IHG Hotels & Resorts is expanding its portfolio in Europe with the signing of the first InterContinental property on the Greece island of Crete.

The new hotel, InterContinental Resort Crete, will be developed in partnership with private equity real estate firm Henderson Park and international real estate firm Hines.

The property is located less than an hour’s ride from Crete’s capital Heraklion, and Heraklion International Airport.

IHG Hotels & Resorts Europe development VP Willemijn Geels said: “InterContinental is the world’s first and largest luxury hotel brand and has been renowned by guests as the epitome of luxury hotel experience for the past 75 years. We are delighted to be partnering with Henderson Park and Hines to introduce the brand in Crete and look forward to bringing our shared vision to life.

“InterContinental Resort Crete is the latest in a series of signings by IHG in Europe over the past 12 months that perfectly illustrate the strength and popularity of the InterContinental brand. Exciting new properties in locations including Ankara in Turkey, Baku in Azerbaijan and Canj in Montenegro have expanded our luxury footprint in the region.

“We’re also delighted to announce a 20-year extension of our agreement with InterContinental Athens. It’s going to be a great year ahead, and we look forward to more growth to come in 2022 and beyond.”

InterContinental Resort Crete will have 205 rooms, all featuring private verandas and half of them are equipped with private jacuzzies.

Guest will have access to four restaurants, three bars and other amenities including a pool terrace, indoor spa, infinity pool deck and rooftop pool.

The luxury hotel will also feature a wellness and fitness leisure centre, as well as a fully equipped range of meeting spaces.

It is slated to open in spring 2023. In March this year, InterContinental brand’s first property opened in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.