Phāea Resorts are committed to hiring local staff wherever possible and embrace that many work as farmers in low season, as Crete is a highly self-sustainable island known for its agriculture. We are investing in our employees’ agricultural efforts with the Phāea Farmers Program, providing support through collaborations with agronomists to train in organic farming methods and sustainable land use. Ultimately the program is creating more value and quality production and the resorts can source the highest quality local produce for use at the resorts.
There are currently 18 employees in the program cultivating 52 land parcels reaching a total of 19 local communities around Crete. Training programs include how to plant vegetables, theoretical and practical trainings on soil health and sustainable crop management, agriculture productivity and pruning practices in selected olive grove and vineyards.
A variety of products are produced including aloe, grapes, wine, herbs, honey, fruits (apples, pears, strawberries, bananas, citrus (orange, lemons, mandarins), olives/olive oil, seasonal vegetables (tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplants, potatoes), dairy products, and raki, a traditional, Cretan grape-based spirit.
to their dream travel bucket list as the company leads in responsible tourism
with new year-round eco, cultural and social sustainability programs extending to every facet of the resorts and beyond."
The Program’s Benefits
The program benefits the seasonal farming staff, and also the local community’s health, environment and economy. The farmers are able to increase their annual income, contribute to region’s wider economy and training in sustainable land use benefits the soil and discourages the use of dangerous pesticides and chemicals.
These efforts ultimately offer our guests fresh products that are authentically local, nutritional and environmentally friendly. Guests can feel confident about sitting down to a meal knowing where the food is from and its positive impact on the land, destination, and culture.
Cretans have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, thanks largely to their Mediterranean diet and lifestyle that originated in Crete. The resorts emphasize Crete’s ancient traditional vegan and vegetarian dishes providing nourishment for the body and soul. Procuring quality, sustainable, seasonal ingredients from local farmers and the resorts’ on-property kitchen gardens represents an investment in the health of our staff, guests and the earth itself.
The Phāea Olive-Oil
This year, our guests will have the opportunity to also taste our very own Phāea Olive-Oil, sourced to our kitchens and restaurants. Τhe Extra Virgin Phāea Olive-Oil is obtained directly from olives & solely by mechanical means.
Crete’s an island of superlatives. The largest Greek island is rich in both ancient history—going back to the Minoan civilization 4,000 years ago—and flora, a botanical Eden thanks to its setting between Europe, Asia, and Africa. It’s no wonder that Cretan Malia Park, wants to do its utmost to protect this unique corner of the world.
With a certification from the iconic Blue Flag eco-label, Cretan Malia Park’s dedication to responsible living is deep rooted. The hotel’s expansive botanical gardens that are filled with wild foliage, palm trees, cacti, Indian fig, and local banana trees play a significant role in the layout and design of the spaces.
Words Vidula Kotian | Originally published by Design Hotels
Cretan Malia Park is excited to announce its new partnership with Maison Flâneur and Design Hotels™. In an exciting collaboration, Maison Flâneur is presenting a curated, limited edition of Cretan Malia’s art & design items, furniture & lighting decorative pieces and a unique catalogue of homeware.
For the new nomad that seeks interesting interiors pieces that are rooted in a destination.
Have you ever fantasised about the interiors of a hotel or restaurant to the point that you were tempted to cling onto an intricately decorated vase and leave with it under your arm?
Such objects can linger in our memory long after we’ve returned home – but the Maison Flâneur team have the answer.
An Interview With Lefteris Iliadis
Born and raised in Crete, Lefteris Iliadis found his calling as a chef at an early age—a passion that took him into the kitchens of acclaimed Greek and international hotels until it pulled him back home. Inspired by the island’s rich UNESCO-protected culinary heritage, Iliadis, who heads the culinary offerings at Cretan Malia Park, believes that the most flavorful food is made simply with the highest quality, fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. He considers it a part of his job to inspire and educate guests about the surrounding bounty by taking them on tours of the organic kitchen garden and exploring the resort’s botanical gardens.
Originally published by Design Hotels
When hospitality is part of your legacy—as it is for Agapi and Costantza Sbokou, whose father founded the family hotel business—you feel a sense of responsibility to uphold the traditions that have helped the company grow over the decades. When you are from Crete that responsibility is magnified. “Hospitality is an essential element of our DNA,” explains Costantza. “We Cretans open our homes to our guests. We welcome them to our land in a unique and authentic way.” Indeed, “authenticity” takes on new meaning at Cretan Malia Park, marking a distinct evolution in the sisters’ vision of hospitality.
Words by Ken Baron | Originally published by Design Hotels