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Stay and sail

Try something a little bit different on your next holiday, add some time sailing the shores of the Ionian on a Neilson yacht to your next beachclub holiday. Come and join us on a stay and sail adventure!

At a glance...
  • Call to book on 0333 014 3351
  • A twin centre holiday
  • A week on land and a week at sea
  • Two stay and sail bases in Greece
  • Great for beginners to sailing
  • No sailing experience necessary
  • Learn to sail in just four days
  • An adventure for the whole family
  • Inclusive beachclub activities
  • Inclusive kids' clubs at the beachclub
  • Yachts sleep up to eight people

A holiday for everyone

This is how it works. You'll spend a week living it up at a beachclub enjoying the club board meals (breakfast and lunch everyday plus four evening meals). If you can already sail or are planning on letting somebody else do the sailing, you’re free to join the range of inclusive activities (or just relax by the pool). Dinghy sailing, water skiing, tennis, cycling and more – it’s all included, so take your pick! If you’ve never sailed before, now’s the time to learn the ropes on the four day ‘intro to yachting’ course. You’ll be learning everything you need to know to sail on flotilla the following week.

The second week of your holiday, you'll be setting sail on your yacht. Every day a route will be planned for you, unspoilt coastlines, wonderful islands, picture-perfect coves and deserted beaches are all waiting to be discovered.

Already a sailor?

You’ll already know how great a sailing holiday can be. Well stay and sail may just be the holidays you’re looking for if you want friends and family to catch the sailing bug too. Why not switch it up and jump straight on board for week one and relax on land for week two?

It’s also a great way to pick up a sailing qualification (now needed in most countries). Experienced sailors can take the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) assessment on a training yacht while staying at the beachclub.

Find out more about the ICC...

No experience necessary

That’s right, even if you’ve never set foot on a yacht before it’s never too late to learn. Our 'intro to yachting' course is aimed at complete beginners and will set you on the right track. In just four days, it covers absolutely everything you need to know to skipper your own yacht. You won’t be in a classroom, the training is practical and hands on, sailing on a training yacht with others budding sailors.

The course can be booked for a supplement of £239 per person and you’ll take the course during your week at the beachclub (children aged between 13 and 15 years can also do this course with their family).

Find out more about learning to sail

A family adventure

Whilst staying at the beachclub, our inclusive kids clubs, running six days a week, have an unbeatable range of activities to keep them busy. Children aged between 13 and 15, can also learn to sail on the 'intro to yachting' course with their family.

Then comes the really exciting part! Children love living on yachts - it's one great adventure and very exciting! Warm sunshine, jumping from the deck into sparkling seas, swimming ashore, discovering new beaches and bays, helping with the ropes, hauling the sails, playing captain, hunting for pirates, fishing for dinner, dolphin spotting and endless new destinations will keep them happy for hours.

A sailing holiday is a great experience, creating lasting memories, that you and your children will remember for years to come.

Find out more about our kids' clubs...

Your yacht

Your yacht will be your home for your week afloat. And what a home it is! Taking you from port to port, it’s kitted out with just about everything you need, even a kitchen sink!


The yachts sleep up to eight people, but for comfort and privacy we would probably recommend you don’t fill them to the max. They have showers, heads (that’s toilets to you and me) and a well-equipped galley (kitchen). Every yacht is fully prepared for you arrival, you just need to bring food and drink!

More information on our yachts...

Where we stay and sail

We have two stay and sail bases on the beautiful Ionian coastline of Greece. Each of the two beachclubs has their own yacht pontoon or marina, so access to yachts and training is easy and super convenient.


Stay and sail from the Retreat Beachclub and you'll be sailing the north Ionian, visiting the islands of Corfu and Paxos. Head to Vounaki Beachclub for your stay and sail holiday and you'll be in the heart of the south Ionian, the sailing here is perfect for beginners.

Tell me more about sailing in Greece...

What's included?

All stay and sail holidays include flights, transfers and your yacht, together with inclusive yacht damage waiver, marine insurance and security deposit; we even include your fuel.

Your shorebased week at the beachclub includes your accommodation, most meals, more activities than you'll know what to do with, and inclusive action-packed kids' clubs.

How to book

If you're looking to book a stay and sail holiday, you'll need to give us a call. Our call centre team have extensive knowledge of our stay and sail holidays and are waiting to help.


Give them a call on  0333 014 3351 and they'll talk you through your options and any questions you may have.