Pace by Peligoni: a well-balanced week of well-being in the isolated north of Zakynthos

(The Peligoni Club)

Overlooking the stunningly turquoise waters of northern Zakynthos, a 15-minute walk from the idyllic fishing village of Agios Nikolaos (and a far cry from anything you may have previously associated with the party destination ‘Zante’, as the island), The Peligoni Club is a members-only family beach club that is popular with young families.

New for 2022, this summer Peligoni launched its inaugural wellness series, Pace. It’s a five-day retreat packed with yoga classes, breathing exercise sessions, cold water therapy, sound crystal healing, tennis tournaments, and just about every water sport out there. That may sound a bit intense, but it’s all interspersed with sociable refueling lunches and long afternoon feasts hosted by foodies, with The Kitchen Club and Açaí Girls joining this year, as well as deeply restorative massages from the professionals at massage Pace now sits in conjunction with his existing food and music retreat The House Party, which is taking place later this month (September 20-23).

Wellness is a central theme for the club throughout the year, with the Oyogo London team hosting a slate of fitness classes throughout the season, from HIIT to strength training, and green juices are available at Tasi restaurant. Pace is simply a supercharged version, although as the name suggests, the idea is that you find your own rhythm and enjoy many long lunches with a glass or two of cold roses while you’re at it. Balance, right?

    (The terrace of the Peligoni Club)

(The terrace of the Peligoni Club)

Style

The iconic multi-tiered white deck area, with cool sun loungers and umbrellas and turquoise steps leading down to the shimmering Ionian Sea feels very St Tropez, and the vintage trampoline and floating pontoon are prime Instagram territory.

Rustic stone walls and pendant lights lend a bohemian feel to the club, where there are plenty of shady nooks and crannies to curl up on a daybed with a book or a piña colada (we recommend both).

Villa Meraki (Nick Isden)

Villa Meraki (Nick Isden)

what chalet?

Hosting is done a bit differently here. Guests can purchase week passes that provide access to the club and its facilities, then book into one of the villas, cottages, farmhouses or B&Bs in the surrounding Zakynthos hills.

We stayed in Meraki, a sprawling five-bedroom villa for 10 with sweeping ocean views best enjoyed from the gorgeous infinity pool or hot tub. With a large outdoor kitchen, barbecue and dining room, it is an ideal space to entertain a group of friends and a privileged place for large celebrations. Inside, there’s a large open-plan kitchen, dining room, and living room outfitted with retro mid-century furniture and cute little touches like an antique record player.

The two-story villa has ultra-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows in each double room opening onto a terrace, all with their own en-suite bathrooms, with separate rain showers and/or bathtubs. Minimal white walls and pristine polished concrete floors are complemented by woven fabrics, low hanging rattan lamps, and beautiful colorful tile, providing a relaxed beach vibe.

The Peligoni Gym (Jack Atkinson)

The Peligoni Gym (Jack Atkinson)

What is a day like at Pace Wellness Week?

Each retreat will feature different wellness practitioners, but here’s a small sample of what you can expect…

With classes, workshops and feasts from 8am until late, the idea is that you can dip in and out of as much wellness as fits your vibe. Do you want to go full throttle and embark on an early morning 70km bike ride with Sir Chris Hoy through the hills of Zakynthos? Go for it. Do you prefer to spend most of the day on a sun lounger and mainly immerse yourself in the social side? Also welcome.

    (Richie Norton Transformational Breathwork Sessions)

(Richie Norton Transformational Breathwork Sessions)

A typical day for us started with sunrise water mandala yoga at 8am, followed by a very sweaty HIIT strength class in the semi-open gym (the fans were a godsend) and a healthy refueling brunch courtesy of yoga guru. wellness and nutritionist Rosemary. Ferguson. Oyogo’s fitness trainers alternate their stints on the island throughout the summer so classes feel fresh and energized.

Then, as some head to a three-hour cold exposure and mindset workshop with Wim Hof ​​instructor Aodhnait Lombard, it’s up to the terrace for some downtime and a much-needed dip to cool off for the rest of us. . After a quick group paddle to the neighboring island, it’s time for a transformative breath and movement class with Richie Norton, immediately ridding us of any lingering blur from last night’s hard-hitting margaritas.

Crystal healing with Emma Lucy Knowles and Dj Goldie Rocks (Holly Farrier)

Crystal healing with Emma Lucy Knowles and Dj Goldie Rocks (Holly Farrier)

We head back to Meraki to cool off by the pool before cooling off and heading back to the club for a phenomenal vegan feast put together by twin brothers Steve and Dave, aka The Happy Pear. Guests break bread at long banquet tables in the courtyard, with sharing plates a great excuse to meet your neighbor and discuss the day’s activities.

Another highlight of the week was an evening healing session with gong and crystal bowls by candlelight led by Emma Lucy Knowles and Dj Goldie Rocks from the IO project, with what must have been most of the 150 guests from Pace lying under blankets on the patio floor. under the stars: group therapy at its finest.

Restful massages overlooking the sparkling Ionian Sea at Masaj (Holly Farrier) pop up

Restful massages overlooking the sparkling Ionian Sea at Masaj (Holly Farrier) pop up

Mod cons

Peligoni attracts many of the same loyal guests year after year because it has everything you could possibly need to keep you entertained (and well-fed and watered) for a week. Weary parents in need of a break can leave the little ones with qualified babysitters at the on-site nursery, while the water sports on offer is enough to keep even the most active types entertained, with rowing, sailing, jet skiing and more. wakeboard, all on offer. After a quick induction, guests can take the water in groups or alone.

The Peligoni Club’s main restaurant, Tasi, overlooks the shimmering sea and serves fantastic coffee and brunch options, as well as delicious fresh seafood dishes, such as ceviche and Thai-style mussels, for a light lunch. Need something more filling after a long day of activities? At The Terraces you can eat wood-fired pizzas brimming with mozzarella, under a shady canopy of pine trees. You don’t have to leave the club at all, but if you fancy a bit of authentic Greece, the gyros in Agios Nikolaos harbor are well worth the short walk and a perfect place to people watch as the ships arrive.

Details

The next Wellness retreat Pace by Peligoni takes place 22-26 May 2023. Club membership for the week costs £400. Meraki villa costs from £4,500 per week and sleeps 10

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