Estancia Escapes Buenos Aires Polo Clubs & More
Temperatures reached a tear inducing 88 degrees last week. While many expats may have left their countries in search of sunshine, the sauna style subway rides were unlikely to have been part of that dream.
Summertime in Buenos Aires can be dealt with in a variety of ways:
- Leave: skiing inEuropehas never seemed more appealing when you realize your morning commute has replaced your Bikram yoga session.
- De-camp to a summer house in Punta del Este where the champagne replaces the agua sin gas and where jewelry and heels are considered beach essentials.
- Organise a lancha to take you across to Tigre, and hide out in their Tree house style lodges.
But for those who don’t have the holiday time to spare for a European sojourn, for those without the budget for one of South Americas most expensive destinations, and for those not organized enough to have called ahead to book a boat capable of carrying enough food and OFF spray to get through a delta break: an Estancia weekend is the city escape of choice.
These great value, fully catered weekend breaks are ideal for city dwellers in search of cool air and relaxation. The pampas house hundreds of these countryside estates, offering a range of experiences from the high-end luxury side of the market (complete with 5 star hotel accommodation and gourmet cuisine) to more back-to-basic rural options where guests get involved with farming the land and learning more about the traditions of the Gauchos. Puesto Viejo Estancia and Polo Club located in Canuelas, around 45 minutes by car from the city, offers a great balance between these 2 extremes.
While Puesto Viejo has been much improved for modern day comfort, the location and experience are truly authentic and with staff on hand to ensure every guest’s visit is an unforgettable experience, Puesto Viejo is the perfect estancia escape.
Guests can spend their days riding horses, exploring the250 acresby bike, cooling down in the infinity pool and feasting on the 4 meals a day. One of the things that sets Puesto Viejo apart from other estancias is the on-site polo club. Playing practice matches 4 times a week and with tournaments throughout the year, guests will often get the chance to seeArgentina’s famous sport first hand. For those wishing to try it out for themselves, polo professionals based at the club are happy to give lessons.
The boutique hotel was fully refurbished and extended over the winter of 2011 and now offers 10 en-suite bedrooms. Named after the owner’s favorite horses, they are all individually designed using antiques sourced from local markets to give an eclectic feel. The living room, complete with open fire, WiFi and library, is the ideal place for guests to relax after a day exploring the countryside. An honesty bar is also available for guests to help themselves to drinks throughout their stay.
Leaving behind the range of cuisine on offer in the city, is no great hardship when heading to an estancia. At Puesto Viejo, homemade Argentine meals incorporate fruit, vegetables, herbs and meat from the estancia: from breakfast jams to organically reared lamb. Asado lunches are arranged regularly for guests and these include a variety of meats alongside other delicacies. A selected wine list includes blends from the Luigi Bosca and Familia Marguery vineyards in Mendoza including a limited edition Malbec created especially for Puesto Viejo guests. Meals are served in the adjoining dining room or outside under the trees, giving guests the opportunity to meet each other, many making friendships that last long beyond their stay.
While packages such as “A Country Retreat” have been developed specifically for city workers wishing to get out to the country at the end of the week, there are a range of other options on offer. “The Last Goodbye” is ideal for tourists about to leave Argentina as it includes transport from the city and then onto the airport at the end of the stay. “Ladies Weekend” is great for girly get togethers with massages and champagne perfect additions to a relaxing stay. The “Family Fun” option will keep guests of all ages happy with a nature trail for younger children and group polo lesson for the older ones.
There also some day time options. The traditional “Day in the Country” is great for those who want a break from city life but do not have the time to stay overnight. New for 2012 are “Puesto Viejo Polo Days”. These daytime excursions give tourists the opportunity to learn more about the game, enjoy a lesson with a professional instructor and watch polo club members play in an adrenaline fuelled match.
So next time, you find yourself handing out in a shop doorway, desperate for that hit of air conditioning, or placing chilled water bottles behind your knees trying to cool down: start planning your escape and give Puesto Viejo a call.
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