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The Noverian Elounda Retreat | Crete

An adults-only hotel in Elounda that showcases an all-new approach to authentic luxury infused with an improved way of living, set within a breathtaking landscape overlooking the Cretan Riviera.

What we did for this project

  • Typology Study

  • Concept Development

  • Operational Briefs

  • Branding & Implementation

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Elounda, Crete

Year of Operation


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The new era of authentic Cretan luxury

For high-end couples and sophisticated travelers looking for the most upgraded luxury experience with a new, authentic approach, The Noverian Elounda introduces a boutique-style resort that focuses on presenting an all-new way of living for its guests. The hotel’s experience revolves around authentic food experiences, mental and physical wellness, constant communication with nature, and the most upgraded yet personalized service — all set within a bioclimatic building and an impressive Cretan landscape, that combines a hilltop location with stunning views to the sea.

Hotel Typology

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.

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Hotel Grounds

Navica | Mediterranean Restaurant
Kérnos | Cretan Organic Restaurant
ÚVA | Wine Restaurant
Madato | Cretan Kafenes
Sanuk | Thai Cocktail Bar by the Pool
Olon | Retreat Area
The Noverian Elounda | Reception & Gastro Shop

The Noverian Elounda | Pool & Bar
The Noverian Elounda | Well-Living Venue
The Noverian Elounda | Church & Events Space

Room Types

Deluxe Rooms with Private Garden | land view
Premium Rooms with Balcony | Sea View
Penthouse Rooms with Infinity Private Pool | Sea View
Superior Suites with Hot Tub | Sea View
Secret Garden Suites with Plunge Pool | Sea View
Executive Suites with Private Pool | Sea View
Grande Suites with Infinity Plunge Pool | Sea View
Junior Cave Suites with Private Pool | Sea View
Scenic Cave Suites with Private Pool & In-Room Hot Tub | Sea View
Botanic Cave Suites with Garden | Land View
Wellness Cave Suites with Private Pool | Sea View
Signature Cave Spa Suites with Private Pool | Sea View
Healing Houses with Private Pool | Sea View

Hotel Experiences

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.

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Sources of Inspiration

The location of the plot that 'dominates' over the coastline of Elounda, evoking a 'riviera' feeling
The perennially high level of luxury that characterizes the hotels of the wider area
The importance of gastronomy in the holiday experience - especially in a Destination like Crete that has a rich and world-renowned gastronomical profile
The elements of spirituality and well-being as well as the emphasis on a high-quality lifestyle, which are closely linked to the culture of the island
The rich local nature and the intense cultural character of Crete

Signature Experiences

Raki Tasting Nights
Salad Making Lunch
Personalized Life Coaching

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.

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Name Description

The word Noverian is a variation of the phrase 'nova era' (new era), which, when accompanied by the location designation (Elounda), suggests a new era for, or a new version of the destination. At the same time, the ending of the word Noverian sounds reminiscent of the word riviera-rivierian, introducing the concept of the riviera into the hotel's identity, but from a new perspective, as it is a new riviera (nova riviera), which is not limited to the conventional and established cosmopolitan lifestyle by the sea, but focuses on the essential beauty of the landscape and individuals’ relationship with it. Finally, with the addition of the article, the name acquires a specific profile, that of the individual who chooses and practically adopts this new way of life, highlighting the emphasis that the accommodation places on the Individual himself and his holistic improvement.

Logo Description

The Noverian Elounda Retreat logo features the shape of the arch, which has both a symbolic interpretation as the threshold and welcome to the hotel and the passage into the new era, as well as a literal interpretation, with the arch appearing in individual architectural elements.

Within the arch, four designs that correspond to each of the elements of nature (water, fire, air, earth) are presented. The elements of nature indicate the hotel’s deep association with the surrounding landscape that is at the heart of the new status given to luxury, which focuses on nature and the authenticity that characterizes it.

Implementation Examples

Hotel Design

For the completion of the project, Destsetters collaborates with esteemed 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.

List of Partners

To be announced

3D Renders

Available 3D Renders for the Project, appear here.