By Melissa Locker
October 29, 2015
Vik Retreats polo
Credit: Courtesy of Vik Retreats

If you’re going to learn to play polo—the preferred sport of royals, billionaires, and oil scions across the world—you may as well do it in style at the Estancia Vik José Ignacio in Uruguay.

The first polo match ever recorded was played way back in 600 BC, when the Turkomans beat the Persians, and it’s been going strong every since. To help wannabe chukkers learn the difference between bits and boots, Vik Retreats is now offering a package that combines some of the best the luxury hotel has to offer (stunning rooms, South American architecture, an extraordinary setting) with polo lessons.

On your first afternoon, you’ll learn the essentials of connecting stick to ball while riding a pony. On the second day, a groom will show you how to prepare your pony to play before saddling up and learning the ropes of the game. By day four of your trip, you’ll be ready to face off in friendly scrimmage matches. Drinks will be served at the polo field after each match to toast your Nacho Figueras–inspired victories—or to drown your sorrows.

Plus, there’s no better place to recuperate from a staggering loss than sitting by the spectacular pool, sitting in the stunning bathroom (really!), strolling through the exquisite gardens, or studying the impressive art collection at Estancia Vik. If that doesn’t work, there’s always the local wine.