Wherever you are, the hillside setting ensures you'll always be able to catch views of the shimmering turquoise waters of the Ionian and wooded islands in the bay.
A collection of beaches forms the edge of the water sports area and a sand bar in the shallow water leads to the sailing beach on 'Goat Island' opposite the beachclub.
Built on a hillside, the rooms, bar and restaurant are perched high above the Ionian. There's lots of steps, so make sure you have what you need before heading to the beach!
Whilst we would not recommend the Retreat to thrill-seeking sailors and windsurfers, the sheltered, flat water is pretty special for other water sports, especially water skiing and wakeboarding.
Activities on the water
There's a water sport for everyone and it's all included! Take your pick from water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, dinghy sailing and windsurfing.
This is one of our most popular beachclubs for water skiing and wakeboarding and it's easy to see why. The bay is sheltered and the water is nice and flat, so there's no excuse not to get out there and give it a go. We include up to two free tows per person per week with upgrade packs available from £150 per person.
The Retreat Beachclub is a perfect teaching and learning environment, and we offer two short kayaking courses from the British Canoe Union (BCU). Kayakers and stand up paddle boarders will love exploring the small offshore islands, caves and rocky coastline under their own steam.
The sheltered water and light wind means that dinghy sailing and windsurfing is really only suitable for beginners and improvers, with free RYA tuition if needed. If you're looking for a day to remember, then for a little extra you can book a day yacht with skipper to explore the Ionian coastline.
Windsurfing: a range of beginner and intermediate (160-130 litres) boards 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)
Water skiing and wakeboarding: Ski Nautique 196, 206 and 211 with a range of skis, boards, mono skis and wake skates.
Kayak and stand up paddle boarding: Gemini single and double sit on top kayaks; closed cockpit kayaks; sea kayaks; Canadian canoes; Red Paddle Co stand up paddle boards (10'8") and XXL stand up paddle board (8 man).
The typical wind force ranges from 1-2 all season, ideal for beginners to dinghy sailing and windsurfing, although intermediate sailors will rarely be challenged.
Surrounded by rolling hillside, it's a biker's paradise. There's rocky tracks, green valleys, steep climbs, wonderful views, coastal tracks and technical single track – something for just about everybody. If road riding is your thing, there are some great long rides, how does 80km of rolling coastal road sound? It's a round trip to Parga with inland climbs and long descents.
The Retreat is one of our best clubs for biking, you can pre-book a premium bike and you'll also get a greater variety and greater number of rides with more guides.
There are four astro and hard tennis courts with plenty of coaching from the tennis team. If you've got the energy for more, have a go at some of the fitness classes. You can take your pick from circuits, yoga based stretch, running, HIIT and much more.
There's also a small gym, volleyball court and table tennis.
Mountain bikes: TREK X Caliber 9 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 fibre road bikes (54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm) are available to reserve for your exclusive use throughout your holiday, with custom set-up and Garmin GPS pre-loaded with 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 wellness area has a great location overlooking the bay, you'll be hard-pressed to find treatment rooms with a better view. Relax and enjoy the views, but more importantly enjoy your massage! Spa packages can be pre-booked before travel with savings of up to 25%.
Stay and sail
Add some time sailing the coastline of the northern Ionian to your next beachclub holiday. The great thing about a stay and sail holiday is not only the week spent at the Retreat Beachclub, but also your chance to experience the thrill of sailing. You'll be sailing on the second week of your holiday, visiting places such as the islands of Corfu and Paxos. What's more, you really don't have to be a sailor, there's a course to teach you everything you need to know.
Your holiday to the Retreat Beachclub includes club board meals; that's breakfast and lunch every day plus four evening meals per week. As with all other areas of the beachclub, the views from the restaurant and pool bar are lovely. The pool bar is a good meeting point and is always lively with people chatting about the day over a coffee, cocktail or beer.
Your inclusive evening meals are on the following days:
10 night holidays run from Sunday to the following Tuesday and 11 night holidays run from Wednesday to the following Saturday. Both include six evening meals.
The rooms are light and bright, all have a balcony or terrace and most have great views over the Ionian Sea. Garden rooms are shady and peaceful, while hotel rooms are located closer to the restaurant. There are also some premium rooms; built recently, they have a contemporary design with modern furnishings.
Choose from twin, double, triple, family or interconnecting rooms. Each has shower, 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).
Families and kids
There's lots of steps at the Retreat, so bear this in mind if you're travelling with babies and toddlers. The beaches are sandy and children will love the warm, shallow water. There's also a small pool just for children and a good choice of rooms for families, including interconnecting and premium rooms.
Of course, you'll also get the full range of action packed kids' clubs for children from two, all the way through to 17 years. For babies, there's the Starfish crèche (available for a supplement). If you're a family 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 this lovely part of mainland Greece. The small village of Sivota is a 10-minute walk (heading home is uphill, so may take a little longer!). There's a laid back atmosphere with a great choice of bars and restaurants. Take a walk along the harbour front where you'll see visiting yachts and the local fishing boats bobbing about.
Parga is close by, a little more touristy than Sivota, but still worth a visit. As well as a 14th century Venetian castle, it's got some great restaurants, cafés and shops. We organise a coach trip to Parga on one of the non-inclusive evenings.
Further afield, boat trips are available to Paxos and Antipaxos. Gaios on Paxos is an exquisite miniature world, with quaint 19th century houses lining narrow, cobbled lanes. The smaller island of Antipaxos is equally special with beautiful remote beaches and little coves.
Day sails and sunset cruise
Take a day sail on a skippered Neilson yacht. Drink in the magical coastline, while relaxing in the warm breeze on deck. Let us sail you to secluded bays where you can swim or snorkel in the crystal clear water. Alternatively, sail into the sunset, sipping bubbles as the sun sinks below the horizon; enjoy the romance of the evening on a sunset cruise. This is definitely the climax to a wonderful day.
Departure airports: London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Manchester Departure days: Sunday and Wednesday Arrival airport: Preveza (PVK) Flight duration: approx. 3 hours 35 minutes Airlines: British Airways (BA) / Germania (ST) / Thomas Cook (TCX) / easyJet (EZY) Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 15 minutes
First 7 night dept: Sun 28 May / Last 7 night dept: Sun 22 Oct
First 10 night dept: Sun 28 May / Last 10 night dept: Sun 17 Sept
First 11 night dept: Wed 31 May / Last 11 night dept: Wed 20 Sept
First 14 night dept: Sun 28 May / Last 14 night dept: Sun 15 Oct
London Heathrow (BA) outbound dept: 11:20 / inbound arrival: 19:15
London Gatwick (ST) outbound dept: 15:55 / inbound arrival: 23:50
London Gatwick (ST) outbound dept: 05.50 / inbound arrival 13.50 (8 – 22 October only)
London Gatwick (TCX) outbound dept: 09:10 / inbound arrival: 16:35
London Gatwick (Wed) (EZY) outbound dept: 06:05 / inbound arrival: 13:25
Manchester (TCX) outbound dept: 08:00 / inbound arrival: 22:35 (7 May only)
Manchester (TCX) outbound dept: 14:10 / inbound arrival: 22:35 (14 May - 1 October)
In-flight meals and drinks are not included with easyJet, British Airways, Thomas Cook or Germania, all offer a buy on board service.Flight 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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