Passionate about Polo? Well …it doesn’t get better than in Argentina, home to the King of all Sports.
Founded in 2010 by Carlos Sciutto and Sophie De Ferranti, LOS POLEROS Campo de Polo-Polo School is located just 100kms from Buenos Aires Pistarini Airport and 120kms from the beautiful and vibrant city of Buenos Aires. A private, boutique-styled farm just a few minutes’ drive from the town of General Belgrano, Los Poleros has been meticulously and thoughtfully designed with the discerning polo guest in mind.
Says Sophie: I trained as a dressage rider from a very young age in Germany and Belgium, am a trainer here in Argentina, and besides polo, have a project for training young dressage horses, as well as buying and selling polo ponies together with my partner / pro Carlos Sciutto. I am also a qualified Sports Therapist and Nutritionist. I left my job as a Managing Director in the City of London 5 years ago, made a financial investment here in Argentina and we started Los Poleros. I wanted to create a unique, down to earth and truly bespoke Polo destination and this is what Los Poleros is all about.
Be it improving or simply learning how to play polo, Los Poleros caters for everyone. Each polo experience is bespoke depending on guests’ needs and desires, with flexibility to accommodate small groups, families, junior riders and especially hosting lady players. Female team polo tournaments are growing in popularity in Argentina, a sport traditionally dominated by male professionals, and Los Poleros has created a unique offering that is suited to both genders.
A typical day at Los Poleros is not for the fainthearted. A quick dip in the pool or early morning riding practice is followed by a substantial Argentine or continental breakfast which is served in the main guest house. Free range eggs, traditional pastries, homemade breads, porridge and an abundance of fresh seasonal fruits are available from 08 00hrs onwards.
Dulce de Leche and Medias Lunas are among guests’ favourites and continental cakes and tarts are baked daily.
Foot mallet tuition, stick and ball practice and game strategy all take place before an early afternoon two course lunch which is accompanied by Los Poleros’ own house wines, Quilmes beers and even champagne for those wishing to indulge before siesta time. Instruction can be given in either Spanish or English, and the team at Los Poleros also have a working proficiency in German and French.
The cuisine at Los Poleros is carefully prepared and delicately presented. Organic ingredients, meat and poultry are sourced daily and guests are encouraged to provide the Chef with any dietary requirements on arrival. The culinary team at Los Poleros takes great pride in offering fresh homemade dishes, free from additives, selecting herbs and vegetables from their very own gardens. Lemon and lime trees are planted within the grounds at Los Poleros and fresh watermelons and other citrus fruits are in abundance during the summer season – perfect natural ingredients for an early morning fruit tea or a post-chukka cocktail.
According to player ability, four chukkas or further stick and ball take place late afternoon followed by team drinks and a game debriefing early evening. A photographer is also on hand most days to capture those unexpected moments, both on and off the pitch, with each and every guest being presented with a selection of digital photos at the end of their stay.
With more than fifty well trained polo ponies able to play at all handicap levels, Los Poleros also has a selection of excellent horses for sale internationally. And, for the more ambitious guest, tournament packages can be arranged at one of the members’ clubs in La Enriqueta, Santa Maria de Lobos or Monte. So, if it is time in the saddle one seeks then Los Poleros has no limit as to riding opportunity. Night rides to the local pub and a chance to enjoy the majestic fauna of thousands of glow bugs are a guest highlight at Los Poleros. Sampling Fernet and Gancia with the local Gauchos is a must. An on-site massage can be arranged to help ease aching muscles and build up an appetite for a grand three course supper, which is either served ‘al fresco’ or fireside, depending on the weather. And unlike many other Polo Estancias in South America, Los Poleros is open all year round. When not cooling off in pleasant air conditioned rooms in the midst of the Argentine summer, there are heated blankets and romantic log burning stoves for the colder nights.
Beautiful grounds surround the main guest houses and stables which have been tastefully decorated in an antique pink hue. A private swimming pool with sun loungers and poolside drinks is complemented by an array of beautiful Pampas grasses and Agapanthus, and is uniquely situated to enjoy a view of the main polo pitch.
The traditionally styled Tack Room and groom’s accommodation is just a short walk from the main building, boasting a magnificent and grand stone fire place perfectly suited to sipping Mate, a glass of champagne and savouring a famous Argentine Asado. Some twenty corals, oat fields and grazing pasture line the main driveway into the farm with a round pen for starting young polo ponies.
A blend of both luxury and practicality has driven the concept of Los Poleros. Chic and functional, all guest rooms are en-suite with air conditioning, satellite W
i-Fi, wet rooms, pool towels, a daily maid service and fresh bottled water which is replenished daily. Interiors have been elegantly designed with a polo theme in mind. Quirkily, each room has been named in honour of a famous Polo ground – from Palermo, Hurlingham and Sotogrande to Palm Beach and Cowdray which even sport a distant view of the polo pitch.
At Los Poleros it is not just about Polo. In the winter months of June to September, specialist hunting and shooting experiences in partnership with ‘Los Cazadores’ are on offer, including driven and horseback hunts for local game such as wild boar, feral hog, deer and Argentina’s impressive Red Stag. So, whether it be sampling a selection of fine wines from Patagonia, beach riding on the Atlantic coast, taking part in a mounted cattle drive, spending a VIP day at the races in San Isidro, watching a game of spectacular Pato (Argentina’s most famous horse sport) or just relaxing by the pool, Los Poleros is delighted to also welcome non playing guests. And, of course, not forgetting the annual Argentine Palermo Open hosted annually in November and December; a must-see for those guests wishing to watch irrefutably THE BEST polo in the world. And why not? It’s a chance to rub shoulders with celebrities, indulge oneself at the La Martina clothing outlet or simply watch an unforgettable display of horsemanship, all smack bang in the centre of Buenos Aires city. Los Poleros also therefore incorporates hospitality packages into guest stays during the Palermo Open for a small additional cost.
A Luxury Polo Experience at Los Poleros is available for stays of 7 days or more. Each polo package is all-inclusive; all lodging and accommodation, food and refreshments (soft drinks water, wines, beers and champagne, plus a wide selection of international teas and coffees are available throughout the day) private airport transfers, all personalised tuition, equipment and use of horses. Most of the non-polo activities are also included. Additional charges are only for laundry service, massage and mallet hire. Deposits and reservation forms are required at the time of booking.
7 Day Luxury Polo Experience (6 nights, 7 days) – USD$ 2,600
10 Day Luxury Polo Experience (9 nights, 10 days) – USD$ 3,250
14 Day Intensive Polo Boot Camp (14 nights for the price of 12)
– USD$ 4,000
1 Full Day / 1 overnight stay, Full Board – ‘Intro to Polo’ Clinic
Many guests return year on year so why not experience Los Poleros for yourself. The legendary guest book is testament to their success in hosting guests from around the globe.
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