ECONOMY

New spa ready at Astir Palace hotel complex

The first stage of the Astir Palace hotel’s investment program at the Athens seaside resort of Vouliagmeni has been completed, with the construction of a state-of-the-art spa occupying 1,000 square meters at the Arion Resort & Spa (The Luxury Collection). The budget for the spa renovation totaled 3 million euros and forms part of the 50-million-euro investment program to be realized by early 2009. The new spa is arranged on two levels, featuring a heated pool complete with full massage and jacuzzi facilities, saunas, steam rooms etc. Astir CEO Anthimos Thomopoulos stated yesterday that the positive impact of the company’s cooperation with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc will become apparent from this season. The aim is to double the turnover of Astir, in what is the third year of cooperation with Starwood, he said. He clarified that there is no interest in operating a casino at the hotel complex, but the hotel does want to include in its facilities the Vouliagmeni marina, currently managed by the state Tourism Development Company. His deputy, Chronis Griveas, said the next stage of the investment program includes the renovation of the bungalows and the modernization of the Aphrodite hotel unit that will operate next year under the name «W Athens.»