FAQs

Questions, questions, questions….. These are some of the most popular. If you can’t find the answers here then please drop us a line as we’d love to help.

General Information

What is the weather like out of high season?

Well, in previous years it has been fantastic. April/May is generally warm, however the water is a little fresh! October is similar, this year it was glorious and the water is still lovely and warm for swimming. The winds are also good, and perhaps a bit fresher than high summer.  Evenings can be cooler so a jumper and light jacket might be required. These times of year are however never as predictable as July and August (obviously).

What airport do we fly to and how long is the flight to the island?

There is only one airport on the Island – ‘Kefalonia’ airport (EFL). You can fly directly from most of the larger UK airports to Kefalonia and the flight takes 3.5hours.

 

Can I use my Air miles?

Yes. Some of our guests use their Airmiles  and get a scheduled flight to Athens and then get a hopper which takes 45 min to the island with www.olympicair.com or aegeanair.com. Its usual to stay a night in Athens however as the flight connections often do not always connect immediately. Contact us for further details as we will gladly help. You can also get the bus/ferry from Athens to the island – it is cheap but takes a day of travelling.

How much does it cost to eat out?

About 12 euros per head for a meal and local wine (it tastes great after a couple of glasses). There’s great food to be had and we can advise on the best places to eat. A large beer is 3 euros and a cappuccino is 2.50 euros. (2015 prices).  You can get Greek street food for 2.50€ per head, pizza, traditional Greek food – there is something for everyone.

Are there Pharmacies?

Yes, both in Lixouri and Ag Efimia there are pharmacies.  In Lixouri there is a medical centre for minor injuries.

Our flight gets in late on arrival day - is this ok?

Absolutey fine.  PLEASE let us know if you are running late though, as our team are waiting for you.

How do we get to our boat/accommodation when we arrive on Kefalonia and how long is the transfer?

Its really easy to just grab a taxi yourselves when you arrive. There are always lots of taxis day and night at the airport.  The airport is small so you will have no trouble seeing where to get the taxis from, once you have come through arrivals.  The taxi drivers all speak enough English to know where you want to go.

Airport – Lixouri ( Learn to Sail / Paliki Beach Club )  Approx 55 euros per taxi ( 4 pers ) and 45mins

Airport – Ag. Efimia ( Flotilla/Yacht Charter ) Approx 60 euros per taxi ( 4 pers ) and 50 mins

We email you before you come out on holiday with full details on how to get to our bases.

If you would prefer us to organise a taxi then just let us know.

What do we need to pack?

Yachts – its a good idea to pack into soft bags (easy to store on the boat) and don’t bring too much!!  Canvas shoes/sandals/crocs or reef boots (no black soles on boats please) are recommended – but not compulsory (just prevents stubbed toes). Sailing gloves (not essential), Light waterproof jacket , wide brimmed hat (essential), Beach Towels. Please note that we do not provide towels on the yachts.

Beach Club –  Reef shoes are strongly recommended. Bath towels and hand towels are provided at the Beach Club but you will need to bring beach towels.

General – Warm jumper, sweatshirt and lots of shorts and t-shirts, casual evening wear, large beach towels, swimming gear, snorkel and masks, good quality sun cream (you can buy out in Greece), Mobile phone (essential) with roaming or buy a Greek Sim card locally for 25 euros, Any other personal items/medicines etc.

 

Do we need Travel Insurance and if so should we get 'specialized sports' Insurance?

You need personal travel insurance but you should not need specific sports insurance as all our activities are not classed as high risk.  Holiday insurance is compulsory on all our sailing and walking holidays.

Remember to check your policy covers you for medical expenses/loss or theft of personal belongings/watersports/travel delays.

Most travel insurance policies cover yacht sailing under standard policies and all our activities are within 12nm of the coast. All our sailing yachts have professional Marine Charter Insurance already in place also.

Cash - should we bring Euros, are there ATMs, can we pay by Card?

 

 If you want to bring euros out with you the Hotel rooms onsite at the Beach Club have safes (Offsite accommodation does not).  The yachts do not have safes.
There are plenty of ATMs in the town of Lixouri  and Agia Efimia.  If you are on flotilla, most of the ports you visit have an ATM too – but check with the skipper beforehand.
The airport also has an ATM but we strongly recommend bringing a little cash out with you – just in case…
Most places now in Greece do accept payments by card.  Always check before purchasing, because there are definitely a few places that will only take cash.
At the Beach Club you can set up a tab and settle the bill at the end of the week/daily and this can be paid by card.

We want to travel light - can we get towels/snorkels/shoes out there?

Yes you an buy cheap towels in Lixouri for 10€ or under.  Also you can get snorkels/masks/basic reef boats in the local town of Lixouri.

Once we have booked - is our Holiday protected?

What if we have to cancel our holiday?

If for any reason you need to cancel your holiday, please contact us as soon as possible.

If you cancel your holiday the lead name on the booking must advise us in writing by post or email. A cancellation will be effective from the date received and the following cancellation fees will apply:

More than 8 weeks prior to departure: loss of deposit

4-8 weeks prior to departure: 75% of holiday cost

Within 4 weeks of departure: 100% of holiday cost

You can claim under your travel insurance if the cancellation falls within the terms of the insurance, and we are more than happy to write to your insurance company.

Depending on your circumstances, we will do our best to try to re-schedule your booking for a future date – but cannot guarantee.

Can we add/change people to our booking?

Depending on spaces on the yacht/accommodation – this is possible.  Prices my vary, and your holiday cost may need to be amended.  Please contact office.

Is there a charge if I pay by Credit Card?

Yes – there is a 2% charge for credit card payments.

Learn to Sail holidays Kefalonia

What lunches do we have to provide for the skippers?

Something simple, normally part of what you are having ie. bread, salad, hams, cheeses etc. Local, fresh produce is available a 5 min walk from the yachts in a choice of grocers and supermarkets and can be bought on a daily basis.

Will we be able to sail after only 3 days tuition?

In over 15 years of training we have only had a handful of boats (for our Learn to Sail holidays) where we have had to give an extra days tuition! It works incredibly well, even if you have never been on a boat before. Any sailing you can do before hand will of course help however. If you feel unsure after the first 3 days don’t worry we will just hop on with you until you do. We strongly recommend that you complete the E-Learning course prior to your holiday with us.

What is the Yacht Damage Waiver for?

This is payable locally by cash, per yacht and is non-refundable. It covers any loss or damage to the yacht, or its equipment whilst under charter. It helps cover the excess premium that we take out with our marine insurance company and means that you are not liable for any big bill at the end of the week!

Do we start the course on the day we arrive?

Your yacht is usually ready for boarding at 3pm on Tuesday. If you arrive earlier you can leave your bags in our office and wander into town for some lunch, and then return to the yachts later to be shown on board.  You will have a safety briefing on board and then the rest of the day is yours to relax, go to the beach or indulge in the local cuisine.  The course starts at 10.30 on Wednesday morning – very civilized.

What is Lixouri like?

We love Lixouri and so do our guests. The square is where you will find great cafes, little bars and fantastic cake and ice cream shops. Hardly a tourist in sight, you get a great feeling of a local town with a real Greek buzz. Lixouri has all the amenities that you need: ATMs, supermarkets, pharmacies, local grocers, gift shops, tavernas, pizzerias and more.   The locals speak excellent English.

What is it like living on-board?

It is like a floating caravan with similar self catering mod cons. There are 3 separate cabins, hot and cold water, hob cooker and toilet/shower (don’t expect a Swiss Spa). We do provide toilet/shower facilities ashore for your comfort -for a small fee.

Do we share the boat with anyone else?

No you have your own boat to yourselves  – this is our policy.  You have your own exclusive instructor who does not live on board with you either.  They hop off the boat at the end of the day, for your own privacy. We do not know of any other companies offering this.

If you are on a singles holiday and have requested to live onboard – you may be sharing the boat (but not a cabin) with another person.

On our 'Free Sailing Days' where do we go?

Normally you return to our base the 1st free day to go through anything with us.  On your 2nd day we arrange for you to shoot off and anchor for the night in a variety of safe bays, depending on the conditions. We always make sure you are anchored well etc. before we leave you for the night. Other days there are loads of bays, beaches and coves to visit.

We have children. Will there be enough for them to do?

In school holiday periods we have lots of families with children of all ages on our holidays. Its a great atmosphere on and off the water and the children love it, plus they learn something new. We focus the course on you as a family group, giving all the children jobs but we are flexible as we understand it is a holiday after all. We keep the days fairly short (10 – 4.30 ish) and always have a good hour and a half for swimming at lunch on anchor. Everybody gets a certificate at the end of the week and families come back year after year.

Is it worth hiring a car for the 2nd week ashore?

Yes – but perhaps not for the whole week.  It is such a beautiful island and there’s loads to see. If you do not want to hire a car, you can get taxis to take you to some of the local beaches.

Do you have to be as 'strong as an ox' to sail a yacht?

No.  As long as you have basic mobility and average strength then you’ll be fine. We’ve had a few septuagenarians out before who have had a fabulous time!

Are there any toilet/shower facilities ashore?

Yes. We have a private toilet/shower facility close to the yachts just for our guests.

Whats the weather like for sailing out of high season?

Cooler temperatures, warmer seas (in Sept/Oct), and quieter ashore – whats not to love about sailing outside of high season?  The occasional stormy days – but like everywhere in the Med the storms are fast and furious, and the sun is shining again before you know it.  If it is too rough or the forecast is nuts we’ll just stay in harbour and have a few beers. We’re not in a race across the Atlantic!

Recommended reading before we go on holiday?

It’s essential that one person on board completes the IYT E – Learning course for the ICC certificate to enable you to sail without the instructor on board.

Do the Instructors and skippers speak English?

All our staff are from the UK and are fully IYT qualified yacht instructors and trained first aiders.

What extra costs are there when we are out in Greece?

Flights, transfers (approx 60 euros per taxi), Non-Refundable Yacht Damage Waiver of 70€ per yacht for Learn to Sail holidays, personal expenditure whilst on holiday and the option of buying a Log book and Certificate (30€) at the end of the course. If you decide to go for your ICC assessment it’s 85€ per person. (does not include the registration fee ).

Do you provide life jackets for Children?

Yes, we have a limited supply of inflatable jackets. Please ask before your leave so we can advise you however.

What time will our yacht be ready on arrival day?

Our yachts are usually ready for boarding at 3pm. If they are not ready just drop your bags with us and head to the square for cold drink.

Can we charge devices onboard?

Yes.  When moored on our pontoon in Lixouri and connected to shore power there is the standard euro plug on board ideal for devices, hair dryers etc.  When out sailing, on anchor or a harbour without shore power you can use the 12V car cig lighter type charger. Useful USB adaptors can be purchased online prior to your holiday.

Paliki Beach Club Kefalonia

What is included in the cost?

7 nights accommodation & breakfast (breakfast not included for villas)
Wifi in rooms/villas/pool area
Free use of dinghy, windsurf and SUP beach equipment (usually closed Tuesdays)
Support and safety cover from qualified beach crew
Free tuition clinics on most days from beginner to advanced

Where exactly is the Paliki Beach Club?

The Paliki Beach Club is located a short 10-15 minute level walk along the coast from the cosmopolitan little town of Lixouri on Kefalonia. Lots of tavernas, cafes and mini markets are available close by and a few tavernas on the nearby beach of Lepeda also.

How far from the Airport is the Beach Club?

Paliki Beach Club is approx a 50 minute drive from the airport (approx 60€ per taxi).  Most guests however like to get the ferry over to Lixouri.  A short taxi ride from the airport to the ferry (20€), 30 minutes sitting on the top deck enjoying the sunshine and only 3€ per person, followed by a 5min taxi to the Club – a great start to the holiday…

How busy does the Beach Club get?

We keep the numbers below 60 – even in high summer periods – so we can retain that “small & friendly feeling”.  We steer away from pre-booking dinghies – and guests love that.  You just wander down to the beach and grab whatever boat is available.  If it is a particularly busy day on the beach, we kindly ask guests to not spend all afternoon on one boat, but we keep that laid back approach always – you are on holiday – relax and enjoy!

Is there a supermarket close to the club where we can buy provisions?

Yes there is an excellent super market about 10 minute walk from the club, where you can get all provisions.  If you need an ATM or phamarcy then Lixouri town is a 15 minute walk.

We have teenage children. Is there enough for them to do?

Yes.  Families with teenagers love the Paliki Beach Club.there are lots of bars around the lovely town square. There are also 2 late night clubs within the town.

Can we use the watersports kit everyday?

No, the beach equipment is only available of 6 days per week, usually closed on Tuesday ( our change over day ).

Do you provide Kids Clubs or Babysitting services?

No. We can put you in touch with baby sitters however.

Are their mosquito's?

Certain periods there can be some yes but it’s never a big issue. All the rooms have mossy plugs if you need to use them.

Can we hire bicycles?

Yes, they are available for hire from town on arrival at approx 7 euros per day.

Is the swimming pool freshwater?

Yes

What is the food like?

Our holidays are offered on a bed and breakfast basis. It’s a buffet breakfast daily served between 8am and 10.30am. Fresh good quality coffee can be ordered also ( not included ).

Lunch is served at the pool bar and also in the taverna from midday under the shade – it’s a pretty extensive menu with fresh seasonal produce all cooked on site and includes fresh fish.

The pool bar also serves snacks, drinks and ice creams throughout the day.

Evening meals are served from about 5pm onwards in the club taverna. There are also numerous great tavernas in the town square or along the beach, all within walking distance. We also recommend hoping in a taxi for one evening as there are 2 incredible fish tavernas on amazing beaches, about 15 mins drive. Well worth it for a sunset.

What time is the swimming Pool open?

From 10am until 7pm

Are the villas far from the club facilities?

The villas are on site, about 50 m from the club taverna and pool.

Is the beach sandy?

Yes.

Are there any local walks?

Yes, there are some lovely local coastal walks and we can provide you with some routes to follow.

Scuba Diving?

Yes, we work with a local provider (PADI) who offer intro dives, more advanced dives including some caves and also tuition. Just let us know and we will forward their contact details for you to look into. All intro dives are booked locally in Greece.

Yoga?

We work with a fantastic local teacher who has been teaching Ashtanga yoga for years. We still think she is the best teacher we have ever had. This is offered locally and depends on a minimum number of takers for us to run the sessions.

Do all the rooms have sea views?

All the Superior Rooms have sea views and some of the Standard rooms have partial sea views.

Flotilla Sailing Kefalonia

What qualifications do we need to be able to go on Flotilla?

We require a minimum IYT Flotilla Skipper , RYA Day Skipper Practical, or an (ICC) or equivalent experience as skipper of a similar size boat in tidal or non-tidal waters. If you have never sailed in the Med before we strongly recommend our Refresher Course to go over specific harbour and mooring techniques used here or take our ICC test out here in Greece.

What is the refundable security deposit for?

Yachts above 37′ – this is payable locally by credit card, cash or travellers cheques and is refundable. It is to cover any loss or damage to the yacht whilst under charter. It covers the excess premium that we have by our marine insurance companies. fr £1500 per yacht

Yachts below 37′ – we take a non refundable damage waiver. This is payable locally by cash, per yacht and is non-refundable. It covers any loss or damage to the yacht, or its equipment whilst under charter. It helps cover the excess premium that we take out with our marine insurance company and means that you are not liable for any big bill at the end of the week. 80 euros per yacht

How much does it cost to moor each night?

Not a lot. Other places are normally only a few euros if anything. Only Ag.Efimia (on Kefalonia) uses a tariff system that can cost approx 8-10 euros a night.

How much is yacht fuel each week?

We charge fuel at the pump rate when re filling at the end of the charter. This has varied dramatically over the last few years and was approx. 1.5 euros per litre in 2015.

Do you supply charts and pilot books etc?

Yes, we supply the relevant charts and local pilot books for you. However, many guests bring their own as a keep sake. (Ours tend to get dropped in the water 100 times)

What about yacht cleaning at the end of the week, bed linen and towels?

Yacht cleaning is included in the holiday price, along with yacht linen.  We do not provide towels.

How much is the transfer to the yacht base in Agia Efimia?

Normally about 60 euros to Ag.Efimia from the airport -its takes about 1 hr and you pay the taxi driver on arrival.

If you are going to Lxouri to our Paliki Beach Club for your second week it is usually 55 euros from Agia Efimia

Fitness and Pilates holidays in Kefalonia

How fit do I need to be?

AS there will be two trainersat each of the fitness sessions, we can accommodate a wide range of fitness levels and can offer alternative exercises for higher or lower intensity.  Each session will last for a minimum of 60 minutes so the ability to keep exercising for the duration which will include some running/jogging.

What is involved in the fitness sessions - what do we do? How long is each session?

The morning sessions are based around high intensity interval training (with some lower intensity options where necessary) including a combination of cardio, strength and core work and will predominantly take place on the local beaches.

 

The early evening Pilates sessions are calmer and quieter with an emphasis on core strength and general wellbeing set in beautiful beachside gardens.

 

Including the warm up and cool down, each session will last between 60 and 75 minutes.

I have never done Pilates before, can I take part in the daily eveing class?

Whilst some knowledge of Pilates is useful, it is not essential and we will ensure beginners are guided through the basic principles.

Do I have to partake in all the activities?

No not at all, you can do as much or as little as you like.  This is your time away and you can either be super-active all the time or spend more relaxing by the pool, the choice is totally up to you.

I can't sail. Will I be able to participate in the sailing and windsurfing?

Yes of course.  Our RYA trained instructors are always on hand down on the beach to help you up and out on the water!  We also hold daily teaching clinics in either sailing or windsurfing andt last year we had complete beginners out sailing both dinghies and windsurfs on their own after only 4 days.

I am travelling on my own. Is it safe and suitable for me?

Most definitely.  Everyone on the fitness weekend are on the same flights, so you all get the same transfer to the hotel and are therefore never on your own or without any familiar faces.  The hotel is small and personal and pretty much everyone staying there will be on the fitness weekend.

What's the weather like and is it too hot for working out?

The weather is usually absolutely perfect in June and September.  Not too hot in the midday sun and still warm in the evenings.  The high intensity workout takes place at about 8am so it is a perfect temperature and not too hot and the Pilates at 6 o’clock in the evening once the heat of the sun has calmed.

What is the food like? I am gluten / dairy free.

The food at the hotel is excellent.  It’s locally sourced, fresh and all cooked from the kitchen by the fantastic extended Greek family who run the hotel. They are always more than happy to cater to all  dietary needs.

Is the transfer included?

Yes, transfers to and from the Hotel are included in the total price.

How many people / ages / mixed groups?

There are a maximum of 30 people on the weekend and both men and women are most welcome.  Last year the age range was from 19 to 55, with the majority being ladies in their 30’s and 40’s.

Who are the instructors?

The instructors for the fitness classes are both from London based fitness specialist BlitzFitness.  The watersports instructors at the Beach Club are all RYA qualified and based out in Kefalonia with Sea-Trek for the summer season.

Are there any Spa or Massage options?

Yes, there is a Spa a short taxi ride away and we can arrange maggages on site at the hotel.  Both will need to be pre-booked before your holiday.

Walking holidays in Kefalonia

Do I need walking boots and sticks?

You should wear any pair of well worn comfortable shoes, however they do not need to be boots –  a good pair of walking trainers with a sturdy sole are perfectly fine. Most guests do bring one stick and it is a good idea, as some of the terrain is loose under foot, and there are a few short/sharp up/downhill climbs.

How long are the walks each day?

We usually walk for about 4 to 5 hours in total per day. We always have a few breaks, lunch and a swim on top of the walking time. The days normally start around 9.30 am and finish between 4 and 6 pm.

Do we have any free days?

Yes.  We always have a free day in the middle of the week where you can visit various places or just relax by the pool and give the legs a rest!

How do we get to the walks each day?

We arrange a mini bus or taxi’s to pick up from the hotel accommodation and take us to wherever the start of the walk may be on that day.  We are then picked up at the finishing point.  Usually you can leave your swimming stuff in the vehicle so that you do not need to carry it with you in the day. The transport for the guided walking days is included in the holiday price.

What mix of people do you get on the walking holidays?

We get a very broad mix of people ranging from singles in their 30’s to couples in their 70’s. Some belong to rambling clubs and often walk, while others have never been on any organised walks before but just fancy a holiday where they get to meet others and do something active. We keep the group sizes to a maximum of 12 persons, (unless it is a group booking in which case we can take larger numbers).

What do we have for lunch on the walking days?

A packed lunch is provided on the days that you have a guided walk.  Either freshly baked rolls made from a selection of fillings, a salad or a pie.  Along with either crisps or chocolate, a piece of fruit, and a juice  and small water.  You choose your lunch the evening before, but all the sandwiches are made fresh in the morning.

Most guests bring along a water bottle of a ‘camelpak’ type water carrying bag, as you need lots of water!

Info on the flora and local history of the island?

As we live here we have an in depth knowledge of this beautiful island and it’s fascinating history. All our guides love the island and its flora and always share their knowledge with our guests.

Do we go out as group to eat in the evenings?

On some evenings we arrange to meet up for meals at various tavernas if you fancy it. If you don’t, then just enjoy your own time and explore some great little places on offer close by.

On arrival at the airport, how far is the hotel?

Its only about 50 mins in a taxi to our hotel. Debbie always pops down that evening to meet everybody and briefly go over the week ahead with you all.  Before you come on holiday we will send you a more detailed itinerary.

I am travelling on my own - is this holiday suitable for me?

We have many single travellers on our walking holidays. The smaller groups, friendly guides and flexible nature of our holidays always work well. Lixouri, our base, is also a small, safe town where you can feel relaxed and at ease almost immediately you step off the plane.

How fit do I need to be?

You certainly do not have to be a mountain hiker but we do ask that you are reasonably fit. Remember you can always walk at your own pace – we are in no rush. Just call us for a chat if you are concerned about your level of fitness.

What if my other half doesn't want to walk?

This does happen. No problem with us at all, we can suggest lots of other activities for them or just point out some great beaches.  Please speak to us at the office to discuss prices.

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