In the midst of the summer polo season and in anticipation of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad this week, guests at Gstaad Palace can experience a special Polo package. In addition, two other luxury hotels are offering new polo amenities this season, showing that once merely a royal pastime, polo or “the sport of kings is now played all over the world and recognized globally as a very popular pastime. Learn how to play the sport with on sight polo lessons or sip on a specially crafted cocktail enjoying exclusive access to top polo events around the world.
Gstaad Palace in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland, has long been a favorite address for international and royal travelers since its opening in 1913. This week, the hotel is offering a Polo Cup Special, August 15-18, that includes a three night stay with a VIP day entrance to the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Tournament or a VIP entrance to Polo Night including dinner and an after party at the Palace’s famous, GreenGo nightclub. Since its inception in 1996, the Hublot Polo Cup Tournament has rapidly become one of the most renowned European tournaments with 6000 spectators and the magnificent backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The traditional Hublot Polo Gold Cup will take place from August 15th to 18th 2013 at the private airport of Gstaad Saanen, with the magnificent backdrop of the Swiss Alps, a spectacle that contributes to the reputation of this authentic region of the Bernese Oberland. For those looking for a night out partying like it’s 1970 when polo was just getting popular in the United States, GreenGo nightclub can help celebrate a winning match with the uniquely designed and decorated club taking you back to the seventies, guaranteeing a tasteful atmosphere for a great evening of partying. With the Polo Cup Special guests will also have access to the Palace Spa and all the luxury amenities Gstaad Palace has to offer. Find out who will be crowned Gstaad Champion 2013 with the Polo Cup Special package starting at CHF 475 ($512) per person, per night including half board and use of the Palace Spa.
Coworth Park, a luxury country house hotel and spa of Dorchester Collection in Ascot is the only UK hotel to offer polo lessons. This season, the property introduces new themed offerings and the opportunity to learn the sport at the renowned ‘Guards Polo Academy at Coworth Park’ with expert Andrew Hine, former captain of the England Polo Team. Guests staying at Coworth Park can take advantage of the latest “A Royal Life at Coworth Park” package. The package includes an exclusive look and first-hand opportunity to live like a Royal, including a riding or polo lesson; accommodations in two rooms for two nights; a customized tour of Windsor with carriage rides and picnic lunch; afternoon tea for a family of four; and more Royal experiences. New this season is Coworth Park’s delightful polo-inspired cocktail menu which includes the “Modern Julab,” inspired by the founders of polo in ancient Persia, and “Under the Neck,” a brand-based drink named after the most difficult shot in the game. Zoe Jenkins, General Manager of Coworth Park, commented, “We are proud to continue offering our unique polo amenities to our guests, making this exhilarating and entertaining sport accessible to a new audience. For both fans of the game to skilled players, Coworth Park is quickly becoming a second home for polo.”
Inspired by the sport of kings, the new bar at Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires brings to life the casual chic of the famous Argentinian polo team, La Dolfina. Pony Line Bar and Lounge balances urban sophistication with the carefree elegance of polo in leathers and other fabrics, riding motifs, art by Alejandro Moy, and rugged yet refined elements such as pergamino-clad trunks that act as cocktail tables. On the menu are hand-craft cocktails and a new “bites” section to include housemade chorizo and oxtail empanadas, as well as international dishes such as hummus and focaccia, and universally-loved favorites including mini burgers, and truffled french fries. Caballos Libres, or “free horses,” a painting by renowned Argentine artist Alejandro Moy, portrays horses in full gallop, another reference to the country’s favorite sport of polo. Guests can visit the La Dolfina Polo Ranch itself during their stay at Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires and learn even more about the sport and why Argentina is credited globally as the mecca of polo.