The holidays are always a very good time to pamper and spoil ourself and give it glow and much needed relaxation. And what’s better for this than a visit to a spa.
In these magical spaces that take away the tiredness and stress.
Close your eyes and enjoy a total body massage for super relaxation or a facial for glowy skin. Below we present to you the top five hotel spas in Athens and some of the best treatments, because holidays need relaxation and a bit of glamour.
DIVANI Apollon Palace & Thalasso
DIVANI Apollon Palace & Thalasso in Kavouri is the best organised spa centre and the only Thalassotherapy centre in Athens. It’s among the largest spas in Europe and it has been named Europe’s Leading SPA by World Travel Awards. In its 3.500 m² you can enjoy whatever you want: pampering, de-stressing, rejuvenation, while its proximity to the sea adds a feeling of escape to your treatment, perfectly completing your wellness experience.
The 270 m² thalassotherapy pool has 16 different areas with water jets that will almost instantly relieve your stress and help you unwind. And if that’s not enough, they also offer a truly great variety of treatments and massage therapies, as well as couples massage in a special room for two.
Try the Ef Zin, a muscle massage with organic Greek olive oil enriched with organic Greek lavender. One of the most relaxing massages you can have is the St. Barth Harmony Pampering Body Massage for which you can choose between hot coconut oil, avocado oil, gel with ivy extract and menthol oil, as well as St. Barth Chill Out, that is an intense relaxion therapy that uses a particular type of clam with self-heating properties.
Apart from the typical facials for hydration, regeneration and firming, you can also enjoy a detoxifying treatment that refreshes the features with spirulina and marine magnesium. Another great facial is the hyalu-procollagene wrinkle correcting treatment that smooths the wrinkles, or the Prodige des oceans with a special massage inspired by the 15th century Japanese Ko Bi Do technique.
For your body, there is a treatment with 100% natural seaweed for detox and replenishment of metallic elements, a holistic treatment for slimming, detoxifying and relaxing using 100% Dead Sea mud, as well as a cryothermage treatment for the treatment of cellulite, skin relaxation and body contouring. One of the more powerful ones is the THALGO exfoliating treatment based on a mixture of almond, sunflower and apricot oil that hydrates the skin and offers silky skin, as well as the St. Barth Dream that comprises of a hydromassage bath combined with oils from the Caribbean to stimulate blood circulation, relax muscles and joints.
Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso in collaboration with a well-known clinic also offers medical aesthetic treatments like Microneedling Collagenesis, which is facial mesotherapy with the application of microwave dermaroller that causes natural collagenogenesis and regeneration of the face, as well as the Neuromuscular stimulation an innovative method for muscle strengthening and skin tightening in the stomach area.
One of the most stylish spas is that of the Grand Bretagne hotel. Comfortable spaces, soft colours and minimal luxury comprise a cosy treatment space. You can relax in the indoor pool or enjoy a super relaxing hammam or choose one of the face and body treatments. From the various signature treatments, we recommend the GB Collection Massage, a Swedish massage to ease tension and relieve the stress while the body oil used nourishes, regenerates and protects the skin. The GB Prickly Pear Luxury Facial, inspired by the Japanese Ko Bi Do is a natural lifting method using natural active ingredients such as pricky pear seeds and acai berry that rejuvenate the skin and make it more youthful and radiant.
If you’re pregnant or recently became a mother you can enjoy the Pre & Post Natal Treatment that is especially designed for you. In includes a gentle body cleansing and exfoliation, followed by advanced massage techniques by using Calendula infused oil, nourishing mud and creams, while a head, neck and shoulder massage will release the tension and you will feel a renewed sense of vitality.
A Balinese massage is ideal for trying something different as it includes a sophisticated massage using stretching and realignment techniques, as well as hot stones that will relieve the tension. You can also try reflexology that through pressure at specific points of the feet will improve circulation and release stress and tension, restoring your natural balance.
If you’re interested in slimming and toning, try the Peaks of Slimness by Valmont, an anti-cellulite massage with draining and firming techniques, including “palper-rouler” motions. It includes the famous anti-age, high-tech ingredients liposomed DNA & RNA. Finally, the Vitality of the Glaciers by Valmont treatment stimulates skin cells resulting in a fuller skin and a radiant rejuvenated face.
The Margi hotel in Vouliagmeni has one of the most atmospheric spas, with earthy colours, simple lines and wood elements creating a very warm and calm atmosphere. Its treatments combine natural ingredients and Greek and Asian philosophies for wellness of the mind and body, offering a wide range of therapies and, of course, massages. The Margi Spa includes 3 beautifully designed single treatment rooms, as well as a couple’s suite, and uses ila-100% organic skincare products, one of the most exclusive organic brands in the world.
Imagine having a relaxing head massage after work or a foot massage after Christmas shopping to release the tension from your calves, soles and thighs, as well as a personalized Swedish massage that is customized to cater to your needs. Let your therapist know your needs and preferences, and they will holistically approach your problem. While the Sports Massage-Deep Tissue is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension by applying deeper pressure in the areas of tension and pain.
At the spa you can also enjoy body treatments. One of the best is the Margi Rejuvenation, a ritual which uses herbs from our Margi Farm whose purpose is to rejuvenate, energize and regenerate tired skin. It lasts 90 minutes and combines body scrub with sea salt, pure olive oil, savory or a body wrap with yoghurt which is followed by a massage with essential orange oil. The Adreno Exhaustion Wrap is a really special treatment that focuses on the adrenal glands, combining strengthening vetivert, sandalwood, and shilajit to bring relief from adrenal exhaustion, hormone imbalances, menopause and anxiety.
One of the most powerful facials is the Express Renewed Recovery that supports and encourage the skin’s natural regeneration processes through a holistic blend of four Amazonian plant extracts: acmella, pfaffia, marapuama and white lily.
In an elegant, minimal and luxurious space, the Four Seasons Athens spa is a small paradise of relaxation. From the large indoor pool with the natural light and the glorious view, to the sophisticated therapy rooms, everything has been designed in order to offer rejuvenation, calm and relaxation to the maximum. The spa’s Fountain House is inspired by Greek tradition on the healing powers of water and is a hydrotherapy zone where you can choose between the aroma steam grotto, taking chill showers, going to the sauna or the hammam or a combination of them. If you’re a couple you can book the signature couple suite with the large bathtub and relax submerging in the warm water, sit at the private outdoor deck or enjoy a massage with a view of the sea.
One of the therapies you can do is the Galini Peaceful Ritual that submerges your whole self into a sense of total relaxation through a body scrub massage and an anti-ageing facial. The Therapeia Massage is a tailor-made massage that uses a blend of medium techniques, based on your immediate needs, helping you let go of tension and balance your emotions. Iremia Lymphatic Remedy is a soothing massage to support the endocrine system and increase energy. Dinamy Deep Massage is a deep pressure massage combined with cupping fire suction technique that helps block stagnant energy flow and promote a healthy blood circulation.
While the specially created festive Zestasia Ritual is a renewal wrap that with the help of the antioxidants of cacao, coffee powder and orange will help release and tone aching muscle in your back. During the wrap, hot Himalayan stones are placed on chakras to balance energy, followed by a tailor-made body massage using sandalwood. A cup of hot cocoa or a glass of Champagne finishes the ritual.
Saint George Lycabettus
On the second level of the Saint George Lycabettus hotel you’ll find the Aegeo Spa offering a lovely line of facial and body treatments ideal to help you de-stress and become radiant with the help of products from the Greek land.
For soft and glowy skin, choose the Cretan Herbs Εxperience with Cretan herbs like dictamnus and sage that cleanse and detoxify the skin and stimulate blood circulation, or the Aloe Vera Experience with Cretan aloe vera that will moisturize your skin and will remove all irritation. If it’s firmness you’re after, then try the Ice Effect Massage with the beneficial properties of bilberries from the Drama region, known for their highly antioxidant effect.
For complete relaxation, the Cretan massage is just right. It’s a deep massage with Cretan olive oil base, raki and orange extracts. The Anti-stress massage will relieve your stress and restore equilibrium with the help of lavender from the Kozani region that has relaxing properties. For firming and treating orange-peel skin go for the Body Sculpture Massage with oil infused with red grape extract from the Kavala region that has great results. From the signature treatments we’ve chosen the Aphrodite and Apollo that is a ritual for two, inspired by ancient Greek mythology and offers relaxation and invigoration. While if your time is limited you can opt for a neck and shoulders massage or a foot massage that will instantly relax you and fill you with energy.