Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   16 July 2022

Christel Shermer (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) We had a really nice experience at the Velani Country Hotel in Crete and a nice riding experience. The riding suited our level well and there was an opportunity for our 12-year-old daughter to get extra hours and enjoy herself in the stable with the horses. Both guides were competent, friendly and welcoming, and we felt in safe hands with both, especially the male guide. The female guide was super good at “nerding” horses with our daughter and was sweet and welcoming, which provided a wonderful experience for young and old ones. It works well with some in the family riding and others walking, there are good hiking trails right outside the hotel.

The Riding

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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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We had a really nice experience at the Velani Country Hotel in Crete. Horses, stable and hotel, food and staff were competent, friendly, lovely abandon and overall there was a lovely atmosphere, calm and generally a really nice place to be, to which we want to return.
Our only 'even better if' was that the pool area umbrellas, sunbeds and cushions really need updating, they were worn and broken in several places. It gives a slightly boring overall impression and it is a shame for the rest of the hotel, as both the room, restaurant and other surroundings are delicate and cozy and in good condition. 🙂

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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Everything has been perfect - thank you very much!