Day trips in Athens may be a thing of the past considering the huge increase of luxury hotel options and a booming tourist economy. Despite the recent tragic fires that claimed at least 96 lives East of Athens, travelers have not canceled or changed their plans, and the country is breaking records for new tourism. The Ministry of Tourism is actually projecting 33 million visitors to Greece for 2018, as arrivals by land and sea are on an upward climb.
I recently spent time in Athens exploring the new and upcoming offerings of resorts and boutique hotels including the dramatic new Four Seasons Astir Palace which was my first stop. Scheduled to open in March 2019, the stunning Four Seasons is located on the newly revived Athens Riviera, on the end of a pine-studded peninsula in Vouliagmeni. I took a tour with the resorts very handsome General Manager Sam Ioannidis and was amazed at how the plans were shaping up to restore the resort to its former glory and what will quickly become the hottest new destination.
Located in the former legendary Astir Palace just 30 minutes from the airport, the sprawling 60s landmark once hosted almost every foreign leader and screen star and will offer a complex featuring two luxury buildings, the “Nafsika” with 110 rooms and 22 suites and the “Arion” with 102 rooms and 20 suites while remodeling the existing 58 bungalows.