19th January 2018
Nothing beats a family beach holiday, unless it’s a family beach club holiday with Ocean Elements; where everything from RYA sailing lessons to active kids clubs, fantastic resort hotels, and some of the loveliest beaches in Greece, are included; and sun, sand and sea are just the start of what might very well be your greatest family adventure, ever.
Everything’s more fun on water is the thinking behind Ocean Elements’ beach club holidays, and they couldn’t make it easier for you to have exactly the type of fun you want; whether that’s two weeks dedicated to mastering windsurfing or just the occasional dip in the ocean as a break from sunbathing.
All RYA sailing tuition is free, for anyone over 14 years of age, from beginner classes to skill-building lessons. More experienced sailors benefit from world-class sailing conditions, thanks to Ocean Elements’ talent for picking the best of the best water sports’ beaches in Greece. Kids between the ages of eight and 13 can take advantage of Ocean Element’s Youth Club to learn all sorts of new tricks, from SUP to foiling.
Innovative Active Kids Clubs are another inspired addition to every Ocean Elements’ beach club holiday. Designed for kids as young as four right up to teens, each club is packed with fantastic activities, learning experiences, and about as much fun as it’s possible to have, in and out of the water. Plus, they’re free to join, and completely guilt free for parents: even the shyest pre-schooler will be far too busy having a great time to miss you for a second.
Of course, beautiful beaches are a given on a beach club holiday, but Ocean Elements’ have clearly paid just as much attention to making sure the surrounding area is sensational too. Plus, they give you everything you need to make the most of it and don’t expect you to pay anything extra for the pleasure. So you’re free to take a break from the sea whenever you want and try anything from mountain biking to island hopping, city sightseeing, exploring local towns and villages, fun family paddle cruises or historic guided hikes.
But perhaps more than anything, it’s the easy-going, carefree atmosphere of a beach club holiday which appeals to families, along with great value, and heaps of free activities. Here’s what that looks like in detail at just three of Ocean Elements’ fabulous beach resorts in captivating and sunny Greece this year.
If sailing’s already your family passion, or you’d like it to be, Surf Hotel Beach Club is a great choice to satisfy all seafaring ambitions. It’s right on Vassiliki Beach, one of the best water sports’ beaches in Greece; famous for textbook perfect winds, long hours of sunshine and excellent sailing conditions, whether you’re ready to skill-build, or an absolute beginner.
Just minutes away from the hotel, lively Vassiliki town is the perfect excuse to swap water for land, and experience some Ionian culture. The surrounding countryside is a delight too, and made for mountain biking, although the peaceful local roads are just as much fun for a gentle, family cycle.
If you feel like going further afield, unspoiled Lefkada Island can be explored from end-to-end in a few hours although it’s almost impossible not to linger a little in some places, and the charming ancient capital of Karya, deserves at least an afternoon all to itself.
Overlooking the Pagesetic Gulf on the sheltered west coast of the Pelion Peninsula, Leda Beach Club is a good choice for families who want fantastic sailing and water sports in an authentic and peaceful setting.
Villa-style family accommodation, surrounded by tropical gardens, adds to the sense of privacy that’s all part of the charm here. But the beach is only seconds away for dinghy and windsurfing lessons, Active Kids Clubs, masses of water sports, and outstanding free-sailing for more experienced sailors – particularly in the afternoons.
If you can tear yourself away from the sea now and then, Pelion is covered in historic little villages, well worth exploring. And, like all Ocean Elements’ beach clubs, Leda includes everything you need for more extreme adventuring, which is great news since the entire peninsula is made for fun mountain biking, family hikes and walks, road cycling, and intriguing island hopping.
Nautica Bay is the beach club where families can take their pick of sporty activities on land and sea.
It’s a great choice for beginner windsurfing, getting to grips with dinghy sailing for the first time, and picking up new water sport skills on a daily basis. Keen cyclists love it here too, for coastal routes along the Mediterranean and exciting countryside rides criss-crossing all over the lovely Argolis Peninsula.
And when you just want to relax, and let someone else take the helm, this legend-rich area’s perfect for delving into the mysteries of Ancient Greece on guided tours, and cruises to fascinating local islands like Idra and Spetses.
Nautica Bay is a world in itself with private beaches, swimming pools, crazy golf, tennis, yoga, and heaps of family activities. Although the lively resort of Porto Helio is only 10 minutes away, so you may be tempted to stray beyond the beach club occasionally, especially if you have fun-seeking teens in tow.