ADVERTORIAL • May 2022
The peninsula of Messinia is just as gorgeous as the Greek islands, but you won’t find too many footsteps in the sand here...
A paradise of deep gorges, ancient olive groves and glistening lakes bathed in sunlight and fringed by sweeping coasts, this region in the southwestern Peloponnese is a land where bright green Aleppo pines meet the intensely blue waters of shell-shaped coves. Fancy moving here? Thanks to Costa Navarino’s swanky residences, you can up sticks in a heartbeat.
Costa Navarino, Greece’s ultimate destination for eco-conscious luxe lovers, is the brainchild of Messinian native Captain Vassilis C Constantakopoulos. The affable shipping magnate wanted to put his homeland on the tourist map, and he succeeded: in addition to two (soon to be four) five-star hotels, alongside a vast array of leisure and sport experiences, the destination now hosts a number of private residences that invite high-life enthusiasts to bask in harmony with nature (and consume copious amounts of local Kalamata olives), while making the most of classy interiors and fancy perks. Round of golf, thalassotherapy in the spa or dinner by the pool? Why not all three?
If you’re looking to experience the beauty of the world from your very own deluxe bubble, look no further. Private and beautifully unspoiled, the heavenly haven in Messinia lies a few steps away from ancient sites. Wander the fortified Byzantine town of Mystras, spread out on blue-flag beaches such as Voidokilia (above, considering the compass-perfect crescent of sand, the name’s translation as ‘cow’s belly’ is fitting), and lather up in the waterfalls. Costa Navarino is situated on a protected piece of land shielded from man’s impact on nature, with astonishing wildlife roaming across wetlands and grasslands, yet connected to modern delights such as gourmet restaurants and spas. Plus, Kalamata airport is less than an hour’s drive away.
There are a number of freehold properties to choose from, spread across the Navarino Dunes area. Seaside villas and lagoon pools are sure to catch your eye in the Sea Dunes neighbourhood or, if you prefer panoramic views and villas nestled among olive groves, you’ll be drawn to Olive Grove. All villas are fully in tune with the region’s traditional architectural patterns and have designs that complement the natural landscape. Depending on their location, villas are offered off-plan – with extensive customisation options – or ready to move into.
The resort’s nature-meets-luxury philosophy comes through in each of the available residences, from the fully furnished, two-bedroom apartments at the heart of The Westin Resort Costa Navarino (complete with a family suite and an interconnecting deluxe room) to the lavish villas in Navarino Dunes. You’ll never feel detached from nature here, as the chic properties are inspired by and fully immersed in the Messinian landscape – think minimalist living and dining spaces in white and terracotta hues. Soon, you’ll be relaxing on your covered veranda looking out to serene waters, or dipping your toes in a private infinity pool that’s nestled within the olive groves.
It’s this wild side that makes Costa Navarino so appealing to begin with. Dubbed “one of the last unspoiled corners of the Mediterranean”, the destination draws from the region’s natural resources to sustain its smart infrastructure. The water reservoirs, fully integrated into the surrounding landscape, are filled by a very small percentage of the excess runoff from local rivers, just before flowing into the sea, while the resplendent residences are built from sustainable materials such as wood and stone. The region is a protected bio-reserve, with numerous areas designated as EU Natura sites – this is your chance to spend time with the pink flamingos resting on Gialova Lagoon.
Costa Navarino Residences go hand in hand with a new way of life. Owning property here comes with a wealth of added perks, including discounts across the resort’s facilities and leisure activities, ample golf and tennis time, bespoke spa therapies, wine and olive oil tastings and more than 20 gastronomical venues. You can even grow your own tomatoes in your private garden – and it’s no secret these taste much better in Messinia. Should you need a change of scenery, you can always rent your owned apartment and receive an annual income through a fully managed rental programme.
Look out for the resort’s upcoming W Costa Navarino, the first W Escape hotel in Greece, which is expected to open in summer 2022 in the destination’s newest area, Navarino Waterfront, and Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino (above), which will be opening in 2023, in the Navarino Bay area. Navarino Hills, home to two brand-new golf courses, and Navarino Blue will be the next areas to be developed in Costa Navarino. There’s no better time to consider investing in your own place in the sun.
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