From our partner Journeys Equestrian Travel here are some great tips for summer getaways and a whole new way to experience luxury and adventure. They also specialize in creating custom itineraries to suit any traveler’s interests
Summer is the perfect time to depart from the ordinary and make lasting memories, and we have a few ideas for equestrian vacation experiences that you’ll carry with you for a lifetime! Whether you prefer luxury and relaxation, excitement and adventure, or a little bit of both, there are perfect summer destinations for the getaway of your dreams.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (Tofino, Canada)
If you love a peaceful trail ride through gorgeous landscapes, this destination must be on your list. In a temperate rainforest on the coast of British Columbia, you’ll find accommodations that let you “rough it” in a more regal style than your typical camping trip. Deluxe white-canvas tents, Adirondack-style beds, and luxury en suite bathrooms are a few of the comforts you’ll find at Clayoquot. Ride through the lush forest, along mountain trails, and through river valleys in style with a handmade pair of Boulet boots. When not riding, go sea kayaking or on a wildlife safari to view seals, whales, and black bears, or relax at the spa with a massage and a luxurious soak in one of the wood-fired cedar hot tubs. For nature lovers and families seeking to reconnect with the earth, this is the perfect, peaceful summer getaway.
Croatia is one of the hottest destinations in Europe at the moment, and it’s no wonder: from equestrian experiences to sailing, wine tasting to world-class cuisine, the country offers the best in luxury travel and unique experiences. There’s something for every traveler, including:
- an authentic truffle hunting excursion in Livade, one of the best truffle regions in Europe
- a private tour of the Lipica Stud Farm in Slovenia, where breeding of the famous white Lipizzaner stallions has gone on since the 16th century
- private wine tastings at small, award-winning Croatian wineries, specializing in dry wines and sweet Prosek (dessert wine)
- exclusive olive oil farm tours
- oyster tasting and other traditional culinary experiences that will especially delight seafood lovers
- boat trips through the Elaphite Islands
We have plenty of suggestions for local destinations of interest, including the very fun Cukarin in Korcula. The tiny shop offers sweets of all kinds, including a variety of local wines and liquors. Make sure to get one of their cookies, baked daily by Smiljana, the owner, and go early! They sell out quickly!
For the hard-core rider, a journey to Botswana or Kenya is the ultimate adventure. During our summer is the best time for animal viewing—you may be able to catch the exciting wildebeest migration in Kenya! This time of year is also winter for them, so you will be able to escape the heat with nice temperate days and chilly mornings and evenings. Experience the life-giving magnificence of the Okavango Delta in Botswana or the mist forests of Kenya, along with luxury camp accommodations to refresh you after each day’s challenging ride.
Enjoy the elegant comforts of the Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly, France’s horse-riding capital, and take part in the region’s thriving equestrian scene. Witness an exciting race or polo match, or take a polo lesson yourself at the Chantilly Polo Club. Traveling with your young equestrian? The Chantilly Pony Club is open to children ages 3 and up, despite skill level, and activities include horse-ball, polo lessons, and horse-riding on the grounds. On top of the unrivalled equestrian experiences, visitors can enjoy a gourmet meal at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, signature spa treatments, and rounds of golf on the two outstanding courses.
A trip to any one of these locations is sure to create lifelong memories. Whether you prefer a challenging African horseback safari or a refined afternoon at a polo match (or something in between), we’d love to help you create the perfect summer getaway. If you have questions about any of these locations or want to plan your trip, please contact us.