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Press Release29 June 2016

Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection Opens July 2016

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Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International's growing collection of strikingly independent hotels, welcomes its second property in Greece, with the launch of Domes Noruz. The new adults-only hotel, set to be one of the world's most exciting new resorts, is opening 20 July 2016 in the extraordinary destination of Chania.


Domes Noruz

Sister hotel to the legendary Domes of Elounda, the Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection is an 83 room and suites, adults-only, beachfront boutique hotel. Like its sister hotel, Domes Noruz joins Autograph Collection®, an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details, created for the traveller seeking an escape from the predictable. This brand new Exactly Like Nothing Else experiential hotel in Chania, complete with a buzzy atmosphere, will be a must visit destination for the couple, or the group of friends, that likes to relax and have fun in chic, ultra-stylish surroundings.

The spell-binding city of Chania plays host to this thrilling new venture. Located on the northwest coast of Crete, this is one of the Mediterranean's 'must sees' and a hot new destination for UK travelers, with direct flights from London's Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, as well as most other UK's major airports. Lively Chania will charm you from the moment you arrive, inviting you to explore its captivating streets and endless hidden treasures. With its utterly enchanting Venetian harbor and lighthouse, its Riviera-rivaling beaches, and a seamless blend of Ottoman, Venetian and Greek architecture, the old town is just 10-minute drive from the hotel and is sure to be a magnet for guests. Explore the cobbled streets of the old town where you will unearth delicious local cafés and exquisite restaurants. Its waterfront and promenade come alive at night with bars, clubs and restaurants and Aghia Marina, complete with flowing champagne, stylish pool parties and a beautiful and affluent set, offers an incredible choice of all day beach bars and night clubs. For those seeking culture, Chania is also steeped in history and the best place if guests want to visit Polyrinia, one of the most fortified towns in ancient Greece, as well as being home to an historic market and impressive Archaeological Museum.

Domes Noruz Chania, with sporting clean lines, splashes of vibrant colors and a striking design, is an exclusive 'All Adult' hotel offering a bright and airy ambience, exuding a cool and romantic feel. Its adults only status, allows for a holiday of privacy, intimacy and exclusivity, but with nightlife and cultural attractions easily accessible. Domes Noruz's modern thinking and open mind invites all guests to enjoy this new and elegant hotel.

Room options include those with spectacular pool and sea views as well as private outdoor baths or plunge pools, most looking out onto a wide swath of naturally sanded beachfront on the lapis Cretan Sea. The architecture is breath taking, inspired by the Venetian heritage of the old town of Chania, made of eye-pleasing Cretan sandstone. And all details here have been carefully considered with delightful touches everywhere, such as mini Smeg fridges and other luxurious surprises.

Domes Noruz embraces the past and the present of Chania, by building on its inherent charisma and introducing a fresh, contemporary opportunity for design-savvy guests to enjoy each and every moment in their own way. The word 'Noruz' means 'new light' and with this, the play of sunlight and the ever-changing sky will become a focal point throughout the style, interiors and architecture of the property.Domes Noruz doesn't want to merely host guests, but to curate the holiday they've been dreaming of. A strong sense of locality fused with the highest standards of hospitality and a well-researched touch of innovation, here it's about creating once in a lifetime, tailor-made experiences - whether that be fine cocktails with unexpected local ingredients, to late night events at the Domes Noruz's sandy beach under the moonlight and helicopter rides at the breathtaking UNESCO protected 'Samaria Gorge'.

Wellness is deeply a part of the philosophy here. The beautiful seaside with stunning ocean views are ideal for private yoga lessons. Thoughtful touches have been added throughout such as preloaded (in room) MP3 players with uplifting music, with the emphasis on creating the right setting and anticipating every guests need.

The inviting spa is a haven of serenity and tranquility. With design inspired by traditional local embroidery and fabrics, this calming space is dominated by a soothing shade of sky blue. Intentionally sub-lit, with diffused, indirect lighting to sustain a sense of relaxation, it offers the latest in natural massage and experiences, while using organic herbs from the island. The pool area and the juice bar nearby are just two of the highlights.

The hotel's hotly anticipated opening of restaurant Zeen will offer delectable Cretan cuisine with international accents – all lead by the acclaimed, award-winning chef, Doxis Bekris. A dynamic, modern all day restaurant and bar with different deli corners during breakfast, such as a bakery display and a vitality bar, this vibrant space puts an emphasis on local produce and organic ingredients, while adding an international flair to beloved Cretan recipes. Chef Bekris' talent has lead him to work in places such as Dubai, New York, Italy, Japan, Zambia, Zurich and Kenya and brings with him a very cosmopolitan and current approach to food. The rooftop Raw Bar and The N Bar at Domes Noruz Chania are both sleek and stylish, offering guests an extensive selection of exciting and innovative cocktails.

George P. Spanos, Vice-president of Ledra Hotels and Villas SA (owning and managing company of DomesNoruz Chania) commented, ''We added our own touch of aesthetics to make accommodation at DomesNoruz Chania a unique experience. From the initial design to completion, our team has been working at creating an innovative, boutique and fresh property. These elements which will be seen throughout the property will be further enhanced by the spectacular destination of Chania.''

Commenting on this new addition to Autograph Collection, John Licence, brand leader for Autograph Collection Hotels in Europe, says: "We are delighted to welcome the luxurious Domes Noruz as our second Greek and Mediterranean resort into the Collection. As the portfolio grows in Greece, in a country where Autograph Collection has been so well received with Domes of Elounda, we believe that Domes NoruzChania truly embodies the philosophy of our collection by showcasing unique attributes ensuring that the brand's offering is nothing short of exactly like nothing else."

Taking the very best of an incredible location and elevating it to the highest levels in hospitality is whatDomes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection will do this July. It is without question the perfect setting for a holiday that is sure to create a host of wonderful memories, to be savoured for years to come.

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