Four Seasons Athens
On the sophisticated athens riviera, at the tip of a pine-clad peninsula, four seasons offers the best of both worlds: a laid-back seaside escape just 30 minutes from the historical city centre
Three private coves and two dazzling pools (one with a floating olive grove), connected by a 300-metre boardwalk dotted with off-white loungers and cabanas , tennis and basketball courts, a water-sports centre, there are 10 treatment rooms , hammam, chill shower, aromatherapy grotto and hydrotherapy pool
Vouliagmeni has been the most sought-after seaside suburb in athens ever since the astir palace opened in the 1960s , this legendary resort, where onassis , bardot and sinatra once hung out, is located on a pine-clad peninsula about half an hour from athens international airport , It’s a 30 minute drive to the acropolis in one direction and the temple of poseidon at cape sounion in the other.
The 303 rooms are spread across two buildings, arion and nafsika, and boxy bungalows dotted among the pine trees.
nafsika is the livelier and larger of the two , every room has a sea view even the bathrooms are glass-fronted so you can enjoy that mesmerizing vista as you soak in the bathtub
arion has a more muted, grown-up atmosphere, with a sun-bleached palette of sea blues and driftwood greys.
Pick a favourite restaurant among the eight restaurants and bars: just-caught fish grilled to perfection at Pelagos luscious burrata and carbonara at laidback Mercato new-wave ceviche served poolside at Helios or grilled lamb chops, calamari with aioli, and courgette fritters with mint and lemon thyme at Taverna 37 on the waterfront , the best place for sundowners is Avra bar.