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The Westin Resort Costa Navarinogreece

Tuesday March 28
INSIDE SCOOP EMMA SAYS The Beachside Restaurant offers a child menu through a viewfinder, the kids love it! scoop image

About The Hotel

Dotted across the majestic Ionian Coastline, the Westin Resort Costa Navarino is the perfect location for a luxury family holiday. This unspoilt corner of the Peloponnese offers a plethora of activity for the whole family from rich cultural expeditions, to barely trodden on powdery white beaches – this is one of the most stunning scenic landscapes of the Mediterranean. Enjoy the resort’s dine around program at more than ten restaurants and bars, a Worldwide Kids run crèche and club plus a choice of over 400 beautifully designed accommodations.

The resort offers a huge choice of facilities and activities ranging from an Aquapark with water games and slides, to two signature 18-hole golf courses. Enjoy a fully serviced spa, Kite surfing, indoor volleyball and five-a-side football, biking and hiking tours, paddle boarding, cooking classes, tennis and shopping.

Kids will love the Sandcastle Club for ages 4 – 12 years and is open daily from 11 – 6pm. Parents can opt for half or full day sessions which are payable locally (but can be pre-booked which is recommended the peak holiday season). Staff are all English speaking and offer a dynamic and creative choice of activities ranging from theatre shows, design and drawing workshops and cookery classes. Fun and entertainment is combined with getting to know the region’s history and nature. The ancient world of legends and Greek mythology comes to life, children become part of Costa Navarino’s stories through sport and games, adventures with Messinian pirates, following in the steps of ancient heroes, along with painting inspired by the area’s history and nature.

The Cocoon, the resort crèche operates for ages 4 months to three years and is a colourful and hands-on environment for young tots. The staff are fully engaged in all activities which include song and dance, messy play, clay sculpture and some sports for toddlers. Sessions are payable locally.

The Recreational Park is located next to the hotel and will keep kids, teens and adults amused for hours! It’s a haven of aqua fun, high-energy sports and multi-entertainment. The park offers a cinema, four lane bowling alley, pool tables and Playstation consoles. Active kids will love rope climbing in the adventure playground. Kids cannot be left unsupervised in the Recreational Park at any time.

Deluxe rooms can accommodate two adults and one child and start from 39sqm offering garden of sea views, or you can take a Premium Seafront room which comes with an unobstructed view of the Ionian sea. For more space, you can opt for a Junior Suite and for extra privacy take one with a private pool. The Family Suites can accommodate a family of 4 and there are interconnecting options available.

Dining options are vast with a range of international cuisines on offer. The main restaurant, Morias (included within the half board meal plan) is open daily for buffet style breakfast and dinner. Nargile serves up Lebanese specialities for dinner, whilst Inbi offers authentic Japanese fusion. Choose from Italian, traditional Greek and a dedicated healthy option at Omega. A family favourite is the American style diner at the Recreational Park offering too good to miss milkshakes!

Navarino Outdoors offers mountain bike hire, biking and hiking guided tours, Navarino Sea by Surf Salad watersports has sea kayaking, kitesurfing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding, and there is also scuba diving with Navarino Sea by Aqua Divers Club. In addition, guests can enjoy sailing trips, golf at the destination’s two signature golf courses, the18-hole Dunes Course designed by Bernhard Langer with EGD and the 18-hole Bay Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, Navarino Racquet Academy with a choice of nine racquet sports, and 5 a-side football court, along with a varied program of cultural and leisure activities.

For those who just want to relax, the 4000m2 Anazoe Spa is sure to offer you some therapies to suit, with signature oleotherapy ® treatments, kinisiotherapy, thalassotherapy and floating pools, light and heat treatments.

Watch our 3 minute film showing 10 things parents need to know about the Westin Resort Costa Navarino:

Family Facts

Cots available on request

Babysitting available, with the extra charge of €14 per hour (maximum 3 children)

The Cocoon creche for babies and toddlers 4 months - 3 years. Sessions run from 10am - 1pm and 3pm until 6pm. For children aged 4-23 months = €30 per session or €45 for 2 sessions in one day. For children aged 2-4 years €22 per session or €35 for 2 sessions in one day. A supervised lunch can be provided from 1-3pm for just €10 per child. This cost is for supervision and does not include lunch. Open 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays)

2 Kids Club, the "Cocoon" for children younger than 4 and the " Sandcastle" for children aged 4 - 12. Charges vary

Pushchair friendly

40 mins by car from Kalamata Airport or Athens airport 2 hour and 30 minutes driving approximately

24-hour on call doctor, nearest medical centre 12km away in Kalamata Town

Kids pool

Bottle sterilises and bed guards free of charge

Age appropriate car seats available for the transfers

Teens club and huge array of activities offered within the Recreational Park


  • CM, travelled August 2015 03 September 2015 When I first spoke to you about what we wanted from our holiday I was worried you might not understand exactly the sort of resort we were looking for or the type of holiday we wanted. However I had no need to worry as we had a wonderful time.

    I would have no hesitation in giving the holiday a 5 out of 5.

    The choice of restaurants was excellent, the children's activities were perfect. In the ten days we were there the girls didn't have time to get bored. But more importantly than all of that to us was the feel of the resort. We were surrounded by like minded people which enabled us to completely relax.

    I couldn't recommend this hotel highly enough and hope that we will return. We will certainly be booking with you again. The service, advice and holiday was excellent.

  • JH, travelled August 2015 12 August 2015 The resort was wonderful, with the surrounding scenery adding a real
    wow factor. Everywhere you looked there were stunning vistas of the sea and wooded hills. Our family suite worked really well for us, with the 3 kids in the separate room, with sliding doors between. The only thing was that two of the kids shared the double sofa bed
    plenty of room but they kicked each other all night! Three singles would have worked better for us, but this is just a small quibble about a beautifully decorated and well equipped suite.

    Our suite was situated in the perfect corner of the resort for us, being near the waterslides, which was the main attraction. The slides themselves were next to a large shallow splash pool filled with fountains and toys, so whilst my bigger boys went down the
    waterslides, my little girl paddled around happily (while I watched from a sun lounger). The slides were also next to the bowling alley and indoor sports hall, so the kids would pop in to play some mini football etc (while I stayed on my sun lounger... you'll see a theme here!).

    With such a big resort, it felt like quite a long hot walk down to the beach, even though it couldn't be closer. We usually hitched a lift on one of the staff's golf buggies which were always circulating around. The beach was huge, private (hardly anyone down there), with
    slightly gritty sand and loads of empty deckchairs, even in August.

    Once we drove to the beach at Voidakilia (about 10 mins away), just for a change and because it looked so amazing in the photos. This was great for the kids, as there was a huge shallow circular bay, with the totally calm water shaded by the cliffs. I didn't like it so much as it was a public beach and so was pretty busy compared to the hotel

    The kids loved the lagoon pool so much, with its gentle graduated entrance, that we never even went in the famous pool with the waterfall that is in all the pictures. Similarly, no one seemed to go in the excellent adventure playground, possibly as there wasn't much

    We loved the hotel buffet, both at breakfast and in the evening, with a good variety of excellent food. We tried the Japanese restaurant, Inbi, one night. It was in such a spectacular setting, with the sun going down over the bay, and stunning decor. The food was great, but then the next night they had sushi at the buffet, and so it didn't
    seem worth going back for the same thing a la carte. We also enjoyed a couple of lunches in the resort 'square' (with lots of casual dining options and cute boutiques) but mostly we stocked up on a few lunch essentials from the shops in nearby Gialova to keep in the
    fridge. Gialova itself has some nice bayside tavernas too, just for a change of scene from the hotel's restaurants (not that you really need it).

    The go-karting was also a real hit. Even my little girl could join in as a passenger and the big boys loved the 'real' racing. This was an extra charge, but not very much and great value. Best to go in the evening when it is cooler.

    The indoor pool was another good refuge when it got too hot. It was really beautiful and with a beautiful jacuzzi where I could laze around all day. There was a good programme of sports activities, gym classes and table tennis tournaments throughout. The kids club looked really good, my daughter was keen on the T-shirt painting there, but they persuaded her to join a treasure hunt which she hated and therefore refused to ever go back! A bit of a shame, but we didn't really need it as there was so much else to do.

    In the evening, we'd head for the square, where they'd sometimes have a children's entertainer and mini disco, plus guys organising Wii-U games and table football matches. The staff couldn't do enough for the kids, they were so kind that even the kids remarked on it. There was a really nice vibe at nighttime.

    We kept comparing the resort to Gloria and trying to work out which was better. Gloria certainly had much more of everything going on, but the Westin was more low key, with an unbeatable setting and felt very classy.

  • J, travelled August 2015 10 August 2015 Rooms – we were upgraded upon arrival so had two amazing rooms with ample space, comfortable beds and private pools. The rooms were cleaned regularly and the children enjoyed the extra space of the small sitting room.

    Food – was lovely. We tried the restaurants in the main square on two occasions purely because the buffet seemed easier for our two year old. The restaurants do get fully booked so I would recommend being quite organised about booking the popular ones. There were more choices for dinner than at lunchtime as most of restaurants were closed at lunch.

    Staff/Service – Great service with very attentive staff.

    Beach – lovely but lack of sun loungers so, again, people need to be super organised (and early!) if they would like to hang out on the beach.

    Transfers – a decent sized mini van with a car seat and booster seat for the younger kids.

    Facilities – kids loved the Water Park and Waterfall pool. Again – both areas were quite busy so we had to be fairly organised to get loungers in the morning.

    We would definitely go back to the resort as it is just perfect for families with children.

  • LH, travelled July 2015 27 July 2015 We all had a fantastic time and could wholly recommend the Westin Resort Costa Navarino as a destination.

    Transfers were spot on and both drivers were great very conscientious and considerate. In recent years we have not had the same experience that’s for sure on other holidays!
    Resort was superb. Had everything in reality that we wanted. Food was excellent and staff were very good indeed. Aqua park a clear winner with the boys.

    Only thing I would add is the longer we were there the busier the resort got and breakfast in particular in the morning was a bit of a scrum given the amount of people and staff were a bit overwhelmed. Booking meals in the evening was also a bit of an art form as in our second week resort restaurants did get booked up in advance. That being said though there was plenty of choice still and we also went out into the local town a fair bit also where we had some great meals. Much preferred doing B&B rather than H/B where I did notice families in the resort saying they felt a bit restricted at times.

    Could truly recommend this resort to anyone with a family and Tots Too also as an organisation from booking to flights etc etc was superb. Really impressed.

    P.S my in-laws loved it too so everyone was happy.

  • AN, travelled July 2015 07 July 2015 We travelled as a family with three boys aged 10, 8 and 6. Having previously stayed at several 'competing' European 5* family resorts (Aphrodite Hills, Pine Cliffs and Abama) we would rate the Westin Costa Navarino as the best 'all rounder'.

    Rooms - modern and well equipped.
    We stayed in a junior suite which interconnected with a deluxe room. For us, this was a great combination. Rooms were spotless and regularly serviced.
    Pools - numerous with plenty of beds/seats The waterpark was excellent and patrolled by competent and friendly lifeguards (especially Greg on the flumes). Having the flumes on site was a massive bonus for our children. The separate kids pool would also suit young families.

    Activities - lots to do
    We would really recommend visiting the outdoor centre/bikes. The guys there are really friendly and we did the escorted sunset bike tour. Although expensive it was good value for money and we learned a lot about the local way of life, history and countryside.

    The gym was well equipped and the complementary classes (aerobics etc) were excellent (run by elena). You can rent for Euro 5 great quality gym kit.
    Do visit the sandy beach (very short walk) and take some goggles - the children loved seeing the fish swimming.

    We never used the kids club.

    The food was of the quality demanded by a five star resort (our only observation was the portions were larger than UK equivalent). Prices of food/beverage were in line with similar 5* resorts. Reasonable kids menu/offer at each restaurant. The Souvlakerie was great value for a quick lunch/snack.

    Despite the obvious economic issues facing their country most of the staff were attentive had a grounding in English and made you feel welcome. Despite having an issue during our stay (which was initially dismissed) the senior management team then made a real effort to resolve the problem for us. In my view, this is what makes a resort stand out.

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