Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Coastal Trail South to North

4 star rating   23 September 2018

Babayaga (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) The first day of riding was really long and tasking for me personally, especially in the heat because I forgot to take my cool towel. The canters on that day were so long too, I just wasn't used to it and it showed me how unfit I really was. I wasn't the oldest one there but I think I was the unfitest, if thats an actual word. Maybe a shorter day to start with would have been a better option but that said, the others seemed to cope better than me.
Now I've been back home a little while I can honestly say that I actually miss Portugal and the riding holiday experience. I never thought I would feel like this especially after getting heat stroke on the first day and feeling really ill.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
4 star rating
How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
4 star rating
How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
4 star rating

The Accommodation

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5 star rating
How would you rate the standard of the food?
4 star rating

Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

The host's of the first hotel were wonderful and the food was really tasty. The outside room I shared with Suzanne was clean and comfortable and the shower was excellent. The hotel was more like an extended family home than a hotel and thats what I really liked sbout it. I loved the fig trees just outside our room, the figs were so fresh & tasty. The pool was amazing too.
The host of the second hotel was a lovely lady and she helped me with my vegan food choices. The last hotel where I stayed on the last 2 nights was also good but the bathroom was in need of some repair as there was black mould around certain areas. Lovely pool and my food was tasty.

The one area that needs improvement for me is the Vegan food selection. As tasty and as fresh as it was, I was not provided with a balanced meal all week. There was no protein in any of my meals and I think that made me feel very tired. I paid the same as everyone else but I don't feel I got value for money because I had to buy my own protein (in the shape of nuts) to get me through the week.

This also applies to the picnic lunches. While everyone had either fish or meat as a protein source at lunchtimes with salad, bread and crisps plus biscuits and chocolate and fruit, my lunch consisted of grilled vegetsbles with salad, bread & fruit.

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
5 star rating

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The information I received from the team at In The Saddle was excellent. All the staff I spoke with over the phone were so helpful and nothing was too much bother. Excellent, professional and friendly customer service.
It maybe useful for others like me who find it difficult in 30°c heat to take a cool towel,it REALLY makes a huge difference. I'm glad I took my bum bag to carry a second bottle of water in, this water was used to pour over the cool towel that I wore around my neck.

How could we improve the way we handled your booking and payment?

Totally satisfied.