Looking for a little holiday inspiration?

You've come to the right place. Welcome to The Neilson hub.

It's a place where you can find inspiration for your summer or winter holidays from a host of easy to digest articles full of tips, tricks and ideas from our team of experts.


So, whether you’re looking at getting into windsurfing, getting out to the mountains or want to find out how to return a serve, we have a hub for that!


Energise Newsletter

Teaching windsurfing

The Neilson Network

Our network of partnerships and friends continues this summer. We've teamed up with Mark Petchey for our tennis programme and UKSA to train watersports instructors and we continue to sponsor Grand Slam tennis coverage on Eurosport.

Kids club

What's new and exciting for our kids' clubs?

We know kids love being active, and nobody wants them missing out on any fun, so we've found new ways for you all to really make the most of your holiday.

Trek Bikes on rack

All about the bikes

We've got a complete refresh of our mountain and road bikes at Messini, Buca and Baia dei Mori Beachclubs plus the addition of E-bikes at Messini and Buca. We can't wait to get out and ride.

Ski and Snowboard


Alex in Andorra

Recently back from a skiing holiday to Andorra, our very own Performance Marketing Manager Alex set out onto the pistes of El Tarter. See what he had to say about his trip to the slopes.

Val d'isere

The best ski resorts in Europe revealed

As skiing holiday specialists, we know that there are several factors to take into account when booking a ski trip.

Ensuring you have ample snow is of course top of the list, but the availability of slopes suited to the skill level of your party also plays a part in determining the perfect ski resortfor you.

New year in the Alps

The best resorts for your Festive ski holiday with Neilson

Join us to celebrate Christmas and New Year and slide into a magical winter wonderland with a festive break. Stay in a Neilson hotel or chalet hotels and our fantastic hosts will look after you from the moment you arrive. There will be plenty of seasonal cheer with decorations, music, crackers and a beautiful Christmas tree.


Mark Petchey playing tennis

Who is Mark Petchey?

Mark Petchey is one of the UK’s most successful and influential tennis players, both on and off the court. He’s achieved acclaim as a player and a coach toBritish tennis star Andy Murray and now works with us on ourholidays to bring you a professional tennis experience.

Mark Petchey playing tennis at Neilson Messini Beacchclub in Greece

Neilson Beach Clubs for tennis pros

Whether you want a holiday to practice, relax, recuperate and/or take your tennis game to new places, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s the low down on what our tennis holidays have to offer.

Neilson tennis coach showing how to perform a tennis serve

Tennis serve :top tips and techniques

Serving is such a vital part of tennis at the top level, and it’s probably the part that most part-time players struggle to master. Here's a handy video from former GB player Mark Petchey, to help improve your serve.


Group of people road cycling in Sardinia

Our top five cycling routes in Sardinia

Our bike team have mapped out the best cycling routes that cover the picturesque area surrounding Baia dei Mori Beachclub, catering to all ability levels and ranging from relaxing road routes to challenging mountain trails.

aerial view of man mountain biking

Four great cycle routes in Peloponnese, Greece

The area of the south Peloponneseoffers a vast and varied amount of cycling terrain from traffic free flat beach tracks to steep alpine-like passes, catering superbly for the entire cycling ability spectrum, from beginners up to avid mountain bikers and road cyclists.

Two men road cycling on holiday

Eight things to know before going on a bike holiday

Whether you’re an occasional Sunday rider, lycra-clad racer or love the challenge of an off-road adventure there’s a biking holiday for you.


two people kayaking in Sardinia

Kayaking for beginners

Unlike, say, stand-up paddle boarding, you can get a surprisingly long way with little effort in a kayak. It’s simple, easy to pick up, and as high or low energy as you’d like. Choose to go solo or double up with a friend or loved one.

girl wakeboarding

Beginner's guide to wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is a high-octane, adrenaline-inducing mix of water skiing, surfing, and snowboarding. It can be fast and furious, but the good news is that it’s surprisingly easy to get to grips with the basics – total newbies can be up and wakeboarding within a few hours.

Aerial view of people windsurfing in shallow water

Where to go on your next windsurfing holiday

Whether you're searching for remote, windswept coastlines or buzzing seaside towns full of fellow windsurfers, there are loads of fantastic European windsurfing destinations just a short flight away.Here are our top picks to get you inspired.


Family cycling at sunset

Cycling with children

Children as young as three can learn to ride, and once your child has picked up the basics, you can set off on longer bike rides and maybethe exciting world of mountain biking.

Three young children splashing in pool with nanny

Why Neilson kids' clubs are so great

"What are the best holidays for kids?” “Will they have fun?” “Will they be safe?” Just some of the questions you may find yourself asking before booking your family holiday.This is where our kids’ clubs come into their own: our nannies are brilliant with little ones, so you know they’ll be really well looked after.

Toddler learning to swim

Teaching children to swim

Teaching your little ones to swim is one of the best and most memorable gifts a parent can give. But how on earth to do you do it properly? Well, we drafted in some of our swim coaches for their top tips on how to teach children to swim. The fun way.

Fitness and wellness

triathlete emerging from water after completing swim

Everything you need to know for your first triathlon

So, you’ve decided to tick ‘do a triathlon’ off your bucket list. But where exactly should you start when it comes to prepping for the big day? We'll run (bike and swim) you through everything you need to know for your first triathlon.

Two women running by the sea in Sardinia

Our top three running trails in Sardinia

Our run clubs, arranged and guided by our fitness team, are an amazing way to maintain (or gain) fitness whilst taking in the sights of Sardinia. There are running routes to match every ability level, from off-road trails to road runs around the local villages.

girl running by the sea

10 reasons why runners should do yoga

Yoga can play a brilliant supporting role in your run training, helping you develop the strength, flexibility and mindset needed to achieve your running goals - whether that's a marathon or your local Parkrun.


Vounaki beachclub

The inside word on...Vounaki Beachclub

We caught up with Angus Whittaker, Operations Manager at Neilson HQ to get the low down on Vounaki Beachclubin Greece. Angus knows the beachclub and local area like the back of his hand, having worked there for a few years as the beach manager. Here's what he had to say...

Kitesurfing in La Manga, Spain

Why you should choose Spain for your watersports holiday

From golden beaches and long summers to delicious food and vibrant cities, there is a lotto love about Spain. But just what is it that makes this beautiful country such a world-class destination for watersports? And which sports could you try during your holiday there?

two yachts moored up in a cove in Greece

The best places for sailing in Europe

Whether you're already a keen sailor or totally new to the sport, a summersailing holiday is an amazing experience. Island-hop through turquoise seas, meander along sun-drenched coastlines and moor up to spend warm evenings on deck, enjoying a beer or two under the stars. Every day brings a new destination and a new adventure.

Inspire me

girl on kayak

We Won! Success at the British Travel Awards 2020

It's official! Neilson are the UK's best activity holiday company after winning three awards at the British Travel Awards 2020.

Dad and son kayaking

Activity holiday ideas for all ages

Sometimes the best way to relax and recharge on holiday is to get active. We’re not saying there’s no place for a siesta or two – we’re a big fan of those – but activity holidays also give you the chance to play, to explore and to have fun. And nothing makes you feel young again like a holiday adventure!

Girl on back of boat after water skiing

How to balance your holiday with activities and downtime

Whether you want to be full-on active or flat-out relaxed this is the holiday for you. Here are our top tips for designing your perfect holiday with just the right amount of activity or relaxation to suit you.