What a sensational holiday.
From the moment we arrived in Paxos (nice and early as we’d had a 4am check in at Gatwick) Greek Islands Club welcomed us and made us feel totally at home (just a much hotter and far more luxurious one!) Valentina House was a dream; huge pool, fantastic outdoor kitchen – a constant stream of grilled fish, chicken, tomato salads and tzatziki, all drizzled with lemons from the tree in the garden. Not forgetting the eccentric but very useful collection of sunhats – my elder daughter is modelling a pink one she found in her bedroom.
Worried that we might get bored of the 12 metre pool, ping pong table, hammock and 500 channel satellite TV, Annie (our discreet and very friendly rep) directed us to the only sandy beach on Paxos which was ten minutes down the road and had canoes for the kids to hire, paddle in circles and then capsize. When we got bored of that (how spoiled were we!?) Annie suggested we hop into a glass-bottomed speedboat and go ten minutes across the open sea to Anti-Paxos (an even more idyllic, almost uninhabited and even smaller island) where you lie on a white sandy beach, gaze through your snorkel at the fishes and urchins and then eat them fresh from the local taverna’s barbecue. Perfect.
And finally, when my youngest child cut her head on some stone steps at 6:15 on the morning we were due to leave, Annie and Ettie (another of the unflappable reps) woke up the island doctor, sat chatting to us while she had 5 stitches, produced a pink Kitty rucksack and bracelet to cheer her up (how at 7:30 am!?!) and then got us on a hydrofoil, into a taxi and to the front of a 100 yd passport queue all so we didn’t miss our flight back to London. Phew. Mind you, I kinda wish they hadn’t been so flipping efficient and then we’d still be there…
I cannot praise and thank the team highly enough and it’s probably appropriate that I didn’t get any of their individual names as I wouldn’t want to single anyone out – they were all fantastic (both on Paxos and in Corfu) and looked after us flawlessly throughout.
by Harry Oulton, Greek Islands Club client