Olea All Suite in Zakynthos is a small wellness oasis perched on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea, furnished with different materials to create a unique and Mediterranean style

The Olea All Suite resort is a project by Block722, the architecture practice established in 2009 by Sotiris Tsergas, Katja Margaritoglou and Konstantinos Korfiatis, with offices in Athens and in Stockholm. The result is a mix of blend of Mediterranean and Nordic styles, with a tropical touch.

Thanks to this mix, they created spaces and architectures relying on the combination of stone and wood, rattan and marble, elegance and minimalism. Beige, in every possible shade, is the main color, both inside and outside.

The resort is located on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea. At the center of the complex there is a 4,000 sq m pool, surrounded by olive trees and other indigenous plants, and all accommodations and public areas overlook this space. The buildings that make up the hotel are low, like all those on the island, and small in size.

Wooden parts have been added to the white plaster façade typical of the region. As the architects explain, the link with nature is crucial. “The most important thing to us is how the guests would experience their surroundings. The design aims to bring guests in sync with nature and its elements, connecting the indoors with the outdoors in a seamless way that helps them unwind and explore the resort in its entirety. We simply got inspired by the beauty of the island to get the work done.”

For the interior spaces, the choice fell on simple and organic materials transformed into completely custom-made furnishings and accessories by skilful craftsmen. [Text Francesca Tagliabue]