Hilton Athens Indoor Pool and Steam Room

Trip Start Apr 24, 2011
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Monday, August 8, 2011


Leaving the Oasis Pool Bar & Grill behind, I come to the Hiltonia Spa. Here the two ladies at the reception greet me with a huge smile and one leaves her seat and offers to show me around. In reality what I truly want to see is the indoor pool as I have heard so much about it. Actually my son and his wife who happened to spend some days here used it a lot and they were amazed with the different pool devices.



The Gym room is fully equipped with state of the art Precor equipment and Power Plates, but all these would interest me only if it was winter. With all the swimming I do I am glad I can skip all gym equipment.



The lady takes me to see the indoor pool, the steam rooms, the sauna and Jacuzzi because these are what interest me at the moment.  I learnt to appreciate and love saunas because we had one at home in Cyprus when I was a young girl. Besides being great for the skin and for the mind the saunas are great generally for well-being. I remember some simple rules from those years and whenever I am in a sauna or a steam room I use them. I always use aromatherapy oil such as eucalyptus, alpine, citrus, lavender or peppermint which can create a wonderful feeling and experience in the sauna. Of course the benefits of using these oils vary.  For instance the eucalyptus oil gives the sauna a clean and very fresh aroma and I use the lavender oil for times when I wish to unwind and loose the tension I have.



As I was growing up I became more and more interested about steam rooms as well and I know that heavy food should be avoided when you go into one. Two more tips from my experience are to shower properly after the sauna to ensure that the pores of the skin are cleansed properly. It leaves behind a healthier skin. Of course keeping hydrated before and after the sauna is very important.



The word 'hydrated' takes me back to the Hiltonia spa services, and to a very stylish room with relaxing colors where guests can sit, relax and have some fresh juice, or a cup of coffee. Baskets with different fruit are also found on the ale bench. Guests who don’t stay at the hotel can become members and come here to exercise as well. Anybody interested can have a look here:


I hurry back to the 10th floor where our room is to have a shower and I return to the Spa. Yianni waits for me at the Byzantino café all this time enjoying some fresh juice and reading his newspaper.  I am ready for some exercising. The ladies hand me a plastic cover for the hair, a towel, a robe and keys for the locker. When I am ready I jump in the pool ready to explore it.  It is just me and another guy who is making circles around the columns in the pool. I have never met somebody as rude as this guy here. He was not more than 35 and at a point when he was very close to me I kindly asked him to show me how to use the massage devices and the swimming jets. He glared at me and said, "Why do you interrupt me now"?

I could not believe that he would be so angry.  He turned his back and continued swimming and with his arm after some seconds he pointed out in the air towards the direction of the devices.  My God! What manners! He continued going round and round for 15 more minutes and then he exercised a little with the devises and left. What a relief!  I could not stand him out there any more. He was the only guy that I did not exchange another word with.  I don’t want to think of him when he truly gets angry.  He was just an ugly person not only on the inside but also on the outside appearance.



So, I am on my own now in the pool I can play with the different devices and have fun. The ‘waterfall’ is the one I tested first and it reminded me of the Pozar Thermal baths in Edessa. We have been out there several times for a whole week some years back and each time it was better than the previous.  Besides the spa, we used to get into the river and sit under the thermal waterfall. We loved to go there in March for the tranquility and peace because we do not like crowds. In summer it is very busy and too crowded that even if I could visit it for free I would not go.



I try all devices but the very best is the one with the wheel. It gives the best massage I would ever dream of! Never before have I tried such strong massage and it feels so good that I do not want to leave. Yianni is waiting for me all this one and a half hour that I am out here.

 

Of course I return for two more hours much later after my afternoon nap.

This time I have company.  It is a Mother and Daughter who visit the spa regularly they tell me. They pay annually and they can enjoy all this any time they feel like coming.  I am thrilled with the results of the pool devises, and with just one session I already feel so relaxed. I am sure if I had been living in Athens this would be my first priority for I would love to pamper myself out here. I have the privilege though to be living in a beautiful coastal area 2 minutes from the nearest beach.  



I ask for some oil and I get in the steam room before returning to our room.  I believe there is no other way to feel more relaxed and unwind the tension after the strong massage of the pool and then 15 more minutes in a steam room! I have not the slightest tension even for a moment in such beautiful surroundings and in reality I feel so light and clean. After the shower the whole body is so smooth and I have the feeling of well-being. For the days we stayed out here, this spot had become my favorite. I would visit 3 times a day.



There is a very stylish room as you come out of the gym area where people who use the Gym, the pool and spa  as well as the beauty centre can choose from a variety of fresh juice, have some coffee or get a fruit from one of the three baskets that are found on the ale bench of the bar. What a nice spot to hydrate, and have some chat with other members!

 
http://www.hiltonia.gr/


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rossport
rossport on

what a lovely indoor pool Popi and i always find it amusing to see a gym in a hotel and usually when i visit it there is no one there or a supervisor in case you hurt your self

derrick241
derrick241 on

It always amazes me, whenever I go to a gym ANYWHERE in the world, they are always empty, but I dont complain, I enjoy working out, not waiting to use anything

Have to be honest, I really enjoy a good sports massage after a workout, but a massage after a sauna is even better, there are so few really good massuers around though, those that are around charge some stupid rates

I could quite happily spend a few hours in this gym

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

At this place there were suprivisors and it was just wonderful. It was not allowed to take photos with people in though because many people might be from the Athenian elite who don't want themselves in photos! I can surely understand that they have every right to ask for this.

derrick241
derrick241 on

I can understand that, wouldnt do to let people see what they are doing, instead of WHAT they should be doing :-)

I never really understood what a supervisor in a gym is supposed to do, apart from give out towels, if they were personal trainers then yes, they are doing a great job

mmbcross
mmbcross on

I see Yanni is just like me. The last time I was in a gym was at high school!

derrick241
derrick241 on

I enjoy going to the gym, a great place to have a workout, we cant all live within reach of a beach, but saying that, I used to run to my Gym (cant at the moment, achilles heel problems) and run back
I used to run a Judo club, that used to keep me fit, but too old for competative sports now, so a gym is a good a way of keeping fit as any, cant get or stay fit watching daytime TV
But then again, a gym isnt everyones ideal place of spending any time, horses for courses, but I enjoy myself there

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

Hi Derrick, I believe the heel problem is to remind you of the trip to Kenya.It is fun watching each one of us gathering early in the morning at the beach. I want to take a picture one day of all the ladies with white hats...in a distance look like swans. lol
It is the very best time of the day for me. I love swimming first and then walking.

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