I can’t believe it. I’m finally here. It’s the place I’ve written about for months and months. I’ve watched it like a hawk through Instagram, obsessed over the design of the rooms and lusted after the endless cocktail menu; now I’m finally getting to experience it for myself.
When it comes to holidays, it’s hard to find something for me. The best I can usually hope for is a clean, bright hotel in a central location, either near a buzzing town or a reasonable taxi ride from big clubs. But Cook’s Club is where it all changes. Take a look at a typical day here… it’s not so typical after all.
9am: Roll out of bed, a bit fuzzy headed from the night before. Freshen up to head out by the pool.
9:30am: Treat myself to the best coffee I’ve ever tasted at the Captain Cook Bar, found just a few steps from the pool. It’s called the Freddo; two shots of espresso over ice, and trust me, it’s enough to blow off the cobwebs.
10am: Take a dip in one of the two pools, inflatables are already bobbing around; they belong to the hotel and are ready and raring for anyone to use. I opted for the toucan ring!
11am: A quick nap to catch up with some of the sleep I missed the night before. I nod off to the DJ spinning some chilled, ambient House and it sounds exactly like summer should sound.
1pm: Now I’m hungry. Although I’m only staying Half Board the lunch menu’s surprisingly affordable, around seven or eight euros for a range of delights, from salads and sushi to big juicy burgers. I go for a traditional Greek salad full of fresh feta and olives.
2pm: More of the same: sipping, chilling and vibing to the laidback music, but this time I’m ready to start on the cocktails.There’s classic drinks like mojitos or Moscow mules, but they’ve added some of their own magic with pitchers of Captain’s Punch: Absolut vodka, lime, orange, grapes and vanilla syrup. And there’s also an English Gin Fizz, which definitely makes me feel less homesick.
4pm: Start getting ready for dinner. The rooms are spacious and spotless, all cloaked in muted grey, colourful fabrics and warm lighting. It’s laidback cool in all its glory from the rainhead shower to the plasma TV.
6pm: I’m back in the Cantina, so now it’s just a matter of deciding which corner of the world to visit! There are seven different stations; salads, a snack counter, grill, pizza, pasta, ‘eat the Greek’ and ‘best of the East’, dedicated to local and faraway flavours respectively.
9pm: Now the party’s really started. There’s very often on event on; Latin nights, RnB parties and BBQ cookouts to name just a few. It’s never been easier to drink, dance and make new friends. They’re also showing a cult classic and one of my favourites this week: Pulp Fiction, which is projected onto a huge wall by the pool so everyone can enjoy a bit of downtime in the warm evenings. The music carries on until midnight, but the early hours of the morning are all yours to explore Hersonissos’ nightlife and chill in the beach bars.