ADVERTORIAL • August 2021
Follow in the leather-thonged footsteps of the Byzantines, Venetians and Franks to the blue-and-green Peloponnese, where the mountains meet the sea. Some of the most powerful rulers in ancient Greece whiled away their days here in a heady haze of seaside sunshine and wine. Now it’s your turn.
Ripe with heroic promise and styled with classical-meets-contemporary flair, Costa Navarino Residences is a collection of luxury villas for private ownership. Set in majestic Messinia, the villas occupy three distinct neighbourhoods within sustainable Costa Navarino: Rolling Greens, Olive Grove and Sea Dunes. Need another nudge towards paradise? Here are eight wonderful reasons to relocate...
Costa Navarino Residences boasts a pearl-like location on the cinematic southwest Peloponnese: an area famed for its Blue Flag beaches, sea-spying golf courses and staggering ancient history, immortalised by the likes of Homer. The Residences borders an untouched nature reserve, rich in wildlife. The region is also easily accessible: nearby Kalamata airport connects Messinia with London and most major European cities.
Maximising their prime positions, the villas boast dazzling views of the Ionian Sea, and some survey the undulating emerald golf course and picturesque resort, too. Owners can rest assured that these panoramas have a healthy future, thanks to environmental legislation protecting Costa Navarino’s natural treasure trove. This pocket of Messinia is famously photogenic, with centuries-old olive groves flanking Europe’s fourth-longest coastline.
Local liquid lures include Navarino Bay, former haunt of marauding pirates and now a prime scuba diving spot, as well as the sparkling Gialova Lagoon and dramatic Neda Waterfalls. Other reasons to reach for your camera (and itsy-bitsy swimwear) include the picturesque seaside town of Pylos and its neighbouring islands, Fanari and Sphacteria. Villa owners can try sea kayaking, surfing, kite-surfing, windsurfing and SUP at The Dunes Beach, or water skiing, wakeboarding and ‘fun tubes’ at nearby Navarino Bay. Outdoor pursuits for landlubbers include hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing.
In history-rich Messinia and the broader Peloponnese area, Mycenaean palaces rub shoulders with classical temples, mediaeval villages and Byzantine churches. A short drive away, a trio of Unesco treasures awaits: Olympia, Mystras and the Temple of Apollo Epicurius. Additional highlights for history lovers include the archaeological museum in Chora, Ancient Messene, the mediaeval castles of Kalamata, Koroni, Pylos and Methoni, and King Nestor’s 1300 BC palace, perched on Ano Englianos Hill.
Navarino Dunes – Costa Navarino’s first resort area – encompasses a dizzying array of attractions and distractions, including the award-winning The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, two 18-hole golf courses and a luminous constellation of gourmet restaurants. There’s a state-of-the-art facility for every wish and whim, from specialised sports academies – including the brand new Mouratoglou Tennis Center – to a spoiling spa and thalassotherapy centre. Little ones are encouraged to roam free range in the imagination-sparking Sandcastle.
Messinia’s sun-soaked menu has plenty to surprise and delight. You’ve probably already nibbled on world-famous Kalamata olives and tasted the region’s ambrosial olive oil; now try herby honey, toffee-sweet dried figs, succulent seafood and the famous salted pork of Messinia-Siglino – smoked in sage and cypress and then boiled in orange juice, orange peels and spices. Navarino Dunes encompasses 21 gastronomical venues and guests can enjoy sea views with every meal at the beachfront all-day restaurant.
In an architectural Olympics, Costa Navarino Residences would win gold. Some of the country’s finest architects are responsible for the Residences’ good looks. Expect natural highs galore: sustainable materials such as wood and stone, soothing water features, lashings of natural light and an abundance of view-yielding windows. Outside, local flora and understated stone paving sing in symphony with the surroundings. Messinia is the muse throughout, with the architects drawing rich inspiration from the Mycenaean, Classical, Mediaeval and Byzantine periods – updated with a modern edge.
More than just a place to live, Costa Navarino Residences is a vibrant community. Owners are granted access to Club membership, unlocking a host of intuitive benefits. Perks include 24-hour support from Navarino Dune’s expert on-site team, as well as priority booking and generous discounts across the resort. Life-enhancing services encompass landscaping and gardening, security, project management, pool maintenance and more.