Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro you will benefit in so many ways from your time at El Retiro. Not only will you obviously learn how to play but there is so much more to the experience. Whether you are part of a large group, a just a couple of you or a solo traveller it really doesn´t matter. The Llambias family is enormous by English standards and so the house is always full of people. You just become another of the family! Also, at the weekends there are matches at the club so you´ll get to play and socialise with ´the locals´.
The average day starts with lessons and stick and ball in the morning and then baby chukkas in the afternoon. Marcos, who owns the club, teaches all the lessons and had a 4 handicap in his day.
If you are concerned about your Spanish then don´t be, the whole family is, at least, bilingual as are ´the locals´ so all lessons are in English or Spanish depending on what you need.
You are probably a horse lover so I should also mention the horses...
Whatever your ability to ride/play you are matched accordingly. As your polo improves and you become more confident your horses will change with you. They are all schooled brilliantly by the Argentine grooms and watching thier horsemanship and polo is a pleasure.
So what kit do you need? It´s all very relaxed about what you wear but Hats, boots and knee pads are a must. As a hugely repected member of the Argentine polo world, Marcos exactly where to take you for the best kit for the best price. You don´t find these addresses in a Buenos Aires guide book.
So what else can I tell you...? The food is awesome and never in short supply. Watch out for the Dulce de Leche pancakes, they are amazing.
If you fancy a trip away for a few days or a night out in BA then that´s all possible too, however, be warned... playing polo on a hangover is very, very hard...
El Retiro is a great place to; not only improve your polo but also experience Argentine hospitality, hear many a funny story from Marcos about his polo playing days all within a real family atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At El Retiro Polo Club, only 40 minutes from Buenos Aires,we have full polo facilities for players of all ability including polo lessons and clinics. We have over 30 excellent horses which we will match to your ability. Or, we can accomodate you plus your horses. We stick and balls and chukkas six days per week. ... more less