Travel: The Peligoni Club

You might say Zakynthos, a small Greek island in the Ionian Sea, is having a bit of a moment. Much in part due to The Peligoni Club, a private beach club nestled in the middle of around sixty exclusive villas in unspoilt coastal countryside in the north of the island.

Spend just five minutes with any other friendly guests and you quickly build a picture of just why this place is so special. Most have been coming back to the club year after year; it’s a meeting point come summer time for generations of families, offering the perfect combination of Greek getaway. The selection of beautiful self-catering villas range from traditionally rustic – complete with stone walls, old shutters and serene drapes-a-plenty, to super-modern glass residences. All are nestled in the surrounding hills meaning breath-taking infinity pools are somewhat commonplace. For groups of friends and families, you can fend for yourself, or make the most of the club’s online shopping service from the Passagio deli (simply order from their list of groceries and one of the team will deliver, placing straight in the fridge), or a host can join for the evening, preparing and cooking a three-course meal whilst you soak up the sunset over an Aperol Spritz or two on the patio.

When you fancy a change of pace, the club is just a hilly ten minute drive away in your rented 4×4. Your daily grind can span anything from breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks in one of their many shady bar or restaurant areas; a recline on their rows of clifftop sun loungers, sun-trap day beds or of course you could partake in some watersports. There’s also the Goat Shed Spa (their deep tissue massage using Nuori products might just be the best we’ve ever had), palm-lined pool  with a swim-up bar, a state-of-the-art gym and crèche.

In terms of things to do, despite the quiet, rural location there’s bags full. One morning we took the club’s own Odyssey, a classic 55ft wooden Cacique style yacht, to visit Navagio ‘shipwreck’ beach. Setting off early to beat the crowds that frequent this spectacular beach, only accessible by boat, we enjoyed breakfast on board whilst stopping off at the Blue Caves on the way back. Experiencing the turquoise waters from this beautiful old vessel, smothered in comfy rugs, cushions and beds was something we’re unlikely to forget.

We also took a little time out kayaking along the coastline, stopping at a highly-recommended bar and café in the next cove for ice cream. Plus earlier in the week guests could enjoy a pop-up dinner in local monastery ruins, lit by glittering candles and festoon lights and then there’s the infamous Saturday ‘Party Night’ (with an all-important post-party driver service in one of their branded Land Rover Defenders)!

For us, this trip certainly gave us the best of both worlds. Whilst the luxury villas offer privacy and that oh-so-valuable time out, the club and its resident ‘Angels’ who act as your own concierge / host leave you wanting for nothing. Peligoni’s customer service and attention to detail knows no bounds. They remember conversations, remember your favourite order, pre-empt your next step and ensure you’re never waiting, never questioning and never wanting to leave.

I for one can’t wait to take a trip back.

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