Horse Holiday!

On vacation or on a business trip in Asia? Have a terrific sportive relaxing and refreshing break! Choose one of our tourist packages below or follow an intensive course at Havana Horses.
Do you wish to get closer to yourself, and to the horse? Do you want to become more flexible, both in body and mind? Be ready for a life-changing experience with a Havana Yoga Retreat!

Havana Yoga Retreat

New at Havana Horses: Yoga Retreat programs of 7 or 10 days, for riders as well as non-riders!
We offer three types of programs:
A. Yoga Retreat for the non-rider: Yoga, mindfulness, and yoga with and for the horse on the ground;
B. Yoga Retreat for the rider with the focus on yoga and mindfulness, plus yoga with and for the horse, yoga on horseback, communication with the horse at liberty, and natural riding;
C. Yoga Retreat with the focus on horse riding: yoga, mindfulness, yoga with, yoga for, and yoga on the horse, communication with the horse at liberty, natural horse riding (dressage, jumping) and trail rides out.

Yoga Retreat


We run these programs for a minimum of 2 participants. The itinerary of a Havana Yoga Retreat will be adapted to your personal wishes, and can also include, on request, temple tours, mindful walks through villages and ricefields, visits to home industries, a cycle tour through Yogya, and more!

Yoga on horse back

Yoga on horse back.

Yoga for the horse

Yoga for the horse.

Tourist Packages

3-Days Package
You will stay the (2 or 3) nights in Salatiga in Spa and Resort Kayu Arum, a green and tranquil resort with spa and swimming pool (www.kayuarum.com). You will be brought by the hotel' shuttle service to Havana Horses at 9 a.m. At 4 p.m. you will be taken back to your hotel.

In the mornings you have lessons in natural horse care, communication with your horse, basic principles of groundwork and liberty training, and riding skills - natural riding with the bareback pad, and depending on your own level of riding, dressage and jumping skills on a loose rein.

After the morning session you can relax on our veranda and enjoy a Javanese lunch. Before starting the afternoon session you can refresh yourself by taking a shower or a mandi, the Indonesian way of taking a bath!

Depending on your level and riding skills, in the afternoons we can deepen our leadership skills in the riding ring, or we go on a trail on horseback to explore the environment of our authentic village (kampung) and the beautiful rice fields (sawah) with a view of the mountain Merbabu and the dangerously beautiful volcano Merapi. If you are and advanced rider we can also go hacking to the nearby official race track to feel what it is like to be a jockey! Let your horse run fast, feel the acceleration, the speed, the power!

village life (kampung)

The program will be adapted to your level and is therefore suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.

This 3-days package includes 3 lesson sessions, 3 trails on horseback, 2 nights and 2x breakfast at the hotel and 3x lunch at our Veranda; excludes transfer from the airport (Semarang, Solo or Yogyakarta) or station (train or bus), and other foods and drinks.

Price indication: between € 100,00 and € 150,00 per day. Please note that prices are subject to change. Contact us for more information, exact prices and your individual wishes.

1-Week Package (8 days)
You arrive on Saturday and leave on Sunday. You will stay the (7) nights in Spa and Resort Kayu Arum, a green and tranquil resort with spa and swimming pool (www.kayuarum.com). You will be picked up from your hotel at 8.30 a.m. The program starts at 9 a.m. At 4 p.m. you will be brought back to your hotel.

In the mornings you have lessons in natural horse care, communication with your horse, groundwork and liberty training, and riding skills (natural riding, dressage and jumping on a loose rein).

After the morning session you can relax on our veranda and enjoy a Javanese lunch!

In the afternoons we will go on a trail ride on horseback to explore the environment of authentic village (kampung) life and the beautiful rice fields (sawah) with a view of the mountain Merbabu and the dangerously beautiful volcano Merapi. Depending on the time of year we will witness either the harvesting or the planting of the rice, Indonesians’ principal daily food. We will visit one of the home industries in the kampung that harvest and produce madu asli, genuine bees’ honey, or traditional gula Jawa, Javanese palm sugar – so typical for the Javanese spicy-and-sweet kitchen. Of course you will get the opportunity to ask all the questions you want to ask and you can buy the products for the local price.

ricefields (sawah)

We go hacking to the nearby official race track to feel what it is like to be a jockey! (Only for advanced riders.)

Halfway the week we take a break and you can plan the day as you wish. We can help you with arranging your day trip. Tips: Discover Central Java from Salatiga.

The program will be adapted to your level and is therefore suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.

This 1-week package includes 7 lesson sessions, 7 trail rides, 7 nights and 7x breakfast at the hotel and 7x lunch at our veranda; excludes transfer from the airport (Semarang or Solo) or station (train or bus), other foods and drinks.

Price indication: between € 100,00 and € 150,00 per day. Please note that prices are subject to change. Contact us for more information, exact prices and your individual wishes.

1 to 2 Weeks Horse Holiday (7 to 14 days)
We offer completey tailored Horse Holidays! Adapted to your wishes and skills, we will offer you, you and your friend or spouse, or your whole family, an attractive program including lessons in natural horsemanship, trail rides and, if suitable, a yoga retreat! Besides, on request we arrange day trips for you to the impressive Borubudur temple complex, you can travel by train through the villages and swamps around Ambarawa and visit the Railway Museum, ride a local horse to the ninth temple on top of the Bandungan Mountain at the Gedong Songo ('Nine Temples') temple complex, and more!

Advanced horse riders can join exciting trail rides on horse back, while other members of the family can join on the mountain bike! The program will be adapted to your level and is therefore suitable for all.

This 1 to 2 weeks Horse Holiday is an all in package including accommodation in Spa and Resort Kayu Arum in Salatiga, and, for yoga retreat, a cozy guest house in Boyolali; diner, lunch and drinks on location, and transfer from the airport (Semarang, Solo or Yogya) or station (train or bus).

Price indication: between € 100,00 and € 175,00 per day. Please note that prices are subject to change. Contact us for more information, exact prices and your individual wishes.

Discover Central Java from Salatiga

borobudur

Salatiga is an excellent base for discovering Central Java. Close enough to the cities Semarang, Solo and Yogyakarta for a daytrip. But less hot because of Salatiga’s higher altitude. There is a choice of budget and luxury hotels, as well as food stalls and restaurants.
Average travel times to popular destinations from Salatiga by car:

Day-trips
We can help you with planning your day trips and arrange your ‘travel’, that is, a deluxe car with air conditioning and private driver who will take you comfortably to one of the above destinations. Prices are moderate, for instance, you can go and see the Borobudur on a relaxed day trip from Salatiga for about € 30,00 for transport (2 -4 persons).
Please note that prices are subject to change and depend on the season, the exchange and tax rates and inflation in Indonesia. Please Contact us for more information and exact prices.

Climate

In Indonesia there is a tropical climate, with a dry season of more or less six months and a rainy season of six months. The dry season starts in April and lasts till October. Then rain will start to fall frequently and this will last until April.

dry season

Dry season (above) and rainy season (below) at Havana Horses.

rainy season

At Havana Horses, situated in a mountainous area, the fresh air and moderate temperatures are comfortable for horses as well as for people. With an altitude of about 700 meters, Salatiga is relatively cool. The average rainfall is 118 mm (145 rainy days) with the highest temperature in October (31.8°C) and the lowest in July (23.9°C). Although tropical, in the cool nights you will need warm clothes and a blanket!