Polo Valley holidays , courses and polo experiences www.polovalley.co.uk for all levels of players, from those with no riding experience whatsoever to the low goal player looking to brush up on their skills in the sun and next to the beaches. With a wide variety of high-quality cuisine and restaurants, and endless amounts of activities on your doorstep, the destination certainly appeals to all members of the family.The new venture is located just 10 minutes from the polo mecca of ‘Sotogrande’,Spain,ANDALUSIA. Very much a hidden gem, Sotogrande has to be one of the best polo destinations in the world.
With over 300 days of sunshine, world-class Tifton fields and some of the best levels of polo… it’s a must for all those struck with the polo bug.
It is quickly clear that those same core values which have led to the success of Powder Byrne, an industry leader in luxury holidays, have been deeply embedded within the DNA of the new and ambitious polo startup. When speaking with Director Christian Byrne and Polo Manager Alvaro Ara it was clear they both shared big ambitions for Polo Valley.
Quality, exelence and ‘a nothing is too much trouble’ attitude are very much at the forefront of the service offered both on and off the polo field.
Fuelled by their passion for this beautiful game we all love, they reiterated they wanted more people to learn and discover polo, that you don’t have to be a millionaire or super rich to play and enjoy polo and get top service. They told us that some clients have no riding experience at all but by the end of the day they are playing baby chukkas and that’s it, like many of us they are hooked! It’s about getting more people like this through our gates which will in turn benefit the sport of polo as a whole.
It is no wonder that Polo Valley are already witnessing a high rate of rebookings, they care about the little things and critically value each and every client that walks through their gate. One of the clients, Mark Bishop was already walking to the office after his first morning stick and ball lesson to rebook his second week-long trip in August.
We caught up with Mark again towards the end of his trip, he told Polo Times “Polo heaven” is the only way to describe Polo Valley’s finca, the staff, the horses and the service.
It’s location along the valley is both stunning and spiritual, the facilities are magnificent and totally immaculate; the horses, saddles and tack absolutely pristine, the staff open, friendly, attentive, alert and professional. The whole set-up, ambience and ethos is of the highest order. You will not receive a “five star” service whilst there, you will be given an unequivocal “six star” service. Don’t hesitate, go, and come back a changed person and a better rider and player!
Prices are also very reasonable too, with a long weekend of polo (3 full days) starting at €1,285 including accommodation on full board and private airport transfers. For those lucky enough to escape for longer, a week stay at the Finca starts at €2,660..
Freddie and Rachel the Resort Managers and the rest of the resort team, who have been finely tuned working for Powder Byrne, are there to look after you off the polo field. Whether it’s handing you an ice-cold water in between chukkas or recommending and making dinner reservations for you, it all contributes to what can only be described as the ultimate polo get away.
Byrne, Owner and Founder of Powder Byrne and Polo Valley said ‘We want everyone walking through our gates to feel like a high-goal patron.’ A quick look around will give you enough evidence to see this for yourself. The boot room, with over 20 pairs of brand new boots, polished and cleaned ready for clients, the office where one receives a fresh ‘café con leche’ whilst checking in. The little details are certainly there. It is fair to say Polo Valley have a very exciting and bright future ahead of them. We ourselves will certainly be back!
Flights and transfers to Polo Valley are incredibly easy and quick, even without the Polo Valley touch. A short flight and a thirty-minute private transfer from Gibraltar Aiport to Polo Valley – and you could have played polo and be sipping on a cold beer in the sun and looking out over some breathtaking views the very same afternoon.
Polo Valley is one of Polo Lady’s highly recommended visits!