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Exploring Every Corner of GreeceSeptember 1, 2008 By: Travel Agent Central Contributor Home-Based Travel Agent
Luxury hotels and resorts to offer your clients
Life Gallery, Athens
At Life Gallery, guests can choose from 24 Deluxe Rooms, three Art Studios and three Junior Suites. All have unobstructed views from furnished balconies and are decorated with soothing, earthy colors.
The hotel's Wine Gallery restaurant offers 227 wines to complement its global cuisine. The Pisco Sour Bar is the ideal venue for after-dinner aperitifs.
The Ananea Spa offers a wide range of services, including Ayurvedic face and body treatments, hot-stone and Thai massages, and houses a vitality pool, steam room, sauna, mini-gym and other facilities.
Rates: From 210 euros to 255 euros per room per night (excludes taxes and service).
Location/Airport: In Ekali, a 20-minute drive from the international airport, five minutes from Kifissia, and 20 minutes from Athens city center.
General Manager: Anastase Ghionis
Affiliations: Design Hotels, The Leading Small Hotels of the World, Ltd.
Semiramis Hotel, Athens
Semiramis Hotel opened in 2004 as the first design-inspired hotel in Athens. Set in the affluent suburb of Kifissia, the 51-room property has an ultra-contemporary decor with subtle touches.
Guest rooms employ a spare, contemporary look, with minimalist furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views. The hotel's Penthouses and Pool Bungalows sport rotating flat-screen TVs with surround-sound, as well as remote-controlled utilities. All rooms offer 24-hour wireless Internet connectivity.
Semiramis' poolside bar and restaurant is a lively atmosphere with vibrant music and cocktails. The restaurant serves breakfast and offers all-day dining—fare is Mediterranean and blends local favorites and new takes on traditional dishes daily.
General Manager: Pavlos Zorbas
Affiliations: Yes! Hotels, Design Hotels
Honeymoon Petra Villas, Santorini
Honeymoon Petra Villas are built on the only spot of the Caldera where guests can enjoy a view of the entire island.
The group of nine apartments and villas are built in the traditional style. The hotel has an array of sailing vessels that can be rented by guests to tour the area. Honeymoon Petra Villas also welcomes non-hotel guests who want to visit the swimming pools and sunbathing terraces.
Rates: 188 euros to 665 euros.
General Manager: Yannis Renieris
The Tsitouras Collection, Santorini
In 1985, famous collector Dimitris Tsitouras renovated this Santorini property, which is centered around a mansion that dates back to 1780. Surrounding the mansion are five distinct houses and a new villa. The House of the Sea, the House of the Winds, the House of Portraits, the House of Porcelain and the House of Nureyev are named after the artistic themes inside their walls.
Tsitouras collaborated with famed British designer David Hicks to decorate the houses, which accommodate between two and five guests, around different facets of Greek history.
Most recently, Tsitouras introduced the Tsitouras Collection Villa, a small but luxurious villa on the edge of a cliff with a pool that appears to merge into the sea.
The hotel serves an à la carte breakfast throughout the day, and guests may enjoy a private six-course dinner on the hotel's Maria Callas terrace. They also may collaborate with the chef to create a menu that best fits their needs.
The hotel also offers several body treatments, which are performed in a guest's house, and a boutique containing unique Tsitouras Collection products.
Rates: 470 euros to 3,400 euros for two, including taxes, transportation to and from airport, breakfast, wet bar in-house, and sunset cocktail.
General Manager: Eleni Tsitouras
Affiliations: Boutique Hotels & Resorts, International Diamond Collection
Santorini Princess Hotel, Santorini
The Santorini Princess is an intimate, owner-operated apartment hotel located in Imerovigli. The property has incredible views of the dramatic cliffs, the Caldera, the volcano and the Aegean Sea.
The 22-suite resort feels completely secluded, despite being just two miles from Santorini's capital city of Fira. Built in 2004, the resort's suites have marble flooring and decor that is both contemporary and regional. Each unit has a private outdoor veranda. In addition to a marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, each of the air-conditioned apartment units is equipped with a safe and satellite TV, as well as a kitchenette and dining area. The Honeymoon Suite features a canopied, cast-iron bed. From the outdoor Jacuzzi, there's a breathtaking view of the volcano. Views of the Caldera and the sunset are offered from all areas of the hotel, including the serene Santorini Princess Spa. Multiple dining venues at the hotel include an indoor and outdoor café and a pool bar.
The à la carte restaurant boasts gourmet menus of both Mediterranean and traditional Greek cuisines. The restaurant and the open-air rooftop lounge are used for receptions, meetings and weddings, while the business center offers a comfortable TV lounge and free Internet access.
The Santorini Princess offers couples a wedding ceremony, completely organized by the hotel and a reception for up to 70 people. Decorations, a luxury wedding car and wedding certificates are organized by the hotel.
Rates: From 220 euros to 460 euros; extra bed, 45 euros. Rates include taxes and all services, buffet breakfast (15 euros per extra person) and transfer to/from the airport and port (extra charge may apply, depending on number of people).
Managing Director/General Manager: Achilleas Tsiaras, Alexandros Tsiaras
Amphitryon Hotel, Nafplion, Peloponnese
The Amphitryon Hotel's sea-front location provides its guests with dazzling views of the bay and of the fortified isle of Bourtzi. The property has 42 seaview rooms, all of which provide sitting areas, private balconies and terraces. Bathrooms of upper-level guest rooms have aero-spa bathtubs. The hotel's three suites have their own Jacuzzis and wooden deck terraces.
Arvanitia Beach, a romantic hideaway with beach bar and restaurant, is just a short walk away from the property, as is the Amphitryon's sister hotel, Nafplia Palace, whose amenities can be enjoyed freely.
Rates: Per room, per night. Taxes and services included. Double Room: double occupancy, 230 euros to 600 euros; all with sea view. Single occupancy 10 percent reduction on double occupancy rate. Suite Sea View: double occupancy from 850 euros to 1100 euros; Family Room: up to three persons, 500 euros to 680 euros.
Phone: 011-30-275-207-0700 U.S.: 212-515-5696
E-mail: [email protected]
General Manager: Christos Coimas
Affiliations: Owned by Helios Hotels & Resorts, The Leading Small Hotels of the World.