What's new for 2019
Our adult-only beachclub means if you love the idea of a Neilson holiday, but also like the idea of child-free downtime, with some exclusive treats and extras, including pillow menus, luxury duvet and bed linen, a fridge stocked with wine and beer and a Nespresso coffee machine in your room, Buca Beachclub may just be the one for you!
With only 57 rooms, a minimalist design and a new à la carte restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it's a small hotel with a boutique vibe. There's a beautiful glass sided swimming pool with day beds sitting in the water, where our staff will bring you complimentary refreshments as you lounge, (they'll even clean your sunglasses if you ask). If you'd rather while away the hours on the beach, they'll bring drinks to you there too! Change it up a little and slide into the outdoor hot tub, or while away the hours on one of the sumptuous daybeds.
If you're into your water sports you will love Buca Beachclub. Dinghy sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding are all included on your holiday to Buca Beachclub, these water based activities are shared with guests at Messini Beachclub.
If you head out before breakfast, you’ll find the bay is usually nice and flat for some water skiing or wakeboarding and as we include up to two free tows per person per week, there's really no excuses not to give it a go. If you want more water skiing and wakeboarding you can pre-book beginner and intermediate upgrade packs for £150 per person.
As the day goes on, the wind really starts to pick-up. From lunchtime onwards, dinghy sailors and windsurfers head to the beach to make the most of the large sailing area. There's group RYA tuition available in both if you need it, or else chat to one of the instructors who will help you get on the water.
Windsurfing: a range of beginner, intermediate (160-130 litres) and shortboards from manufacturers Starboard, Fanatic and RRD. Start rigs for beginners (2.5m / 3.5m / 4.5m); adult rigs (4m - 8.2m)
Dinghy sailing: Laser Pico; Laser 1; RS 16 catamaran; Topper Topaz (16CX, 14CX, Omega, Argo); Hartley 10.
Water skiing and wakeboarding: Ski Nautique 200 and 206 and a range of skis, boards, mono skis and wake skates.
Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding: Gemini single and double sit on top kayaks; Red Paddle Co stand up paddle boards (10'8") and XXL stand up paddle board (8 man).
The wind typically picks up around midday, blowing on-shore most days, with cross on-shore conditions on windier days. The typical wind force ranges from 3-4 with the most consistent conditions in June, July and August.
Choose from mountain biking, road cycling, tennis, climbing on the climbing wall, yoga and a range of fitness classes - all are included.
The extensive cycling programme at Buca Beachclub means it doesn’t matter whether road biking or mountain biking is your thing. Lemon and olive groves stretch past technical climbs and long swathes of open, winding roads. Joining guests at Messini Beachclub, you can take part in guided rides, or simply borrow a bike and a Garmin and take advantage of expertly chosen routes at your own pace.
Back at the club, you’ll find one of our best tennis facilities, with a total of seven courts shared between Buca and Messini Beachclubs. There's group coaching included every day and plenty of time set aside for free play. If you want to get more from your tennis, play regularly back home, understand the rules of the same and have a good level of fitness the premium tennis package could be the thing for you. Available for a little extra, you will received intensive coaching in small groups of eight.
There's a climbing wall (which is also a shared facility) located at Messini Beachclub. There's inclusive daily instruction on the wall or you can pay a little extra and go rock climbing at the beautiful site of Kardamili (approx. one hour away).
An adult-only yoga area in the grounds of Buca Beachclub with two classes per day, held in small personal groups, means you can make the most of the laid-back vibe. Your instructor will focus on developing flexibility, strength and balance while exploring different variations of yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga. If high energy is more your thing, stroll over to Messini Beachclub, where we have a full range of fitness classes. Sweat it out and push your body to the limit or get to work toning your body with strength and conditioning classes. You'll end your holiday looking and feeling great.
Mountain bikes: TREK X Caliber 7 in a range of sizes (15”, 17”, 19”, 21”).
Road bikes: TREK Emonda ALR 4 in a range of sizes (47cm to 60cm).
Premium bikes : TREK Fuel EX8 full suspension trail bikes (17”, 18”, 19”, 21”) and TREK Emonda S6 carbon road bikes (54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm) are available to reserve for your exclusive use, with custom set up and routes available in resort to be uploaded to your Garmin upon request, all for just £95 per person per week.
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.
The wellness area and hydro spa located in a cool relaxing area of the beachclub, offers the chance to step out of the sun and wind down. Entry to the spa is free and includes use of the sauna, steam room, plunge pools, showers and loungers. Book yourself a little treat with one of out therapists, it could be a massage, facial or manicure, (some of our spa treatments are available to pre-book with savings on the in resort prices). There's also a lily garden and outdoor wellness area with hot tub, day beds and relaxation area. For a little extra, treat yourself to some time in the hot tub with a glass or two of bubbles, strawberries and massage treatment (bookable locally, subject to availability).
If you enjoy a more refined dining experience, you will love what we’ve done at Buca Beachclub. There’s a stylish à la carte restaurant (where all meals are served), with a professional team of waiters to look after your every need.
For both breakfast and lunch, you can choose to eat from the à la carte menu (on request) and enjoy a leisurely meal served at your table, or if activities are calling and you just want to grab something and go there’s an extensive buffet waiting for you. If breakfast in bed is more your thing, a continental breakfast of pastries, preserves, fruit, yoghurt, juice and coffee can be delivered to your room, and for a little extra, the daily newspapers too.
At the end of the day, the pool bar is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner cocktail and when you’re ready to eat head to the à la carte restaurant (with a mixture of indoor and al fresco dining) and choose from a menu of delicious, locally inspired dishes prepared by our talented chefs - think Beef Carpaccio with truffle oil and shaved Parmesan followed by grilled swordfish fillet with olive and lemon and to finish, Greek walnut cake with vanilla ice cream. There's a premium wine list to select from to go with your lunch or evening meal and complimentary wine tasting each evening.
At Buca Beachclub we’ve designed a dining plan that’s flexible to suit you. The restaurant is open six evenings per week, there aren't any set days for your inclusive evening meals; it's flexible and you choose the nights you want to dine in (please book at reception for dinner). If you're on a one or two-week holiday your evening meal is inclusive on four nights per week.
On non-inclusive evenings, dine à la carte in the restaurant, head out to one of a handful of local tavernas further along the beach or ask us to arrange a meal for you at one of the great restaurants in Kalamata. All non-inclusive meals are charged for and will be added to your room tab.
The modern design of the beachclub means that most rooms face the pool with a balcony or terrace so you can enjoy the stunning sea view (some rooms look over the back of the beachclub, across fields towards the mountains).
The rooms (the majority of which are spacious twins or doubles) have a simple stylish elegance to them and are finished to a very high standard. If you're travelling solo, there are four single rooms available without a single supplement. We also have a couple of suites that we can honestly say are the best rooms in any of our beachclubs – simply stunning! We want you to drift off and have the best nights sleep, so all beds come complete with luxury mattress toppers, duvets and bed linen plus there's a choice of pillows - sweet dreams.
Fancy a lie-in? Then continental breakfast can be delivered to your room, together with daily newspapers (on request, for a small charge). There's also Nespresso coffee machines in all rooms, so you can start each day with a perfect cup of coffee on your own balcony.
Take advantage of the many additional services designed to enhance and make your stay at Buca Beachclub as comfortable and welcoming as possible. Services are complimentary unless stated otherwise.
• Nespresso coffee machines in all rooms
• Daily newspapers delivered to your room (on request, small charge)
• Fridge in your room stocked with beer, wine and soft drinks (replenished weekly)
• Free bottled water in your room
• Pillow menu
• Luxury duvet and bed linen
• Luxury mattress toppers
• Bathrobe and slippers
• Luxury spa gift pack
• Free laundry (one bag per room, per week)
• Beach bags with towel, fan, water bottle, bat and ball set
• Pool butlers serving complimentary smoothie, fruit and afternoon cocktail
• Complimentary wine tasting
Step outside the beachclub and you'll know you're in rural Greece as the immediate area is fairly sleepy. Steeped in history and tradition, there are many places to visit and discover, with lush verdant valleys, endless sandy beaches, hidden coves and sheltered bays as well as small rural villages set into the slopes of the Taygetus Mountains.
In contrast, the lively, cosmopolitan city of Kalamata has a lot going on. The dramatic Taygetus Mountain range frames the city and the waterfront is lined with tavernas, restaurants and bars.
Culture vultures will be in their element. You could catch a play or music performance in the open-air venue of the historic 13th century ‘Castle of Isabeau'. The old town around the Kastro is beautiful with lots of interesting shops to explore. If you can time your trip so that you visit on a Wednesday or Saturday then you will be able to enjoy market day, a spectacular display of fresh produce from the region. To make the most of this great city, join us on a walking tour, you will be shown around by an experience local guide who will share their local knowledge and enthusiasm for this beautiful city (payable locally).
Only discovered in 1958 the Dyros caves were found to contain ceramics, tools, silver and bones dating all the way back to the Neolithic age. A visit to the caves is made extra special by the presence of the underground lake, you take a small boat into the cavern and complete the journey on foot.
Just 20 minutes from Messenia itself you will find the hidden archaeological site of ancient Messini. Built into the foothills of Mount Ithomi, surrounded by Mount Eva and Mount Psoriari. This fortified city protected the ancient Messenians for countless years and parts of the original outer wall from the summit along the mountains ridge remains today complete with several of the original lookout towers. You can follow the remains through the olive groves and past orchards or visit the archaeological museum and discover more about the history of ancient Greece.
Walk for about three kilometres through olive groves and vineyards to the waterfalls and lake formations at the base of the falls. From the waterfalls you can follow the gorge downhill, where you end up at a cave. The waterfalls are the perfect spot to see some local wildlife (there's butterfly's in abundance) and cool off with a swim.
This is a world-class waterfront courses on a gently sloping hillside. There are two courses including the Dunes course, designed by former Ryder Cup captain and US Masters Champion, Bernhard Langer. It is the first 18-hole signature designed golf course in Greece. If this sound like something you'd like to try, our reception team have all the details, can book your tee-times and arrange a taxi to the course
Hotel and flights
• Direct flights • Coach transfer (20 mins) • Beachclub accommodation •Wi-Fi in public areas and in most rooms • Beach towels • Nespresso coffee machine • Bathrobe and slippers • Fridge with wine and beer • Temple Spa toiletries
Food and drink
• Breakfast every day • Lunch every day • Four à la carte evening meals weekly • Water, tea and coffee with inclusive meals
Shore based activities
• Tennis with coaching • Mountain biking with guiding • Road cycling with guiding • Fitness classes • Yoga and stretch classes • Climbing wall with tuition • Gym • Volleyball
Water based activities
Departure airports: London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham
Departure day: Sunday
Arrival airport: Kalamata (KLX)
Flight duration: approx. 3 hours 50 minutes
Airlines: British Airways (BA) / Thomas Cook (MT)
Transfer time: approx. 20 minutes
Departure dates for summer 2019
First 7 night dept: Sun 5 May / Last 7 night dept: Sun 13 Oct
First 14 night dept: Sun 5 May / Last 14 night dept: Sun 6 Oct
Flight times for summer 2019
London Heathrow (BA): outbound dept: 08:00 / inbound arrival: 16:35
Manchester (MT): outbound dept: 14:05 / inbound arrival: 23:05
Birmingham (MT) (19 May to 29 Sep / 6 Oct): outbound dept: 07:20 / inbound arrival: 16:10
NEW London Gatwick (MT) (5 May to 06 Oct): outbound dept: 09:00 / inbound arrival: 17:20
In-flight meals and drinks are not included with British Airways or Thomas Cook, both offer a buy on board service. Flight timings are provisional and will be submitted for approval by the UK and overseas scheduling committees and are therefore given for guidance only are subject to alteration and confirmation. Your ticket will show the final timings of your flight and your luggage allowances.