Set on the Peloponnese peninsula, the eco-resort of Costa Navarino is built over 10,000 acres of lavender and rosemary fields, dotted with thousands of olive trees. With swathes of deserted beaches overlooking the shimmering Ionian Sea, the area is famed for its natural beauty.

The Luxury Collection hotel group has made a palace here, all gleaming, pillared and marble.

Discreetly built into the hillside, The Romanos is designed like a traditional Greek village, albeit one where all 321 rooms have sea views and 350-thread-count cotton sheets, while 280 have their own infinity pool.

Although centred on a 'village square', the wide-spread design means that privacy reigns.

There's plenty to keep you entertained, from the adrenalin-pumping activities (biking, hiking and diving) to the 4,000sq m Anazoe Spa, as well as a spoiling of restaurants, from the slick Japanese cocktail bar to a beachside taverna, all without leaving the cosseted resort confines.

WOW FACTOR: The cycle to Voidokilia beach is worth every one of the eight miles it takes to get there. Set off early to get the crescent-shaped bay's crystal-clear water and golden sand all to yourselves. 

FLIGHT TIME: 5 hours

GO: Elegant Resorts www.elegantresorts.co.uk offers seven nights from £1,075 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers. Aegean Airways offers flights from London Heathrow to Athens, as well as daily flights from Athens to Kalamata www.aegeanair.com