Peloponnese, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino £££ / The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort ££££
The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and The Romanos Resort are two large but extremely impressive properties sharing a stunning spot on the dunes north of Pylos, in the south of Greece's Peloponnese. The stretch of beach is long and beautifully sandy, whilst back from the dunes, rises a series of well-designed buildings housing extremely comfortable rooms and suites (as well as the odd villa), numerous pools set in large gardens and a multitude of restaurants, shops, spas, fitness centres and sporting hubs to suit absolutely everyone. The 2 resorts merge at the 'Agora' like a small village of shops, tavernas and restaurants. The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is a bit more functional than its slightly more upscale neighbour, The Romanos Resort, but both are very comfortable and they share the really excellent facilities, on which the owners have lavished money, to include the award-winning, 4000m2 Anazoe Spa, two truly beautiful 18-hole signature golf courses - The Dunes Course and The Bay Course - tennis courts, a watersports centre, a PADI diving centre, a world-class cycling centre also offering guided walks, a racquet sports academy, and some of the most impressive, purpose built children's facilities anywhere. These include The Sand Castle, where even sleepovers can be arranged, and where there is a water park, a full-blown American diner, a bowling alley, a gymnasium and a cinema, and the crèche known as Cocoon, which has its own pool, sleeping hut, and team of ultra-friendly staff.