Discovering the allure of Mandarin Oriental Costa Navarino, Greece’s newest luxury haven in Peloponnese
As a passionate traveler and avid lover of luxury getaways, I was fortunate enough to find myself at the stunning Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, on its very first day of operation. Nestled in the embrace of the enchanting Peloponnese region, this exquisite beachfront resort had me spellbound from the moment I set foot on its grounds. Combining traditional Messenian charm with contemporary opulence, Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino is more than just a hotel—it’s an immersive journey into the heart of Greek hospitality.
5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino:
A Symphony of Elegance and Nature
Walking through the grand entrance of the resort, I was immediately struck by how Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino masterfully merges modern luxury with the breathtaking beauty of its surroundings. Developed in collaboration with TEMES, a sustainability-focused developer, the resort’s design is a testament to both creativity and craftsmanship. Every detail of the architecture maximizes the mesmerizing views of the Peloponnese, and its bioclimatic design, utilizing locally sourced materials, perfectly aligns with the region’s agricultural traditions.
The Earth-sheltered Villas
Within the heart of Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, lies a hidden treasure that epitomizes both luxury and environmental harmony—the earth-sheltered villas. Around half of the accommodation offered at this remarkable resort consists of these unique abodes.
Embracing “green living” principles, the villas draw inspiration from the rich local architectural heritage, creating a seamless blend of tradition and contemporary elegance. The design captures the very essence of the Peloponnese, celebrating its cultural heritage in every corner. Each suite is bathed in natural light, boasting spacious terraces that invite the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings to become a part of the experience.
It’s not just the physical beauty of these spaces that left me mesmerized, but the sense of privacy they offer. The villas seamlessly merge the outside with the inside, utilizing their prime location atop the landscape overlooking Navarino Bay and Pylos.
The Gastronomy: A Culinary Odyssey of Authentic Flavors
With five distinctive restaurant and bar concepts, overseen by the talented Chef Bertrand Valegeas, the resort promises a journey through international and local flavors. Oliviera Restaurant, overlooking the bay, offers a refined take on Greek cuisine, while Tahir Restaurant beckons with Levantine delights sourced from local farms. Dining here is not just a meal; it’s an exploration of Messenia’s rich culture through its tantalizing flavors.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, takes inspiration from the Group’s oriental traditions and the lush Greek flora that envelops it. This haven of serenity offers an array of holistic treatments designed to soothe the mind, body, and soul. The 25-meter swimming pool, seamlessly transitioning from indoor to outdoor, provides breathtaking bay views, while the Hammam, cold bath, and herbal sauna offer unique detoxifying experiences. Fitness enthusiasts and water lovers alike will find their haven here, with expert trainers and many water activities waiting at the beach club.
For culture enthusiasts like me, the resort offers a treasure trove of experiences. From olive oil tastings to traditional cooking classes and visits to local historical sites, Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino brings the essence of the region to life. Golf aficionados are in for a treat too, with the 18-hole Bay Course offering stunning coastal views and an additional three signature golf courses across the destination.
Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino has truly succeeded in crafting a haven that not only pampers its guests but also pays homage to the natural and cultural heritage of the region.