Opening in April: Radisson Blu Zaffron Santorini
Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort Santorini: A new, intimate getaway in the world’s most beautiful island.
Zaffron is Santorini’s first lifestyle destination resort where authentic hospitality is elevated by opulent design.
Nestled in a private laid-back setting just steps away from Kamari, Santorini’s most prominent beach, the Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort is a luxurious oasis where the exotic, boho-chic ambience blends with the timelessness of Cycladic architecture.
Offering sophisticated elegance in a vibrant setting, the 103-room resort brings a strong lifestyle element to the island via an eclectic mix of experiences, events, and international brand collaborations. Taking its name from the rare and delicate saffron flower that still flourishes in a few parts of the island, Zaffron aims to elevate Santorini’s experiential offering and deliver a much-needed touch of hedonism.
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This opening marks the first luxury hospitality offering from Fais Group; the Athens-based distributor of a vast luxury, fashion and sports brand-portfolio, with world-renowned brands such as Tod’s, Hogan, Salvatore Ferragamo, Philipp Plein, Princess Yachts, KIKO Milano, Under Armour, Adidas, Puma, and Technogym, to name a few. “With Zaffron, our goal is to showcase our sui generis approach to hospitality in a way that’s respectful to the island’s heritage. At the same time, we want to introduce a new concept where our guests’ experience is enriched and elevated through international brand partnerships and a variety of exclusive events,” says Manolis Papadakis, Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort’s Director of Hospitality Division and General Manager.
Responsible for Zaffron’s concept design and master plan are Greek-based architects Arc-Set, who wanted to respect the rugged landscape of the island, and at the same time create a relaxing and warm, softly textured haven. After two years of meticulous planning, the hotel’s design elements were selected with a mission to match Santorini’s raw beauty.
The lobby’s elegant domes and arches, a gentle nod to Santorini’s prevalent architectural theme, are combined with natural materials such as wood and stone (in the form of embossed walls), providing an earthy ambience that makes guests feel instantly welcome. The use of domes is also apparent in the interior of the generously spaced 103 rooms, suites, and villas that range from a superior room with a king bed to the presidential suite with a private plunge pool.
Overseen by Designteam – Nikos Theodorakopoulos, the interior design establishes a serene and calming environment with the use of tactile materials, rich textures, and a neutral colour palette, featuring sought-after furniture and homeware brands such as Ethimo and Pols Potten. Sustainable wood surfaces are complemented by linen and cotton fabrics, while the walls are adorned with black-and-white photography that captures Santorini’s breathtaking beauty. Keyless entrance and various amenities such as Nespresso coffee machines and Korres toiletries, contribute to the feeling of effortless luxury.
The element of water is ever-present with Jacuzzis and heated private pools being part of almost every room, as well as with two imposing, central heated pools, spanning 220 square metres and 138 square metres respectively. Acting as the beating heart of the resort, the master pool with its eye-catching, black-and-white meander pattern bedazzles visitors. An ideal setting for both relaxed noons and upbeat nights, the pool bar will be home to special performances by international guest DJs, and other events.
About Fais Group
As the tourism sector is exhibiting signs of post-COVID recovery, both on a regional and an international level, Fais Group saw the need to significantly invest in its newly created Hospitality and Gastronomy Division. Apart from the reimagining of Modiano Market in Thessaloniki as a state of the art, culinary destination that will include 80+ food vendors in a dedicated space, and the opening of the five-star Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort in Santorini, Fais Group is also working toward the revival and repurposing of Corfu’s iconic Castello Bibelli. The new Hospitality and Gastronomy Division also includes Bufala Gelato, the ice-cream chain Fais Group has been running successfully for the past five years.
These projects are the latest steps in Fais Group’s successful journey, which includes an impressive portfolio of international luxury, fashion and sports brands — market leaders in both retail and wholesale for Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania. With its latest investments in hospitality and gastronomy, Fais Group remains committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, as well as to supporting the local communities, empowering local producers, and creating more employment opportunities. Modiano Market is expected to create 300 new job openings, whereas the number of new employment opportunities within the 5* Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort is estimated to be around 150.
About Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort
Radisson Blu Zaffron is a 5-star resort strategically located near Kamari beach, in Santorini. It brings together an exotic, boho-chic ambience with a quintessentially Cycladic architecture, offering relaxed elegance in an all-suite environment. With its unrivalled cuisine, discreetly luxurious accommodation and special experiences, Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort offers the perfect intimate getaway in Santorini, one of the most beautiful places in the world.