Los Alamos - Spain

Short Break - Sunday to Thursday

5 star rating   4 July 2019

Ali (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) A little piece of heaven to enjoy on earth | Riding at Los Alamos was quite literally the best holiday i've ever had. The riding was varied and so much fun. Lots of long walks through the forest which were then interspersed with fast canters and gallops as and when the guides advised us. The guides always always kept us fully informed and ensured everyone was ready for whatever we were about to do. The horses were matched to the riders impeccably. The first day was a slightly slower pace as everyone got used to their horses, although still lots of cantering through the forest. The second day was the beach ride day and the horses although very up for the speed were so well mannered and galloped beautifully alongside the waves. Such an awesome experience first thing in the morning, my heart got so full it almost spilled out of my eyes! Then afterwards we went for breakfast and I felt a little sad that the beach ride was done, however to my amazement our lovely guide then announced he was taking us on what they refer to as the roller coaster. This was basically fast going down the sand dunes. It was amazing!! Best experience ever!! I'd never ridden fast down hill until then, but needless to say at the end of it I was wanting to do more! The final day we got to race on one of the fire breaks. I was somewhat blessed with a little horse called Shukran, a gorgeous flea bitten grey and oh my goodness can he fly! His walk was so laid back and chilled I could have fallen asleep on him but boy oh boy when he got onto the fire break, again he was super polite and just sat behind the others quite happily until I found a gap and got up out of the saddle and by nothing more than voice and lifting off his back asked him to go go go!! He flew so fast I'm surprised he didn't sprout wings!!! Literally the best experience of my life as he sped up to be with the front runners. That is why my review is headed as it is, because riding Shukran was quite simply a few minutes of heaven to enjoy on earth. Most amazing experience ever. There is absolutely no doubt I'll be going back again and again.

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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Catered perfectly for my dietary requirements (gluten and dairy free) - Rachel even let me have some of her home made gluten and yeast free bread for breakfast and got it taken to the bar we stopped at on the beach ride morning. Fantastic! Needless to say I got the recipe to bring home too! The evening meals were second to none with both the food and the chatter, the hosts are wonderful and there was always plenty of snacks and drinks on offer all day so you are never hungry.

The accommodation is lovely, plenty of space and I got one of the rooms with new shower, hot and powerful and plenty of space. I don't sleep easily when i'm away from home but the bed was super comfy and I slept like a log (apart from the odd noisy animal in the distance, cockrells crowing, even a cow mooing here and there, but it's distant and just adds to the atmosphere of where you are). New towels were provided daily as required and rooms were cleaned daily too. All perfect.

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

In The Saddle are very thorough and communicate fully with everything you need to know. It was super exciting getting the little pack in the post with all the holiday information. They go the extra mile for sure, info on what to pack, and even little luggage tags!

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

I have no idea how to improve on this, it was everything I could have thought of and more.

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Simply the best holiday ever. I could chat for ages about it, but in reality you need to go and experience it for yourself to understand why it's the best.