There is an amazing range of activities included for all our guests. This gives you a chance to try something new, improve your fitness and get to know the beautiful countryside.
While there’s a huge range of classes and activities on offer, please don’t feel that you have to try everything. We want you to go home fully relaxed and completely recalibrated. If what you really want to do is lie on the beach in the sunshine for a while, swim in the glorious blue sea or relax by the pool with a glass of wine or two, then we’d encourage you to do exactly that!
Stand-up paddle-boarding is best enjoyed early in the morning, when the water is as flat as a mill pond and the sun soaks your skin with just the right amount of warmth. Paddle-boarding is great fun and an exhilarating way to keep fit while you enjoy an entirely different perspective of the world from the water. Accompanied by expert instructors, you’ll have a great time while you are perfectly safe in our warm, tranquil waters.
Stand-up paddle-boarding is available in both Vassiliki and Syvota. In Syvota you may take the boards out whenever you like; in Vassiliki this is limited to one free taster session, others may be paid for locally.
Learn to be a kid again on our guided cycle tour! We have some beautiful rides lined up for you. Enjoy the simple paths through the orchards and groves just behind our centres or challenge yourself to more invigorating routes along the mountainsides. You’re always welcome to join our free organised group rides or take a bike out by yourself and enjoy the freedom to roam around to your heart’s content.
There is a larger selection of guided cycling rides in Vassiliki, but there are plenty of bikes available in both locations. In Vassliki bike rental is free, in Syvota there is a small charge to be paid locally.
Our unique Herbal Walk is perfect for foodies and many of our guests have found this an unforgettable experience. The fascinating excursion into the valley is a great way to discover Lefkas’ impressive landscape and abundant flora. The gentle walk of approximately 3km is accompanied by an informative talk by our friend Aris Kokotsis, who has over 20 years phytotherapy experience. He’ll show you a variety of herbs and plants and how you can use them for cooking and healing. Aris laces his talk with a healthy dose of fascinating anecdotes from Greek mythology. Botany and culture in one trip!
Our meditation walk is to the beautiful Agio Fili beach is approximately 4km and follows the undulating coastline from Vassiliki village along the east side of the bay. When you arrive at the turquoise waters of Agio Fili beach, you’ll be led in a short meditation in this most tranquil of surroundings. Afterwards, swim in the crystal blue waters and lie back on the beach, sunbathing in this enchanted place. You’ve a choice of wandering back on foot or you can take a speedboat back, stopping en-route for a snorkel at one of the best sites in the bay. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some dolphins and flying fish!
The herbal walk and Agio Fili walk are both available in Vassiliki. Not to be outdone, in Syvota we offer walks are along the coastline, where you’ll discover a series of amazing secluded coves and beaches.
Healthy Options holidays are on the doorstep of the best dinghy and catamaran sailing holiday centre in Europe. Wildwind offers an impressive line-up of boats as well as a team of highly professional, approachable staff. A sailing taster session is included in your holiday as a great way to try this exciting sport for the first time.
The sailing taster session is available in Vassiliki.
Leaving after breakfast, we’ll drive some 45 minutes to the famous Acheron gorge and springs. According to Greek mythology, this was the exact spot where Achilles was bathed by his mother Thetis to gain his superhero powers (and where the term Achilles’ heel was coined). Here we’ll walk through a shady, cool forest until we get to the springs. We’ll try to gain our own superpowers by walking to the middle of the river right up to the spectacular gorge itself. Sometimes the water is only ankle deep; sometimes you’ll be wading waist deep. If you want, we’ll supply wetsuit trousers. The water might be a bit nippy, even in the height of summer!
Out of the gorge you’ll again get to try something new – rafting down the river! Led by an experienced guide, you’ll ride downstream on a rigid inflatable boat and then return upstream by… minibus. (Ok, that last bit might not be adventurous, but it’s practical!)
Rafting and the Acheron springs trip is exclusively available in Syvota.
In Syvota, we’ve organised a wonderful boat ride around the small outlying islands surrounding Syvota. Starting from the harbour, we’ll take you by boat around these inshore islands, stopping at deserted beaches for more swimming, lazing in the sun, meditation and snorkelling. This is truly ‘get-away-from-it-all’ time out with just you, some companions and nature.
The Round-the-islands tour is exclusively available in Syvota.
There’s nothing more rewarding and grounding than a massage to soothe tired muscles and so we’ve included a half hour massage in your holiday. If you want to pamper your muscles some more, it is perfectly possible to extend your massage or book additional sessions during the week, though extra local charges would apply. We have a range of massage styles on offer.
Massages are available in both Vassiliki and Syvota.
If that wasn’t enough yet, there are plenty of other activities available in and around Vassiliki and Syvota and we’d be delighted to organise these for you. Here are a few of the options you could consider:
See Lefkas from a different point of view. This wonderful boat trip to secluded beaches and nearby reefs is a great opportunity to visit Kefalonia, Fiskardo, Ithaca and Afales beach, with optional snorkelling and lunch included. With some luck, you may see some dolphins too!
Island visits are available from both Vassiliki (as described above) and from Syvota, where an even wider range of trips is available to the nearby islands of Corfu, Paxos and Antipaxos.
Vassiliki has world class wind, flat water and gear suited for all levels. If you’ve never tried this amazing sport before but would like to give it a go, we offer on-site windsurfing lessons for beginners, offering a fantastic introduction to this whole new world.
Windsurfing is possible only in Vassiliki.
We would like to thank everyone for visitng Healthy Options in Vassiliki this season and we look forward to seeing you again next year for another fabulous season.Read on