Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   9 October 2021

Anne who has been on 18 In The Saddle rides. Was rather startled to be given a pony to ride the first day as I am by no means pony rider sized!! The little mare was, however, a pocket rocket and incredibly sure footed not to mention as tough as nails and I very much enjoyed her.
I rode 3 other horses during my holiday and enjoyed them all. The terrain is incredibly stony, even rocky, but we trotted and cantered away over all sorts of ground with not a hint of a problem. The ride through the gorge and up to Kera was a highlight.

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?
5 star rating
How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
5 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?

Rooms cleaned every day, loved having the Nespresso machine.
The food was amazing, fresh and delicious and it was nice to be able to chose from the a la carte menu.

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?
5 star rating

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

No improvement needed

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

Again no improvement needed

Do you have any other feedback for us?

Staff at the hotel and the stables were lovely. All very approachable and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. My husband travelled with me as a non rider and the holiday was perfect for him too. He hired a motorbike and went off on his rides while I was on my rides.
The last bit of road (about 2km) up to the hotel is really just a track, worth knowing if you are hiring a car or a motorbike.