Cost Navarino – Messinia.
Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann.
Arriving at International Airport Athens, 25 degrees the sun is shining.
Costa Navarino is waiting.
The exclusive hideaway is picturequely situated on Southwest Peleponnese.
Costa Navarino is a bit of a outside hideaway, from Athens it is a three and a half hour drive to the resort. Anyway, a nice journey – Peleponnes is framed by spectacular scenery.
The resorts founder was Mr. Constantakopoulos, a shipping tycoon who wished to give back to the region where he was born through sustainable tourism. After his death his sons took over the Costa Navarino project – truly a extraordinary development in one of the most attractive parts of Greece.
Its offering magnificent views of the Ionian Sea and incorporating luxurious accommodations with two outstanding golf courses including “The Dunes” one of Bernhard Langer’s most impressive designs.
In my words, it is hard to imagine a better place in Europe for golf and food than Costa Navarino.
Furthermore it offers an untouched beach, lovely pools, two five star hotels managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, partner of Marriott. Lets say “The Westin” is for golfers and families while “The Romanos” (a Luxury Collection Resort), offers romantic hideaway villas for couples.
We played only “The Dunes” a gem in Costa Navarino’s crown and it was fun to play it.
Designed by Bernhard Langer, this course offers breathtaking views over the nearby sea and the river that snakes it way through the resort. The Dunes Course is coupled with a number of more sympathetic tee positions to ensure every golfer a suitably enjoyable challenge. Positioned close to the sea, a number of the holes on the Dunes Course have a links like feel to them with the remaining inland holes offering a taste of a more traditional Greek landscape with olive trees and citrus groves flanking the gently undulating fairways.
Furthermore Costa Navarino is one of the most culturally-rich regions of Greece with 4,000 years of history including Olympia, the sanctuary of Zeus and site of the ancient Olympic Games.
Time seems to have stood still in much of the Peloponnese. Cyrstal clear water, beautiful mountains conjure up a picture postcard idyll. Costa Navarino is about elegance and tends to attract a chic, mostly European guests.
It’s an attractive haven for those after a sophisticated, peaceful getaway and the ambiance is suitably chilled out with amazing sunsets.
My home for three nights was “The Westin. The spacious room was well-appointed in a palette of cream, blue and dark wood, with a plush cream sofa and coffee table, marble desk, large TV, double wardrobe and complimentary bottles of mineral water. The marble bathroom had a fantastic walk-in shower, bathtub, double sink and sets of exclusive products from the resort’s Anazoe Spa.
The resort’s own food, arts and ceramics brand Navarino Icons offers Greek delicacies.
The Romanos villas are just a short walk from the agora which houses the hotel’s splendid marble lobby, designed to reflect the architecture and textiles of the region.
There’s nothing better after golf than a good massage to get you feeling like yourself again.
Anazoe Spa is an temple of well-being with stylish interiors and a calming atmosphere.
It’s worth to enjoy the sauna, steam room and float around the whirlpool and saltwater jacuzzi.
Anazoe Spa boasts a varied spa menu and the speciality treatments are based on health and beauty practices of ancient Greece. I chose one of the signature massage treatments, the Spirit of Honey.
Wow, I still can feel it.
If you’re active and sporty its fun to discover the rural Messinian terrain by bike or boat.
It’s also pretty good being a kid at Costa Navarino, you will find designed hubs – Cocoon for babies and SandCastle for children (4-12 years). Kids can enjoy the indoor basketball courts, bowling at The Diner, an indoor cinema and best of all, the Aqua Park complete with three slides and play pools.
The nearby town of Pylos is a great must-see destination, with its pretty harbour, bright blue tavernas, local boutiques and terrace cafes in the main square where you could easily spend a few lazy hours.
Thats what we did, we had a great typical greek lunch.
It’s also home to the “New Navarino Fortress”, originally built by the Ottoman Turks in 1573.
Tip: Kalamata Airport is much closer, easy to reach by Aegean Airlines during peak period, but the flight times were not on our side at this time.
Costa Navarino is a truly magical resort, a the perfect retreat for a stylish stay in the beautiful Greek Peloponnese.
Reservations and further information:
Anazoe Spa: Anazoe Spa – Costa Navarino
How to get there: Aegean Air :Aegean Air
The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort
T: +30 27230 96000 | F: +30 27230 96500 | E: email@example.com
The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino
T: +30 27230 95000 | F: +30 27230 95500 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
24001 Messinia, Greece
The press trip was supported by Welllcom PR Germany.