An authentic hotel experience that paves the way to complete relaxation and serenity against the background of the Cycladic natural charm of Sifnos island, Greece, Matēre Sifnos promises to bring you in close and constant touch with local Nature, History, and Culture, through a set of astounding experiences.
What we did for this project:
Design & Operational Briefs
Branding & Implementation
Year of Operation
The below text is a full description of the under development property, giving all the details regarding the hotel's story, concept, operation, and experiences, that will provide to its guests.
In a setting of unconventional natural beauty on the island of Sifnos, Matēre Sifnos promises a serene, relaxing stay, true to the authentic, warm hospitality that describes the Cyclades Islands. In constant communication with local nature, the hotel combines the "wildness" of the surrounding hills and small gorge with enchanting views of the Aegean Sea and the sunset to create the perfect backdrop for a unique, upgraded holiday experience that will fascinate all kinds of tourists, from nature lovers to alternative vacation seekers.
The experience at Matēre Sifnos is based on five predefined "pathways", touchable and untouchable, that guests are welcome to explore. Acknowledging the rich tradition and versatile nature of Sifnos, the hotel offers specific abstract pathways that will allow visitors to dive into the history, culture, spiritual nature, and wellness mentality of the island by participating in well-thought-out, original experiences on the hotel premises, such as arts and crafts labs focused on pottery and metalworking, culinary activities, like cultivating local products and cooking traditional recipes, and wellness experiences, with the most prominent one being the sunset guided meditation sessions in the protected nature zone of the property. In addition, as hiking is a widely popular activity in Sifnos, the actual pathways that cover the island are a perfect opportunity for an elevated hiking experience. The hotel facilitates hiking activities by offering specialized concierge services that provide relevant information about the different paths, mini hiking kits with the essentials, and specially created audio podcasts to ensure that guests will discover Sifnos's natural wonders, historical monuments, and cultural landmarks.
Wishing to lead its guests to a renewed, pure lifestyle, Matēre Sifnos offers a unique stay of relaxation, combining traditional Sifnian elements with high-end accommodation. Through the historical, cultural, spiritual, wellness, and hiking pathways, guests will be able to not only explore the various elements that compose the special character of this Cycladic island but also rediscover themselves in a journey that will leave them with ever-lasting memories.
The first stage of our Services, which includes the Research & the Typology Study, helped the Hotel Owners take their final decisions regarding the hotel's Typology (type of property, room types, grounds, etc) and its main Features and Facilities, aiming to increase the hotel's ADR as well as its sales potentials from its various departments and services.
MĒNO | Reception, Lobby & Art Gallery
ĀNEMO | Events Area
DŌRA | Concept Store
Junior Suites with Jacuzzi
One-Bedroom Suites with Private Pool
Summer Houses with Infinity Pool
Hotel Concept Development
During the Hotel Concept Development process, we specified the main idea and the narrative of the new hotel, which will allow it to stand out from the competition. At the same time, we specified all the new hotel's experiences, services, and operation model, in order to help the architectural and design teams to capture all the requirements for its final design.
Pathway to Relaxation
Sources of Inspiration
The pristine nature that surrounds the hotel
The intense presence of churches and monasteries all across the island
The well-organized hiking routes in Sifnos
The connection between the local gastronomy and the first Greek “chef,” Nikolaos Tselementes
The craft of pottery, which is fundamental in the local tradition
The special architecture of the ancient towers of the island
Sunset Private Dinners
Sifnos Hiking Audio Guides
Sunset Guided Meditation
Hotel Branding & Implementation
In order to have a fuller image of the Concept, we have created an initial branding for the new hotel that captures its feel and essence, and which must be taken into account during the design process. At the same time, we presented a series of indicative applications and implementations of the branding, in order to convey in a more tangible way the feeling that will be exuded during the hotel's visual communication.
“Matére” is the Mycenaean type of the word “mother,” which refers to the connection to “Mother Earth,” since the hotel is in constant contact with the surrounding nature and has a clear eco-friendly and sustainable direction, and to the history of Sifnos, which was a great Mycenaean center during the Bronze Age. As the hotel concept is based on the idea of different routes, it is also implied that the hotel is going to be the start-point for every route for the visitor during their stay, just like the mother is the beginning of every course in one’s life. “Sifnos” is also added to make the destination known to the visitor from the start.
The logo of Matére Sifnos represents the Mycenaean syllable “ma” as a contemporary symbol. It also looks like the design of a butterfly, which refers to the importance of nature for the hotel, and the figure of a woman, who represents a mother.
For the completion of the project, Destsetters collaborates with the Architectural and Design teams, in the context of the thorough application of the concept to the overall experience, the correct specification of the anticipated operational needs, and the new hotel's commercial potentials. The Architectural & Design teams are selected by the investors/project owners and play an active part in the overall decisions regarding the development of the new property.