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Legendary Athens Riviera Reborn with the Launch of the First Four Seasons in Greece
It's an exclusive stretch of the Greek coast just 20 minutes south of the capital. In the 60's, this exclusive spot on the Athens Riviera was the epi-center of chic, international jet set lifestyle. And now, the Astir Beach resort area is back, an essential eastern Mediterranean destination for stylish travelers in the know.

Recapturing 60's Seaside Retro Glamour


The highlight of the rebirth of the Athens Riviera is the very first Four Seasons in Greece. The Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens re-imagines the beach-side luxury of the legendary, mid-century Astir Palace. 



The resort's revitalized, modernist retro-chic meets Mediterranean breeziness on 74 acres of seaside landscape, and focuses on the hallmarks of a perfect Mediterranean seaside vacation: natural light, sea views and warm Greek hospitality.


Restored to a new level of luxury for a new era, 300 airy rooms and suites, some with private pools, gaze across the Aegean Sea. And for additional space, privacy and 60's nostalgia, you can stay at the resort's ultra-exclusive garden Bungalows, originally built in the early 1960s, and now reborn with a fresh look and up-to-date amenities for today’s luxury travelers.


Bask in the suny and breeze at three pools and three private beaches; dine and socialize in half a dozen restaurants and the Avra Lounge and Terrace; shop at luxury boutiques; or nurture wellness at the fitness center and the Spa with treatments inspired by the ancient teachings of Hippocrates.


Preserving Ancient Architecture


But the historic Astir Palace is not the biggest architectural story on Astir Beach. That honor goes to the designated archeological site of the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo Zoster. The 2500+ year old temple is breathtakingly situated in the heart of the beach, right next to the sea, a protected ancient site overlooking sunseekers on the sand.
 

Embracing Luxury Mediterranean Beach Lifestyle

 
The Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens restoration and re-imagining is just one feature of the re-born Astir Beach resort area, that's a complete luxury lifestyle destination with:
 
  • the upscale Astir Marina (you know, where you can dock your yacht while you enjoy the Athenian Riveria);


  • Matsuhisa, the Athens home of global Nobu culinary fame;

  • SEASIDE, with Mediterranean fare including fresh fish and seafood from the globally recognized organic restaurant visionaries, Athens-based nice n easy Group, that supports sustainable, wholesome, biological cuisine sourced from regional producers;

  • Astir Beach Bar, the rustic, uber-chic destination complete with crafted cocktails, and extensive Champagne and Greek wine list served in multiple lounge areas and private cabanas;

  • SUNTERIA World Music Elevation Sessions, a world electronic music series debuting in the summer of 2019, with 30 events on Astir Beach from May through August hosted by global DJ's; 

  • Holmes Place, the Astir Beach outpost of an upscale wellness and fitness club that has other locations in chic neighborhoods in Athens, offering yoga, FloatFit, aqua fit, beach stretch and workouts as well as other contemporary spa treatments in a stylish space; and

  • can't-miss curated boutiques that allow you to re-stock your supply of chic, European resort wear.
 
Whether you're a couple looking for romance or a relaxing break, or a family on school holidays, if you're planning a trip to Athens or a cruise departing from nearby Piraeus, don't miss the chance to book a few extra days to experience the ancient, mid-century and very contemporary luxury Greek Mediterranean lifestyle of the reborn Astir Beach and Athens Riviera.
 

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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Makes 5-Star Award History

Business, leisure luxury hotel brand earns more Forbes 5-Star Ratings in a single year than any other hotel brand. 

2017 is a banner year for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.  It marks the second consecutive year the hotel brand, loved by fans of luxury travel, has topped Forbes Travel Guide ratings with a record number of Five-Star Properties.  How many have you stayed at?

Forbes Travel Guide has awarded a Five-Star rating – its highest honor – to 30 Four Seasons properties worldwide. The recognition marks the largest number of Five-Star ratings awarded to a hotel brand in a single year in the list’s nearly 60-year history.  

Star ratings are awarded by a team of professional inspectors, who anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards. The guides' goal is to provide consumers like you the insight to make better-informed business and leisure travel decisions.

In the words of Forbes Travel Guide, its inspectors “travel the world to assess hotels, restaurants and spas against up to 800 objective standards.” Star ratings ultimately emphasize quality of service. Five-Star properties are defined as “outstanding, often iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities.”

Forbes Travel Guide rates properties in 42 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, with plans to add the Middle East and Africa for 2018.

4 Four Seasons properties earned their first Five-Star designation this year, including Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay (pictured top of page), Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan (pictured above), Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest (pictured below) and Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel (pictured second from top).

The 30 Four Seasons properties that earned Five Stars in 2017 are:

  • Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
  • Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
  • Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
  • Four Seasons Hotel Boston
  • Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
  • Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
  • Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
  • Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
  • Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
  • Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
  • Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou
  • Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake
  • Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole
  • Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
  • Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
  • Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip
  • Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
  • Four Seasons Hotel New York
  • Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
  • Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai
  • Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico
  • Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
  • Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
  • Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
  • Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
  • Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
  • Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel

Forbes Travel Guide formally bestows the ratings at a Five-Star Awards Ceremony and Banquet in New York City on March 1, 2017.

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High-Flying Winter Luxury at Whistler Blackcomb

Canada's Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia has been rated top in North America for the third year in a row.  The mountain and lifestyle are already legendary for skiers and riders, but Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is upping the ante this winter with high-flying luxury helicopter mountain adventures that will give you epic memories and stories to share.

Winter "Glamping":

A custom snow hotel experience: A helicopter takes you to the a remote ice cap to explore ice caves before arriving at your own private enclave, for a stay in a luxury "snow hotel." The encampment is custom designed and built with comfort in mind, complete with pre-warmed down duvets, gourmet meals and a hot tub in a remote wilderness setting. This experience incorporates an array of bespoke Four Seasons services, including a natural thermal spa experience with a Four Seasons spa professional and culinary offerings prepared by Four Seasons' chefs.

Wilderness Wellness Hot Springs Experience:

Your journey includes a helicopter ride over a remote ice cap before arriving at a remote natural hot spring, where you are greeted by a master yoga instructor and a Four Seasons spa therapist to enjoy a private yoga session, followed by an aqua massage treatment. The experience includes thermal pool-side cuisine and cocktails prepared by a Four Seasons Chef de Cuisine.

Ice Cap Adventure and Exploration: 

Transportation begins via helicopter over expansive ice fields, after which guests will explore the vast ice caves with a private guide through natural, aqua blue ice sculptures, ice flows and gentle slides transporting you from one cave to the next. The adventure ends with a Four Seasons gourmet mountain-style lunch.

High Altitude Dining:

A private helicopter whisks you to a remote ice cap as you sip on a glass of sparkling Moët Ice Impérial. You're wearing a Canada Goose black label parka and sleek, waterproof Sorel boots, yours to keep, ensuring maximum comfort and warmth for this excursion and years to come.

When you arrive at a glacial peak, you embark on an ice cave exploration, discovering a spectacular 12,000-year old labyrinth of chambers of aqua blue magnificence, where you gather a crucial ingredient for the upcoming cocktail session - pure glacier ice. The resort's Mixologist will shake the ice into one of their signature specialties amid the majestic beauty of Whistler's mountain peaks. 

Once cocktail hour is complete, you re-board the helicopter and take in the alpine scenery before returning to a luxurious Private Residence  featuring panoramic views where the Executive Chef prepares a memorable dinner boasting locally sourced ingredients and premium meat cuts paired with custom cocktails that complement each dish. 

It may be hard to choose which of these one-of-a-kind exploration, culinary and wellness backcountry experiences – all with the brand's renowned style and finesse – will make this winter your best season yet.

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