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Sea & Pine Forest

Overview

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…

Highlights

  • Riding through pine forests and on beaches
  • Tailor made packages for all levels of experience
  • Western and English riding available
  • Large complex including Western Village
  • Large indoor and outdoor arenas

Essential Facts

  • 2 itineraries available
  • Max 12 riders per group (40 in camp)
  • Average of 3 - 4 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 90kg / 198 lbs / 14 stone 2 lbs

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!

Horses & Riding

Tack

English & Western

Horses

Anglo Arab /Sardinian and ponies

Riding

There are 2 itineraries:

  • Tailor Made Programme is a based ride
  • Family Horse Camp is a based ride

Ages

None

Health

None

Weight

90kg / 198 lbs / 14 stone 2 lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

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.

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.

Itineraries

Tailor Made Programme Standard accommodation.

Family Horse Camp Standard accommodation.

Other 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.

Travel

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. If you do need the airport transfer service then please contact us for a quote.

Testimonials

Jan, Oct. 2, 2019

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!


Jo & Dave (Honeymoon), Sept. 5, 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!!


Claire P., June 12, 2017

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.


Pauline L, June 23, 2009

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.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrival day and time to look around this large resort.

Days 2 to 7

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

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)

Day 8

Riding: No riding.

Departure day

Accommodation

The hotel complex has three separate buildings featuring comfortable rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, telephone facilities, television and mini-bar.

Prices shown are based on accommodation in standard rooms, which are the most simple room options available. For those who wish to upgrade their rooms, then we can also put together prices including superior room, a suite or a cottage. Superior rooms offer a better view as compared with the standard rooms as well as access to a terrace or balcony. Suites are larger, with two separate rooms and more elegant furnishings, allowing more space for families. Cottages are self contained accommodation options within the hotel grounds, with 1 or 2 bedrooms, offering greater privacy.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

All levels of rider can be accommodated at this destination; from very beginners to more experienced equestrians.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 12
Accommodation for up to 40.
Departure windows

April 9, 2022 - Nov. 1, 2022  (Dates available to suit, with arrival and departure any day of the week.)

Pricing

2022
Season D; Standard Room; Full Board; 15 hours riding
£940 $1190 €1110
25th June - 5th August & 20th-26th August * half board & room upgrades also available - please ask.
2022
Season D; Standard Room; Full Board; 10 hours riding
£855 $1085 €1010
25th June - 5th August & 20th-26th August * half board & room upgrades also available - please ask.
2022
Season B; Standard Room; Full Board; 10 hour riding
£715 $905 €840
7th May - 10th June, 10th - 23rd September * half board & room upgrades also available - please ask.
2022
Season B; Standard Room; Full Board; 15 hours riding
£790 $1000 €930
7th May - 10th June, 10th - 23rd September * half board & room upgrades also available - please ask.
2022
Season C; Standard Room; Full Board; 10 hours riding
£745 $945 €875
11th - 24th June & 27th August - 9th September * half board & room upgrades also available - please ask.
2022
Season C; Standard Room; Full Board; 15 hours riding
£830 $1050 €975
11th - 24th June & 27th August - 9th September * half board & room upgrades also available - please ask.
2022
Season E; Standard Room; Full Board; 10 hours riding
£920 $1165 €1080
6th-19th August * half board & room upgrades also available - please ask.
2022
Season E; Standard Room; Full Board; 15 hours riding
£1005 $1270 €1180
6th-19th August * half board & room upgrades also available - please ask.
2022
Season A; Standard Room; Full Board; 15 hours riding
£780 $990 €920
9th April - 6th May & 24th September - 1 November * half board & room upgrades also available - please ask.
2022
Season A; Standard Room; Full Board; 10 hours riding
£695 $885 €820
9th April - 6th May & 24th September - 1 November * half board & room upgrades also available - please ask.
Included Accommodation, meals (full or half board) at the main restaurant, drinking water & house wine, riding as specified, access to the swimming pools and a club card for hotel sports facility use (only valid in seasons C/D/E).
Not included Flights, travel insurance, transfers, meals at other restaurants on the complex, other drinks, use of hotel sports facilities in seasons A & B, spa entry and treatments, tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2022 - Alghero Airport Transfer €215
Paid locally
Prices is per vehicle, one way, based on 1-3 passengers. There is a 20% supplement for night services (arrivals between 22:00-08:00). Prices for larger groups (up to 8 people) can also be provided - please ask.
2022 - Cagliari Airport Transfer €130
Paid locally
Prices is per vehicle, one way, based on 1-3 passengers. There is a 20% supplement for night services (arrivals between 22:00-08:00). Prices for larger groups (up to 8 people) can also be provided - please ask.
2022 - Olbia Airport Transfer €240
Paid locally
Prices is per vehicle, one way, based on 1-3 passengers. There is a 20% supplement for night services (arrivals between 22:00-08:00). Prices for larger groups (up to 8 people) can also be provided - please ask.
2022 - 10% discount for all adults aged 60+ years Discount is applicable to standard and superior room accommodation only.
2022 - 10% discount for Honeymoon couples Discount is applicable to standard and superior room accommodation only.
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.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrive and settle into the hotel.

Day 2

Riding: No riding.

After splitting into groups according to ability and age, you're given a general introduction to the course and allocated a grooming kit. You'll be shown how to groom your pony including combing the mane and tail. You'll then be taught how to place the saddle and bridle, and learn about the bit and reins. At the end of the lesson, you'll remove your pony's tack and lead him to the drinking trough.

Days 3 to 7

Riding: 2 - 4 hours

Children: On well-trained and patient ponies you'll gain confidence and trust in tailor-made lessons which are fun but safe. You'll learn the basics of stable life including nutrition and care for your pony, as well as riding the ponies in fun games, onto the beach and through the sea. At the end of the week a show is held where each child will participate with their pony and win a prize. More experienced children joining the Advanced programme, will walk, trot and canter as well as participate in gymkhana games.

Adults: Riders will learn to build a relationship with their horse and gain confidence both in and out of the saddle. Explore the surrounding area including the pine forest, lagoon, beach and sea on horseback. At the end of the week there is a show suitable for all, with prizes. Experienced riders will ride further afield and at a faster pace. Teenagers from 16 years can join the adult weeks with their parents authorisation and after assessment by the qualified staff.

18 hours of tuition is included over the six days, which is split between riding and handling/horse care.

Day 8

Riding: No riding.

Depart after breakfast.

Accommodation

The hotel complex has three separate buildings featuring comfortable rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, telephone facilities, television and mini-bar.

Prices shown are based on accommodation in standard rooms, which are the most simple room options available. For those who wish to upgrade their rooms, then we can also put together prices including superior room, a suite or a cottage. Superior rooms offer a better view as compared with the standard rooms as well as access to a terrace or balcony. Suites are larger, with two separate rooms and more elegant furnishings, allowing more space for families. Cottages are self-contained accommodation options within the hotel grounds, with 1 or 2 bedrooms, offering greater privacy.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate

All abilities can be accommodated, with beginners being in separate groups to more experienced riders. Children and adults are also separate. Minimum age is 5 years.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 8
Accommodation for up to 12.
Departure windows

May 17, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2021  (Departure dates on request during this time)

Pricing

2021
Riding Child (sharing) - two weeks
£1230 $1555 €1450
Non-Riding: please contact us for a tailor-made quote, as prices vary according to season and room type.
2021
Riding Adult (sharing) - one week
£775 $980 €910
Non-Riding: please contact us for a tailor-made quote, as prices vary according to season and room type.
2021
Riding Adult (sharing) - two weeks
£1360 $1720 €1600
Non-Riding: please contact us for a tailor-made quote, as prices vary according to season and room type.
2021
Riding Child (sharing) - one week
£705 $895 €830
Non-Riding: please contact us for a tailor-made quote, as prices vary according to season and room type.
Included Accommodation, meals (full or half board) at the main restaurant, drinking water & house wine, riding as specified, access to the swimming pools and a club card for hotel sports facility use (only valid in seasons C/D/E).
Not included Flights, travel insurance, transfers, meals at other restaurants on the complex, other drinks, use of hotel sports facilities in seasons A & B, spa entry and treatments, tips & other personal expenses.
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.