My mom and I recently took a rather impromptu trip to Greece to surprise some family members who were gallivanting across Europe. We had a day to ourselves in East Attica and figured we’d take the first day adjusting to the time difference.
We chose to spend our adjustment day at an all-inclusive resort close to Athens airport, Mare Nostrum Hotel Club Thalasso. Best. decision. ever! The hotel staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, and the rooms were well kept. We spent most of our waking hours at the spa Thalasso, where we lay by the stunning indoor pool, took advantage of the hot tub and hammam (steam room), and received the most refreshing massages. It was a struggle to stay awake because of how relaxing the atmosphere was!
Since we were staying for such a short amount of time, we didn’t have the chance to take full advantage of everything else the resort has to offer– a variety of dining experiences, music nights hosted at the main bar, multiple types of ground sports, etc. There’s not much else to do within walking distance from the resort since it’s isolated and off the coast, but there’s enough to do on the grounds of the hotel to keep you occupied for days on end.
Along the beach are several canopied sun-beds that are included with your stay at the hotel. There’s a water sports stand that rents out paddle boards, kayaks, and pedal boats for very reasonable prices. I only wish we had more time to spend at Mare Nostrum– the water in the cove was calm, and I would have loved to spend some time out on the water on a paddle board!
If you tire of the food that the resort has to offer, there are a few other options within walking distance. A little walk along the beach will bring you to Taverna Artemis, a small locally-owned tavern that serves fresh fish and authentic Greek food. The view from the outside seating area is breathtaking in great weather! Also, if you walk outside the front gates of the resort, there is also a souvlaki restaurant and pizza joint nearby.
Admittedly, if I were traveling alone or with friends, shelling out for an accommodation like this would have been impossible. However, the Mare Nostrum isn’t intended to be a backpacker’s destination but rather a family-oriented getaway— it’s a hidden gem, and there’s a little something for everyone!