CROATIA WITH SHARRON DAVIES MBE

Dates: Thursday 10th – Wednesday 16th October 2019
From £1,590pp

JOIN sharron davies mbe and the swimquest team in a boutique croatian hideaway resort, FOR A VERY SPECIAL WEEK OF SWIMMING, YOGA, SEMINARS AND swimspiration ...

Sharron Davies SwimQuest Holidays We are thrilled to be teaming up with Sharron Davies MBE to bring SwimQuest guests a truly special and unique swimming holiday experience. This week is designed to motivate, inspire and rejuvenate. The trip will be a mixture of motivational talks from Sharron, technique advice, mindfulness, yoga sessions, beautiful coastal and inter island swimming, delicious food and time to unwind. We will be staying on the beautiful island of St Klement, also known as ‘Palmizana’ or ‘the island of rosemary’. Nestled amidst a gorgeous chain of 21 wooded isles, Palmizana boasts sapphire seas, deserted beaches and lagoons, and is set against a stunning botanical backdrop. Palmizana is easily accessible from Split.

ABOUT SHARRON DAVIES

Sharron Davies is one of the UK’s best known and most popular sportswomen. Since bursting onto the scene as a 13 year old Olympian in 1976, more than 30 years later, Sharon is a television personality, devoted mother of three, public speaker, model, enthusiastic charity worker, powerboat racer, author, interior designer and equestrian. Read more about Sharron via the ABOUT SHARRON DAVIES MBE tab.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

  • Price: from £1,590pp
  • Relaxing island-to-island and coastal swims, seminars, yoga and technique sessions
  • Dates: October 10th - 16th (one week only - please note this trip starts on a Thursday and finishes on a Wednesday)
  • Minimum swimming requirement 1km
  • Average daily swimming = 4-5km / day split between two swims (do as much or as little as you like)
  • Approx sea temperature range: 20-23  ̊C
  • Non-swimming partners welcome

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Accommodation based in beautiful boutique bungalows (see ACCOMMODATION tab for room choices)
  • Swimming, assisted by safety boats where required and always escorted by swim guide/s
  • Swim guides and safety boats
  • Yoga sessions
  • Motivational seminars from Sharron Davies MBE
  • Technique analysis
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • SwimQuest dry bag and swim cap
  • VAT

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Travel to and from Palmizana (guests are advised to fly into Split airport. From Split, we can arrange for someone to meet you at the airport and take you to the boat transfer. The transfer is easy.)
  • Wetsuits and fins (if required)
  • Evening meals
  • Alcohol
  • Single room supplements / villa upgrades (see ACCOMMODATION TAB)

ABOUT SHARRON DAVIES MBE

Sharron davies MBE SwimQuest HolidaysSharron Davies is one of the UK’s best known and most popular sportswomen since bursting onto the scene as a 13 year old Olympian in 1976. More than 30 years later, Sharon is a television personality, devoted mother of three, public speaker, model, enthusiastic charity worker, powerboat racer, author, interior designer and equestrian.

SHARRON’S SWIMMING CAREER

Having first swum for Britain at the age of 11, Sharron was selected for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. At 14 she won two European Bronze medals, and in 1978 Sharron won Commonwealth gold medals in both 200 and 400m Individual Medley events. In 1980 she won a silver medal at the Moscow Olympics finishing just behind Petra Schneider of East Germany. Ms Schneider has since admitted that her performance was heavily drug enhanced - and an emotional reunion between Sharron and Petra was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary. Sharron Davies MBE SwimQuest Holidays Sharron decided she needed a break from training and competition and ‘retired’ at the age of 18 to pursue a media career. However the lure of the water proved too much, and she returned in 1989 to regain her national 200m title. As ladies captain of Britain's 1990 Commonwealth Games squad she led by example and returned with silver and bronze medals. Twice voted British Press Sportswoman of the Year, Sharron’s international career spanned three decades, included numerous major titles and medals, 200 British records, some of which stand to this day (including the 20- year-old 400 IM record), 5 World Masters records and an MBE awarded by the Queen for services to sport.

SHARRON’S TV CAREER

Sharron Davies Gladiators SwimQuest Holidays Retiring from competition in 1994, Sharron has become a regular on television and in the press. She is a key member of the BBC commentating and presenting team. Sharron has also presented TV's The Big Breakfast, been the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, co-hosts Superstars, adorned the covers of many leading magazines, written for publications such as Total Sport, Cosmopolitan and The Independent. Other television work includes a successful 26-part series on Parenting and ITV’s Gladiators, where as Amazon she won over a whole new generation of fans.

Sharron has also appeared on favourite programmes such as Question of Sport, They Think It's All Over, Dancing on Ice, and Britain's Best Dish.

As patron of Disabled Sport England and The Sports Aid Foundation Sharron devotes much time to charity. But it is with her very own annual swimming event Swim For Life that she has become widely known. Launched over 15 years ago with Princess Diana - it often involves 2,000 pools nationwide - and has raised millions of pounds for different causes. Sharron remains in constant demand for media work, motivational speaking and public appearances throughout the UK and works with many household name companies on a regular basis, often with family fitness or sport in mind. Sharron Davies MBE SwimQuest Holidays

ABOUT PALMIZANA MENEGHELLO

PALMIZANA SWIMQUEST CROATIAOur base for the week is the Palmizana Meneghello, a unique bohemian retreat nestled away on St Klement Island amongst pines, plans, exotic shrubs and aromatic herbs. Take your pick from colourful bungalows and villas, all built with local stone, decorated thoughtfully in deep vibrant colours, with local sculptures and contemporary artwork. We truly believe St Klement is the ideal base from which you can unwind and explore this incredible archipelego. Spend days swimming and relaxing, and evenings sipping gin and tonics in one of Parmizana’s exclusive waterfront bars. The Meneghello family have a rich history. In 1906, Professor Eugenio Meneghello bought 300 hectares of Croatian wilderness. Three generations on, the Meneghello’s piooneer eco-tourism in Croatia. Dagmar Meneghello, along with her daughters, have turned the island into a unique hideaway, bringing art and nature together in an extraordinary way. This resort has recently received fantastic press coverage both in The Telegraph and The Huffington Post.

YOUR ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

The base price for this tour is £1,590, based on sharing a bungalow and taking the smaller bed in that bungalow. If you prefer, you can take a large, main bed in a bungalow for an extra £100, or if you would like your own, private bungalow or private room and bathroom within a larger bungalow, there is an additional supplement of £420 for the week. Example bungalows are shown below. If you have any particular questions or preferences, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

THE BUNGALOW SET UP

Most of the bungalows at the Meneghello resort consist of one main room with a double bed, and an adjoining room, with a single bed. If you would like the larger bed, you can pay an additional £100 supplement (subject to availability). Please note, you will be sharing with one other person of the same sex, unless you specify that you would like to share a bungalow with a friend or partner.

TYPICAL SHARING ROOM SET UPS:

Romina II is a stone bungalow, with two bedrooms (one double, one single). Both rooms have access to the bathroom. There is also a terrace with a beautiful view of southern Palmizana bay.Romina Bungalow SwimQuest Croatia swimming holidayThe Green Bungalow is a spacious split-level bungalow, with one bedroom upstairs (king-size bed) and a living room with an additional single bed situated on the ground floor. The green bungalow also has a beautiful terrace nestled in the trees. Green Bungalow SwimQuest Croatia

typical sole use set upS:

The violet bungalow contains a king sized bed, plus a living room area. This bungalow has its own entrance, a terrace and air conditioning. If you would like to take this bungalow to yourself, a supplement of £420 applies. SwimQuest Croatia Accommodation
The turquoise villa contains a twin and a double room, with two bathrooms and a shared living area and beautiful terrace. If you would like to take either of these rooms to yourself, a supplement of £420 applies.
Meneghello Turquoise Villa SwimQuest

THE ITINERARY

Please note, this itinerary provides a rough guide to the week and is likely to change / adapt based on weather conditions. If you are keen to participate in some but not all of a swim, that’s fine, let the guides know and you can hop back on the boat and just relax ...

thursday 10th october

  • 2pm arrivals
  • 3pm Safety briefing and acclimatisation swim
  • 6pm Welcome and meet and greet with Sharron Davies MBE
  • 7.30pm Dinner

friday 11th october

  • 8am Breakfast
  • 9am The Power of Yes - Sharron Davies MBE
  • 11am Coastal swim, Paklinski Octi Island (1.5km) and video analysis
  • 1pm Lunch
  • 2.30pm A swim out to, and around Otocic Island (1.5km)
  • 5pm Video analysis feedback session
  • 7.30pm Dinner

saturday 12th october 

  • 7am Wake up Yoga
  • 8am Breakfast
  • 10am Mindfulness and Sport - Sharron Davies MBE
  • 11am Exploring Otok Borovak and Planikovak (2-3km swim)
  • 1pm Lunch
  • 3pm St Klement coastline swim (2-3km)
  • 7.30pm Dinner

sunday 13th october 

  • 7am Sunrise swim & wake up Yoga
  • 8am Breakfast
  • 10am Swim Technique with Sharron Davies
  • 11am Swim with Sharron & photos
  • 1pm Lunch & Sharron departs
  • 3pm Dobri Otok Island swim (2-3km)
  • 7.30pm Dinner

MONDAY 14th october 

  • 8am Breakfast
  • 10am “Island Trio” Otočić Travna, Otočić Mali Vodajak and Otočić Vodajak (3-4km swim)
  • 1pm Lunch at The Fishermans and walk back to hotel
  • Afternoon at Leisure - optional massages
  • 7.30pm Dinner

TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER 

  • 8am Breakfast
  • 10am Sveti Klement and Vlaka coastal swim (2-3km swim)
  • 1pm Lunch at The Fishermans and walk back to hotel
  • 2pm End of week group challenge!
  • 7.30pm Dinner

WEDNESDAY 16th october 

  • 6.50am Sunrise swim
  • 8am Breakfast
  • 10am Departures from Palmizana (please note the ferry from Hvar to Split is at 12.30pm on Wednesday)

IMPORTANT NOTE

Nature and the weather can be unpredictable - your flexibility is important. All swim activities are planned with safety at their heart. Open-water swimming is always governed by tides and the weather. As a result planned swims may need to be changed, depending on the prevailing weather conditions at the time. All efforts will be made to keep to the itinerary, but it is likely to change at short notice.

GETTING TO PALMIZANA MENEGHELLO

Travel to Palmizana resort is simple. Fly to Split, meet our representative, who will drive you to the catamaran, give you your tickets, and put you on the catermeran to Hvar. On Thursday (arrival day), the catermerans run at 7.40am, 9.30am, 10am, 11.30am, and 4pm so we advise booking your flights to leave two hours between landing and your cameraman departure, or staying in Split or Trogir the night before. From Hvar, it is a 10 minute speedboat journey to the resort, which we will organise to co-incide with your catermeran. The total cost of the journey is around £50 each way. We can put you touch with our transport representative who will organise this service for you.

FLIGHTS TO SPLIT

Flying to Split is a two-hour flight from the UK. Airlines such as easyjet and British Airways provide regular flights from a variety of UK airports. For the best flight information and prices, please refer to www.skyscanner.co.uk or www.kayak.co.uk.

YOUR TRANSFER EXPLAINED:

Meet our representative Milivoj when you exit the airport. Milivoj will be waiting for you with a SWIMQUEST sign, and will drive you to Split Harbour to get the catermeran (30 mins drive, 1 hour catermeran). The cost of this service is £40 (or 45 euros), please pay Milivoj in cash. When you exit the catermeran, the Palmizana speedboat will be waiting for you to take you across to St Klement. The cost of this service is €12pp and will be billed to your room in resort.

LEAVING ON THE FINAL MORNING:

Ferries and catermerans run at 7.35am, midday, 12.30pm and 7.20pm from Hvar to Split. Check out is at 10am. We can ensure you are taken to Hvar in good time for your ferry. The cost of the transfer service from St Klement to Hvar will be €12pp (billed to your room in resort).

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

  • At least 2 x swimming costumes
  • Wetsuit (optional)
  • Swim fins (optional) – can be useful for additional speed and for technique drills
  • 2 x pairs of swim goggles – one clear and one tinted if possible
  • Towel(s)
  • Comfy clothes for chill out sessions / morning yoga
  • Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day (although you will receive a SwimQuest 10L dry bag)
  • Sandals/aqua shoes/flipflops – for getting wet
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Fleece or warm jumper for evenings
  • Sun hat, sun cream and glasses
  • A waterproof watch (optional)
  • A memory stick should you wish to take your video analysis home with you immediately
  • Travel insurance details

READY TO BOOK?

We’re excited about meeting you in Croatia. To book your trip, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements. A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer.

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As a SwimQuest guest, you are required to have in place travel insurance that covers you for all activities you will be taking part in during your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully covered for these activities. Whatever travel policy you decide on, you will need to bring a copy of your current Certificate of Insurance to the safety briefing at the start of your SwimQuest holiday. Your Swim Guides will need to take a note of your insurer, policy number and the number to call in case of an emergency claim.

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