Get set for summer: Windy
Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Sunday 18 May 2014
Newbie sailors can now try a taste of life on the ocean wave on a skippered gulet along Turkey's Lycian Coast. Exclusive Escapes (020 8605 3500; exclusiveescapes.co.uk) has launched a new mini-cruise where you can mix days at sea with further nights at a boutique hotel. For example, a week with two nights' full board on a skippered, three-cabin gulet and five nights' B&B at the Dionysos Estate costs from £1,050 per person, based on two to six sharing, including return flights from Heathrow or Manchester to Dalaman and transfers.
Take your water-babies to Neilson's (0844 879 8155; neilson.co.uk) new beach club at Messini, Greece. The five-star resort in the southern Peloponnese has a variety of activities to keep families active, but the focus is on watersports. A one-week family holiday costs £5,924 for two adults and two children, with return flights from Heathrow to Kalamata, transfers, half board and four dinners, activities and kids' clubs.
In Fuerteventura, René Egli (rene-egli.com) offers kitesurfing holidays from a new base at the Hotel Melia Gorriones on the southerly Jandia Peninsula. A week's half board in August costs from £899 per person with flights from Gatwick and transfers with Sportif (01273 844919; sportif.travel). A day's kitesurf lesson costs from £220 per head.
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