Buca Beach Resort
What We Love
- A five-star luxury hotel on the coast of Greece, with breakfast, dinner and much moreThe five-star touches throughout this luxurious hotel
- Indulging with a yoga class or a personalized treatment in the spa
- Ambling down to the beach for a dip in the clear waters
- Having breakfast and dinner included with your stay
What To Know
- Rooms are very spacious and modern
- Bathrooms are separated from the rooms only by glass walls – privacy is not an option
- Free WiFi
The second-largest city in Greece’s Peloponnese, the lovely town of Kalamata has much more to offer than olives (although you should definitely try some of these while you’re visiting the Messenian capital). Case in point: Buca Beach Resort, a luxurious five-star escape perched on a pristine portion of this idyllic coastline.
Here, you’ll find Messenian Gulf views and the sandy beaches that have earned Greece its picture-postcard reputation. But it’s not just the setting that make this place so special. Local flavors shape the menu and wine list in the restaurant, while the contemporary design is packed with high-end, international touches.
Pull up a Charles Eames-inspired chair in your guestroom or on your private balcony, or soothe your sun-weary muscles with a custom spa treatment that draws on an array of global techniques. Add to that a sauna, steam bath, outdoor hydromassage facilities and restaurant terrace with unspoiled sea views, and you have a recipe for pure bliss.
Superior Double With Pool View rooms are filled with rich colors and earthy undertones, plus plenty of designer touches, from the hardwood floors and marble bathrooms to the feather pillows and Charles Eames-inspired desk chairs. If the generous proportions aren’t enough, you can also enjoy the impressive pool views from your private balcony.
Buca Beach Resort fills its two bars and restaurant with local and raw produce to create its Mediterranean menus. When you’re finished sampling the delights of the varied buffet in Olive Restaurant, you can enjoy a signature cocktail or one of the world famous wines produced in the wider area of Peloponnese. For unspoiled views of the Messenian Gulf, the hotel’s extensive terraces can seat more than 450 guests outdoors.
Whatever your exercise and relaxation goals, you’ll find the gym and additional wellness center fully equipped to meet them. Hit the treadmill, or soothe weary muscles in the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath or outdoor hydromassage facilities. Tailor-made aromatherapy, massage and skincare treatments are also available.
Buca Beach Resort credits its exclusivity and five-star rating in large part to its perfect Kalamata location. Just under eight miles from the airport and set away from the pretty town, the property makes the most of its Messinian Gulf views and sandy beaches.
How to Get There
Visited here on my own for my first trip of this kind. Couldn't fault it - hotel and grounds lovely, food excellent, wine lovely and options for activities are fantastic - just wish I had more time! Rosie in fitness was excellent and reception staff (female) super friendly. Would recommend this for solo travel, couples or groups of friends, but despite being on my own, at no stage did I feel isolated or awkward. Looking to go back next year!
The whole set up was first rate and the people could not have been more helpful. As an adult only site and the extra mile given by all it was a super break. The a la carts menus make a really great difference to the buffet meals, although they were very nice and super choices given.
Water sports team and especially the water ski team made sure that you had success. The two free rows allowed me to try something new and some people should be able to give their unused tows to others but that oils have just blocked the wh9le system up.
Tennis team were very professional and made the whole thing fun. Jams was so helpful but the whole team were a pleasure to work with.
Rosie in the fitness was a delightful trainer and just made the holiday exceptional. Thank you.
It was a super break and so good let’s just hope they don’t bump up the prices esp cially after the Thomas Cook affair. Let’s hope Neilson listen!
We are long standing Neilson fans and this was our second time to Buca. We arrived on a Thomas Cook flight, one of the last ones to fly. Neilson handled this well - it didn’t affect our holiday as we weren’t worried about how we were going to get home. The restaurant staff and the food are truly amazing. I really can’t understand any negative comments about the food in other reviews.
We had a really pleasant and informative trip out to ‘the olive mill’ which we’d definitely recommend -a bit like a vineyard tour but for olives , you get to do the tastings and an authentic Greek meal is served.
The cabanas and the pool were wonderful.
Top marks for Rosie and the fitness classes. The rooms are kept spotless the only thing they could do with is a little more storage. Ours had no storage at all by the sink.
Archie was always there with a smile and put on quiz nights and table tennis. We went over to Messini for entertainment - it is there if you want it. Suggest you get the Messini entertainments planner if you’re more social.
We used the spa for treatments quite a lot and Tips for future travellers - we didn’t realise there was a sauna and steam room in there until the end of our two weeks which would’ve been good for aching muscles. I don’t think the spa staff want you to use it for some reason. Other guests said it had an ‘out of order ‘ sign put on it with no traction in getting maintenance to fix whatever the issue was. Another top tip is you can request a mattress topper - this wasn’t advertised and would have made our two week stay more comfortable. Lidl and my mart are within cycling distance (on way to airport) or return taxi is €25.
Don’t forget to use your ‘one free bag of washing per week per room’ It really was very efficient
Tennis coaches were really good, hard-working and organised however when 28 people turn up for black group the sessions are adapted to the amount of courts and coaches. There is always a massive spike in the amount of people wanting to do tennis once the schools return in September as both Buca and Messini use them and the adult %’s are high then. The only solution for these peak weeks is to build additional courts and employ additional coaches to accommodate the free sessions and the premium on the drills. Don’t get me wrong, the coaches did an amazing job and get 5 stars, they worked what they had to maximum advantage to try and please the majority.
The sea was warmer than the pool but sometimes you needed a more ‘refreshing ‘ dip