THE BEST WAY TO ATHENS
From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) is offered on Air France, Lufthansa, British, Continental, Delta and Swiss. Restricted round-trip service begins at $493.
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.grCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times