Our History
 

The glowing History of Astir Palace

At the start of the 1960s Greece took its first furtive steps towards becoming a global tourist destination, and a new, dynamic and well-heeled urban class with a strong cosmopolitan bent was seeking out its very own set of iconic symbols. It was at that time that the Astir was born. 

Located among 30 pine-decked hectares on the Vouliagmeni promontory in the very heart of the Athens Riviera, this resort immediately became the favorite private club of the Athens elite for their holidays, because it offered something quite unique: total quiet and relaxation amid the verdant green of the Greek countryside, perfect infrastructure and an exclusive environment offering elegant, discrete luxury.

It all started in 1960 ...

The Astir’s famous cabins located on the golden sandy beaches at Vouliagmeni, so synonymous with nonchalance and the summer sensation of 'dolce far niente', were an immediate hit with their celebrity residents, and quite often as the years went by the cabins become a second home for many of them.

This carefree holiday scene was finished off with the Club House, a restaurant attracting a mirthful, worldly crowd of hotel guests; and the place where one of the first great chapters in the history of Astir Palace was written...

Arion (now Arion Resort & Spa) opens its doors in 1967

As demand for the cabins grew year after year, it was soon considered essential to build the first hotel at the complex: the luxurious and aristocratic Arion which opened its doors in 1967.

During the 80's Nafsika & Aphrodite become the new hotspot

The Nafsika (now named The Westin Athens) with its emblematic 1970s architecture and pool, which was ‘the’ meeting  point for businessmen, politicians, journalists and artists for decades, opened its doors in 1980 while the quieter more family-oriented Aphrodite was built in 1984 offering an uninterrupted view of the Aegean. However, the Astir had become a legend much earlier. That legend doesn’t just have to do with the glam receptions, cosmopolitan pools or golden beaches, marble staircases or wonderful works of art adorning the hotel’s walls painted by famous artists such as Gyzis, Tsarouchis, Engonopoulos, Moralis and Mytaras. It was a legend based on the stars. Almost everybody who’s somebody has slept in one of its rooms: Cosmopolitan players and jet setters, ship owners, industrialists and big businessmen, top sportsmen and the stars of showbiz, kings, princes, heads of state and more...

 

The Astir Palace Resort is easy to reach, located only about 15.5 miles (25 km) from Eleftherios Venizelos, the new Athens International Airport, and the same distance from the city center, a major transportation hub. If you’re driving from the city, the airport, or other parts of Greece, please see our driving directions.

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