From the waterfalls of Mount Taygetos to the steep canyons of Mani, Greece’s Messinia region exudes a wild beauty. The area is experiencing a boost in international tourism, with Kalamata Airport arrivals quadrupling between 2011 and 2018. Blending five-star luxury with this unforgettable natural setting, Greece’s Costa Navarino development offers a distinctive real estate growth opportunity.
Just two hours by car from Athens, Greece’s Messinia region is framed with plentiful golden sandy beaches ideal for an idyllic swim or boat ride. This inspiring scenery is punctuated by hidden coves and rugged gorges to explore, as well as sleepy villages sitting atop looming cliffs. The fertile landscape is an epicure’s delight with its locally produced honey and balsamic vinegar, and you can visit Messinia’s olive groves, sun-kissed vineyards and fig orchards to sample the fresh produce. There are roughly 250 olive oil presses in the region, crafting the extra virgin olive oil that was deemed ‘liquid gold’ by Homer.
Kalamata is Messinia’s crown jewel, a lively destination famed for its international dance festival and abundant meze tavernas. Nearby sits the town of Pylos, which features an enchanting main square ringed by old growth trees and stone houses, alongside the fascinating remains of Nestor’s Palace. Messinia’s past is laid bare by its contrasting architectural styles built over the centuries, from Byzantine to Frankish-era castles looming over the seaside landscapes. Well-preserved reminders of the area’s history include ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games event was held in 776 BC.
The Costa Navarino development extends over a space of 1,000 hectares along Messinia’s Ionian coastline. A highlight is the Residences at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, with apartments including family suites and interconnecting deluxe rooms. These income-generating properties expertly merge investment and leisure, offering full access to the exclusive resort facilities. Owners enjoy free use for eight weeks out of the year, with the remainder of the year providing fully managed rental income from resort guests. Apartments are laid out over 120 square metres, many with private infinity pools for guests to soak in the Ionian Sea views. Choose from garden view, sea view or premium sea view layouts, as well as premium beachfront apartments just steps away from Dunes Beach.
Costa Navarino is designed to incorporate the natural beauty of the surrounding region as part of its timeless design. A prime example of this is the onsite Anazoe Spa, which offers an inviting sanctuary blending traditional wisdom with modern science. The spa’s ‘oleotherapy’ uses locally produced olive oil in therapeutic treatments based on clay tablets uncovered at the ancient Palace of Nestor. Thalassotherapy, ice grotto rooms, herbal saunas and floating pools encourage the ultimate relaxation experience. The Costa Navarino development also boasts a growing reputation as a must-visit golfing destination, with two 18-hole championship courses designed by Bernhard Langer and Robert Trent Jones Jr. Enjoy panoramic sea views framed by golden dunes and rustic mountain landscapes as you test your skills around these courses.
This investment opportunity is also sustainable, following carefully planned environmental policies from its development to the operational stages. This ensures the natural beauty of the Messinia region will be retained for generations to come.