Peloponnesians have appreciated the health benefits of their Mediterranean diet (high in veggies, fruits, whole grains, olive oil, nuts, and fish) for centuries. These days, the fish soup at Thalassinos (shown) in the seaside town of Marathopoli, as well as the fresh fish (especially the red mullet) and wild greens at Diamantis, in the port town of Gerakas, prove that healthy can also be delicious.
Thalassinos: Dimotiko Diamerisma, Marathopolis, Marathopoli, Municipality Trifylias, Prefecture Messinias, 30/276-306-1208. Diamantis: Limani Geraka, Gerakas, Lakonia, 30/273-202-3849.
The Ultimate Greek Retreat
The homeland of Hippocrates and the Olympics, Greece has a legacy of health and fitness. The Peloponnese, a paw-shaped peninsula an hour from Athens, is where you can best experience this heritage. Healing waters run deep, and new hotels are redefining classic cures.
Kinsterna Hotel & Spa is in an 800-year-old mansion. Guestrooms feature such details as original fireplaces and Byzantine domes. The hammamlike spa was inspired by the natural springs that flow through the property.
From $234. 30/273-206-6300. Photo courtesy of Kinsterna Hotel. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.
The 40,000-square-foot Anazoe Spa, shared between the Romanos and the Westin hotels in the Costa Navarino resort, created its oil-based remedies from the prescriptions archaeologists discovered inscribed in clay in the nearby ruins of Nestor’s palace. Services incorporate Anazoe’s anti-inflammatory massage oil, made from sweet almonds, and olives grown on the property.
Costa Navarino, 30/272-309-7000. Photo courtesy of Anazoe Spa. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.
Situated on a seaside promontory, Amanzo’e opens for its first full season in March. The spa draws upon Hippocrates’s holistic health formula of exercise, massage, and bathing in the sea.
From $1,423. 30/275-477-2888. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.