Ride in to summer 2020
Messini Beachclub has a huge, unspoilt, sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. It's great for all water sports, especially sailing. Or you might just want to find a peaceful spot on the sand to relax in the sun.
You can spot the unique, contemporary and minimalist design of Messini Beachclub from a mile off. It's located in the southern Peloponnese, one of Greece's least discovered corners. You can really relax here, but if you want to get out and about you can.
Take your pick from dinghy sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, all these water sports are included in your holiday to Messini Beachclub.
If you're an early riser, start the day with a pre-breakfast water skiing or wakeboarding session. We include up to two free tows per person per week, with beginner and intermediate upgrade packs available (for a supplement) if you really want to get to grips with the sport.
Dinghy sailors and windsurfers have a more laid back start if they choose to. Head down to the beach around midday or after lunch, when the breeze kicks in, to make the most of the sailing and large sailing area.
All dinghy sailing and windsurfing tuition follows the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) teaching scheme, so you'll be progressing in a safe and fun way. If you're after a few pointers, just sign up for the group sessions with one of the team, they'll advise you of the right group for your level.
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)
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; wave 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.
There's mountain biking, road cycling, tennis, fitness classes and even a climbing wall; all are included and for a little bit extra you can also give rock climbing a go.
The cycling offers loads of variety, technical climbs, rolling descents and olive groves for the mountain bikers and some long open roads for the road cyclists. It's one of our top beachclubs for biking, you'll find a greater variety of rides and more bike guides here. There are guided mountain and road bike rides available each day or you can get together with a friend and head out free riding.
With seven tennis courts (shared with Buca Beachclub), you'll be able to enjoy plenty of coaching and free play. If you're a regular player, know your way around the court and want to get more from your game, you should check out the premium tennis pack for some more intensive coaching. With just eight places in the group, we recommend pre-booking premium tennis before travel to guarantee your spot. Join us on the week commencing 23 September and you'll be able to play with Mark Petchey (former GB player and coach to Andy Murray). Mark will be at the beachclub all week and is running three pre-bookable clinics for players of all abilities.
There's a climbing wall at the beachclub. If you like it, then for a little extra, you can book to go rock climbing. The site is about an hour from the beachclub with more than 30 bolted climbing routes. The minimum age to climb is eight years and all children under the age of 15 years must be accompanied by an adult (either climbing or spectating).
Back at the club, stretch and relax or push it to the max with a high-energy class on the fitness deck by the beach. There's also a large (approx. 50m) swimming pool and next door at Buca Beachclub is a gym with treadmill, Skierg, rowing machine, Trx, kettlebells, weight and weight bench.
Mountain bikes: Boardman Bikes MHT 8.8 in a range of sizes (small, medium, large, x-large)
Road bikes: Boardman Bikes SLR 8.9 in a range of sizes (x-small, small, medium, large, x-large)
Adventure bikes: Boardman Bikes ADV 8.9 in a range of sizes (small, medium, large, x-large)
Hybrid bikes: Boardman Bikes HYB 8.8 in a range of sizes (small, medium, large, x-large)
Premium road bikes: Boardman Bikes SLR 9.2 with carbon frame in a range of sizes (x-small, small, medium, large, x-large) are available to reserve for your exclusive use, with a custom set up and routes 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.
There's a wellness area, with a team of therapists. Book a massage, facial or manicure to relax and unwind. Spa packages can be pre-booked before you travel, saving money on the in resort prices, leaving you some extra cash for a cocktail or two. Of course you could just seek out a quiet spot around the pool or on the beach and finish that book you've been meaning to since last summer!
It's easy to build up an appetite, but you won't go hungry. The large, shaded outdoor terrace of the restaurant is a great place to eat. Club board consisting of daily breakfast, daily lunch and four evening meals are included each week. There's a great choice of delicious Mediterranean treats or more familiar buffet dishes to tempt you.
On non-inclusive evenings, don't forget to join us for our BBQ night where our chefs will be cooking up a storm, enjoy a pizza or burger from the pool bar, or head out to one of a handful of local tavernas further along the beach.
Your inclusive evening meals are on the following days (if you're staying for 10 or 11 nights you get 6 inclusive evening meals) :
Friday: non-inclusive (bbq night)
With the garden rooms, you get stylish bathrooms, sleek minimalist furnishings, wooden floors and cool, muted colours. Contemporary bathrooms in cool marble have large walk-in showers. A large picture window looking over the bedroom is a quirky feature of the bathrooms, there is however a handy blind to protect your modesty.
The ground floor rooms have a lovely terrace with direct access to the lawns, those on the first floor have a balcony (premium rooms have two balconies). Garden room types include 'economy' twin rooms, 'club' double or interconnecting rooms and 'premium' double rooms.
The hotel rooms are closest to the pool and restaurant. Light and airy, there's a simple, contemporary elegance from the stylish bathrooms with walk-in shower (some also have baths) to the bedrooms with smart features throughout. Sunny balconies look over the pool, beach or the surrounding countryside. Hotel rooms include 'club' twin, double and interconnecting rooms or sea view suites.
The short transfer and spacious, flat layout, with plenty of wide open paths and gardens make Messini Beachclub an ideal choice for families. The beach is long and sandy, perfect for sand castle building and there's a kids' pool, play area and even a giant chess board which children just love. We also have a selection of Frog bikes for children from three to six years. These bikes are available to use in and around the beachclub grounds, but cannot be taken outside of the beachclub.
Then there's the full range of activity packed kids' clubs for children from two all the way through to 17 years. Our youngest guests (four to 23 months) will love the Starfish crèche (available for a supplement). Make sure your children don't miss out, pre-book before you go to secure a space in the club they want.
For those of you travelling with babies or toddlers don't forget to ask about cots, baby baths and push chairs. There's even a 24-hour baby room, where you can make feeds, warm milk and sterilise bottles. You'll love the interconnecting and family rooms too.
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 Messini 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.
Hotel and flights
• Direct flights • Coach transfer (20 mins) • Beachclub accommodation • Wi-Fi in public areas and in most rooms • Beach towels • Tea and coffee making facilities • Temple Spa toiletries
Food and drink
• Breakfast every day • Lunch every day • Four 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 and Thursday
Holiday duration: 7 and 14 nights plus NEW for summer 2020 10 and 11 nights
Arrival airport: Kalamata (KLX)
Flight duration: approx. 3 hours 50 minutes
Airlines: British Airways (BA) / Thomas Cook (MT)
Transfer time: approx. 20 minutes