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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

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