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Arena* & Owners Weekend 2022
Crete & Athens

Because none of this would be possible without the makers we love, please meet our partners and friends on this circular journey.

Hotel Partners

Partner Cretan Malia Park

Cretan Malia Park
Set on the clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea and framed by the rugged mountains, pastoral hills, and expansive stretches of olive trees that define Crete’s beautiful northeast coast, Cretan Malia Park takes the intimacy of boutique-style hospitality and presents it on a grand stage. Here, an holistic approach to well-being, slow-paced living, a well-executed sustainability strategy, and an organic-driven culinary philosophy redefine the very concept of Cretan luxury. Cretan Malia’s expansive botanical gardens play a significant role in the hotel’s design and are a source of inspiration for its architecture, while also serving as a meditative escape for guests.

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Minos Beach Art Hotel
Set over two-plus kilometers of beautiful Cretan coastline, Minos Beach Art Hotel is a stunning collection of waterfront bungalows and villas with pools and gardens. Here, one discovers an inspiring collection of artwork that reflects the island’s natural surroundings and rich heritage, as well as a carefully curated presentation of food and wine run by an award-winning chef who draws from a handful of local suppliers. The hotel’s sleek, low-lying structures echo the traditional architectural style of the area’s fishing villages, while its interiors are a tactile world of raw concrete, tile, earthy jute, and exposed wood beams.


Partner Bananatex

Made purely from the naturally grown Abacá banana plants, Bananatex® by QWSTION is a durable, technical fabric that is biodegradable and fully circular. Cultivated within a natural ecosystem of sustainable forestry, the plants require no pesticides, fertilizer, or extra water. The material innovation is Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold, the most advanced standard globally for products that are safe, circular and responsibly made.

Partner Basium

Combining a passion for aromatherapy, natural perfumery, and holistic self-care, BASIUM offers a carefully curated range of artisan self-care products formulated with organic, vegan, and cruelty-free ingredients. BASIUM does its utmost to limit its environmental footprint by removing plastics, finding sustainable or recycled packaging, and sourcing local and season ingredients wherever possible. The organic self-care products empower people to take good care of themselves and the planet at the same time.

Partner Cafezal

Cafezal recognizes that excellent coffee is only possible through nature and the dedication of millions of farmers. The Milan-based roaster selects and roasts top-quality specialty coffees according to a meticulous check of roasting profiles to offer the best of each product regarding taste, body, and flavor. True to its vision that the only way to achieve excellence is through fair sourcing, Cafezal rewards farmers that succeed in creating the highest quality beans, offering only direct trade with responsible farmers from all over the world.

Partner Duetto (1)

Duetto Cloud
Designed by a team of hospitality veterans, Duetto changes the game in modern revenue strategy. The next generation of revenue optimization, Duetto is powered by open pricing, flexible automation, and demand-based forecasting. Awarded Best Revenue Management Software in 2022 by Hotel Tech Awards, meet the world’s most innovative RMS platform — a cloud-native suite of solutions that seamlessly integrates with your tech stack to unify and optimize prices by segment, room type, and distribution channel.

Partner Holmquistsign

Holmquistsign has been manufacturing signs since 1937 and has a unique knowledge and extensive experience of sign design. Today the 4th generation of Holmquists are working for the company, producing signs for many of Sweden’s larger companies like Scandic Hotels, LKAB, Mood Galleria, Blique by Nobis, Acne Studios, the Royal Library and the National Museum. The craft itself is the cornerstone of Holmquistsign and is today complemented by sign strategy and process control, the latest digital techniques, and modern printing technology.

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Founded by ex-hoteliers, Mews Hospitality Cloud serves thousands of properties across more than 60 countries in all five continents. Since 2012, Mews has been enabling remarkable experiences for guests, driven by a relentless passion for combining innovative technology with the art of hospitality. Mews was voted Best PMS 2020 by industry peers, was a Finalist in 2021 and 2022, and in 2021 ranked 24th in the FT 1000 fastest growing European companies. Among the many hotels powered by Mews are: The Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar, The Guesthouse Vienna, C-Hotel & Spa, 11 Howard and Knightsbridge Hotel, Firmdale Hotels.

Partner Labottega

La Bottega
Founded in Italy in 1981, La Bottega is a creative laboratory and an incubator of innovative products, fragrances, concepts, and stories. The DNA and energy of the company’s soul is a fusion of passion, style, and design. La Bottega works with hotels to select toiletries and other in-room products, leading with a dedication to sustainability, offering options in aluminum packaging, which can be repeatedly recycled with no limitations, in refillable dispensers, or in the form of bars.

Partner Mono

A German manufacturer of design originals, Mono has been developing timeless design products since 1959. Mono is one of the most distinguished German design companies and well-known for its high-quality cutlery and table accessories. Mono’s pieces are designed for daily, long-lasting use. Longevity is a priority: All spare parts can be bought separately and flatware can be refurbished.

Partner Nio Cocktails

NIO Cocktails
NIO Cocktails is the brainchild of Luca Quagliano and Alessandro Palmarin, with the aim to change attitudes around cocktail consumption. The concept behind NIO is simple: just shake, tear, pour. NIO, which stands for Needs Ice Only, is based on the dream to be able to enjoy your favorite cocktails wherever you want, while maintaining the highest quality in both the recipes and their ingredients. The brand boasts the seal of approval of Patrick Pistolesi, Italian master mixologist and who is now considered to be among the top 50 bartenders in the world. Better yet, sustainability is at the core of the brand: the iconic design packaging is entirely recyclable, thanks to FSC- certified paper sleeves and the 45% bioplastic pouches.

Partner Notpla

Notpla is a sustainable packaging start-up founded in 2014. This team of designers, chemists, engineers, and entrepreneurs has created advanced packaging solutions from seaweed and other natural materials as an alternative to single-use plastic. They have received awards for their innovative “Ooho”, an edible and fully biodegradable sachet.

Partner Nuori

NUORI is the first natural beauty brand that truly performs, delivering all-natural skincare that is at the forefront of bio-active ingredient innovation with visible results. Products contain only natural ingredients with clinically proven benefits and absolutely no synthetic or toxic additives. The choice of the world’s top spa’s and skincare, NUORI is the only beauty brand to utilize the science of freshly blended formulas.

Partner Rh

RH contract is a supplier of luxury furnishings for the global hospitality, commercial, and residential markets. Ranging from indoor furnishings, lighting and bath to outdoor furniture, RH provides unparalleled solutions for hotel guestrooms, public spaces, restaurants, offices, and multi-residential developments. By leveraging extensive capabilities in product design, craftsmanship, and curation, to offer contract-quality, price-competitive solutions, RH is uniquely positioned in the industry to fulfill all aspects of a project.

Partner Supernutural

Freshly pressed nut cream with impact, this specially designed machine makes nut spreads with or without chocolate, spices, fruits and many more. It can add magic to almost every food and drink in your hotel, as healthy snack, frozen, as nut milk, at the bar, or ingredient for your kitchen. Awarded with the most important European sustainability award in 2020, supernutural supports your own climate targets and health benefits for your guests: zero packaging waste, no food waste, no palm oil, no sugar, organic farming, local craftsmanship, easy cleaning.

Partner Pas Teleion

Pasteleion started in 2006 as a small, home-based family business in Greece. Since then, the company has evolved but the vision has remained the same: to provide nutritious, wholesome, yet delicious snacks. Dedicated to locally-sourced, ethically grown, top-quality ingredients, many of which are sourced from small-scale Greek producers. While Pasteleion partners with hotels around the world, they remain committed to only natural ingredients from producers they know personally.

Well-being Partners

Partner Bazar Noir

BAZAR NOIR is a Berlin-based collectible design gallery featuring a curation of exclusive designers and selected brands. A mission to consciously curate a collection of handcrafted treasures fetched from around the world means a meeting of well-being and cutting-edge design. Driven by the core belief that home resides within, BAZAR NOIR has embarked on a quest to uncover quietude, a journey that naturally led them to tær, a well-being project and response towards active mindfulness. This practice is a guiding tool that leads to awareness of the inner-self through deep breathing sessions, stretching poses, and inner-stillness.

Partner Mihc

My INNER HEALTH Club is a digital platform teaching the principles of holistic health by focusing on it’s four pillars: mental resilience, nutrition, exercise, and sleep. A mission to equip you with everything you need to improve mental and physical health is met with individualized education. Through guided courses, they share scientific knowledge and practical exercises that can easily integrate into their daily routine.

Media Partners

Partner Atmos

Atmos is an exploration of climate and culture: a nonprofit biannual magazine and digital platform curated by a global ecosystem of artists, activists, and writers devoted to ecological and social justice, creative storytelling, and re-enchantment with the natural world. Atmos publishes a biannual print magazine spanning 288+ pages of visual and narrative storytelling from across the globe covering fashion, nature, culture, grassroots  activism, social  justice, and art. 

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Kinfolk offers readers an inspiring exploration of how life can be individually shaped and thoughtfully inhabited. Each issue mines the rich seams of interpersonal relationships, work dynamics, and the cultural zeitgeist, and showcases the inner lives of extraordinary individuals and the fascinating spaces they inhabit. Renowned for its beautiful cover design and high-quality print techniques, Kinfolk is considered a collectible. The magazine is printed four times a year, sold in over 100 countries and translated into Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

Partner Monocle

Monocle started in 2007 as a global briefing that covers everything from diplomacy to design. Today, the brand has extended to include the radio station Monocle 24, films, a books division that publishes handsome city guides, and Monocle shops and cafés. It lives by its motto: Monocle–keeping an eye and an ear on the world.

Partner Tc

Travel Colours
The Travel Colours City Guides are for design-loving travelers, who are looking for the best places to “sleep, eat, drink, shop & explore”. Working closely with a growing network of local trend scouts, Travel Colours is able to present a premium collection of exclusive highlights and the new hidden in-spots in each city. Designed to be compacted and collectible, these city guides invite you to slow down and experience the authentic soul of a city.