Crete, Greece (February 2020) – Abaton Island Resort & Spa has been accepted into Virtuoso®’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners, comprised of more than 2,000 preferred suppliers in 100 countries. According to Dr. Georgios Kaloutsakis, Deputy CEO of Abaton Island Resort & Spa, inclusion in Virtuoso will open up new sales and marketing opportunities to the network’s over 22,000 luxury travel advisors and their highly desirable clientele. Virtuoso agencies sell (U.S.) $30 billion annually, making the network the most significant player in luxury travel.

“Virtuoso’s acceptance process is incredibly selective, so becoming a preferred partner is a true honor,” said Kaloutsakis. “The reputation Virtuoso member advisors have for outstanding dedication to their clients is a perfect fit with our own bespoke approach to service. Now that we’re part of this renowned network, we look forward to offering Virtuoso advisors and their clients special amenities, values and experiences that surpass their expectations.”

Abaton Island Resort & Spa joins Virtuoso’s collection of the finest luxury hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour operators and other suppliers worldwide. These partners, which specialize in world-class client service and experiences, secure Virtuoso clients superior offerings, rare opportunities and exceptional value. These prestigious providers are able to market to Virtuoso clients via network vehicles and to Virtuoso agencies through multiple communications channels and events, including Virtuoso Travel Week, luxury travel’s largest worldwide gathering. Abaton’s acceptance into Virtuoso gives it direct relationships with the world’s leading leisure travel agencies in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

Playing a crucial role in Crete’s renaissance as a luxury tourism destination, Abaton Island Resort & Spa is an elegant, family-run hotel that offers guests a wider lifestyle experience in an exclusive and private setting. The Cycladic-style hotel opened in 2018 and is home to 152 minimalist villas, suites, and guestrooms; 71 rooms with pools; a 1,200-foot coastline with three different beaches and a natural lagoon; fitness center; an Elemis spa; and five distinct restaurants and bars, plus Buddha-Bar Beach, which was the first Buddha-bar in Crete. From educating guests on the local marine flora and fauna, to offering an authentic taste of Crete, Abaton Island Resort & Spa takes travelers on a journey through Cretan culture and history, combining the local traditions with distinctive contemporary touches.

About Abaton Island Resort & Spa

Abaton Island Resort & Spa opened in Crete in 2018. The luxury hotel is home to 152 villas, suites, and guestrooms, 71 of which have private swimming pools, as well as an Elemis Spa, fitness centre, and 364m of shoreline including three sandy beaches and a natural lagoon. There are six distinct restaurants and bars: ‘Buddha-bar beach’, offering lunch, dinner, and drinks on the beachfront; ‘WOW Steak House’, which serves awarded steak dishes; ‘Bony Fish’, offering seafood and delicacies from the Aegean Sea; ‘Elemes’, a Cretan eatery open for breakfast and dinner; ‘F-Zin Ivy League’, which offers international and local cuisine for breakfast and dinner; and the ‘Ladies & Gentlemen’ lobby bar, serving coffees, aperitifs, and cocktails throughout the day. Abaton re-opens for the 2020 Summer season on 20th April. Rooms start from £206 per night in low season, and £404 per night in high season (B&B).

About Virtuoso

Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 1,100 travel agency locations with more than 22,000 elite travel advisors in over 50 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with more than 2,000 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. (U.S.) $30 billion in annual travel sales make Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. For more information, visit