The long-awaited arrival of the Mandarin Oriental to Navarino Bay, part of the stunning Costa Navarino complex, elevates this already much-loved enclave to new heights. With it, the resort brings polished service, exquisite dining options and carefully considered design aimed at preserving and celebrating the uplifting natural environment of the western Peloponnese.
Inspired by the region’s native flora as well as local agricultural traditions, a ‘bioclimatic’ approach was adopted in the design of the all-suite resort, employing natural stone and timber in the low-rise constructions and lavishing the verdant grounds with replanted olive trees and natural shrubs from the Peloponnese. Contemporary suites lift the senses with their light colour palettes and hypnotic views of the Messenian coastline, best enjoyed from the seclusion of your private terrace. Those seeking a more self-contained stay could opt for one of the resort’s knockout villas, all of which boast generous indoor and outdoor living spaces – and private pools.
Days at the Mandarin Oriental can be as busy or as relaxed as you choose. Begin the day at Navarino Bay with yoga on the beach, an invigorating swim or perhaps a leisurely sojourn by kayak or paddle board. Those seeking further exertion will find plenty to occupy them in the state-of-the-art fitness centre. Alternatively, head to Navarino Dunes where the Westin Resort and Romanos Resort, part of the wider Costa Navarino complex, boast a tennis club and top-notch golf courses. Beyond the confines of the resort, the surrounding forests, gorges and cliffs can be explored on guided hikes, mountain biking and climbing adventures.
You may of course be equally drawn by the opportunity to unwind completely, and venues abound for leaving all the cares of home behind. Retreat to the spa, where floral and mineral steam rooms and heat and water therapies are complemented by a range of soothing treatments. Alternatively, sink into an inviting lounger by the infinity pool or in a private cabana on the beach and find the hours slip away as you absorb the timeless setting of the sparkling Messenian Gulf.
Couples & families
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE RESORT:
Begin the day with beach yoga against a backdrop of lapping waves, or challenge your balance with a paddle board yoga class
Collect seasonal produce from the organic gardens and learn the chef’s culinary secrets on a farm-to-table cookery class
Immerse yourself in the surrounding coastline with watersports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, waterskiing and kite surfing
Soothe mind, body and soul in the spa with a Natural Balance treatment employing essences of Greek eucalyptus, mandarin and basil
Glide through the waters of the 25-metre indoor-to-outdoor spa pool which looks out to the glittering waters of the bay
Engage children with the Young Archaelogists programme
While away the afternoon by the cypress shaded swimming pool or at the Beach Club, enjoying attentive service from the bar
Dine on contemporary Greek fare at Oliviera, authentic Italian specialities at Pizza Sapienza, Levantine feasts at Tahir or modern French cuisine at Brasserie de la Bay
Enjoy sundowners or nightcaps at the panoramic Three Admirals Lounge
Learn more about the constellations on one of the resort’s Astronomy Nights
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Embark upon a guided hike to the secluded Kalamari gorge with its pristine waterfalls and natural pools
Venture down to the Agora open market with its shops, street food stalls and open-air cinema
Set out on two wheels with a scenic bike tour of the Navarino Hills
View the Messenian landscapes from a different perspective on an exhilarating rock climbing expedition
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