Blue Palace Resort
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.