Marriott’s Luxury Collection takes on Greek renovation

Marriott International has signed an agreement to bring The Luxury Collection to the Dodecanese Islands in Greece.

Following an extensive renovation of the current Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa, the rebranded Patmos Aktis, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, will open in summer 2024 as the only luxury resort on the island of Patmos.

Island inspiration

Drawing inspiration from the island’s heritage, the hotel is slated to offer a tranquil escape located in Grikos Bay.

Reimagined by Stylianidis Vaggelis Architects and Anastassiadis Architecture & Design, renovations are expected to include all 56 guestrooms, suites and villas, with additional guestrooms to be added on in 2025.

Local dining

Dining options will include a signature restaurant serving local island delicacies with a contemporary twist, and a bar and terrace with bay views.

The culinary vision for Plefsis Tavern, a traditional Greek taverna on the beach, includes authentic Dodecanese cuisine with a fresh look from design touches inspired by its seafront setting.

Wellness offerings

The hotel’s refreshed spa is anticipated to offer rejuvenating rituals and signature treatments.

Each guest’s wellness journey is expected to encompass a balancing welcome drink flavoured with rose petals which have relaxing properties, and restorative experiences, including mystical sessions with Tibetan bells and a range of beauty treatments with rose essence products.

Inviting interiors

The interior design concept, led by Patricia Anastassiadis, blends The Luxury Collection’s luxury standards with Patmos Aktis’ essence of simplicity. A colour palette of creams, whites and soft blue tones is set to be used throughout the resort.

Local artwork and traditional Greek design touches are also slated to play an important role in referencing the island’s ancestry and its unique landscape.

Desirable destination

Helen Leighton, vice president, luxury brands, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, said:”Greece continues to be an extremely desirable leisure destination for our global explorers.

“Bringing The Luxury Collection to the idyllic island of Patmos on the Dodecanese further cements the brand’s leadership in luxury hospitality while providing our guests access to a captivating and relatively undiscovered destination to experience authentic Greece. We’re excited to be working with the owners of this beautiful resort to bring this project to life.”

Reputation elevation

Nick Karamouzis, chairman of the SMERemediumCap (SMERC) investment fund , owners of Patmos Aktis, said: “The opening of Patmos Aktis, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Greece will mark an important milestone for Patmos Island and a strategic triumph for the hotel. By aligning Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa with an internationally renowned luxury brand, we look forward to seeing the elevation of the reputation of Patmos as a luxury tourist destination and ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of the local economy.

“In cooperation with Ad Hoc Hospitality Consultants, we are extremely proud to contribute to the enrichment of our cultural heritage and look forward to this new era for Patmos.”

European expansion

Elsewhere in Europe, The Luxury Collection is heading to Munich with the 107-key Luxury Collection – Der Königshof München, due to open in April next year.

Further east in the Caucasus region, the 220-room Paragraph Hotel, Marriott Luxury Collection is taking shape in Georgian capital, Tbilisi, by the end of this year.