FAQs

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

Bookings, Flights and Transfers

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 with a number of airlines. The flight takes around 3.5 hours.

Can I use my air miles?

We do not accept air miles as payment for holiday bookings. Some of our guests choose to use their air miles for their flights 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 around 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 do we get to our boat/accommodation when we arrive on Kefalonia and how long is the transfer?

We advise booking a taxi before you arrive. We would recommend using Kefalonia Taxi Transfers. Click here for a link to their website. You can otherwise grab a taxi 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. There is transfers information for each club, learn to sail and flotilla holidays in the FAQ sections below.

As a rough outline:

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 will 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.

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.

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

You need personal travel insurance but you shouldn’t need specific sports insurance as all our activities are not classed as high risk (we do advise reading the full policy wording regarding included activities before purchasing your insurance). Holiday insurance is compulsory on all our holidays.

Remember to check your policy covers you for medical expenses/loss or theft of personal belongings/water sports/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.

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 may 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 for my holiday by Credit Card?

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

Are flights and transfers included in the prices?

No we do not offer flights and transfers in our holiday options.

There are a variety of flight options available from a number of UK airports with a range of different companies. Please click here to use our flight checker to book flights. We are unable to book flights on your behalf.

For transfers, there are various options depending on your holiday. Please see below in specific club/flotilla/learn to sail FAQs. Our Greek office will contact you prior to your holiday to chat to you about transfers and help organise them if needed.

I'm flying into Athens first, What airlines fly to Kefalonia?

www.olympicair.com or aegeanair.com offer island hopper flights between Athens and Kefalonia which are roughly 45 minutes each way. 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.

We are doing a 2 week trip with Trek Adventures, staying at different club/yacht locations. What happens on change over day?

Check out is at 10am for both beach clubs and yachts, check in is at 3pm for both clubs and yachts. Change over day offers a great opportunity to go and explore the island before heading onto your next adventure or alternatively relax on one of the many beaches locally. At the clubs and at the yacht base there are places to leave your bags for the day until you move to your next destination. Paliki, Lixouri and the Learn to Sail Base are all within a short 5-10 minute taxi ride. Of course, if you arrive early into a beach club feel free to relax at the beach, by the pool or at a beach bar. If you are travelling from Flotilla or are heading up to Flotilla, our base is in Agia Effimia which is around a 50 minute taxi journey.

I'm thinking of staying a few extra nights somewhere else on the island before or after my Trek Adventures holiday. Where would you recommend staying?

Whilst we don’t have specific hotels or villas that we recommend to our guests, we can give you different destinations around the island and what to expect there

Towards the north of the Island:

Asos is a quiet beach and is quintessentially Greek and picture postcard with whitewashed buildings. There is not much up there apart from two or three tavernas. It is absolutely perfect for a ‘fly and flop’ stay either pre or post Trek Adventures. As with many other places on the north of the island, there are generally pebble rather than sandy beaches.

Fiskardo is a slightly bigger town. It is the place to be seen in Kefalonia, with big gin places mooring in the marina. The marina is a hub of life in the town with a lot going on. A stay here will be at a premium to the rest of the island, with a notable mark up on shop and restaurant prices. The beaches nearby are generally pebble rather than sand.

Towards the south of the Island:

The areas of Spartia and Avithos have lovely sandy beaches and offer a more traditional Greek holiday style with vast olive groves and villa style accommodation (most of which come with their own pool). It has the added benefit of being close to the airport which is only a 15 minute drive. The main city of Argostoli is also a 15 minute drive away, which provides easy transport links for getting to/from our beach clubs via the ferry to Luxouri.

The area around Sami is great for older teens and young adults, which has a good vibrant nightlife. For the daytime, there are nice beaches within walking distances, perfect for chilling out on! Sami is a 15 minute drive from Agia Effimia, where are flotilla yachts depart from.

What About Brexit?

Well, let’s be honest, no one really knows what will happen, not even the prime minister!

After 29th March 2019 there is a two year transition period. What we feel pretty confident about for 2019 is that we expect life to continue as normal. IATA have confirmed that flights will run as normal between the UK and EU. Movement around the EU will continue as before, so we’ll still be offering amazing beach and flotilla holidays in Kefalonia. We would advise ensuring that you have at least 6 months left on your passport and that it is less then 10 years old, even if it has 6 months or more left on it

This answer was last updated on 22nd January 2019

Packing and Pre-travel Information about Kefalonia

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).

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.

What do we need to pack?

Yachts – its a good idea to pack into soft bags (They are 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 – A warm jumper, sweatshirt and lots of shorts and t-shirts, casual evening wear, large beach towels, swimming gear, snorkel and masks, a hat of some sort, 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.

 

How easy is it to get cash in Kefalonia. 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 Clubs have safes (Offsite accommodation does not).  The yachts do not have safes.

There are plenty of ATMs in the towns 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 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 withdrawals 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 in the UK 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 boots in the local town of Lixouri.

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 them on your 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? Do we need to rent a car

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.

You don’t have to rent a car though. There is always lots going on at the beach clubs and on the yachts.

Transfers to and from the airport are pretty easy and there are taxis available during your stay if you do want to go anywhere on the island.

Do we need jumpers and warm clothing in the evening?

Yes, sometimes the temperatures can drop in the evenings when at the beach clubs or onboard a yacht – 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 both Lixouri and Agia Efimia town at any of the supermarkets and some of the pharmacies! If in doubt, ask our local team in Kefalonia for directions.

Is there an ATM at the airport?

The airport also has an ATM but we strongly recommend bringing a little cash out with you

What is Lixouri town like?

Lixouri town is the closest town to both our Lixouri Bay and Paliki Beach Clubs as well as being the base for our Learn to Sail Yachts

It is a typical local Greek town… You won’t find too many tourists around here! All of the restaurants and shops are locally owned with local produce on offer. We love it! It is not the most beautiful town by any means, but it does have a really great atmosphere where you can experience true Greece.

Lixouri has all the amenities that you might need: ATMs, supermarkets, pharmacies, local grocers, gift shops, tavernas, pizzerias and more. The locals speak excellent English.

Our Highlights: Ice cream parlour- YUM /The square – Sit and watch the world go by/ Ferry to Argostoli – 2.80 Euros to head across on the foot ferry and can explore the main town on Kefalonia.

Beach Club Departure and Arrivals

What time is check in at the beach clubs

Check is from 3pm onwards. If you arrive earlier then that, it is not a problem, you will be able to leave your bags in the hotel and go and enjoy the club facilities

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

Check in is at 3pm. If you arrive before then, you may bring your luggage and leave it at the hotel. You may use the pool, restaurant and on site facilities. The beach is not open for water sports.

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

The club tavernas closes at 11pm but are very flexible. If you let us know in advance we can contact the lovely hotel owners to ask if some food can be arranged for your arrival. We would otherwise recommend getting food before you leave the airport.

Can you arrange our taxis back to the airport on our departure day

Yes! Please head to reception at least 24 hours before departure to book a return taxi.

How long before our flight (on our departure day) do we need to be at the airport?

We would always recommend arriving at the airport at least two hours in advance of your flight departure time

On our departure day our flight LEAVES EARLY - what happens with checking out/transfers/breakfasts?

Please arrange any checkout/last payments with your resort manager and hotelier the day before your departure. They will then give you any information and help needed prior to your departure. Please let us know your check out time and if you require any assistance.

On our departure day our flight isn't UNTILL 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.

General Beach Club Information

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.

What time is the swimming Pool open?

The pools at both clubs are open from 10am until 7pm

Are the pools lifeguarded?

No, there are no lifeguards at our pools. Children under the age 16 and non confident swimmers should be supervised by someone over the age of 18 who is a confident swimmer.

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

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

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.

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.

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 in every corner!

Here are a few of our highlights:

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

Time: 1hr from the resort

All day trip

Travel: Hire a car: There is some gnarly driving up steep mountain roads but the views are so worth it! You either drive all the way to the top or if you like a challenge park near the base of the mountain and walk the climb to the top.

 

Petani Beach – The most beautiful beach on the island – located on the west side, 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. It doesn’t get much better…

Time: 25mins from resort

Half day trip

Travel: Hire Car or Taxi (around 50 Euros for 4 people). There are windy and steep roads to the beach (it adds to the adventure) but so so worth it!

 

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 water’s edge. Surrounded by walks and beaches you can make a day trip by heading to the north point of the island.

Time: 1hr45 from the resort

All day trip

Travel: Hire Car or take the bus easy roads and some pretty places to stop off at along the way.

 

Those are just a few options, but there are lots more:

Asos

Sami

Melisanni Caves

Antisamos

Wine tasting in

XI beach

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! 

We are doing a 2 week beach holiday with Trek Adventures. What happens on change over day?

The pool, restaurant and bar areas will be open as normal. The Watersports will be closed though. There is the option of going out on the day yacht. Click here for more details. Change over day can be a really great opportunity to go and explore the island. Cycling, horse riding, water skiing, scuba diving are all available on the island, not to mention that Kefalonia has some stunning scenery and beautiful beaches to see.

If for reasons at the time of booking, you have chosen to switch rooms within the same beach club for your second week then you will need to vacate your room by 10am. Your new room will then be available to move into by 3pm at the latest. We will try to make your new room available to you asap though. We can hold your luggage in storage during the day.

Beach Club Water Sports and Activities

How busy do the Beach Clubs get?

We keep the numbers below 90 at each beach club – 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!

Can we use the water sports 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.

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!!

I have sailed/windsurfed before, are there any clinic to help me advance?

Yep definitely! At the start of the week, if you’re feeling like your skills might be a bit rusty, you can take a refresher clinic. Likewise we run various different clinics throughout the week covering all sorts of different topics

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

There is no need to book! 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 both sailing and windsurfing – throughout the week we run other clinics ranging from beginner to advanced clinics.

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.

A Quick tip: A pair of old garden gloves with the fingers cut off will work just fine!

Are there Yoga sessions available?

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

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.

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.

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 our land activities page.

Day Yacht Charter

How much is the day yacht to charter?

It’s £200 for 6 people WITHOUT a skipper

OR

£250 for 5 people WITH a skipper

How do we book the yacht for charter?

The day yacht can either be booked when you book your overall holiday, or it can be booked anytime after that including locally in Greece. The yacht is also available on changeover day offering a great option for any guests staying two weeks at one of our beach clubs.

We would advise against booking the day yacht on a changeover day if you are flying home that day but not till later in the evening, as we cannot guarantee you back to the marina for a specific time.

How many people can go on the yacht?

6 people when chartered WITHOUT a skipper

OR

5 people when chartered WITH a skipper

For insurance purposes, we have to be very firm with these maximum numbers, plus with 6 people on the yacht it does start to get a little crowded!

What qualifications do we need to be able to charter the day yacht without a skipper?

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. Please remember to bring proof of your qualification with you to Kefalonia. Again for insurance reasons, we must be firm in saying no qualification, no charter without a skipper

Where dos the yacht depart and arrive from?

The yacht departs and arrives from Lixouri marina. From Lixouri Bay Beach Club it’s a 5-10 minute taxi ride. From Paliki Beach Club it’s a 10 minute walk.

The marina is close to a couple of local supermarkets should you wish to pick up lunch before you depart.

What time can we leave? When do we need to be back by?

The yacht is available to depart from 10am each day and must be returned to the marina by 5pm. If you would like to charter it for extra hours, please speak to your club manager at least 24 hours before you charter the yacht.

Where can we go on the yacht?

We require that you stay within the Gulf of Argostoli when chartering the day yacht. (it’s still a pretty big bit of water, so there are plenty of places to go and visit). If you are skippering the yacht yourself, you will be given a short safety brief prior to setting sail. We can also advise on the best places to sail to, based on the daily weather forecast and where you want to visit.

Is lunch included?

Unfortunately not, no. For lunch, you can either set sail for a beach which has a taverna and then use the yacht tender to get to shore.

Alternatively, prior to departing you can pick up food for a picnic from one of the supermarkets in Lixouri.

Lixouri Bay Beach Club

What is included in the cost?

7 or 14 nights accommodation, breakfast every day and 4 evening meals per week. (Villa Afrodite and Villa Kalithea are both self-catering.)

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 Lixouri Bay Beach Club?

The Lixouri Bay Beach Club is located a short 5-10 minute drive north along the coast from the cosmopolitan little town of Lixouri on Kefalonia. The town has lots of tavernas, cafes and shops.

The resort itself is just above the beach with a pool, bar and restaurant on site. Down at the beach you’ll find all the water sports facilities as well as the beach bar and beach day beds

How far from the Airport is the Beach Club? What's the best way of getting between the two?

Lixouri Bay Beach Club is approximately a 50 minute drive from the airport.

There are three options for transfers:

1) Take a taxi direct from the airport to the Lazaratos Hotel Lixouri (Variko) – total cost €55 each transfer and takes 50 minutes

2) Hop in a taxi (taxi rank just outside Arrivals), ask to go to ‘the ferry boat Lixouri in Argostoli town’ This costs approximately €20 and takes 15 minutes. Ferries run every 30 minutes.  Hop on the ferry and once seated the ticket officer will come and take your fare. It costs €2.80 per person and takes 30 minutes.  Sit on deck in the sun and enjoy the warm breeze. One more taxi to the Lazaratos Hotel (€7 and takes 5 minutes).

3) Take a bus from the airport to Argostoli which runs regularly through the day and costs €2 each. Then walk approximately 15 minutes to the ferry port (to take the ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri (it’s a straight forward route). The ferry costs €2.80 per person. On arrival in Lixouri, take a taxi to the Lazaratos Hotel (€7 and takes 5 minutes).

How many people can a taxi take?

All taxis are licensed for 4 passengers, no exceptions. For parties of more then 4 people, you will need to take either 2 taxis or a small minibus.

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

Yes there is an excellent super market about a 5-10 drive from the club in Lixouri, where you can get all your provisions. If you need an ATM or phamarcy then you will also find these in Lixouri.

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

We generally recommend that families with teenagers book for the Paliki Beach Club. There is otherwise plenty to do at Lixouri Bay 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 Lixouri town square. There are also 2 late night clubs within the town. Lixouri is just a 5-10 minute taxi ride.

What is the food like?

Our Lixouri Bay Beach Club holidays are offered on a Club Board basis (villas are self-catering). 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.

Your inclusive meals will be served buffet style in The Deck Restaurant on the top floor of the hotel from 8pm on Tuesday (arrival day), Wednesday, Saturday and Monday (final day) evenings.

On the other nights of the week, the club taverna is still available for meals. These can be added to your room bill.

There are also numerous great tavernas in the local area around the hotel and also in Lixouri town. We also recommend hopping in a taxi for one evening as there are 2 incredible fish tavernas on amazing beaches, about 15 minutes drive. Well worth it for the sunset.

Are the villas far from the club facilities?

Villa Afrodite is a 2 minute drive or a 20 minute walk, partially along a beach.

Villa Kalithea is a 5 minute drive or a 30 minute walk

For both villas, we would advise hiring a vehicle for the duration of your stay. Parking is available at the club taverna and pool.

Is the beach sandy?

Yes, it is a wide strip of sandy beach, with a beach bar. and our day beds and comfy beach bean bags available

Do all the rooms have sea views?

The Family Suites all have sea views. Of the remaining studio rooms and loft apartments some, but not all have sea views. Please ask for a sea view when booking, and we can advise of the availability for your holiday dates.

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 for Villa Afrodite and click here for Villa Kalithea

Are there any ‘safe’ jogging routes from the resort

By far the best jogging from Lixouri Bay Beach Club is along the beach. We recommend taking a light jog North from the beach club where you can run right up to an old ruined building. You can then turn back south and again run past the beach club down to where the water level rises. This gives you a bit more of a challenge on the sand! If you are more of a road runner take a trip into the town of Lixouri and run around the back streets – everywhere has pavements and it is a great way to explore Lixouri!

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 do you recommend to eat in the evening

Next door to Lixouri Bay Beach Club is V Boutique which offers a good range of seafood, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

There are a selection of restaurants in the local area outside of Lixouri, which require a taxi to get to. Please ask a member of staff for more details.

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.

How much is a taxi into Lixouri from Lixouri Beach Club?

€10 each way for a 5-10 minute taxi ride. 4 people per taxi, no exceptions.

Paliki Beach Club

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 south 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.

How far from the Airport is the Beach Club? What's the best way of getting between the two?

Paliki Beach Club is approximately 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 throughout the day and costs €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

How many people can a taxi take?

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

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 your provisions.  If you need an ATM or pharmacy 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.

What is the food like?

Our Paliki Beach Club holidays are offered on a bed and breakfast basis (villas and beach houses are self catering). 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.

Are the villas and beach houses far from the club facilities?

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

The beach houses are a 5 minute walk along the beach from the water sports

Is the beach sandy?

Yes, It’s a small sandy beach.

Do all the rooms have sea views?

All the superior rooms have sea views and some of the standard rooms have partial sea views. Please request a sea view at the time of booking and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What facilities are there at villas and beach houses (ie Is there a washing machine/dish washer etc)

We have a list of all the facilities our villas and beach house which can be found on our website.

For the Paliki Villas Click here

For Mitis VIlla click here

For Kostas Beach House click here

For Aspasia Beach House click here

For Nisos Beach House click here

For Thalassa Beach House click here

 

Are there any ‘safe’ jogging routes from the resort?

At Paliki beach club 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 do you recommend to eat in the evenings?

There are some fantastic restaurants in the Local town of Lixouri. We would 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.

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 island capital 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.

How much is a taxi into Lixouri from Paliki Beach Club?

€5 each way. 4 people in per taxi, no exceptions.

It is also easy to walk from Paliki Bay Beach Club. Lixouri town square is only a 10 minute gentle walk.

Yachting Departure and Arrivals

What time will our yacht be ready on arrival day?

For both Learn to Sail and Flotilla holidays, our yachts are usually ready for boarding at 3pm. If they are not ready just drop your bags with us and head out for an explore around town. 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.

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

Check in is at 3pm -But yes, you may bring your belongings and leave them at the yacht store – you can then go and explore until your yacht is ready!

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 a quick meal in Lixouri or Agia Effimia if you arrive before 10pm. After 10pm there are some local stores that stay open later. Please ask our staff when you arrive for directions.

On our departure day our flight LEAVES EARLY - what happens with checking out/transfers/breakfasts.

Please arrange any checkout/final payments with your yacht manager or skipper the day before your departure. They will then give you any information and help needed prior to your departure. Prior to your holiday, please let us know your check out time and if you require any assistance.

On our departure day our flight isn't UNTILL LATE, can we shower/leave our bags anywhere?

Absolutely, check out is at 10am but you may leave your bags in the yacht store after 10am. Showering facilities are available in Lixouri and Agia Effimia, however Flotilla guests at Agia Effirmia will need to pay extra for these.

Can you arrange our taxis back to the airport on our departure day?

Yes! Please speak to your flotilla skipper or yacht instructor at least 24 hours before departure to book a return taxi.

How long before our flight (on our departure day) do we need to be at the airport?

We recommend arriving at the airport 2 hours before your scheduled flight departure time.

General Yachting Information

Do I need gloves on the yacht?

Gloves are a personal preference but if you would like to protect your hands from the rope, then feel free to bring a pair. If you are a complete beginner and don’t want to spend money on a pair of glove, then a pair of old garden gloves with the fingers cut off will work just fine!

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 please do not wear shoes with a dark bottom as it marks our shiny white yachts.

Are there towels on the yachts?

No, Please bring your own!

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.

There is definitely no need to hire a car whilst out yachting. There is plenty to see and do on the water.

Do the Instructors and skippers speak English?

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

Can we charge devices onboard?

Yes.  When moored on our pontoon 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.

Is it hot on the yachts? Are there fans?

Yes, it can get quite hot on the yacht. When you have electric at the pontoons you can switch the indoor fans on. You can also use a wind scoop which helps direct any wind down through the boat.

Is there Wifi on the yachts?

No, our yachts are modern, but not quite wifi connected! Lixouri town and Agia Effimia have many cafes that have wifi as do some of the ports you might visit when on the Flotilla week. Alternatively, you may be able to use the internet through your own 4G signal at no extra cost to your usage, however check with your service provider prior to departure.

Are there lifejackets on the yachts?

Yes, of course there are.

Do you provide buoyancy aids/lifejackets for children on the yachts?

Yes – smaller ones are available for youngsters, please let us know prior to arrival if you need smaller ones.

Whats the weather like for sailing out of high season?

It is still lovely sailing conditions outside of high season. The temperatures can be slightly cooler. The seas in September and October will be warmer though. Life ashore will also be slightly quieter – what’s not to love about sailing outside of high season?  The occasional stormy day – 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!

Prebooking Learn To Sail - How It Works

What do you on a Learn To Sail holiday? What is the qualification that you get?

Our Learn to Sail Holidays allow you to get your IYT International Certificate of Competence whilst out sailing with one of our IYT qualified yacht skippers in Kefalonia.

The qualification will allow you to go on Flotilla holidays or charter a day yacht. For more information about the qualification, Click here

Do I have to complete the online assessment before doing the course in Kefalonia?

Yes, this is very important, as without doing the theory beforehand you will not be able to complete the course and get your qualification.

It takes approximately 10 hours to complete the theory which can be completed in sections (we recommend 5 sessions of 2 hours each). As we said it can’t be completed during or after your Learn To Sail week.

Are there any other assessments on the holiday?

Yes, there is a multiple choice test that must be passed in order to gain your qualification.

You will complete this in Kefalonia. There is no need to stress about it. By completing the online theory and undergoing training with our yacht trainers, you’ll be well prepared for the test.

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.

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 properly before we leave you for the night. On the other days there are loads of bays, beaches and coves to visit.

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 will 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.

The shore facilities at the marina are shared

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!

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. It’s 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.

How old do you have to be to do the ICC / Crew certificate?

You must be 16 years old or over in order to complete your ICC.

You must be 14 years old or over in order to complete you Competent Crew Certificate

There are absolutely no exceptions to these rules!

Do all the crew have to do ICC?

No – Only those of you that would like to obtain their qualifications. Otherwise, you can sit back and enjoy the view

I can't swim and I want to do a Learn To Sail holiday (yes this actually happens)

Do not panic our instructors are fully qualified and very very safety conscious! They will look after you, but we highly recommend you wear a buoyancy aid/life jacket whilst on board your yacht.

Learn to Sail - Other Information

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? Will we have a chance to buy provisions?

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 10am (weather dependent) on Wednesday morning. You can either get provisions the day before or on the first morning.

What time do we finish in the evenings?

You will be back onto the pontoon at 5:30 or before – The timings are weather dependent though. 

What is Lixouri like? Are there places to replenish supplies?

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.

Are there any toilet/shower facilities ashore?

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

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.

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.

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.

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 at the marina and they can point you in the right direction.

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.

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.

Where can we buy provisions from when we arrive and during the week?

There is a supermarket just a 5 minute walk from the yacht base – If you head South towards Lixouri Town you will see the shop opposite the foot ferry docks.

What do we do at lunch time? What do we feed our skipper?

Be sure to grab some provisions from the shops – salads, sandwiches …. 5 course meal? Anything you fancy to take onboard really – The cooking facilities are basic, so we recommend easy to make meals. When buying provisions please include lunch for your skipper. They are happy to eat whatever it is you are having for lunch – be kind to them they work very hard!

Can we store our bags anywhere at the marina whilst on the yachts? 

Yes, you have full use of a shared yacht base – this is equipped with a living area (sofa) kitchen and a bathroom/shower. There is enough space for your bags

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 (staff availability dependent) to go over specific harbour and mooring techniques used here or take our ICC test out here in Greece.

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

Flights to and from the UK, transfers (approximately €60 per taxi each way), and personal expenditure.

The following must be paid in Greece:

  • A Non-refundable damage waiver of €100 euros per yacht.
  • Fuel used (approx €70 euros per week),
  • Mooring fees (approx €20)

There is also the option of adding a skipper on board (If availability) for £125 per day) and/or a “Flotilla Brush Up” course £295 per yacht (2 or 3 days)

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. Only Agia Efimia (on Kefalonia) uses a tariff system that can cost approx 8-10 euros a night. Other places are normally only a few euros if anything.

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 is approximately €1.5 per litre.

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 100s of 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.

Is there a hairdryer on board

There are no hairdryers on any of our yachts, so you will need to bring your own. Please note, you will only be able to use it when your yacht is connected to a shore based electrical supply.

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

Normally €60 to Agia Efimia from the airport -its takes about 1 hour and you pay the taxi driver on arrival.

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

How many people can a taxi take?

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

We are doing a 2 week flotilla Holiday with Trek Adventures.  What happens on change over day?

If the flotilla skipper believes you to be confident enough by the end of the first week, then they will arrange for you to go on a couple of days free sailing by yourself. Otherwise you will return to Agia Effimia with the flotilla for two nights, with the Tuesday spent all day in port… A great chance to explore Agia Effimia or somewhere else on Kefalonia.

Fitness and Pilates holidays in Kefalonia

How fit do I need to be?

AS there will be two trainers at 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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