Fodor's Expert Review Four Seasons Astir Palace

Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni, Attica, 16671, Greece Fodor's Choice

Beginning in the 1960s, the first cabanas started arriving on Vouliagmeni's wooded peninsula of Laimos and a few years later a hotel arrived—a grande dame for the golden age of the Greek Riviera, where everyone from Jackie Onassis to Frank Sinatra could be seen lounging by the pool. Flash forward fifty-something years and what became the Astir Palace hotel has been reborn. In 2019, Four Seasons completed a $250 million makeover of not just the hotel but this entire stretch of the pensinula. The facilities are overwhelming, split over three residential areas, including a cluster of retro bungalows overlooking the water, where Barack Obama recently stayed. Add to that private stretches of beach, a helipad, a spa, two gyms, an adult-only infinity pool, seven restaurants (including an offshoot of famous sushi joint Nobu), tennis courts, and a soccer pitch—there's even a branch of the Benaki Museum gift shop. The original hotel (now Nafsika building) remains, given a nip-tuck but still oozing more sixties chic than a Dean Martin lookalike. Needless to say, it doesn't come cheap, though if you're not staying overnight, day passes are available if the hotel isn't at capacity.

PROS

  • myriad facilities leave little reason to leave the peninsula
  • a choice of pools and (three!) private beach spots
  • free SUP and kayak rental

CONS

  • the price is, naturally, pretty sky-high
  • it's a walk back to the main town (though golf buggies are available)
  • the guilt of just so much luxury

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
New, Romantic, Trendy, Views
Sophisticated
Beachfront
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 21089-01000

HOTEL DETAILS

303 rooms; 61 bungalows
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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