NEW YORK, NY (02/14) A little more than an hour from Buenos Aires in the heart of Argentina’s tranquil Pampas countryside, lies La Bamba de Areco, a unique experience awaiting travelers who seek the authentic and the truly different. One of the oldest estancias in the country, it was recently renovated as a boutique hotel with attention paid to every detail. From the luxurious accommodation to the celebration of the Gaucho tradition, La Bamba de Areco will awe and relax at the same time.
La Bamba de Areco is nestled in the midst of a magnificent park off the El Camino Real (the road to the north). Here, you can watch a Polo match, view a horse whisperer work his magic through superlative horsemanship, ride horses, take a carriage ride, lounge by the pool, go mountain biking, learn about the life of the Gaucho, go fly-fishing, and have a massage. Enjoy exquisite Argentinian cuisine, including mate (special tea)tasting and a true asado (Argentine barbeque) in the vine-covered outdoor dining room. Indulge in the breathtaking beauty of the Argentinian night sky with a state-of-the-art telescope. Stay for a while in this paradise or take a brief break as an overnight or day trip from Buenos Aires.
The colonial style ensemble is approached via an avenue of ancient plane trees off of a dirt road. La Bamba de Areco houses rooms and suites spread throughout three buildings, with several reception rooms, dining room, library, bar, billiards room, massage room and a boutique where local artwork and leather and silver goods are sold. The 11 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites are furnished with antique colonial furniture, dark wooden floors, local textiles, and South American art that adds a smart, modern look. Each has been named after a famous polo pony. All have views of the stunning countryside and no phones or televisions are there to disturb the romantic atmosphere.
Today, La Pulperia, the oldest building at Le Bamba de Areco, is a luxurious retreat for reading, relaxing or having a glass of wine. Be enchanted by its charming history. The building served as a shelter for horses and carriages, hence the name La Pulperia, meaning stables. It was later converted into an inn where the gauchos would gather to sing, dance and dine.
La Bamba de Areco also serves as the base for the international polo team that bears its name and has two of the best fields in Argentina. Guests may watch the team play here during the polo season.
The spacious stables that house the owner’s 18 polo ponies is newly built. But with the careful attention the owner paid to historical accuracy, it is difficult to detect the difference between the stables and the older buildings. Walls were painted with traditional blends of pigment and cow’s blood, true to the region’s heritage.
Locally sourced regional food is a major feature of a stay at La Bamba de Areco. Homemade pastry, croissants and pains au chocolat, and homemade jams highlight breakfast. Lunch comprises empanadas, traditional asados with beef, lamb or pork, pancakes with dulce de leche and wines from Mendoza. A more formal, three course dinner with chicken or filet mignon and homemade sorbets ends the day. Meals may be enjoyed with other guests or in private.
La Bamba de Areco deftly combines total comfort, elegant décor and fine food against a spectacular landscape, magnificent horses, unbroken traditions, and historic architecture. It is the best of many worlds.
Rates start at $580 from May 1 to August 31, 2014 and $700 from September 1 to April 30, 2014, per room per night sharing. A rate for a day stay is $140 in the low season and $180 in the high season. Rates include accommodation, meals, drinks, horseback riding, pool, mountain biking, trekking, badminton, bird watching, fishing, carriage trips, and bocha.
For reservations or additional information on La Bamba de Areco, visit www.labambadeareco.com or call 011 54 11 4519 4996. Email email@example.com