Athens Insider Summer 2020

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Playing the Goat

Danylo Hawaleshka steps back in time with the cacophonous, kid-clad dancers of Skyro. We’re lost. And we know we’re lost because it’s dark out and we’ve just driven onto the military base on the Aegean island of Skyros. We make a quick U-turn, followed by a phone call to our genial host-to-be - a bon vivant by the name of Dimi...

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Greek filoxenia

It might not belong to an international chain, but their properties have oodles of charm to make it one of the most desirable places to stay in Athens. The family-run 4-star Hotel Herodion and its sister 3-star Philippos Hotel, located at the footsteps of the Acropolis not only exude discreet elegance, they have been consistently rated by...

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Pampering in Halkidiki

Located just four kilometers away from Nikiti, perched on the bluffs of the Aegean Peninsula, right in the middle of the second prong of the Halkidiki peninsula, in a Riviera-like setting with impeccable gardens, columned terraces, large golden sandy beaches, lush pine forests, clean turquoise waters and azure skies, the Danai Beach Resort exudes t...

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Greece’s rare Skyrian horses

The Skyrian horse is one of the oldest breeds in Europe, believed to have pulled Achilles' legendary chariot in Troy, accompanied Alexander the Great in his conquests, and depicted in the friezes on the Parthenon. But with only about 200 of these historic miniature horses left, the breed is at great risk of extinction. Photo essay by Chri...

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Elia Kentrota: On the Inside

It goes without saying that as a guest at Athens’ Four Seasons Astir Palace, you’re set to have a wonderful time. But to really help you enjoy it, let us take you on a journey through the hotel via the eyes of an insider. Katie Silcox asks Elia Kentrota, Director of Public Relations, how she would spend her perfect day at the hotel. After...

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Sounion calling

Elena Panayides unveils the myth and magic of Attica's southernmost tip where Poseidon holds sway. The Myth Cape Sounion, the ‘Sacred Cape’, as the Ancient Greeks called it, is dedicated to the all-powerful and always salty, God of the Sea, Poseidon. Just 70km from central Athens this mesmerising  temple hovers 60m above the s...

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Which Mykonos Beach Club are You

From chilled boho-luxe hideouts and stylish compounds where you can party on a private peninsula - to seafront gourmet strongholds and starry icons that become decadent barefoot raves at sundown; there’s never been more choice about where to lay your (straw) hat. Whatever your mood or mode, Mykonos has the perfect beach club for you, Aman...

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New luxury for a new era

Few hotels can claim to be destinations in their own right. Fewer still are so iconic as to have become bywords for luxury and hospitality. But by exuberantly layering old and new, international and local – and imbuing it with as much character and craftsmanship as the sprawling 30-acre complex can possibly hold – Four Seasons Astir Palac...

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Celebrate spring at Costa Navarino

Greek Independence Day weekend 22-25 March 2019 The Westin Resort Costa Navarino invites you to welcome spring over the Greek Independence Day long-weekend! The Messinian landscape bursts in a joyous riot of colour and if you haven’t been to Costa Navarino before, here is a very good reason to discover a resort that has been voted 4th Top Resort i...

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Immerse Into Greek Tradition

Ash Monday long-weekend at Costa Navarino 8-11 March 2019 The Westin Resort Costa Navarino invites you to welcome spring over the Ash Monday long-weekend! If you haven’t been before, here is a very good reason to discover a resort that has been voted 4th Top Resort in Europe for 2017 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards! With free acco...

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Baby, it’s cold outside …

We know. Frosty temperatures make most of us want to hibernate indoors by the fireplace with a good bottle of red, a DVD marathon, and our favourite pair of woolies. But aside from the obvious health benefits, cold weather activity actually has the power to dramatically boost our mood (thanks to the lack of heavy humidity and the stimulat...

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