Art, impact and an impeccable environment at the Minos Beach Art Hotel in Crete – Hospitality Net


In an almost mythical setting, tucked away in the picturesque bays of Crete, the Minos Beach Art Hotel is a collection of waterfront bungalows and gardens stretching over 2.5 km of coastline, with an open-air art museum at the center of it Concept. Here, on the southern Greek island, an original building from 1963 and a collection of bungalows and villas with private pools house 121 rooms that have been radically renovated while retaining the charm of a fishing village. Once inhabited by local fishermen decades ago, this waterfront piece of paradise now offers two sandy beaches – the pinnacle of secluded luxury – more than 50 unique art installations and a high level of appreciation for everything that is local and sustainable.

The Minos Beach Art Hotel is located on the shores of Mirabello Bay, just minutes from the elegant resort of Agios Nikolaos. Based on the traditional architectural style of the fishing villages of Eastern Crete, the low-lying, whitewashed villas and bungalows blend into a landscape of jagged rocks, sandy beaches, lush greenery and unobstructed views of the Aegean Sea. Inside, the sleek design is complemented by a tactile world of raw concrete and tiles, exposed wooden beams and joinery, and earthy jute. A deep respect for the balance between the local environment and the economy means that much has been sourced from Crete and within the country. The individually designed rooms have Greek beds from Adorno and mattresses from Elite Strom, both Greek companies, and the materials were chosen as criteria with minimal environmental impact. Taken together, a warm and neutral color palette provides the perfect backdrop for the hotel’s more than 50 art installations, which are on display throughout the building, creating a lively museum atmosphere.

Works of art inspired by the natural environment of the island are site-specific commissions from local artists that were created for the hotel and its garden and are rounded off 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 – groundbreaking for the time – Mamidakis long ago laid the seeds for a thriving cultural experience rooted in Greek hospitality. The mission of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation is to create and implement programs and actions that match their vision in relation to art, people and the environment. Much of the art collection of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation is in the hotel and in the open-air museum.

Award-winning chef Giannis Baxevanis oversees the culinary program using a handful of trusted local suppliers. Much of the products used in the three restaurants, four bars, and the kafenio (traditional café) come from trusted local suppliers in and around Agios Nicolaos, including many of the wines sourced from the region’s vineyards and wineries. Guests have a plethora of options for great Greek and Cretan cuisine, from the pool bar or seaside wine bar to alfresco dining and a more formal fine dining experience at La Bouillabaisse. With the community well-being front and center, Minos is committed to taking concrete action to support local businesses and products with the aim of protecting and restoring the natural environment, vulnerable communities and employee wellbeing.

About Crete

Easily accessible by ferry and plane, Crete offers an abundance of beaches, gorges, rivers, mountains and plains framed by historical wonders, customs and traditions. A lush Mediterranean landscape and rocky coastlines dominate Greece’s largest island, believed to be the birthplace of the Minoans, who lived between 3000-1200 BC. BC flourished especially in central and eastern Crete. The happy location of the Minos Beach Art Hotel on the edge of Mirabello Bay is just a stone’s throw from Agios Nikolaos.


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