Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   23 June 2019

Birchwood (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Great fun, great hotel and excellent riding if a little too hot! | My horse was an Andalusian called Laboriosa. I speak Spanish and this isn't a flattering name basically the translation is laborious and it would be used for a worker who needed a lot of pushing. Actually I though the name a little unfair, after the first hour of the first ride we got along just fine.
The weather was very hot, hotter than normal for June and 4 hours a day in the saddle with no shade (lots of olive trees but they are not tall so provide no shade) was a struggle for all of us. I actually skipped the third day when we due to ride for over 5 hours as I already felt beaten up by the sun. Only two people actually went out the third day and they came back after just over two hours.
Lively rides plenty of cantering and galloping where it allowed.
Horses well cared for, their backs were covered in talcum powder before saddling and after the ride they were washed down and their coats treated with a water and tea tree mix.

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

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
5 star rating
How would you rate the standard of the food?
5 star rating

Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

Lovely hotel with stunning views. Accommodation was fine and food excellent. Staff very helpful and friendly.

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
5 star rating
Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
4 star rating

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

Can't think of anything was very well prepared and had everything I needed from your literature.

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

It was fine can't think of anything else needed.

Do you have any other feedback for us?

Overall excellent met some nice people, both guests and staff. Whole holiday went very smoothly.