The story of the largest and most successful Greek luxury hotel group is above all personal. Nikos Daskalantonakis started his long journey in tourism from his birthplace of Rethymno, Crete. Nikos Daskalantonakis, along with his older brother Takis, looked further ahead, realizing that blue skies and sparkling seas were only enough to attract visitors’ interest: high standards of quality and responsiveness to tourists’ needs were the key to keeping them and to the future. And it’s this vision that powers the Grecotel’s unique concept of hospitality that is rooted in Greek culture and style.

On entering the tourism business, Nikos Daskalantonakis adopted a philosophy that has remained unchanged for 40 years: to employ the most highly-qualified professionals; to offer genuine Cretan hospitality; to be an innovator in tourism; to invest and improve the infrastructure in the luxury hotel market.

Today, Grecotel properties occupy prime locations around Greece and are far more than just resorts—they are destinations. Grecotel resorts on the islands of Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, and in the prime mainland regions of Sounio south of Athens and Kyllini in the legendary Peloponnese have their own character, from ultra-luxury boutique hotels to magnificent resorts on sprawling estates and family-friendly or all-inclusive holiday-lands for quality vacations or romantic hideaways and luxurious spas. But they all share three things in common: a quality environment, signature service, and singular locations.

It has been more than 45 years since Nikos Daskalantonakis laid the foundations for Greece’s premiere luxury resort chain when he opened his first hotel on Crete. Today, Grecotel is a destination-venue for people from all walks of life who through the years have become members of the family of guests who have enjoyed Grecotel’s signature hospitality. Through the years, Grecotel has created memories for you and you have helped us reach our milestones.



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