The Westin Resort Costa Navarino – Peloponnese, Greece
Hotel Type: A family focused luxury beachfront resort.
Location: On the stunningly beautiful southwest coast of the Peloponnese, 40 minutes from Kalamata and three hours from Athens. The hotel is rurally located set in unspoilt and sun-drenched olive groves and vineyards right on the coast.
Style: Contemporary Greek village living.
Rooms: Light filled rooms & suites, all with terraces or balconies and many with pools and sea views.
Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is the Premium Infinity Suite with spectacular views to the Ionian sea and large infinity pool. The room is great for families as accommodates 2 adults in King room and 2 children below 12 in the living room (the rooms are separated by a sliding door for more privacy). All of the Suites at the Westin, interconnect with a Deluxe room of the same category which can work really well for families with older kids.
Ideal For: Families who want all the fun, all in one place.
Swimming: Choose between taking a dip in either of the 2 outdoor pools, or the heated indoor pool. The children will love the Aqua Park while those that prefer the sea can swim from the 1.5km long sandy beach. Please note the Aqua Park and Lagoon Pool are heated April-May and October.
Dining: There are 20 restaurants & bars to choose from!
Children: They won’t want to come home!
Activities: We can’t even list them all! There is a Fitness Studio, Sports & Recreation Centre, two 18-hole signature Golf Courses and another two opening in 2022 at nearby Navarino Hills, a Mouratoglou Tennis Centre with 16 courts of all types, indoor & outdoor sports areas that include a climbing wall and outdoor 4×4 football pitch. You can join mountain biking or road cycling tours, hiking tours, head to the island of Proti to go climbing, go snorkeling or diving, try kitesurfing, surfing, windsurfing, SUP, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, or go on a sailing adventure. There is a whole range of authentic experiences to join from cookery lessons in local homes, olive harvesting, wine-making, art tours, philosophy walks and many more!
Spa: The unique wellness sanctuary is a 4,000m² Anazoe Spa offering a full range of treatments within 21 treatment rooms, and within the olive groves or at the beach.
Accessibility: The Westin Resort Costa Navarino offers accessible facilities for people with disabilities, including specially designed guest rooms that ensure a comfortable stay.
Low Season Price From: €316 per night in a Family 1 Bedroom Suite, including breakfast.
High Season Price From: €954 per night in a Family 1 Bedroom Suite, including breakfast.
Open From: Mid February – November
Consistently voted not only one of the best hotels in Greece, but in the whole of Europe, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is one of our favourite family destinations. It’s set in a staggeringly beautiful and remote location on the pristine coastline of Messinia on the Peloponnese, a region steeped in history and mythology, and a relatively unknown part of Greece. Its low-rise architecture and authentic design fit naturally into the surroundings, creating a village feel, with cobbled streets, tavernas and large open spaces filled with olives groves. All of this and just steps away from a crescent shaped bay and a golden beach by the Ionian Sea. The facilities are first class, with something for every member of the family, and the vast choice of restaurants will keep gourmets very happy indeed. A stay here most definitely feels like a lifestyle rather than a holiday.
Cool and comfortable, each and every room and suite has its own terrace or balcony and comes with either a kingsize or two queensize beds and a sofabed that can be made up for a child. The beds are so comfortable, they’ve even got their own “Heavenly” trademark and the bathrooms are luxuriously spacious. Some of the rooms and suites look out over the pools, beautifully kept gardens and olive groves, some have a glimpse of the sea, and others face directly towards the glittering Ionian. You’ll also find many interconnecting possibilities, giving different options for families. Deluxe Rooms are on the first floor and have floor to ceiling glass doors that open onto a balcony. The larger Superior Rooms are all on the ground floor, with most having a separate living area and a private terrace. The very indulgent Infinity Rooms have their own good-sized private pool – just a few steps from your bed. The Premium Deluxe Rooms all have a view of the sea from their balconies. The Superior Infinity Rooms are spacious, with a separate living area and a private pool, whilst you can dip into your pool and look out over the sea in the Premium Infinity Rooms. The larger Family Suites have a separate living area, open plan bathroom and a double sofabed, looking out over the pools or the resort gardens. If you’d like a private pool, then choose one of the Infinity Suites. The Premium Suites have a balcony with a prime sea view, whilst the Premium Infinity have the wonderful views plus a private pool. For larger families and total privacy, the Methoni Villa sits right by the long golden beach, with a very large pool and private dining areas. This beautifully designed villa has three bedrooms and vast living space, both inside and out. It features a gym and home cinema, whilst the exterior blends in with the surroundings and its terraces look out over the sea
With so many restaurants – 11 in total – and with such a range of delicious Greek and international cuisine on offer, you really are spoilt for choice. Local flavours are very much celebrated, and we love the choice of local style restaurants, from street food at Souvlakerie to taverna style dining at KOOC where traditional Messinian dishes are served. The catch of the day becomes a gastronomic experience at Armyra and traditional recipes are the mainstay of the menu at Perovino. Exceptional sushi can be found at Onuki and the subtle flavours of Lebanon are served at Nargile. Da Luigi is renown for its dishes from all over Italy, not to forget its pizzas and steak lovers can eat at Flame, with cuts coming from local producers. The breezy Barbouni, right on the beach is the perfect place for lunch, then try a sundowner on the golf course at Ted’s Lounge. There’s even an eaterie dedicated to the resort’s younger guests. Division 16 serves excellent burgers and mocktails, and comes with a photo booth, a bowling alley and escape room! If you’re after something a bit quieter, private dining can easily be arranged.
It’s hard to know where to start – there is so much for families at Navarino Dunes, Costa Navarino, both young and old. All the accommodation is very family friendly and the resort has a programme of activities for children aged 4-7 and 8-12. There are babysitting facilities for babies and toddlers, as well as a kid’s playground. And then, of course, is the Aqua Park, with its water slides and pools! The latest addition is the vibrant Division 16 youth hub for kids 11+. Nearly all the activities have children in mind, and they can take golf or tennis lessons or learn to surf.
If you bring a book, it’s likely you won’t finish it – there is just so much on offer at Costa Navarino. The long, secluded beach is one of the biggest draws here, with its calm and shallow waters. The resort has two pools, both with their own bar for cooling drinks and light lunches. The 18 hole golf courses come with a first class pedigree – one being designed by Bernhard Langer, and the other by Robert Trent Jones III, which will keep the keenest of golfers very happy indeed. There are also 16 tennis courts, with professional coaching available for the entire family. Being right on the beach, the watersports facilities are excellent. Beginners can learn to kitesurf, windsurf or surf, and there’s coaching available for every level upwards. For a more sedate pursuit, there’s kayaking and paddleboarding, as well as beach yoga. The resort has a climbing wall, complete with a team of instructors; there’s a bowling alley and a basketball court, and there’s even a gokarting track. A stay here should not be without an excursion or two to explore this beautiful part of Greece – all of which can be organised by the resort. And if you’re after a bit of relaxation and “me” time, head for the pampering Anazoe Spa for a treatment based on ancient practices. Now, where did you put that book?
It was with an eye on the local environment that Costa Navarino was built. It sits sympathetically in its historic landscape, blending in with the surroundings. Much of the produce is grown on site or locally sourced, the gardens are only planted with indigenous flora and there are water reservoirs to catch the rainfall. The beaches along this part of the coast are famous for their loggerhead turtles, and the resort has put special measures in place to ensure they are protected when they come ashore to lay their eggs.