Review: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens

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Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens is the best luxury resort hotel in Athens. It is on the coast rather than in the center of the city but offers an outstanding base from which to explore both.

Athens’ eclectic and dynamic nature stretches from the city’s center to its sun-kissed coastline and Blue Flag beaches. Amid the surroundings of nature and the deep blue sea, visitors can experience an entirely different pace along the Athenian Riviera.

Why We Love This Hotel

The dramatic Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens opened in 2019 and is pictured above. It is located on the newly revived Athens Riviera, on the end of a pine-covered peninsula in Vouliagmeni. If you’ve ever had to make the tough decision between staying in Athens or going to an island resort, Four Seasons Astir Palace has it covered in one seaside destination.

Four Seasons offers the best of both worlds: a laid-back seaside escape just 30 minutes from the historical city center. Discover the wonders of ancient civilization at the Acropolis, then return to Four Seasons to unwind and relax.

Of course, there is no Four Seasons rewards program, but if you are a regular guest of the Four Seasons or even want to try this iconic brand for the first time, you can take advantage of loyalty style benefits at Four Seasons hotels for no extra cost by booking your next stay via our luxury travel concierge.

Typically, our free benefits at luxury hotels include:

  • Room upgrade to next category
  • Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
  • Complimentary Welcome Gift
  • $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
  • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Location

Situated at the tip of a pine-clad peninsula, in the former legendary Astir Palace, the hotel is a convenient 30 minutes from the airport, or you can arrive by boat as the hotel has direct access to the water. For a more dramatic transfer, arrive by helicopter directly into the hotel’s own private helipad. For central Athens and the Acropolis, expect a 45-minute drive.

If you can bear to drag yourself away from this paradise on earth to try out the Greek islands, hire a boat, and you can sail directly to the islands from the hotel’s tender.

Style & Character

This modernist 1960s landmark is an iconic destination that has welcomed VIPs, from foreign leaders to film stars. The secluded private sandy beach inside the complex was the beach that Brigitte Bardot famously posed for photographers in her pink bikini in 1969 and is not to be missed.

Expect the usual Four Seasons extravagance with oodles of marble and mind-blowing flower arrangements in the lobby. Astron Lounge and Terrace is the place to go for light fare, afternoon tea, and cocktails. There is an elegant Avra Lounge and Terrace, and enjoy the Hotel’s homage to the Astir Palace’s golden age at Aristotle’s cigar and cognac lounge. Four Seasons also offers chairside food and beverage service at its outdoor pools and beaches.

Service & Facilities

This Four Seasons offers three private coves with pristine beaches and crystal clear water, strung together by a thousand-foot boardwalk. That’s 300 meters, for those of us who work in the metric system. It also has three pools; a free-form family pool; a sleek infinity pool, an indoor lap pool. There are also five tennis courts, myriad watersports from windsurfing to sea kayaking plus a sunset sail every evening, an onsite basketball court, and a golf club just steps away. Extensive trails for jogging and walking, a fully-supervised complimentary Kids for All Seasons program housed in its own facility.

The Spa at Four Seasons offers a comprehensive menu of treatments and services attuned to modern life. The Fountain House is their hydrotherapy zone inspired by ancient Greek traditions updated in state-of-the-art facilities that include an aroma steam grotto, hammam, vitality pool, and chill showers. Experienced spa-goers will delight in their innovative, results-oriented treatments, while those in serious need of relaxation and pampering will be very well taken care of.

Rooms

303 rooms are housed in two distinct buildings, Arion and Nafsika, and a collection of private bungalows. These accommodations range from light-filled rooms and suites to ultra-exclusive garden cottages.

At Arion, with its modernist architecture and retro-chic design, guests will find a laid-back vibe expressed in breezy rooms and suites. Four of the Hotel’s restaurants and lounges are also here, along with the Spa and indoor pool.

At Nafsika, the larger of the two, azure sea views dominate every room and suite, including some with private pools. Being that the atmosphere in this building is more lively, this is usually where families with children are placed. It is worth noting that the bathrooms here have wonderful mosaic marble floors and are glass-fronted so you can enjoy the ocean view while you in the bathtub. The social hub Avra Lounge and Terrace is here along with two other restaurants, the fitness center, and several luxury boutiques.

For guests seeking more space and privacy, and perhaps a little nostalgia, Four Seasons offers The Bungalows, originally built in the early 1960s and now reborn with a fresh look and up-to-date amenities for today’s travelers.

Food & Drink

An International Tour Begins with Contemporary Greek Cuisine. Helmed by Executive Chef Bertrand Valegeas, who brings more than a quarter century’s experience in kitchens all over the world, the Hotel’s culinary offering is as diverse as Greek culture. Perhaps the more noteworthy feature of all the dining venues is the views, which are extravagant and wonderful and can be enjoyed wherever you choose to eat. Perhaps the highlight for me is the Avra bar, where you can enjoy magical sunset drinks and cocktails to match the rose-tinted glow of a Greek sunset beyond.

The photo above is courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels.

Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor.

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