Keen sailors and windsurfers will notice the wide-open bay with the wind at their back. Mountain bikers will notice the trails in the hills on their way in. But everyone will remember the warm welcome and the long, sandy beach in this lovely corner of Lesvos.
Aeolian Village Beachclub is super-chilled out. You won't feel rushed into doing anything while you're here, even though there's so much on offer.
Activities on the water
Take your pick from windsurfing, dinghy sailing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing and wakeboarding, it's great for water sports here they are all included.
The consistent off shore winds flatten the water in the bay for some great water skiing and wake boarding. There's up to two free tows included per person per week and if you want more there's a couple of upgrade packages you might want to try.
The off shore wind also provides enough power (typically force 3-5) for some seriously good windsurfing or sailing later in the day. New for 2017, in addition to beginner and intermediate windsurfing tuition, we're adding advanced tuition to the programme.
There's a water sport for everybody and you can take the pace down a notch or two and head out into the sparkling Aegean on a kayak or stand up paddle board. Explore the bay and be sure to check out the village of Skala Eressos, treat yourself to an ice cream or cooling drink from one of the quirky, bohemian cafés that rise from stilts on the beachfront.
Water sports equipment
Windsurfing: a range of beginner, intermediate (160-130 litres) and shortboards from manufacturers Starboard, Fanatic and RRD. Dino rigs for children (2m-4.5m); start rigs for beginners (2.5m / 3.5m / 4.5m); adult rigs (4m - 8.2m)
The hills around the beachclub are full of trails for mountain bikers of all abilities. Our guided 'leisure' and 'sport' rides offer something for all levels and abilities – with just enough of a challenge if you want it. You can also take a bike out on your own with route cards, or if you want to, rent a Garmin GPS pre-loaded with some of our favourite routes.
Back at the beachclub, our three floodlit tennis courts offer inclusive tennis and coaching that's open to everyone and you can use the courts for free-play when not being used for group tuition. At the end of the week, there's usually a tournament and don't forget to come along to 'booze and balls' for some light-hearted fun and games on the courts.
There is a small gym and a range of fitness classes available every day including aqua fit, Zumba, HIIT, stretch and body conditioning. For a little extra we can also offer one-to-one swim coaching in the pool for all ages and abilities.
Mountain bikes: TREK X Caliber 9 in a range of sizes (15”, 17”, 19”, 21”).
If you've got cycling shoes with cleats and are planning on bringing them with you, we advise that you should also bring your own pedals. That way, they are guaranteed to fit.
Tennis: a selection of adult and child rackets from Babolat
Rest and relaxation
If relaxing is your thing, you'll love the feeling of space and the wellness area with three treatment rooms. There's also a Finnish style sauna, hydro bath and outdoor massage area. The facilities are free to use but are even better when you book sports or relaxation treatments (treatments are at a supplement). Save up to 25% when you pre-book the one hour spa package before you travel.
Food and drink
Our holidays include club board – daily breakfasts, lunches and four evening meals per week. From buffets to bbqs our chefs work tirelessly to provide a wide range of delicious food.
The beach bar has a relaxed vibe or head to the pool bar and sink into one of the comfy sofas. There's a great selection of drinks and cocktails to choose from. The pool bar also serves bar meals for your non-inclusive evenings or you could pop out to some of the local bars and tavernas in Skala Eressos.
London Gatwick arrivals: your inclusive evening meals are on the following days:
Hotel rooms are close to all of the main beachclub facilities, including the pool, restaurant and beach. With twin, double and interconnecting rooms you'll find something that suits you.
Alternatively hillside room have great views across the resort to the sea beyond. They are a bit of a walk from the pool and beach, but the peace and quiet you'll get is a real bonus. There's a combination of steps and slopes to reach the rooms, so if your mobility is not great or you have young children, you may be better checking out the hotel rooms.
In the hillside rooms there's a choice of twin or double rooms, family rooms, interconnecting rooms and suites. If you're looking for lots of space, some of the family rooms can also connect to a twin rooms and sleep up to seven people.
All rooms are spacious and light with simple furnishings. All have air conditioning, fridge, telephone, TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and beach towels. There's free Wi-Fi in the public areas and in most of the rooms, or you can upgrade to our faster premium service (to use with up to four devices) for a small charge (7 days - €15, 14 days - €25).
Families and kids
There's a small pool and a play area at the beachclub. You'll also be able to make the most of the kids' clubs which are available all summer long. There's a club for all children from two to 17 years and they're full of fun and activities. Make sure your children don't miss out, pre-book before you go to secure a space in the club they want.
For babies and toddlers we've also the Starfish crèche (available for a supplement), cots, baby baths, buggies and a 24-hour baby room. Here you can make up babies' meals, warm formula and sterilise bottles. There's also interconnecting and family rooms, high tea for the under five's and loads more just for families.
Rich in tradition, history and culture, Lesvos is the third largest of the Greek islands. The landscape is one of extremes, from areas of pine-covered hillside to swathes of volcanic stone. Testament to the island’s volcanic past are the large number of hot therapeutic springs and a petrified forest, with fossilised trees dating back some 15 million years.
With claims to their medicinal properties, the springs have been used for thousands of years to help cure aches and pains. Well worth a visit after a busy week of activities!
A real highlight of a holiday to the Aeolian Village has to be the local village of Skala Erresos. It's at the other end of the bay, just a ten minute stroll along the beach. The restaurants built on stilts over the sea add to the relaxed, bohemian vibe of the village. Rich in history – with ruins of a castle and acropolis – this was also the birthplace of the poet Sappho.
Mytilini, the capital of Lesvos, is a bustling harbour town. Its streets are lined with beautiful mansion houses built in the Venetian style, giving the town a distinct air of grandeur. There is also a Museum of Modern Art with works by Picasso and Matisse, as well as a Byzantine castle which hosts various cultural events during summer months. An ancient theatre in the north of the town has been likened to that of the grand Epidavros.
Departure airports: London Gatwick and Birmingham Departure day: Saturday Arrival airport: Mytilini (MJT) Flight duration: approx. 3 hours 55 minutes Airline: Thomas Cook (TCX) Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 15 minutes
First 7 night dept: Sat 6 May / Last 7 night dept: Sat 23 Sept
First 14 night dept: Sat 6 May / Last 14 night dept: Sat 16 Sept
London Gatwick (TCX) outbound dept: 06:40 / inbound arrival: 15:25
In flight meals and drinks are not included, there is a buy on board service. All timings are based on the 24 hour clock system. These timings are provisional and will be submitted for approval by UK and overseas scheduling committees and are therefore given for guidance only are are subject to alteration and confirmation. Your ticket will show the final timings of your flight and your luggage allowances.
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