Jump in the Saddle
Amangiri, a sandstone mirage marooned in the middle of the Utah desert, has 35 stupendous suites, flawless service, and a 25,000 square-foot Navajo-inspired spa.
But it’s the mind-blowing desert landscape that steals the show — a stark wilderness of towering canyons, sun-burnished prairies, and sculptural mesas.
To experience this heart-stopping scenery up close, jump in the saddle with Amangiri’s wranglers. Horseback riding Western Style is the quintessential all-American adventure.
Trail rides can be tailored to suit beginners or experienced riders and are open to all ages. Meandering along ridges and through canyons, the endless views include some of America’s most iconic natural monuments: Lake Powell and The Grand Staircase Escalante.
For a more urbane equestrian holiday, check into Hacienda de San Rafael, a former 18th century olive oil estate in Spain’s flamboyant south. This glamorous yet utterly peaceful hideaway is situated half-way between Seville and Jerez de la Frontera, renowned for its sherry bodegas and dancing horses.
There are stables ten minutes away for horseback safaris on majestic Arab crosses. Andalucia’s ever-changing landscape includes the pueblos blancos, brilliant white Moorish villages, and Coto Doñana, Europe's largest national park, with countless bridleways for breath-taking gallops. Slow down and you might spot red deer and wild boar roaming the hills, or flocks of geese and flamingo alighting in the lagoons.
Horse-lovers can also take advantage of carriage rides on private estates, visits to stud farms and dressage shows at the Royal Equestrian School in Jerez.