Greece with Kids: Costa Navarino Resort

While Greece has been in the news recently for financial turmoil, what remains constant is the country’s legendary beauty, vitality and energy. Boasting the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world, a delicious and healthy cuisine and one of the most fun-loving, extroverted populations, Greece is still one of the main tourist destinations in the world.

When in Greece, families with kids would do well to check in to Westin’s Costa Navarino resort complex offering an array of child-friendly beach amenities.

Westin Costa Navarino is a luxury resort complex located is the southern-western part of mainland Peleponnese called Messinia. With a short flight (Kalamata Airport) or road trip (168 miles from Athens), guests arrive at a pristine wonderland of waterfront villas called Costa Dunes. These low-rise cluster villas are designed to resemble the traditional old-stone mansions and all have breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea.

There’s a signature new golf course, a full spa complex, and an abundance or sporting and recreational facilities. The best part however is it’s interest in it’s younger guests. While mom and dad can enjoy some golf, tennis, or a facial at the spa, kids aged 8 months to 12 years will be occupied in a play area dedicated solely to their happiness. There are two “youth hubs” for kids:

The Cocoon care center is specially designed for babies and small kids up to three years. Qualified baby nurses and trained staff engage the wee ones in fun, age- appropriate games in a area that’s especially designed and built with their needs in mind.

The Sandcastle offers recreational and educational activities, as well as overnight stay options. The Sandcastle is aimed at children agesĀ  3-7 andĀ  8-12, with different activities for every age group. These activities are not your typical resort activities – some include, acting out adventures with Messinian pirates, recreating life in Ancient Messini, creating and painting ancient costumes, cooking lessons, or learning about the rare sea turtle Caretta-Caretta (which inhabits the area).

The resort offers a plethora of restaurants, ranging from high end Greek traditional cuisine to poolside local snacks. There are also bars distributed throughout the complex that offer summer cocktails, Greek wines or even one that specializes in vodka infusions (made from herbs found in their garden!).

The unspoiled and breathtaking seaside landscapes of the Mediterranean definitely calls for renting a car and exploring the local countryside. The staff will be more than happy to guide guests to beautiful one-day trips around the area where one can eat at local tavernas located literally on top of the water and swim in remote clear-water. But there is so much to do in the resort that families wanting to stay close to the action and enjoy the best that Greece has to offer never have to leave the complex at all.

For more information, visit starwoodhotels.com.

Photos: Westin Costa Navarino Resort

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Monica Dreger is a digital strategist, blogger, mother of three world travelers and is managing partner of Culture Baby, a global children’s boutique specializing in international clothes, toys and accessories for babies and children from birth to age 6. She has spent time in Athens, Brussels, London, Paris and New York but feels that her journey has just begun. When she is not traveling, she writes for the kids style blog Hoolaboola.