Veláni Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   16 June 2019

Liz who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. A stunning location, peace and tranquillity, the most friendly, obliging staff and great riding. All in the sun! | Being in a mountainous area, there was necessarily quite a lot of walked ascents and descents, a few leading the horses. However, opportunities for canters were always taken, some quite lively. Vladimir and Sabine took good care of us all and all riders seemed satisfied with the horse allocated. Most riders tacked up their own horses, but I couldn’t and this didn’t feel awkward.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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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

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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Spacious room with a wonderful view from the terrace. A comfortable sitting area in the public spaces would have been pleasant though the loungers by the pool were pretty good.
Food superb - fresh Greek and with very reasonable wine to accompany. Lots for a vegetarian like myself. There were no set eating times, the restaurant was open throughout the day and, apart from breakfast, you chose from the menu which was brilliant for a full board hotel. Breakfast had the usual including fresh juice, watermelon, hot rolls, amazing yogurt, your choice of eggs and lots of coffee. Service was special - thank you Nicos and May (apologies if I’ve mispelled your names).

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

As always, very thorough and very patient while I made up my mind.

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Do you have any other feedback for us?

So very relaxing. The riding was mostly in the morning - up to four hours - which left time for eating long lunches, chatting, reading by the pool and the occasional siesta. Nothing hurried or too much trouble. A very interesting mix of English, French, Austrian and American guests when I was there. I found it difficult to leave and certainly want to go back next year. (Well next week if it were possible!)
Although only 30 minutes or so from Heraklion airport, it was a different world.