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The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Messinia, Greece

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A onetime stomping ground for ancient Greek royalty, the white-sand beaches of Messinia, in the Peloponnese region, are about to have their second heyday. The 321-room Romanos is the first of an eco-conscious, four-resort development named Costa Navarino. The whitewashed, 321-acre property, virtually invisible from the beach alongside it, has a golf course that’s irrigated with rainwater, and 80 percent of the property will operate on solar power by 2012. Not that the Romanos isn’t about indulging: each of the 32 light-filled suites has a private pool, and the breakfast spread includes five types of local honey. Doubles from $457.

It List: The Best New Hotels 2011

The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Messinia, Greece

A onetime stomping ground for ancient Greek royalty, the white-sand beaches of Messinia, in the Peloponnese region, are about to have their second heyday. The 321-room Romanos is the first of an eco-conscious, four-resort development named Costa Navarino. The whitewashed, 321-acre property, virtually invisible from the beach alongside it, has a golf course that’s irrigated with rainwater, and 80 percent of the property will operate on solar power by 2012. Not that the Romanos isn’t about indulging: each of the 32 light-filled suites has a private pool, and the breakfast spread includes five types of local honey. Doubles from $457.

Courtesy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts

It List: The Best New Hotels 2011

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