Estancia La Bamba de Areco | Buenos Aires, Argentina | I have been to San Antonio de Areco multiple times in previous visits to Buenos Aires, but I must say that never before in such style and sophistication. Ideally located only 120 km from Buenos Aires and close to San Antonio de Areco in the heart of the Pampa, one of the oldest estancias in Argentina, recently renovated with great care as a boutique hotel, successfully combines luxurious comfort and colonial elegance. San Antonio de Areco, is one of my favorite gateways, when I visit the city of Buenos Aires.
The feeling of being welcomed into a private home, into a property steeped in history and tradition makes this hotel a special and timeless place for relaxation. Exquisite cuisine, refined service, gaucho traditions and equestrian sports add to the unique magic of La Bamba. 11 rooms and suites at La Bamba, dark wooden floors, antique colonial furniture, art works, local textiles and modern art combine to create understated elegance and harmonious luxury. Mariposa, Lalabai … each room is named after a famous polo horse. All non-smoking and air-conditioned, the rooms look out onto the park, shaded patios, the imposing pampa or the polo fields.
King-sized beds, fine Egyptian linen, safes for valuables and amenities for the discerning traveller are part of the hotel intuitive service.
The Pulperia, is the oldest building dating back to the XVIIIth century, La Pulperia, served as a shelter for horses and carriages before later being converted into an inn where the gauchos would gather to sing, dance or dine. Today it has become a unique retreat for reading, relaxing, having a glass of wine or sharing a cup of tea.
This is where every morning you will enjoy your breakfast, a classic “Desayuno de Campo”, with homemade marmalades, bread and pastries. As a tribute to the gauchos and their traditions, photographs by Aldo Sessa and paintings by Alejandro Moy abound, as well as leather and silver goods made by contemporary artists from San Antonio de Areco which adorn the boutique and attest La Bamba’s loyalty to its local town.
I would have to say, and guests at the Estancia agreed with me, that meals at La Bamba de Areco have been the best of my stay in Buenos Aires. Both the private and refined dinners at night, and the Asados during the day at “El Quincho” outdoors.
In the evenings, all guests staying at the estancia, gather at living room for cocktails, to share their experiences of the day, and the tales of their path through Argentina, enlightening with tips and recommendations, to those just arriving. This is when the true spirit of a home away from home flourishes.
The day goes by very fast, unfortunately, at La Bamba de Areco. Your morning begins around 10AM horseback ridding along to beautiful landscapes of La Pampa.
Excursions on horseback, by carriage, or mountain bike, Argentinian bowls game, hot stone massages, the large swimming pool and the numerous relaxation areas offer the traveller an unforgettable restful experience and an incomparable way to restore energy.
La Bamba de Areco also serves as the base for the international polo team that bears its name. The property includes two polo fields and the guest can also watch games during the season, with practice sessions and matches taking place almost daily. Although it is not intended to be a polo school, arrangements can be made on request for guests who are experienced polo players.
San Antonio de Areco, one of the oldest towns in Argentina, is located only 13km away and invites you to return to the eighteenth century with its narrow colonial streets, church, bars and museums. Explore the soul and character of the gaucho at the Ricardo Guiraldes Gaucho Museum, whom the famous Argentine writer brought to life in his cult novel Don Segundo Sombra (1926).
Admire the master silversmiths at work in their workshop and marvel at the skill of the leather craftsmen. Heirs to Argentine tradition, these artists perpetuate the international fame of San Antonio de Areco.
An active part of Argentine and especially gaucho heritage, La Bamba de Areco is proud to offer authentic gaucho traditions such as asados and mate tasting, and organizes as an option several gaucho shows which are private and unique: musical entertainment with folk dances, Indian horse-whispering, games of equestrian skill: patos, boleadors and sortija. You can see my full post on this at Gauchos and Folklore at La Bamba de Areco.
After lunch, the options are multiple, but I am sure you will be willing to experience a traditional “siesta”, either at the pool or around the polo fields. Such a tough decision, right ? Well that is as effortless as the staff at La Bamba de Areco makes it for their guests.
The sun begins to set and maybe is time to retrieve back to your room and get ready for the evening, that will await you with cocktails and new guests to meet.
A working ranch in full sophistication, meeting and combining the best of rural Argentina and five-stars international service. Nestling in the midst of a magnificent park, this typical colonial style ensemble houses rooms and suites spread over three buildings, with several reception rooms, a billiard room, a bar, a massage room and a boutique. A regional and refined culinary tradition, outstanding service, charm and character make La Bamba de Areco an essential stopping place in the province of Buenos Aires. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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