The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort
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.