Well that’s the August madness over with and the island can now return to its normal quiet peaceful self again.
Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy August. The island is full of festivals, concerts, beach parties and the new square in the centre of Argostoli is full of people eating, drinking, meeting with family & friends, so the atmosphere is amazing, but I won’t miss the crazy drivers and Greek traffic jams!!
The beaches in August did get busy and the dreaded textiles seemed to try and take over some of the naturist friendly beaches but Avithos, Mounda, Mania and Kanali remained naturist friendly throughout the season, well done my fellow naturist beach goers. We have also just received some information about another potential naturist beach which was unknown to us. We will look it up and give it a try soon hopefully, so watch this space.
Our new naked beach BBQ’s have been a big success this summer as well as the naturist boat trips on board the Lady O. We still have both these events lined up until the end of the summer.
We now move very quickly into September. The season is going so fast that I feel we have only just opened. We have a very full resort ahead with only three rooms available from 29th September to 7th October at the discounted rate. On the 7th October the resort closes for our naturist guests and we open for our prudes week. Yes we have people attempting to get a suntan through a swimsuit around our pool! I must remember to dress in the morning for pool cleaning duty…!
We have just had a visit from the Naked Wanderings. Nick & Lins, a young couple from Belgium, have decided to quit their jobs and visit as many naturist resorts, beaches and facilities as they can, to write about them on their very informative blog. Have a look and see what they say about our resort. http://www.nakedwanderings.com
The naturist press have been busy this summer with the launch of a new magazine in the Netherlands. Backed by the NFN and UIT magazine, Bloot Magazine will be hitting the newsstands, newsagents and supermarkets in Holland shortly. This is the first naturist magazine designed to target the non naturist or naturist inquisitive market. We were lucky enough to have a visit from a journalist who will be including us in the first 100,000 copies of what we hope will be a long running magazine.
Our free Vassaliki bags are nearly all gone. And we are starting to receive some great pictures from guests showing off their Vassaliki bags at other resorts and famous landmarks. We will put the best ones online soon.
We have now received notice that flights for 2018 have been launched by Jet 2, Norwegian, Thomas Cook & Thomson. We are waiting for Easy Jet and Ryan Air to launch yet. So time now to keep an eye on the flights and book early. Don’t book flights before you either call Samantha or book a room online www.viglanatura.com/book as we do have some periods already full.
EYES down now for the last leg before Samantha, myself and the rest of the Vassaliki team return to the UK. Hope to see you during the last few weeks of the season if not speak to you at the end when our newsletter will offer news about
- The launch of all the flights for 2018
- Results from our survey
- Reunion weekend
- Team of 2018
- and lots more…
A great review from the Naked Wanderings. I just love the line. “This is a holiday with friends who you have not yet met!!”
This article was sent to me a few years ago but it got lost in my computer, but having just found it it really gives a great point of view from a young single women visiting Vassaliki
Many women travel alone nowadays, myself included, but going on holiday solo is different. Will I be bored? Will I get lonely? Will I relax and enjoy myself (which after all, is the whole point of a holiday!)? All these questions and more rattle around in our heads, as we try to make a decision. Or they certainly did in mine. The strong, independent, 21st century woman in me was shouting “Yes! Do it!” and finally that voice won out.
So one Tuesday last August, I found myself strapped into an Easyjet seat on my way to Kefalonia in the Greek Islands, land of Captain Corelli and his oh so famous Mandolin, and my destination of choice, Vassiliki Naturist Resort. Now I have understated just how complex my decision making process was and it included an internet tour of every naturist resort in the Mediterranean. For the last few years, having dabbled in naturism in the UK, I had promised myself a proper naturist holiday. Admittedly, I hadn’t anticipated going alone, but following the break-up of my relationship, it was that or nothing. And I was determined that being alone wasn’t going to stop me.
To cut a potentially long story short, I finally settled on Vassiliki Naturist Resort. Their website kept luring me back with promises of naturist sailing and massage and days by the pool. The owners, Mark and Sam, sounded sociable and provide weekly barbecues, nights out to a local taverna, a few options that I thought might allow me to get to know some of the other guests.
Did I make the right decision? Absolutely. Am I glad I went? Most definitely. I think it was one of the best holidays of my life. Within five minutes of arriving, I felt at home, partly thanks to Sam who greeted me at the gate, ensured I had a wonderful holiday and was there at the end to wave me off when I left.
Which brings me to the staff. The complex is run by married couple, Sam and Mark, and assisted by a team of amazing staff. Between the six of them, they cater to your every need (or they did mine, anyway!) with a smile on their face. Nothing is too much trouble – although don’t ask Mark for twenty cappuccinos when he’s trying to cook supper – actually do and see what happens! They work hard, keep the apartments and grounds in perfect condition, cook great food, chat with their guests and make them feel at home, or leave you in peace if that’s what you want. We laughed a lot, yet they also manage to balance this out with providing a tranquil place to unwind.
The apartments are comfortable, stylish, modern, yet with the Greek simplicity that I really like – the airiness of it seems to be perfect in hot weather. The pool is beautiful and I will never forget skinny dipping at night, lying on my back looking up at the stars and giggling to myself, feeling exceptionally lucky to be there, and that feeling came over me several times during my week’s stay.
I needed to unwind, to get back in touch with myself, have some mental space, to laugh, to completely let go of what had been a difficult year. And I did. The heady combination of time spent on my own, meditating naked with the sound of the bamboo rustling in the breeze, waking up and watching the sun rise, naked, splashing around in the pool and melting into the hot tub. The people were wonderful and I have a feeling I have made some fantastic news friends. We talked, ate, drank, laughed, fought with water pistols (yes this was a group of adults), learnt the Dutch for spring rolls (lumpy arse in case you were wondering) and all of this with no clothes on.
Now I know for those of you who are seasoned naturists, this might not seem a big deal, but for me, it just confirmed what I had already expected… I am more me when I am naked, outside in the sun. And at Vassiliki, I found me again and fell in love with life again.
Let’s just say that Vassiliki can probably be pretty much what you want it to be. Whether you are an old timer, are new to naturism, are part of a couple or a slightly nervous newly (or not) single woman wondering whether to dip your toe in… In the words of my 21st century woman, I’d say “Do it!”. You won’t regret it.
And you never know, I might just see you there…
This summer all our guests have been receiving a free beach/pool bag sporting our brand new logo. They have proven very popular and we see many of our guests down the local naturist beach using their new bags.
So what we want is to see where our beach bags can travel to. Take your free bag to any famous attraction or to another resort or club and send us a picture of your bag at the destination. We will then give a prize to the best and most original picture.
Vassaliki opened its gates for the 11th summer and is looking amazing thanks to the hard work of the Vassaliki team and volunteers.
All the repairs have been completed and guests have been enjoying the –
New Garden restaurant and wood burning oven –
Newly refurbished first floor studios –
and the damaged wall and fencing has been beautifully rebuilt –
So come and join us this summer and enjoy our resort and our service
Back in the 1970s, if you fancied a carefree naturist holiday, you could do a lot worse than the Greek islands. The clothing optional beaches were well known (even if relatively few were “official”) and all of Europe flocked there. Then, from the 1980s onwards, things changed in Spain and the country and its territories became quite naturist friendly. Nowadays, Formentera or Fuertaventura are much more likely naturist destinations than the Greek islands.
But is the Western end of the Mediterranean still worth a visit? It would take a lot more than one article to cast a naturist’s eye over all of the Greek islands, so I will focus on just one: Kefalonia.
Kefalonia – The First Visit
If first visited Kefalonia about 10 years ago. I stayed in Skala, a small town in the south of the island. I was attracted by the reputed lack of night clubs and the nearby naturist beach. I enjoyed my holiday, as I was after a restful time and that is what I got. Considering that its main source of income was tourism, Kefalonia seemed amazingly unspoilt.
I spent most of my time in Skala, as I had no car. Typically a large chunk of either end of the day was taken with sunning myself on the naturist beach, which was quite easy to access (go to Skala’s main beach, turn right and keep going) and friendly – a fair number of people, mainly couples, but not overly crowded. When I left, I thought that I would like to return someday.
Return to Kefalonia
My life was quite eventful in the meantime, but in September 2012 I took my (then very new) wife Kefalonia. We decided to stay in Skala as it did not appear to have changed that much. And indeed, when we arrived, I was surprised to see how little the whole island had altered in a decade. I, however, had changed in some ways. Most significantly, I had experience of staying in quite naturist-friendly places and looked at Skala in a different way.
Although the town was still very pleasant, I felt it was rather “buttoned up” – a little conservative, as the visitors were mainly fellow Brits. On the main beach, it was rare to even see a topless woman, so I was pleased to discover that the naturist beach was still there.
However, many years of winter storms had taken their toll and rearranged many of the island’s beaches, which made access to Skala’s naturist beach much more tricky. It was still possible to get there, but a bit of nimble rock climbing and/or wading was necessary.
Notwithstanding the challenge with access, we did spend quite a bit of time on Skala naturist beach, which still had a pleasant atmosphere, but a slightly steep slope into the sea which I was less happy with.
We rented a car for a couple of days and found another beach to the west of Skala that was very much to our liking: Kaminia, which is the northern end of a long beach normally called Mounda. There was a small taverna, with sun-beds and parasols on the beach.
We just turned right and walked a couple of hundred metres and soon put distance between us and them. We found a nice expanse of sand and a smooth entry into the sea.
We spent a couple of days there, covering up and visiting the taverna for lunch. We had no idea whether this was a “recognized” naturist beach or not, but we saw a few other nude people and other visitors seemed unconcerned about us.
Back in Skala, I got into the habit of having an early morning dip from the town beach each day. There were few people about, so skinny dipping was not a problem. Late afternoon one day we wanted to go to the beach, but realized that the sun was largely off of the naturist beach by that time.
The main beach was still in sunshine, so we found a spot a discreet distance from other people and carried on regardless. Quite a few people saw us, but nobody seemed concerned.
Our week’s holiday was very restful and enjoyable, even from a naturist’s perspective, as it turned out. Something about the place – the island as a whole – appealed to us and we resolved to return for another visit. And, in September 2013, that is just what we did.
For our second holiday on the island, we decided to stay somewhere different. I had heard about Vassaliki, a naturist club, and it sounded interesting. My challenge was to persuade my wife. Her concern (and, to be fair, mine also) was that the place was either a hard core, “leave your clothes at the gate” naturist establishment or would be more “adult oriented” (i.e. open to swingers).
My enquiries and the website gave the impression that we would not have any problems, so I made the booking. They could also help with car hire, so the only other thing to do was get some flights (we took Thomson from Birmingham).
The airport in Kefalonia is tiny, so, when we arrived, it took no time to locate our hire car and we set off in search of Vassaliki. The roads on the island are atrocious, but the directions were detailed and accurate and we were soon ringing the bell at the front gate. Our first impression was from a friendly welcome. We were quickly shown to our apartment and told everything we needed to know to get settled in.
The key members of the team are Sam, Mark, Sheryl and Simon (not forgetting Archie the dog), all of whom could not have been more friendly and helpful. Their clear focus was on every guest getting what they wanted out of Vassaliki and, to that end, there are as few rules as possible.
The team very much set the atmosphere for the place. We were introduced to some other guests and it soon became clear that everyone felt comfortable and we were soon chatting with many people whom we had only just met. However, I felt sure that if a guest had wanted to keep themselves to themselves, that would not have been an issue.
Our apartment was very comfortable, with plenty of space and well equipped enough that we could do some basic self-catering. However, very good food was available from the pool bar and there were a number of tavernas nearby, so there were options. There was a blissful absence of compulsory “entertainment”, which so many hotels seem to think is essential.
On various evenings there were opportunities to participate in group activities – a barbecue, mezzes at local tavernas etc. – which were good value. But they were opportunities and totally optional.
From the naturist perspective, Vassaliki was much as you might expect – most people were nude much of the time, only dressing if it was too cool or they were venturing out of the site.
But again, the emphasis was on being relaxed. When we first arrived and wanted to look around, my wife put on a light sun-dress, but I saw no reason to dress myself, and we headed to the pool area to get some lunch.
Another newly arrived couple were dressed likewise. Soon both women were enjoying the sun and the pool and would only be dressed in the cool of the evenings thereafter.
I was very struck by the management ethos of Vassaliki, which is all about everyone’s needs being met. The amazing thing was the bar. Being a small team, manning the bar all day and all evening would be very hard. Their solution is simple.
Outside of meal times, it is self-service. There are glasses to hand, a tap for draft beer and fridge full of wine and other drinks. Any guest can just help themselves and tick it off on a list; everything is simply added to the bill for settlement later.
Such trust might sound risky, but it is a small place and I am sure that nobody abuses the system. Most people who feel trusted are then trustworthy. To me, encountering such a civilized attitude was a memorable highlight of the holiday and somehow very much part of the naturism culture.
As we had a car for the whole week that we were staying at Vassaliki, we explored that corner of the island, often looking for beaches. A very short distance from the club is a small village, Spartia, with a harbour. We walked down there on our first day, which was a bit of a stretch – we used the car on subsequent occasions. On the way down, we spotted a small paved footpath, which appeared to lead to the sea, so we investigated. This led down to a very nice small beach, which was deserted (at about 10:00), even though it was catching the sun.
We had not come out prepared for swimming, but what equipment does a naturist need? The water was lovely and a combination of the warm sun and my T-shirt took care of drying us afterwards. We continued our walk to the harbour, but I returned to this beach most mornings for an early dip and we sometimes went later in the afternoon. We saw few other people and nobody was concerned about our mode of dress.
The good folks at Vassaliki provided us with a guide to local beaches and the nearest one that was considered naturist friendly was Avithos, which was just a short drive North. We found it easily. There are two tavernas, which are right next to the main beach. Stepping on the the beach, and walking to the right, we soon found ourselves in the next small bay, which was always quiet enough that I felt a naturist would be fine there.
But we pressed on to the third beach, which is where naturists conventionally congregate. When we were there we were never alone, but it was far from crowded – almost all naturists. A good sandy beach, with reasonable access to the water.
On another day, we headed South towards Skala to investigate Mounda beach, which is one of the best known naturist favourites. It is easy to find and only a matter of walking along a few hundred yards to the left from the car parking to get to the naturist area. Another lovely beach, with about a 2 Km stretch along which swimming costumes are a rare sight.
There were plenty of people there, but, with all that space, it did not feel crowded. Later in the day, we drove North along the coastal track (“road” would be an exaggeration) to check out Kaminia again, where we had been the previous year. We were alone for most of the time we were there, seeing only a few people who strolled along and either did not notice or care about us.
On another exploratory outing, we spotted a sign to Kanali Beach, which was between Lourdas and Trapezaki beaches, each of which are quite pleasant places with the inevitable tavernas. I had read that Kanali Beach could be reached along the coast from either Lourdas or Trapezaki, so I was surprised to see a sign to it from the top of the cliffs. We followed the sign and found a very small parking area, with no other cars around. A footpath led down the the beach. It was one of the most well made cliff paths I have seen anywhere in the world, with firm concrete steps and nice seats at frequent intervals.
The beach, when we got there, was deserted. It was too late to stay around on that day, but we returned a day or two later for some sun and sea. This time there were other people – maybe 10 in total on a long stretch of beach. They were mostly non-naturists, but nobody seemed to mind sharing the place with a few nude bodies. In the course of the day, quite a few people walked along the beach – again nobody concerned about us or the other naturists.
Kefalonia for Naturists?
Would I recommend Keflonia to naturists? Yes, so long as you have a car, there are lots of beaches to go to, which cater for all tastes. Will we be going again? I am sure that we will – there are lots of beaches and large parts of the island left to explore. Would we stay at Vassaliki again? I cannot imagine anywhere better …
We are back on the sunny island of Kefalonia for the start of our 11th season at Vassaliki. Samantha and I drove down once again and arrived on 3rd of April to a heavy rain storm!?!
The sun soon found us again and work has started with lawn cutting, pool cleaning, fixing the driveway, new fences, setting up the rooms and pool bar. The resort took a bashing this winter with huge amounts of rain, so much so that a large 10ft high wall collapsed into the car park taking with it some of the lawn surrounding the pool,r plant pots and the lamps. Don’t worry though, we have already had this fixed and the resort will be ready in time.
We are really lucky this year to have some volunteers joining the team to help with this massive task of set up. Six guests are joining us over the next four weeks to help out. I wish them the best of luck!!
We have some great new features for this coming summer and bookings are going well. We do still have a select number of rooms available and we have found a few great flight deals.
12th July for two weeks from £142 from London with Norwegian Air https://www.norwegian.com/uk/
12th July for two weeks from £223 from Manchester with Jet2 https://www.jet2.com
Or in the family holidays 25th July to 1st August £276 with Easyjet from London https://www.easyjet.com
Or if you want to avoid the teachers 13th July to 20th July London Easyjet for £195 https://www.easyjet.com
With plenty of flights now arriving each week direct to Kefalonia from around the UK and Europe, Kefalonia is easier than ever to fly to.
We use www.momondo.com to find the best flight offers.
Last minute deals
We have six rooms left for the month of May which we would love to fill.
One Bedroom Apartment – 9th to 18th May (9 nights max)
Studio – 9th to 20th May (11 nights max)
Roof Studio – 9th to 19th May (10 nights max)
One Bedroom Apartment – 23rd May to 1st June (9 nights max)
Maisonette – 27th May to 3rd June ( 7 nights max)
Roof Studio – 24th May to 6th June (13 nights max)
You can book any period within these dates up to the maximum nights stated. All these rooms now have an extra 30% discount until June 6th. Just put discount code “May2017” into the promotional code field on our online booking engine.
This offer is only available to new bookings made online direct with Vigla Natura.
New Team Members
We are really pleased to introduce you to our new team for summer 2017. Colin and Alex will be joining us to replace Simon and Sheryle to assist us in all aspects of running the resort. Colin has been working in the Far East and the UK in construction management and Alex is a fitness instructor, so no more laying around the pool all day!!! Both of them are really excited about their new lifestyle change and I am sure they will bring an exciting energy and some new ideas to the resort.
Of course all the old favourites will be back, Nick the Chef will be arriving in a few days ready to cook up a storm and has loads of new dishes for the coming summer, Samantha and I will of course be back keeping an eye on everything!
Unfortunately Nicky our amazing housekeeper and team member has decided not to return to Vassaliki this summer. After working with us for 9 years we wish her all the best with her new role.
We are currently interviewing new staff to replace her.
Well it’s back again… even bigger and better than before!
Our reunion weekend is 19th to 21st of January 2018.