Then of course there are the positive benefits for body image. How many people go through their lives tortured by insecurity about perceived ‘faults’ with their bodies, suffering low self esteem as a result? Our blemishes, scars and ‘imperfections’ are not unique, we all have them. Naturism helps us to understand this and also to realise that the human body is to be celebrated for its rich diversity, not held as an object of shame.
Naturism is a non-sexual environment, there is nothing lewd or inappropriate going on (this would be as unacceptable as in a clothed situation), and as such it is great for the whole family. Our children grow up with a greater awareness of the human body. In fact Naturism offers something of an antidote to the unhealthy yet pervasive images of the ‘perfect body’ with which they are continually confronted and which can cause so many body hang-ups in later life.
So what exactly do we do at Vassaliki? Quite simply what everyone does in social/holiday situation, except that when the circumstances permit we prefer not to wear clothes. At Vassaliki we have an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. Our staff run weekly aqua aerobics classes and the on site masseuse offers a full range of wellness and beauty treatments.
But when the nude body is in the equations it’s a completely different ball game! Magazines, radio stations, TV and newspapers always seem to want some type of story for the media and Samantha and I have had our fair share of calls from the press.
When Samantha and I decided back in 2007 to open Vassaliki Naturist Club the naturist media H&E, BN, Naturist life and the many European naturist magazines gave us plenty of coverage in their magazines with articles and adverts we managed to get a good number of bookings subsequently from the active naturist market. But our vision has not been to just sell to the already converted. We believe that naturism is one of the best ways to relax when on holiday and a superb way to make new friends.
Vassaliki is a small unimposing resort so offers the first time naturist a perfect opportunity to enjoy their first naturist holiday. So we decided we needed to try and sell to the unconverted. How? I guess we needed to get our resort in the main media. During the summer of 2006, Studland naturist beach in Dorset (near were we used to live in UK) was getting bad press both in our local and in the national papers. I wrote to our local paper with the news that a young couple from the area were leaving the UK to set up their own naturist resort in Greece and that naturism was still a thriving and popular lifestyle.
This was the start of our involvement with the media. First the Daily Mail ran a half page story in April 2007 which caused a tidal wave of calls and emails. We had a bidding war between rival magazines wanting our story and constant calls from radio stations wanting interviews. Samantha and I had become overnight celebrities and we were in Greece trying to not only to open our resort but deal with the barrage of calls.
The interest was too much; we were dealing with a monster and did not know where to turn until we received a call from the lady who wrote the piece for the Daily Mail offering us an agent to deal with all the requests. She was an angel and listened to what we were prepared to do; she went through all the requests for interviews and came up with a plan to offer us the best exposure without jeopardising our business.
We sold our story to four magazines, Women, More, First and Living Abroad, plus see set up a few radio interviews which were to be done over the phone. We then had a call from ITV’s “This Morning” programme who asked if they could fly us back to London to be on the show with Fern Britain and Phillip Schofield. They wanted us to sit nude on the sofa and talk about our change of lifestyle and naturism. We declined the offer on the grounds we did not have time to travel back and that we would not be comfortable being nude in a TV studio. We offered to go nude if they filmed on our resort but we guess that either their budget was limited or they didn’t have the balls to do it – excuse the pun!
Since the initial wave of calls we have had a steady stream of media requests. Many are turned down due to time scales or the lack of direction but we have managed to get the attention of a large mainstream tour operator. We are now the only naturist resort being sold by this large corporation.
We have employed a professional designer to do our brochures and exhibition stand. This was a big step for us as we have been doing all the design work ourselves. We are now working toward bringing our website in line with the brochure and to offer a quality front to our business. I love my job of marketing our resorts and educating people about our naturist lifestyle. Not only to get people to visit our resorts but to encourage people to continue with naturism by attending and supporting other naturist clubs and activities. We hope the more people using the resorts and clubs, the more new facilities will become available to us all.
Those long warm June days spent on the Ionian Sea, shared with fascinating people who had travelled from around the world to be there, gave us an appreciation of the feeling of freedom and accord that we have only truly experienced with sailing naked. We had felt warm winds blow over us. We had swam in waters that can only be reached by boat. We had travelled with people who like kindred spirits had made that discovery that sailing and naturism are a very special combination – one of those experiences that every person who is comfortable in their own skin should really add to their ‘bucket-list’.
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GETTING BACK TO
NATURE, AT VASSALIKI
Adventure holidays needn’t be white knuckle to
be daunting – sometimes to face true fear, you
have to let it all hang out.
Europe’s number one naturist resort is
Vassaliki, nestled into a quiet corner of the idyllic
island of Kefalonia, where a small secluded oasis
of skin-coloured calm has been created for
holiday makers who want to go au naturel.
Naturism is a growing trend across the world,
with numbers of people travelling to naturist
resorts up nearly 200% in three years. And it’s
easy to see why, as the pressures of business
and finances build up on successful people,
stifling them in both literal and metaphorical
senses. What better way to say goodbye to one
way of life, and hello to another than doing the
one thing you would never do in the office?
At Vassaliki, husband and wife owners Mark
and Sam Taylor have cultivated a wonderful
hidden gem of a resort, welcoming to both
experienced and first time naturists, and it’s
surprising how quickly the nerves disappear
within moments of de-robing.
When we first exposed ourselves to the
elements, we had a momentary bout of
supreme anxiousness. However, the joys of
naturism are manifold, with a genuine feeling
of relaxation and calmness flowing through
your veins once you overcome the fears that
millennia of fashion repression have caused.
There’s an old Chinese saying that translates
loosely to ‘only without clothes can our souls
be free’, and all hang-ups vanish once you’ve
taken the step to rid yourself of the fabric that
we identify our personalities by. Here, no-one
is a CEO, no-one is struggling at work, no-one
is pressured into being people they are not –
everyone is themselves, and it’s liberating in the
Kefalonia’s almost guaranteed sunshine, so
you can lounge around by the pool,
or try out some of the excellent
excursions, like the fun boat trip
around the thousands of empty
beaches around the island. All whilst
wearing nothing more than a smile,
For a travel experience unlike
any other you’ll go on, we couldn’t
recommend this more highly, and
Vassaliki’s the one resort in the
world where we would advise first
timers to experience the wonders of
holidaying sans tan lines.
Our private charter catamaran yacht (with Mark your naturist skipper) offers you the guest, the freedom to have a sailing holiday without any prior sailing experience or qualifications. The trip will take you to some of the most beautiful areas of Greece and give you the chance to sail in a relaxed and friendly environment.
This charter is exclusive to Vigla Natura and will follow a route around the beautiful coastline of the Ionian Islands taking in some of the most stunning secluded bays, tranquil Greek harbours and spectacular scenery.
With a group maximum of eight people you will have the chance to enjoy both the social aspects of sailing and naturism as well as obtain quality time to yourselves whilst on board.
The yacht is designed with rounded bows giving it excellent stability for those who are new to sailing, as well as great performance for the more adventurous sailors.
The catamaran offers ample space on board to live, sunbathe and socialise. It boast double bed cabins, toilets (heads), hot indoor showers, deck shower, large galley (kitchen) as well as plenty of outside space to enjoy the sun.
The living area is extremely spacious, both inside and out. The saloon provides seating for all guests around one table. The outside benefits from a large shaded cockpit area.
This is a sailing experience and involves all the guests helping with the day to day running of a yacht. This includes sailing the yacht and mooring, cooking and preparing food (some food supplied in the price) washing up after meals on board. We don’t have a host/cook, but your skipper will be there to help. You need to fit enough to be able to move freely around the yacht.
Breakfast will be purchased and placed on board and you will have plenty of opportunity to buy the other food items for your meals that are not included.
Included in the cost is
Transfer to yacht from airport or club
All charter fees
Breakfast on board each morning with coffee and tea
Complimentary naturist sailing towels
Transfers back to club or airport
(This trip will only run subject to numbers)