Veláni Country Hotel - Crete

Experience Level

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   31 December 2018

The horses were all extremely well cared for, in good condition and obviously loved. They all had sweet natures and were all very well trained with very soft mouths. The horses were all fit, forward going but extremely responsive; they were all happy to ride in the position they had been given in the line and got along well with each other so there wasn't any attempt at biting or kicking the other horses. It meant you could truely sit back and enjoy your surroundings and company. The tack was well cared for and the saddles extremely comfortable Wintecs - something I was very grateful for, having been out of the saddle for a while!

The rides were all varied and interesting and the pace appropriate for the terrain.

The guides were both very friendly, interesting and knowledgeable.


The Riding

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The Accommodation

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I honestly cannot say enough about how fantastic the traditional Greek food was! Manolis is a genius in the kitchen! He’d come to our table every night to ask us what we fancied for dinner. We always left it up to him to choose for us and I can honestly say there was nothing put in front of me that I didn't like. He cooked a lot of traditional Greek and Cretan dishes that I had never heard of, but they all were delicious. The local Cretan wine was also fantastic.

The whole set up of Velani was lovely. The rooms are spread out on the property so there is privacy, the rooms are comfortable and were cosy in the cold weather we had.

It's a family run establishment and we were treated by everyone as though we were family too. This is a great place even for non-riders to get away and enjoy some Greek hospitality!


Before Your Holiday

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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

I've booked a lot of holidays through travel companies and In The Saddle is still the best one I've ever encountered. All the information I need is in the booklet you send - I like that I don't have to bother printing anything!


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

It's all very easy and your consultants are always very knowledgeable and helpful!


Do you have any other feedback for us?

This was a fantastic riding holiday that far exceeded my expectations. Between the well trained and responsive horses, interesting rides through the Cretan country-side and the absolutely delicious traditional Greek food and wine, I honestly couldn't have asked for anything more! I booked this holiday to get out of London for Christmas and as an opportunity to get back in the saddle and out into nature for a week, but I also found I could completely disconnect and relax in a way I hadn't expected. All the staff were exceedingly friendly; you really can’t beat Greek hospitality. I highly recommend this holiday!