What’s the story: Not so much a hotel as an estate, Greece’s first Four Seasons sprawls over a pine-studded peninsula where you’ll feel like you’re on a private Greek island. Since it opened in the 1960s, iconic Astir Palace has been the summer playground of the global jet-set and has hosted everyone from Sinatra to Obama and Lady Gaga. Its recent 650 million euro refit is one of the biggest tourism projects in Greece to date. As well as plush rooms and bungalows, guests have access to designer pools and sandy coves, a stunning white marble spa, and some of the Athenian Riviera’s most stylish restaurants and bars.
Why it makes the cut: You could lose a whole day admiring all the design details at this ultra-sophisticated seaside resort. Like the slender curves of the flagship hotel Nafsika, slinky Avra cocktail bar designed by Martin Brudnizki (of London Annabel’s fame), or the 2,000 plus artworks. But then you’d miss out on swimming around olive trees anchored in the dreamy pool, indulging in a volcanic glass facial at the sea-view spa, or dining on grass-fed lamb inches from the sea at the boho Taverna 37… You get the drift.