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Here’s a membership club without the catches.
The , a glamorous, all-bells, all-whistles beach club in the north of Zakynthos, doesn’t feature any main accommodation area. Instead, by booking a week’s membership, guests can choose between villas, cottages and B&Bs dotted near the sea or in nearby hills. You gain access to all the fabulous facilities and activities at the club.
From learning to sail, windsurfing and paddleboarding to waterskiing, tennis and bike tours, you’ll never hear the words “we’re bored”. Grown-ups can relax in the spa or head out to explore the island, visiting rural villages and its rugged coastline.
Adult membership £735, child (aged 4-13) £665 for all watersports in July.
- Seven nights at Kostas Cottage costs from £990. Departs July. Flights extra. peligoni.com
MarBella Elix is a fabulous new hotel opening next month in the unspoilt region of Parga on Greece’s mainland.
Crowning a pine-covered hillside, it is fronted by a beautiful long sandy beach and is the ultimate spot for a five-star family getaway.
They’ve partnered with UK activity operator Adventureful who will keep budding Bear Grylls types entertained with a vast programme of events, from bushcraft to kayaking and mountain biking.
It will include kids’ and teens’ adventure clubs.
Each contemporary-styled room has gorgeous views across the Ionian Sea and there’s an array of dining options, from fine dining to meals on the beach with the sand between your toes.
- Seven nights from £1,106pp, half board. Departs July. olympic holidays.com/marbella.gr
Perfect for sporty families, the Club Med Gregolimano resort on the gorgeous island of Evia sits on its own beautiful, private, white sand beach.
It has four piers and this watery paradise offers every sporty activity including wakeboarding and diving.
Do downward dog with some beach Pilates and there is even a flying trapeze school.
Rooms are modern with views of the sea or gardens and there are two restaurants and bars.
- Seven nights at Club Med Gregolimano from £2,264pp. All inclusive, with return flights from Heathrow and transfers. Departs July. clubmed.co.uk
Families with older children who love to go exploring will love this brilliant seven-day guided group hiking trip.
It takes you along the rocky landscapes of Crete’s spectacular Samaria Gorge and White Mountains.
Someone will transport your luggage as you explore tiny, remote villages and coastal towns. Plus you get the chance to dine with a local family.
Touring this way also means you are able to dive into secluded swimming spots, ramble through aromatic pine forests and pass through the Iron Gates – the Gorge’s narrowest point, with facing rocks 1,000ft high.
- Seven nights from £779, B&B in September. gadventures.com
Imagine a week of white water rafting, mountain biking and hiking along a gorge. Or perhaps sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving will float your boat?
Well this family activity holiday in the Peloponnese ticks all those boxes.
You’ll explore ancient cities by bike, sample locally produced olive oils, visit Olympia, where the first ancient Olympic games were held and, of course, explore quaint villages.
You’ll be based in the main towns of Nafplio with its Palamidi Fortress, spectacular Kalamata, which is famous for its oils, and magnificent Tripoli. Accommodation is in three-star and four-star hotels.
- Seven nights from £613pp, B&B and some meals. Departs July. Flights extra. responsibletravel.com
Why not make it a double whammy with a two-family getaway to yachtie-favourite, Kefalonia? Vintage Travel has two adjacent villas – Gerasimos (sleeps eight) and Artemis (sleeps five) – which are perfect for this.
They both have loads of space, big patios, lawns and stunning infinity pools. Inside are open tiled areas with neutral interiors. They sit in the south eastern corner of Kefalonia near the town of Skala.
- Seven nights at Artemis from £2,272 in July. Flights extra. vintagetravel.co.uk
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