Sitting on a large estate, which includes two of Argentina's best polo fields, Estancia La Bamba Areco is one of the country's oldest estancias and has recently been transformed into a boutique hotel. This property is steeped in history and gaucho traditions and exudes the welcoming feel of a private home. Eleven rooms and suites have been beautifully decorated with antique furniture, local textiles and contemporary pieces of art. The rooms, each named after a famous polo horse, have glorious views out over the parkland, shaded terraces, pampa or polo fields.
There is much to do during a stay at La Bamba. Ride out on a horse or carriage, or perhaps swap four legs for two and explore the grounds by mountain bike. One of the country's oldest towns, San Antonio de Areco, is just a short drive away, and is worth a visit to wander its pretty, colonial streets. Make the most of lazier moments by La Bamba's refreshing outdoor pool.
The estancia serves as a base for the international polo team, bearing its name, so during polo season, you may be able to watch a match or observe daily practice sessions. Enjoy the company of fellow guests over a pre-dinner cocktail, before eating together. The asado (barbecue) is at the heart of your dining experience. Expect to find a variety of steaks grilled to perfection, washed down with fine Argentinean wine.
Lovers of the great outdoors
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Visit the stables to meet the resident gaucho and learn about traditional ways of life
Enjoy a laid-back game of Argentinian boules
Indulge in a hot stone massage in the spa
Cool off in the large outdoor swimming pool
Try your hand at an exhilarating polo class
Restore your balance with a gentle yoga class
Taste the rich flavours of Argentina at a traditional asado
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Take a tour of San Antonio de Areco, home to the Ricardo Güiraldes Gaucho Museum and traditional artisan workshops
Go riding through the sweeping expanses of the pampas
Step back in time on a horse-drawn carriage tour
Venture further into your surroundings on a mountain biking adventure
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