Olea All Suite Hotel, member of Design Hotels is a beautiful five star hotel on the island of Zakynthos in Greece. The hotel only rents out suites, of course. These are built around a lake-like swimming pool with different height levels. BLOCK722 architects+ opted for a modern, tropical interpretation of classic Mediterranean architecture.
There are no clear boundaries between the indoors and outdoors and water flows seamlessly along the entire design.
The central theme of the design is fusion or merging. BLOCK722 architects+, an architectural firm based in Athens, absolutely did not want the hotel to be split into sections, which is why they chose to merge the suites and the swimming pool: "There are no clear boundaries between the indoors and outdoors and water flows seamlessly along the entire design," says BLOCK722 architects+. The hotel is located on a hill in the village and tourist paradise Tsilivi. Because it is built on a slope, there are different levels in the swimming pool, reminiscent of terracing on a rice field. Through the use of soft colors such as beiges and browns and natural materials like bamboo and wood, Olea All Suite Hotel blends with the organic landscape of Zakynthos. The water is the only striking color accent that with its turquoise shine contrasts sharply with the earth tones. Water is omnipresent in the hotel, almost literally flowing into the rooms. As a guest you can swim from the pool adjacent to your suite to one of the restaurants. There are three different restaurants on the grounds where you can eat all kinds of dishes from the Mediterranean region. Wellness and relaxation are also important aspects of the design. Olea All Suite Hotel aims to offer the tranquility of Greek nature with the comfort of a luxury hotel. There are several suites where you can stay: private suites, a suite with jacuzzi, a presidential suite, rooms with a nice view and so on. And of course, the absence of architectural borders in the hotel adds to the relaxing sense of absolute freedom and unity. Photography by Claus Brechenmacher-Reiner Baumann and Nikos Kontostavlakis