is the world’s largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 6,000 properties in 120 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company’s 30 leading brands include: Bulgari®, The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, W®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, Four Points® by Sheraton, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Element®, Moxy® Hotels, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®.
Westin Hotels & Resorts, a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade, lives its philosophy “For a Better You™” through the brand’s six pillars of Well-Being: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well. At more than 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, guests can experience offerings that include the iconic Heavenly® Bed, RunWESTIN™ and Westin Gear Lending with New Balance®, delicious and nutritious SuperFoodsRx™ and the innovative workspace Tangent.
The Luxury Collection® brand is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest.
Born from the bold, 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels has redefined hospitality for over two decades, breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With nearly 60 hotels around the globe, the detail-driven design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing, signature Living Rooms create an experience that is often imitated but never matched. Dynamic and invigorating, the brand celebrates each travelers’ desire to uncover the destination through a lens that is distinctly W.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 35 hotels and seven residences in 24 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group’s oriental heritage and unique sense of place. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.
Troon Golf, the world’s leading luxury brand golf management company is a consulting partner for The Dunes Course and The Bay Course at Costa Navarino, contributing to the destination’s unique golf experience.
The world-renowned golfer Bernhard Langer, former US Masters Champion and Ryder Cup Captain, is currently using his vast experience in the field to design spectacular and challenging golf courses of the highest standards. For The Dunes Course he worked as a Signature Designer in association with European Golf Design, a leading golf-course design and development firm.
European Golf Design is internationally recognized for consistently producing high quality and successful resort, members and tournament golf courses.
Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJII), designers of The Bay Course, is one of the world’s leading golf-course design firms, having successfully completed state-of-the-art, sustainable projects in more than 40 countries.
José María Olazábal ranks among the greatest European golfers of all time with two Masters victories (1994, 1999), 33 titles around the world and legendary performances in the Ryder Cup both as a player and a captain. The European Ryder Cup victory in 2012 under his captaincy, labelled the “Miracle at Medinah”, is rated as one of the most spectacular comeback victories ever in sports.
With his golf-course design studio, Olazabal Design, José María has created several high-profile tournament courses, such as Royal Sevilla Golf Club in Spain and the Olazabal Course at Mission Hills in China, both hosts to World Cups of Golf and World Golf Championships. His boutique studio, which he has been growing together with partners Matthias Nemes and Sergio Gomez, as well as with support of golf architect, Toni Ortner, has additionally designed extraordinary works like the ultra-exclusive Velaa Golf Academy in the Maldives and the just-completed Education City Golf Club in Qatar. Navarino Hills is his first design work in Greece and his 20th overall.
Aeter Architects is one of the largest architectural firms in Greece. It is the natural evolution of the Harry C. Bougadellis architectural practice established in Athens in 1984. The high standardof the architectural services provided is ensured by a fully implemented quality assurance system certified according to EN ISO 9001 International Standard.
Alexandros N. Tombazis & Associates Architects was founded in 1963 and today employs approximately 60 people. Its services cover the design and supervision of works in many fields and on a broad range of scales. Low-energy and bioclimatic design is one of the company’s priorities.
The firm has undertaken commissions in Greece, Cyprus, Dubai and the Middle East, Portugal, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine, and its projects, which have been acknowledged on many occasions both in Greece and abroad, have received awards in over 110 national and international competitions.
The firm has been operating since 1966, developing Mediterranean landscapes and particularly private gardens. It focuses on installations related to eisure, hotels, large organizations, luxury and prestige exhibitions, as well as the restoration of historical gardens and old parks, by applying all modern means for the realization of all study phases in their diversity and engineering.
KLAB architecture was founded by Konstantinos Labrinopoulos in 2001. The firm comprises of an international group of highly qualified and motivated architects seeking opportunities to create unique and intriguing architecture. KLAB architecture aims to produce high-quality architecture that broadens the mind and expands the potential of the discipline through innovative approaches.
Since 2010, KLAB architecture has also been operating in the UK from its office in London. KLAB architecture’s work has been widely published internationally:
In 2008, KLAB architecture earned global recognition when Wallpaper magazine included it among the most promising architectural firms in the world. In 2010, it was featured in the book Starchitects among the visionary architects of the 21st century. In 2011 at the X International Awards, KLAB architecture won the prestigious Best Commercial Project 2011 award for its “placebo pharmacy”, and in 2014, the “urban stripes” apartment building was nominated for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe award.
Kois Associated Architects was founded in Athens in 2007 by architect Stelios Kois.
The office deals with a range of projects on several different fields of design; spanning from smaller to larger scale projects.
The design ethos of the collaboration is the synchronized engagement in practice and research that leads to the evaluation and generation of new solutions. Research topics are drawn from natural formal and social sciences in an attempt to form an interdisciplinary network of information that will inform the decision making process. “Kois Associated Architects” works in a continuous workshop spirit with a multidisciplinary team of architects, engineers, graphic artists and town planners from different cultural backgrounds. The practice’s view is that only through diversity and antithesis true innovative solution emerges and manifests its self. The projects produced by the office have been awarded on an international level; and published in both local and international books, magazines and websites.
K-Studio is an architecture practice. Their contextual approach to individual projects seeks to produce unique architectural experiences.
The studio has developed a reputation for their dynamic approach to architectural interventions. Their portfolio includes a variety of projects from shops, restaurants and offices to hotel rooms, apartments and houses, based in Greece, the Greek islands and London with some located in France and Switzerland. The office approaches each project as a unique challenge. Research focuses on the characteristics of the site and the design concept is developed through ideas and materials that honestly and holistically respond to both.
Polyanna Paraskeva has been extensively involved in the design and construction of spaces of creative and educational activity for children and infants since 1989, and she has been recognized for her work both in Greece and abroad. The sensitivity and creativity of design, the purity imposed by such spaces, in addition to their necessary interactive aspect have also moulded the firm’s design approach to other types of projects.
A modern, dynamic firm capable of responding promptly and effectively to the demanding and ever-changing global market, Potiropoulos + Partners is dedicated to the development of solutions that are flexible and client-oriented, yet clearly defined as to its principles.
Combining the pursuit of theoretical and design issues with the ability to implement complex and large-scale projects, Potiropoulos + Partners aspires to serve as a wellspring of originality for its clients and for society in general, by constantly exploring new creative ideas, innovative technological solutions and other comparative advantages which can provide added value to the built environment. The firm’s work has been repeatedly awarded and showcased in both national and international architecture exhibitions, while many of its projects have been featured in the architectural and popular press.
The landscape architectural practice specializes in the design and detailing of landscapes for the hospitality industry and luxury lifestyle market. By infusing each project with a sense of place, Scape designers in collaboration with the project architect and interior designer create facilities that draw on the best from local culture and blend them with the international. Their strong, contemporary designs have ensured a diverse global portfolio, which includes some of the finest landmark projects in the industry and are driven by a passion for aesthetics interwoven with an understanding of guest and visitor experience.
WATG has been designing destinations for over 70 years— with over 350 completed projects spanning more than 160 countries and territories. As an industry leader, WATG is highly acclaimed for excellence in design and creativity, producing award-winning designs that are consistently ranked among the world’s best by the most discerning travelers.
From offices in Irvine, Los Angeles, New York, London, Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore and Honolulu, WATG offers integrated services comprising strategy, planning, urban design, architecture, landscape and interior design. WATG’s projects are renowned not only for their design and sense of place but also for their bottom-line success.
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LTW Design Works is an international interior-design firm providing the highest quality design services to discerning hoteliers. Their work includes space planning, concept design, construction package and coordination on site. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Milan, the scope of the firm’s collective experience enables them to respond creatively in both urban and resort environments worldwide. Their client list includes: Four Seasons, Intercontinental, Mandarin Oriental, Raffles, Ritz Carlton, Shangri-La and The Oberoi.
MKV Design is the one of the most respected providers of world-class interior architecture & design to the international hospitality sector. Its portfolio of projects reflects a wide diversity of design talent encompassing chic urban hotels, grand historic establishments, revitalized business and leisure hotels and large-scale new-build resorts worldwide. It also reflects commitment to originality and integrity, understanding and respecting local architectural and cultural heritage but re-interpreting them afresh to meet clients’ objectives.
Centre of Environmental Health and Biophysics of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens
The Centre of Environmental Health and Biophysics of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens has been involved in pioneering research on ozone, chemistry-radiation interactions and global change in recent decades.
The Biomedical Research Foundation is a non-profit institute, established by the Academy of Athens, which traces its name to the 3rd century BC Plato’s Academy, thus preserving the heritage of the first academy in the world. The centre has participated in all WMO/UNEP Ozone Assessments and in numerous competitive international research projects and campaigns.
The Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research at Stockholm University is a pioneering institute within the field of climate and environmental research.
The late Bert Bolin, professor at Stockholm University, was the leading force behind the establishment of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
The Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research at Stockholm University carries on Bolin’s heritage by conducting fundamental research on critical processes in the climate system. The Centre is developing an extensive research program on natural climate evolution and variability, as well as changes imposed by man’s ever-increasing impact on the climate system through emission of greenhouse gases and aerosols, and changes in land-use, vegetation and hydrology.
HELMEPA, the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association, is the voluntary and non-profit organization founded in Piraeus on 4 June 1982 by Greek seafarers and ship-owners in order to nurture an environmental consciousness throughout shipping so that a culture of pollution prevention and safety prevails to complement the existing international legislation.
Currently, its members are about 480 Greek-owned ocean-going vessels, 180 companies and organizations in Greece and abroad and more than 13,000 Greek merchant-marine officers.
In the maritime field, HELMEPA motivates its volunteer members, from ship-owner to seafarer, with information and updates mainly through annual refresher training programs in Piraeus, on islands and in coastal areas of the country as well as aboard ships.
In the field of environmental awareness within society at large, it offers the environmental program “HELMEPA Junior” in which more than 45,000 children, 6 to 13 years old, and 1,800 teachers have participated all over Greece since 1993. “HELMEPA Junior” makes the younger generation the most effective herald of environmental messages, while bringing the children closer to shipping and thus widening their future career horizons.
Furthermore, HELMEPA carries out awareness campaigns, which use a seagull character to spread the message for “Clean Seas and Beaches” through environmental exhibitions, voluntary beach clean-ups, TV spots, printed material and students’ drawing competitions.
HELMEPA, implementing its Founding Declaration, promoted and helped the foundation of other sister MEPA organizations with similar Declarations, such as AUSMEPA in Australia, BRITMEPA in Great Britain, CYMEPA in Cyprus, NAMEPA in North America, PHILMEPA in the Philippines, TURMEPA in Turkey, URUMEPA in Uruguay and UKRMEPA in Ukraine. MEPAs cooperate among themselves under the umbrella of INTERMEPA, the International Marine Environment Protection Association, based in Greece.
The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism has the copyright of the antiquities that comprise the visual content of the photographs (L.no.3028/2002 “On the protection of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage in general”). Some of the photos of archaeological sites which appear on the Costa Navarino website were kindly provided by Militos Publications, to whom we extend our sincere thanks. In addition, we would like to express our thanks to the Development Company of Messinia for providing a selection of recipes from the cookbook “Olive Oil and the Messinian Traditional Cuisine” presented in the relevant section.