The Acropolis in Athens, Greece is a European landmark many wait their whole lives to see in person, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is an absolute must for a concert viewing, and the picturesque district of Plaka is an essential stop for those seeking speciality food shops, handmade ceramics and jewelry, or a popular nightlife scene. While there's no arguing that Athens' well-preserved history is one of the most captivating in the world, this ancient city is also brimming with fine dining hot spots, impressive cocktail bars, and a plethora of markets to scratch that shopper's itch.
Four Seasons Astir Palace
Three different accommodation settings allow for a pleasingly personalized vacation at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens. Choose from laid-back Arion, bustling Nafsika, or deluxe beachside at The Bungalows – and it’s all just 30 minutes from downtown Athens. Spend a day taking in the historic wonders of ancient civilization, then return to the Athens Riviera for unwinding and relaxing. Several eateries vie for attention, from sophisticated Greek seafood at Pelagos to tapas and tostadas at Helios. An airy spa incorporates the teachings of Hippocrates with ancient remedies and wellness secrets.
WIT Tip: With not just one, but three private beaches and a nearly 1,000-foot boardwalk, the resort’s seaside experience is never crowded.
King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Located in the center of Athens since 1930, King George represents the absolute essence of a fascinating boutique hotel. The hotel features 102 rooms and suites and incomparable views of the Parthenon. Penthouse Suite guests also enjoy the unique experience of having a private outdoor pool. Located on the seventh floor, the Tudor Hall Restaurant features neoclassical décor, unrivaled views of the Acropolis, Modern Greek cuisine and signature cocktails. The inviting environment of the King George is manifested at every turn, especially in the outstanding and personalized service.
WIT Tip: The Penthouse Suite, which occupies the entire ninth floor, has its own outdoor private pool and a breathtaking view of the Acropolis.
Hotel Grande Bretagne
Located within walking distance of the Acropolis, Hotel Grande Bretagne indulges guests with deluxe guest rooms and suites, two distinctive restaurants, two swimming pools, and the multiple-award-winning GB Spa. Guest rooms feature sumptuous fabrics, original artworks, and restored antiques from Christie's and Sotheby's. Suite guests enjoy complimentary butler service to help fulfill every request with impeccable discretion. The GB Spa offers exclusive ESPA & Valmont products, and signature body and facial treatments. Alexander’s Cigar Lounge provides a relaxed setting to enjoy fine cognacs and premium cigars.
WIT Tip: Take a wine tasting class with the hotel's sommelier, exploring a map of each region from which the Greek wines originated.
You'll likely leave Athens feeling like quite the historian after touring the countless museums and archeological landmarks. Chris and I recommend traveling to Athens between March and May or September and November to enjoy the best possible weather (and to simultaneously avoid tourist crowds). And don't forget to bring back a bottle of Ouzo for some Athens-inspired cocktails at home!