Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   15 May 2022

Amanda (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Wonderful location and riding experience | The stables are right next to the hotel so could wonder down after breakfast/lunch.

The horses are well looked after and well behaved. As a relative newcomer to riding, I was matched with Mangas for the whole week, who was a perfect match for me. I went on the shorter two hour trails, which provided plenty of opportunities to trot and canter. The trail leaders were excellent - always happy to help out and put you at ease. Plenty of time with the horses before and after the rides as tack and untack the horses (in addition to the two hour ride itself).

My rides were at the same time each day so it enabled us to explore the local area (in the morning) using a hire car. My friend was not going to ride but she managed to arrange a couple of lessons directly, which she really enjoyed.


The Riding

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The Accommodation

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Wonderful location surrounded by nature. Lovely to wake up to birds singing, with breakfast looking out over the amazing views from the hotel. Plenty of choice for food with the a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner. Fresh food with lots of healthy choices. Really miss the fresh Greek yogurt and local honey for breakfast!


Before Your Holiday

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None - communication of information before holiday was exceptional. Really appreciated the tailored booklet and the call from Claire to check everything was okay for the trip.


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