Costa Navarino in Greece named as EUROPE'S BEST golf resort

The new lifestyle resort W Costa Navarino was launched alongside two 18-hole signature golf courses designed by Jose Maria Olazabal earlier this year.

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Thu, 17 Nov 2022
Costa Navarino in Greece named as EUROPE'S BEST golf resort

Costa Navarino in Greece has received one of its most prestigious accolades yet by being named best of the ‘Top 100 Resorts in Continental Europe’ by Golf World.

Along with two 18-hole signature golf courses at Navarino Hills, which were designed by European Ryder Cup legend José María Olazábal, 2022 marked the year when lifestyle resort W Costa Navarino was opened.

It is located on Navarino Waterfront and the popular destination will add to its offering next spring with the unveiling of the Mandarin Oriental at the Navarino Bay area and the opening of Navarino Agora.

This will be an exciting marketplace featuring a wide choice of shops, open-air stalls, street food, outdoor cinema and live events. Costa Navarino scored highly to amass an overall total of 91 points out of 100 across categories such as golf courses, accommodation, amenities and setting.

Costa Navarino was launched in 2010. Its aim was to develop a sustainable tourism destination in the Greek region of Messinia, in southwest Peloponnese. The destination is now a reality with four 18-hole signature golf courses - The Dunes Course, The Bay Course, and the two layouts at Navarino Hills.

Each course is within a 13km maximum distance of three five-star hotels across distinct resort areas and an array of leisure and sports
facilities combined to make it Europe’s newest golf destination.

"Two years ago we said that the addition of not one but two new courses at Costa Navarino would likely make it an irresistible number one, and so it has proven," said Chris Bertram, chairman of the Top 100 panel.

"The opening of The International Olympic Academy Golf Course and The Hills Course, both by José María Olazábal, gives Costa Navarino 72 holes of high-class golf to add to its comprehensive accommodation and amenity offerings."

"We are extremely proud to be ranked number one in continental Europe by Golf World," said Nuno Sepulveda, General Manager at Costa Navarino Golf.

"With the opening of two new golf courses and the arrival of W Costa Navarino, it has been a remarkable year which further enhanced the top-quality experience that we aim to offer to all our guests."

The achievement is the latest global recognition that Costa Navarino has received in 2022 including Navarino Hills and the new Hills Clubhouse being recognised in Golf Inc. magazine as the ‘Development of the Year’ and the ‘Clubhouse of the Year’.