Luxury holidays in Athens [top restaurants & things to do]
Full of luxury hotels and properties, top-tier restaurants, and excellent beach resorts, Athens is arguably one of the top destinations for luxury holidays in Greece. The most upmarket districts in Athens are Glyfada, Kolonaki, Kifisia, Marousi, and Lagonisi, which are renowned for their sophisticated character and first-class hotels.
Yachting in Athens
Athens is an ideal starting point for embarking on sailing trips to the Greek islands. The most popular yachting destination from Athens is the Saronic island complex. In the summer, there are luxury private cruises to Aegina, Poros, Agistri, and Hydra every day. These cruises usually include meals on board, swimming, as well as sightseeing.
Tip: If you want a romantic sailing experience, we highly recommend opting for a sunset island cruise!
Luxurious hotels in Athens
Grande Bretagne, Syntagma
Grande Bretagne sits right next to Syntagma square, in the heart of Athens. This glamorous and historic hotel is one of the city’s trademarks, not only because of its stunning neoclassical exterior but also thanks to its famous clientele! Grande Bretagne Hotel comprises 320 luxurious rooms and suites that combine lavishness with comfort. They are all fully-equipped with high-end facilities, like marble bathrooms, fluffy bathrobes, and refreshment centers. Grande Bretagne also offers personalized 24-hour butler service to all suites!
Info: 1 Vasileos Georgiou A, Syntagma Square Str, Athens 105 64, Tel: +30 2103330000
Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Sounio
If you fancy a luxurious seaside resort far from the bustling Athens city center, Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort is the answer to your prayers! Tucked away into nature in the beautiful Sounio, a coastal town just an hour away from Athens, Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort boasts an amazing location and a breathtaking view of the iconic Temple of the Poseidon. Accommodation options in Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort include luxurious family rooms and suites, as well as private villas with private swimming pools. The hotel also houses the Elixir Spa Retreat, a 350m² wellness complex that offers a variety of rejuvenating treatments!
Info: 67 km Athens-Sounio, Sounio 195 00, Tel: +30 2292069700
King George, Syntagma
King George, which is located right on Syntagma Square, is an ultra-luxurious hotel that dates back to 1930. Its long history is arguably reflected in its decoration that oozes an old-school charm! King George comprises 102 opulent rooms and suites with an elaborate yet elegant design. They all come with top-notch facilities, like flat-screen TVs, refreshment centers, bathrobes, slippers, and marble bathrooms. Some rooms offer a beautiful view of Syntagma Square or the Acropolis. Our suggestion is to opt for the latter!
Info: 3 Vasileos Georgiou A, Syntagma Square Str, Athens 105 64, Tel: +30 2103222210
Four Seasons Astir Palace, Vouliagmeni
Boasting a stunning location in the heart of the Athenian Riviera, Four Seasons Astir Palace is a top choice for cosmopolitan seaside vacations in Athens. This 5-star resort boasts an amazing location, as it is tucked away in a verdant peninsula 45 minutes away from Athens city center. Accommodation options at Four Seasons Astir Palace range from luxurious suites with private pools to spacious bungalows. All 303 hotel rooms have a retro-chic decoration and blend perfectly into the natural surroundings.
Info: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Tel: +30 2108901000
Athens Capital Center Hotel, Syntagma
Athens Capital Center Hotel is a new entry into the luxury hotel scene of Athens! Situated right next to Parliament and Syntagma Square, this 5-star hotel boasts a very central location. This is not the only reason why Athens Capital Center Hotel is one of our top picks, though. Its luxurious rooms and suites are also a hit! Stylish, spacious, and ultra-comfortable, they offer a premium accommodation experience. Not to mention the stunning rooftop with a breathtaking view of the Acropolis!
Info: 4 Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue and 2 Kriezotou street Syntagma Square, Athina 105 64, Tel: +30 2144442000
Grand Resort Lagonissi, Lagonissi
Grand Resort Lagonissi is one of the most luxurious beach resorts in Greece! Located right on the beach in Lagonissi, a private peninsula located in the heart of the Athenian Riviera, this hotel is the ultimate cosmopolitan destination near Athens. Accommodation options in Grand Resort Lagonissi include rooms with sea view, private villas and residences, suites with private pools, and seaside bungalows. They are all luxuriously decorated and come with high-end facilities. Grand Resort Lagonissi also has an excellent spa and wellness center, which offers a variety of relaxing treatments!
Info: 40th km Athens Sounion, Lagonissi Attica Athens 190 10, Tel: +30 2291076000
Luxurious beaches in Athens
Astir beach, Vouliagmeni
This is hands down one of the chicest beaches in Athens. Located on the coast of Vouliagmeni, 20 km away from Athens city center, Astir Beach is the place to go if you want a luxurious beach experience. On this beach, you’ll find a wide selection of high-end facilities, like luxurious hotels, sophisticated restaurants, and designer boutiques.
Krabo beach, Kavouri
Krabo is a go-to for an afternoon dip followed by a sunset cocktail and a scrumptious Mediterranean meal by the sea. Nestled in a secluded bay Kavouri in Vouliagmeni this beach and restaurant are a mix of bohemian flair and top-notch service. The best part? Krabo is just a 15-minute drive away from Athens city center!
Luxurious restaurants in Athens
This Michelin-awarded restaurant is a top choice for dining out in the Pagrati area. Elegant and authentic, Spondi was created by Apostolos Trastelis in 1996 and stands out -till today- for its unique atmosphere and creative cuisine. Using only fresh and locally produced first ingredients, Spondi’s chef, Angelos Lantos, creates a variety of delicious dishes that change seasonally. Spondi is a member of “Les Grandes Tables du Monde”, considered one of the best restaurants worldwide.
Info: 5 Pironos, Pagrati, Tel: +30 2107564021
If you’re dreaming of a romantic seaside dinner with an all-encompassing view of the Saronic Gulf, Ithaki is the place to go. This elegant and luxurious restaurant in Vouliagmeni boasts a magical atmosphere and has a rich Mediterranean menu with French and Japanese influences. The awarded Ithaki specializes in seafood, offering a wide variety of fine gourmet dishes, like salmon with seaweed and pesto, tuna with Korean spicy sauce, king crab with passion fruit, sauteed shi drum, and marinated red shrimp.
Info: 28 Apollonos Str Vouliagmeni, Tel + 30 210 8963747
Matsuhisa Athens is one of the top Japanese restaurants in the Greek capital, ideally located by the sea in Vouliagmeni, Matsuhisa offers fine dining with a magical view. The restaurant’s owner, Nobu Matsuhisa, is an expert in innovative cuisine and runs top-rated restaurants all around the world! The excellent menu of Matsuhisa Athens comprises a variety of Japanese delicacies, including sushi, sashimi, soups, robata dishes, tempura, and other delicious dishes.
Info: 40, Apollonos street, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Tel: +30 2108960510
Balthazar Bar & Restaurant
Balthazar is one of the most iconic restaurants in Athens! Housed in an elegant neoclassical building in the Ambelokipi district, it has been offering an excellent gastronomical experience since 1973. The highlight of Balthazar Bar and Restaurant is arguably its paradise summer garden. There, you can enjoy a Mediterranean dinner or a sophisticated cocktail surrounded by a verdant and colorful setting, before dancing the night out in the restaurant’s club!
Info: Tsocha 27, Athina 115 21, Tel: +30 2106441215
GB Roof Garden
GB Roof Garden, the rooftop restaurant of the Grande Bretagne Hotel, is one of the most luxurious places to have a dinner with a view of Athens city center! Located on the 8th floor of the legendary hotel, GB Roof Garden offers an all-encompassing view of Athens, including the Parthenon, the Acropolis Hill, and the Lycabettus Hill. As for the restaurant’s menu, it consists of Meditteranean dishes with a gourmet twist and a scrumptious selection of Arnaud Larher desserts.
Info: Vasileos Georgiou A 1, Athina 105 64, Tel: +30 2103330000