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Sea & Pine Forest, Sardinia




Programmes


• West Coast Trekking

• Tailor Made Programme

 

Reviews



Beautiful horses and great riding tailored to what I wanted to do. Gorgeous, quiet location (in June) with a mix of mountains, forest, beach rides/walks. Riding very flexible so good for my non riding partner as well. Room was comfortable and clean and food was great.

Pauline L
I was taken to the Sartiglia horse tournament which is held in Oristano during the carnival period and is one of the celebrations held today to honour the horse and to mark its importance to the island. It is one of the most important events in popular Sardinian tradition.

Sue W. Far&Ride, Read review
We had a wonderful time in Sardinia, the complex was very nice and the staff very friendly. The food was also very good. I think we definitely would have benefitted by hiring a car, which Sue did recommend to me, as we were not near any other shops or restaurants, but we did get a taxi into Oristano, and also a train to Cagliari which was also nice to look around. The horses were very good, which was the main reason we went for. We had some lovely rides all through the Pine Forest and along the beach and the horses were very calm along the beach. Rachel was our English riding instructor and she was very good. I rode Serena most of the week, and she is a beautiful horse and Rachel was very good at organising our day’s rides for us and we certainly got our money’s worth. We were sad to leave! Thank you for all your help in organising a wonderful holiday for us.

Katie B.
Loved it!! We had a great instructor Valentina!

Ross S
We had an amazing trip. Resort, food, people, riding - all excellent. The photos really did not do it justice - we were surprised how beautiful it was. Happy with horses and the guides were very good.

Claire (May 2017)
A fantastic experience in lovely surroundings. Varied riding experiences available, good selection of horses, nice staff at hotel & riding centre - very helpful. Plenty of choice of things to do in the area. Comfortable, clean accommodation, nice selection of food, good (barrel of) wine! (Favourite memories?) Dave: Galloping along the dunes - fastest I've ever been on horseback! Jo: Too many to choose... swimming with the horses, cocktails just for us, on horseback, on the beach, with flamingoes flying over... and seeing Dave cantering and galloping outside the arena!!

Jo & Dave (Honeymoon)
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Anglo Arab /Sardinian and ponies

Nature of horses:

Kind temperament, well schooled, responsive

Height of horses:

9.0 - 16hh

Weight limit:

90kg

Tack type:

English & Western

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

A fantastic and diverse resort with something to offer to everyone including a walk around the Western village. Imagine riding in an immense pinewood, on the dunes that border the beach and the sea and looking up to admire the flight of rose flamingo. In the heart of Sardinia, directly on the beach, sits this beautiful resort. The beaches are still wild and uncontaminated. Ecosystems are populated by pink flamingos and rare species, this is a part of the island which remains still widely unknown and therefore still to discover, what better way than to do it by horseback? This natural and pure environment is with no doubt the best place for long walks, excursions and trekking led by experienced guides. The resort also hosts important equestrian competitions and horse shows.

The resort has a choice of comfortable accommodation in the hotel or cottages which are set in the grounds, this allows you to immerse yourself in the freedom and tranquility of the extensive wooded grounds. The accommodation and stables are surrounded by four hundred hectares of pine forest. The rooms all have en-suite facilities, with air conditioning.

We can arrange a horse riding programme to suit you and allow time for you to enjoy all the other activities this wonderful resort has to offer. Lessons can be arranged for you in the indoor school or a day ride to explore the countryside with lunch at local fishing villages. We can offer a four day trek with riders returning to the hotel each night. The horse riding facilities are now the largest in all Italy with a large indoor school and also separate facilities for those interested in Western riding.

There is much to do here for all the family so non riders (including those difficult teenagers) are guaranteed to have a wonderful holiday. A versatile destination for children and grown ups. Adults can enjoy the wellness centre, relax and unwind or simply soak up the sun.

All of this comes with the guaranteed, continuous support of F.I.S.E (Italian Federation of Equestrian Sport) certified federal instructors, A.N.T.E (National Association of Equestrian Tourism) certified guides and staff with twenty years of experience. There is a wonderful instructor Rachael who qualified in the UK who will take care of your horse riding programme.

It is important to bear in mind that this complex is large and busy and many guests do not take up the horse riding but are here just to rest, relax and enjoy the other facilities. Therefore in summer it can be very busy and noisy. The horse riding facilities are two minutes walk through the complex and are quite peaceful however!

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation is nestled in a beautiful pine forest near Oristano. The hotel complex has three separate buildings. The comfortable rooms are air conditioned. They have private bathroom and shower, hairdryer, telephone facilities, television and mini-bar.

Superior rooms have either a balcony or patio, and a swimming pool or park view. For those wanting more luxury then you can opt for a Suite; two connected rooms that are elegantly furnished. If you would like a suite then please ask for a quote upon enquiry.

Alternatively you can stay in a one or two roomed cottage. The cottages are situated in the pine forest next to the beach. They offer peace, privacy and a small garden. All cottages have a private bathroom, direct telephone, safe, air conditioning and mini bar. A brilliant choice for couples wanting privacy or families with children so they can play in the garden area.

The resort is also furnished with an outdoor grass arena of more than 11.000 square meters. Other highlights include two swimming pools, sports courts and of course the wellness centre. The Poseidonya SPA specialises in thalassotherapy and Seaweed, is equipped with all modern facilities and equipment to offer personalized services and treatments including hydro massage, mud baths, massage therapy, reflexology, lymphatic drainage and relaxation techniques. There is free wi fi internet in the hall.

The food here is served mainly buffet style with plenty of choice and variety. Local seafood, fruit and vegetables, local cheeses and, of course, Sardinian pasta feature in the menu.

House wine and mineral water are included during lunch and dinner in the main restaurant. During the summer months, there are alternative restaurants for those who are happy to pay a supplement locally for a change of venue. There is also a barbecue, snack bar. Tex Mex restaurant and pizzeria on site. The pizzeria is situated on a beautiful terrace overlooking the gardens and the swimming pool.

There are several bars where guests can meet after lunch or dinner including a saloon in the Western Village which offers Tex Mex cuisine.

 

Activities

This is a resort geared up for all the family. During the summer months, the beach offers all sporting facilities including beach volleyball, banana ride, windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing, pedalos and you can also hire a boat. There are also canoes, wind surfs, sailing ships and kite surfs.

The 10 km of long sandy beach is lovely for relaxing walks. The beach is equipped with sunchairs and a shaded area, showers, toilets and cabins. There is a wooden jetty into the sea.

As well as two swimming pools (one with a special area for children), you can enjoy tennis, football, bowls, ping pong, billiards, video games room and archery.

From the hotel you can rent a car, scooters and bicycles. The staff will arrange games, tournaments, sports, parties and evening shows. For the children there is an ampitheatre where in the summer there are organised games, shows, dancing and activities.

You can hire a bicycle and or just walk through the beautiful countryside. There are local lakes full of flamingos and sultan fowls - a dream for birdwatchers.

Sardinia has many interesting archeological sites to visit and excursions to different towns can be arranged. However, car hire is highly recommended.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Sardinian & Italian

Health requirements: None

Age limit: None

Tuition: Yes

Included: En-suite accommodation, meals including wine, riding as agreed, accommodation rates now includes the club card that is valid in seasons C/D/E, this allows the use of the beach service, entertainment activities and non equestrian sport lessons.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance and transfers.

 

Travel Information

EasyJet and Ryanair fly into Sardinia to Alghero and Cagliari and Olbia. British Airways fly into Cagliari.The resort is 50 minutes by car from Cagliari airport and 1 hour 30 minutes from Alghero. From Olbia the transfer is 1 hour 50 minutes.

Check in: 15:00 and check out: 10:00 in high season.

Unfortunately the travel infra structure in Sardinia is not good. Train services and buses are erratic and transfers tend to be very expensive. The best option is definitely to hire a car.

CAGLIARI AEROPORTO / PORTO
1/3 persons € 110
4/8 persons € 150 Minibus

OLBIA AEROPORTO / PORTO
1/3 persons € 200
4/8 persons € 300 Minibus

ALGHERO - PORTO TORRES AEROPORTO / PORTO
1/3 persons € 180
4/8 persons € 250 Minibus

These prices are per vehicle one way. There is a 20% supplement for night service (22:00-08:00).

Airport: Alghero (AHO)

Alternative Airport: Cagliari (CAG)

 

Programmes


West Coast Trekking



This is a programme which you can include in your stay in Sardinia. You will take a minibus and drive to another equestrian centre where your trip will begin.  Each night you will return the hotel for dinner and overnight and return to your horse in the morning.

Day One:

After breakfast in the hotel, you will take a minibus to the Sinis Equestrian centre. You will meet the guides and be introduced to the horses. Your first ride will take you to the town of St Giovanni which is known for its ancient Paleochristian Church. You will continue to an ancient archaeological site known as Monte Prama which is famous for its giant statues dating back to the Nuragic civilizations of Sardinia. Here you will enjoy a picnic. After lunch, you will continue to the multi coloured beach of Is Arutas. You will eventually arrive at Cuccuru Mannu.  You will leave your horses and depart by minibus back to the hotel and overnight.

Day Two:

After breakfast in the hotel, you will depart in the minibus and arrive at the stables of Cuccuru Mannu where you will meet your horse again. Your ride will continue to the pond of Sal e Porcus which is a natural and uncontaminated habitat for numerous bird species, some of which are very rare. This reserve on the Sinis Peninsula in winter and spring becomes home to thousands of flamingos, cormorants, wild geese, mallards and cranes. You will enjoy another delicious picnic.  Your ride will continue to the Is Bena Pond and you will arrive at Is Arenas, through the beach and its sandy dunes and the pine forest.  La Spiaggia di Is Arenas is located just south of Torre del Pozzo. With a total length of nearly 5.5 kilometres, it is one of the longest beaches in west Sardinia, making this beach very suitable for relaxing rides along the shore.  La Spiaggia di Is Arenas is backed by a gorgeous pine forest; one of the largest patches of green on the island. You will depart back to the hotel by minibus where you will stay overnight.

Day Three:

After breakfast in the hotel, you will depart by minibus to meet your horse again at the stables of Is Arenas. You will meet your guides and get mounted for the trail. Your trek will take you back to Montiferru well known for the ancient Roman mine caves. You will continue riding to Bonacardo riding along old paths. Your horses will stay here and you will depart by minibus back to the hotel.



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: Intermediate and fit for long hours in the saddle
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 5/6 hours a day (30 km a day)
Departure dates: Dates available to suit;
2017: Open 15 March - 4 November
2018: Open 17 March - 3 November
 
Pricing: 2017/18:

Price for the trail is £525 per person in addition to the accommodation you have chosen at the hotel

The programme is confirmed with a minimum of four riders and includes return transfer by minibus to the other stables, a picnic lunch, 5-6 hours riding a day and qualified guides.



Tailor Made Programme



The facilities here are fantastic and possibly the best in Europe with a large indoor arena. There is a large outdoor grass arena (11,000 sq.m) and a smaller sand area 100 x 90m suitable for lessons. The large indoor arena is 80m x 54m. This arena is used for competitions as it has seating for 1150 spectators.

We can arrange a programme to suit everyone from total beginners to experienced riders. It is possible to book a package which includes 10 or 15 hours of riding and it is possible to book extra at the stables, if you do feel you would like more riding. These hours can be used in trail rides or instruction and a programme will be put in place with Rachael when you are there.

We can organise instruction in all disciplines including Western riding. The  Western Village on site is complete with Saloon, Tex-Mex restaurant and Drug Store. Of course, there will be horses and saddles for the cowboys! The trekking can vary between beach and pinewood trails. There are shorter trails available to the flamingo lake and longer trails to the fishing village of Marceddi, along the golden dunes of Torre dei Corsari, to Monte Arci and up country to Campidano.

The programme can include:

- Outdoor or indoor lessons in the arena

- A hack in the pinewood or on the beach

- Riding to the Pink Flamingos pond (two hours)

- Riding to the ancient fisherman's village of Marceddi (five hours)

It is possible to book the Trekking trail at an additional cost.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: Beginners to experienced
Type of ride: Trails, tuition and pony games for children
Total riding time: Riding time to suit
Departure dates: 2018: Open 17 March - 3 November
 
Pricing: Prices are for half or full board with 10 or 15 hours riding based on double occupancy in hotel or bungalow accommodation. There is a price variation for each holiday season.

2018:
Season A: 17 March-11 May & 22 September-3 November

Hotel Accommodation
Standard Room
10 hours riding half board £589 full board £669
15 hours riding half board £678 full board £754

Superior Room
10 hours riding half board £638 full board £723
15 hours riding half board £718 full board £803

Bungalow (2 persons one room or 3 persons two room)
10 hours riding half board £687 full board £750
15 hours riding half board £768 full board £857

Season B: 12 May-8 June & 8-21 September

Hotel Accommodation
Standard Room
10 hours riding half board £598 full board £692
15 hours riding half board £678 full board £772

Superior Room
10 hours riding half board £651 full board £745
15 hours riding half board £732 full board £826

Bungalow (2 persons one room or 3 persons two room)
10 hours riding half board £705 full board £799
15 hours riding half board £785 full board £879

Season C: 9 June-29 June & 25 August-7 September

Hotel Accommodation
Standard Room
10 hours riding half board £651 full board £754
15 hours riding half board £732 full board £834

Superior Room
10 hours riding half board £714 full board £817
15 hours riding half board £794 full board £897

Bungalow (2 persons one room or 3 persons two room)
10 hours riding half board £768 full board £861
15 hours riding half board £848 full board £942

Season D: 30 June-3 August & 18-24 August

Hotel Accommodation
Standard Room
10 hours riding half board £714 full board £826
15 hours riding half board £794 full board £906

Superior Room
10 hours riding half board £781 full board £892
15 hours riding half board £861 full board £973

Bungalow (2 persons one room or 3 persons two room)
10 hours riding half board £843 full board £955
15 hours riding half board £924 full board £1035

Season E: 4-17 August (Minimum 5 night stay)

Hotel Accommodation
Standard Room
10 hours riding half board £768 full board £892
15 hours riding half board £848 full board £973

Superior Room
10 hours riding half board £861 full board £986
15 hours riding half board £986 full board £1066

Bungalow (2 persons one room or 3 persons two room)
10 hours riding half board £933 full board £1058
15 hours riding half board £1013 full board £1138

There are reductions for children sharing bedrooms.
0-5 years accommodation is free
6-11 years 40% discount on accommodation only (not riding)
Adult 20% discount on 3rd bed in accommodation
Adults over 60 years discount of 10% (in standard or superior rooms)
Honeymoon 10% discount for week long bookings (in standard or superior rooms)

Superior rooms have a balcony or patio

We can supply an accurate quote depending on your choice of accommodation and hours of riding.