Veláni Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   1 September 2019

Ploy (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Sunny Rides | My friend and I had to share our group ride with two riders who were much less experienced and who thus struggled to control their horses. This impacted on both the behaviour of the horses I rode, who hated the horse one of these other ladies was riding and who she was not able to stop from getting close to my horses, and I suspect we had a few less canters on some days to accommodate these other two ladies.

I liked two of the horses I rode more than one, who kept bucking and pulling, although one of the ones I liked was slow and reluctant to canter the second time I rode her as it turns out she was pretty knackered from continual treks/injured.

But overall, loved the views, enjoyed the fast canters/gallops when on a non-bucking or non-injured horse and felt well-looked after by the guides Vladimir and Fleur.

The Riding

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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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The food was AMAZING, as was the service from the waiters. No complaints here! Accomodation was comfortable and clean with amazing views from our private veranda. I would only say the inside is a bit dark/sparse in terms of decor, the beds slightly too hard, and the the shower rail did fall on my friend's head. But I'm really nit-picking!

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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