings with rest areas, rich in vegetation. All the buildings containing rooms have verandas with planted separation islands and the walkways are sectioned off with vegetation, for added privacy. All other outdoor areas have alleys with local vegetation like olive trees, local palm trees, cypress trees and other Mediterranean plants, creating a play of light and shadow, color and texture. Combined, they create a Mediterranean Garden of ever-changing color and scent.
The hotel has 275 rooms with a capacity of 918 people. The rooms are categorized into 4 types based on their floor plan and capacity. Type 1 is an open plan family room of about 36 sq.m. with a capacity of 4 people. Type 2 is separated into Type 2A and Type 2B. Type 2A is a standard double room of about 20 sq.m. Type 2B is a family room of about 26 sq.m. with a capacity of 3 people. Type 3 is an open plan family room of about 36 sq.m. with a capacity of 4 people. Type 4 is a 36 sq.m. family room with separate bedrooms and a capacity of 4 people.
The 2 A La Carte Restaurants serve Italian and Cretan Cuisine and share an outdoor area with a water feature.
The Spa is in a caved building and includes a Reception, a Wet Area, 4 Treatment Rooms, a Relax Area, a Beauty Bar and the changing rooms. On the top floor of the building, the visitor can work out in the gym. Outside of the spa there’s 1 of the hotel’s pools as well as a Bar.
On the Eastern side of the lot, there are 2 Kindergarten buildings, separated based on the kids’ ages. The common outdoor area is separated into two sections and equipped with age-appropriate toys.
In front of the kindergarten there’s an open-air theater and a soccer field. Under the theater, on the ground floor level, there’s a Teenagers’ Club where guests can have fun with other peers. In the basement level of this building, there’s a Conference Room which can be accessed via an outdoor staircase.
The main pool of the hotel, including a lounge area, is located on the South side of the lot. On the East side of the main pool area there’s a Waterpark.