Word of Mouth: Athens, Greece

Classic cuisine, contemporary cocktails, concept stores, modern art and more in the Greek capital

Athens is overflowing with ancient treasures and modern-day gems, with views of the Acropolis at almost every corner and a decidedly vibrant, contemporary vibe. Named for Athena, the goddess of wisdom and courage, the Greek capital buzzes with character, culture and creativity. From the historic hillside Plaka neighborhood to the Acropolis Museum, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and striking views from Mount Lycabettus, there are countless …

Escape + Opulence at Greece’s Katikies Hotels

Laidback but luxe, these destinations add another layer of magic to an already otherworldly island

Around four thousand years old, the Greek language consists of five million words. Derived from the Turkish “merak,” the word “meraki” in Greek translates to the passion, devotion and soul that’s applied to a task. Through their five spectacular hotels on Santorini and two on Mykonos, Katikies embodies that concept when it comes to design, hospitality and creating an extraordinary sense of escape. From the …

An Elegant Oasis in Athens, Shila Hotel

Combining contemporary, antique and ancient elements, this six-suite property provides the ultimate escape

Athens is home to ancient treasures as well as contemporary gems, and Shila—a boutique hotel located in the Kolonaki neighborhood—echos that combination with aplomb. At the base of Mount Lycabettus (which offers a stunning view of the city and, of course, the Acropolis), the hotel is discreetly nestled in a quiet, car-free lane. Seamlessly blending 1920s bohemian elements with bold, contemporary design touches and modern …