This is not a mainstream entry but we like an alternative formula and the Peligoni is just that. Using the club as your agent you rent a self-catering apartment or villa within walking distance or a short drive. You can then hang out in the club for as long or as little as you like from when it opens for breakfast until late.
At the rocky northern tip of Zakynthos, southernmost of the Ionian Islands, the club is walled off among pines close to the sea. The atmosphere is very relaxed but behind the scenes the place is well organised by the English owner-managers, the Shearer family. Staff are mostly young and laid back, but friendly and capable. Various indoor and outdoor eating and chilling areas interconnect and at the top there’s a lovely infinity pool with well-spaced loungers. At sea level the rocky shore is covered with sunbathing platforms. There’s room for family groups and/or singles to be sociable or a little distanced.
Right on the water next to the ice cream shack is the boat hire and sailing area. The dinghies and catamarans are kept in top condition and this is an ideal place to learn to sail under expert tuition. Expect rather variable wind conditions.
The cherry on the cake is the outstanding creche, run by a lovely group of young women. One of the jolliest sights of the club is the daily ritual of the children, toddlers upwards, being led down to the pontoon for a boat trip.
In high season the Peligoni tends to fill up with middle-class English families but when we visited in low season, late September, it was very quiet and the atmosphere almost serene.
The club gives you a plastic payment card when you arrive, valid at all bars and teenage areas so, families with teenagers keep an eye open.