The Romanos, Costa Navarino, Greece
This may be the last word in deluxe resorts but the ancient world’s culture is nearby: The Palace of Nestor; and UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Olympia, Mystras, and the Temple of Apollo Epicurius.
Situated on a kilometre of sandy beach
overlooking the Ionian Sea, the neoclassical Romanos has 289 rooms and 32
suites set among acres of lush gardens. A neutral palette allows the
extravagant details to shine here: exquisite linen, luxurious furnishings,
fabulous marble bathrooms and, in some suites, plunge and private infinity
Of the myriad multi-ethnic eateries, two stand
out: daLuigi, where excellent Italian food meets the fun of traditional Greek
outdoor cinema, and Flame, the sun-drenched clubhouse terrace of the Bernhard
Langer-designed championship golf course, not least for its panoramic views of
the imposing old castle of Pylos (Paleokastro) and surrounding areas. There’s a
magnificent spa, but it’s the firepits for barbecues; tennis and squash
academy, canoeing, archery, hiking, climbing, mountain biking; two nurseries
and cheerful staff that seal the deal here: perfect for a combination of family
fun and luxurious relaxation.