Here is a look inside the Mandarin Oriental’s first resort in Greece.
The Mandarin Oriental has officially opened its first hotel in Greece. A three-hour car ride from Athens, the resort is perched on the Messanian Hillside, with unobstructed and panoramic views of the Navarino Bay so guests can get as close as possible to the area’s breathtaking beauty.
The first Mandarin Oriental opened its doors 60 years ago in Hong Kong and a second in Bangkok in 1974. Today, the hotel group operates 38 hotels worldwide, and Forbes magazine has awarded 25 of those a five-star status in recognition of the exceptional service and experiences offered to the guests.
The chief executive of Mandarin Oriental, James Riley, says the group is delighted to have opened their first property in Greece and look forward to combining the hotel’s features with Greece’s unforgettable landscapes, olive groves and luxurious beaches.
The 99-room hotel was designed on the principles of green architecture, with the villa’s plant-filled roofs blending in seamlessly with the natural landscape, that from above it almost looks invisible.
Athens-based Tombazis & Associates Architects and K-Studio developed the resort’s design, and the indoor spaces were designed by Alexander Waterworth, Studio Afroditi Krassa, MKV Design and K-Studio.
With 99 rooms, including 51 suites and 48 earth-sheltered villas, each with a private pool, it is a luxurious dream.
The designs of the rooms are complimented by a palette of earthy undertones with references to ancient Greek handicrafts and the region’s historical landmarks.
There are three choices suites, villas and accessible rooms. The Three Bedroom Pool Villa is the largest accommodation on site and perfect for a relaxing vacation by the pool with family or friends.
The Villa offers three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a separate living room. The living room opens to a gorgeous terrace with a private pool. The villa is decorated with luxurious marble, fine timbers, and a spacious, stylish layout. It offers room for up to six guests.
Another choice includes the Two Bedroom Deluxe Bay View Junior Suite. It is striking, with views of the glittering Navarino Bay, a large sitting area, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a walk-in wardrobe.
The interiors complement traditional Greek structures with nude, natural tones around the suite, including the outside balcony.
The Mandarin Oriental Costa Navarino serves a range of creative cuisine and drinks in immaculately designed surroundings.
There are eight choices of dining, including the modern French cuisine Brasserie de la Bay, Italian Pizza Sapienza by Daniele Cason and casual drinks and dining at Three Admirals Lounge.
Experience unforgettable fine dining at The Private Kitchen. A unique meal or masterclass for up to 14 guests can be enjoyed in the relaxing atmosphere of the private dining space.
They often hold special events and offers, including a Michelin Star takeover on 15 October. Chef Tasos Mantis joins The Private Kitchen with his farm-to-table cuisine, a celebration of Greek ingredients and superb technique.
The experience includes personally curated menus, which are well-suited for special occasions.
With the combination of delicious cuisine, fantastic service and a perfect selection of fine wines, The Mandarin Oriental private dining in Greece is an experience to be savoured.
The Mandarin Oriental Greece provides a range of impressive wellness and relaxation services that anyone can enjoy regardless of whether or not they are staying in the hotel.
One of the facilities they offer is Time Ritual (EUR 420), which involves choosing an amount of time with one of Mandarin Oriental’s therapists, and they will use their talents to create and customise treatments to each guest’s unique individual needs.
Their Inner and Outer Strength facilities involve mindfulness, vitality and sleep.
Mindfulness is an introduction to meditation and other mindful practices. It includes a heat and water journey, a yoga session, guided meditation and an inner strength massage.
Their fitness centre is open 24/7 and provides a range of classes, including personal training, one-to-one yoga and meditation.
There is an impressive offer of adrenaline-fulled and cultural experiences, including water sports, golf, beach yoga, rock climbing, tennis and more. They will help you create a perfect holiday, whether it’s action-filled or relaxed.
The breathtaking Mediterranean Sea provides a perfect playground for swimming, snorkelling or any of the water sports up for offer.
There is a range of culinary experiences to learn the secrets of Greek authenticity and gastronomy through olive harvesting and tasting, a wine masterclass and the Farm-to-Table Cooking Experience.
The resort officially began welcoming guests on 15 August. Prices start from €990, or AUD 1600.