Staying // Casa Cook, Rhodes

I’m conscious that I may have crossed over into unbearable hipster at this stage. I absolutely love travelling and discovering new places, getting to see a new culture. But... in looking at places to go on holiday next year, I’ve realised that the importance of the hotel design may have finally surpassed the importance of the location itself. Is that awful?

I came to this realisation when I saw Casa Cook, in Rhodes. The location might have a bit of a ‘Brits abroad’ reputation to it, with the less-than-salubrious Faliraki not far away. HOWEVER. Have you seen this god damn hotel? It’s so beautifully designed, it gave me funny feelings. Sorry if that’s TMI.

Our last few holidays have been the exploring-every-day-and-coming-home-exhausted variety, so our we’re planning to do very little on our next one. Casa Cook seems like the perfect place to do just that.

The sleek, bright, modern buildings stand out against a background of dramatic, craggy rock faces. Lush vegetation and blue pools provide visual relief from the otherwise barren landscape.

And then the interiors. Oh my god. There are neutral tones throughout, with a mix of natural materials like linen, wood and rattan. Select vintage pieces sit comfortably next to bright white walls and add depth and warmth. The result is so perfect, I want to recreate this look at home. Not sure how well I’ll be able to pull of Greek Island hideaway in a Victorian semi in the outskirts of Birmingham but I’ll give it a go.

The hotel is adults-only – and all of the rooms feature swim-up pool access from a private terrace. Yes. Please. Some also feature indoor jacuzzis – including the two bungalow suites with private pools.

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Casa Cook Rhodes has been developed by Thomas Cook Group in collaboration with a team including Michael Schickinger of Lambs & Lions (spearheading conceptual development), interior designer Annabell Kutucu and architect Vana Pernari.

I'm planning to visit as soon as possible in 2017. See you there?

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