Costa Navarino has always tried to impress us. Just think of their 4 golf courses, five-star hotels, luxury private residences, etc.
As a father of a three-year-old son, I am of course primarily interested in family programs and vacation opportunities. But I would like to show you to what extent Costa Navarino‘s 2023 offer follows the latest travel trends.
I see the following travel trends in 2023
- People have heightened expectations of travel experiences. One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Mental & physical well-being services are gaining momentum.
- Beach and city destinations are still very popular.
- Values of a golf destination/golf resort matter a lot to golf tourists. They will try to find golf resorts that share the same values as they have. E.g. sustainability – Costa Navarino performs very well in this area as well.
- Inclusion! Be accessible to people of all abilities, backgrounds, and identities.
- It is still important to be flexible with bookings.
- Digital Nomads – Work-abroad and work-from-home – a new segment of golf tourists and travelers in general. There are cca. 35 million digital nomads in the world. This figure is from 2021. Skift Research estimates that digital nomads could be a $1B new market in the U.S. alone.
Costa Navarino with expanded destination offering in 2023
From February 20, we will be able to enjoy the 4 golf courses of Costa Navarino:
- world’s first International Olympic Academy Golf Course;
- Hills Course,
- Dunes Course, and
- Bay Course.
The open marketplace Navarino Agora will also make its debut in April, whilst a new Watersports Hub will further add to Costa Navarino’s diverse offering.
On the gastronomy front, more than 15 new venues are set to elevate the dining experience across the destination.
Finally, summer 2023 marks the highly anticipated Greek debut of Mandarin Oriental – one of the world’s most admired hotel brands – at Costa Navarino, adding to and complementing the existing premium hospitality offering.
The beachfront luxury Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino will feature
- 99 guest rooms, including 48 spacious earth-sheltered pool villas, all with outdoor terraces and breathtaking sea views,
- 5 restaurants and bars,
- a 1,500 m2 spa and fitness center with a stunning 25m indoor-outdoor pool.
It will be located amidst a 140-hectare natural landscape at Navarino Bay, already home to the Robert Trent Jones II-designed 18-hole signature Bay Course.
Costa Navarino for digital nomads too
The digital nomads mentioned above also have something to offer Costa Navarino. The residential community of Costa Navarino Residences is growing, as Navarino Dunes welcomes the first owners of Rolling Greens.
In addition, Costa Navarino Residences will also present its new residential project in the Navarino Dunes resort area, Valley Greens, which features a range of two-bedroom semi-detached villas through to four-bedroom detached villas, based on the ‘turn-key’ model.
Costa Navarino – latest sustainability investments
These are the latest sustainability initiatives on the resort’s golf courses:
- Reduced the total grassed area that needs to be irrigated on the Bay and Dunes courses by 5 and 10% respectively.
- With further use of native plants and recycled olive tree wood branches, the destination is promoting a plastic-free philosophy across all its golf venues, by eliminating the use of all plastic bottles on and off the course.
- Partnership with WWF Greece.
- Another key target set by Costa Navarino is to achieve carbon neutrality for the GHG emissions resulting from the activities of the facilities by 2030, through – among others – direct emissions reduction and on-site energy production from renewables.