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Peligoni

When I think of the perfect summer holiday, I always subconsciously think of Greece…. White-washed villages, azure seas, scorching days and slabs of feta the size of your head; living in a Mama Mia re-make essentially. My first ever foray into Greece was to Zakynthos, or ‘Zante’, for our first ever girls trip, aged 18, post-A Levels and sans-parents. I would love to say the bright lights of Lagannas won me over to the charms of Greece on that trip but I’d be lying. In fact Lagannas and its infamous nightlife, jelly shots and Brits behaving badly would probably be one the last places I would want to go back to…. It was years later and trips to Spetses and Mykonos that really sold Greece and it’s smattering of islands to me. So I was intrigued to go back to where my travels all began and re-discover Zakynthos in a totally different way…

Nestled on the quiet, North eastern coast of Zakynthos (well away from the bright lights of Laganas) sits the beautiful, much-loved Peligoni Club. As soon as we walked into the sea of white umbrellas, shady corners and striped day beds, I was in love. I’ve heard about this place over the years; a mixture of villas of all different shapes, sizes and prices, all of which have access to the beach club and all it has to offer. And it’s offerings are pretty amazing… We were very relieved to be there during term time (sorry kids), but with four young nephews, I like to think I’m pretty astute as to what makes a great place to go en famille. Peligoni is without doubt exactly that. An amazing creche, kids club, activities, water sports, pool and a totally non-pretentious, barefoot, friendly attitude throughout, this place would be heaven if you have a family, be it young and cute, or older, grouchy and hormonal. Peligoni is well known and loved for it’s rep with families, but it turns out it was the perfect place for us, a group of five girls, simply seeking sun, rose and and long chats. There’s a beautifully zen spa if you feel like some extra R&R and every night offers something new. Peligoni is one of those places you can get as involved as you feel like; there are open mic nights, part nights and fancy dress nights but equally because everyone’s in villas rather than a hotel, you can slink off on the night’s you’d rather avoid. We were there for open mic night and as a hater of organised fun and kareoke at the best of times (I have very sensitive cringe glands), I can confirm it’s actually ridiculously fun. If you’re feeling brave(ish), have a shot of the slightly disgusting, infamous and kind of mandatory blue Vodka north… *

We were staying in the villa called Fincha which had incredible views over the bay below and was filled with perfect, natural light, clean white spaces and a massive pool sitting pretty next to it. Peligoni think of everything; you can even have your fridge fully stocked with everything you need before you get there. We headed to the club every day, like bees to honey for that turquoise see and floating pontoon that we must have spent hours on in total, putting the world to rights and diving off when it got too hot. Mars ice creams, paddle boarding and shady lunches became daily rituals in a matter of days and I couldn’t have asked for better company than Katherine, Frances, Liv and Julia too. These girls really are the best and we all left feeling ridiculously warm, fuzzy and sun-speckled after five memory-making days. It really was one of the best friend getaways I’ve ever had and we couldn’t have asked for dreamier digs in Peligoni. We met several people who were staying for three weeks (beyond lucky) and you can understand why; this place quickly feels like home while never losing it’s charm. One of those incredibly friendly, come-back-every-year kind of places that’s every bit amazing on the last day as it is on the first.

Local restaurants like Nobelos just round the bay (supposedly the best ice cream on the island and maybe the world) and Art Cafe Mahogani or ‘Sophia’s’ as its affectionately known at Peligoni, are great little spots if you want  a change of scene but I’ll admit it’s pretty hard to leave the ideal routine of circling between Peligoni and your own villa.We spent a tonne of time on and in the water but I’m going to do a full post on that next time… Te sea deserves plenty of its own airtime; it really is magical. For now, here’s a host of favourite spots (and lots of favourites swimwear) from Peligoni itself.

White strappy top | Faithfull the Brand
Beige denim shorts | Zulu & Zephyr
Straw rucksack | Need Supply 
Checked bandeau top | Cecilie Copenhagen 
Denim shorts | Redone 
Fang necklace | Lucy Williams x Missoma 
St.Christopher necklace | Theodora Warre 
Rope sandals | Nomadic State of Mind
Leather slides with dove | Ancient Greek 
Gold anklet | COMING SOON to Lucy Williams x Missoma
Yellow gingham swimsuit | Solid & Striped 
Katherine’s striped swimsuit | Solid & Striped 
Black swimsuit | Gooseberry Intimates
Stripe shirt | H&M
Sunglasses (with black suit and stripe shirt) | Victoria Beckham 
Crochet bikini top | Free People 
Yellow crochet bikini bottoms | Stella McCartney 
Nude lace-up swimsuit | Marysia 
Yellow slip dress | Ghost 
Hat | Lack of Colour 
String bag | Ebay
Jeans | Redone via Net-A-Porter 
Off shoulder top | Reformation 
Leather slides | Saint Laurent 
Black and red basket | Marta Cygan for Wicker Wings 

Ph. by myself and Frances Davison

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