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Why Go on a Luxury Horse Riding Holiday?

by Octavia Drughi

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Who doesn’t love to be pampered every once in a while? Just imagine relaxing in a hot tub after a day of riding, reminiscing the day over a gourmet dinner by the fireplace, not worrying about a thing.

Sometimes, a budget holiday just doesn’t cut it. For a high-end getaway or a family break with a difference, dare to indulge in a luxury horse riding holiday.

These holidays may be a bit pricier, but considering the perks they offer, you’ll get more bang for your buck. And it is certainly possible to enjoy the high life without burning a hole in your wallet, as there are some luxury horse riding holidays that have an affordable price tag.

Find out what you can expect on a luxury horse riding holiday, as well as some recommendations of premier equestrian getaways where you’ll get pampered the way you deserve.

» READ MORE: Different Types of Horse Riding Holidays Explained

 

What can you expect on a luxury horse riding holiday?

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Image credit: Black Orchid Resort

Any horse riding holiday is a great opportunity to refine your skills and explore new places.

But there are certain details that can make the experience truly extraordinary.

Luxury horse riding holidays offer the comfort you crave after a day spent in the saddle. With five-star service, high standards of hospitality, access to all the facilities, and great dining options, they are an oasis of modern convenience.

Exclusive getaways take care of your every need and come with a few extra perks that are worth every penny.

 

Accommodation

 

Expect to stay at fabulous properties with elegant and sophisticated accommodation. These can be anything from five-star hotels, private estates, stylish country houses, boutique villas, and posh resorts to authentic ranches, magnificent castles, or luxury camping (glamping). Most of the time, these come with great views and top-notch facilities as well.

If you opt for a luxury point-to-point trail riding holiday, you’ll spend each night in a different high-end accommodation.

 

Food

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No matter your dietary requirements, you’ll enjoy the very best of local food and drinks. You can expect to be served gourmet meals prepared by excellent chefs in al-fresco dining areas or in elegant dining rooms.

Depending on the location, there may also be farm-to-table meals and the dishes usually feature local, organic ingredients.

 

Facilities

 

Depending on the location of your holiday, you might have access to some amazing facilities, such as swimming pool, infinity pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, sundecks, gazebo, spa treatments, tennis court, golf course, and more.

 

Premier riding programs

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Image credit: Big Creek Lodge

Luxury holidays provide highly personalized experiences, tailored to your unique needs and desires. Some might offer the opportunity to rent the entire property exclusively for your group.

You can opt for group lessons, semi-private lessons, or private lessons just for yourself. You may also have the option of choosing your own itinerary or the disciplines you’d like to train in.

Expect well-trained horses and some of the best equestrian facilities you could ask for.

Choose from a variety of dedicated horse riding programs, which typically include dressage, show jumping, hacking, as well as trail riding in the countryside, in the mountains, near the beach, in remote places, or into true wilderness.

» READ MORE: Traveling Safely: Your Guide to Horse Riding Holidays in the COVID-19 Era

 

Top luxury horse riding holidays worldwide

Need some recommendations? Here are five luxury horse riding holidays that offer a pampering experience:

 

3 Days Private Luxury Holiday in the Heart of Dartmoor, UK

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  • Price: From £1,598 ​ per person
  • Availability: All year round (except May)
  • Skill level: Intermediate & advanced riders

Are you looking for an exclusive private holiday just for you and your friends?

Join this luxury equestrian center in Dartmoor and have the entire place all for yourselves (there’ll be no other guests except for your group).

Ride out straight from the garden gate on this “door to moor” horse riding experience. You choose how far you want to go and which routes you want to take. The guide will create an individual itinerary to match your desires and skills.

After an exciting ride, return to tea and crumpets in front of a roaring log fire, relax with a glass of chilled sparkling white wine on the patio, and enjoy a gourmet four-course dinner served in the private elegant dining room.

 

5 Day Exceptional Riding in Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, Andalusia, Spain

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  • Price: From € 825 per person
  • Availability: All year round
  • Skill level: Intermediate & advanced riders

Ride exceptional Andalusian horses in the mountains, through olive groves, orange groves, and traditional whitewashed villages.

The equestrian center is located next to the picturesque whitewashed village of Casarabonela, in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, at the foot of the Sierra Prieta summit. From the many viewpoints, you can admire the breathtaking vistas of the incredible Guadalhorce Valley and all the way to the Mediterranean.

Surrounded by a mountainous backdrop and fragrant orange groves, the property has two lakes and a river running through it. When you’re not out riding, you can lounge around the pool, enjoy a cocktail at the poolside bar, eat delicious traditional food, and soak up the authentic Spanish culture.

 

8 Days Point-to-Point Trail Riding Adventure in Melides, Portugal

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  • Price: From € 1,650​ per person
  • Availability: March to June, October & November
  • Skill level: All levels

Embark on an unforgettable point-to-point trail riding adventure. Ride deep into the highlands of Serra de Grândola, one of the last untouched environments in Portugal. Trot and canter through vineyards, pine forests, cork oak forests, and eucalyptus forests.

Ride on the shores of the Santo André Lagoon, through the dunes, on the beach of Comporta, through rice fields, and on the banks of the Sado River. Spend each night in a different luxury accommodation, from high-end hotels to pousadas, country houses, and private estates.

Meals on select days, water, wine, and soft drinks are included.

 

8 Day Captivating Ranch Vacation in Kettle Falls, Washington

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  • Price: From US$1,449​ per person
  • Availability: June to October
  • Skill level: All levels

Experience the life of a cowboy or cowgirl on an authentic ranch vacation. Enjoy guided trail rides across a variety of terrain, including open meadows and forests, with scenic views of nearby Lake Roosevelt and Columbia River.

Take part in authentic cattle driving, which lasts anywhere from half a day to a full day. Unwind with trap shooting and other recreational activities. In the evening, and reminisce the day by the campfire.

The ranch has top-notch accommodation, and you can choose between the luxurious cabins, the ranch cabins with a rustic western theme decoration, or the two canvas glamping tents that offer a connection with the great outdoors that’s hard to match.

All daily meals and alcoholic beverages are included.

 

7 Day Luxury Jumping and Flatwork Training in Fermo, Italy

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  • Price: From € 1,675​ per person
  • Availability: March till December
  • Skill level: Intermediate & advanced riders

Join this first-class riding facility and improve your flatwork and show jumping skills, while being pampered the way you deserve.

The 60-acre property has unobstructed panoramic views of the stunning Marche’s countryside and of the historic town of Fermo. Enjoy luxury accommodation in the country house, with access to all its facilities: infinity pool, Jacuzzi tub, sundecks, gazebo, BBQ, and al-fresco dining areas.

This horse riding holiday focuses on flatwork and show jumping, but there’ll also be occasional hacking in the countryside. There’ll be two horse riding sessions per day alongside your instructor, an accomplished Belgian rider.

Breakfast, evening aperitif, and welcome drinks are included. You can opt for half-board (two meals a day) or full-board (three meals a day) at the country club’s recommended restaurants in the area.

*Cover image credit: Melides Almargem, LDA


Interested in a tailor-made holiday just for you and your group? Opt for a private horse riding getaway that’s all about you!

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