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Athens is the epicenter of European history and culture, renowned for its ancient offerings among the bustle of the city, complemented by the cerulean waters off the pine-clad peninsula jutting into the Aegean Sea. Those seeking both an island retreat and urban exploration have found their match in Athens, where the sun-splashed beaches of the Riviera offer a welcome sanctuary from the winding paths up to the awe-inspiring Acropolis, dominating the city skyline. And where better to experience true Grecian luxury in a setting of traditionally tranquil décor than the newly opened Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens…

Rooms fit for a Greek god

The prestigious hotelier’s first offering in Greece, expect the high standards Four Seasons is renowned for, in surroundings inspired by the historic glamour of the original Astir Palace Hotel. Now the fully updated property has 300 rooms, all adorned in typical Grecian decoration and housed within two distinct buildings, a burst of gleaming white rising out from the emerald green land. Accommodation options at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel range from light-filled rooms and suites to ultra-exclusive garden cottages, found in both unique buildings with different names. At Arion expect modernist architecture and retro-chic design, where guests will find a laid-back vibe expressed in breezy rooms and suites, including penthouse residencies. Perfect for relaxing, clean lines, stylish furnishings and a colour palette of fresh hues, convenience is key with four of the hotel’s restaurants and lounges found here, along with the Spa and indoor pool.

Alternatively, if you seek stunning sea views, Nafsika is the place to go, with vistas of sapphire waters dominating every room and suite and where private pools add an extra element of exclusivity to some. Why not request breakfast on your balcony and savour the delightful views of the Aegean over a bowl of fruit and Greek yoghurt? Light floods every room here, with the most inviting of soft furnishings sprinkled across your home away from home to add an extra splash of indulgence. The enticing Avra Lounge and Terrace is on your doorstep here along with a lively pool with a waterfront backdrop, two other restaurants, the fitness centre and several luxury boutiques. For guests seeking more space and privacy, and perhaps a little nostalgia, Four Seasons offers The Bungalows. The first part of the Astir Palace estate to be born in 1961, The Bungalows retain the same glamorous allure today as they did then. This is a must for those who want to live the secluded seaside lifestyle of the Athens Riviera’s golden age, brought into a new era with up-to-date amenities found throughout. 
 

A perfect place to pin the map

Nestled amid 74-acres of lush seaside landscape on the shores of the Athenian Riviera, the hotel is located just 30-minutes from the city centre and a half hour drive from Athens International Airport, or 15-minute helicopter ride if you want to try out the hotel’s legendary helipad. Its positioning makes it the ideal choice for travellers who want to experience the best of ancient and modern Greece, families looking for an educational getaway and couples enjoying an unforgettable holiday in one of the world’s most romantic destinations. Exploring the ancient wonders is a must whilst in the city, so let concierge arrange for an archaeologist to give you a private tour of the cutting-edge Acropolis Museum, only a half hour ride into the city. Alternatively, cruise to the Greek islands form the hotel’s jetty, where you can set sail on a bespoke day trip to the ancient Temple of Poseidon. The property also resides on the glamorous Athens Riviera, near the quaint town of Vouliagmeni, and is tucked away on a pine-clad peninsula featuring the Astir Beach Club, Astir Marina and Matsuhisa Athens by Nobu. Hidden coves and beaches are just waiting to be found along the coastline surrounding this iconic hideaway. 

“Nowhere in the world do ancient culture and modern lifestyle come together so beautifully than in Greece,” says Sam Ioannidis, the hotel’s general manager.  “With our close proximity to the city – just 30-minutes from both the Acropolis and the airport – the ideal Greek vacation has never been more accessible.  Whether taking a quick break or staying a few weeks to take in all the sights and immerse yourself in the glamour and fun of the Athenian Riviera, Four Seasons can help you customise your perfect beach holiday.”

A Mediterranean banquet just for you

Exquisite dining is truly in abundance here, with décor reflecting the philosophy of the cuisine throughout the eight unique conceptual restaurants and emulating a quiet, homey elegance. The balance of tradition and modernity are the signature of Designer Martin Brudnizki, creating a welcoming and familiar-feeling atmosphere. Dive into the vast array of cuisine choices, ranging from sophisticated Greek seafood at the restaurant’s proud offering of Pelagos and Neapolitan-style pizzas to poolside Latin-American grilled fare and waterfront international delicacies. 

Director of food and beverage, Sotiris Ananiadis’ personal recommendation is Pelagos, where you can “enjoy a more sophisticated dining experience featuring the day’s best Aegean fish and seafood prepared to order.” Pelagos is Greek for "ocean,", and even before menus are browsed through, guests are treated to a kalosorisma or a welcome bite. From the briny goodness of sea urchins to the subtle flavours of fresh mussels cooked in Santorini’s famed Assyrtiko wine and the wholesomeness of a hearty kakavia soup, the menu at Pelagos is unpretentious yet indulgent. Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens also offers a spacious lobby bar at the Astron Lounge and Terrace where light fare, afternoon tea and cocktails are all on the menu, making it the ideal place for meeting up with a fellow party member or new-found friends. If you’re after something a little different why not pay homage to the Astir Palace’s golden age glamour at Aristotle’s cigar and cognac lounge as well?   

Where tradition meets therapeutic

The Spa at Four Seasons is just another string to this hotel’s expansive bow. Where rejuvenation and the traditional merge, the comprehensive menu of treatments and services are crafted to combat the stresses of modern life. Providing a heightened level of luxurious wellness and beauty treatments within the tranquil and lush surrounds found on the exclusive Vouliagmeni Peninsula, you can be sure mind, body and soul will delight in the innovative treatments. Those in need of pampering should head to The Fountain House, a hydrotherapy zone inspired by ancient Greek rituals in the setting of state-of-the-art facilities, including an aroma steam grotto, Hamman, vitality infinity pool and chill showers. Signature treatments created especially for the new spa include the two-hour Iremia Stillness Recovery Ritual, for physically or emotionally-exhausted souls, the Epanorthosi Green Caviar Repair that addresses issues of ageing and environmental damage to the skin, and the Frodida Body Ritual which has been carefully tailored to individual wants and needs.

Many of the treatments encorporate the healing power of water, essential oils and botanicals, and have been inspired by Hippocrates and his philosophy of holistic health. Some of the massages can even be requested outdoors in a cabana located along one of the hotel’s three private beaches. We totally agree when spa director Elodie Lefebvre said: “To spa is an intimate moment of surrender and reconnection with the inner self.” You can rest assured knowing that as well as the refreshment of the spa, guests can enjoy the five tennis courts, nearby Glyfada Golf Club and the sunset sail on offer each evening. 

Tempted?

Just minutes from the historic city centre boasting ancient wonders, this hotel perched along the glamour of the Athens Riviera is bursting with rejuvenating experiences, world-class dining and the highest standard of service, all within a fabulously-chic setting. Struggle no more to choose between an educational city break or a sun-splashed beach getaway, because at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens you get the best of both, with the signature luxury of this unmistakable hotelier. Hermes may have flown through the Grecian air, but when we step into our Winged Boots, designing a bespoke getaway fit for a Greek god becomes our speciality. Call one of our personal travel managers now on 0203 816 0985 or enquire here to start planning a trip to this haven of opulence and calm and spell away the stresses of everyday life.
Ellena Rowlin

Ellena Rowlin is a Content Writer

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