Retreat Beachclub

At a glance

  • Light wind resort, ideal for beginner sailors
  • Families will enjoy the range of action-packed children's clubs from 4 months - 17 years
  • Explore the traditional villages and beautiful islands close to the Beachclub

Retreat Beachclub

The setting of this Neilson Beachclub is simply magnificent, stunningly beautiful with pretty little coves, lush green hills, secluded beaches and glorious views of the shimmering turquoise and green Ionian Sea

A collection of beaches forms the edge of the watersports area and a unique feature of the Retreat Beachclub is a shallow sand bar that leads  the way through warm shallow waters to the sailing beach on a tiny wooded island. The flat water and light winds ensures fantastic conditions for waterskiing and wakeboarding, whilst the surrounding bay and coves are excellent for stand up paddle boarding and kayaking.

Nestled amongst a wooded hillside, rooms sit between terraced gardens  and are linked by a series of stone pathways and steps, which lead down  to the waterfront below. The aptly named Retreat Beachclub is an idyllic haven that draws people back time and time again.

For Families

Key information

Take a ten minute walk to the small port of Sivota, where you will find a relaxed, laid back atmosphere and a selection of tavernas, cafés and shops along the waterfront promenade.

Further afield, boat trips are available to Paxos and Antipaxos. Gaios on Paxos is an exquisite miniature world, with quaint 19th century houses lining narrow, cobbled lanes. The smaller island of Antipaxos is equally special with beautiful remote beaches and little coves. An hour south of Sivota is Parga. Bursting with history, the impressive 14th century castle reflects the town’s varied history between the Venetians and Ottomans.

Airport transfer time: Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes from Preveza airport

Good to know

Accommodation information

Rooms are situated either in the main hotel, or within the beautiful  gardens. The rooms in the gardens have a shady, peaceful and private  setting. Rooms in the main building are close to the reception and  restaurant.

Steps are a feature of the property and link all areas including  the rooms; from the pool there are approximately 100 steps down to the  waterfront.

Most rooms have spectacular views and are light and bright. Premium  sea view rooms have a contemporary design with modern furnishings. All  rooms have air conditioning, fridge, telephone, TV, hairdryer, safety  deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities (on request), beach towels  and en-suite shower.

Club sea view twin or double rooms in the hotel or gardens  have shower and balcony or terrace. Some of these rooms also take a  camp bed suitable for a child (on request). If you have a preference for  twin or double beds, please request at time of booking (subject to  availability).

Club sea view triple rooms in the hotel consist of three single beds or one double bed plus one single bed, shower and balcony.

Club sea view family rooms in the hotel consist of one double bed plus bunk beds suitable for 2 children up to 12 years, 2 bathrooms with shower and balcony.

Club sea view inter-connecting rooms in the hotel  consist of one twin or double room and one triple room, plus a camp bed  suitable for a child (on request). Both rooms have shower and balcony.  If you have a preference for twin or double beds, please request at time  of booking (subject to availability).

Club sea view inter-connecting rooms in the gardens  consist of two twin or double rooms, plus two camp beds suitable for  children (on request). Both rooms have shower and balcony or terrace. If  you have a preference for twin or double beds, please request at time  of booking (subject to availability).

Premium sea view twin or double rooms in the gardens  have bath with shower over or just a shower and large terrace. These  rooms also take a camp bed suitable for a child (on request). If you  have a preference for twin or double beds, please request at time of  booking (subject to availability).

Premium sea view inter-connecting rooms in the gardens  consist of two or three twin or double rooms with two or three sofa  beds suitable for children. All rooms have bath with shower over or just  a shower and large terrace. If you have a preference for twin or double  beds, please request at time of booking (subject to availability).


Dinghy Sailing

The sheltered waters and calm conditions make dinghy sailing for beginners ideal. In the afternoon the sailing area extends beyond the island for intermediates to make the most of the breeze further out.

Beginner sailing and RYA Level 1 sailing sessions run every morning  from Monday to Friday, with Level 2 sessions in the afternoon when there  is usually slightly more wind. We also run a series of clinics  throughout the week covering Asymmetrics, Lasers, Dart 16 sailing and introduction to racing, with a regatta every Saturday. If you wish to join any of the tuition sessions, just sign up with one of the Neilson team who will guide you to the correct group for your  ability. All tuition follows the Royal Yachting Association teaching  scheme so you can progress in a fast, safe and fun environment.


Light winds and calm seas means that windsurfing at the Retreat are really only suitable for beginner and improver windsurfers, occasionally there is more wind and most afternoons we extend the sailing area beyond a small offshore island to make more of the breeze.

Waterskiing and Wakeboarding

The Retreat Beachclub is one of Neilson's best resorts forwith superb glassy conditions all day. We run tows from 8am until midday waterskiing and wakeboarding and then 3pm until 6pm, Monday to Saturday, so there is plenty of time for everybody to have a go. Neilson's aim is that everybody who wants to ski or board will get at least two sessions per week and a maximum of one per day free of charge.

Dedicated skiers and boarders travelling to the Retreat Beachclub can opt for our Premium Waterski and Wakeboard package.

Mountain and Road Biking

The stunning coastline and lush, mountainous interior provide some great options for both road and mountain biking. There is usually a choice of up to ten guided mountain bike rides  throughout the week. The longer more challenging rides are in the morning when the temperatures are a little cooler with easier rides for  all abilities taking place in the afternoon. You will be rewarded with  rocky tracks, lush green valleys, steep climbs, amazing views, rugged coastal tracks and technical single track. There are also a series of gentle rides with plenty of refreshment stops and opportunity to admire  the scenery. 

There are 4 guided road rides per week of varying distance. Friday is the ultimate road ride, an 80km round trip to Parga with rolling coastal roads, inland climbs and long descents. Really keen road bikers can pay a supplement of £75 per week to reserve a carbon frame bike. 


There are four courts at the Retreat Beachclub, two hard courts towards the top of the resort and two astroturf courts next to the yoga lawn where the group coaching sessions are held. At the beginning of the week, Neilson coaches split everybody into groups according to ability and run appropriate sessions 5 days per week covering the core skills, there are between 2-3 coaches looking after the group tennis programme and they also offer private one-to-one coaching for a small supplement (bookable locally).


Beautiful calm waters, an interesting coastline and off shore islands make this a wonderful place to try kayaking for the first time or for more experienced paddlers to get out and explore. Because this area is so well suited to paddle sports Neilson are able to offer taught tuition up to BCU 2 star from British Canoe Union (BCU) qualified coaches. There are also a number of stand up paddle boards and run guided tours everyday.

Fitness and Swimming

The Retreat Beachclub is a great option for those looking to enjoy a comprehensive fitness holiday. Take your pick from guided bike rides, fit ball classes, gym and tennis sessions, as well as road bikes, swim coaching and a dedicated triathlon training camp.

Neilson coaches run a number of activities each day and if there is anything in particular that you really want to work on, just let us know and we will be happy to accommodate. Sessions include yoga, Zumba, Boot camp, Pilates, Body Conditioning, Interval training, Circuit Training and Fitball.

For a small supplement, Neilson also offer a personal training or nutritional plan and fitness assessments.


Club board consisting of daily breakfast, daily lunch and four  evening meals is included each week. Your inclusive evening meals are on  the following days:

Sunday: Inclusive

Monday: Inclusive

Tuesday: Non-inclusive. Bistro menu is available at a supplement

Wednesday: Non-inclusive. Bistro menu is available at a supplement

Thursday: Inclusive

Friday: Non-inclusive. BBQ is available at a supplement

Saturday: Inclusive

*Denotes local charge