Certifications & Awards
The Green Key is an eco-label, recognized by the World Tourism Organization and UNEP, which has been awarded to over 1500 installations in 28 countries around the world
Creta Maris, certified with the Green Key meets the following criteria:
- Trains its staff, guests and owners to increase sustainable development and environmental awareness in recreation facilities.
- Protects the environment by reducing the environmental impact of the hotel on the world stage.
- Requires financial management by reducing consumption, which means reducing the costs.
- Follows marketing strategy which includes the promotion of quality label Green Key.
- Operates empowering hotel assuming greater environmental responsibility.
The hotel was checked and completed the criteria for the distinction of Gold Travelife Sustainability System, showing very high commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. With this certification the hotel is committed to create opportunities for improvement, to communicate its actions and encourage others to act in the same way.
BIO Hellas – BIO Kuzina
The model «BIO Kouzina» offers certification to foodservice units, who use one or more organic raw materials for which they wish to make reference to the organic production method.
In 2014, the hotel was certified for third consecutive year. However, this time it received the “BIO Kouzina Bronze” award, using 28 organic raw materials: Basil, oats, emmer, wheat, pumpkin, barley, wild vetch, lettuce, parsley, eggplant, armenian cucumber, peppers, chicory, chickpeas, celery, cherry tomato, onion, honey, skioufichta pasta, olive oil, split peas, capers, eggs, potatoes, wholegrain spaghetti, garlic, gruel, zucchini.
Cretan Cuisine Certification
The aim of Region of Crete is to create a prestige and credibility Pancretan Quality Label, that is practicable, harmonized with modern needs and internationally recognizable, which will be established in the minds of residents and visitors of the island and strengthen the reputation of Cretan diet model. It will also increase the rising demand for the provision of authentic Cretan cuisine and the development of culinary tourism.
The main activities of the Department of Certification are:
- Evaluation of the restaurants which have applied to join the restaurant network of the “Cretan Quality Agreement”
- To give the certification to the companies that follow the principles of the label
- To controls the entire process in order to secure that standards are being followed from the certified companies
- Promote the certified restaurants in national and international level.
ECARF Seal of Quality
Τhe ECARF Quality Seal is a seal of approval that is intended to aid in the selection of products and services suitable for use by allergic consumers. The ECARF Quality Seal is a European certification. The foundation awards the Seal according to detailed requirements that are determined, validated and monitored by its international scientific advisory committee.
In general, all products, such as consumer goods or food products, and all services, such as hotels or restaurants, can be certified. The basis for certification is proof that the product or service offers a significant improvement in quality of life for allergic consumers. The quality of the product or service is monitored regularly through random sampling.
Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015
The «Travelers' Choice 2015» is awarded by Trip Advisor, the largest travel site in the world. Specifically, Creta Maris was proudly ranked 6th among 25 hotels throughout Greece, by the strictest judges, the guests themselves. The main characteristics of the winners of the Travellers’ Choice awards are the excellent service, value and quality.
Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2015
The Award of Excellence is given out by TripAdvisor.com to guests’ “favorite” properties annually, in honour of their achievements over the past year as measured by their overall guest review score. To receive this award, partners ofTripAdvisor.com must have an average review score of 8 or higher, based on at least 10 guest reviews over the past year. As TripAdvisor.com affirms, all of guest reviews are written by real guests after they have stayed and checked out of the accommodation. There are a number of safeguards in place to guarantee that each review is current and authentic.
In particular, the hotel’s guests, who made their reservation via TripAdvisor.com, highlighted the hotel through their own rating, offering 8.5 points on a scale of 10.
Booking.com: 2014 Award of Excellence
The Award of Excellence is given out by Booking.com to guests’ “favorite” properties annually, in honour of their achievements over the past year as measured by their overall guest review score. To receive this award, partners of Booking.com must have an average review score of 8 or higher, based on at least 10 guest reviews over the past year. As Booking.com affirms, all of guest reviews are written by real guests after they have stayed and checked out of the accommodation. There are a number of safeguards in place to guarantee that each review is current and authentic.
In particular, the hotel’s guests, who made their reservation via Booking.com, highlighted the hotel through their own rating, offering 8.5 points on a scale of 10.
Blue Flag 2015 Award
The Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach or marina meets its stringent standards. Is a trademark owned by FEE which is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization consisting of 65 organizations in 60 member countries in Europe, Africa, Oceania, Asia, North America and South America.
Creta Maris beach awarded with a Blue Flag meet all the stringent criteria to be considered safe, clean without affecting the natural landscape.
“Greek Breakfast” Certification
The Greek Breakfast is a program designed by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels which has been in operation since 2010 and whose aim is to enrich the breakfast offered in Greek hotels with pure and unique Greek products as well as with traditional local dishes from every region of Greece.
Creta Maris has been included in the "Greek Breakfast" program, thus making it possible for the guests to experience the plentiful gastronomic wealth of Crete and to taste the Cretan breakfast, the unique Cretan products and delicacies that are an important part of the Mediterranean diet, which is not just a fashionable food trend, but constitutes, according to the UNESCO, "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity".
COSMOCERT is an inspection and certification control body. It was founded in 2013, with the aim of providing innovative services of upmost quality in the fields of certification of organic products, ISO, biotechnological research and high technology innovations.
Creta Maris, especially proud of its organic garden, has received COSMOCERT organic products’ certification, according to which, the hotel provides the consumer with fresh, tasty and authentic food while it also respects the environment and the natural life cycle of the ecosystem.
This is made possible since the organic farming of the hotel is based on a series of rules and principles, and common practical methods, which are designed to minimize the human impact on the environment, while also they ensure that the agricultural system operates as naturally as possible, with the least possible inputs (pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics).
We do local
“We do local” is a business certification standard. Company wise, “We do local” fulfills the need to differentiate in substance and quality, as well as to support the economy and workforce of the local community. Customer wise, We do local fulfills the need to try a product offering the real experience of the visiting place, the locals, and the raw materials they produce. In addition, We do local fulfills the need to act sustainably and respect the environment.
Creta Maris certified Standard Certification "We do local" meet the following criteria:
- Offers different, with substance and high quality products and services
- Support the production, economy and human resources of Crete
- Support the economy and the people of the local community
- Promotes the local customs and traditions
- Presents the local cuisine
- Supports the local producers
- With respect to the environment and sustainability
- Supports the local workforce
Twelve major Swiss tour operators, coordinated by the Swiss Tourism Federation award tourism companies with Q Label, which is a specialized Swiss quality label.
Creta Maris was certified with the “Q Label”, proofing once again its offer of high-quality services.
Kuoni Apollo: «Gold Customers Choice Award 2014»
“Kuoni Apollo”, one of the largest tour operators in the Nordic countries, awarded Creta Maris Beach Resort with the «Gold Customers Choice Award 2014», following the high preference shown by its Scandinavian guests to the resort.
Schauinsland: «Top Hotel Partner 2015»
German tour operator “Schauinsland” awarded Creta Maris as «Top Hotel Partner 2015» featuring thereby its cooperation with the resort as excellent and selecting it in its guests’ high preferences.
Creta Maris Beach Resort was awarded by the Association of Cretan Tourism and Travel Agencies (ACTTA), during its annual event, as an example hotel that constantly organizes seminars and evacuation drills in order to train all staff members for situations of emergencies and proper reaction of any crisis.