A smattering of low-slung villas and bungalows with rustic-chic interiors, the Grecotel’s design is a nod to the Sounio landscape.
The Athenian Riviera is the summer playground of in-the-know urbanites seeking a coastal getaway from the capital. Ten miles south of Athens, the city streets begin to melt into beachfront promenades. Keep following the curve of the Saronic Gulf and you’ll reach Cape Sounio, a dreamy sliver of beaches and pretty bays at the southern-most tip of Attica. Here, you’ll find the secluded Grecotel Cape Sounio – a shiny newcomer on the hotel scene.
Behind its grand colonnaded façade, expect traditional Greek interiors shot through with a cool boutique vibe, along with eye-popping views of the Temple of Poseidon – best taken in from the outdoor seawater pool. This archaeological marvel (which is just a few miles away and easily reached by car) also provides a backdrop to The Restaurant, a rooftop haunt with a Greco-French menu devised by acclaimed chef Sakis Tzannetos. That’s not the only food offering, though; there’s Asian-fusion cuisine at SO Oriental, fresh seafood atop the waterfront jetty at Yali and Greek mezze at Cape Sounio Restaurant, plus a toes-in-the-sand beach bar and fire-lit lounge bar.
The village-like retreat’s 150 bungalows and villas are scattered throughout the lavender-strewn grounds, all with glorious vistas – of sage-scented gardens from the Superior Bungalow Garden View, a tantalising glimpse of water in the Superior Bungalow Partial Sea View, and an azure sweep of the Aegean from the Deluxe Bungalow Sea View. If you're travelling with young ones, opt for a Deluxe Family Bungalow which has a private pool and two bedrooms.
On Cape Sounio, just over an hour from central Athens
Good to know
Minimum stay: 3 nights 26 Jun-08 Sep; 2 nights at other times.
150 bungalows and villas
• Take in the Sounio sunset with a Champagne cruise around the foot of the Temple of Poseidon* • Trek the herb-scented trails of the beautiful Sounio National Park • Take a day trip to Athens to soak up the energy of Ancient Greece* • Go swimming in the crystalline bays carving into the cape’s coastline.
5 restaurant, 2 bars
Breakfast at Cape Sounio Main Restaurant.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £44 • Breakfast and dinner at Cape Sounio Main Restaurant.
*Denotes local charge