New Year Travel Resolutions: 4 Goals to Aim for in 2024

Inspired by the surroundings at Costa Navarino and the local life in Messinia, we've put together our list of resolutions to fulfill this year.

Edited by Paulina Björk Kapsali

Resolution 1: Spend More Time with Family and Friends

While solo travel has its charms, we’re celebrating the joy of togetherness. Nothing fills our hearts more than quality time with our loved ones.

Costa Navarino offers everything we could ask for when traveling together; three immense areas (and one more to come), designed with accessibility and inclusivity in mind, encompass four distinct resorts, each catering to a diverse array of guests.

For families seeking a memorable getaway, there is The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, where laughter of children blends seamlessly with the serene beauty of the surroundings, offering a multitude of activities that promise to engage and delight guests of all ages. Children can become Little Gardeners, nurturing nature’s gifts, or transform into Young Archaeologists, uncovering hidden treasures. A world of fun unfolds for all – from thrilling VR games to karaoke sessions at Division 16 and not forget the Aqua Park, a joyful playground for every age.

The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, stands as the ideal romantic escape for couples. Its award-winning Anazoe Spa offers a unique array of treatments that harness the region’s natural ingredients and the therapeutic powers of olive oil. Embark on a journey through time, merging ancient practices and modern science that create an unparalleled wellness experience.

For those eager to dive into new experiences, the distinguished elegance and exceptional service associated with the Mandarin Oriental brand at the Mandarin Oriental Costa Navarino are ready to be embraced. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Messinia with your loved ones, unwind in suites and earth-sheltered villas with terraces and private pools offering breathtaking views of the bay of Navarino; savor a variety of international flavors; and rejuvenate at The Spa, inspired by the Mandarin Oriental Group’s traditional rituals combined with the abundant local flora.

Friends looking to embark on a journey together will be reunited at W Costa Navarino. The atmosphere buzzes with activity; watersports, social gatherings, and an easygoing vibe, making it a favorite for groups keen to forge unforgettable memories together. There’s always something to enjoy with your friends, including pop-up events and guest artists performing at the destination beach club, Parelìa.

Whether you’re with your family or cherished friends, step into Navarino Agora, a meticulously curated marketplace. As you explore, you’ll come accross handpicked boutiques, savor the enticing aromas of artisanal street food, and immerse yourself in captivating melodies. Here, art and cinema invite you to engage your senses, while unexpected pop-up markets and events add delightful surprises at every turn. Navarino Agora isn’t just a place; it’s the vibrant heart of the area, the new meeting point waiting to be discovered.

Resolution 2: Stay in Shape

As noted recently by athletes such as Daniela Hantuchová and Miguel Ángel Jiménez, when you love sports, you practice even while on vacation. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a spirited amateur, whether you crave adrenaline-pumping adventures or seek more serene pursuits, whether you’re a sea lover or a mountain explorer, Costa Navarino has it all.

Professional golfers, dedicated enthusiasts, and beginners alike can find their ideal place at the four 18-hole signature golf courses. But Costa Navarino is more than just a golf destination; it’s a high-end sports ecosystem, offering boundless opportunities for all sports enthusiasts.

Here, amidst the breathtaking landscape of lush greenery and pristine shores, you can immerse yourself in outdoor activities like biking, climbing, and hiking. Moreover, the serene, crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea are awaiting to be explored with an array of water sports; catch the waves on a windsurf board, experience the rush of wing foil, enjoy a fun-filled snorkeling adventure, deep dive to discover the incredible undersea beauty, get a workout on a stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), go water-skiing, or take a kayak out to explore nearby beaches among other.

Tennis enthusiasts of all levels can experience the Mouratoglou Tennis Center at Costa Navarino with breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea. Basketball enthusiasts can join world-class coaching programs at the new NBA basketball school learning from the best and create lasting basketball memories.

Resolution 3: Eat Like a Messinian

Mediterranean cuisine is perhaps the world’s most complete, healthy diet. Based on local ingredients and naturally developed over centuries, it’s deeply satisfying and good for you — a rarity in the world of diets.

Unsurprisingly, the Mediterranean diet shines the most in regions with great agricultural wealth. The Messinian landscape is dominated by extensive vineyards, orchards, and olive groves, and the diet of the Messinians, who knew the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet long before it was scientifically proven, is still predominantly plant-based, boasting primarily fruits and vegetables, bread and cereals, seeds and grains. Yet the core of the Mediterranean diet — using excellent, fresh, and locally sourced ingredients — is also adopted into the kitchens of Costa Navarino restaurants serving various other cuisines.

With over 40 dining venues, dining isn’t just a meal; it’s an experience. From elegant Mediterranean cuisine to contemporary international delights with influences from Lebanon, France, Spain and Japan, the culinary offerings are diverse and enticing. Street food aromas mingle with the allure of all-day lounge bars, and a traditional Greek Kafeneio beckons with its timeless charm.

Resolution 4: Live Like a Local

With a cultural heritage that goes back thousands of years, Messinia’s traditions are deeply rooted and meaningful.

Participate in the Messinian Authenticity program to learn to live like a true Messinian;
Join locals in an authentic village cooking class, embark on a philosophy walk led by a university professor, experience authentic farm-to-table dining, explore the night sky through a telescope and learn about the ancient science of astronomy, go birdwatching in Gialova lagoon to get up-close with some of the rare species, learn the art of cheesemaking, attend a master class on wine to find out about Messinian wine varieties, and savor an olive oil tasting led by an international expert.

Costa Navarino isn’t just a year-round destination, where you can savor an exceptional resort experience; it’s a place where you can create a lasting connection with the region, a place to call home. An array of distinctive real estate opportunities caters to every desire and preference, ensuring there’s something for everyone looking to create their legacy of happiness.