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The World’s Best Hotels for Lovers of Horse Riding

Selman Hotel & Stables

Horse riding at Selman Hotel & Stables (Photo:@selmanmarrakech)

From the super rich spectacle that is the annual Dubai World Cup to the long list of Arab-owned thoroughbreds that have taken first prize in races across the world, the Middle East’s passion for horses is well-documented.

But where do the region’s fans of the equestrian life spend their vacations? Here are our top picks of hotels that cater to horse lovers.

Marbella Club, Costa del Sol, Spain

Marbella Club

Marbella Club

Spend the morning riding beautiful horses across the stunning Andalusian countryside with the warm Spanish sun on your back, before heading to the beach for an afternoon relaxing on the golden sands of the Costa de Sol. If this sounds appealing, then the Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa is the ideal getaway for you. The estate features 84 rooms and 37 suites all decorated in the style of the traditional whitewashed villages that dot the landscape in this part of Spain. Just a 15-minute drive from the famous beaches, bars, and restaurants of the Costa del Sol, the Marbella Club might just have it all.

Starting price per night: US $588 (AED/SAR 2,160)

Selman Hotel & Stables, Marrakech, Morocco

Selman Hotel & Stables

Selman Hotel & Stables

The Arabian thoroughbred of the equestrian hotel world, the 60-room Selman, located on the outskirts of Marrakech, is a go-to getaway for true horse lovers. When it comes to getting in the saddle, keen riders can visit the property’s stables, which are home to purebred Arabian horses, as well as trekking horses and a selection of ponies. The horses can be ridden around the property’s six landscaped hectares.

Starting price per night: US $445 (AED/SAR 1,640)

Coworth Park, Ascot, England

Coworth Park

Coworth Park

Less than an hour’s drive out of London, Coworth Park offers guests the elegant, old-world glamour of a traditional English country estate. Popular for its proximity to Royal Ascot, the property has 70 rooms spread over the renovated stables and The Mansion main building. Coworth Park is home to a selection of horses for riders of all ages and skills, with staff on-hand to offer lessons in everything from dressage, basic riding, and even jumping at the hotel’s equestrian center. Once the day’s riding is over, you can can retire to the spa or one of three restaurants.

Starting price per night: US $420 (AED/SAR 1,540)

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Bath, England

Lucknam Park

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

This picturesque hotel is home to 35 horses and caters to experienced riders looking to improve their jumping and cross country skills as well as beginners who are new to life in the saddle. Located close to the beautiful and historic city of Bath, one of the UK’s most visited attractions, guests at Lucknam Park are able to ride in all weathers thanks to a full-size covered equestrian arena. Come dinner time, the hotel offers a range of different dishes from Indian street food, traditional afternoon teas, or more formal fine dining. Set within the 200-hectare Relais and Châteaux country estate, there is more than enough space for guests to explore the hotel’s grounds on horseback.

Starting price per night: US $380 (AED/SAR 1,400)

Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland

Gleneagles Hotel

Gleneagles Hotel

Gleneagles is famous for its golf, but the hotel also has superb facilities when it comes to horse riding. The highly-trained staff at its equestrian school, which is an accredited British Horse Society training and examination school and home to 26 horses and ponies, offers tuition and rides for all levels across the property’s 20 hectare grounds. Once the riding is done, you can always turn your attention to one of the hotel’s three championship golf courses.

Starting price per night: US $460 (AED/SAR 1,700)

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, NSW, Australia

Emirates One&Only WolganValley Australia-CRHotel

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area provide the incredible scenery that dominates this Australian getaway. The hotel’s 40 luxury suites each come with a private terrace and pool, perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the rugged countryside. Expert handlers offer guests a range of extensive and shorter horse rides, while beginners can take lessons at the hotel’s riding area. To top it off, the restaurant uses the best local produce in all of its dishes.

Starting price per night: US $1,130 (AED/SAR 4,150)

Per Aquum Desert Palm, Dubai, UAE

Desert Palm

Desert Palm (Photo: @desertpalmdxb)

This five-star resort is spread over 60 hectares and features polo fields juxtaposed with views of the emirate’s desert sand dunes. Polo is the main event at the hotel, which hosts the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge each year. When there are no games in play, guests can visit the hotel’s riding school before heading to its range of fine dining restaurants or enjoying a sundowner or two in stunning surroundings.

Starting price per night: US $160 (AED/SAR 585)

La Bamba de Areco, San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

La Bamba ArgentinaGuests seeking to live out their gaucho fantasies will be right at home at La Bamba. The estate, which was established in 1830, has two polo fields that are used regularly by its own polo team. Guests can saddle up and explore the vast wilderness of the pampas with tours led by expert guides. A day on horseback is the perfect way to work up an appetite for a traditional barbecue, or asado, with in-house chefs preparing a vast array of steaks, Argentine-style.

Starting price per night: US $588 (AED/SAR 2,160)

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