Wednesday, 8 September 2021

INDULGE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES AT SIX BY NICO





TheShowbizLion.com loves a good bit of foodie indulgence and Six By Nico is indulging our guilty pleasures. 

Whether it's lounging in your pyjamas all day, binge-watching your favourite TV shows, eating breakfast for supper, or singing cheesy pop songs, we all like to test ourselves. 

A little bit of what you fancy does you good and when it comes to food, a bit of sin has never really been a bad thing. In a world where we have so many serious things to worry about, a mild indulgence shouldn't be one of them, right? 

In honour of our less proud moments (and our weekend hangover food choices), Chef Nico Simeone has invited guests to sink their teeth into ‘Guilty Pleasures’ at Six by Nico restaurants and in a offering a unique culinary experience inspired by our favourite comfort foods and the moments we all long to enjoy.

From Monday 20th September - Sunday 31st October 2021 guests dining at Six by Nico restaurants across the UK are invited to enjoy a slice of heaven and indulge in their favourite soul foods. 
There’s everything from Octopus and Pork Bolognese, Cebiche of Tuna, Nicos Fried Chicken,Lamb Kebab, to Scrabster Cod fish suppers, and Nutella and Waffles. 
You can find the details and rest of the menu here here

Nico said: "One of life's greatest pleasures is eating wonderful food, and with Guilty Pleasures, we invite our customers to take a trip down a delicious, greasy memory lane. Our new six-course menu is packed with food that we all secretly love, from 'junk food' favourites and hangover cures that we can't live without to comforting foods that we feel ashamed to eat. Its pure indulgence at its best one mouthful after the other".

Diners can book a table now for 'Guilty Pleasures'. Open from midday, Mondaythrough to Sunday, each six-course menu will be available from noon to late. The menu will be priced from £32* per person with the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine pairing for an additional £26 at each restaurant. A vegetarian alternative is available for every course, as well as Guilty Pleasures inspired snack sides. *Please note London Fitzrovia and London Canary Wharf pricing is £37 per person and £33 for wine pairing.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

EXAMPLE KICKSTARTS 2022 WITH TOUR



We love hearing from our friend Example and we can’t wait to have a wild time with him in January 2022 when he Kickstarts his new tour. 

 The ever exciting singer and platinum selling chart-topper who we meet up with regularly when he’s in Scotland has today announced a highly anticipated UK wide tour after a hiatus, hitting major UK cities including Leeds, London and Manchester as well as Bristol and Glasgow in January 2022. 

On the brink of releasing his 8th studio album, the homegrown legend in the scene and triple-threat singer, rapper and producer Example is back to re-live both his old and new hits with fans on a 14 date tour in February, available here! www.trythisforexample.com
 
A UK festival favourite, Example’s career is soaked in accolades, in 2011 his 3rd studio album “Playing in the Shadows” peaked at #1 in the UK charts and two of the singles off that album ‘Stay Awake’ & ‘Changed the Way You Kissed Me’ also went to #1. Armed with his brand new single ‘Every Single Time’ ft What So Not and Lucy Lucy and having just hosted his own stage at Creamfields, his trademark vocal over blissful production is to be embodied live next year, hitting UK stages again. His earlier discography reminiscent of the nostalgia from the EDM uprising in the 2010’s, the tour represents Example’s evolution through his sonic journey bridging the gap between pop, rap and electro, as he now revisits major UK cities post pandemic. Example’s inescapable anthems have seen him collaborate with fellow global stars Calvin Harris, Professor Green, Wretch 32, Giggs, Pet Shop Boys, Skream and many more.
 
The forthcoming tour is available for general sale on 10th September @ 9.00am BST via Gigs and Tours here: www.trythisforexample.com

Tour Dates:

Wed 26 Jan 2022         De la War Pavilion, Bexhill
Fri 28 Jan 2022            The Great Hall, Exeter
Sat 29 Jan 2022           Bournemouth O2 Academy
Sun 30 Jan 2022          The Great Hall, Cardiff
Mon 31 Jan 2022          Corn Exchange, Cambridge       
Wed 2 Feb 2022           Glasgow O2 Academy
Thu 03 Feb 2022          Leeds O2 Academy
Fri 04 Feb 2022            Nottingham Rock City
Sat 05 Feb 2022           Manchester Academy
Fri 07 Feb 2022            O2 Academy Newcastle
Tue 8 Feb 2022                    UEA, Norwich
Thu 10 Feb 2022          O2 Academy Bristol
Fri 11 Feb 2022            Birmingham O2 Academy
Sat 12 Feb 2022           O2 Academy Brixton

Friday, 3 September 2021

BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH LAUNCHES 2022 SEASON PASS




BLACKPOOL Pleasure Beach is enjoying its 125th Anniversary and is launching its 2022 Platinum Club Season Pass, offering unlimited access to the park throughout the year from just £90 for a limited time only.

As regular readers of the Showbizlion.com might know, we are huge fans of the famous Pleasure. Beach and can’t wait to go back there. 

 Existing Platinum Club Season Pass holders can renew for just £90 whilst anyone purchasing a pass for the first time can get one for the great price of £99.  All holders can enjoy all of the rides as well as access to many on park events throughout the season. 

The discounted Season Pass, which would usually cost £189.60, is only available at this reduced price until 30th September 2021. With a saving of over £90, fun lovers can gain full access to the park everyday of the 2022 season. 

Speaking on the limited time offer, a Blackpool Pleasure Beach spokesperson, commented: “2021 has been a challenging year for many and it’s made us realise the value of spending time with loved ones. 

“We’ve launched our 2021 Platinum Pass at an unbeatable price to give everyone a fun, entertaining and safe experience to enjoy throughout next year.

“We have so many exciting things planned for our visitors, alongside our usual offering of brilliant rides and coasters, the Platinum Club Season Pass really is exceptional value for money.”

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is home to some of Britain’s most popular rollercoasters; including the UK’s first double launch rollercoaster – ICON which launches riders with the same acceleration as a Formula One car, The UK’s tallest rollercoaster The Big One, plus many others including classics like the Big Dipper and Grand National.

Home to the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land, there are 12 rides the whole family can enjoy, including an exhilarating ride on classic wooden coaster Nickelodeon Streak and a whirl on SpongeBob’s Splash Bash. Little ones can meet their favourite Nick characters, including PAW Patrol, and be entertained by performances from Team Nick. 

All Platinum Club Season Pass get a range of great discounts at Blackpool Pleasure Beach on everything from food and drink, gifts, and even hotel stays.  More information on these can be found here.

The September Season Pass offer is the cheapest that these passes will be, and with the price set to rise in subsequent months, now is the time to buy or renew.

Further information on the Platinum Pass and the discounted offer can be found here. For further information on Blackpool Pleasure Beach, or to book eTickets, please visit: https://www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/


 


Tuesday, 31 August 2021

CRUISING WITH THE CORRECT ON BOARD ETIQUETTE



CRUISING is one of the showbizlion.com’s favourite pastimes, whether it’s on the med, in the Caribbean or closer to home shores. 

It’s important therefore to know what to do when you are on board your ship or yacht. 

If you’re single it’s even more important to know the right kind of etiquette. 

We got some tips from Seeking.coma community where singles are empowered to find relationships on their terms, encouraging upfront and honest communication for an elevated dating experience.  


So what is YACHT ETIQUETTE? 
When you date up, you’re no longer going to be sitting in dive bars and scratching in the peanut bowl. With an upgrade in the quality of your date, comes an upgrade in the location too. It’s essential then, when you’re invited on those Summer cruises along the coast, that you know your docksiders from your flip flops, and your jet skis from your underwater scooters.


  1. SAILS OUT, NAILS OUT
    Your toes will be on display, so make sure that they don’t have any benign fungus growing there. It’s best to opt for a good manicure regardless of your gender, and open-toed sandals that can easily be removed when you hit the decks.

  2. SAFETY FIRST
    Life jackets aren’t just a decorative accessory. It’s essential to listen to the crew’s advice on how to stay safe, and remember to pack a sunscreen that is waterproof, as well as to apply it before and after going into the water. Watch out for sea spray when walking on the bow of the yacht; you won’t want to take an unplanned dip in the deep end, and try not to capsize the jet ski when you’re trying to impress the rest of the boat; while they will come to a halt, they can be heavy, and if you’re too far out, swimming back might not be a pleasant experience. You would be surprised just how easy it is to flip one over.

  3. WHARF WEAR
    On yachts, it is important to dress the part. While throwing on a bikini or one piece is easy, chances are you’re going to have to transition from daywear, to night wear for dinner. A coverup that can double as a classy evening piece is essential, as well as a change of clothes for when you’re heading back to shore. This is the chance to leave high heels at home, but also the chance to show off a beautiful pair of sandals or an ankle bracelet. Think: a wrap dress that you can easily throw on over a costume for an intimate dinner with your date, and an elegant high ponytail to keep your hair untangled.

  4. WHERE HAS ALL THE CHAMPAGNE GONE?
    Don’t drink too much. While sundowners on a yacht is probably the pinnacle of human existence, it is better to err on the side of caution when deciding whether or not to open that next bottle of Dom. Dehydration from the sun and seawater, as well as the impulse to have a “hold my glass and watch this” moment are all factors in why it’s better to switch to water after you’re a few drinks in.

  5. (WO)MAN OVERBOARD
    Just because you’re on a luxury yacht, that doesn’t mean you have to stay glued to the deck all day. The water is where the fun is, so slip into a wetsuit, and get out on the water. This is the place to try something new, to jump on that jet ski, or to take your life into your hands on the hoverboard. Just make sure you tighten up that life jacket, and refer to tip no.4.

So there you have it, the ideal way of behave at sea. Now let’s become sea lions ;)

Saturday, 21 August 2021

SCOTS LAW FIRMS FIVE STAR INCENTIVE FOR FANS RETURNING TO HOME STADIUMS





EDINBURGH-based Watermans Solicitors have announced a ‘Home Advantage’ campaign to welcome loyal fans back into their home stadiums in style.

 

As the official legal and estate agency partner for both Hibs and Hearts, Watermans are giving Hibees and Jambos season ticket holders the chance to upgrade their matchday experience with free entrance to the clubs’ respective Capital Lounge and Strongbow Legends’ Lounge. 

 

With every Cinch Premiership game this season, a lucky fan can win a pair of tickets to their teams’ stylish lounge at either Tynecastle or Easter Road.

 

Winners have the chance to watch the match from an executive seat after a pre-game meal and can continue to enjoy the game with half-time refreshments and post-match entertainment.

 

Scott Whyte, managing director at Watermans, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with both clubs and wanted to thank both sets of fans for their continued support. The Home Advantage campaign not only offers supporters a great football incentive, but a range of deals and discounts on our services.”

 

Whyte continues: “The firm is now into its third year of partnership with Hibs, and we began work with Hearts last season. We’ve a good mix of Hibees and Jambos here in the office, so what a better way to shine a light on both clubs and enjoy their successes.”

 

Fans can take the Home Advantage by entering at: www.watermanslegal.co.uk/Hibswww.watermanslegal.co.uk/Hearts

 

This isn’t the first time Waterman’s has rewarded season ticket holders at both Easter Road and Tynecastle. Scott Whyte added: “In the summer’s season ticket renewal window, Watermans offered to pay for the season tickets of all Hibs and Hearts fans who chose to sell their home through their organisation. It’s just one of a number of incentives we offer to loyal fans of both Edinburgh clubs.”

 

Watermans provide a wide range of legal services to both individuals and businesses across Scotland, expertly delivered by a dedicated team of professionals. The firm has particular expertise in personal injury litigation, estate agency, residential property law, commercial property purchase, sales and letting, family law and wills and executrices. Find out more here: www.watermans.co.uk

 

Monday, 16 August 2021

GORDON RAMSAY NAMED SEXIEST MALE TV PRESENTER





 

- British chef Gordon Ramsay has been named the sexiest male TV personality, in a brand new study, following a comprehensive Twitter sentiment analysis. 

- New research, provided within the Self-Made Celebs study, reveals that Ramsay has seen the highest influx of positive tweets that include ‘sexy’ in. 

- This places the chef as more lusted-after than Jonathan Ross, Richard Madeley, Paul Hollywood and James May, who also ranked highly in the study. 

- Other surprise findings from the analysis include that Piers Morgan is sexier than Paul Hollywood, while Adrian Chiles proved the least lusted-after. 

Glasgow born TV chef and presenter Gordon Ramsay has been named the sexiest TV host, according to fans, following a comprehensive Twitter sentiment analysis. 

The research, conducted as part of the Self-Made Celebs study, revealed that Ramsay has seen the highest influx of positive tweets that also include the word ‘sexy’ over the last year - beating out other male presenters to the top spot of sexiest TV personality. 

The Twitter sentiment analysis was conducted on Tweets mentioning any male/female TV host over the last year, and assigns a positivity and negativity score to each. 

Chef Ramsay has seen the highest influx of positive tweets that include the descriptor ‘sexy’ over the last year, followed by other male hosts Richard Madeley, Jonathan Ross and - surprisingly - David Attenborough. 

Ramsay - host of Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares - also beat out other fan favourites, including Gregg Wallace, Piers Morgan, Jeremy Vine, Dan Walker and even Martin Kemp.

At the other end of the scale, it’s Adrian Chiles, Noel Edmonds, Alexander Armstrong, Ant McPartlin and Bear Grylls that sit at the bottom of the ranking, according to fans. 

Sexiest male TV hosts, according to fan sentiment

 

1 -Gordon Ramsay

2 - Richard Madeley 

3 - Jonathan Ross

4 - David Attenborough

5 - Paul O’Grady

6 - James May

7 - Piers Morgan

8 - Paul Hollywood

9 - Noel Fielding

10 - Jeremy Vine

Other male hosts featured in the study included Jamie Oliver, Trevor Phillips, Nick Knowles, Eamonn Holmes, Louis Theroux and Gary Lineker. 

Peter Bennett, Head of Brand Marketing at fair casino PlayOJO, comments on the analysis: "Although it's clear that all the stars featured in the analysis are hugely supported by fans online, it is interesting to see how online sentiment varies from person to person. 

“It's also encouraging to see that the majority of interactions around the male stars on Twitter are positive and complimentary - particularly given the volatile nature of online forums.”

To find out more about the Self-Made Celebs study, please visit the full breakdown here.

Saturday, 14 August 2021

NATHAN EVANS GOES HITCHHIKING IN GLENCOE FOR LATEST VIDEO




Wellerman hitmaker and multi-platinum British breakthrough singer-songwriter Nathan Evans went climbing in Glencoe for his brand new video. 
Nathan released the official video for latest single, “Told You So” via Polydor; the same single that Zoe Ball, OJ Borg and Sara Cox on BBC Radio 2 have championed since its inception. 
The official video opens with Nathan standing on the side of the road in Glen Coe hitchhiking across various idyllic locations across Scotland in a bid to get home. 

Nathan eventually reaches his hometown of Airdrie, assembling a cast of his genuine family and friends to whom he performs an intimate gig. The new video marks Evans’ arrival: a transition from TikTok to international pop-stardom and is available to watch  [HERE]. 
 
To celebrate the release of the video, Nathan says: “Thank you, guys, so much on all the support so far with Told You So It has been so overwhelming but also absolutely amazing. Some of the locations in the new music video are beautiful. We spent nearly a full day down by Loch Lomond and a place called Arrochar, and the footage just looks amazing. Loch Lomond is always beautiful. We also went back to my roots and spent a good day filming in Airdrie to get a good sense of home in there too, it looks outstanding. I cannot wait for you all to see the new video! Personally, I love it and hope you all love it just as much as I do!”
 
The release of his new video for the single that went onto chart in the Top 10 of the Music Moves Europe Talent charts follows the global success of “Wellerman”, the biggest selling domestic single of 2021 in the UK so far and first Scottish artist to have a debut #1 since 2007. Leading a new cultural movement of sea shanties, Nathan went onto to score a #1 in 10 countries including the UK while clocking up well over a staggering half a billion streams, quickly becoming the biggest Global hit from a British artist in 2021. It caught the attention of Brian May and Andrew Lloyd Webber with appearances around the globe on the likes of Good Morning America, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The BRITs and The Kelly Clarkson Show.
 
In high demand, Nathan is set to play his first festival appearance on the main stage in front of 60,000 people at TRNSMT in Glasgow on 11 September where he will be in good company alongside NME Award winner Liam Gallagher and fellow Scots Primal Scream. Pre Covid he was performing to 60 people! He will later embark on a U.K. and Ireland wide tour which kicks off on 1 December in Dublin with dates scheduled throughout the U.K. including Manchester, London, and his home city of Glasgow with 13 dates also across Europe into 2022. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.livenation.co.uk/. See below for Nathan Evans’ full live schedule.

On his upcoming lives shows, Nathan says: “Can’t believe I can actually say that I’m going on tour! Not just a UK tour but also a European tour, that’s mind blowing to me, still can’t believe it! Can’t wait to eventually meet everyone who has supported me on this amazing journey and put some faces to names, it’s going to be amazing!”

2021 UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES
 
11 September 2021                         Glasgow, U.K.                         TRNSMT
 
01 December 2021                           Dublin, Ireland                            Academy 2
06 December 2021                           Manchester, U.K.                       The Deaf Institute
08 December 2021                           London, U.K.                               Colours
09 December 2021                           Milton Keynes, U.K.                    Unit Nine
12 December 2021                           Glasgow, U.K.                              King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
13 December 2021                           Edinburgh, U.K.                           The Caves
14 December 2021                           Glasgow, U.K.                              King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
16 December 2021                           Aberdeen, U.K.                            The Tunnels
19 December 2021                           Coventry, U.K.                              Rialto Plaza

Friday, 9 July 2021

TIGERLILY EDINBURGH WELCOMES BELVEDERE ORGANIC INFUSIONS TERRACE

 





STUNNING BOTANICAL-THEMED POP-UP SET TO BE THE CAPITAL’S HOTTEST ALFRESCO COCKTAIL DESTINATION THIS SUMMER 

 

The showbizlion.com popped through to Edinburgh to sample the brand new  Belvedere Organic Infusions Terrace at Tigerlily in Edinburgh.


Belvedere, the world’s first super-premium vodka, has launched the stunning new outdoor terrace, located in the heart of stylish George Street, just as we escape lockdown. 


And it promises to be the city’s hottest alfresco summer destination; a fitting showcase for the Belvedere Organic Infusions debut in Scotland.

 

The setting is so pretty with lots of floral arrangements to complement the incredible cocktail and food offering. 


The tastes are light and sparkling and the perfect way to ease ourselves out of the darkness of the last few months. 


Made With Nature, with 100%-certified organic fruits, flowers, herbs and honey, and with ingredients that are farmed with no artificial pesticides, additives, or chemicals, the natural taste of each ingredient in the Belvedere Organic Infusions range is unique, intriguing and intensely delicious.

 

From July until September, cocktail lovers can enjoy the taste of summer courtesy of Tigerlily’s renowned drinks expert Joey Medrington who has curated a Belvedere Organic Infusions menu especially for the terrace, and with combinations not typically found in vodka. Signature serves are based on the new Belvedere Organic Infusions range;Pear, Ginger with a drop of Linden honey, LemonBasil with a touch of elderflower and BlackberryLemongrass with a hint of sage.

 

 Three new summer cocktails created by Joey, at £9 each are:

 

Wild Berry Spritz – Crisp / Effervescent / Fruity

Belvedere Organics Blackberry & Lemongrass | Sauvignon Blanc | Bramble Liqueur 

 

Orchard Blossom Fix – Tropical / Fresh / Elegant

Belvedere Organics Pear & Ginger | Lychee | Bittered Sling Lem Marrakech | Soda

 

Solstice Smash – Fruity / Vibrant / Zingy

Belvedere Organics Lemon & Basil | Velvet Falernum | Summer Berries | Tonka Bean | Basil 

 

Alternatively, Joey has created these classic options for The Perfect Serve, at £8.75 each:

 

Belvedere Organics Lemon & Basil with London Essence Peach & Jasmine

 

Belvedere Organics Blackberry & Lemongrass with Fever Tree Tonic

 

Belvedere Organics Pear & Ginger with Fever Tree Ginger Ale

 

 Adding to the sensory thrill of the Belvedere Organic Infusions Terrace at Tigerlily is stunning insta-worthy décor reflecting the beautiful botanical theme, outdoor heating for when day becomes night, and the finest summer soundtracks.



Belvedere Organic Infusions Terrace at Tigerlily; a chic new on-street destination, perfect for brunch with friends, all-day dining, or spontaneous summer evening vibes with a Belvedere Organic Infusions cocktail in hand.

 

 


Wednesday, 16 June 2021

PETER DOHERTY IS HEADING TO BARLINNINE PRISON



LIBERTINES singer Peter Doherty is heading to Barlinnie Prison as part of a major exhibition exploring prison reform. 

The colourful frontman will be showing off a Collection of photography and art form himself and  Barlinnie artists to give fans an intimate glimpse into his  world...

 

'PETER DOHERTY v BARLINNIE PRISON', an exclusive exhibition of the Libertines frontman and Barlinnie prison artists, gets its first UK date, which has been announced today (Wednesday 16th June) 

Launch night in Glasgow will include Disco Punk DJ Set from Peter Doherty & Bosco.


Opening 22nd September 2021, Peter Doherty v Barlinnie, is the first major exhibition exploring prison reform, rehabilitation and redemption between Scottish prisoners and The Libertines frontman Peter Doherty.

 
In Peter Doherty v Barlinnie, curator and artist Joe Henry, will use the traditional life drawing class to stage a performance and event inside the gates of Barlinnie prison, with Doherty as model and subject.

The exhibition will present the resulting 11 drawings from the inmates, to be presented alongside a selection of Doherty's own artworks chosen by Doherty himself and curator Joe Henry, that depict Doherty's subversive world of art, music and poetry, and his far reaching influence on popular culture.

The drawings included in the exhibition will be created July 2021, during a one-day life drawing class, using Doherty as the life class model. The class will be held at the Fife college Art Room inside the gates of Barlinnie prison and include eleven artists drawn from Barlinnie's diverse prisoner communities, ranging in age from 19 to 65, with varying backgrounds and levels of education and experience. The exhibition will also include photography from Sarah Thompson and Pauline Darley.

Henry's collaboration with Doherty as the subject is essential to his concept. A pioneer artist & musician. Doherty has been described as the modern day Jack Kerouac, his poets are for the romantics & his music is the rebellious sound of youth.
Following the radical tradition of the Scottish bard Robert Burns, a man with a lifestyle seen in its day as every bit as wild as Doherty's, The Libertines frontman has also himself spent time behind prison bars, and knows the importance of prison reform, rehabilitation and redemption for these new artists.

As part of the exhibition there will be an introduction written text / essay from Christopher Bailey (head of art, World Health Organisation), on the importance of creation in confinement and using art as a form of healing.

Peter Doherty v Barlinnie will open 22nd September 2021 at Platform gallery, (formely the Arches) Glasgow. 253 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8DL
Tickets available from Skiddle and Tickets Scotland.
Launch night in Glasgow will include Disco Punk DJ Set from Peter Doherty & Bosco. From 7pm till Midnight

Mick Stoney, Barlinnie Governer said;
“Art in prison provides the opportunity for expression and is a form of coping, creating something positive and a chance for the men to see themselves as something different. This project provides an injection of energy that prisons often need to support engagement and change. The chance to have their art displayed publicly will be affirmation that they can create a new identity and have the skill to contribute positively, a unique project which I hope leads to positive outcomes for all involved”. 

Joe Henry curator said; 
I've always been a fan of Pete Doherty. His poetry and his music have influenced a generation. His artwork has the same chaotic punk energy of his sound and is similar in style to the art of Jean Michel Basquiat.
This exhibition will see Pete on a different platform, behind the prison gates of Scotland's toughest prison, Barlinnie. Working with mixed media artists, using Doherty as their canvas to work from. We are hoping by staging this event, that this will inspire the participating artists on their road to recovery, and bring the conversation of prison reform to a bigger audience."

Thursday, 6 May 2021

CRUISE LOVERS WILL ADORE THIS GREEK DREAM DAY TRIP




We’ve been treading water over these last months but with a green light from London, Greece reopens to British travellers from May 17. 

With tens of thousands of holidays deferred from last summer, and Greece topping the UK charts for new bookings, it’s reasonable to predict that the islands and beaches are going to be busy. 

But for many of us, crowds, queues, masks and enforced social distancing are the irritants of everyday life, so why would we want to encounter them on holiday? 

The Greece of our dreams exists outside the constraints of the pandemic. It’s a place of seas as clear and as blue as the sky; of hidden beaches; and ancient villages untroubled by the anxieties of modern life. 

It’s an empty beach on heart-shaped Daskalio Island; coffee in a fisherman’s café in Napflion with views, literally, of Arcadia; and having heavenly Ververoda Bay all to yourself. 

While others stake their claim on congested beaches, you can have a bit of luxury to yourself with the help of Yannis and Veneta Vasatis of Spetses Cruising. 

They’ve spent 40 years exploring their local waters for the sheer joy of it, and now they’re sharing their knowledge with aficionados in search of the Greece they always suspected was out there but perhaps could never find. 

And they’re doing it in head-turning style, with two state-of-the-art vessels: Nireas, a Nimbus T11 day boat with twin 350hp outboards; and Pytheas, an ultra-high performance 800hp RIB capable of 60 knots. 

Both offer the luxury of a superyacht with the speed and agility of a powerboat on full or half-day trips to the Argolic Gulf, the Athenian Riviera; the Eastern Peloponnese, Saronic gulf and the Western Cycladic islands of Milos, Serifos, Sifnos and beyond.

 Spetses Cruising also offers first-class limousine services, allowing you to start your holiday in style, from the moment your feet land in Greece. 

What you do is up to you – Spetses Cruising promises only that your trip will be “unforgettable, private, bespoke and luxurious” - but Yannis recommends perhaps a picnic on the island of Dokos – population 18; private tours of the citadel town of Monemvasia; visits to a hidden blue bay he describes as “the most wonderful swimming spot in the world”, where the onboard toys, including sea scooters, snorkelling gear and paddle boards, can be deployed; and long lunches at that taverna: the one the superyacht crowd will never find. 

Full day trips inclusive of a tailored itinerary start from around £1700, based of eight sharing, with pickups from Athens, Spetses, Porto Heli, Hydra, Nafplion and Monemvasia.

If you can get the people and the cash together to sounds like an ideal way and the ultimate luxury setting to blow away the lockdown cobwebs - and just think of the Insta pics too. 

 Spetses Cruising