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Hotel & Centre Info

Family & Child

What meals are provided? Can kids learn to Sail & Windsurf?
How big are the hotels and what facilities? How long do kids clubs run, and for what age?
Are they true beach front hotels? Is there evening child care?
Room cleaning, facilities & towels Is there a nanny service?
Is there Wifi available? Is there a crèche facility?
  Can kids go biking? 

Activities, Weather & Beach Info

Biking Info

What is the weather like? How is the Bike Guiding run?
What are the conditions & wind like? Can I use a bike all week?
Can I use windsurf boards, boats & kayaks whenever I like? Can I rent a dual suspension "Pro bike"
Is there a safety boat?

Travel Info

What are the beaches like? Airport Procedure
Do we provide Buoyancy Aids and Helmets? How long is the transfer?
What lessons & courses are available? Baggage on the plane?
Do I have to follow your lesson plans?

Payment

Can anyone use the windsurf kit or sailing dinghies? How do I pay my Holiday balance?
Can I use the hotel kit whenever I like? Do you charge for Credit and debit cards?
• What time do the centres open and close?  
Do you provide Windsurf & Dinghy harnesses?  
Do I need a wet suit?  
Can I bring my own board & kit?  
Can I store my kit?  
What extra Excursions are on offer?  
I don't want lessons or activities – do I get a discount?  
Will I have to pay a damage deposit for kit?  


Hotel and Centre Info


What meals are provided?

Surf Hotel

Breakfast only

  • A hearty cooked and continental breakfast all week

Lunch and dinner is not provided with the package.The lunch and evening menu at the hotel attracts high praise from guests, with a delicious selection of sandwiches, pizzas, pasta dishes, burgers. Children's portions are available for all meals.

Local tavernas offer fantastic food and a welcoming atmosphere. You can expect a wide range of cuisine; fresh seafood, lamb kleftiko, souvlaki, moussaka, salads, pasta dishes, pizza or steak. 


Leda Beach Club

Breakfast only

  • A hearty cooked and continental breakfast all week

Nautica Bay Beach Club

Half Board

  • A hearty cooked and continental breakfast all week
  • A three course dinner for 5 nights, one lunch and end of week BBQ
     

Hotel Surf swimming pool

How big are the hotels and what facilities?

The Surf Hotel Beach ClubVassiliki: 82 beds and is private to Ocean Elements. A beachfront hotel with a private garden. Our watersports centre is on-site, right on the water’s edge, with windsurf kit, mountain bikes, sailing dinghies, kayaks and stand up paddleboards. Other facilities: swimming pool, sun loungers, Driftwood Beach bar, Sky Bar, dedicated Children's Club facilities & Wi-Fi in public areas. 

Leda Beach Club, Horto: 50 beds. An exclusive share of a larger centre with guests from other travel companies. The hotel is a typical beach centre which consists of a complex of apartment-style buildings each with balcony or terrace, Centre Reception, beach bar, pool bar, restaurant, taverna. Run by Greek owners - bars & restaurants overlook the sea. Sun loungers are laid out on the beach in front of the hotel. Our watersports centre is situated on site just 30 metres from the water’s edge. Our centre offers windsurfing, mountain biking, dinghy sailing, kayaking and SUP (all free for our guests). It is a beachfront hotel with private gardens on many levels (laid to lawn). Other facilities: swimming pool, tennis, basic gym, crazy golf, jacuzzi, sauna, Wi-Fi in public areas. Yoga and fitness sessions are available, on selected dates and subject to minimum numbers.

 

Nautica Bay Beach Club, Porto Heli: 70 beds. An exclusive share of a larger centre with guests from other travel companies. The hotel is a typical beach centre which consists of a complex of hotel-style buildings, hotel reception, dining room, terrace restaurant, beach bar, snack bar, pool-side bar. Run by Greek owners – the main restaurant, beach bar and pool bar overlook the sea. Sun loungers are laid out on the beach, accessed over a small road directly in front of the hotel (50 metres). Our watersports centre is situated on this beach – 50m from the hotel: windsurfing, mountain biking, dinghy sailing, Kids Clubs, kayaking and SUPing hire are all free for our guests. Other facilities: swimming pool, kids pool, tennis (limited), Mini/Crazy Golf, Wi-Fi in public areas.



Are they true beach front hotels?

Yes, all our hotels are true beachfront hotels*. In front of each hotel is the beach and a gentle shore which is mere footsteps away from hotel grounds! *For Nautica Bay hotel there is a road (like a B-road) carrying traffic to the peninsula between the hotel grounds and its own beach situated 50 metres from the hotel.

 

Room cleaning, facilities & towels?

Guest rooms are cleaned daily, with a mid-week towel and bed sheet change in some resorts. Rooms will have air-conditioning, small fridge, tea/coffee facilities (Pelion only) and satellite TV with only a few English language channels.

 

Wi-fi

There is free Wi-Fi on offer in the public bar/restaurant areas of all resorts. Signal strength and connection speed can be variable, with limited access in hotel rooms.

 

I have a bar voucher included with my booking, how do I use it?

The staff in resort will be aware that you have you have a voucher and will allocate it to your room tab. The vouchers are for personal consumption only, and can be used to purchase the following: draft beer, house wine by the glass, local spirits and mixers, soft drinks, hot non-alcoholic drinks, all lunches and ice cream by the scoop. Please make sure you inform the staff you intend to use the bar voucher when ordering otherwise you may be charged for your order.

 

What essentials should I pack?

We advise that you bring suncream/lotion and insect repellent with you - those these are available locally in all resorts.

Activites, Weather & Beach Info

weather in greeceWhat is the weather like?

The weather in Greece is, as one would expect, very warm and extremely pleasant with temperatures up to 38-40C during August. However, the thermal wind that develops each afternoon at all our Centres makes it very pleasant for active sports, even in the height of August. The water temperature is between 22C and 25C all summer. For walking and mountain biking in July and August we recommend early morning and late afternoon rides, when the weather is slightly cooler. Data is courtesy of Greeka.com

 

What are the conditions and wind like?

Vassiliki Wind Information

Typical pattern:
Mornings: F1-2
Afternoons: F4-7

The Thermal Wind (known as ‘Eric’) is amazingly predictable, starting in the morning with a gentle on-shore Force 1-2 breeze with flat water. This is perfect for family groups and beginners learning to windsurf or sail, as well as more experienced sailors experimenting with new moves. The wind strengthens after lunch and by early afternoon becomes cross shore force 4 to 5 and up to force 7+ on some days. There is a little surface chop but no waves and a fairly consistent wind. This means advanced windsurfers and sailors can test their skills, while beginners and intermediates can happily carry on sailing on smaller rigs unless it becomes very windy.

 

Pelion Wind Information

Typical pattern:
Mornings: F1-2
Afternoons: F3-5

The general pattern in Horto, Pelion is a force 1-2 onshore wind in the morning, changing to a force 3-4 cross-off shore wind in the afternoon. Expect winds up to force 5 for some afternoons for even more thrills! The medium strength wind combined with a broad sailing area makes it perfect for all levels. Expert sailors can have long spinnaker runs with ease. Intermediate and advanced windsurfers can get planing on 6.5m2 rigs or bigger in the afternoons, so there’s something for everyone here!


 
Porto Heli Wind Information

Typical pattern:
Mornings: F1-2
Afternoons: F2-4

The general pattern in Porto Heli is a Force 1-2 onshore wind in the morning, changing to a Force 2-3 crossshore wind in the afternoon. Expect winds up to Force 4 regularly, especially outside the bay, where we can sometimes arrange for our performance boats to be sailed. In high summer, the Meltemi can override this pattern and provide stronger winds. The enclosed nature of the bay offers safe and secure sailing and windsurfing for all levels and great intermediate to advanced sailing. Especially exciting are our performance dinghies, which can often get planing in under 10 knots of breeze!

 

Can I use the windsurf boards, boats & kayaks whenever I like?

Yes of course you can.  You can just pick up a windsurf board, dinghy, SUP or kayak whenever you like during beach opening hours (generally 10am-6pm). Group lessons will take priority, although this shouldn’t cause any issues. If the piece of equipment you’d like to take out is being used for a lesson, simply check with the Beach Senior when it will be back in and they will do their best to keep it rigged and ready for you to take straight back out. That said, there is such a great range of kit to play on in all our resorts that you’ll be spoilt for choice!

If the wind is blowing too hard, or if there is other adverse weather (e.g. swell), then we may limit what equipment can be used. Extreme weather in our resorts is usually short lived and generally will not last for long.

 

 

Is there a safety boat?

We run a beach or tower lookout for all guests at all times. Our safety boat ratios are very high, meaning there is always a boat ready to provide assistance if require. We ask that all water users stay within our designated operations area. 


What are the beaches like?

Surf Hotel, Vassiliki Beach:
The beach in Vassilki is shingle and stone, with sand at one end. Once you enter the water there is lovely soft sand beneath your feet and waist deep crystal clear water for some way out, which helps make windsurfing and sailing easier. Vassiliki has some of the cleanest waters in Europe and the beach is gently shelving to allow easy water sports and safe swimming for all ages. We have a garden which fronts onto the beach and free use of sun loungers for all guests.

 

Nautica Bay, Porto Heli Beach:
The beach in Porto Heli is very sandy and has a large supply of sun loungers. Once you enter the water there is soft sand with the odd stone beneath your feet. Porto Heli is a natural bay which allows safe and secure swimming and water sports for all ages. Guests have to cross a narrow B-road to access the beach. Our watersports centre is located right on the beach with a fully licensed beach bar, cold water showers, changing rooms and sun loungers for all guests.

Leda, Pelion Beach:
The beach in Leda Beach Club is mainly shingle. Once you enter the water the seabed is mainly rock with some sand. Leda has some of the cleanest waters in Europe and the allows easy access to watersports and safe swimming with coves, rocky outcrops and inlets dotted around to enable fun exploration by snorkel or kayak. Our Beach Club, bar, taverna and garden fronts onto the beach and offers free use of sun loungers for all guests.

Do you provide Buoyancy Aids and Helmets?

We provide buoyancy aids for all ages (adult and child) and for all water based activities. We have a limited range of life jackets for toddlers. We provide optional helmets for sailing. We provide helmets for all mountain bikers but please remember to bring your closed toed shoes.


What lessons and courses are available?

All resorts offer free tuition in windsurfing and sailing. In Horto and Porto Heli all guests can receive a free Taster or Refresher lesson. Those who would like to complete a full RYA course can do so for a small fee of £69.

RYA courses are included as part of all Vassiliki holiday packages. They are run over five days (2.5-3 hours per day).

RYA Level One (Beginner), RYA Level Two (Improver) Dinghy Sailing, RYA Start (Beginner) and RYA Intermediate Non-Planing (Improver) Windsurfing are available in ALL resorts.



Vassiliki Sailing Courses

RYA Level One (Beginner) and RYA Level Two (Improver)


Vassiliki Windsurfing Courses

RYA Start (Beginner), RYA Intermediate Non-Planing, RYA Intermediate Planing, RYA Advanced/Advanced Plus (Expert) 

Horto Sailing Courses

RYA Level One, Two, Three and selected Advanced Modules are available.

Advanced Modules will run according to minimum group size requirements.


Horto Windsurfing Courses

RYA Start (Beginner) and RYA Intermediate Non-Planing (Improver).

Porto Heli Sailing Courses

RYA Level One, Two, Three and selected Advanced Modules are available.

Advanced Modules will run according to minimum group size requirements.

Porto Heli Windsurfing Courses

RYA Start (Beginner) and Intermediate Non-Planing (Improver)

 

Do I have to follow your lesson plans?

Of course not! It is your holiday and you are free to dip in and out of our structured lessons as you choose! So long as you can display an adequate degree of competency, you are free to take out a board or boat and free-sail as often as you like within beach opening hours (generally 10:00-18:00).


Can anyone use the windsurf or sailing dinghy kit?

In order to take a boat or board out on your own we will ask that you have at least some experience sailing dinghies or windsurfing and can perform basic manoeuvres. Our staff will assess this on arrival. If you do not then we can teach you the basics in one of our lessons or for sailing we can even take you out on a skippered sailing demo.

What time do the centres open and close?

Our beach operating hours are generally between 10:00 and 18:00. On transfer day, times may vary.

Our Vassiliki Beach Club will stay open for advanced windsurfers who would like to make the most of the frequent evening wind. We will stay open until the last guest comes off the water - or until it begins getting dark! Dinghy sailing is available from 10:00 - 18:00.

Can I use the hotel kit whenever I like?

Yes of course you can. You can just pick up a windsurf, dinghy, bike, SUP or kayak whenever you like. Kit is available within safety boat operational hours (normally 10am to 6pm). Group tuition does take preference. If the wind is blowing too hard then we may limit what equipment can be used. Extreme weather is usually short lived and so this generally will not last for long.


Do you provide Windsurf & Dinghy harnesses?

Windsurf & Dinghy harnesses are provided at all Centres.

Do I need a wet suit?

Not in our view! The water in all our Centres is very warm all season long, (20-26C+). We use board shorts and rash vests from early May to October. However if you are particularly susceptible to any kind of chill, or for young children - then for early and late season sailing you may prefer to bring your own suit. We do not stock wet suits at any of our centres.

Can I bring my own board and kit?

Yes of course you can! There will be a charge on the plane and transfer (from £49 in total) for a return carriage of your board and sails, as per the airlines guidelines on baggage allowance. Please ask if you need advice on this. Sails and boards will have to fit into the same kit bag for the plane. We have secure storage on site which is locked overnight and shared with other hotel guests.

Can I store my kit?

Kit storage is limited but a secure night storage in a garage is available for guests in Vass and Porto Heli. These secure garages are open during the day and shared with other guests, but will be locked at night. Kit is left here at your own risk. Storage space is limited in Pelion so we advise against taking your own kit.

What extra excursions are on offer?

Our resorts offer many great excursions, including wine tours, boat trips, island hopping, yacht trips, car and moped hire, water skiing, SCUBA Diving, Guided walking and bike rides. Some of these may require a local charge and they can be arranged on arrival with Ocean Elements staff.
 

I don’t want lessons or activities - do I get a discount?

All our kit has been priced into the holiday package. Due to our highly competitive prices, we are offering guests an all-inclusive package where there is no room for any more discount.

Will I have to pay a damage deposit for kit?

Normal “Wear and Tear” will not be charged to you, only breakages or damage that we attribute to wilful neglect or lack of proper use not in accordance with Beach Rules and Centre guidelines. If you follow our simple rules for kit use then you should not experience any problems. 

 

What do I need to bring with me to take part in activities?

You will need a pair of trainers to take part in many of the fitness sessions on offer. Mountain bikers must wear closed-toe shoes (e.g. trainers - not flip flops. Shorts, a swimsuit, tshirt or rash vest are all essential for getting on the water, whether you are sailing, windsurfing or paddling. A hat is also recommended to keep the sun off.

Family and Child

Can kids learn to sail & windsurf?

Yes of course they can! Kids age 8-13 years generally join our Youth Squad to get professional RYA coaching and tuition. This is a paid for as an extra and can be pre-booked before departure. Alternatively Kids can get taster sessions and accompanied sailing joyrides with our instructors as part of our FREE kids clubs, which run most days (in Porto Heli and Vassiliki only). All watersports for children is limited to participant numbers and available kit. Our complimentary lessons are free for guests age 13+.


How long do kids clubs run, and for what age?

All kids can join our kids club, ages 4-7 and 8-12. Kids clubs may be limited if participant numbers are lacking. However under normal circumstances we expect it to run all day for 5 days, morning and afternoon (but without lunch). Kids club is available within the school holidays.

Is there evening child care?

Evening care will be provided for children on one set night of the week, to allow parents to go out for a couple of hours. The actual day will be advised in resort. This service is provided free of charge.
 

Is there a nanny service?

We do not provide nannies, and so parents will have to look after their under 4 year olds. We can provide essential items such as baby baths and changing mats. Please request these at the time of booking.

Is there a crèche facility?

There is a children’s playroom in Vassiliki, Porto Heli and Pelion, which will be open all day for parents to use with their children. It may not be supervised by a childcare leader, but you are welcome to use the facilities at any time.

Can kids go biking?

We do have a few kids bikes available, for ages 6 years and up. We don't offer bike guiding  for under 12s, but in Children's Clubs will go biking. Parents are free to take their children biking.

Children aged 12-16 may join the guided rides only if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Biking Info

Bike guidingHow is the Bike Guiding run?

Bike Guiding is available in all centres over most days of your week and up to 3 rides a day. Guided rides will generally run early morning and early evening to avoid the heat of the day. Our guides are expert riders and will impart tips and skills or knowledge as you ride!



Can I use a bike all week?

Bike Hire is free all week, in all Centres. The guided rides take priority, so you may find that there are limits to bike availability when a guided ride is on. Generally every one has free access to a bike at any time during our operational hours - normally 8am - 6pm. We just ask that you ride in a minimum of pairs for safety reasons.

Can I rent a dual suspension “Pro bike”?

Yes you can we have high end Specialized bikes at Vassiliki only. You can reserve one for the week from £75 in the UK, which can also be rented by the day (from €20), please ask an Ocean Elements staff member on arrival. These are subject to availability, so we recommend pre-booking.

 

Travel Info

Airport Procedure

All guests are met in Preveza, Athens or Volos airport by a member of Ocean Elements staff as you come through Arrivals after having collected your bags. You will be transferred to resort by private coach or minibus. Look for our uniformed staff and/or a sign with our company logo. We do not have staff at the UK departure airport, all guests are expected to arrive 2-3 hours prior to departure in order to safely catch their outbound flight.

How long is the transfer?

The transfer is done by coach, car or minibus and these are guide times, not accounting for traffic or delays:

Vassiliki:  Preveza airport - 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Porto Heli:  Athens airport - 3 hours.
Horto:  Volos airport - 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Baggage on the plane?

Windsurf boards are £49 per windsurf for up to 20 kg on our charter plane / £70 for up to 32kg, which includes the transfer in Greece (return). They will go as outsize baggage. We advise you pack your sails and boom in with your board because the maximum quota of baggage, per person, is as follows:

1 piece hand (5 kilos)
1 piece hold (20 kilos)
1 piece outsize (20-32 kilo)

These are provided as a guide - please ask a member of U.K office staff for specific baggage allowances.


Payment

How do I pay my Holiday balance?

Your balance is due 10 weeks before your departure. 

With your holiday invoice you will be sent a link to our Client Area where you can pay your balance online via our secure server. It is cheaper to pay online than by phone. Pay online: no charge for debit cards/2.5% for credit card payments. Pay over the phone: £2 charge for debit cards/3.5% for credit card payments. You may also pay by cheque (at least three weeks prior to departure) or by bank transfer at least one week before departure (quoting your booking reference number). 

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