WHERE TO STAY: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
Located on the Athenian riviera, the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens is the perfect place for newlyweds to explore the ancient Greek capital while enjoying seaside luxury in style. A 30-minute drive from the historical centre of Athens, the pine-covered peninsula has long been a holiday destination for the global jet set including Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra and Barack Obama—all of whom are former guests of the original Astir Palace hotel. Choose from 303
rooms and suites spread across two buildings—Arion for laidback luxury and Nafsika for upscale glamour—plus beachside bungalows with private pools that take you right to the edge of the sea.
Couples can indulge in the resort’s seven restaurants and lounges, including Mercato for authentic Italian dishes, Helios for Latin American cuisine, Pelagos for fresh seafood and the beachfront Taverna 37 for traditional Greek specialities. Those in search of active pursuits can play tennis or basketball, go jogging or jump into the water for some snorkelling, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Couples can also just soak up the sun at the hotel’s three private beaches and two pools connected by a 300-metre boardwalk lined with off-white sun loungers, enjoy a couple’s spa treatment or relax in The Fountain House, an adults-only sanctuary with a steam grotto, sauna and hammam.
Clockwise from top, opposite page: The swimming pool in the Arion wing; the Acropolis in Athens; one of the suites in the Arion wing; Greek specialities at Taverna 37