Where better to celebrate togetherness, joy, and gratitude this holiday season with family and friends than a dazzling silver Winter Palace by the sea? From November 26, 2022, step into a festive wonderland at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens and discover heart-warming seasonal treats, from a tantalising truffle menu to illuminating spa rituals; live music and cocktails on the Athens Riviera to a visit from Santa himself.
From the moment of arrival at Nafiska Lobby, prepare to be enchanted. Shimmering snow-flecked Christmas trees, mirrored snowflakes, glittering spheres and a fiesta of twinkling lights set the fairy tale scene, while highlights such as a pop-up cinema showing classic festive movies and a beautiful gift boutique invite shared memory-making moments.
“The past few years have reminded us of the incredible importance of family and community,” comments Jann Kaiser, Hotel Manager. “Our aim is to create the ultimate festive backdrop for people to come together and celebrate each other in an unforgettable way – whether for a few hours or a few days. With inspiring activities for kids to festive cocktails at Avra, there really is something for everyone this season.”
Sunday Brunch – served at Italian trattoria Mercato from 1:00 to 4:00 pm – celebrates one of the Mediterranean’s most enduring traditions: family and friends connecting over beautiful food made with love, while Christmas classics such as eggnog and mulled wine get an innovative twist at Avra Bar thanks to mixologist extraordinaire Manon Kapfer and her team.
Christmas Eve magic can be savoured two ways: with a tantalising menu at Mercato that pairs black and white truffle with holiday classics; or with an innovative five-course menu at Michelin-starred Pelagos such as yellowtail carbonara and langoustine carpaccio. Whether lingering over a lazy Christmas Day Market Brunch – with a visit from Santa Claus to delight the kids – or sharing a spectacular seven-course meal-to-remember on New Year’s Eve, discover traditional favourites elevated through Michelin-starred creativity and tables heaving with mouth-watering dishes to share.
Every Saturday at 1:30 pm from November 26, 2022 to January 3, 2023, guests and locals alike are invited to come together to enjoy favourite festive films – a perfect afternoon activity for the young, and young-at-heart. For parents in need of a little together time of their own, there’s the option to drop off children aged three years and above with caring Kids’ Club helpers and slip off to Avra Bar for bespoke cocktails and a live DJ set.
The Hotel’s Kids’ Club, running from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday to Sunday, features a range of inspiring festive activities including decorating Christmas cards, storytelling afternoons, a treasure hunt, and writing letters to Santa. Open to Hotel and day guests, the Club offers an enticing opportunity to enjoy a celebratory meal while the little ones are happily occupied.
In need of some heartfelt rejuvenation this season? Head to the Hotel’s Hippocrates-inspired Spa, where two beautiful “Winter Wellness” rituals weave holiday magic with timeless healing secrets.
Achieve a glowing complexion for party season with FOS La Grande by Biologique Recherche – a special facial ritual that energises and tones facial skin with the potent formulas of La Grande Crème and Le Grande Serum while revealing inner and outer radiance. Combining the cell-renewing properties of cacao and nuts, the deeply relaxing Thalpori Ritual includes a skin-nourishing wrap of melted beeswax, shea butter and refreshing essential oils of citrus or wild flowers to relax the body, while a bubbling “champagne” facial oxygenates and brightens.
Gift Giving Made Easy
Under the glittering lights of the Nafsika Lobby, a beautiful Festive Boutique features a dazzling array of pretty presents and gorgeous gifts. From November 26, 2022, choose from signature home and spa items including bathrobes, candles and self-care gifts sets, or seasonal delicacies such as handmade chocolates, truffles and ganache as well as panettone, Christmas Yule log, kourabies and melomakarona. Not sure what to give? A Four Seasons Gift Card – redeemable at the Hotel’s restaurants or spa – allows the recipient to savour a range of experiences, from Michelin-starred dining at Pelagos to a harmonising 80-minute Therapeia Massage.