The following blog was written and submitted to us by one of our younger Ocean Elements guests who stayed with us in August 2017:
Looking very pale at the start of our two week flotilla holiday in Greece! The plane flight wasn’t too long and we had some nice things to eat on the way, but the best part was seeing Greece for the first time! The islands looked like they had been dropped by the gods of Olympus, scattered in the green-blue sea! When we landed, our runway looked as though it was levitating above the water! As soon as we got our boat (Albatross) we set off to discover the remote Greek islands. Our first stop? Vathi.
We had dinner at Vathi, giving us time to meet everyone else taking part on the flotilla and find out what we are doing for the rest of the week. After dinner, we bought some ice cream and had a look around Vathi.
Sivota was an incredibly beautiful stop, it was drenched in flowers and its gorgeous Greek cottages cast shade across the cobbled streets. The sun was beating down and, quicker than you could say ‘flotilla’, we were reclining on the beach and splashing in the water.
After sailing from Sivota, in Lefkas, we stopped for the night at Frikes. After a refreshing few drinks, each ‘boat’ was given a plastic bag full of bits and bobs. We were supposed to use these random items to make a boat that would compete in a boat race. Our boat seemed to be gaining speed at the start, then quite suddenly sunk, leaving just a floating bottle top bobbing above it. In the end, it was the boat ‘Olympia’ that won (by quite a while).
Sitting in the shade when the temperature is forty degrees plus listening to Lord of the Rings equals complete happiness!
Sailing was super fun during our visit to Vassiliki Beach Club, since our instructor was really laid back and funny. When we got out, we ate ice cream and went for a swim in the Surf Hotel pool. We met Paul, an ocean elements guy, who helped us smuggle a packet of crisps into our mum’s handbag!
When the wind drops, not all is lost for sailing, you could indulge in a spot of coffee and a quick read in the sun shine whilst your feet dangle in the water to cool off. Or, you could properly cool off and seize the chance to surf the wake of the boat on a fender maybe?
Fiskardo was one of my favourite places because, in between the two ropes that attached our boat to the wall, we had our own private swimming pool in the sea! (Also, there were lots of shops.) Luckily, it was an extremely clean harbour, and my sister and I spent ages looking underwater at the bottom of the boat and the fish.
Our last day. Definitely spent well, with a chilled sail to Lefkas marina and a long goodbye swim in the sea. After packing, we went to an amazing pizza place where everyone indulged in the most Greek meal we could find.
Chips, amazing bread and butter, massive pizzas, lemonade and last but not least, wine for my mum and dad. Once my younger brother and sister were safely tucked up in bed and listening to a story, my mum, my older sister and I set out to find shops and a patisserie.
Mainly a patisserie of course. Once we did find one (and it was worth the wait) it was jam-packed with the most delicious pastries, ice cream and an assortment of other mouth-wateringly amazing goods. Later that night, we enjoyed a chocolate fudge cake and what seemed like hundreds of sticky, sweet and tastefully decorated baklavas.
This was by far my favourite night, we harboured at a tiny island called One House Bay (because it only had one house on it!), and paddle boarded/ motored on the dinghies to shore, where Kate, George and Poppy had prepared a humongous barbeque! Here where classic burgers and hot dogs, chips, a massive assortment of crisps, vegetable skewers, salad and of course, Greek bread (and lots more)!
This was our first trip to one house bay, in the middle of our first week. It was perfect. The sun was shining, we had bacon and Greek bread sandwiches and there was only one other boat that left quite quickly. After a long and refreshing swim in the nearly-not-cold-enough-to-be-refreshing-sea and after a good few hours sunbathing, we left our private lazy lunch spot and
- On 8th September 2017