Jutting out into the Ionian Sea, the Peloponnese is a large, green peninsula that’s home to spectacular woodland, mountains and coast. On its south-eastern fringes sits The Romanos Resort, in an area known as Costa Navarino. From here you could easily reach Ancient Olympia, a 90-minute drive, or Kalamata, whose airport is a 50-minute drive, but stretching out for miles are golden sands – a springboard for snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing – and hills for walking and soaking up the air and scent of pretty wild flowers.
Anazoe Spa has a unique atmosphere, created by a classical-meets-contemporary design, and signature treatments that are influenced by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. This serene sanctuary offers a range of healing remedies and pampering techniques, using herbs and oils from the surrounding lands, and has indoor and outdoor areas for absorbing light and natural energies. The Health Club also has its own 18m pool, gym, whirpool and steam rooms.
Newly authored, the two cutting-edge courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course, are simply first-class. The Dunes was created by former two times US Masters Champion and Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer and boasts sublime sea views and river views, as it meanders in and out of olive and fruit groves. The Bay focuses on strategic play and was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Spectacular sunsets as you skirt the coast will make for a truly memorable round.
Aiming to offer luxury for all, The Romanos has 321 rooms, suites and villas that are suitable not only for couples but also families and groups. Decorated with hues that reflect the Ionian Sea, their bright and breezy aspect is complemented further by individual infinity pools – available on most ground-floor rooms. Views of the sea, golf course or pool – set amid lush grounds – are offered, while inside the chic design reflects touches of local architecture and classical elements. King-sized beds come adorned with 350-thread-count linens and cream marble combines with dark wood.
Perfectly positioned for embracing the outdoor life, the resort has an Outdoor Academy that can arrange cycling, hiking and Nordic walking. Kayaking, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding are available too. The more adventurous may want to try exploring secluded beaches by yacht; or diving down into the underwater world nearby with PADI scuba lessons. Cocoon and Sand Castle clubs cater for kids of all ages, with games, art, nature walks and dressing up.
Food at Eleon restaurant focuses on traditional Greek cuisine with modern flourishes, accompanied by fine wines from across the country. Healthy salads, grills and locally grown ingredients are served up in a casual, alfresco setting. You may want to try the seafood at laid-back Barbouni, which overlooks the sea and The Dunes beach; or tuck into steaks served on wooden platters at Flame, a handy stop at the clubhouse overlooking the rolling countryside.
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