A prime slice of the Athenian Riviera on a pine-fringed peninsula overlooking Vouliagmeni marina and Kavouri bay. But it’s a 45-minute drive to the city centre outside rush hour.
Most rooms have astonishing sea views. Some have bathtubs with glass windows so you can wallow in the endless blue horizon. The glossy, chain-hotel interiors jar slightly with the original 1960s architecture, but it’s a big improvement on the tired spaces before the renovation. If money is no object, book a beach bungalow – glamorous open-plan suites in natural tones and nautical stripes. 12 of the bungalows have their own plunge pools if you can’t be bothered to trot down to the private beach.
Gleaming marble lobbies, buzzing pool and beach bars, and various seaside terraces.
Eating and drinking
Half a dozen restaurants and bars are scattered around the resort, from Polynesian cuisine to continental buffets. Matsuhisa Athens, designed by David Rockwell, has been Athens’ hottest summer spot for dinner since opening in 2009. The cocktails are almost as spectacular as the sunsets.
Three private beaches, a fitness centre, water-sports galore, and four floodlit tennis courts. I’m a big fan of the Anne Semonin facials in the Arion spa, with six treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy pool overlooking the bay. There's a kids club but, bizarrely, even guests have to pay to access it.
Inconsistent and occasionally offhand –a hangover from the hotel’s days as a Xenia property run by the Greek National Tourist Organisation, when the staff were notoriously rude.
Who stays there
Back in the 1960s, Sinatra, Onassis, and Bardot frolicked here. These days you are more likely to find ship-owners, socialites and honeymooners.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Feel like you’re on an island without leaving the city
- Right on the sandy beach
- Majestic sunsets
- Wedding parties can disrupt the tranquillity
- 25km from the city centre
- Service is a mixed bag