THE BEST WAY TO ATHENS
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 30 (country code for Greece)) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
Vouliagmeni Suites, 8 Panos & Chloes, Vouliagmeni; 210 89 64 901, http://www.vouliagmenisuites.com. Rates for a double room just a step from the lake start at about $185, but if you're splurging, choose a sea-view suite from $353.
Club Hotel Casino Loutraki, 48 Poseidonos St., Loutraki; 274-40-60-333; http://www.clubhotelloutraki.gr.Expect to pay from $262 a night for a room in this stylish hotel designed by renowned Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis, with furnishings by Le Corbusier and Philippe Starck.
Thermae Platistomou Resort & Spa, Platystomo, 223-60-22-510, http://www.platistomo.gr. Modern spa set in a vast park with therapies including mud baths, chocolate therapy and Turkish mineral spring water baths. From $221 a night.
Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel, 2 Posidonos, Edipsos; 222-60-60-100, http://www.thermaesylla.gr. Named one of the top 10 thermal spa services in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Rates from $1,048 for five nights.
WHERE TO EAT
Giannis, 2 Payne St., Loutraki; 30-27440-26675. Fresh seafood dishes in a stunning seafront setting. Entrees from about $7.
Messoghios, Thermae Sylla Spa, Edipsos. Traditional Greek cuisine made with organic local produce. Salads and soups start at about $7.20.
TO LEARN MORE
Greek National Tourism Organization, http://www.gnto.gr