IHG Hotels and Resorts will bring its Intercontinental brand to the Greek island of Crete in 2023.

Intercontinental Resort Crete will feature 205 rooms with private verandas, half of which will also include private jacuzzis.

Its interiors will draw inspiration from the sea, air and rock, with the entrance lobby, lounge and reception featuring an exposed rock face lit from above by a water-filled skylight.

There will be four restaurants and three bars, and leisure facilities will include a wellness and fitness leisure centre, a pool terrace, indoor spa, infinity pool deck and rooftop pool. The hotel will also house a range of meeting spaces.

The hotel will offer views over Mirabello Bay and direct access to a seafront promenade. It will also be less than an hour’s drive from the capital Heraklion and Heraklion International airport.

The hotel is being developed in partnership with private equity real estate firm Henderson Park and international real estate firm Hines.

Willemijn Geels, VP development Europe, IHG Hotels and Resorts, said:

“InterContinental is the world’s first and largest luxury hotel brand and has been renowned by guests as the epitome of luxury hotel experience for the past 75 years. We are delighted to be partnering with Henderson Park and Hines to introduce the brand in Crete and look forward to bringing our shared vision to life.

“InterContinental Resort Crete is the latest in a series of signings by IHG in Europe over the past 12 months that perfectly illustrate the strength and popularity of the InterContinental brand.

“Exciting new properties in locations including Ankara in Turkey, Baku in Azerbaijan and Canj in Montenegro have expanded our luxury footprint in the region. We’re also delighted to announce a 20-year extension of our agreement with InterContinental Athens. It’s going to be a great year ahead, and we look forward to more growth to come in 2022 and beyond.”

Earlier this year the group opened its first Intercontinental property in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.