One&Only’s highly anticipated Aesthesis welcomed its first guests on November 11, 2023, ushering in the luxury hotel group’s first property in Greece. Located in the cosmopolitan Glyfada district on the edge of the Aegean Sea, the 21-hectare One&Only Aesthesis evokes a private island escape, just 30 minutes from central Athens.
“The opening of One&Only Aesthesis marks an important milestone and significant achievement for Kerzner International, as we continue our strategic expansion in Europe and key markets around the world”, says Philippe Zuber, Managing Director of Kerzner International. “Our exceptional collection of ultra-luxurious One&Only resorts and private residences are in harmony with the natural landscape, sustainable use of resources and positive impact on local communities – pillars that are an integral part of One&Only. In collaboration together with Grivalia Hospitality, we are delighted to be the driving force behind the rebirth of Glyfada and the Athenian Riviera.”
Lux Lifestyle by the Sea
Echoing the quintessence of a bygone era, One&Only Aesthesis offers an exceptional collection of rooms, bungalows, suites, residences and seaside villas. Expansive outdoor living spaces offer unparalleled tranquility and seclusion, with private swimming pools, fragrant gardens, outdoor showers and fireplaces. Bathed in sunlight, the architecture pays homage to mid-century design with local marble, native woods, woven leather details and neutral tones.
At the heart of the property is the iconic beachfront Villa One. Measuring 1,400 square metres, with more than 900 square metres of outdoor space, including a 25-metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, panoramic views and terraces that extend to the water’s edge. Next door, Villa Nostos is inspired by the hotel’s design, with a central swimming pool, outdoor lounges and dining rooms with fireplaces, and locally-influenced gardens, creating a protected sanctuary just steps from the sea .
In keeping with the setting, One&Only Private Homes embody a unique style that combines old-world charm with a modern and ultra-luxurious experience. One&Only Private Homes are available through the Private Home Rental Program.
A rich culinary journey awaits guests at One&Only Aesthesis, as the resort accompanies the rebirth of Glyfada —one of Greece’s most cosmopolitan gastronomic destinations. Teh resort’s Manko Restaurant, located directly on Glyfada Beach, offers a captivating taste experience day and night. With its private pool and three lively bars, guests can enjoy Peruvian-inspired cuisine.
To develop the menus for each restaurant, executive chef Frédéric Le Gac collaborated with the famous Greek-Italian chef Ettore Botrini (1 Michelin star). He thus brings his enigmatic Mediterranean cuisine to Ora by Ettore Botrini. Two-time Michelin-starred Spanish chef Paco Morales offers an exclusive culinary experience at El Bar de Paco Morales, where he reimagines Andalusian cuisine with Mediterranean flavors in a setting that is both casual and lively.
Bar Alelia pays homage to the country’s rich olive tradition and serves cocktails crafted by knowledgeable mixologists; infused with olives, herbs and citrus, highlighting Greece’s culinary heritage and local ingredients. Overlooking the resort’s central swimming pool, Minima offers all-day drinks and light fare. At dusk, guests will admire the sunset in Thimisi. Offering craft cocktails and fine wines, this sophisticated bar provides the perfect setting for casual evenings or gatherings with friends.
Combining culture, nature and ancient history on the mythical Athenian Riviera, One&Only Aesthesis has designed experiences to captivate the senses. These adventures include a guided tour of the Acropolis and its UNESCO sites, as well as local workshops in Athens, including Greek sandal making with local artisans and visiting the “conservation of ‘rare works of art and jewelry’ at the Benaki Museum.
At One&Only Aesthesis, the experience begins with a private beach of golden sand, which invites guests to enjoy water sports, private sailing trips, diving and snorkeling in the Aegean Sea. Mystiko Beach, reserved for adults and nestled behind fragrant pine trees, is an exclusive and intimate refuge that allows you to escape in complete tranquility. Additionally, Club One, at the heart of the resort, serves as a fitness and relaxation center, with a fully equipped gym, tennis courts and Padel courts.
For children aged 4 to 11, the KidsOnly club allows them to escape into nature. A true haven of creativity, play and learning, the club has a giant tree village, lush gardens and outdoor games to stimulate their imagination.
The Art of Well-Being
One&Only Aesthesis has partnered with the famous French beauty house to open the first Guerlain spa in Greece. This revolutionary wellness destination was designed to merge with the elegance of the Athenian Riviera, offering a personalized vision of ultra-luxury.
With 10 treatment rooms, including two double suites, a sauna, steam room and outdoor swimming pool, the Guerlain Spa offers a rejuvenating sanctuary. Guerlain’s commitment to integrating scientific research into the spa experience is reflected in its protocols, making it a pioneer in wellness and aesthetic innovations.
“One&Only Aesthesis is a true juxtaposition of ancient myths and modernity. The resort remains true to its promise: to celebrate the history of the Athenian coastline, to which we are proud to belong”, declared Yann Gillet, general manager of One&Only Aesthesis. “By warmly welcoming our guests, we invite them to embark on a journey to the heart of Greek traditions”.
At home in the world’s most inspiring locations, hand-picked for exceptional beauty and unique cultural charm, One&Only Beach Resorts, Nature Resorts, Urban Resorts and Private Homes are icons of authentic design that place you in the heart of every fascinating environment. With spectacular outdoor spaces, world-class restaurants, and heavenly private sanctuaries, not to mention breathtaking natural and cultural wonders on our doorstep, we masterfully curate once-in-a-lifetime experiences to ignite your passions as well your soul. Touched by the personalised attention of our warm, creative team, every aspect of your stay is tailored, just as you like it. From romantic retreats, to fun-packed family holidays, intimate celebrations, and epic events; unforgettable moments begin at One&Only.
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