Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens exudes seaside sophistication in its perch on one of the most stylish stretches of the Athens Riviera. On your arrival by helicopter or airport transfer, take a moment to savour the scents of pine, Greek herbs and salt air before you settle into your home away from home: one of 303 rooms and suites across two buildings – Nafsika and Arion – and a collection of secluded bungalows. This season, we celebrate the heritage of this laid-back seaside retreat with classic looks and a contemporary feel.
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
Sky, sea and sand await: Float in two pools and at three private beaches; find new flavours at eight restaurants, lounges and bars; relax with a spa treatment; or venture out to fishing villages, the adjacent Astir Marina and Astir Beach. This seaside playground is the ideal spot to soak up the glamorous atmosphere of the pine-clad peninsula. Set out to discover the wonders of ancient civilization at the Acropolis, site of the Parthenon (only 30 minutes away), and then return to the Hotel to relax in timeless style at the first Four Seasons property in Greece. “Our Concierge team will open up an array of endless possibilities – we are your keys to all of Athens,” says Chef Concierge George Vournazos.
Choose from laid-back relaxation in Arion or a dynamic vibe in Nafsika. All the expansive, light-filled rooms at the mid-century modern Nafsika offer azure sea views, and some have private pools. In the energetic hub of the Hotel, Nafsika’s buzzing social scene includes the poolside lounge Helios, serving tapas, pisco sours and live music; a state-of-the-art fitness centre; and luxury boutiques. Opposite Nafsika, the modernist Arion building is home to two restaurants, a Hippocrates-inspired spa, a soothing indoor pool and a hydrotherapy zone. Its Duplex Penthouse occupies two storeys and is crowned by a stunning rooftop garden and private pool with unrivalled views of the Aegean. No matter where you are in the Hotel, however, Greek charm is sure to follow. “I am truly excited to welcome our guests who will discover this gem of a hotel,” says General Manager Philippe Roux-Dessarps. “It affords a unique setting in Europe throughout all seasons and with authentic Greek hospitality.”
Avra Lounge & Terrace is a peaceful retreat by day and a playfully elegant gathering spot in the evening. The informal “living room” of the Nafsika building, Avra was designed by famed architect Martin Brudnizki to take full advantage of its prime waterfront location. It’s the ideal spot to gather with friends and loved ones for dishes like black truffle risotto and cocktails like negronis – made with Greek gin produced specially for the Hotel – as you watch the sun set over the Aegean.
The Nafsika pavilion’s views reach across the sparkling Aegean and the glistening swimming pool. Simply step outside your Nafsika Sea-View Terrace Suite With Pool to take in the dramatic scene, or enjoy the golden Greek sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows of your Nafsika Sea-View Room. Either way, you’re perfectly positioned to admire broad vistas of sea and sky.
Nafsika revives the glamour of the Hotel’s 1960s golden age while setting the stage for legends yet to be told. “Extraordinary service is hidden in the details, and that creates a vibe of excellence,” says Guest Service Agent Nikolaos Bompolakis. Long favoured as a getaway by Athenians and international celebrities, Astir Palace once played host to figures like Aristotle Onassis, Jackie Kennedy, Frank Sinatra and Brigitte Bardot.
Seafood just caught from the Aegean is prepared to order at Pelagos, the Hotel’s signature restaurant. “Our creative yet traditional – and unmistakably Greek – cuisine lets the simple flavours of the fresh fish shine through,” says Executive Chef Bertrand Valegeas. Begin your immersive Greek culinary adventure at Pelagos (its name means “ocean”) with a kalosorisma, or a “welcome bite,” a teaser for what is to follow. On the menu: briny sea urchins, fresh mussels cooked in Santorini’s famed Assyrtiko wine, hearty kakavia soup, and just-caught whole fish grilled to perfection on the open kitchen’s robata grill. End your meal with Greek coffee prepared tableside on hovoli and a “spoon sweet” – fruits preserved in syrup and served the traditional way, on a spoon with cold water.
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