Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   25 June 2023

Sophie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Brilliant memorable week of riding in the Cretan mountains | I had a wonderful week at Velani and everything was as I'd hoped for. Amazing scenery, sunny weather, and a sure-footed and responsive horse which was a pleasure to ride. We got some good stretches of canter in most of the rides, although the terrain is very hard and rocky so there was a lot of walking too - good opportunity to look around and take photos though. The horses know their job and I enjoyed the riding a lot. [ITS replies: thank you for lovely feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay!]

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

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

The accommodation was very clean, comfortable, and well-designed, with a nice amount of privacy. The pool was lovely and a perfect way to recover after a long ride. The food was excellent without exception, and very generous. We tried pretty much everything on the menu and enjoyed it all. All of the team at Velani worked really hard to make sure we had a good stay.

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?

The information was excellent thank you, and I appreciated your helpful responses to my questions and changes of plan.

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

I think it was good. Maybe a more modern payment system would be even better, as I'm not used to paying for things via BACS, but it wasn't really a problem.