ACRO Suites feature hill-like forms leaning out from above the rocky Cretan coastline

The Greek wellness resort overlooking the Aegean Sea reveals a series of pared-back clustered spaces and expansive portals that resonate with its rugged landscape.

by Zohra KhanPublished on : Aug 22, 2022

Nestled atop rocky cliffs of the Cretan coastline and peering over the pristine emerald waters of the Aegean Sea in Greece, the ACRO Suites seek to become one with the boundlessness and untamed beauty of its context. A wellness resort composed of 49 sea-facing suites and villas, a spa, a restaurant, a cocktail bar, and a yoga centre, the project is conceived with a bohemian flair and the idea of using elemental forms and aesthetics to resonate with nature. The hospitality architecture and interior design of the luxury resort are the brainchild of sisters Danae and Konstantina Orfanake who are also the co-founders of the property.

  • Clusters of sandy forms appear like rocks perched atop a cliff | ACRO Suites | Greece | STIRworld
    Clusters of sandy forms appear like rocks perched atop a cliff Image: © Giorgos Sfakianakis
  • The villas and suites are arranged about a rising topography | ACRO Suites | Greece | STIRworld
    The villas and suites are arranged about a rising topography Image: © Giorgos Sfakianakis
  • Sandy walls go together with stone surfaces defining the landscape features | ACRO Suites | Greece | STIRworld
    Sandy walls go together with stone surfaces defining the landscape features Image: © Giorgos Sfakianakis

Acro is derived from the Greek word "άκρο", which means 'edge'. Taking off from there, the resort's morphology reveals single and double storey forms leaning out of the rough terrain, their sandy exteriors appearing like clusters of hilly rocks perched atop the cliff. Described as "a microcosm of well-being", the space invites guests to immerse themselves in the culture of self-care and to reconnect with themselves.

  • Interiors of a villa within the Acro Suites | ACRO Suites | Greece | STIRworld
    Interiors of a villa within the ACRO Suites Image: © Giorgos Sfakianakis
  • The two-storey suite featuring suspended bespoke lighting and large glass portal looking out to the Aegean sea | ACRO Suites | Greece | STIRworld
    The two-storey suite featuring suspended bespoke lighting and large glass portal looking out to the Aegean sea Image: © Giorgos Sfakianakis

The villas and suites of the property are conceived to create an impression of a cocoon tucked away into the thick of nature. Carved around the waterfront’s edge, the interiors offset the sea though the intervention of private infinity pools with sunbeds, extended terraces, and botanical gardens. Separating the indoors from these recreational pockets are floor-to-ceiling glass walls that let natural light in. Inside, the living spaces are characterised by soft tones reflected in the use of timber framework and furnishing, a combination of plastered and rough stone walls, marble surfaces from Ancient Phaistos, and bespoke lighting. Bereft of any artwork adorning the surfaces or deploying extra accessories to visually flush the indoors, the spaces are pared-back and in tune with the resort's overall homogeneity.

  • A highlight of the resort is its Cave Suites | ACRO Suites | Greece | STIRworld
    A highlight of the resort is its Cave Suites Image: © Giorgos Sfakianakis
  • A muted colour palette with occasional bouts of jet black elements appear of the Cave Suite | ACRO Suites | Greece | STIRworld
    A muted colour palette with occasional bouts of jet black elements at a Cave SuiteImage: © Giorgos Sfakianakis
  • The cavern-like surface of the Cave Suite | ACRO Suites | Greece | STIRworld
    The cavern-like surface of the Cave Suite Image: © Giorgos Sfakianakis

One of the highlights among these units are the Cave Suites that sit in a luxe trance within the cavern-like enclosures carved out by Cretan sculptors. Heavy textured stone defines an overarching mouth of these caves; the opening also becomes a portal to view the picturesque Aegean Sea.

Another distinguished space within the resort is its spa (conceptualised as a Bath House) by Greek architecture studio Utopia Hotel Design, and interior designer Manos Kipritidis. It draws its inspiration from the traditional Byzantine hammams and their idea of rejuvenation and cleansing – particularly tapping into the notion that purifying the body is equivalent to purifying the soul. Combining a dry sauna, an outdoor pool, a heated pool, and different therapies to cater to tailor-made treatments in addition to a materiality marked by a neutral colour palette and natural elements, the space is curated to enable guests to savour self-appreciation and well-being.

Resort's reception | ACRO Suites | Greece | STIRworld
Resort's reception Image: © Giorgos Sfakianakis

As the resort design's key focus is towards understanding the art of yoga, an elaborate Asana Yoga Shala completes the spa’s offerings. A large open space featuring a stone-clad floor and a semi-circular tiered bamboo ceiling that looks out to a panoramic view of the idyllic outdoors, the centre is referred to as Acro Suites' best wellness facility. Here yoga sessions are hosted daily for the guests at the resort.

 The all day bar and lounge, The Circle | ACRO Suites | Greece | STIRworld
The all day bar and lounge, The CircleImage: © Giorgos Sfakianakis

Other facilities within the resort include Cremnos Restaurant and an all-day bar and lounge called The Circle, where guests enjoy unparalleled views of the sea and the landscape while they gorge on delicacies from the Greek island and its local farms. Settled in a setting where palm trees, tactile stone walls, and organic water features claim the space, expansive portals further blur the boundaries between indoor and the outdoor realm.

If one decides to classify ACRO Suites under a category, the result would perhaps be just like its name and disposition where everything seems to sit on the edge. Having simplifed the notion of luxury, exclusivity and comfort, the resort pulls guests from afar, particularly attracting them for its boho chic ambience and the art of appreciating consciousness and well-being.

The resort is designed as a natural extension of its context | ACRO Suites | Greece | STIRworld
The resort is designed as a natural extension of its context Image: © Giorgos Sfakianakis

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