72 hours in style at Rio de Janeiro by Carlos Melia

72 hours in style at Rio de Janeiro by Carlos Melia  |  429MAGAZINE  |  Dear followers, my weekly column contribution on Luxury Gay Travel for dot429 is out and online. Check it out. !!! This week on my personal experience of 72 hours in style at Rio de Janeiro. Next week stay tuned for my take on Puerto Rico and a special surprise. Till next week. For on the minute updates on my travels, subscribe to my Facebook or follow me on Twitter. Cheers CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro

Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro  | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  During the course of my city tour yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, we made a stop at one of the two iconic Carioca attractions. One, the Corcovado Christ Redeemer, and then, the Sugar Loaf “Pão de Açúcar”. Located at the mouth of the Guanabara Bay, same that the first portuguese  settlers the 1st of January 1502. From there the name Rio de Janeiro, Rio (River) and Janeiro (January). When sailing across the Guanabara Bay, they though they were on the mouth of a river, and this happened in the month of January. The name Sugar Loaf, is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf. Continue reading Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro

Morning at the Pool of Hotel Santa Teresa by Veuve Clicquot


Morning at the Pool of Hotel Santa Teresa by Veuve Clicquot  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  Beautiful day in Veuve Clicquot Paradise, enjoying a sunny day in Rio de Janeiro at Hotel Santa Teresa. Definitely, a different experience and approach to Rio de Janeiro, away from Ipanema and Copacabana. À la vôtre. !! CM
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Corcovado Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

Corcovado Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  Yesterday as part of my tour, I made a long stop at the stunning and iconic Corcovado Christ Redeemer at the top of Corcovado Hill (or Morro as locals call them) 700 meters. Corcovado, translates as hunchback. Considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world, made completely of soapstone, overlooking in the back to Tijuca Forest – the largest urban forest in the world, and to the front the Guanabara Bay. Breathtaking panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, overtaken by the presence of the majestic statue, which welcomes everyone to Rio de Janeiro and Brazil with wide open arms. Continue reading Corcovado Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

Hotel Check IN Hotel Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro


Hotel Check IN Hotel Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  Heard about the area of Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro, so many times, that this time and visit I decided to come and spend a few nights here. And what better place to do so than the 2010 Wallpaper Design Award winner Hotel Santa Teresa, the chosen hotel by Amy Winehouse for her visit to Brazil. Romantic, chic, sophisticated, sexy… a combination of all this with the stunning colonial and panoramic views of Santa Teresa. A full different experience of Rio de Janeiro, away from the cliche of Ipanema and Copacabana. Continue reading Hotel Check IN Hotel Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro

GPS Carlos Melia at Ipanema Beach Rio de Janeiro


GPS Carlos Melia at Ipanema Beach Rio de Janeiro  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  This afternoon after spending the full morning working, went out running  to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather at the beach. From the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Copacabana, all the way down to Point 9 in Ipanema.  See my video live from Ipanema Beach. Cheers CM

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Rua Dias Ferreira Gourmet Hot Spot in Leblon

Rua Dias Ferreira Gourmet Hot Spot in Leblon  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  If you are looking for the best area for restaurants and gourmet experiences in Rio de Janeiro, then you must come to Rua Dias Ferreira in Leblon.  The hot spot for restaurants, only a few minutes away from Copacabana or Ipanema. From sushi to italian and everything in between, there are options for all palates. Our choice for the night was Sushi Leblon, and indeed it was fantastic. But our local friend Bruno also highly recommended an alternative local Brazilian option – ZUKA. Worth trying. CM

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Hotel Check IN Copacabana Palace by Orient-Express

Hotel Check IN Copacabana Palace by Orient-Express  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  Just arrived to Brazil and Checked IN at the amazing Copacabana Palace by Orient-Express. Only been here a few hours now, but knowing and having travelled by Orient-Express Hotels and Trains in the past all over the world, I know in advance that it will be A Journey Like no Other. Check the video of my Suite below, with a balcony overlooking the iconic pool and the beach of Copacabana. The most iconic, chic and sophisticated hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading Hotel Check IN Copacabana Palace by Orient-Express