Welcome to the Peligoni Club, The Heart Of Zakynthos
If you’ve been following along on Instagram (& snapchat – mediamarmalade) or caught my post earlier this week on Villa Alico, then you’ll know I’ve been spending the week on the sunny (most the time) island of Zakynthos at the wonderful Peligoni Club.
Peligoni isn’t your normal sort of club. It’s a ‘club’ which feels more like visiting family or friends than it does a formal or standard holiday club or resort. And it’s no wonder really, because Peligoni was founded as just that. I was lucky enough one morning to be grabbing my usual ice coffee from the club bar, to get chatting to a lovely lady called Vanessa, a lady I later found out was the founder of this house party come festival like club. And she said back in the early days, that’s just what it was.
Despite growing and changing ownership (to another family who had been coming for many years), it’s not lost this friendly, familiar, relaxed vibe that It clearly started with. So much so that everyone knows everyone, most guests have been coming since they were toddlers themselves, and as a guest you’re treated like a member of the family from the moment you step inside the club. We were greeted by the vivacious Sheila who quickly got us a drink and got the team to knock us up an incredible Greek platter as we ‘must have been starving’ from the travel. It’s this vibe, along with the ample sports, parties, and beach front setting that’s made Peligoni a firm favourite on my holiday destination list.
I just can’t believe it’s taken me this long to visit!
Everything you need to know about Peligoni …
Feasting & Tipples
When it comes to eating, Peligoni certainly encourages a plentiful diet. We’ve found ourselves feasting on a whole variety of delicious treats, from our super food lunches in the club bar, to incredible home made hampers delivered to our villa each night, to party nights at the club with all your favourite BBQ goods and even a hog roast (where you all dine together around one big family table).
The hampers though are something quite special. Made to order, with the best local food you could ask for & delivered to your door in a big wicker hamper. Whether it’s a whole roast chicken and a plethora of exotic salads, or a comforting lamb tagine with a locals Greek meze, it’s a real feast.
But it’s not just the Peli club, the local restaurants knock up a real treat too. Whether it’s Nobolos on the beach, the Art Cafe in the hills or the Old Windmill at the top of the mountainous hillside. These local restaurants are adored and I wasn’t surprised why.
And when it comes to drinking, well Peligoni caters for the ‘experienced’ drinkers out there, so you won’t go without a fabulous bottle of red, the perfect sunny day Rose or simply a stellar Pimms or G&T. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself drinking from 12pm until 12am.
When it comes to things to do, the choice is unfounded. Windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, road biking, tennis, sea swims, daily work outs or simply just a day at the spa or beach front. You’re spoilt for choice and can easily lose a whole day running from activity to activity.
For me though, it’s spa treatments and relaxing on the beach that fills my time. I kick started my week with a 90 minute swedish massage at the ‘Goat Shed’ spa & it was the perfect way to unwind and start the week.
Perhaps one of the coolest things about Zakynthos and the Peligoni club is that it’s not just one big resort hotel where all guests stay, the Peli set up is quite different. Individual villas filling the island and local area, ranging for £17k a week mansion villas to more humble abodes for families, or even local boutique BnB’s if you wanted something a little less over zealous. Every villa is unique and owned by a frequent Peligoni holiday goer or a local Greek, making the stay feel just as homely and welcoming as the club itself. I’ve already talked all about our Vila, run by Stephano here, and our experience has been fantastic.
In all honesty, I’m not surprised Peligoni guests come back year after year, it’s a home away from home but with the luxe, boutique experience you’d want from a holiday. And if the pictures and my editorial doesn’t say enough, for the first time ever I’ve made a little film to go alongside my blog which I’ll be sharing in my final holiday instalment later this week … the secret side of Zakynthos that you should all explore if you visit the island. I can’t wait to share my first ever video attempt with you all.
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