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Sea & Pine Forest, Sardinia





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)
Lovely just as I remembered from 15 years ago, but better run. Relaxing, choosing how much & when you ride. Not a lot of energetic stuff as weather very hot. Lovely atmosphere in the (enormous) stables!

Jan
 

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

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

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. 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 three or 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.

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 personalised 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 (add-on)



This is a programme which you can include in your stay in Sardinia. You will start your trail at the stables of the hotel and make your way to Marceddi.  Each night you will return the hotel for dinner and overnight and return to your horse in the morning.

Day One:

You will enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and take your horse from the stables here and ride towards Agriturismo Casa Casti . You will pass through the ancient village of Marceddi riding through sandy roads and wetlands. You will have lunch in Marceddi and ride on towards the Agriturismo. You will return to the hotel by minibus.

Approx 5 hours riding

Day Two:

After breakfast in the hotel, you will take a minibus to the Agriturismo Casa Casti. You will be introduced to your horse and begin your trail riding through the countryside of Guspini "Gentilis". The territory is mainly characterised by forests of oaks and cork oaks and Mediterranean woodlands. The trail crosses mountainous terrain climbing to the summit of "Punta Fonnesu" from where it is possible to admire the coast from the so called "sheep cape" and the Gulf of Oristano and the mountain range of Mount Arcentu.  You will enjoy a delicious picnic in this wonderful countryside and then continue your ride until you reach the Casa Casti farmhouse.  You will leave the horses at the farmhouse and depart by minibus back to the Hotel.

Approx 5 hours riding

Day Three:

After breakfast in the hotel, you will depart by minibus to meet your horse again at the stables of Agriturismo Casa Casta. You will get your horse ready and today you will centre into the mountain paths through the countryside of Arburese to reach the coastal areas. Today you will enjoy another picnic in this lovely countryside. You will arrive at the spectacular cove or Rio Murtas and then continue onto the fascinating dunes of Torre dei Corsara and Pistis. You will make your way back to the Agriturismo. Your horse will be left here and you will return by minibus to enjoy the facilities of the hotel.

Approx 5 hours riding

Day Four:

Once again breakfast at the hotel and return by minibus to Agriturismo Casa Casta.  You will make you way back to the lovely village of Marceddi where you will enjoy lunch.  After lunch, it is the final leg of the trail, and you will return by horseback to the hotel.

Approx 5 hours riding

It is possible to book a Three Day trail with the first two days the same as above and the last day of riding will be either Day 3 or Day 4 of the longer trail.



Minimum group size: 2
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
Departure dates: 1 March-31 October 2020
 
Pricing: 2020:

Price for the trail is £618 per person in addition to the accommodation you have chosen at the hotel

It is possible to book a Three Day Trail - £453 per person in addition to the accommodation you have chosen at the hotel

Please contact the office to confirm a price inclusive of accommodation.

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

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



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: 2020: 1 March - 31 October
 
Pricing: Prices are for half or full board with 10 or 15 hours riding based on double occupancy in hotel accommodation. There is a price variation for each holiday season.

2020: Early Booking Promotions on Standard, Superior Rooms & Suites
25% discount on bookings made before 31 January 2020 (min 3 nights)
15% discount on bookings made between 1 February and 30 April 2020 (min 3 nights)

SEASON A: 1st MARCH - 8th MAY & 26th SEPTEMBER - 31st OCTOBER

Standard Room
10 hours riding half board £615 full board £701
15 hours riding half board £700 full board £787

Superior Room
10 hours riding half board £662 full board £749
15 hours riding half board £747 full board £834

Suite/Junior Suite
10 hours riding half board £789 full board £876
15 hours riding half board £874 full board £961

Single Supplement in Standard & Superior Room £119

SEASON B: 9th MAY - 5th JUNE, 12th - 25th SEPTEMBER

Standard Room
10 hours riding half board £624 full board £718
15 hours riding half board £709 full board £794

Superior Room
10 hours riding half board £670 full board £767
15 hours riding half board £755 full board £852

Suite/Junior Suite
10 hours riding half board £803 full board £900
15 hours riding half board £888 full board £985

Single Supplement in Standard & Superior Room £159

SEASON C: 6th - 19th JUNE, 29th AUGUST - 11th SEPTEMBER

Standard Room
10 hours riding half board £670 full board £749
15 hours riding half board £755 full board £834

Superior Room
10 hours riding half board £750 full board £852
15 hours riding half board £835 full board £938

Suite/Junior Suite
10 hours riding half board £876 full board £980
15 hours riding half board £961 full board £1065

Single Supplement in Standard & Superior Room £159

SEASON D: 20th JUNE - 7th AUGUST, 22nd-28th AUGUST

Hotel Accommodation
Standard Room
10 hours riding half board £750 full board £861
15 hours riding half board £835 full board £946

Superior Room
10 hours riding half board £828 full board £853
15 hours riding half board £914 full board £938

Suite/Junior Suite
10 hours riding half board £980 full board £1089
15 hours riding half board £1065 full board £1174

Single Supplement in Standard & Superior Room £199

SEASON E: 8th-21st AUGUST

Standard Room
10 hours riding half board £797 full board £924
15 hours riding half board £882 full board £1009

Superior Room
10 hours riding half board £895 full board £1044
15 hours riding half board £980 full board £1129

Suite/Junior Suite
10 hours riding half board £1067 full board £1194
15 hours riding half board £1152 full board £1279

Single Supplement in Standard & Superior Room £317

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.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.