Set amid lush olive groves overlooking the storied waters of the Ionian Sea, this absolutely magical place, Costa Navarino can be the perfect weekend getaway. I discovered it on my own, when I spontaneously decided to pack my weekender, put the seat belt on and drive the distance with the most intelligent sedan ever built, my sleek Volvo S90. To escape from it all, even for just a little.

The story of Costa Navarino is as old as Greece itself. It was wise King Nestor, legendary ruler of ancient Pylos, who first gave meaning to the word “hospitality” when he befriended complete strangers. This is a place where friendship can always be found, where happiness is measured by footsteps in the sand.

Located in Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese, it is one of the most unspoiled and breathtaking landscapes in the Mediterranean. Its philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messinia, while protecting and preserving not only its natural beauty but also a remarkable cultural heritage spanning 4,500 years.

Costa Navarino is home to two 5-star deluxe hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, Anazoe Spa, a 4,000m2. spa & thalassotherapy center, two signature golf courses, over 20 fine dining venues, a wide range of sports, outdoor and cultural activities, plus an array of 5-star services.

The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort was my home for the weekend – and  is one of the finest luxury resorts in Greece, offering a diverse selection of rooms and suites with private infinity pools amidst lush olive groves, affording majestic views of the Ionian Sea.

And, yes… As expected, the Volvo S90 managed to easily erase the long distance from home (approximately 300 kilometres away from Athens). Dare I say, even faster than I would have wished for…

 

 

Favourite spot: Barbouni Restaurant

 

 

 

 

Inside Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort

 

 

 

My ride: Volvo S90

 

 

[Thank you to Volvo & Volvo Car Hellas, to IWC Schaffhausen and Kessaris for the truly unforgettable, quite cinematic weekend getaway.]