Never too Young Majorca Beginners
Kid's Horseriding Group
Riding Instruction
Son Menut Base
Dressage Instruction Son Menut
Full Tilt 2 Son Menut
Full Tilt Son Menut
breakfast alfresco at Son Menut
Son Menut Cuisine
Superior Room Son Menut
Banquet Table Son Menut

This horseback riding vacation in Spain is centre-based in a finca situated in the Levante hills on the island of Majorca. The finca is especially dedicated to the world of horses. It has become a compelling visit for horseback riders and lovers of the peaceful Majorcan countryside. Surrounded by idyllic natural beauty, here you can enjoy one of the best equestrian holidays. As well as the trail centre, the finca also houses a thriving Andalusian stud and you are welcome to walk around the paddocks of the mares and foals, the yearlings and two year-olds.

There is a comfortable and rustic-style country farmhouse (finca) which has all the necessary facilities including an outside swimming pool for a relaxing and unforgettable stay. An on-site spa offers a jacuzzi, a Turkish room, a warm bench and a selection of different types of showers. 

The surrounding landscape and the quality of the horses allows pleasant and exciting excursions in this part of Majorca to be organized. The horseback riding lessons are interspersed with trail rides to explore the local hills and countryside. The instructors are very experienced and speak several languages.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from FM of Surbiton on 17/07/2019

Ride Summary
What was your overall impression of the holiday
A fantastic holiday. The riding was excellent and the hotel was amazing - the food just spectacular.
Overall impression
Unicorn Trails sales staff

Riding tour leader

Additional Comments
Both Manu and Joe were fantastic. Joe was excellent on the trail rides and was great with local knowledge and Manu was a BRILLIANT teacher. We both felt our rising really improved and more importantly general horsemanship.
Horses and Tack

Additional Comments
The horses were beautiful and well-cared for. All Tack was in good condition and well-looked after.
Meals

Accommodation

Miscellaneous

Was this trip accurately described to you beforehand?
YES
Please give more details to explain your response:
Yes - everything was as expected. The food was amazing here.
Was there anything you should have known and were not told? YES
Please give more details to explain your response:
It would have been useful to have seen our riding schedule before we arrived. We were given it on check in and it had us doing a 2hr trail ride as our first thing. I have limited experience and my son none to speak of so I don't think we should have been sent on a 2hr trail ride without a lesson first. I am sure that this was because we had Manu as our teacher and she had Summer Camp in the morning, but it would have been better for our confidence to have a lesson first.
Also, and I know that is is hard to do, but we had our trail rides and lessons in the middle of the day (trail ride 11-1pm ish) when it was blazing heat! The first day around 37 degrees. For us and the horses, it would have made sense to go out early or later when it has cooled down.
What could we do to improve this ride?
Share riding schedule in advance.
How would you rate the difficulty of this ride out of 10 where 1 is very easy and 10 is very advanced?
2
Please explain why you scored it as you did:
We were on a Beginners holiday and treated as such
Would you recommend Unicorn Trails to your friends?
YES
Please give more details to explain your response:
A great holiday
May we use you as a reference for other people wishing to go on this ride?
YES
Any other comments:
Unicorn comments: Thanks so much for your feedback! We will certainly look to include the riding schedule as part of the pre-ride check

Sunday: Arrive and check-in at the finca. Freshen up before a welcome cocktail with the group to discuss the horse itinerary. Free time to explore the finca grounds or have a swim before a welcome dinner with fellow riders at 7.30pm. 

Monday:
After breakfast the riders will meet the horses and instructor for an introductory lesson. Beginners will learn the basics of control while the more experienced riders will decide, along with the instructor, what they would like to work on for the week. After the lesson, enjoy lunch and maybe relax by the pool beforeheding out on a trail ride into the surrounding countryside in the afternoon.

Tuesday:
Breakfast followed by a lesson. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Wednesday:
Breakfast followed by a lesson. By today, the beginners will have become used to the routine and understand the aids given in riding a horse. The more experienced riders will also feel the progress they have made so far.

Thursday:
After breakfast there will be the usual morning lesson, followed by lunch and a chance to relax before going out on another trail ride in the afternoon.

Friday:
Free time after breakfast  until it is time for guests to depart for the airport.

This horse riding holiday can also be extended into an 8 day / 7 night holiday, with 6 days riding - arriving Sunday, riding Monday to Saturday and departing the following Sunday.

No riding on a Sunday.

 

 

 

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The instructors are German-taught dressage instructors who speak excellent English and Spanish. As well as lessons in the arena, there are trail rides out exploring the local scenery. The trail horses are mainly homebred Spanish and Andalusian horses and are renowned for their sensible temperament - all are fit and responsive. Sizes range from 14.2 up to 16hh and are ridden in both English and Spanish tack. There are around 30 horses available for the guests to ride.


Rider requirements

This programme is designed for beginners so no experience is required. Riders are encouraged to be able to groom, saddle and then shower their horses after working. Novices will be shown how to do this so don't worry if you've never tried before! Minimum age 12. Max weight 90kg

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 198 lb/90 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

The finca offers 8 standard double bedrooms (all en-suite), each decorated in the traditional style of this island. All guest rooms have a bathroom, satellite TV, minibar, fan, central heating, air conditioning a safe and a telephone: most have french windows opening onto a balcony. There are also 4 wooden chalets which come equipped with twin beds, a lounge area, bathroom and outside decking area with tables and chairs.

The superior rooms were recently built and are situated next to the main building above the dining room. The rooms are spacious and offer views of the terrace, swimming pool and vineyards from their balconies, and can accommodate up to 4 people. There is also a junior suite available, please ask your Travel Advisor for more information. Cots are provided free of charge in every room.



The restaurant serves Mediterranean food where one can sample typical Majorcan dishes. Breakfast is a continental buffet of cereals, rolls, meats, cheeses, croissants, a selection of juices and coffee. At breakfast the guests are given a form from which to select their lunch and dinner choices - both meals are three course and the finca is licenced with a full bar open all day.



The finca has its own 5m x 11m swimming pool; cycles are available for hire onsite and there is a spa at the finca which is also available. Please note that spa facilities are not available in June. There is free WiFi for guests.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements within reason can be accommodated with advance notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests before booking.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip.

NB: Be sure to check the COVID status of the country you plan to visit including entry procedures

Passport and Visa requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country.

Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate should you need a visa.

In the UK the British Foreign Office gives advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

In the US: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Spain.html

In Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/spain

Climate Summary

Varies from a low of 14 degrees in January to the mid/high 30s in mid-summer

Climate Chart

Health

COVID: Be sure to check the latest COVID regulations for travelling in any country you visit.

You should always bring any regular prescription drugs you may need with you.

Please refer to your country’s latest health guideline for travel in Spain and contact your own GP for up to date advice on vaccinations and prophylaxis prior to travel.

Electricity



In Spain the supply voltage is 230V. If the appliance is a single voltage rated appliance, it will need to operate at the same voltage as the supply voltage of the country i.e. 230V. If this is not the case it should be used alongside a voltage transformer or converter to allow the appliance to work safely and properly

Mobile, WiFi and charging

Mainstream batteries can be bought from local towns, there is mobile phone reception in the hotel.

Packing List

It is warm to hot all year round so pack accordingly, in the evenings it may be cooler in the autumn, winter and spring. Remember your swimming gear (it is a lovely pool) and plenty of suntan lotion - temperatures will reach the mid-high 30s in August.
Jodhpurs/riding trousers, long sleeved shirt and T-shirts, riding hat, boots/walking shoes, ½ leg chaps, sun hat, toiletries, warm jacket, rainproof coat, camera, binoculars, NB sun cream, swimming costume, shorts. As with all trail riding short boots/walking boots which are comfortable and fit well are invaluable and infinitely preferable to long riding boots.
Hats and half chaps can be borrowed.

Programmes

This is a 6 days/5 nights or 8 days/7 nights programme available Sunday to Friday/Sunday from March to November. No riding on Sundays.

Departure Dates

2024: Sunday to Sunday from 17 March - 17 November
Low Season: 17 - 23 Mar* , 7 Apr - 4 May; 19 May - 30 June; 25 Aug - 21 Sep; 3 Nov - 17 Nov
High Season: 24 Mar - 6 Apr; 5 May - 18 May; 1 July - 25 Aug; - 22 Sep; - 2 Nov
(* Special Rate)

Pricing

From:

Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6double pp standard room1,045
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6double pp superior room1,105
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6single supplement standard room145
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6Single Supplement superior room265
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6Extra bed35
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6double pp standard room995
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6double pp superior room1,055
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6single supplement standard room145
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6Single Supplement superior room265
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6Extra bed35
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6double pp standard room1,209
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6double pp superior room1,285
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6single supplement standard room169
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6Single Supplement superior room305
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6Extra bed41
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6double pp standard room1,149
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6double pp superior room1,219
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6single supplement standard room169
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6Single Supplement superior room305
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6Extra bed41
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description US $
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6double pp standard room1,369
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6double pp superior room1,455
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6single supplement standard room189
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6Single Supplement superior room345
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6Extra bed46
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6double pp standard room1,305
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6double pp superior room1,385
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6single supplement standard room189
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6Single Supplement superior room345
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6Extra bed46
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6double pp standard room13,975
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6double pp superior room14,829
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6single supplement standard room1,935
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6Single Supplement superior room3,519
2024 Beginners Programme - High Season8d/7n6Extra bed469
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6double pp standard room13,309
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6double pp superior room14,129
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6single supplement standard room1,935
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6Single Supplement superior room3,519
2024 Beginners Programme - Low Season8d/7n6Extra bed469
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Other Activities

Bicycle hire is available onsite; a 11m x 5m swimming pool and the spa at the finca can also be enjoyed at the end of the day

Wildlife

Look out for the protected tortoises are you ride through the forests, also geckos can be spotted around the finca. Inland you will pass fields full of sheep wearing bells, goats (even pygmy goats!); asses and donkeys - some still used as a form of transport. You will ride past mulberry trees (red and white fruiting); fig trees; carob trees; orange, lemon trees; date palms and vineyards.

Other Information

The finca is located in a beautiful remote location so if you want to explore the island you may like to hire a car from Palma airport. Local markets are close by and fascinating to visit.

Other Country Information

Spain is a beautiful and diverse country, the second largest in Europe. The official language is Castilian Spanish but Catalan, Galician and Basque are also spoken. Territory includes two island archipelagos – the Balearics and the Canaries – and two enclaves on the North African coast, bordering Morocco – Ceuta and Melilla. The African influence can be found throughout Spain but especially in the south, for example the guitar was invented by the Spanish when they added a sixth string to the Arab lute. Music and art permeates Spanish culture, most obviously displayed in the fire and passion of the Flamenco and the stunning modern architecture found in the cities.

The famous siesta is still enjoyed by the majority of Spaniards, most shops close at lunchtime for two or three hours so everyone can escape the often scorching afternoon sun. Evening meals are served late into the evening with plenty of wine or sangria. Often meals can last two or three hours, especially if your host is serving Tapas, small and varied dishes of meats, bread, vegetables. Paella is also a delight and very popular across the country.

Spain is one hour ahead of GMT and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram. The international dialling code for Spain is +34.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Palma Airport (PMI)
Transfer:
2024: From Palma Airport to finca on request (1-4 people €25 - €60) each way depending on number), payable on site. Car hire is also available at the airport. (Subject to change)
Flight Guide:
London - Palma (PMI) return from £120pp
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