The Romanos Costa Navarino – Peloponnese, Greece
Hotel Type: 5* luxury beachside resort.
Location: On the idyllic southwest coast of the Peloponnese, 40 minutes from Kalamata and three hours from Athens.
Style: Classic Messinian meets modern luxe.
Rooms: 321 contemporary, spacious rooms & suites, many with private plunge pools and butler service.
Our Favourite Room: Gemma loves the Grand Infinity One Bedroom suites for their beautiful views over the sea, and with a rain shower that comes down over the bath, there’s no better way to start the morning.
Ideal For: Relaxing and pampering.
Swimming: With the beach and sea nearby, there’s plenty of opportunity to swim in open water. The Romanos also includes both a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, as well as a dedicated outdoor children’s pool.
Dining: 19 bars and restaurants across the two resorts, celebrating both local and international cuisines.
Children: This is more for adults or families with older children.
Activities: Take advantage of the resort’s watersports facilities and proximity to the beach. Learn how to kitesurf, windsurf and surf, or try your hand at paddleboarding and kayaking. Enthusiastic golfers can practise their swing on the two 18-hole golf courses, while there is also a go karting track, bowling alley and tennis courts for the whole family to enjoy.
Spa: The Anazoe Spa offers a menu of specialty treatments based on ancient Greek practices, including couples massages, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures and plenty more. The facilities include therapy baths and a plunge pool, and guests can also book an in-suite massage for relaxation within their hotel room.
Accessibility: Most of the resort is wheelchair-accessible with one adapted room on site. There is also a solar-powered ramp located on the beach for easy access to the water.
Low Season Price From: €375 for a double room including breakfast.
High Season Price From: €380 for a double room including breakfast.
Open From: All year round.
The Romanos is a destination in itself – with it being entirely possible to never set foot outside of the resort. Together with its sister resort, the Westin, with which it shares its restaurants and facilities, it is consistently voted one of Europe’s top hotels. And for good reason. With the sparkling Ionian on one side, and the backdrop of the Peloponnese on the other, it has everything you possibly need for a week of luxury. Set in 130 hectares of landscaped gardens, full of olives and fragrant indigenous plants, the heart is the spectacular infinity pool with swim up bar. The ‘agora’ style design lends an easy authenticity, with a traditional Greek village vibe. Discrete and efficient staff seem to anticipate your needs, especially if you need another cooling drink brought to you poolside. The piece de resistance is the pristine golden beach and there’s nowhere better for a sunset cocktail.
Each room and suite can only be described as elegant and sophisticated, with marble floors and dark wood finishes. Neutral colours and clean lines make them timeless and with sumptuous beds (trademarked Heavenly for a reason), wonderfully luxurious bathrooms, terraces and balconies with views out to sea or over the golf course, they are all havens. Many of them can sleep up to three, with cots and rollaway beds available. The enormous Deluxe Guest Rooms come with a very large king size bed or two twins and either look out over the gardens or have a partial view of the sea. Floor to ceiling windows with French doors leading on to a terrace or balcony, and each one has a very comfortable living area. The equally spacious Infinity Guest Rooms have their own private pool and look across the resort gardens. For sea views, go for the Premium Deluxe Guest Rooms which directly face the Ionian and have a large balcony. The Premium Infinity Guest Rooms has an inviting plunge pool on your private terrace and glittering Ionian views – the perfect retreat for peace, quiet and some romance. For more space, the Grand One Bedroom Suites can sleep up to five (with a sofabed). They have separate living and dining areas with a home entertainment system, huge bathrooms and most importantly, your very own butler service. The Grand Infinity One Bedrooms have all this, but also come with an infinity jacuzzi with views over the golf course and out to sea. The Premium Grand Infinity One Bedroom Suites have the advantage of being beachfront – bliss! And for larger families, the Master Infinity Two Bedroom Villas also enjoy direct access to Dunes Beach. The beachfront Two Bedroom Villas – Ithomi and Sapientza – undoubtedly have the best locations imaginable. With unobstructed views of the water and a large private infinity pool and expansive terrace, there’s arguably nowhere better to soak up the Messinian rays. The ultimate indulgence comes in the form of the Royal Villa Koroni. A three bedroom, architectural gem right on Dunes Beach, it has a private gym and Spa room. Ultra sleek and modern interiors and a large infinity pool that emerges seamlessly from the sea, it is pure luxury. As well as having use of the butler service, guests staying in the suites and villas are eligible for exclusive amenities and privileges, from an unpacking service, to priority tee off times on the golf courses.
Across the two resorts there are a total of 19 bars and restaurants, and a mouthwatering choice of Greek and international cuisine. Local flavours and traditional recipes are very much celebrated, and much of the produce comes from the resort’s own organic gardens. We love the choice of local style restaurants, from street food at Souvlakerie to taverna style dining at KOOC where traditional Messinian dishes are served. The catch of the day becomes a gastronomic experience at Armyra and traditional recipes are the mainstay of the menu at Perovino. Exceptional sushi can be found at Onuki and the subtle flavours of Lebanon are served at Nargile. Da Luigi is renown for its dishes from all over Italy, not to forget its pizzas and steak lovers can eat at Flame, with cuts coming from local producers. The breezy Barbouni, right on the beach is the perfect place for lunch, then try a sundowner on the golf course at Ted’s Lounge. There’s even an eaterie dedicated to the resort’s younger guests. Division 16 serves excellent burgers and mocktails, and comes with a photo booth, a bowling alley and escape room! If you’re after something a bit quieter, private dining can easily be arranged – your personal butler will only be too happy to organise it.
The Romanos has a very grown up vibe, and is much better suited to families with older children. Younger children can use all the facilities at the sister resort, from the kids club to the water park.
For those of you who are just after a week of pampering and doing very little, the Romanos is ideal. It’s just a short stroll to the beach or the Anazoe Spa (make sure you book a treatment) and life moves at a gloriously unhurried pace. On the other hand, if you’re keen to explore or take advantage of all the facilities here, you’ll need more than a week. The two 18 hole golf courses come with a first class pedigree – one being designed by Bernhard Langer, and the other by Robert Trent Jones III, which will keep the keenest of golfers very happy indeed. There are also 16 tennis courts, with professional coaching available for the entire family. Being right on the beach, the watersports facilities are excellent. Beginners can learn to kitesurf, windsurf or surf, and there’s coaching available for every level upwards. For a more sedate pursuit, there’s kayaking and paddleboarding, as well as beach yoga. The resort has a climbing wall, complete with a team of instructors; there’s a bowling alley and a basketball court, and there’s even a go karting track. We definitely recommend venturing further afield – this unspoilt part of Greece is full of historical interest and is stunningly beautiful. The resort has a team of cultural experts who organise exclusive excursions and bespoke experiences. You’ll wish you’d booked a longer stay!
It was with an eye on the local environment that Costa Navarino was built. It sits sympathetically in its historic landscape, blending in with the surroundings. Much of the produce is grown on site, the gardens are only planted with indigenous flora and there are water reservoirs to catch the rainfall. The beaches along this part of the coast are famous for their loggerhead turtles, and the resort has put special measures in place to ensure they are protected when they come ashore to lay their eggs.