Merry Christmas from Vassaliki

Samantha, Mark and all the team at Vassaliki

would like to wish you and your family

a Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

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Well it’s that time of the year when we enjoy special times with our family and friends, eat too much food and enjoy a few (too many…!?) glasses of wine!! The TV is full of Christmas films and programs, but what you may or may not have noticed, is that the large tour operators have already started to tease your taste buds with their alluring adverts for your next summer holiday.

Straight after Christmas and into the gloomy month of January is our busiest time of year for bookings, with people looking forward to spending their well earned holidays in the sun.

But we at Vassaliki have a small issue! We are already fully booked for many popular periods of the summer and have only limited availability at other times of the year.

But don’t panic!  We have, over the last two years, been working on a small plan to expand our resort with an addition of four brand new rooms. The rooms are being built this winter and we have been promised they will be finished for the start of the coming season.
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The new rooms contain a double bedroom with an open plan living area and kitchen over-looking a large patio. Each room will also have a shower room and toilet.

We are hoping to achieve a high quality finish to the rooms and are looking into offering free broadband internet in each room. The units are set apart from the main block on a piece of private land adjacent to Vassaliki with direct access to all the resort facilities. Each unit will have sea and mountain views.

We have done a lot of work and research into this upgrade to make sure we don’t lose the magic atmosphere we have at Vassaliki. We will be doing a small number of improvements to the pool area and bar but everything else will be same! Just how you like it!!

The rooms are now online to book at www.viglanatura.com/rooms

Flights

All the flights have now been launched for summer 2017. This is the time to start keeping an eye out for a bargain flight. We have been using a great site http://www.momondo.com which shows the best flights and prices and has live updates, so prices change on the screen instantaneously.

End of another amazing summer

Well that is it for summer 2016. We have now closed the resort down for the winter and Samantha and I have just returned back to the UK via a short visit to our friends and colleagues Cliff and Quee from Fig Leaf Villas, a small naturist facility on the Greek Peloponnese. We also took the opportunity to visit a few of the famous Greek attractions before boarding our ferry to Italy and then on to the UK.Mark and Samantha

We have had a very busy summer this year and are really pleased that so many of you were able to join us, its always great to see old friends again and also to make new ones. It never fails to amaze me what a great group of people come out to Kefalonia each year.

We hope to have news very soon of some new improvements to Vassaliki which we are in the pipeline. We are just sorting out some final details as this newsletter goes out.

We have also heard some local gossip that the German company Fraport who now run Kefalonia airport are planning to do a large expansion to the airport to allow up to ten aircraft at time at the airport and to drastically improve / expand the terminal and its facilities. This is great news for the island and we hope this will result in more flights from more countries visiting this stunning island. We will keep you updated.

Flights

Kefalonia Greek travel aircraftWell keeping on the subject of flights, most of the flights have now been launched for summer 2017. All the charter companies have set their schedules with the cheap airline Ryanair only launching from 1st of June to 18th September at the moment but we have been told this schedule should start earlier in the summer and run to the end of September. Easyjet have been a little slow this year but have just launched to the end of September.

This is the time to start keeping an eye out for a bargain flight. We have recently been using a great site http://www.momondo.com this shows the best flights and prices and has live updates so prices change on the screen instantly.

Vassaliki

We have our online booking system all up and running and we have launched our 2017 prices and dates on our website www.viglanatura.com/prices You will see we have not changed our prices but we have decided to open a little later in May than usual.

The busy months of June and July are already filling up very fast. With June already over 90% booked with a waiting list of couples waiting for rooms if people drop out. July is also popular and if you are planning a trip to us we do recommend you book this period early to avoid disappointment.

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nickWe are pleased to announce that our amazing Chef Nick will be returning for his third summer with us and has some new and exciting ideas to make your dining experience even better.

Nicky our superhuman housekeeper who somehow manages to keep all our rooms serviced and ready for our guests is set to stay with us for what will be her ninth summer. Most of you will have met her when you visited the resort and I am sure you will agree with me that she really is a huge asset to our business. Trust me I did housekeeping here for two weeks last year and it is a huge task to undertake.

A huge goodbye to Simon and Sheryle who have retired to their house in Valencia, Spain after being a tremendous help and support over the last four years.  They will be missed by all we are sure and they take with them lots of luck from all the Vassaliki family and guests.

Samantha and I will be busy this winter looking for two new members of staff to help us with the running of the resort. We have had a good response to the jobs that are on offer for next summer and some interviews have already taken place. We will continue to interview back in the UK and hope to be able to introduce our full team in early January.

Car Hire

We have been working now with Mercury car hire here in Kefalonia for 10 years. Back in the winter of 2015/16 Mercury called to tell me that they were taking all the Suzuki Jeep Convertibles off the fleet.

Well we now have the new replacement Jeep Renegade. These jeeps are all hard top versions with air-conditioning as standard. The high ride gives you plenty of clearance for those of you who want to explore a little further afield! The 2.4 litre engine gives you lots of power to climb the steepest of hills and the cabin space has plenty of room for four adults to sit in comfort.

We were lucky enough to be given one of these brand new cars to test drive earlier this year and we were very impressed with the overall look and comfort of the car. The driving position is nice and high giving you a good view of the road and views. My only concern is they are in my opinion a little expensive to rent starting at just under 600 euro a week, but who cares we only live once!!

Free weeks holiday.

We have been giving out one free raffle ticket to each of our guests for every €100 they spend at our bar, restaurant and excursions. All the ticket have been put in a hat and the winning ticket drawn is number 338 which is booking number 111.

Congratulations

Mr and Mrs P & J Robinson. You have a free weeks holiday next summer at Vassaliki!

For those of you who were lucky enough to get a loyalty card back in 2010 you have only next summer (2017) to collect your final stamps. Once you have all five stamps you can then claim your free week, but you must book and take the free week before October 2018 as the loyalty card will then become invalid.

Last but not least.

We are very lucky to receive many guests letters and emails thanking us for their holiday. Some people even arrive with gifts for Samantha and chocolate for me which we really do appreciate.  But this summer, two guests have gone a step further and have written, composed and performed a Vassaliki song. We had a debut performance in August at a Vassaliki BBQ night and we now have a recorded copy for you to hear.

Be careful when you listen to the song as you will be singing it all day and this may upset your work colleagues when you stat singing about being happy to be naked!

 

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Summer 2016 Newsletter

This is an extra newsletter this summer due to so much going on. We are well into the flow of things here.  The weather is hot, hot, hot and the resort is busy, busy, busy!! We are almost fully booked for the summer with 3 or 4 rooms still available in August and  various options after the 16th September, so you still have a chance for a summer break if you have not booked already.

I have just returned from an amazing sailing week around the Ionian Islands on board our stunning 40ft Catamaran. The weather set us a few challenges with strong winds on the first four days which sent us speeding along at 8 knots (great fun) and then the last three days we had not a breath of wind. Well that’s sailing for you!

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As you may have found in the past, getting a booking at Vassaliki during the busy months of June, July and September can sometimes be a problem due to the popularity of the resort. 2017 is not going to be any different with June and July next summer already nearing 70% full.

So we are looking at maybe expanding our resort, nothing finalised yet.  Don’t panic we are not turning it into a 200 bed resort!!! We have the opportunity to add a further 4 or 5 units on the adjoining piece of land next to Vassaliki. The plans are being drawn up as we speak and we are in discussions as to what we need to do to the pool bar area and other services to be able to cope with the extra 8/10 people.

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Click Here for our Survey

But we need your help!! We have a survey which asks about various aspects of our resort. If you could spare just 10 minutes to answer the questions for us it would really help us create the perfect space and facilities for you our guest. If you follow the link below we would really appreciate your help. Your answers are confidential and we don’t ask for your name or details.

 

Summer 2017 flights

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I know some of you have not even had your 2016 holiday yet but the charter flight companies like Jet2, Thomas Cook, Thomson & Norwegian Airlines have just announced their flight schedules and prices for Summer 2017.  We are still waiting for the budget airlines Easyjet and Ryanair to launch and we don’t expect these until later in the year (September ish.)

I have had a quick search for June and July 2017 and have seen London Gatwick to Kefalonia with Norwegian at about £100 each way and similar priced flights from Manchester with Jet 2.

Jobs for summer 2017

We are very sad to have to announce that Simon and Sheryle are considering retiring full time and moving back to their new house in Spain. Simon and Sheyle have been a huge asset to our company for the last four years and were also a big part of setting up the company 10 years ago. They will be very much missed by both us and our guests.

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This does however leave us with a big hole in our team for the summer 2017 which needs to be filled. We are looking for either a couple or two individuals to join our team from the beginning of April to the end of September 2017.

We are looking for people with multiple skills and a never ending source of energy who want a change of lifestyle. This is not a 9 to 5 job and some days the hours can be very long. You are required to work in very hot conditions but you do get to do some of your jobs naked!!

The jobs require cleaning, food service, meet and greet, pool and resort maintenance, minibus driving, food shopping, gardening and much more. You must be flexible and able to turn your hand to any job that needs to be done. We would prefer someone with an idea of all household maintenance and be physically fit to carry loads and do lawn mowing and gardening. The other job is more based around food service with some experience of preparing food for large numbers of people is an advantage. But most of all a huge amount of enthusiasm to give our customers the very best service.

 

All these jobs need to be done on a daily basis and must be completed with a smile on your face. The rewards are endless… working in a hot cloths free environment, use of resort facilities, running group meals out and boat excursions. We offer a salary with holiday pay which is paid through the UK PAYE system. We will help you find accommodation or you can bring your own camper or caravan which can be pitched onsite (we can supply an electric and water supply). You will get meals on Meze night and BBQ night but all your other meals are not included.

If you are looking for a new career this is not the job for you!! If you want a completely different lifestyle and are happy to work hard then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for.

If you are interested please email us your CV with a cover letter explaining why you wish to change your lifestyle. Interviews will be held at the end of the year in the UK.

New Year Newsletter.

Happy New Year to you all! I know it seems such a long time ago when the new year came in, but we have been so busy at Vassaliki and we feel that time is flying so fast.  In fact Samantha and I have already had to book all our return travel to Greece and we are now busy getting all the purchasing done for the summer.

The summer of 2016 is already looking like it’s going to be busy with some periods now fully booked and others very close to full.  So if you do plan a trip to us you need to act fast, as Samantha is busy trying to fit everyone in. Don’t forget we still have rooms available in June and July in the gorgeous Vassaliki Villa.

As I write the newsletter we are both still recovering from the amazing time we had at the Vassaliki Reunion Weekend in Bournemouth. I have a small article with a few pictures of the event later in the newsletter.

We also have below some information about our new booking system, new wellness week and our new raffle, the prize for which is a free weeks holiday!

Enjoy and see you soon!

Loyalty Cards and New Vassaliki Raffle

Back in 2013 we gave out a customer loyalty card to all our guests as they left the resort. Every week they stayed they received a stamp on the card, collect five stamps and we gave you a free weeks stay at Vassaliki.

rewardcardWell this promotion was an amazing success and many people took advantage of the deal straight away, so they have received or booked their free week already. All good things have to come to an end and this promotion finishes on October 31st 2017 after which no more stamps will be given out.  Your free week then must be used by the end of October 2018. All the loyalty cards become invalid after this date so if you have a card with stamps on it, you need to book your free week soon.

New Raffle for 2016!  But don’t panic we have a new deal and promotion for everyone. Starting this summer all guests will receive a free raffle ticket for every €100 spent onsite. This includes bar, food, excursions and merchandise. So the more you drink… the better your chance of winning! And after what I saw at the reunion weekend there is going to be a lot of competition!

The winning ticket will be drawn at the end of the season and the winner will be contacted directly.

New Booking System – now you can book online if you want!!!

After several attempts to set up a new booking system for the resort we have finally successfully managed to launch a brand new online system with NewBook.

It has been a huge job with Samantha and I working into the night trying to get all the data from the old system to the new. We had over 2500 records to move over. If you have a booking for this coming summer (2016) you should have received an email about your booking for you to check and ensure all the details are correct.

We are really happy with the progress of the set up and the team at NewBook eManagment have been amazing. After our terrible experience with Hotelogix and E21 Software we could not have asked for a better service from NewBook.

Special Discount in May To Celebrate Our New Online Booking System

30%discountSo to celebrate the launch of our new system, we have a special offer available for the month of February only.  If you book online through our new system, a stay at Vassaliki from May 7th to May 28th, we will offer you an amazing 30% discount on the start of summer prices. That is an incredible saving of nearly €60 per night compared to our standard rates.

All you need to do is to put the code ‘NEWBOOK2016’ into the ‘redeem discount code’ field and the discount will be automatically applied.

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We have found some amazing flight prices for May from the UK with RyanAir (£78 return 9th May), Thomas Cook (£135 return 10th May), Norwegian (£150 return 7th May) and Easyjet (£188 return 10th May), plus from Amsterdam with Tui (€279 return 9th May) and Transavia (€280 return 13th May).  These prices are per person and were found on 28th January. Remember you have to pay extra for luggage or you can just travel light with a small carry on case.

With our discount and great flight prices, this adds up to a cheap holiday at what I think is the most beautiful time to visit our luscious green island.

Wellness and Wellbeing Week – 6th to 14th October 2016

relax Vassaliki Naturist Club is offering this year a Wellness and Wellbeing Week from 6th to the 14th of October which includes:

Meditation Groups, Pilates Classes, Aqua Gym, Power-Walks, Free 15 minute Back and Neck Massage for each guest.

We have invited therapists and instructors to join us at the resort during the week to offer you the opportunity to learn and practice these amazing wellness skills.

(If you already instruct on any other wellness activity and would like to offer your skills please give me a call to discuss this.)

We believe wellness, naturism and the relaxing setting of our resort are a perfect combination. All the activities are included in our normal low season rates, meaning you can try as many of the classes as you wish with no additional cost.

All the therapists will also be able to offer private consultations on meditation, hypnotherapy and massage at an extra cost, for those who really want to take full advantage of this great week of relaxation.

We will also be running other activities during the week including walks and group meals out, so not everyone has to be interested in the wellness side to enjoy this week. A minibus will be on hand to take you down to the local naturist beach for organised evening swims.

So what is included?

  • foto-torre-piedras-fondo-cielo2Accommodation in one of our self catering rooms
  • Full use of all of Vassaliki Naturist Resort facilities
  • Meditation Group session
  • Pilates Classes
  • Complimentary 15min Massage
  • Aqua Gym Classes
  • Power Walks to the beach for a swim
  • Minibus to beach swims, earthquake village walk, mountain walk, group meze meal (Meal €20 p/p)

What’s not included?

  • Flights to Kefalonia
  • Transfer to the resort (can be arranged) €65 return
  • Meals and drinks during your stay
  • Private massage treatments, meditation and hypnotherapy consultations

Prices – One Bedroom Apartment – €95 per room per night (based on two sharing)

Studio and Roof Studio – €80 per room per night (based on two sharing)

The Reunion – What a party!!!!

Our guests started arriving at the Queen Hotel and Spa in Bournemouth from lunch time on Friday 22nd of January. Most tended to head towards the hotel bar after checking in to their newly refurbished room. There was lots of laughter and reminiscing between guests, plus this year the hotel offered us more spa and pool time, so many people headed down to the spa for a nude swim, sauna or Jacuzzi.

This year’s Friday night meal was supplied by the hotel in the form of a Mediterranean BBQ buffet. The food was delicious and the guests were able to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and some light entertainment from a very talented young guitarist Lee Rasdall-Dove. Of course being a Vassaliki event, some guests just could not resist the opportunity for a quick dance round the buffet table.

Saturday was a dry and partly sunny day so many guests went for a walk after breakfast along the seafront and into the town of Bournemouth. Throughout the day, guests used the nude spa and pool with some enjoying a massage or treatment.

But what we all came to Bournemouth for was the Saturday night gala dinner! This year we upped the stakes and everyone dressed in their finest formal evening wear. Even Samantha managed to peel me out my shorts and tee shirt and into a dinner jacket, waist coat and bow tie!!

We decided this year to have a fun casino from our friends Garry & Isabelle at Viva Las Vegas. All the guests were given fun money to spend on the Roulette and Black Jack tables. This seemed to be a great success with most people having a dabble.

The entertainment did not stop there, Jason Taylor (my brother) once again got the party started with his range of swing and popular music. This year Jason was joined by fellow singer Peter Snipp for his second set and the pair took the roof off the room with an amazing operatic battle which included raucous audience participation.

The evening was rounded off by the ever popular band “The Unusual Suspects”. We have had the same band for all our reunions and once again they rocked the room. The dance floor was full before they even finished the first verse of the opening song.

The evening ended all too soon with “Hey Jude” (which has become a tradition!)  Everyone locked arms in a giant circle with the bands singer, brass section and lead guitar player in the middle and everyone singing their hearts out.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the weekend, as requested on the Sunday morning by nearly everyone, we promise we will do it all again in 2018. See you there!

During the weekend one of our regular guests was on hand with her new range of skin products. Sam Devlin was very generous and gave all our guests a range of samples to try. Sam is hoping to offer this range of natural products to the naturist market. She also has business opportunities open to anyone who would like to join her team. We really like the sun cream range and we hope to be able to offer them at the resort next summer. gelskincare