RESORT REPORT

KEROS BAY

LIMNOS ISLAND, GREECE

The question on everyone’s lips is: should I book a summer holiday?

Rick Krystallis from Surf Club Keros is here to set your mind at ease and lure you out to Limnos

INTERVIEW: Jim Gaunt / PHOTOS: Surf Club Keros

RESORT REPORT

KEROS BAY

LIMNOS ISLAND, GREECE

The question on everyone’s lips is: should I book a summer holiday?

Rick Krystallis from Surf Club Keros is here to set your mind at ease and lure you out to Limnos

INTERVIEW: Jim Gaunt / PHOTOS: Surf Club Keros

How was last season? Were you still able to have guests through the summer? The 2020 season was unexpectedly good. We prepared for all kind of scenarios, but people continued to visit and it felt similar to a normal year. We had no issues, the summer wind was reliable and nothing on the island reflected the global situation. Limnos isn’t a mass-tourist destination anyway, and Keros beach is nicely isolated in the least touristy part of the island. It’s a great place to spend your holidays getting away from everything.

What changes have you had to make because of Covid to ensure guests can safely stay / learn to kite with you? We have followed all guidelines from the Greek ministry of health and tourism, plus all the general recommendations for providing a safe environment. The most noticeable changes are:

  • The buffet is no longer self service, the dishes are protected by glass panels and there’s a limit on the number of people in the buffet area at any time.
  • Daily house keeping only occurs at the guest’s request. This keeps the number of people entering the accommodation facilities low.
  • All staff have to wear masks.
  • We have an in-house doctor supervising staff (daily temperates etc.) and also attending any medical incidents.

How do you think this year will be from the bookings you already have?

It feels like things are becoming more positive as vaccines roll out and people are very excited about travelling again. We are super positive about 2021. The situation has definitely affected many people socio-economically and they won’t be able to travel, but there are many others who have been under psychological pressure over the last 12 months who are ready to break free at their first opportunity. By the end of spring a lot of people in Greece and Europe will have been vaccinated, so this will definitely ease the situation and travelling will start to catch up with previous years.

Tell us about the kiteboarding at your spots and what people like best about riding there? Space, safety, beautiful colours and, of course, the great vibes on the beach! Keros bay is a four kilometre kitesurfing paradise. Even in high season there is enough space for everyone. Beginners feel confident because they can’t drift away. In fact, the worse case scenario is that you will end up a few hundred metres further along the sandy beach, if for some reason the rescue boat does not come for you before this happens. Also, a variety of conditions can be found in the same bay. At the north end there’s a super flat section over shallow, sandy, turquoise water. The middle of the bay features small chop which make for useful ramps when trying out tricks or jumps. The south end of the bay features some small but nicely spaced out waves, with cross/ cross-onshore wind and waist deep water. The Meltemi winds are stronger in the morning, between 09:00 and 14:30. The wind strength drops later in the afternoon and eventually swings offshore after 16:30, when it becomes the perfect terrain for kite foiling and windsurf beginner lessons.

Tell us a bit more about the area - is there much to see and do other than kiteboarding? Keros beach is set within a protected Natura 2000 ecosystem. Natural salt lakes, flamingos, sand dunes and rabbits are all part of the scenery. There are some local tavernas in the surrounding villages where people usually chill, drinking ouzo until late in the evening. More broadly, Limnos island has a lot to offer. Get to know the hidden gems of the island, connect with the people, the flavours and the culture through our Surf Club Keros ‘Experience’ trips. Take a yoga session next to ancient ruins, visit the organic wineries or go sandboarding on one of Europe’s few sand dunes. Plus lots more... https://www.surfclubkeros.com/experience/

Tell us about the camping experience Our Luxury Safari tents are where comfort meets the cozy feeling of camping. The tents are equipped with all the amenities of modern hospitality, including TV, A/C, espresso machines, spacious bathroom with showers and high-end furniture. Order another glass of Limnos wine from the restaurant and then get lost gazing at the milky way from your veranda. In the morning you can check the conditions in the bay from your front door before a nutritious breakfast and coffee. A short walk or free ride in the guests’ shuttle bus later and you’ll be at the beach pumping up your kite. Our set-up is great for families, couples, or groups of friends. The party scene is nothing major, but the surf community is strong and guests tend to form good friendships. In an effort to give back, Surf Club Keros have planted a small winery, where repeat guests can ‘Adopt A Tree’. When the time comes, they’ll get a bottle or two of locally produced organic Keros wine! Similarly, Surf Club Keros promises to plant a root for every booking received, helping sustain the local environment. https://www.surfclubkeros.com/adopt-a-tree/

Please tell us what you know about the restrictions that will generally be in place in Greece for travellers? At the moment Greece’s policy is to keep things on lockdown, even if there is not much of a problem, in order to be able to open up full scale for the summer tourist season. We expect everything to be open but with some restrictions in place, such as greater distances than usual between dinning tables, mandatory masks for staff, and perhaps clients when indoors. There are hand sanitisers everywhere and we expect those to stay, but there’s nothing wrong with that!

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