Immerse yourself in a blend of stunning scenery and Greek traditions at The Island Concept on its secluded peninsula

The Island Concept Hotel is a charming boutique hotel that interlaces Greek simplicity with modern charm and is located in Agios Nikolaos, in Eastern Crete, Greece.

Admire the stunning setting of the boutique hotel overlooking Aegean waters, shimmering seas, and majestic mountains from afar. And as you step into the premises, you feel like Greek royalty because of the astonishing architecture of the hotel.

Settle into your spick and span room, delicately decorated with simple artwork and smart features. Or relax in your private pool or Jacuzzi and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Then take your unwinding up a notch by visiting the boutique hotel’s spa or enrolling in a classic hatha yoga class.

The kind stuff does not cater only to your comfort but can make that special occasion more memorable by planning it perfectly. Whether it is a destination wedding, honeymoon, or even a graduation party.

Yet again, you can take a trip to the private beach filled with olive trees or go farther into the town of Agios Nikolaos. Mingle with the locals and get some souvenirs to take a little of Crete home with you. Then, in your home away from home, finish your visit to a local restaurant with nourishing Greek cuisine.

The Island Concept
4.9
Based on 92 reviews
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Dimitris StathopoulosDimitris Stathopoulos
09:16 05 Nov 23
The Island Concept hotel in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, is a hidden gem that offers a delightful retreat for travelers seeking tranquility and charm. With its stunning views of both the sea and the city, it’s the perfect blend of natural beauty and urban convenience.One of the standout features of this hotel is its minimalistic decoration, which creates a serene and contemporary ambiance. The use of neutral colors and sleek design elements enhances the sense of relaxation, allowing guests to unwind in style.The service at The Island Concept hotel is characterized by its genuine kindness and attentiveness. The staff goes above and beyond to make guests feel welcome and ensure their stay is enjoyable. Their warm hospitality adds a personal touch to the overall experience.Cleanliness is a top priority here, and the hotel maintains impeccable hygiene standards throughout. You can rest assured that your room and common areas will be spotless.Perhaps one of the most enchanting aspects of this hotel is the picturesque small beach just steps away. It provides an intimate setting for sunbathing and swimming, allowing guests to connect with the natural beauty of Crete.In summary, The Island Concept hotel offers a serene escape with its breathtaking views, minimalist décor, friendly service, and pristine cleanliness. Plus, the nearby small beach adds a touch of paradise to this already delightful experience. It’s an ideal choice for those looking to unwind and recharge in Agios Nikolaos.
Rex AccavalloRex Accavallo
20:47 06 Oct 23
We came here for our Honeymoon. Starting in Istanbul, Crete, then off to Paris. Island Concept is amazing, what a breathtaking view and location. They upgraded our room for us which was super nice. No complaints at all, highly recommendedThey have a restaurant right here (Blue Fish 🐟) where you can have Breakfast / Lunch / or Dinner. We did breakfast here every morning as it was included in our package, and did lunch here any day we were no out exploring. We did dinner here 2 out of the 5 nights.If your Gluten Free or have any food allergies, everything is called out on the menu with a G, V, VG, S etc for what each dish contains. They did provide gluten free bread for me which was nice.Dinner: if you have a rental car, go to Xatheri, it’s such an authentic restaurant in a beautiful local mountain town. The views driving up the mountain are unreal. It’s like a 22 min drive from the Island ConceptCash / Card: one thing I didn’t realize prior to coming here was that cash (euros) are preferred in most places and if you pay in cash you get a discount. There are ATMs you can go to.We lined up a 6 hour private boat tour for tomorrow which we’re looking for. The hotel coordinated this for us, super helpful.Great experience here and highly recommended
Bella WangBella Wang
15:01 20 Aug 23
In concept, this hotel is gorgeous. It’s very instagrammable. However, when you look beyond the surface, it’s just ok. Details are certainly lacking for a 5 star resort. We came directly from another resort in Crete not too far away in plaka so we have a direct comparison. It was night and day in terms of difference in polish and service.Though island concept is “new” it’s already starting to show wear. The all white furniture is creaky and stained. There’s patchwork done in paint colour that doesn’t match and become invisible. The resort is tiny with only a handful of rooms, but our server serving us every morning and for lunch could not even remember our room name, and asked twice in one sitting even. Kind of shocking given the purpose for an intimate resort is to provide personable service. He stopped by the table probably 10 times to try and remove plates, but it was more stressful and disruptive rather than pleasant/ helpful. Perhaps he was bored as we were often the only table. Minor things, like coming to help us remove meat from a fish that was already deboned and constantly saying “ooh look at that tasty flesh” over and over was also too theatrical, disrupting our meal as our fish was only half eaten when he came over without asking if we even needed help. It was also strange that when we ordered the smallest fish of the day, the waiter emphasized to us it was only one portion, so we ordered another main. He came back immediately to tell us the smallest fish was now 2x the size but didn’t suggest now we had too much food causing us to order too much. Again, leading to a poor experience. I also asked for no feta from the platter when he asked what I wanted, but he put it on my plate anyway, which was wasteful as I didn’t eat it. During breakfast, he was kind and offered another coffee freddo that I happily accepted. But the staff bringing it made a comment like “wow another one?!” Like I was having too much?Also it is the only resort that hasn’t provided water in the 4 resorts we’ve stayed in so far. When we asked for a small bottle (they had one in the room when we arrived and we didn’t notice they replaced it the next day during housecleaning, they made a big deal about it and constantly admonished us saying it costs money normally. The bottle costs them 10c for the small one but two staff members made comments about it being a fee normally. We still tipped 10 euro for house keeping and we can easily afford water (and not sustainability issue - see below) but it was so nitpicking that they would make a big deal about it (we weren’t even sure if the single coffee machine water was replaced, nor was housekeeping, but they still had to point it out). They also charge for bringing any food drink to room 15euro which is a minute from the kitchen which contributes to the whole atmosphere of charging for everything. We ordered room service the first night, but the food was not very good for dinner. The next day, we noticed most people went out. Lunch is very good though! The bar server was also very nice when I ordered a smoothie. They use prepackaged syrups for their drinks instead of anything real.I would say it’s a great hotel, just have expectations in check. It’s beautiful, but it’s prettier in photos than in person. We even had someone fly a drone over our balcony and photograph into our room, which I would think is a huge privacy issue that staff should not allow.They say they are sustainable, but the amenities like toothbrush is plastic. The only thing different from other resorts is they don’t change the towels. We don’t care for changing, but it’s a little disingenuous when it’s claiming sustainability but actions don’t match behavior above what others are doing. Paper straws were a good touch though.Gym was strangely outdoors and good luck to the rooms next to it as I saw people slamming medicine balls not 5 feet from someone’s patio).Again, beautiful resort. Just not very polished (first time running a first class resort?) nor practical. More for the gram.
Daniele RocchiDaniele Rocchi
14:59 17 Jul 23
I really enjoyed my 10 day stay. Everybody was extremely friendly and welcoming across the board, from the receptionists to the bartenders. Located in front of the sea, the view from any corner was breathtaking. I spent most of my time relaxing and swimming in the infinity pool. The room was spacious, modern and bright, and we had access to a private terrace with a jacuzzi. Privacy and safety was definitely key throughout the holidays. The restaurant has several options for breakfast, lunch, dinner or to snack on something while at the pool. Prices were relatively fair for the service and quality. I also appreciated the possibility to choose among 2 daily menus for dinner, each including an amuse-bouche, first course, main and dessert. The hotel is located at 10 minutes by car to Agios Nikolaos, so with a rented car it was easy to reach the city. However, it was also possible to request a taxi which brought us to a farm a few kms away the day we planned a wine-tasting.
Maria SkentouMaria Skentou
18:33 16 Jul 23
There are no words for this great hotel! Everything is well thought and designed. We just didn't want to leave our premium deluxe room. Special thanks to Demis, Maria, Margianna, Nikos,Vangelis, the cleaning ladies and all the other staff that attended all our needs so warmly!
Susan SilvermanSusan Silverman
15:22 02 Jun 23
Such a tranquil, beautiful place to stay.The position overlooking the bay and the mountains is stunning.Staff were super helpful, professional and extremely pleasant.Not only do you have easy access to the larger public beach but there is also the hotels private beach with sun beds just for guests.Rooms are fabulous - all with amazing views.
Maria KlinkenbergMaria Klinkenberg
13:23 21 May 23
We have spent few days in Island Concept. We received warm welcome upon our arrival, with guided tour around the hotel and small attention in our room. Island Concept is a fantastic and peaceful place to rest your body and mind, has amazing views, beautiful gardens and surroundings. Hotel staff was very kind, always ready to help or simply share a moment with us. You can also relax and watch the Aegean blue sea on a little private beach. Before departure and on the departure date we have received small surprises, making our stay even more special. We will for sure return and hope that this little paradise will remain protected and as is.
Matias MagnaniMatias Magnani
06:28 04 May 23
Seven star. Luxury and warm. Beatiful room with private pool. A comon swiming pool. Great food in the restaurant. Perfect and kind personel.
suzan katamourasuzan katamoura
05:22 23 Apr 23
The view over marbello bay is amazing it forms a beautiful postcard picture of mountains and sea with all color shades.Very clean, small, and private 5 stars hotel.Very very supportive and kind staff.
Yonatan SYonatan S
12:45 14 Apr 23
Beautiful place, new yet trandtional styled rooms. Amazing view all around and the most wonderful staff led but Denis and Anamaria x
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Boutique Hotel
15 Rooms
  • Savouring the delectable dishes that give a sense of modernity mixed with tradition
  • Taking advantage of the boutique hotel's anti-gravity session
  • Admiring the rooms that, despite their technological sophistication, were designed with Greek simplicity in mind
  • Entering the cave where Zeus was born as you immerse yourself in Greek mythology
  • Sunset cruise on a private yacht arranged by The Island Concept Hotel

Rooms Overview

The Island Concept stays true to its Greek roots as its rooms follow suit in the traditional architectural style. The twist comes with the technological advancements that make your stay all the more memorable.

The boutique hotel features 15 rooms, each promising a feel of elegance, right from the Stephane Lebrun hanging lamps to the gorgeous views of nature.

Grand suite front sea view with private heated pool

4 guests Panoramic View Private pool View into the garden

This suite provides serenity at the peak of luxurious comfort. The glass window pulls you into awe as you gaze into the shimmering skies of Agios Nikolaos. Savour the feeling of heated bubbles against your skin as you take in the stunning view of the Cretan waters and the garden below.

Sea view Aegean suites Jacuzzi

2 guests Jacuzzi View into the mountains View into the sea

The name of this suite says it all. As you lie in your king-sized bed, you are thrown into wonder by the sight of immaculate white walls. Slide into a view of sparkling waters and a breathtaking sunset over the Lasithi mountains as you soak in your private Jacuzzi.

Island sea view deluxe rooms

2 guests Jacuzzi Private terrace View into the sea

Mirabello Bay welcomes you as you step onto your terrace for a glance at its glistening waters. Unwind with your branded amenities in your walk-in shower. Then sport your designer bathrobe as you relish the wind against your skin as you sway side to side in your hammock.

White Rooms

2 guests Balcony Reduce mobility friendly View into the garden

The Island Concept Hotel’s white rooms are an epitome of classic luxury. Enjoy comfort as you lie on one of the lush bed linens of your king-sized bed. The beautiful scenery is endless in these rooms, whether you are viewing it from the balcony or the terrace.

Services and facilities

Eco-friendly
Minimal interior
Mountain
Spa
Waterfront
Air conditioning
Bar
Concierge
Dining on demand
Family rooms
Garden
Gym
Laundry Service
Non smoking rooms
Parking
Pool
Public beach
Restaurant
Soundproofing
Spa
Terrace
Wellness services
Wi-Fi
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Taste the flavors

Picnic

If you are up for a little outdoor experience, grab a picnic basket and fill it with The The Island Concept Hotel’s gourmet and bespoke menu. Then hop into a yacht and sail into the sea, or take a hike up the beautiful hilltops.

Private Section & Culinary adventures

Take your romantic dinner to another level as you take in the beautiful view of the Cretan mountains immersed in the glistening sea. Enjoy the cuisine, just the two of you.
An out-of-this-world experience awaits you as renowned chefs step into the picture every once in a while. Follow them on a memorable culinary journey with a pick from the hotel’s extensive wine list.

Blue Fish Restaurant

Step into hotel’s restaurant and have a taste of Cretan cuisine prepared with local, fresh produce and carefully crafted with a modern twist to land on your plate. As you relish the luscious meals, you are further connected to Cretan roots and immersed in the Greek tradition. The constant touch of extra virgin olive oil takes the meals skyrocketing even further.

White Seal Bar & Healthy Juice Bar

Hop into the peak of gorgeous scenery in the cool evening as you drink the boutique hotel’s signature cocktails. The sound of nature offers you a soothing musical feeling as you enjoy the luscious drinks.
After the evening of savouring all the delectable cuisine and drinks at the hotel, visit the healthy juice bar for a fresh fruit and vegetable drink. Enjoy the needed boost to your health by taking in all the necessary vitamins.

Breakfast

Start your day with a relaxing visit to The Island Concept Hotel’s sea view terrace and treat yourself to the à la carte breakfast. Or transition to the small, glass-walled restaurant for some carob bread, Greek yoghurt or hot coffee to warm up in the icy weather.
Whether you are savouring local pastries or downing some eggs, your taste buds are sure to tingle.

About sustainability

Figs

Like the fig tree roots, the property is constantly addressing many sustainable tourism areas and excelling in most fields.

  • The Island Concept Hotel has most of its amenities and utensils free of single-use plastics.
  • Most of the dishes served at the boutique hotel are made with locally sourced ingredients and the chef offers meals based on the local, Cretan diet.
  • The hotel uses energy-efficient LED bulbs throughout the building's lighting.
  • You have the option of reusing towels and foregoing the daily room cleaning.
  • The Island Concept encourages all that’s local, from the dining experiences to the excursions around the island.

Explore the location

The peninsula of The Island Concept Hotel is set on a rocky hilltop overlooking the gorgeous waters of Mirabello Bay and Almyros Beach. Take a trip to Agios Nikolaos via the 2-kilometre cliff-edge footpath for an adrenaline rush. Or hop into a car and transition to Greek archaeological sites scattered around Crete island.

Explore Crete like a local!

A 45-minute drive from the Heraklion international airport assures easy accessibility to the boutique hotel.

Book a trusted local driver for your transfer to and from the hotel, introduce you to the destination, pre-order travel essentials, and answer all your questions before or during the trip. Choose the stops, visit the attractions, and don't waste any time waiting. We‘ve partnered with Welcome Pickups, the first company to deliver a holistic, in-destination travel experience.

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