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’s 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 Kefalonia?

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 choose to use their air miles for their flights. We do not accept air miles as payment for holiday bookings though. British Airways offer a direct flight from London Heathrow to Kefalonia. Many other airlines offer scheduled flights to Athens. From there you can get an island hopper which takes 45 minutes to the island with www.olympicair.com or aegeanair.com. It’s advisable 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 in Kefalonia?

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. (2018 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 Agia Effimia there are pharmacies.  In Lixouri there is a medical centre for minor injuries. The main hospital is in Argostoli.

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

Absolutely 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?

It’s really easy to just grab a taxi yourselves when you arrive. Day or night, there are always lots of taxis at the airport.  The airport is small, so you will have no trouble finding the taxi rank 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 / Lixouri Bay Beach Club)  Approx. €55 per taxi (4 pers.) and 45mins

Airport – Agia Effimia (Flotilla/Yacht Charter) Approx. €60  per taxi (4 pers.) and 50 mins.

We email you prior to departure with full details on how to get to our bases.

If you would prefer us to organise a taxi then please 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 this out in Greece), Mobile phone (essential) with roaming (most UK providers now have cover across the EU as part of their service) or buy a Greek Sim card locally for €25, 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 – The taxis, ferries and some restaurants only take cash.
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.
With the exception of prepaid cards, when making payments/cash withdrawls by card, always select to pay in euros, as payment in your home currency may levy an excessively high exchange rate against you.
There are a variety of credit and debit cards now available that offer no fees on transactions and withdrawals made abroad.

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

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

Once we have booked - is our Holiday protected?

We offer 100% financial protection for all our holidays and fully comply with the Package Travel Regulations. We provide security for passengers’ holiday payments prior to and up to the completion of the package holiday in the event of the financial failure of the organiser. For further details click here

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 and must be agreed prior to travelling.  Prices my vary, and your holiday cost may need to be amended.  Please contact our office in order to do this.

Is there a charge if I pay by Credit Card?

There is no charge for credit card payments or debit card payments. Please note that we do not accept American Express.

What if I have allergies or dietary requirements?

If you have any specific dietary requirements, feel free to bring your own products and you can either use in room cooking facilities or give them to the chef. There are also local shops that have a small selection of dietary specific goods. Both restaurants at the beach clubs are very helpful and will try their best to accommodate any needs you have. PLEASE NOTE: if you do have any specific requirements please let us know in advance (particularly in the case of severe allergies) so we can make the local staff ready for your arrival. Also please be sure to bring any medication and make sure all staff are aware of where it is kept in case of emergency.

Are there mosquitos? – Do we need to bring repellent?

Every year is different! Sometimes they go into hiding because of the temperate conditions. Always bring repellent just encase you need it – better to be sure. If you forget, don’t worry there will be some available in the local shops.

Where can I rent a car in Kefalonia?

If you plan on doing lots of exploring throughout your stay with us we recommend grabbing a car at the airport. Parking is available at both Beach clubs and in town.

Day hire is also super easy and the in-resort manager can arrange for a car to be dropped off at the hotel whenever you require. Please note: during peak/busy times cars can get booked up so pre-booking is recommended. You are also very welcome to arrange your own hire to the club. We recommend using Mercury Car Hire.

Do we need jumpers and warm clothing in the evening?

Yes, sometimes the temperatures can drop in the evenings – generally in July and August you should be okay but it’s much better to be safe than sorry! Keep cosy and bring at least one warm jumper.

Where can I buy baby products?

Baby products are available in town at any of the supermarkets! There are two main ones in Lixouri: A and B and Carrefour. If in doubt, ask our local team in Kefalonia for directions.

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 within a 5 minute walk from the yacht marina 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 previous sailing experience you have beforehand will of course help. 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 civilised.

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’s 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. These are shared with the other guests taking part on the Learn to Sail course.

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.

As mentioned above, the shore facilities at the marina are shared

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

Normally you return to our base the first free day to go through anything with us.  On your second 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. On the 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 if we stay a second week onshore?

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 shared toilet/shower facility close to the yachts for the exclusive use our guests.

Whats the weather like for sailing out of high season?

Cooler temperatures, warmer seas (in Sept/Oct), and quieter ashore – what’s not to love about sailing outside of high season?  The occasional stormy days – but like everywhere in the Med the storms are short and sharp, 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. Please allow approximately 10 hours to complete this. This can be done in segments, for instance 2 hours for 5 nights

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 to and from the UK, transfers (approx €60 per taxi), Non-Refundable Yacht Damage Waiver of €80 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/VHF assessment it’s €110 per person.

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 on this.

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. If you arrive earlier then 3pm, 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.

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. You may wish to purchase a USB 12v car adaptor online prior to your holiday.

How do I get from the airport to the Learn to Sail marina in Lixouri

1) Take a taxi straight from the airport to the Lixouri Marina – total cost €55 each transfer

2) Take a taxi outside the airport to the ferry for Lixouri (you will need to grab a cab from the taxi rank outside the airport). This costs €20, then take the ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri (€2.80 per person), turn right off the ferry and it’s few minutes’ walk to the marina. You’ll see our blue ‘Trek Adventure’ flag at the end of our pontoon.

3) Take a bus from the airport to Argostoli which run regularly through the day and cost €2. Then walk approx 15 minutes to the ferry port (to take the ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri (it’s a straightforward route). The ferry costs €2.80 – on arrival in Lixouri, turn right off the ferry and then it is a few minutes’ walk to the marina. You’ll see our blue ‘Trek Adventure’ flag at the end of our pontoon.

How many persons can a taxi take?

All taxis are licensed for 4 passengers, no exceptions. You will need to take either 2 taxis or a small minibus.

What if I have allergies or dietary requirements?

If you have any very specific requirements feel free to bring your own products and you can either use on site cooking facilities or give them to the chef. There are also local shops that have a small selection of diet specific goods. Also please be sure to bring any medication and make sure all staff are aware of where it is kept in case of emergency.

What shoes should I wear on the yacht

On the yacht, most people go barefoot but feel free to wear inside shoes or specific boat shoes, please make sure these are not worn off the boat at any time as this keeps our yachts nice and clean for you, also dark soled shoes are not permitted as it marks our shiny white yachts.

Do I need gloves on the yacht

Gloves are a personal preference but if you would like to protect your hands from the rope feel free to bring a pair. If you are a seasoned sailor and know you will be out on the water all day every day it may be a good idea. If you are a complete beginner and planning on pootling around the bay you probably won’t need gloves. Quick tip: A pair of old garden gloves with the fingers cut off will work just fine!

Are there clothes washing facilities at the marina base?

There are no specific washing facilities for guests to use at the marina base, however there is a laundrette in town that is easily accessible. Just ask the staff in at the marina and they can point you in the right direction.

Are there mosquitos – do we need to bring repellent

Every year is different! Sometimes they go into hiding because of the temperate conditions. Always bring repellent just encase you need it – better to be sure. If you forget, don’t worry there will be some available in the local shops.

Will the taverna be open for a meal if I arrive late at the marina?

We would recommend heading. There is normally somewhere open serving food almost 24/7 – You cannot go wrong with a quick Gyros!

Is there a hairdryer

There is a hairdryer in the marina yacht base! It is  basic (perfect for drying hair) so if you would like voluptuous curls be sure to bring your own. Please note that you will only able to use it when the yacht is at the marina and connected to shore power mains supply.

Are there towels on the yachts

No, Please bring your own!

Do we need jumpers in the evening

Yes, sometimes the temperatures can drop in the evenings – generally in July and August you should be okay but it’s much better to be safe than sorry! Keep cosy and bring at least 1 warm jumper.

Where do you recommend to eat in the evening

There are some fantastic restaurants in the Local town of Lixouri. We recommend heading into town and following your nose! There is no need to pre book as the town has many different restaurants and LOTS of space at each. Feel free to ask the management team in resort for their recommendations.

we also highly recommend heading to Petani beach where you can sample our good friends traditional menu whilst watching the sun set over the beautiful blue sea.

If you fancy a cocktail or two there are some great places at XI beach or at Sparos Bistrot where you can relax by the beach and listen to some great music – make an evening of it!

Head across on the foot ferry to the capitol of Argostoli – Here you will find a huge array of food and a very sweet shopping market that you can browse to your hearts content.

Also visit Vatsa for an incredible experience by the beach.

What about credit card or cash

Most places accept credit/debit cards but we definitely recommend you have some cash for taxis, ferries and some restaurants may only take cash.

Where can I buy baby products

Baby products are available in town at any supermarkets! There are two main ones of A and B and Carrefour. If in doubt ask our local team in Kefalonia for directions.

Our flight gets in late will anyone be there to meet us can we still get food?

Yes, please let us know by messaging the duty phone on arrival into the airport so we know when to be there (we will also be able to see live flight updates) You can grab food at the airport or  quick meal in Lixouri if before 11pm.

Our flight arrives early can we still go straight to the club/yachts

Check in is at 2pm -But you may bring your belongsings and leave them at the yacht club – you can then walk into town and have an explore until your yacht is ready!

On our departure day our flight isn't until late can we shower/leave our bags anywhere

Absolutely, check out is at 10am but you may leave your bags in the yacht store and can then wonder into town whilst waiting to depart.

Paliki Beach Club Kefalonia

What is included in the cost?

7 or 14 nights accommodation & breakfast (breakfast not included for villas/beach houses)
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? What's the best way of getting between the two?

Paliki Beach Club is approx a 50 minute drive from the airport

There are three options for transfers

1) Take a taxi straight from the airport to the Apolafsi Hotel Lepeda, Lixouri – total cost €55 each transfer (4PAX). Minibuses are available for bigger parties.

2) Take a taxi outside the airport to the ferry for Lixouri (you will need to grab a cab from the taxi rank outside the airport). This costs €20, then take the ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri (€2.80 per person), then a further taxi to the Apolafsi Hotel (€5)

3) Take a bus from the airport to Argostoli which runs regularly through the day and cost €2. Then walk approx 15 minutes to the ferry port (to take the ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri (it’s a straightforward route). The ferry costs €2.80 (per person) – on arrival in Lixouri, take a taxi to the Apolafsi Hotel for €5

 (approx €60 per taxi). Most guests 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 5 minute taxi to the Club – a great start to the holiday…

How many people can a taxi take?

All taxis are licensed for 4 passengers, no exceptions. You will need to take either 2 taxis or a small minibus.

How busy does the Beach Club get?

We keep the numbers below 80 – 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 a 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 with sailing, wind surfing equipment and tuition clinics included, so they can head out on the water whenever they fancy. There’s also the club pool as well as paddle boards and kayaks available to take out too. For older teenagers, 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 for 6 days per week, usually closed on Tuesday (our change over day). If you are staying a second week with us and are looking for something to do on changeover day, you can charter our day yacht (more info here), head out for cycle (more info here) or rent a car and explore the island. You are also perfectly welcome to chill out by the pool all day.

Do you provide kids clubs or babysitting services?

No, we don’t offer kids clubs, and a lot of guests are happy that they get to spend time with their children whilst holidaying with us. We can put you in touch with baby sitters if required.

Are there mosquitoes?

Every year is different! Sometimes they go into hiding because of the temperate conditions. Always bring repellent just encase you need it – better to be sure. If you forget, don’t worry there will be some available in the local shops. All our rooms also have mossy plugs as well

Can we hire bicycles?

Yes, bike hire is available through our local partner, Rent-a-bike Kefalonia. For further information, please click here to see our cycling page.

Is the swimming pool freshwater?

Yes, it is. There is also a swimming area down at the beach if you prefer swimming in salt water

What is the food like?

Our holidays are offered on a bed and breakfast basis. It’s a buffet breakfast served daily between 8am and 10.30am. Fresh, good quality coffee can also be ordered (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?

The pool is open from 10am until 7pm

Are the villas far from the club facilities?

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

Is the beach sandy?

Yes, It’s a small sandy beach.

Are there any local walks?

Yes, there are some lovely local coastal walks and we can provide you with some routes to follow. Walking is better in June and September, when it is not as hot during the middle of the day. We do offer guided walking weeks. Click here for more info

Is there the option to go Scuba Diving?

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

Are there Yoga sessions available?

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.

How will the rooms be organised (ie single beds/double beds)

We have a large selection of rooms available at each beach club. Please let us know what set up you would like and we will confirm with local staff ready for your arrival. Many of our double and triple rooms are set up with beds that can be separated and moved.

What facilities are there at Villas (ie Is there a washing machine/dish washer etc)

We have a list of all the facilities at each villa which can be found on our website. Click here to view

What shoes should I wear at the beach club

On the Beach: We recommend you wear Flip flops/sandals or wet shoes whilst walking around the beach as there can be some sharp shells in the sand. When on the water wet shoes are highly recommended at Paliki as there are rocky reefs and the odd urchin in the shallows (this does make for beautiful snorkelling – look out for noodybranks!)

Do I need gloves for when I go out sailing club?

Gloves are a personal preference, but if you would like to protect your hands from the rope feel free to bring a pair. If you are a seasoned sailor and know you will be out on the water all day, every day it may be a good idea. If you are a complete beginner and planning on pootling around the bay you probably won’t need gloves. Quick tip: A pair of old garden gloves which are a good fit. Cut the fingers off and they will work just fine!

What if I have allergies or dietary requirements?

If you have any specific dietary requirements, feel free to bring your own products and you can either use in room cooking facilities or give them to the chef. There are also local shops that have a small selection of dietary specific goods. Both restaurants at the beach clubs are very helpful and will try their best to accommodate any needs you have. PLEASE NOTE: if you do have any specific requirements please let us know in advance (particularly in the case of severe allergies) so we can make the local staff ready for your arrival. Also please be sure to bring any medication and make sure all staff are aware of where it is kept in case of emergency.

Are there clothes washing facilities at the hotel?

There are no washing facilities for guests to use at the hotel, however there is a laundrette in town that is easily accessible. Just ask the staff in resort and they can point you in the right direction.

Are there mosquitos? – Do we need to bring repellent?

Every year is different! Sometimes they go into hiding because of the temperate conditions. Always bring repellent just encase you need it – better to be sure. If you forget, don’t worry there will be some available in the local shops.

Is it worth renting a car?

If you plan on doing lots of exploring throughout your stay with us then, we recommend grabbing a car at the airport. Parking is available at both Beach clubs and in town. Day hire is also super easy and the in-resort manager can arrange for a car to be dropped off at the hotel whenever you require. Please note: during peak/busy times cars can get booked up so pre-booking is recommended.

Are there beach towels at the hotels

All rooms offer towels for indoor and bathroom use. They do not offer beach towels so please be sure to bring your own when you travel OR you can buy a cheap and funky Kefalonian towel in town!

Will there be a hairdryer in the room?

There is a hairdryer in bathrooms or available at reception. They are basic (perfect for drying hair). If you would like voluptuous curls be sure to bring your own! 

Can we book to go horse riding

Absolutely. We can help you organise it through a local partner. For more information, click here to check out land activities page.

Can we book sailing tuition in advance of arrival at Beach Club

There is no need! All of our teaching sessions are open! If there are lots of keen beans for a certain session we will run another for extra people. On day 1 (Wednesday) we put on a beginner clinic for each sailing and windsurfing – throughout the week we run other clinics ranging from beginner to advanced clinics.

We are beginners – how do the ‘clinics’ work

Visit our page to see how out clinics work click here. We make it easy, stress free and fun with no worries. We have an incredible team on the beach that will always be keeping you safe !

Day one will start with a safety brief where you learn the basics of being on the water. The beginner sessions start after the briefing, here they will teach you the basics of sailing or windsurfing. If you enjoy your first taster session, then you can join in with sessions throughout the week to go from Zero to Hero!!

Are there any ‘safe’ jogging routes from the resort

At Paliki beach club again we would recommend running on the beach, it is very beautiful, and you are able to run South and North of the Club – Also you will find some great places to do some yoga or stretching on the beach! If you are more suited to road running you can run south from the hotel along to the beach of Lepeda – Please note: this is along a road and there is not a pavement so wear bright colours! Or alternatively take a run into Lixouri town and get lost in the back roads!

If you are looking for more of an off road adventure run we know of some really great walking routes that would be fantastic to run – Just let us know and we can help you find one!

Where would you recommend for a few sightseeing days around the island

There are so many places to explore around the island. It is full of beauty and history so there is something different going on if every corner!

Here are a few of our favourites:

Mount AenosIt is the highest mountain range in the Ioanian island of Kefalonia Greece, with an elevation of 1,628 metres. Great for walking and sightseeing as it is designated as a National Park area. Lots of Flora and Fauna to see predominantly covered with Greek fir and black pine.

Time: 1hr from resort

All day trip

Travel: Hire Car

Who: Some gnarly driving up steep mountain roads but the views are so worth it!

Petani Beach – One of the most beautiful beach on the island – On the West side of the island, only a skip hop and a jump away from Lixouri. A large pebbled beach with the most aqua blue water you will see! The best time to go is early afternoon – you can enjoy some time on the beach and in the sea then finish with an exquisite beach side traditional meal at our friends Taverna whilst watching the sun set across the Ionian sea. Doesn’t get much better…

Time: 25mins from resort

Half day trip

Travel: Hire Car or Taxi (around 50 Euros for 4 people)

Who: Windy and steep roads to the beach but so so worth it and its an adventure hey?

 

Fiskardo – If you fancy a bit of wining and dining, Fiskardo has a beautiful style and trendy vibe where you can enjoy a fine dining experience by the waters edge. Surrounded by walks and beaches you can make a day trip by heading to the north point of the island.

Time: 1hr45 from resort

Travel: Hire Car or Bus

All day trip

Who: Easy roads and some pretty places to stop off at.

 

Other places to check out:

Asos

Sami

Melisanni Caves

Antisamos

Wine tasting in…….

XI beach

Argostoli – Turtles

Do we need jumpers in the evening

Yes, sometimes the temperatures can drop in the evenings – generally in July and August you should be okay but it’s much better to be safe than sorry! Keep cosy and bring at least 1 warm jumper.

Where do you recommend to eat in the evening

There are some fantastic restaurants in the Local town of Lixouri. We recommend heading into town on your evening off and following your nose! There is no need to pre book as the town has many different restaurants and LOTS of space at each. Feel free to ask the management team in resort for their recommendations.

On your nights off we also highly recommend heading to Petani beach where you can sample our good friends traditional menu whilst watching the sun set over the beautiful blue sea.

If you fancy a cocktail or two there are some great places at XI beach or at Sparos Bistrot where you can relax by the beach and listen to some great music – make an evening of it!

Head across on the foot ferry to the capitol of Argostoli – Here you will find a huge array of food and a very sweet shopping market that you can browse to your hearts content.

Also visit Vatsa for an incredible experience by the beach.

Where can I buy baby products

Baby products are available in town at any supermarkets! There are two main ones of A and B and Carrefour. If in doubt ask our local team in Kefalonia for directions.

Our flight arrives early can we still go straight to the club/yachts

Check in is at 2pm -But you may bring your belongings and leave them at hotel. You may use the pool, restaurant and on site facilities. The beach is not open for water sports.

On our departure day our flight isn't until late can we shower/leave our bags anywhere

Absolutely, you may leave your bags at reception and are still able to use the pool, bar and beach.

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 massages 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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