A gastronomic overnight flight aboard the Montgolfière in Monaco

A gastronomic overnight flight aboard the Montgolfière in Monaco  | Monaco | Transitioning from my week in Cannes attending ILTM Cannes 2017, to my upcoming week in Spain and Portugal, I spent an overnight in Monte Carlo and Monaco. This was my second time there, and I always enjoy coming during the Christmas time, to see all the decorations and the Monégasque Christmas experience. A synonym for prestige. A place where the international elite gathers, a harbour for the most beautiful yachts, a prestigious destination, and home to some of the world’s most celebrated events including the Grand Prix and the Monaco Yacht Show.  For more tips and recommendations, see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on Monaco & Monte Carlo. Continue reading A gastronomic overnight flight aboard the Montgolfière in Monaco

My week in the Cote d’Azur – French Riviera attending ILTM Cannes 2017

My week in the Cote d’Azur – French Riviera attending ILTM Cannes 2017  |  ILTM – International Luxury Travel Market | As every year, December is my time in the French Riviera, taking part either as hosted VIP Media or Buyer, to ITLM Cannes. This is the best luxury travel event to network with other luxury travel colleagues and international suppliers. This is my week in the Cote d’Azur – French Riviera attending ITLM Cannes 2017. For more tips and recommendations, see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on ILTM Cannes 2017.

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My day exploring Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

My day exploring Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild  |  Cote d’Azur, France | During my last time at the French Riviera, attending as every year ILTM Cannes – International Luxury Travel Market, I was invited by Raffles Hotels and Accor Hotels to spend a full day in Cap Ferrat, at the very lovely Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Here is how my day went along. You may see all my photos and videos from my recent trip to Cote d’Azur at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog

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My exciting eventful week curating the world of luxury travel attending ILTM Cannes 2016


My exciting eventful week curating the world of luxury travel attending ILTM Cannes 2016 | ILTM Cannes, France |  After several months traveling around there world non-stop, I have a few days at home in New York, to seat down and start debriefing and blogging about some of the highlights of my recent travels. First post, my exciting eventful week attending ILTM Cannes, which took me from New York to Madrid, Spain, onwards to Nice, Cannes, Monaco and Monte Carlo, France. ILTM – International Luxury Travel Market, is the place and event where luxury travel advisors and media, like me, gather in search of what new – coming – trending in the world of luxury travel, and like in my case, to scout for and curate, unique travel experiences to offer both my discerning leisure and corporate clients. So here we go, hope you enjoy my post. For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on ILTM Cannes 2016. Continue reading My exciting eventful week curating the world of luxury travel attending ILTM Cannes 2016

96 Hours in Peru covering as much territory as possible

Carlos Melia in Machu Picchu
96 Hours in Peru covering as much territory as possible  |  Peru  | A few weeks back, invited by LATAM Airlines Business Class, Belmond Journeys and Hotels Peru, Rubin and I decided to come for 3 nights / 4 days – ha ha ha yes you read right 96 hours, to explore to main higlights of the marvelous country and intriguing culture. This wasn’t my first time in Peru – for work or leisure – I have been many times, but indeed was Rubin‘s first visit, and I mastered a well curated itinerary, that would take us from Lima, to Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley, in a natural flow enjoying the services of all our hosts… Well, unfortunately not all came along as planned. For more photos and videos on my journey in Peru, visit my Instagram Photo Gallery of Peru.
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VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London


VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London | Luxury Trains | My journey across Western Europe continued, after lovely visits to the Amalfi Coast and a brief stay at Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy. This time, moving onwards to London, England, aboard the overnight luxury train VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express, with stops in Innsbruk, Paris, Calais and Folkestone. Step aboard and experience truly elegant travel, wrapped in timeless romance through the spectacular scenery of the Dolomite Mountains, Brenner Pass, Swiss Alps and Alberg Pass. If you follow my blog, you might know by now, that I love traveling by train, specially when they offer luxurious experiences like the VSOE. Other recent experiences you might enjoy reading about had been: The Royal Scotsman across Scotland, or the Day Luxury Train Hiram Bingham in Peru, and my absolute favorite, the Eastern-Oriental-Express from Thailand to Singapore.  This is an exceptional train: a time capsule, a dream. A chance to dress up, socialize and relive the golden age of travel. For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on #GPSCarlosMeliaLUXURYTRAINS.   Continue reading VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London

My private pre-opening viewing of the Ritz Paris

Ritz Paris Place VendomeMy private pre-opening viewing of the Ritz Paris  | Paris, France  | Today, I was among one of the few lucky chosen ones, to enjoyed a private pre-opening behind-construction walk-around of the iconic Ritz Paris, schedule to re-open next March 2016. I was introduced to the lovely mock up suites, the traditional and brand new restaurants and bars, the new inner garden, the exclusive and unique Chanel Spa and much more…, by the hand of Monsieur Manfred Mautsch, who has been with the hotel now for over 20 years and gone through two renovations…
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Lunch at St Ouen Coffee at Jardins du Ruisseau and Dinner in Trocadero

Lunch at St Ouen Coffee at Jardins du Ruisseau and Dinner in Trocadero | Paris, France | Yesterday, being a Sunday, I’ve decided to have a very local day. My morning began working at RUBINSINGER’s Showroon in Trocadero and from there after our morning appointments, I went to one of my favorite spots in Paris, the Marche Vernaison‬ in St Ouen. Where I enjoyed a kitsch French lunch at my classic chez Louisette. This place always makes me so happy. After that I spend my early afternoon walking around the market, Antique browsing and shopping.  Continue reading Lunch at St Ouen Coffee at Jardins du Ruisseau and Dinner in Trocadero

Fondation Louis Vuitton at Bois de Boulogne

Foundation Louis VouittonFondation Louis Vuitton at Bois de Boulogne  |  Paris, France  |  Of course, on our first day, as soonas we had free time and to kill the jetlag, we had to come to see/explore the new Foundation Louis Vuitton‬ at Bois de Boulogne‬. This fantastic creation by ‪‎Frank Gehry. We spent two hours walking around. Quite lovely. Here some photos.  Continue reading Fondation Louis Vuitton at Bois de Boulogne

VIP Gala Dinner 45 minutes out of Paris curated by Carlos Melia

FullSizeRender 4VIP Gala Dinner 45 minutes out of Paris curated by Carlos Melia  |  Paris, France | One of the many services I offer to my clients worldwide, is producing event and weddings. Here an example of the last event I hosted 45 minutes outside of Paris, to end our VIP French Open Roland Garros Week to a very select group of executives. The Gala took place at a lovely Chateau, located in the district of Bouffemont, which we privatized fully. Sunset cocktails at the outdoor terrace, gala dinner indoors with live performances and band, which included among others, an impersonator of Edith Piaf. A lovely soiree and the perfect curated end to their trip. Here other experiences I also created for this same group: Sunset sailing and dinning along the Seine River. Private off-hours visit to the tower of Notre Dame. Guy Savoy Restaurant at La Monnaie de Paris. Private visit to Louis XV and XVI’s Apartment, Behind-the-Scences tour of the Eiffel Tower… among many others. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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