Mandarin Oriental has announced plans for its second Greek property and the first in the country’s capital Athens.

The 123-room hotel will be situated within The Ellinikon – an $8 billion urban regeneration project on the site of the city’s former Hellenikon International airport.

The shoreline Mandarin Oriental, Athens is scheduled to open in 2027, and will also offer 17 branded Residences, including waterfront villas and apartments.

There are few details about the hotel’s facilities at present, but the group confirmed that the property would offer “several food and beverage outlets”, as well as a spa and indoor and outdoor event space.

It will be the second Mandarin Oriental hotel in Greece, joining Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, which is set to open this summer on the southwest coast of the country’s Peloponnese.

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The Ellinikon project comprises around 360 hectares of mixed use space south of Athens city centre, formerly home to Hellenikon International airport until it closed in 2001 following the opening of Athens International airport.

Features are set to include Europe’s largest urban park, as well as residential, retail and office space, a marina, and a Hard Rock hotel and casino.

Commenting on the news James Riley, group chief executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, said:

“We are delighted to be working with TEMES SA and Lamda Development SA on this project. I am confident, that with this location and our legendary service, Mandarin Oriental, Athens will be the leading luxury hospitality hub for both travellers and Athenian residents.”