Me and my wife stayed here in mid-march for a week of golf and it was the perfect getaway for us. The moment you enter the lobby you get a sense of the love for detail which went into this resort. Everything was spot perfect. The room was very clean and spacious, we loved the modern design, especially the bathroom, which had both a shower and a tub. There is free wi-fi in the rooms and the entertainment-center on the tv offers pretty much everything you can wish for, from dozens of international tv-channels to movies on demand to weather information. For myself the mattress was a little too soft, but my wife loved it, so this is really down to personal preference. From our balcony we had a view over the pool down to the sea. Pretty much perfect.
When we were there, it was still very early in the season, so the resort itself was in a bit of a lock-down-mode, meaning that the outside pool and the beach were closed, as well as all of the restaurants with the exception of the Morias (buffet restaurant in the Westin), the Flame (situated in the golf course club house) and the hotel bar. Morias was the restaurant where breakfast and dinner were served. The food was very good, the breakfast enormously varied (different kinds of eggs, lots of different breads, cold cuts, wonderful greek yoghurt, cerals aplenty, fruits, pretty much everything you'd want). The evening usually offered 3 different main courses with various sides, a salad bar, some cold cuts and some of the best desserts I’ve ever had in a hotel. The food was very local and prepared on a high level. We'd like to mention the great olives from the region of Kalamata and the wonderful olive oil – loved it! We tended to eat lunch at the Flame after our round of golf or in the hotel bar. Food at the Flame was outstanding and the view over the course from the patio is spectacular.
As I’ve mentioned we were there to golf and had the opportunity to play both The Dunes Course, which is situated right at the resort, and The Bay Course, which is a 10 minute drive away. You don't have to drive yourself though, there's a shuttle service getting you there and back again. Both courses are very beautiful and extremely well tended to, but The Bay Course takes the cake. Incredible vistas of the bay of Pylos on many of the holes, some holes laid out directly on the beach. Really, once you played there, "normal" courses tend to look a bit pale... Carts are strongly recommended for The Bay Course, as it is very hilly. The Dunes Course can be played on foot, but there are some holes where you'd wish for a cart ;). The staff provides you with water bottles, a birdie book and pretty much everything you need for a wonderful round on the course. There were some groups of golfers in the resort, but the courses were never crowded, it was all very relaxed. The training facilities are extensive and you don't have to pay extra for the balls on the driving range.
The staff was extremely helpful wherever we went, be it at the hotel itself or at the golf course. Everyone spoke excellent english and you got the feeling that they liked what they were doing. From the beginning everyone greeted you like an old friend and went out of their way to provide everything you needed. They were never intrusive, but if you needed something, they were there. Perfect.
Pretty much the only drawback of the resort is accessibility. Especially in the off-season Kalamata-Airport, which is about an hours drive away, is not flown to very much, which leaves you little choice but to fly to Athens and take the 4 hour drive to Costa Navarino. This should be better once the highway to Kalamata is opened all the way and in the main season. But the drive is well worth it.
All in all it was a wonderful week, and we strongly recommend this hotel for a wonderful week of golf and we will find a way to come back!
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