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Reservations open for One&Only Aesthesis in Athens

The coastal hideaway will capture your heart with its mid-century design and nostalgic glamour.

One&Only’s highly anticipated debut resort in Greece will be welcoming guests from October 2023. Located along the Athenian Riviera overlooking the sapphire waters of Saronic Gulf, One&Only Aesthesis is set within a protected 21-hectare beach and forest reserve, framed by fragrant lavender fields. Despite being just a short drive from the ancient wonders of Athens, the resort feels like a private island.

Architecture and design at One&Only Aesthesis

The architectural concept takes its cues from mid-century modern aesthetics, evoking a sense of old-world glamour and sophistication. A tactile selection of finishes and furnishings such as woven leather details, muted tones, and natural materials. High ceilings and generous glazing bathe the interiors with sunlight.

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Villa pool with ocean view; bungalow bathroom; bungalow exterior. © One&Only Aesthesis

Bungalows, residences and villas at One&Only Aesthesis

Offering the unparalleled peace and seclusion of an island-style retreat, the resort’s 95 stylish bungalows, 18 residences and two villas come with private pools, sunny gardens filled and atmospheric outdoor showers and fireplaces. One&Only’s signature Villa One is the epitome of indoor-outdoor living and celebrates all of the brand’s hallmarks. Spread over 1400-square metres, it features a statement swimming pool, unfettered views from every angle, and an expansive deck that stretches right to the water’s edge.

This stunning split-level two-bedroom villa offers a remarkable sense of space and seclusion imbued with the resort’s modern comfort and nostalgic tones. For larger groups and multi-generational stays, Villa One can be connected to Villa Nostos, the resort’s second villa, to create a sensational four-bedroom retreat. A Two-Bedroom Epos Residence can also be adjoined to create a one-of-a-kind six-bedroom sanctuary for the ultimate friends or family getaway.

Bungalow terrace at One&Only Aesthesis
Bungalow terrace. © One&Only Aesthesis

Private homes at One&Only Aesthesis

Fostering opportunities for creating new and shared experiences among the community are the 14 One&Only Private Homes. In tune with the coastal setting, each Private Home embodies a unique haven of style, juxtaposing ancient myth with modern lifestyle. Owners of One&Only Private Homes will enjoy complimentary access and use of One&Only Aesthesis resort facilities along with a plethora of global network privileges.

Villa bedroom at One&Only Aesthesis
Villa bedroom. © One&Only Aesthesis

Yann Gillet appointed General Manager of One&Only Aesthesis

“One&Only consistently sets a precedent for delivering exceptional one-off resorts and unrivalled ultra-luxury experiences in every destination we enter. We are delighted to begin our Greek odyssey with One&Only Aesthesis – a new beach resort in the heart of one of the world’s most fabled cities,” says Philippe Zuber, chief executive officer at Kerzner International. “As we continue our expansion across Europe, our debut in Greece will strengthen our brand positioning, bringing One&Only to the cradle of European civilisation. Inspired by Athens’ cultural heritage and culinary riches, One&Only Aesthesis is a celebration of life, energy, authenticity, glamour and charisma, providing an idyllic base from which to explore the rest of the country.”

To spearhead the opening, One&Only has appointed Yann Gillet as general manager. Having held leadership roles worldwide, Yann brings more than 20 years of international hospitality experience. “I am excited to be leading the opening of One&Only Aesthesis in Glyfada,” says Yann. “The resort is driving the revival of this legendary beachfront setting, which for many Greeks will transcend time and transport them to the paradise of their youth. Guests can anticipate a resort experience inspired by the vibrant cosmopolitan buzz of the ‘60s and ‘70s, at the height of the Hollywood Grecian era.”

Villa living room at One&Only Aesthesis
Villa living room. © One&Only Aesthesis

Dining at One&Only Aesthesis

Ettore Botrini and Paco Morales have been brought on to the team to oversee the gourmet offering at One&Only Aesthesis, and have crafted a culinary concept that pays homage to the thousands of years of Greek culture and cuisine, using ingredients grown locally for a soulful Mediterranean essence.

Ora, Greek for ‘time’, is an all-day dining restaurant with chef Ettore Botrini at the helm. His playful and creative menu focuses on fresh Mediterranean flavours and a sense of place that connects nature, traditions and al-fresco living. Adding a touch of Andalucian-Mediterranean cuisine, El Bar de Paco Morales will be a pop-up dining venue with a buzzing ambience inspired by the chef’s home city of Cordoba.

Centred around an impressive olive tree, Alelia bar will offer signature olive cocktails infused with fresh herbs from the resort’s garden. Homegrown concept Thimisi is inspired by two of the most iconic personalities of the Athenian golden era – Maria Callas and Jackie O. Facing west, the outdoor sunset bar comes alive in the evening and captures the vibrant spirit of the glamorous riviera lifestyle with reimagined classic cocktails and sundowner music sessions. Minima, a beach and pool bar, will be the place to unwind and escape on the water’s edge.

Athens. © One&Only Aesthesis

Experience at One&Only Aesthesis

One&Only Aesthesis offers curated experiences designed to reveal the natural and cultural wonders of Athens, from discovering World Heritage sites to sailing, hiking and soaking in the region’s famed hot springs. The resort has holistic wellness facilities, such as an indulgent spa and the Club One fitness hub, which has a gym, tennis and padel courts. The KidsOnly Club will delight younger travellers with nature-based activities and educational programmes that inspire learning and play in the garden, tree house, music room, and amphitheatre. A destination to see and be seen, the adults-only Beach Club will capture the convivial spirit of the Riviera with stylish cabanas, live music, and sun-soaked dining.

Reservations at One&Only Aesthesis open now

Situated in Glyfada, the resort is a short, 30-minute drive from Athens city centre and from Athens International Airport. One&Only Aesthesis will begin welcoming guests from October 2023.

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