Buenos Aires off the beaten path Luxury

Buenos Aires off the beaten path Luxury  | 429 Magazine  |  My latest contribution for 429 Magazine is OUT and ONLINE. Check it out. This time on my recent experience in Buenos Aires, exploring the off beaten path of luxury. La Bamba de Areco, Hotel del Casco, La Becasina Delta Lodge, Club Frances, Legado Mitico and my home away from home HUB Porteño Buenos Aires. Special thanks to LAN Airlnes for being my official airline on this trip. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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The New York Times features Gay Marriage

The New York Times features Gay Marriage  |  New York, United States  |  What a better way to end my stay in Buenos Aires, than finding out this morning, that The New York Times has featured on their Weddings/Celebrations section of this Sunday edition, the Gay Wedding I have planned here in Buenos Aires, Argentina for David Knopf and Edwin Marrero, this lovely couple from San Francisco, California, in their mid 50s that decided to tie the knot and say YES I DO in full legal rights in Argentina. To me the pat in the back of a job well done. Congrats guys !!!! Enjoy your Honeymoon. You can read more about the 101 FAQ Gay Marriage for Foreigners in Argentina at my section of Gay Wedding Planner. What are YOU waiting to say “Yes I Do”.  CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Customer Feedback David and Edwin

Customer Feedback David and Edwin  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  This is why I love my job and I am damn good at it.!!! The feedback from my clients nature me, either when they are positive and also when they let me know what I did wrong, because that is the essence of learning and becoming a true professional. David and Edwin, both came to Buenos Aires all the way from San Francisco, to tie the knot and say YES I DO. They trusted me to be their bespoke Wedding Planner. Thank you David and Edwin, for trusting such an important event and day of your lives in my hands, and following my judgement all along the way. You are such a lovely couple, that it has been a joy and honor for me to assist you. CONGRATS to the newly weds. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Estancia La Bamba de Areco

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


Full Photo Album of my stay at La Bamba de Areco. If you have trouble seeing the photos, please follow this link Carlos Melia’s Flickr Album

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Phase III For the sake of Marriage Equality

Phase III For the sake of Marriage Equality  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Phase III is complete and this morning at the City Hall #14 of the city of Buenos Aires, in front of the judge and the two witnesses, Edwin M. and David K. said to each other YES I DO, and exchanged vows and rings in a very moving and emotional, but private ceremony.
If you were a local – aka. a full resident, the cycle would end here, but since they are both natives from the United States, and we used the Temporary Residency entity, which was added to the marriage law in Argentina, there is still one more step to take care off. Tomorrow we have to present all the documentation at the local Cancilleria – Consulate, to have the Marriage License certified and apostilled.
I will tell more on this last step as part of my 101 FAQ Gay Marriage in Argentina for foreigners experience log, tomorrow. In the meantime you can see my posts on Phase I and Phase II.
Thank you Edwin and David for allowing me to be part of this important moment, and for trusting me to be your Wedding Planner. This is my 5th. wedding being planned globally and I am already booked for my 6th. Spreading love and equality around the globe. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Gauchos and Folklore at La Bamba de Areco

Gauchos and Folklore at La Bamba de Areco  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Over the weekend on my search for off the beaten path luxury experiences outside Buenos Aires, I came to the rural area of San Antonio de Areco, known by many as the cradle of the Guacho culture, right in the heart of the region known as La Pampa. For this I visited and stayed overnight at Estancia La Bamba de Areco, located approximately two hours from the city of Buenos Aires.
Gauchos is the way to refer to the residents of the South American pampas, Gran Chaco, or Patagonian grasslands. Equivalent in a way to cowboys in North America. Experts in herding the cattle, full of traditions, mysticism and an incredible symbiotic bond with the horses, their best friend.


One of the main attractions at La Bamba de Areco, same as many other estancias in the area, is the chance to meet then face to face, learn from their culture, and enjoy them performing the old traditional skills and games, such us the bolas, the ring, herding, pato, polo and them most moving and unique, horse whispering. See the compilation of videos and photos I gathered during our one hour Gaucho Experience arranged by the exclusive Estancia La Bamba de Areco, a working ranch, not more oriented to tourism and breeding/raising Polo horses.


One of the most amazing parts of the show is the Horse Whispering, where you get to learn about the symbiotic relationship between the Gaucho and their horses.

Skills only to be match by the beauty of the scenery and the sounds of the awaking Estancia. We did this tour in private, and when at La Bamba de Areco, you can have the chance to book your own.

Pato, literally “duck game”, is a game played on horseback that combines elements from polo and basketball. It is the national sport of Argentina since 1953.

The game of the chair, one of the many ways Guachos used to play and entertain their selves, while showing off their skill on the horse.

Horses, Gauchos and Folklore at Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Guachos showing their skills with the Bolas aka Boleadoras, the weapon used by them to hunt and herd the cattle.

Gauchos showing their skill with the horses playing the ring. The whole concept is with a stick, to be able to thread the ring while on the back of the horse at full speed.

Folkloric Argentinean Rhythms at La Bamba de Areco, while zipping through some MATE, the local traditional Gaucho beverage and Argentinean signature non-alcoholic drink.

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Hotel Check IN at Hotel del Casco San Isidro

Hotel Check IN at Hotel del Casco San Isidro  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  I have just Checked IN at yet, another fabulous small boutique property in Argentina, this time approximately 40 minutes away from the city of Buenos Aires, in the district of San Isidro. After a long stressing week, I decided to get away from Buenos Aires and review a few alternative, off the beaten track , options in full relax, combining tradition and culture in direct contact with nature and sophistication.

My weekend begins at Hotel del Casco in San Isidro, video of my Suite above and will continue tomorrow at La Becasina Delta Lodge to end on my last night at Estancia La Bamba de Areco. Time to unwind, enjoy some great wines, local cuisine and some horseback ridding. Back in Buenos Aires on Monday afternoon.
Hotel del Casco, was built in 1892 as a private residence. A splendid neoclassical “palazzo” that has been carefully restored and is listed as part of the city’s historic heritage. It charm and sophistication, is matched with impeccable service. Service is, as you were on your own chateaux.
20 Deluxe Rooms equipped with luxury amenities, combining traditional elements, with classic and functional decoration. Overall you will enjoy a calm, sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere. I am being hosted at a gorgeous and spacious Suite.
I enjoyed a lovely two steps dinner along with Torrontes wine under the full moon overlooking the Cathedral of San Isidro. R-E-L-A-X-I-N-G !!! at Restaurant La Cascada.
Located in San Isidro’s old quater, right across the road from the Cathedral and very close to the river “Rio de la Plata”. A preferential spot and tranquil gardens and parks. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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Phase II Gay Marriage Argentina completed

Phase II Gay Marriage Argentina completed  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Following our success on Phase I, this morning, very early we all came to one of the many public hospitals in the city of Buenos Aires, to have the blood tests and medical exams mandatory before being authorized to tie the knot, at least in Argentina. I must admit, without being snobbish or feeling that I am discriminating anyone with this comments, that it was a very raw and real experience. The City Hall and the marriage law dictates that you can ONLY have this exams done at a Public Hospital. When we got there, the first impression was a bit shocking, even to me… there were hundreds and hundreds of people. I would say, so far, the most confusing part of the whole Gay Wedding in Buenos Aires. That is why I decided to come along with the couple and guide them through. But as David & Edwin – Groom & Groom – described it, they were very happy to see this side of Buenos Aires too. So Phase II of my Gay Wedding Planning mission to Buenos Aires is complete, now moving on to our last step before official marriage. But today is Friday, the couple flew off to the Iguazu Falls, and I have decided to spend the entire weekend outside Buenos Aires exploring off the beaten track luxury stays, experiences and options to share with you all. Stay tuned and have a great weekend. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Phase I Gay Marriage Argentina completed

 Phase I Gay Marriage Argentina completed  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Phase one of Legal Gay Marriage for foreign couples in Argentina completed and successfull.!!! Smooth and quick they were registered, given the necessary documentation and as the law of Same Sex Marriage with the Temporary Residency add-on dictates, they have the Wedding Ceremony appointment in exactly 5 days. Phase two Medical Exams. Gay Wedding Plannig Log in Argentina by CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Next International Gay Wedding by CM

Next International Gay Wedding by CM   |  Gay Marriage  |  The countdown is ON. Planning my nex Gay Wedding in 25 days. This time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a lovely couple from San Francisco. Can’t wait. This time benefited by the new modification to the Same Sex Marriage Law that guarantees marriage to any alien or non resident, the right to get married in 96 hours. The most exciting news, is that  I have already been booked for another international Gay Wedding to take place JUNE 2013. LOVE IS IN THE AIR. Buenos Aires here I come… Once again. Ladies and Gentleman, I do not need to advertise myself as a Wedding Planner, I am making it happen. Word of Mouth PERIOD. Wedding in Buenos Aires and Honeymoon at the Iguazu Falls !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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