Mid-century style re-imagined on the Athenian Riviera
Heralding a return to the golden days of the Athenian Riviera, One&Only Aesthesis has welcomed its first guests on 11 November, 2023. One&Only’s highly anticipated debut resort in Greece is situated in the cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Glyfada, ensconced within a serene 21-hectare beach and forest reserve.
Overlooking the sapphire waters of the Aegean Sea, One&Only Aesthesis evokes the essence of a private island, just 30 minutes from the ancient marvels of Athens. The resort blends historic treasures, world-class culinary experiences, and transformative wellness in an elegant beachfront setting. The glittering coastal hideaway recalls the 60’s vibrant Hollywood Grecian era, that Glyfada is most known for.
“The opening of One&Only Aesthesis marks an important milestone and a significant achievement for Kerzner International as we continue our strategic expansion into Europe and key markets around the world,” says Philippe Zuber, Chief Executive Officer, Kerzner International. “Our exceptional one-off collection of ultra-luxury One&Only Resorts and Private Homes exist hand-in-hand with the natural landscape, the sustainable use of resources, and a positive impact on local communities – pillars that are embedded in One&Only Aesthesis. Together with Grivalia Hospitality, we are excited to be the driving force behind the renaissance of Glyfada and the Athenian Riviera.”
Re-imagined Coastal Living
Echoing the vibrant spirit of a bygone era, One&Only Aesthesis boasts an exceptional collection of rooms, bungalows, suites, residences and villas that redefine the concept of al fresco living. Expansive outdoor living spaces offer unparalleled peace and seclusion, featuring private pools, fragrant gardens, and atmospheric showers and fireplaces. Bathed in sunlight, the architecture pays homage to mid-century design with local marble, native timbers, woven leather details and muted tones.
At the heart of this coastal haven lies the iconic Villa One. Spanning a vast 1,400sqm, it boasts 922sqm of outdoor entertaining space, including a 25m statement swimming pool, a seafront Jacuzzi, panoramic vistas from every angle, decking extending to the water’s edge, and a sunken lounge area with a fire pit. Next door, Villa Nostos resonates the resort’s design storytelling, with a central swimming pool, outdoor lounge and dining areas with a fireplace, and lush native gardens that create a protected sanctuary just steps from the sea.
In tune with the coastal setting, the resort also offers an intimate community of One&Only Private Homes. Promising all the comforts of home, each embodies a unique haven of style, tying the nostalgia of the past with a modern, ultra-luxury experience, available as part of Private Homes Rental Programme.
A rich culinary journey awaits at One&Only Aesthesis, as the resort leads the revival of Glyfada as one of Greece’s most cosmopolitan dining and lifestyle destinations. A crown jewel of the dining scene at the resort is Manko, a captivating day-to-night destination poised to shine in Glyfada’s beach scene. With a private pool, three vibrant bars, and the allure of beachfront dining, guests can relish Peruvian-inspired cuisine while taking in the breathtaking coastal views.
The resort’s Executive Chef, Frederic Le Gac, has collaborated with acclaimed one-MICHELIN-star Greek-Italian Chef Ettore Botrini for the resort menus, who brings his enigmatic Mediterranean cuisine to Ora by Ettore Botrini. Adding further culinary star power to the resort opening is an exclusive pop-up by acclaimed two-MICHELIN-star Spanish chef Paco Morales. At El Bar de Paco Morales, he reimagines Andalusian cuisine with Mediterranean flavours, delivering a relaxed yet lively setting.
Celebrating Greece’s culinary heritage and native ingredients, Alelia bar is a tribute to the nation’s rich olive tradition, serving masterfully crafted cocktails infused with olives, herbs and citrus. Overlooking the Aesthesis pool Minima promises relaxed all-day drinking and light bites. As the sun sets, the resort’s vibrancy comes alive at the elegant Thimisi. Offering handcrafted cocktails and fine wines, this sophisticated bar provides the perfect backdrop for casual evenings or lively social gatherings with friends.
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