Alternative Holidays - Italy 2001

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Alternative Holidays Summer Event 2001

Sexy speedo-clad beach boys weren't in short supply on the “Fun in the Sun” excursion to southern Italy in September 2001. This was Alternative Holidays' first ever summer event - an all-inclusive sun, fun and sports vacation on the tip of Italy's heel where the sunshine was as hot as the holiday action!

The resort was set on a secluded bay in 38 beautifully landscaped private acres, miles from civilisation. The isolation was great for peace and relaxation, while excursions to local markets in the nearby town of Otranto gave you a feel for the locality. Guided horse riding or mountain bike excursions allowed a view of the breathtaking scenery along the high cliff-top paths.

The Club Med resort offered a good range of sports and leisure activities: including kayaking, sailing, tennis, golf, archery, snorkelling, volleyball, aerobics and weights. Friendly tuition was given free of charge. The activities were a great way to meet new friends. Here are five galleries of photos...

Almost 500 guys from 30 different countries were at the resort. English boys were most prominent, followed by French, Italian and Spanish. Unfortunately, the New York and Washington bombings took place just days before the Americans were due to fly out. The majority of the flights were either cancelled or so severely delayed that a large proportion couldn't make it.

The accommodation had a Roman theme of stone walls, pillars and porcelain pots. The 425 bedrooms blended nicely into the Mediterranean landscape of flower-covered stone terraces and palm-studded gardens. Furnished patios were the perfect place to relax and take in the view, plus each room had air-conditioning if you couldn't stand the heat.

Several miles out from the main buildings was El Rancho, an old country ranch which houses the resort's swimming pool. At night it transformed into a wild party venue and magic outdoor disco. Boys splashed around in the pool, others danced under starlight until the small hours.

The highlight of the week was the fancy dress beach party. The theme was Baywatch or anything red. Everybody dressed up, either in something extremely outrageous or skimpy. Other memorable events were the foam parties, which saw a lot of shenanigans!

The resort also had its own amphitheatre, fantastic for the after-dinner cabaret. International stars and performers were flown in especially for the event. The Boy George Experience and A Tribute to Shirley Bassey were among the favourites. Us boys worked along side some of the acts as their dancers, plus we also did some podium dancing during some of the evening parties.

In the restaurant you could dine al fresco beneath the vines. Specialities included pasta, pizzas, fresh fish and meat, lavish salads, cheese and dessert buffets. The excursion was full board, which meant that breakfast, lunch and dinner were all included in the price of the holiday, allowing you to eat and drink as much as you wanted from the large buffet menu. Free wine, beer and soft drinks were also included with lunch and dinner. Stashing the bottles of wine for drinking later in the evening was also a common activity!

Director of Alternative Holidays, Eric Crespin, declared the event a massive success and confirmed it will become an annual occasion at a different Club Med resort each year. He doesn't plan to stop at one summer holiday though; other excursions and maybe even a cruise are planned in the future. The winter ski week in March is the next event to look forward to. For more information about this or other future events, log on to