Sep 6, 2017
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, and Astir Palace Vouliagmeni S.A., the Greek hospitality market leader, have announced plans to bring the first Four Seasons hotel to Greece on the Astir Palace peninsula. Following extensive upgrades to the existing hotel, the new hotel will debut as Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens in spring 2018.
Conveniently located 25 kilometres (16 miles) south of Athens and 24 kilometres (15 miles) from the Athens airport in the area of Vouliagmeni along a pristine shoreline of the Aegean coast, the new Hotel will bring Four Seasons signature service to Greece for the first time. The iconic Astir Palace has long been favoured by elite international and Greek clientele. In addition to the Hotel, the peninsula, stretched across 30 hectares (75 acres) of pine-dotted and scenic landscaped gardens, also comprises upscale retail and dining options, including Matsuhisa Athens by Nobu; Astir Beach, a unique seaside concept; Astir Marina; and high-end seafront residences.
In preparation for the Hotel’s rebirth as the new Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, more than EUR 100 million is being invested into refurbishing its facilities. Features will include approximately 300 rooms, suites and luxury bungalows; spa and recreational facilities; state of art conference and event spaces; infinity pools; beaches; a unique beachfront promenade; and more.
Part of a Press Release from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (Sep 6, 2017)
Limited Edition Minoan Coca Cola Packaging Available Now
Ancient Greek civilisation is all around when you visit Crete with your family. It’s even on Coca-Cola bottles! This year, Coca-Cola are launching a range of collectible bottles inspired by the famous Minoan civilisation.
Featuring scenes of frescoes from the Palace of Knossos, Ariadne’s myth, and the bull-leaping activities (Tavrokatharpsia), the limited edition bottles have been launched to promote the island that was once the home of the powerful Minoan civilisation.
In addition to the bottles being available to buy in shops, there will also be a series of Coca-Cola Pop-Up Stores appearing throughout Crete from July 24th until August 10th. If your family are on holiday in Crete during this time, you can pick up some special “Coca-Cola Summer Tour” memorabilia such as T-shirts, bags, hats, accessories and summer items.
Things to Do in Crete
Whether or not you can find a Coca Cola pop up store during your vacation, there is always plenty to do in Crete! We have a number of tours and activities designed specifically for families. Our private family tour of Knossos is always popular with families that like the more personal touch to being shown archaeological sites, and the 3D guiding app for Knossos is for anyone that loves using technology to take their experience to the next level.
Of course, there is much more to Crete than just Knossos! A true Cretan experience involves tasting the local food, visiting local farms, finding hidden beaches, and meeting the people. For more travel inspiration on family vacations in Crete, please take a look here – Crete with Kids.
Additional note: Crete has also been chose by Coca Cola as the destination for a prize to win a summer vacation via a social media competition. More details of the competition will follow later. If you don’t want to rely on a competition for your summer vacation though, contact us today about booking a holiday in Greece!
Source: kritionline.gr, emea.gr
Follow our Tips for family friendly holidays in Mykonos and enjoy this amazing island in Cyclades.
Families Should Know
- Siesta time in between 3-5 pm in Mykonos, and many stores might be closed during this time.
- Be prepared to pay a high price for sunbeds/ umbrellas, but even worse, you might see the sign “reserved” on some of them.
- Head to the beach early or very late so that you will not be disappointed.
Recommendations By Locals
- For frozen yogurt, go to Yogurt Berry (+30 2289 078588).
- Our favourite Greek souvlaki in Mykonos is Pontus (Οβελιστήριον ο Πόντος)
- For coffee, juices and snacks, go to ODE Mykonos; some locals might know as Palia Aigli.
- Mamalouka is the favourite Greek restaurant of the Greeks. There is a lovely garden too.
- Ftelia is a nice beach restaurant with sea views at Ftelia Beach.
- If you fancy meat, go to Uno Con Carne (steak house /oyster house).
- If you find yourself near the airport, stop at Flora Supermarket. This is one of he trendiest supermarkets in Europe, and it even has a DJ!
- If you are a waterpark lover, go to “Watermania” near Elia.
- For horseback riding with professional riding instructors, there is a school located in Ano Mera.
Click here to find all about the things you muso do in Mykonos with your kids.
Have you already seen the photos of Obama visiting in Athens the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum? On Wednesday, November 16, U.S. President Barack Obama visited two of the most famous attractions in Greece, the Acropolis monument as well as the Acropolis museum.
President Obama entered the Acropolis citadel through the Propylaea and walked along the Parthenon, the temple which was dedicated to the goddess Athena, the patron god of the city of Athens. The 5th Century B.C. Parthenon temple was built by Ictinus and is surrounded these days by scaffolding. From the Acropolis hilltop, President Obama enjoyed an amazing view of the Greek capital. The whole site was closed for his visit.
Greece’s government has hailed Obama’s visit, as it is the first official visit of a sitting U.S. president since 1999, when Bill Clinton visited Greece.
Although the President traveled solo, without Michelle Obama or his family, he visited two of the top family attractions in Athens. He got so impressed that he promised he will come back soon… this time with his family and for much needed vacations!
Right after the tours he gave a speech where he strongly supported the value of democracy and the significance of the ancient Greek civilization.
Obama Visited the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. How about you? Now it is your turn!
As of May 2016, American Airlines will commence the seasonal connection between Athens and Philadelphia.
There will be daily flights with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with 27 Business Class seats, 259 Economy Class seats and an individual entertainment in-flight system for every passenger.
Get ready to book your flights at www.aa.com
KidsLoveGreece.com can help you plan your family stay in Greece. We offer free family planning services which suit a wide range of travel needs. All you have to do is email us at info [@] kidslovegreece.com
Have a safe flight!