THE PELIGONI CLUB
North Zakynthos, Greece
For those of you who’ve been following my travel stories for a little while then you’ll remember the Peligoni club from this post a couple of years ago when I visited Zakynthos! The Peli club is, as I said back then, one you can’t help return to time and time again. It’s bohemian laid back vibe, fabulous views and upmarket facilities make it a winner every time. This year I went back for two weeks, the first a chance to unwind in the sun, and the second for their first ever Peli Club house party! Given their Soho house vibes I was expecting the beach version of a mini house festival and was not disappointed I should add, but more to come on that soon. Until then here’s a few snaps from this week and updated recommendations on places to eat, drink and see!
The thing about North Zakynthos & the Peligoni Club is it really doesn’t change that much, the people, the places and the things to see and do. It’s how I feel about Val D’isere having been so many times and there’s a sense of warm familiarity as a result.
Nobolos is still the picture perfect restaurant setting with delicious albeit slightly pricey fresh food to enjoy, Sofia’s art cafe is still a treat and a gloriously indulgent home cooked feast. The cocktails are still as good as they were. The Peli club itself still offers up all you need in the day with fresh juices, perfect rose and a small menu for lunch, but it’s evening events are really the ones not to miss. Live music and tapas around the pool, special paella or bbq nights, even a weekly pub quiz. The infamous monastery walk is still on my list of things to do and there are endless activities from water sports, paddle boarding, fitness classes, cycling, tennis or even crafts to fill your day with. Somehow I find myself sat by the sea with a good book most the time though.
Walks to the local port in the evening have been a great way to see a little more of local life and pick up fresh food to barbie in our villa. This trip we’re staying at Emerald Villas which are a short 10 minute (hilly) walk to and from the club. We’ve also discovered the perfect beach front local cafe in Madraki which we can’t help but go back to for the great and very affordable local cuisine.
Of course it’s not a trip to Zakynthos without visiting the shipwreck, whilst last time I drove and hiked, this trip we wanted to visit by boat so we could swim in the bluest sea I’ve seen and visit a few caves on route too but sadly the weather and timings meant we didn’t get to do it on this trip. The blue caves and secret beach I found on my last trip are still worth an explore, as well as visiting other local areas like Volimes if you have a car or fancy a cycle around the island.
But as I said, this week has really been for leisurely strolls to the club, hours spent sunbathing and perfecting our diving and enjoying casual dinners in Agios Nikolaos … the real madness will follow soon.