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Porto Heli

Porto heli is a chic harbourside resort with a lively feel and a fantastic sailing centre for all abilities. It is also famous for its local biking, walking, boat trips and excursions. The area is brimming with local culture, fine sandy beaches and is perfectly placed to discover classical Greece. It's a great resort if you're looking for plenty of variety and as much to do off the water, as on it!

Our Nautica bay beach club is a 4* hotel with top-notch facilities and its own private beach with a fully stocked Ocean Elements Watersports and Activities centre and our usual formula of brilliant staff to make your holiday amazing!

So, whether you want to switch off or jump on-board, you’ll be in your element; and you can do it all safe in the knowledge that your kids are having the time of their lives in our brilliant Active Kids Club: hanging out with new friends and learning new sports while you have a well-deserved breather!

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Our Holidays Include

Some of the activities to try

  • Windsurfing (novice to Intermediate)

  • Dinghy Sailing (novice to expert)

  • Try SailFoiling (it’s free!)

  • Daily dinghy racing

  • Guided bike rides

  • Our Sunrise Paddleboard sessions

  • Cultural excursions (there’s lots to do)

Included offers

Top Activities Available

The very best Windsurfing

Excellent Dinghy Sailing

Mountain Biking & Cycle

Paddleboarding & Kayaking

Active Kids Clubs (4-17 yrs)

The Best Sailing Tuition

The best Windsurf Tuition

About Porto Heli

‘Heli’, as it’s known by the locals, is a beautiful natural harbour with a sheltered bay, sandy beaches and reliable thermal winds. Conditions are perfect for sailing and you can always expect calm mornings with a gentle breeze (ideal for families and beginner sailors) before it builds around lunchtime each day to offer more exciting sailing and windsurfing. Everyone loves the watersports from our own private sandy beach in front of the hotel, where you can grab a board, a boat or a sunlounger for some serious downtime. You can even rent a small motor boat from nearby the hotel (or take one of our bikes for a spin) if you’d like to discover Heli’s many other sandy beaches and coves

The town is quite chic and has lots of lively cafes, shops and bars along its waterside. Heli is perfectly positioned to explore classical Greece including Mycenae, Epidavros, the Amphitheatre and Nafplion with its 13th century citadel. Many of our guests enjoy island hopping (and the boat leaves right outside the hotel) to see the wonders of Spetses or Hydra. Go on two feet or two wheels if you’d really like to branch out and explore.

It’s true that in Heli, there really is as much to do off the water, as there is on it.

Useful Extras
  • RYA Youth Squad 5 days: £195 (1 wk) £345 (2 wk)

  • Private lessons: sailing/windsurfing: £49 (one on one) £69 (one on two)

  • RYA Windsurf tuition & courses: Beginner to Advanced from £69 (8-10 hrs tuition)

  • RYA Sailing tuition & courses: Beginner to Advanced from £69 (10-12 hrs tuition)

  • Windsurf & Sailing Foiling: First Flight course £99

  • Excursions (boat trips + tours) book & pay in resort

Great Things To Try
  • Learn to Foil (Sailing)

  • Our Paddle Cruises (Kayak & Sup)

  • Longer distance dinghy cruising

  • Visit ancient ruins & citadels

  • Boat trips to Spetses or Hydra

Porto Heli Resort

Found at the southern tip of the Argolis Peninsula, Porto Heli (Port of Eels) is a small picturesque harbour town with lots to see and do. Heli is a real hit with our guests; it has a great selection of sights, tours and excursions as well as great biking and walking along its idyllic coastline; with the Med's famously clear waters lapping the shore. You’re going to love exploring this area by boat, by kayak, or by two wheels or two feet.

The centre of the resort is a 10-minute stroll along the seafront from our Nautica bay hotel. And Heli is about 2 hours and 30 mins drive from the airport. Don’t worry, our coach is air conditioned and you can use the journey to start planning your activities with our reps.

Porto Heli Wind & Conditions

Typical pattern:
  • Mornings: F1-2
  • Afternoons: F2-4

The general pattern in Porto Heli is a Force 1-2 onshore wind in the morning, perfect for some family sailing or learning to windsurf (and sail) with our excellent team of RYA instructors. In the mornings we also like to run Paddle cruises, SUP sessions and technical clinics for the experienced sailors, like sailing with spinnakers or our excellent ‘Intro to Foiling’ while conditions are calm.

As lunchtime approaches the typical wind pattern switches to a Force 2-3 cross-shore which will often continue building to a Force 3-4. Ideal winds for more experienced sailors and intermediate windsurfers. Often, the Meltemi can override this pattern and provide stronger winds in the late afternoon. The enclosed nature of the bay and our excellent team of instructors offers safe and secure sailing and windsurfing for all levels.

For our Healthy Elements

Meanwhile for those who don’t want to spend time doing watersports, there’s always something going on back at the beach club. We lay on bike rides, tennis tournaments and excursions, (like island hopping) and our excellent fitness clubs include activities like Zumba, Stretch-and-Relax, Yoga-Inspired workouts, jogging groups, Sunrise SUP sessions and paddle cruises. Heli is also known for its great biking - so grab one of our (all-new) Specialized bikes and go for a family cruise or a downhill blast. Or join one of our excellent guided bike rides, we run three a day for all abilities.

If it all sounds like too much? Then it’s time for you to hit the sun-lounger - hard. Whether you prefer to be poolside or feel sand between your toes, sit back and relax with a drink from our beach bar while you watch the world go by.

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Heli for Windsurfing

Porto Heli is the perfect spot if you want to learn to windsurf or progress your skills to Level 2. Its sheltered bay and predictable winds will prompt easy-learning and quick progression as the wind builds around lunchtime to offer some fun and manageable conditions (not too boisterous) for beginner to intermediate windsurfers. We mainly stock beginner to high-level intermediate kit, but we do have some more advanced level boards too.

We offer free windsurfing tuition with our holidays to Nautica bay, and free use of all our great boards and sails, all week. It’s a great place to learn to windsurf or to progress your sailing if you’ve done a bit before.

Our beach team will be on hand to help you rig and get launched whenever you choose to sail and to provide some further coaching if you choose. Try our RYA courses for windsurfing (beginner to intermediate) which follow the Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ coaching techniques.

If you are an expert windsurfer you might also like our Surf Hotel beach club or Akti Beach club in Kos.

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Heli for Dinghy Sailing

Heli is a fantastic sailing centre, making sailing great for all abilities, and dinghy sailing is what we do best! Nautica Bay is also our Specialist Sailing Centre - stocked with our biggest range of boats and equipment. Try the latest dinghies and performance boats, (they’re free to use all week), and make use of our expert instructors, all RYA professionals, full of energy and on hand to help you in any way that they can.

We also have daily dinghy racing, free clinics for advanced sailors, free SailFoiling tasters, First Flight courses and our popular long-distance dinghy cruising excursion with navigation and route planning sessions.

We offer free daily sailing lessons with all our holidays and if you would like to achieve a level of the RYA syllabus then our courses start at only £69 for 10-12 hours tuition. Let our crack team of Royal Yachting Association instructors help you achieve your sailing goals this summer, whether you’re a complete beginner or an expert with your eyes set on foiling See all our tuition options.

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Perfect for all the family

We pride ourselves on being a big hit with families, so it’s understandable that our flagship centre in Porto Heli attracts lots of children during the school holidays. We make sure they have a great time. Kids love our free Active Kids Clubs for ‘Sea Urchins’ and ‘Sea Tigers’ from 4 to 13 years.

Our excellent Youth Squad is a dedicated RYA coaching programme for 8-13 year olds, and it’s a great add-on for budding sailors and windsurfers. Kids 14+ will join our free adult sessions and we even run a free ‘Teen Club’ to help the teenagers break the ice and get to know one another.

Heli itself is the perfect spot for kids to get to grips with the water. The gentle conditions in the bay each morning ensure everyone gets more than enough water-time, and the waist-deep teaching area is ideal for kids to learn sailing, windsurfing and paddle sports in warm, clear waters.

Back at club, Kids love the variety of having an excellent swimming pool, tennis courts, crazy golf and extensive gardens (mainly lawn) which help them blow off some steam. Ask about our large family rooms and interconnecting suites.

Our Beach Clubs

Nautica Bay Beach Club

Porto Heli
  • Sat 18 May 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Half Board
Average £586.36 pp
Self Travel  £368.97 pp

Surf Hotel Beach Club

  • Sun 19 May 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Bed and Breakfast
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Average £697.51 pp

Leda Beach Club

Horto, Pelion
  • Sat 10 Aug 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Bed and Breakfast
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Average £1,145.00 pp

Akti Beach Club Hotel

  • Sat 29 Jun 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • All Inclusive
Average £1,172.23 pp
Self Travel  £913.43 pp

Akti Beach Club

  • Tue 13 Aug 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • All Inclusive
Average £1,380.38 pp
Self Travel  £992.88 pp

Akti Palace Hotel

  • Sat 10 Aug 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • All Inclusive
Average £1,501.83 pp
Self Travel  £1,120.63 pp
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