Travel review: The Westin Resort Costa Navarino
The Westin Resort in Costa Navarino exudes luxury at every turn. Designed especially for families, the vast array of activities coupled with sandy stretches of untouched beaches make this environmentally-friendly holiday resort one of the best in the med.
The verdict: 9/10
All in all a wonderful place – highly recommended for spring or autumn half-term breaks when it's not too hot.
- Luxury accommodation sensitively built within a beautiful location
- Great service
- Plenty of things to do for children of all ages
The resort is set in a beautiful area of the Messinian Greek countryside beside a huge stretch of unspoiled sandy beach.
There's a strong emphasis on sustainability and sensitive development – much of the existing flora was preserved in the building, and lighting at the beach is subdued so as not to disturb the nesting sea turtles.
The only possible negative was the length of transfer from Athens airport – they'll organise a car and the roads are very good, but it's still a good three and a half hours, so be sure to take some entertainment!
If you don’t fancy a long car journey at the end of your flight, you could look at flying into Kalamata airport. It’s a more palatable 50-minute car journey to the resort. Unfortunately, though, direct flights are offered only at bigger airports and are limited to peak season.
The rooms at the Westin Resort are luxuriously appointed. Standard rooms are a decent size and come with comfortable queen size beds, a sofa, table and chairs, and even a balcony. The bathrooms are large and open plan with a power shower and a bath.
There are no self-catering apartments at the resort, but family suites are a great option for larger families. They offer a master bedroom with ensuite, plus a spacious lounge area and a second bathroom.
Activities for the kids: 10/10
The main excitement for us at this resort was the sheer amount of high-quality activities on tap: two beautiful golf courses if you're into that, pools indoor and out, squash, tennis, paddle tennis, 10-pin bowling, full-sized gymnasium with basketball/indoor football, and a kids' club programme each day.
There is a supervised playground open from 9am – 7pm each day and specialised clubs such as the young archaeologists and the young gardeners, as well as football tournaments. On top of that, there's also a movie theatre with a weekly rotation of children's films, and nannies available for hire.
Activities for adults and teens: 10/10
For the adults there's a fully-equipped gym, yoga, stretch classes and a spa, all of which you can be shuttled to in golf caddies. In high season there's also go-karting, windsurfing and surfing lessons. They also run various trips and activities to local historic sites and villages – we had fun harvesting olives from a tree on the estate (they make their own olive oil).
Best of all, though, was the beautiful, unspoilt, uncrowded beach where we could hang out on a lounger, read and listen to the waves, while the kids were ferried from activity to activity.
There are a whopping 11 restaurants and seven bars onsite offering an array of quality food to guests. From sushi prepared by Japanese chefs to the cheerful burgers at the American diner, every meal is an experience.
All three restaurants we tried were very good – serving their own wine and olive oil. The buffet breakfast is as good as it gets with lots of healthy eating options on offer.
Service and facilities: 10/10
The staff are friendly and professional and there's a huge attention to detail. They went out of their way to make our stay special. As well as all the planned activities, there's a host of top-class facilities available to all guests so there's bound to be something to please everyone in the family.
- Fitness centre and tennis courts
- Golf course
- Kids' club
- Restaurants and bars
- Spa, sauna and steam room
- Room service
Value for money: 8/10
The Westin Resort exudes luxury, so the high ticket price tag comes as no surprise, but if you're after a luxury resort which offers plenty to do, then this could be worth it.
Double rooms from £170 with breakfast included
Half board at £31 per adult, half price for children aged four to 12 years old
Double rooms from £302 with breakfast included
Half board £35 per adult, half price for children aged four to 12 years old
When to go
We went in October half-term and the weather was perfect – over 21 degrees (70°F). It was sunny most days and the sea temperature was very warm.