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.
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1309, 1310, and 1311 all have views of the ocean from infinity pools and from the bathrooms’ soaking tubs, so you can gaze at the sea (or the stars) in any weather.
Take a break from the hotel’s four-star cuisine and grab a souvlaki or gyro at the hotel’s Souvlakerie stand, then nosh on the snack while watching live local performances or soccer matches at the open-air cinema in the Agora—the hotel’s central square.