“Not without Theseus” was a common saying among Athenians, indicating their dependence on the Greek hero to accomplish challenging endeavors. His assistance might have been called on by locals in the transformation of an iconic Aegean gem, the Four Season’s Astir Palace Athens, which is scheduled to open spring 2019. Located on the tip of the sun baked Riviera, within a protected pine forest, the turquoise blue sea laps against sandy white beaches, the remote peninsula translates to privacy and serenity.
The Athens Riviera has known one previous hotel the beloved Astir Palace and after extensive upgrades, the Four Seasons has transformed and revived the glamour of the Astir Palace’s golden age. Offering the best of both worlds: a laid-back seaside oasis just 30 minutes from the historical city center. Day trips to view the incomparable Acropolis and all that the energized Athens has to offer in sight seeing, taverna dining and marvelous museums, then trot back to the refuge of the Four Seasons. Cooling sea breezes, gentle surf, yacht charters, water sports, fishing charters, kids club, all that you expect from the Four Seasons brand, the perfect base for exploration of ancient culture.
A full complement of room types, including sea view bungalows with pools or for extended families, the largest and most lavish penthouse suite in a two-level penthouse offers four bedrooms. Crowned by a roof top garden and plunge pool, gaze at the sparking Aegean and nearby islands
I enjoyed an impressive three hour visit in June and met with GM Sam Ioannidis and Marketing Director Markos Lambiris, both were enthralled with the project and looking forward to sharing local products and traditional welcoming Greek hospitality. When I returned to Athens, I was thrilled to find a Four Seasons gift bag in my room filled with wonderful lotions and oils, all derived from Greek olives.
Day trips: from Astir Marina, set sail on a bespoke day trip to nearby islands – and view the ancient Temple of Poseidon. The new Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Cultural Center – with its new opera house – and the National Museum of Contemporary Art are also nearby.
Athens is in the midst of an exciting re-birth, rebounding from the depths of financial and cultural crisis. Ancient wonders abound in Athens, this graceful city has been drawing visitors for years and it’s time to revisit. Spring opening and I plan to be there to explore this ancient city again.
Our clients are exceptionally spoiled at The Four Seasons!