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. Continue reading Gauchos and Folklore at La Bamba de Areco
Estancia Villa Maria ( Buenos Aires ) Considered to be one of the top in South America and one of the most distinguished rural hotels in Argentina. Located one hour away from the city of Buenos Aires, in between the districts of Ezeiza and Cañuelas. A great way to begin or finish your stay in Argentina and Buenos Aires, due to the proximity to the Ezeiza International Airport.
The Estancia (700 hectares) offers many options, the Estancia Villa Maria Hotel, Polo fields, Tennis, Golfing. For each of these ventures, they have gone for the best, branding with some of the most relevant exponents worldwide to assure your best experience: POLO by Ignacio Figueras, Tennis by Guillermo Vilas, Professional Equestrian Center by George Morris, Golf by Randall Thompson. They will be opening 2011 the Spa, where they will offer among others revitalization treatments, thalasotherapy, an indoors/outdoors heated pool, steam room, sauna, hydro-masage, yoga….
The Hotel, with its 11 suites, placed in this historic British style Manor house of the Estancia, surrounded by 74 hectares of incredible parkland. The hotel combines the best of each world… the luxury and service of a 05 stars hotel, with the coziness and ambience of a traditional Argentinean Estancia.
Rooms are HUGE and very comfortable. The one on the video was my suite with 2 living room areas, 2 balconies, a full bathroom with amenities by L’Occitane. WiFi free access, Flat Screen, AC, Safe. 300 Strands Egyptian cotton sheets, Pillow menu, Egyptian robes and towels. Room service.
Gastronomy and original cuisine oriented to traditional Argentinean dishes. Lamb rolls, sweetbreads, steak… typical Asados for lunch. A cuisine of regional products. This to my point of view would be the only aspect of the whole experience they need to put some extra effort. Lunch, Tea and Wine Tasting was amazing. Dinner and Breakfast not so much.
At night you may also take part on the Wine Tasting experiences, conducted by Juan who is very knowledgeable and eager to teach you everything about wine, the making process and the wine marriage. Depending on the groups, wine tastings are conducted either at the lounge or at the private CAVA.
Some of the activities at the Estancia are: (Outdoors) Horseback Ridding, Carriage Rides, Swimming Pool, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Bike Rides, Walks in the park. (Indoors) Pool, DVDs Library, Table games, Library.
Packages and Options: You may visit the Estancia just for the day, Dia de Campo ( 10AM – 06 PM, USD 100 + VAT per person including full access to all activities of the Estancia + Lunch and Tea ). Or you may stay Overnight ( from USD 150 + VAT per room per person on DBL base, included full board and access to activities). My recommendation if you are a couple or two people, then just go for the overnight package. For the extra USD 50 you will get a fabulous dinner and breakfast, plus to enjoy the magic of this beautiful Estancia at night. (transfers IN/OUT are not included but available upon request). There are also several other options and packages such us Honeymoon, Romantic Nights, Polo Experience among others…
Polo plays a big role at this Estancia. Planned by renown international polo player and image of Polo Ralph Lauren – Ignacio Figueras. If you want to have your own experience either by watching, taking lessons of playing then Estancia Villa Maria is the right place to do so.
(*) Check the FULL Photo Album at Estancia Villa Maria. All pictures are property of Carlos Melia.
(**) Special Thanks to: Juan Giacalone – Estancia Villa Maria, Diego Plottier – NEXUS Consultora and all the staff of Estancia Villa Maria.
FORTIN Leather and Polo Boots store Mar del Plata • if Bangkok is the best place for suits, and Buenos Aires for Leather Jackets…. Mar del Plata is the one when it comes to Leather Shoes and Polo Boots. FORTIN Leather is THE place to buy the most amazing Argentinean leather hand crafted boots made using the old traditional techniques. But also, is a MUST SEE and DO spot of Mar del Plata to learn and watch their artisans work and make wonders with this sexy and chic material.
Enrique, my guide, took me through the process of creating a POLO Boot. It is quite and exciting experience to see how their artisans work and the time and effort they put into crafting this pieces that in a way I would also call Rural ART.
If you are visiting MDQ – Mar del Plata – and you wish to get your own boots or shoes done, they will get them ready from the scratch just in a few days. International and Regional shipping available upon request.
Fortin Mar del Plata ( click here ) has crafted leather garments for international and local celebrities worldwide, among those are Felipe Junot, Catherine Denueve, Chelsea Clinton among many others…. (see a short list handed to me in by one of the artisans)…
The whole process of creating a POLO Boot takes not less than over 10 steps and 10 days. The start choosing and cutting the leather piece by piece, sewing them together… and from there till the end. All hand made by this great artist that have made this their way of life and passion.
Are you into LEATHER… ? If yes then Fortin Cueros, one of the many reason to visit MAR DEL PLATA. Crafting leather garments and boots since 1944.