Our first adult-only beachclub means if you love the idea of a Neilson holiday, but also like the idea of child-free downtime, Buca Beachclub may just be the one for you!
Sitting alongside our popular Messini Beachclub, Buca Beachclub faces the wide, sandy bay at Analipsi Beach, with the mountains that hug the bay providing a dramatic backdrop. Buca Beachclub shares activity areas with Messini beachclub, but the main hotel, bar, restaurant and pool areas are strictly adult-only.
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.
Activities on the water
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.
Late morning is the perfect time for kayaking or the chance to head out on the stand up paddle boards, both are the perfect way to explore the bay under your own steam.
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)
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.
Activities on the shore
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.
New for 2017, 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 means you can make the most of the laid-back vibe, or stroll over to Messini Beachclub and sweat it out on the fitness deck.
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 Garmin GPS pre-loaded with some of our favourite routes, 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.
Rest and relaxation
The newly refurbished wellness area, located in a cool relaxing area of the beachclub, offers the chance to step out of the sun and wind down. 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 of up to 25% on the in resort prices.
Food and drink
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 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.
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 King Prawns with chilli and coriander; pan seared tuna steaks with cucumber relish and to finish, Manuka honey cheesecake with fresh raspberries.
At Buca Beachclub we’ve designed a dining plan that’s flexible to suit you. The restaurant is open every evening, 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 you're evening meal is inclusive on four nights per week. If you're on a 10 or 11-night holiday, six evening meals are included.
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 have a simple stylish elegance to them and are all finished to a very high standard, the majority of which are spacious twin or doubles. 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!
Each room has air conditioning, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, TV, safe, beach towels and hairdryer. 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).
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.
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 approx. three kilometres through the olive groves and vineyards to the waterfalls and refreshing 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.
Departure airport: London Gatwick Departure days: Saturday or Tuesday Arrival airport: Kalamata (KLX) Flight duration: approx. 3 hours 35 minutes Airline: easyJet (EZY) Transfer time - approx. 20 minutes
Saturday departure dates:
First 7 night dept: Sat 29 Apr / Last 7 night dept: Sat 30 Sept
First 10 night dept: Sat 29 Apr / Last 10 night dept: Sat 23 Sept
First 14 night dept: Sat 29 Apr / Last 14 night dept: Sat 23 Sept
Tuesday departure dates:
First 7 night dept: Tues 3 May / Last 7 night dept: Tues 26 Sept
First 11 night dept: Tues 3 May / Last 11 night dept: Tues 26 Sept
Sat from Gatwick (EZY)outbound dept: 05:40 / inbound arrival: 13:45
Tues from Gatwick (EZY)outbound dept: 05:35 / inbound arrival: 13:45
In flight meals and drinks are not included. 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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