Bringing Art to the Beach: Hotel Costa Navarino, Greece

By Abi King | Greece

Aug 12

Costa Navarino Hotel View in Greece

Costa Navarino Resorts in Greece

Five Star Luxury with a Twist

Costa Navarino ticks all the usual boxes when it comes to luxury resorts in Greece: nice beach, clean pools, swish bar.

But it surprised me like no other with its range of cultural events: olive oil tasting, philosophy walks and a dedicated exhibition centre with art straight from the Benaki Museum in Athens

Even the lobby, calm and beautiful, turns out to host a rich collection of locally significant art.

And what’s more, tours are given for free, daily and you can catch up with an overview of one here:

Bringing World Class Art to the Beach

This marks, I believe, a new trend in luxury hotels and even airport development. One I’m excited about and keen to see more of: bringing culture to places where people want or have to be instead of simply waiting for them to venture to a single museum.

Besides, let’s face it, who doesn’t want more of the best of both worlds? Luxury and hedonism plus the feeling of learning something new?

Bring it on (or gia ela as Google Translate tells me.)

Bring it on.

Bringing Art to the Beach Costa Navarino Hotel

Hotel Costa Navarino Greece in Review

Less a resort and more an entire redevelopment of an area, the Costa Navarino plan is both criticised and celebrated for its boldness and ambition.

The Plan for Costa Navarino…

It will comprise a number of distinct sites featuring 5-star deluxe hotels, luxury residences, conference facilities, spa and thalassotherapy centres, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of unique year-round activities for adults and children.

Navarino Dunes, the first area, is home to two luxury 5-star hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino. There is also the Dunes Course – the first signature golf course in Greece.

Navarino Bay, the second area is home to the signature golf course, The Bay Course.

For now, let’s talk about where we stayed: The Westin.

Costa Navarino Hotel Lobby Greece

Hotel Costa Navarino Westin: The Vibe

Purpose-built series of large resorts in straw and brilliant white with plenty of views of the sea. Decorated with locally significant art and mosaics that reflect the region’s 4500 year old history.

Hotel Costa Navarino Westin: Location

Unspoiled beach in Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. The closest airport is Kalamata but it’s only a 3 – 5 drive from Athens too (depending on your temperament and need for pit stops.)

Inside the Travel Lab Gold Flask

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Hotel Rooms Costa Navarino Greece

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Hotel Costa Navarino Westin: The Rooms

We stayed in a suite, which was fantastic as we could spend time together in the lounge in the evening as baby Lab slept in the bedroom. With 445 rooms to choose from, the Westin was much larger than the places we usually choose. That said, it only really felt as though there were 100 or so rooms due to the good design of the place.

The blues and whites of the rooms are calming and clear and the rooms themselves are spacious (although they don’t reflect the art on display in the lobby.)

Dining at Hotel Costa Navarino

Hotel Costa Navarino Westin: Dining

With a self-made internal village, Costa Navarino offers a range of dining options (11 restaurants and 7 bars) and you need to check with most in advance as to whether you need to make a booking.

(Alas, we didn’t do this so didn’t get to test too many out!) It is tricky, but not impossible, to eat outside the resort.

Agora serves Greek dishes, sometimes with a backdrop of local women singing.

The Morias evening and breakfast buffets were some of the best I’ve ever seen and staff are extremely helpful with highchairs and young children.

Plus, the dessert counter needs to be seen to be believed…

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Dessert counter at Costa Navarino

Hotel Costa Navarino: Family Friendly?

Designed to be and fulfils its design well. There are cultural clubs aimed at children and a special playground for 4 – 12 year olds.

Hotel Costa Navarino The Westin: Unusual Fact

The entire Costa Navarino complex is a result of the dreams of local boy turned billionaire Captain Vassilis. After making his fortune, he bought up barren land in his native Messinia and set about creating a project that would bring thousands to the area and yet also showcase the region’s history and art. It’s an incredible story. And so far, it looks like a success…

Art and food at the Costa Navarino Greece Peloponnese

Hotel Costa Navarino The Westin Review: In Summary

Ambitious multi-resort plan on the Mediterranean in the Peloponnese with a focus on culture and luxury. Swim by day, party by night and learn more about the history of Greece in between.

Art from the Benaki Athens on display at Costa Navarino

Disclosure – we paid a reduced rate to stay at the Costa Navarino for review purposes. As ever, as always, we kept the right to write what we like. Otherwise, there’s just no point.

Decor at Costa Navarino Greece

A beautiful resort in Greece, this luxury hotel in the Peloponnese blends art and culture with a great spa and golf course. The Costa Navarino Complex has completely redeveloped this part of Messinia making it a striking place to stay in Greece. #luxuryhotel #Greece #Greekresort

About the Author

Hi, I'm Abi, a doctor turned writer who's worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, UNESCO and more. Let's travel more and think more.

  • Juan Ovalle says:

    This looks so beautiful!

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