John and I were in Patagonia earlier this month, as part of a fabulous vacation through Chile and Argentina. After 2 very busy weeks exploring Chile (Valparaiso & Puerto Natales’ Torres del Paine at The Singular in southern Patagonia) and Argentina (El Calafate’s Eolo) we spent our last night, after 4 days in Buenos Aires, here at Estancia La Bamba de Areco. This 11 room Relais & Chateau lodge is about a 2 hour drive west of town in the middle the pampa.
So yes, it’s worth the BA traffic and 10 minutes on a bumpy dusty road to get here, and we only stayed about 26 hours. I’d probably recommend 2 nights, or longer if you want to really chill. But even our 1 night was well worth it. And you can helicopter in/out if you prefer.
- Like many of the other hotels we stayed at on this trip, the serenity is golden. No incredible sweeping views here*, except of the peaceful ranch setting.
- The hotel’s various buildings were meticulously enhanced by great interior design, but the buildings themselves are quite old, not that you’d know it.
- The old buildings, I was told, account for the fairly small rooms, but they’re so nice, very comfortable and airy. Natural light is abundant. And the bathrooms, with their heated floors are huge.
- All food & wine is included and it’s wonderful as you might expect from a Relais & Chateau property. Lunch is the ‘bomb’ with a BBQ featuring endless steak, sausage, phenomenal roasted potatoes, and I can’t remember what else but it was worth staying here just for this. Dinner was also delicious, if not more low key.
- And interestingly because the place is so small all dining is communal – a great way to meet your fellow travelers, which is unique and cool. The BBQ lunch was served at a big outdoor table, while dinner was at a cozy table in their elegant dining room.
- Wander around the stables where the polo horses hang out between matches and practice. It’s very peaceful. And then take a ride on one of their other horses. I understand the owner of the hotel is a French polo player and entrepreneur.
- And they have a horse whisperer. That’s the after lunch surprise. Very interesting.
* well there was one, the horse back ride through the fields was really nice and you can see forever since there are no hills.
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More photos of my trip are here on Flickr.
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