Cosmos Beach Club

Vassiliki, Greece

What's included

  • Flights from Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol or Edinburgh
  • Return transfer
  • Hotel accommodation at Cosmos Beach Club or Xenia Apartments
  • Daily breakfast
  • Children's clubs (2-13yrs)
  • Neilson activities

  • Swimming pool, bar and restaurant at Cosmos Beach Club
  • Beach terrace & lawns at Cosmos Beach Club
  • Swimming pool and snack bar at Xenia Apartments
  • 22 rooms at Cosmos Beach Club
  • 14 rooms at Xenia Apartments
  • One hour 15 minute transfer

  • Windsurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Road biking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Yoga and fitness classes
  • Wing Foiling (at a supplement)

If you're into windsurfing and cycling then you simply must go to the Cosmos Beach Club in Vassiliki. For reliable wind and flat water, Vassiliki is hard to beat.

The Cosmos Beach Club is in the perfect spot. It's located at the windward end of the bay, giving you the longest sailing hours. The best part? Whether you're windsurfing or chilling out, you're just meters away from the beach and the stunning turquoise Ionian Sea. You can stay right at Cosmos Beach Club or opt for the peaceful and relaxing Xenia Apartments.

We've been windsurfing from the Cosmos Beach Club for over 30 years, it's part of our history and we love it here.

Beach Club map

Water Activities

Vassiliki is known as one of the places to go for speed and freestyle windsurfing, it's still great for beginners though. You can also try inclusive dinghy sailing, paddle boarding, and kayaking, plus for a little extra give wing foiling a try.

Our activity planner shows what is available and how to plan your week at Cosmos Beach Club. 

windsurfing

The day's start gently with light on-shores and a calm flat sea, all of which make for easy learning.The afternoons are altogether different. That's when ‘Eric' arrives. Eric is the nickname given to thermal winds which arrives with a solid consistency throughout the summer. The mountains overlooking the bay accelerate the cross-shore wind and the sea state tends to stay pretty flat, even on very high wind days. 

Windsurfing equipment: we select the kit to match the prevailing conditions, all sails up to 6m are rigged on 60% carbon RDM masts, 6m plus are rigged on 75% carbon standard masts, 6.8m and above have SDM masts. Expect an extensive range from the best manufacturers around including beginner boards, shortboards and RRD sails.

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wing foiling

For something a little different, try wing foiling, you’ll be learning your wing-foiling skills with a maximum of 3 other people. 
‘First flights’ provide a basic introduction to foiling over 3 hours and can be pre-booked for £89 per person. Once the 'First flights' course has been completed to a satisfactory standard, you may continue to use the equipment free of charge for the week you have booked the course, subject to availability.

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Dinghy sailing

We have a few dinghies available on the beach for use. If you are a competent sailor, you are welcome to use them when the kids' clubs are not using them.

At Cosmos, the primary focus is on windsurfing, and therefore, we do not provide sailing lessons as part of our package. However, we may be able to offer private sailing lessons for an additional fee, subject to availability.

Dinghy sailing equipment: Toper Topaz 16, Laser Bahia, Laser Pico

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Kayaking and paddle boarding

For non-windy and light wind days, there are kayaks and paddle boards. Just head to the beach and one of the team will help you get kitted up.

Equipment: Gemini single and double sit-on-top kayaks; Red Paddle Co paddle boards (10'8") and XXL paddle board (8 person).

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Land Activities

When not on the water, we have mountain biking, road cycling and a fantastic yoga and fitness classes programme. All are included.

Our activity planner shows what is available and how to plan your week at Cosmos Beach Club. 

cycling

It's hard not to get excited about mountain biking and road cycling. The mountains surrounding the bay mean there's some great on and off-road riding. Choose your level; shady olive groves and coastal rides, off-road, single track and long road rides are all available. Join a guided ride or buddy up and head out free riding.

 

Mountain bikes: Boardman MHT 8.8

Road bikes: Boardman SLR 8.9

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.

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Fitness and swimming

Back at base, if you've been pushing it hard, there are yoga and stretch classes down by the beach, as well as an extensive programme of fitness classes. and a lovely swimming pool to cool off in. So, don't forget your trainers and motivation!

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Wind conditions

A standard day in Vassiliki starts with a gentle onshore breeze (force 1-2), this coupled with a shallow sand bar off the beach creates perfect conditions for beginners and an ideal learning environment for developing skills.

In the afternoon the thermal wind 'Eric' arrives producing a strong cross-shore breeze, the ideal flat-water playground for the advanced sailor. Due to the size of the bay and the cross-shore winds, there is a small amount of fetch so conditions stay fairly flat, even in very high winds. Typically any forecast over 8 knots blowing in a westerly direction will give good planning conditions in the bay. The wind comes from the mountain on the right side of the bay, giving our location next to the mountain the best flat-water conditions with the wind coming through first and lasting the longest. Wind conditions are most consistent during the peak months of June through to early September. May and late September are more likely to see 50/50 for planing conditions in the afternoon.

Food and drink

A simple cold buffet breakfast is included at both Cosmos Beach Club and Xenia apartments. If you're staying at Xenia, breakfast will be taken at Xenia's poolside snack bar. There is a family run restaurant and bar at Cosmos Beach Club where breakfast is served and where you can buy lunch and dinner.

You're also free to head into Vassiliki for dinner. There's no shortage of restaurants and tavernas overlooking the harbour and colourful fishing boats. Whether you want to go with traditional gyros or sit down to a Greek feast, you're in for a treat.

The local bars can get pretty lively or you can head back to the Cosmos Beach Club for a nightcap at the bar.

Rooms at Cosmos Beach Club

 

Cosmos is a small hotel with a warm and friendly welcome. The rooms are simply furnished and most have a balcony. Some also have sea views, so you can watch for ‘Eric' the famous thermal wind to arrive.

Each room has a shower, air conditioning, fridge and safe (local charge). Choose from double, twin, triple, interconnecting and family rooms (perfect if you need more space). Free Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant and reception.

Local tourist taxes are payable by you when you check out of Cosmos Beach Club. The charge is €3 per room per night (correct as of March 2024).

Rooms at Xenia Apartments

 

If you're looking for a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere but still want to be close to the action take a look at Xenia Apartments. Situated just across the road from the Cosmos Beach Club, beach and activity areas, the accommodation and gardens are beautifully kept with a refreshing swimming pool, sun loungers and snack bar where breakfast is served. All facilities at Cosmos Beach Club are available in addition to those at Xenia Apartments, so pop in and out as you please.

At Xenia Apartments, we have several double or twin rooms with air conditioning, a private balcony (or large shared terrace on the ground floor) and an ensuite bathroom with shower. We also have triple rooms (sleeping up to 4 people) with a double bed, single bed and single sofa bed (suitable for a child) plus a small kitchenette area.

Xenia apartments

 

Local tourist taxes are payable by you when you check out of Xenia Apartments. The charge is €1.50 per room per night (correct as of March 2024).

Families and Children

There's a handful of interconnecting and family rooms, plus a small kids' pool. Families will also be able to make the most of the activity-packed children's clubs for ages 2 to 13 years. There's also evening care on two nights per week. For our very youngest guests (4 to 23 months) we have the Starfish crèche, which is available for a supplement of £390 per week. Make sure your children don't miss out, pre-book before you go to secure a space in the club they want.

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Local area

The main draw for visitors to Vassiliki is the windsurfing but if you can tear yourself away, Lefkas Island is definitely worth exploring – it's a real hidden gem.

At the other end of the island and just a local bus ride away, Lefkas Town is a simple, small Greek Town, full of family run tavernas and bars. Head to the marina for seafood restaurants where the fish is super fresh. In the mountains you'll discover some great little unspoilt villages, where time sometimes appears to have stood still.

It's been said that the island has some of the best beaches in this part of Greece, there's plenty to choose from and many are quiet and hidden away.


Boat trips

Part of the beauty of Vassiliki’s setting stems from the white cliffs, which extend all the way to Cape Lefkatas. The easiest way to admire the cliffs or to visit the beautiful, remote west coast beaches is on a boat trip. Local boatmen ferry tourists by day to Agiofili, a peaceful beach to the south of the resort and around Cape Lefkatas, to Porto Katsiki. They also offer evening trips to watch the stunning sunset off the Cape Lefkatas or to Sivota for a meal in a local taverna.


Cephalonia and Ithaca

Frequent ferries from Vassiliki port access the nearby islands of Cephalonia and Ithaca. Infamous for their role in the legend of Odysseus and more recently in the book and movie ‘Captain Correlli’s Mandolin’.

Vathi, the capital of Ithaka, is a small, colourful and busy town, set in a steep-sided bay. Fiskardo on Cephalonia is also well worth a visit. As the only village not devastated by the 1953 earthquake, it has retained its attractive Venetian architecture.

Your holiday includes...

Hotel and flights

  • Direct flights
  • Coach transfer (1 hr 15 mins)
  • Accommodation at Cosmos Beach Club or Xenia apartments
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Food and drink

  • Breakfast every day

Shore-based activities

  • Mountain biking with guiding
  • Road cycling with guiding
  • Fitness classes
  • Yoga classes
Water-based activities
  • Windsurfing with tuition
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Swimming pool and kids' pool
Childcare
  • Turtles (2yrs)
  • Sea Urchins (3yrs)
  • Sea Badgers (4-5yrs)
  • Mini Rippers (6-10yrs)
  • Surf Squad (11-13 yrs)
  • Evening childcare on selected evenings
And what's extra...
  • Starfish crèche - £390 per week
  • Hot Shots club - £250 per week
  • Any meals and drinks not included above
  • Activity upgrades and private tuition
  • Excursions
  • Room supplements and upgrades
  • Accommodation tourist taxes (€3 per room per night at Cosmos Beach Club and €1.50 per room per night at Xenia Apartments).

Travel Info

  • Departure airports: London Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol or Edinburgh
  • Departure days: Sunday
  • Holiday duration: 7 & 14 nights
  • Arrival airport: Preveza (Aktio)
  • Flight duration: approx. 3 hours 35 minutes
  • Airlines: EnterAir (ENT), Jet2 (LS)
  • Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 15 minutes

In-flight meals and drinks are not included, there is a buy-onboard service. All flight timings are based on the 24-hour clock system. Flight timings are given for guidance, are provisional and will be submitted for approval by UK and overseas scheduling committees. Luggage allowance varies by airline. Your ticket will show your flight's final timings and luggage allowances.