My husband and I spent a week at The Hideout for my birthday. We are not regular horseback riders, had never been to a dude ranch, and had no idea what to expect. The Hideout blew away all of our expectations.
First and foremost, the level of service is 6 stars - the best we have ever received from even the best hotels in the world. The ranch is owned and operated by a family and they are truly concerned with each and every person's well-being and happiness. The employees, from the office staff to the wranglers to the food service staff to housekeeping, were outstanding!
The small group of only 25 guests each week adds to the intimacy of the experience.
Over the course of the week we met people from all over the world. People we may never have spoken to in a regular vacation experience have become lifetime friends. We laughed so hard, we cried. The memories will last forever.
With regard to food and food service - the best! As good as any top restaurant. My husband had specific dietary needs and the staff went above and beyond to make him happy.
Lastly, the riding. UNBELIEVABLE. The riding staff has safety as their top concern. They pick specific horses for each rider based on a questionnaire and past riding experience. While there were very experienced riders, my husband and I haven't really ridden horses since we were teens. Even though we were beginners, we were able to choose any ride offered. In fact, we chose to go on two cattle drives during the week. There is nothing like a cattle drive if you haven't experienced one. The beauty of the scenery is indescribable. Each ride is completely different and you will see and experience something new each time. The best part is that our riding improved everyday as the staff was more than willing to teach us using positive feedback and encouragement. We went from walking to loping over the course of the week and love riding now.
The owners Peter and Marijn are fantastic and most interested in providing the best customer service for all guests. We met guests who have returned from four to eighteen times - that alone tells you why The Hideout is so special. We can't wait to return ourselves and bring our whole family.
This was the vacation of a lifetime!
- Also Known As:
- The Hideout Lodge And Guest Ranch
- The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch Hotel Shell