Happy New Year to all our newsletter readers! We hope you had a great festive season and are looking forward to a prosperous new year.
Samantha and I are really looking forward to this coming season in Kefalonia and are pleased that Simon and Sheryle are returning for their third summer with us. This means we will still be able to offer our extended dining service from the bar including steak night, pizza and movie night and BBQ night. We are also looking at some other new dining options for this coming summer.
This newsletter has some special offers for May and October so if you are wanting a bargain you need to move fast as this is a one-off offer and only for a limited period.
Bookings are going extremely well this year and we already have many fully booked periods. If you are looking for a June, July or September holiday then I do suggest you get in contact with us as we do only have a limited number of rooms left.
We now have a brand new booking system installed in our office which Samantha is working hard at setting up. The new system offers you online booking options and the ability to log in to our system and change or update your booking. You can add hampers, car hire and transfers to your booking but the most important bit you can pay for your holiday online by credit card or bank transfer. You will also be pleased to know we have removed our 2.5% fee for using credit cards.
We have had loads of enquiries about our winter reunion weekend. The reunion is every other year so this winter we didn’t have one. But never stress we do have the 2016 Vassaliki reunion already set up and we are ready to take. More details are further on in the newsletter.
We hope you enjoy our newsletter we look forward to hearing from you all soon, what ever you do in 2015 do it “NAKED”!
Great offers to start off the New Year!
Once again we are pleased to announce our special offers for 2015. These offers are only available until February 20th 2015 so you need to book now! We only have a limited number of rooms available for this offer so you need to be quick!!
2nd to 23rd May 2015 & 3rd to 18th October 2015
All rooms are €500 for one week and €900 for two weeks
This is a saving of over 40% off the standard rates for a one bedroom apartment!!!
You must quote “Newsletter0115” to get this amazing offer
Both these offers are for bookings made within the dates given. The offer is subject to availability and for new bookings only. The offer is not available online so you must email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0) 20 8144 2166 to get this great offer .
We have a small change in our staff line up this coming summer. My dear friend and fellow sailor Annie who has been working as hostess on our week long naturist sailing weeks will not be with us this summer as she is due to give birth to her first child at the end of May. She will be very much missed on the trip but we are so happy for her and her husband Alan.
We do have a new and hostess who will be joining us for the June trip. We would like to welcome Leanne who is looking forward to the challenge of looking after our guests on our sailing week. We have known Leanne for many years as Samantha worked with her previously and she came out to Vassaliki on Samantha’s girls week in 2013.
One of the questions that we get asked a lot is “do we require a car at Vassaliki?” Well here I will try to answer this and other questions regarding car hire.
Well first I ask you what you want from your holiday at Vassaliki?? If you want to just relax by the pool and enjoy the sun, then ‘no’ you don’t need a car. We can arrange a taxi to collect you from the airport and take you back after your stay for €65 return. The resort has everything you need including a full meal service in the pool bar, plus if you want to self cater we have a food order service set up so your shopping can be delivered from the local mini market which is a pleasant but hilly 15 minute walk away. We even have a mini bus service to the local naturist beach at Avithos three times a week.
If you want to explore the island and visit some of the many other beaches, then ‘yes’ you will need a car as taxi’s can be pricey – €60 return from the main town. Car hire can also be expensive on the island so shopping around for the best deal may be worth it. Be aware sometimes that the cheapest deal is not always the best or the cheapest at the end of the day. A lot of the online car companies are now selling car hire cheap and putting on extras when you come to collect the car.
Here are some examples of the extra charges:
- If you arrive before 9am or after 9pm you could be charged around 25 euro to collect or return your car.
- Extra 25 euro if you require the car to be delivered to the resort or collected after you have used it.
- If you want more than one driver this can cost you anything up to 20 euro per day for each extra driver.
- Some companies now charge you on arrival for a full tank of fuel (normally at a higher rate than a fuel station.) You can then take the car back empty and you don’t get charged. This never works in your favour unless you can drive the car into the airport on an empty tank. They do not refund you if you return the car half full.
- But the biggest extra is the CDW (collision damage waiver) this extra can add around 280 euro to the price on a 14 day car hire. This extra insurance means you don’t need to pay the excess of around 1,000 euro if you damage the car.
At Vassaliki we have a great relationship with local car hire company “Mercury“. We can get you a competitive price for the whole duration of your stay or part of it and they do not have hidden charges, they are honest and upfront about their service.
The car can be collected and returned from the airport and you are meet by a representative at arrivals so no queuing at the car hire booths. If you don’t want to drive after your flight we can arrange a taxi to the resort and your car will be delivered free of charge to the resort the next day.
The price we quote you for your car hire will most likely be higher than some deals you can find online. But this is why we use Mercury, the price quoted has everything included except the CDW. No extra charges for two drivers, no delivery cost and no out of hours charge. They offer a personal 24/7 emergency service as they are run and owned by a local family. Plus many of their cars are brand new as they joined the fleet in 2014 & 2015.
Now, how to overcome the CDW? One way is not to take this option and run the risk that you may have to pay out up to 1,000 euro if you damage the car. The other option is to purchase a car hire excess insurance policy. I found mine online at www.moneymaxim.co.uk and the policy covers all the excess up to £4000 on any car hire up to 60 days at a time for a whole year. And the price is only £38 for the year!
This, in my opinion, is a no brainer and well worth the money. You make a saving after just two days of hiring a car and it can be used more than once.
So why not hire a car and make it fun to drive too? This summer Mercury have just got in some brand new Fiat 500 convertibles. The perfect car to have on a sunny summer holiday!
Vassaliki Winter Reunion 2016
With Samantha for this unmissable weekend by either emailing her at email@example.com or call her on +44 (0)20 8144 2166. Available only for guests who have previously stayed at either Vassaliki or Vasnat.