Mark Warner Sailing Holiday at Levante Beach Resort: A Dad’s Perspective

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Our first week of August was spent in Levante, Rhodes with Mark Warner holidays, Mark Warner are renowned for their excellent sport provision, at Levante it is all about the watersports and tennis. So I’ve invited each member of the family to do a run down on what they loved about their Levante experience. The adrenaline and challenge of water sports meant the Alexanders got to holiday in totally different ways, and boy these three went for it.

If like me, you are more of a culture vulture, I will be sharing my tops tips for getting the most out of a Mark Warner holiday in a later post. For foodies – the food is amazing – I’ve also brought back some amazing recipes for Greek feasts and cocktails, which I can’t wait to share over on A Residence. I overcame a little more of my fear of the deep by jumping off a kayak, paddle boarding and scuba diving, so I’ll be sharing my adventure junkie moments too.

But, first up Mr A, who shares his top moments, plus some insights into learning to sail with Mark Warner. The water sports tuition and guidance is really impressive at Levante, the waterfront staff are fabulous. It’s an amazing opportunity to dabble, pick up a new skill, hone your skills or gain a qualification and the resort caters for all abilities.

Being in the midst of developing a boat video game, Mr A decided to do his Royal Yachting Association Level 1 qualification over three mornings, plus an hour’s theory at the pool bar, at the very modest cost of £70. You can also of course benefit from free introductory taster watersports courses from the staff at Mark Warner.

 

Mr A’s Highlights from Mark Warner Levante

1)      Achieving my level 1 RYA sailing course – 9 hours in the water, most of them on my own in a boat, in bliss.

RYA Level 1, Mark Warner Sailing Holiday at Levante

 

2)      Relaxing with the family – it was great to have somewhere that the family was occupied and found time for themselves and well as each other.

 

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3)      The pools – loved the pools, lots of them so you didn’t get bored, we bought lots of floating toys to play with and the kids swapped toys with other kids.

 

dinghy playing in the pool at Mark Warner Levante

 

4)      Water skiing – doing this again after 20 years and being able to get up and ski quickly with my little girl was fantastic, though I wonder if I’ll do it again in the next 20 years!

5)      Other people – having other families with kids around the same age was great as they understood the issues and didn’t mind the splashing around (generally).

 

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6)      Time as a couple.

 

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7)      The childcare was brilliant, the kids wanted to go, and that gave us time for ourselves.

 

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8)      Seafront – so much to do here, didn’t get chance to do it all, be we did paddle board and kayak and I did my RYA 1.

 

Mark Warner sailing holiday at Levante Beach Resort

 

Learning to Sail at Mark Warner Levante – My Level 1 RYA course

I didn’t know what to expect from this course but went in with enthusiasm. The teachers put us instantly at ease with their easy going but knowledgeable nature. We were quickly trying to tack in the simulator (aka a boat without a sail on some grass). Once we’d all had a go at that – with applause for each attempt – we were quickly thrust into some actual boats (two in each to start with) and out on the water. I found myself quite at ease with the turning and ducking beneath the boom whilst my sailing partner worried about capsizing. I actually wouldn’t have minded a dip as the sun was beating down on us without pause. We ended the first day without mishap, only a couple of small crashes and headed back to the family.

The second day had us learning about how to decrease speed and sail around the wind in order to be able to go in any direction we wanted. We were all given our own boats this time (with multiple support boats close by in case we got into trouble) and headed out again. I had a very relaxing sail with few issues, I was trying to push myself a little and really see what the boat could do but the wind kept changing direction and was quite light so I didn’t get chance to get into too much trouble.

The third day had us learning more about wind direction, jibing and some theory. We did do some capsizing in shallow waters then headed out on the seas for more fun.

All in all an excellent learning experience for me, the teachers were thorough and extremely helpful. Everyone on the course passed (10 people) and we were presented with our Level 1 certificate later in the week to much fan fare.

 

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Mr A’s verdict:

Loved the holiday as a whole, I managed to get back into water skiing and learning to sail was an excellent pastime to take up.

 

Here’s Mr A ‘s best bits…with a great track from the Foo Fighters, check out his water skiing skills as filmed by Miss L from a speeding boat, while I watched through my shaking hands on the beach.

 

 

Next Up, Mr G, just finished editing his video to the perfect track for him, and all I can say is: they’ll be a ruckus yeah, regardless of what’s gone before…Name that tune?

We were the guests of Mark Warner and took over their instagram for the week, do check out our top moments there too!



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26 Comments

  1. 11/08/2015 / 10:31 am

    I have heard so much good stuff about Levante! It isn’t somewhere I would have necessarily considered before but seeing all the #mwmoments shared on Instagram it has made me add it to my holiday destination wishlist.

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:28 am

      Me neither, will come into that in my post. But yes, the moments really make it!

  2. 11/08/2015 / 10:44 am

    i was hugely envious of the instagram feed whilst you were away and now this!!! what are you trying to do to me 🙂 looks ace, i don’t have sea legs at all but i bet Mr HPMcQ would be up for a spot of sailing

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:27 am

      I don’t have sea legs either, but the staff gave me confidence to try a few new things, it’s growing!

  3. 11/08/2015 / 10:48 am

    It’s so great to hear about a holiday from someone else’s perspective, we each have different things we enjoyed about a holiday. Mr A sounds like he loved all the time spent in the water and enjoying the range of water activities.

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:27 am

      He absolutely loved it! Only got dragged round sightseeing once all week 😉 Only joking he loves that stuff too, or so he tells me…

  4. 11/08/2015 / 12:53 pm

    Ah, brilliant post. How do you always manage to look so in love – that’s another post for you and Mr A I reckon!

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:26 am

      Aw you! Guess we just are 😉

  5. 11/08/2015 / 1:40 pm

    Off to search for Mark Wander holiday prices…..

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:25 am

      They were less than rumour had me to believe Alice!

  6. Sally Blatherwick
    11/08/2015 / 6:48 pm

    I loved reading about this holiday from your husband’s perspective. I’ve also enjoyed looking at the photos you posted, it looked such a fab holiday! We are now seriously considering a Mark Warner holiday next year. Thank you!! Sal x

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:25 am

      Fire any questions at me Sal! Reminds me, I have Mw timetables for your kids age group I took pics of for you!

  7. 11/08/2015 / 7:09 pm

    Oh I do LOVE Levante. We’re hoping to go back next year and do the RYA sailing courses. xx

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:24 am

      I kind of wish I had now, even though I get seasick. MR A loved it.

  8. 11/08/2015 / 9:11 pm

    Levante sounds brilliant, I had a great time at Corsica and would love to visit another Mark Warner resort.

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:23 am

      Corsica looked pretty Emma and very green, will have to check it out on the website!

  9. 11/08/2015 / 10:01 pm

    Wow, you look as if you had such a cool time. You are making some amazing memories with your kids, it is brilliant. Mich x

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:23 am

      Yes, was very proud of them all. Wish I had done more!

  10. Andrea
    12/08/2015 / 10:29 pm

    The more I hear about Mark Warner, the more tempted I am to look into going for our Honeymoon next year – the childcare looks amazing!!

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:22 am

      Now that would give you some time to honeymoon!

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