We were impressed by Dorchester’s latest property, Coworth Park, when it first opened, but a new offering only adds to the allure of this English countryside haven. Already the only hotel in the U.K. with its own polo grounds, Coworth Park now allows guests to join in on the action with instruction from a world-class polo coach and former player. Guests ages 10 and up – no prior experience or horseback riding skills necessary – can sign up for hour-long private lessons for £160 ($250) or group sessions for £150 ($235).
Of course, if you’re really serious about learning the game you’ll sign up for the Discover Polo all-day experience. This crash course starts out with the basic rules and techniques, followed by an intro session on a wooden horse before finally saddling up with sticks and balls. Guests will participate in a chukka (polo match) before breaking for lunch, then watch a real game and meet the players in the afternoon. As this is England, the day ends with afternoon tea. The day package costs £695 ($1,090) per person. www.coworthpark.com/Guards-Polo-Academy