Syntopia – derived from ‘topos’, a Greek expression meaning ‘place’ – is a barefoot-luxury haven for the next generation of switched-on global traveller.

Its mission is to provide a high-end sanctuary and social hub for this new breed of adventurer, who expects the very highest standards when it comes to luxury and amenities, but who also craves connection with nature, neighbourhood culture and, especially, encounters with fellow guests.

Design is central to the Syntopia concept – think sharp, clean lines, dressed up in chic high-spec finishes, accented with subtle pops of organic texture. Olive wood furnishings in every room, hippie-chic sisal baskets, traditional Cretan embroidered cushions. Chairs which exude a sophisticated yet understated species of modernism, hand-crafted ceramic bathroom fittings and a swimming pool that’s innovatively finished in micro pebbles to cleverly mimic a dip in the sea.

At every level the layout of Syntopia – from the orientation of its balconies to the expansive poolside lounge teepee, plus its border of lush tropical foliage and cacti – strives to evoke a vibe of seamless transition between spaces, all the while harmonising with the idyllic Cretan surroundings.

A thoughtfully curated calendar of events – morning yoga, evening concerts, wine tasting, and screenings at Syntopia’s dedicated outdoor cinema – promote collaboration, socialising and a lively exchange of ideas.

This communal outlook is best exemplified at the canteen – styled as a groovy caravan and decked out with multicultural touches like a well-travelled surfboard, longhorn cow skull and classic Grecian pottery. Think of an upscale food truck, dishing out street-food and small-plate bites, hot dogs and toasted sandwiches.

A boutique spa is on hand for pampering, and a well-equipped gym for keeping up with your fitness even on holiday. In short, for guests who want a break from it all whilst simultaneously forging new and exciting connections and memories, Syntopia is the place.