The volcanic island of Spetses was once a declining naval center where wealthy Athenians would go each fall to hunt turtledoves and quail. But in 1914 the island suddenly emerged as the place for beach-loving jetsetters, thanks entirely to the opening of the oceanfront Poseidonion Grand Hotel, which was designed to evoke the elegant hotels of the French Riviera. Now an iconic island landmark, the recently renovated property still celebrates the best of life with its trademark impeccable service, modern style (with Belle Epoque flourishes), and sweeping port, sea, and mountain views. A traditional hammam steam bath is the centerpiece of the spa, and—in addition to a beach and small pool—the hotel hosts biking, boating excursions, and more.
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