Amada Colossos Resort – large in size, personalized by design • Hotel Designs
The easternmost Greek island – just 19 kilometers from Turkey, visible from the Old Town – Rhodes has become famous among tourists for its medieval town, which is twice the size of Dubrovnik; fascinating architecture; cobbled streets and beautiful and unspoiled natural landscape.
In recent years, due to its ease of access from the UK and Europe at large, the island has become somewhat of a tourist hotspot. In 2018, it was reported by Statista that Rhodes had 49,451 hotel rooms, the second highest figure among the Greek islands that year.
Among them is the beachfront Amada Colossos Resort, where on the east coast early risers in the wee hours of the morning can capture the moment the Mediterranean Sea meets a chewing gum pink sky as the sun sets. begins to rise at the edge of the horizon – a welcome change of scenery from the gray, craggy autumn I left in England.
Since 1980, when the hotel became a 408-key hotel, it has evolved into several new chapters through a series of renovations. Nothing, however, was as impressive or dramatic as the € 50 million reconstruction and redevelopment project in 2017, which was implemented by architectural studio F. & K. KYDONIATIS & PARTNERS and completed. in 2018.
Aris Soulounias, CEO of Colossos SA, a veteran and experienced hotelier, had the vision to create a resort that would offer, through an array of locally inspired and meticulously selected details, a ‘modern philosophy of luxurious seaside vacation “; an irresistible combination of five star living and authentic Greek hospitality.
Designed to blend in with its natural surroundings, the hotel now houses no less than 699 rooms (varying from 17 styles), all decorated in natural materials with a contemporary touch. To cater for the number of guests, the hotel has 16 bars and restaurants scattered throughout the resort, a 140-meter outdoor swimming pool and even its own water park. The challenge, therefore, for the large team of F. & K. KYDONIATIS & PARTNERS was to maintain a cohesive design narrative throughout – and this required a sensitive but personal approach.
Inside one of the 32 junior suites with sea view, customers come into a sense of calm which, in one of the 12 Executive Sea View Suites, is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling patio doors that frame an enchanted view of an endless sea, which is complemented by the color scheme that includes pops of turquoise and blue.
The clever use of ledge lighting sensibly elevates the space, while blurring the potential boundaries. Blended with natural materials, such as a handcrafted wooden headboard from Bali and walls that have been painted with a modern whitewash effect to create a natural tone and texture, the suite is next to both earthy and spacious, with a contemporary walk-in closet, framed by LED strip lighting, a large living room, a luxurious bedroom, and a balcony that spans the full width of the suite.
The bathroom, fitted with Ideal Standard taps and fittings, is more than just a practical space. A large window, with paneled blinds, allows natural light and a cohesive design style to flood the space, while giving guests another opportunity to soak up the stunning sea views below . “The first question was how to get water into the building,” architect Konstantinos Kydoniatis told Hotel Designs. “We have opened up the bathrooms to give the impression of space and have tried to orient everything towards the sea. When visitors arrive they will understand that they have come very close to the sea. That you can see the sea. from many parts of the complex. That you can touch it.
It would be easy with a hotel as large as the Amada Colossos Resort for its design language to be toned down or overshadowed by its size. However, like many design responses, the solution came in the form of art. Throughout the hotel, guests will notice abstract sculptures and artwork that reflect the property’s sense of location. As I delved into the art narrative, I was told that in fact all of the art housed in the building was commissioned by Ms. Roula Soulounia, who was instrumental in the interior design process and the selection of works of art adorning the suites and villas of the Elite collections. as station premises.
Durability adapted to scale
Don’t be fooled by the size of the hotel Despite its size, Amada Colossos’ commitment to sustainability is refreshing. Going far beyond the simple ban on plastic straws – although the hotel has allowed itself to introduce 450,000 pasta straws – decisions such as the installation of energy efficient windows, heat recovery coolers for reducing the energy costs of air conditioning units, prove that the hotel is, from its foundation, a sustainable non-greenwashing core.
In addition, the exterior walls have been fitted with a composite system of thermal insulation from the exterior and all interior walls have been painted with European Eco-Label paints. The hotel also used 40,000 meters of energy-saving LED tape around the premises (just 295 meters more and it would have completed a marathon). Around the complex, a total of 14,000 low consumption LED bulbs have been installed, and by introducing reverse osmosis and nanofiltration technology, not only tap water in rooms and common areas is drinkable, but customers save 450 g of CO2 emissions (equivalent to six km of driving) by consuming their daily water quota of three liters.
Outside, the landscaping has been done with local Mediterranean plants, minimizing the need for irrigation.
As an added touch, the screens in the elevators refer to these enduring milestones, which ensure that the message around conscious hospitality is heard loud and clear, without being too forced.
The real power of F&B
And now we come to the real answer as to how a grand hotel can indeed still house a proper boutique appearance. The power of F&B has long been explored in the hospitality realm, but nowhere can it create scenes different from those of a large resort, and this is often the turning point in whether a hotel will meet the needs. modern travelers. In charge of the main restaurant as well as three a la carte restaurants (Greek, Italian and Asian) is Executive Chef Konstantinos Vasileious, who, with his dedicated team, ensures that the hotel’s full menus match the ratings, this that they do precisely in each dish.
The three a la carte restaurants are placed next to each other, but could not be more different in their design. The Greek restaurant is more like a Greek house than a hospitality establishment, with authentic artwork and ceilings made from used crates. The Italian restaurant, meanwhile, features beautiful tiled floors and globe-shaped lighting with furniture in matte black and wood to reflect a contemporary image. Finally, the Asian restaurant has been designed with a keen eye to offer Asian-inspired lighting that plays on different textures.
If trends are to be believed, with travelers needing to travel deeper and longer in the future, hotels like the Amada Colossos Resort have the capacity, flexibility and space to offer something for almost anything. the world. As I check out – turning over my shoulder to capture the perfect postcard view one last time – I am confident to conclude that the owners and management team behind this hotel are working tirelessly and efficiently, to through design as well as service, to ensure that every customer experience is unique, comfortable and memorable – you don’t get much more from boutique than that.
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