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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Eiffel Tower behind-the-scenes tour by Gustave Eiffel

Eiffel Tower behind the scenes tourEiffel Tower behind-the-scenes tour by Gustave Eiffel  |  Paris, France  | Most of us, that have been to Paris before, have like other many millions, gone to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Now, there are other sides of this iconic landmark to explore, living an off the beaten track experience of the Eiffel Tower like you’ve never seen it before! and after that, enjoy a fast track access to the top of the tower, to enjoy panoramic bird eye views of Paris. This is what I planned and curated for my recent VIP Group to Paris, being that I had a mixed crow of first timers and regular Paris visitors in my company.  (Re) discover the Eiffel Tower by the hand of no other than Gustave Eiffel. Continue reading Eiffel Tower behind-the-scenes tour by Gustave Eiffel

Private sailing and dining in Paris along the Seine River

Private sailing and dining in Paris along the Seine RiverPrivate sailing and dining in Paris along the Seine River  |   ParisFrance | One of the experiences that I curated and hosted for my recent VIP Group to Paris for the Roland Garros French Open event, was a private sunset sailing along the Seine River, which included an outdoor cocktail, followed by a 3-Courses Gourmet dinner by Lenôtre. We were picked up at our hotels Le Bristol, and driven for 10 minutes to their Terminal/Lounge to board our private boat, the ACTE III. Not much more to say, so I will let you enjoy the photos and judge by them. All I can add, is that our sailing was supposed to end by 10PM, and guests were enjoying their time so much, that we decided to extend for another 2 hours to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle right from the heart of the Seine River. This was not my first time doing a Private Sailing in Paris along the Seine River. I have done it a few times before, but on a smaller scale and more private. See my post on Private Champagne Sunset RIVA Sailing along the Seine River. BTW Post today July 14th 2015 in honor of Bastille Day. HAPPY Bastille Day. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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My Paris RESORT 2016 Fashion Week experience in photos

Photo Jun 27, 4 33 13 AMMy RESORT 2016 Paris Fashion Week in photos   |  ParisFrance  |  Four times a year we come to Paris to showcase my partner’s Rubin Singer, Fashion Collection, during Fashion Week. Below you can see a photo log of my week, this time for RESORT 2016. This was my second visit to Paris during this month of June, first hosting a VIP Group of 30 people for the Roland Garros French Open, and now for Resort Fashion Week. Continue reading My Paris RESORT 2016 Fashion Week experience in photos

Private Visit of King Louis XV and XVI’s private Apartment at Chateau Versailles

Private Visit of King Louis XV and XVI's private Apartment at Chateau VersaillesPrivate Visit of King Louis XV and XVI’s private Apartment at Chateau Versailles  |  Versailles, France  |  Many of us have been to Chateau Versailles countless times, at least I have, but how many of you have had the chance, to separate from the crowd, to visit the former private quarters of King Louis XV and XVI. During my recent visit, I was able to do so, on a private tour. Below are all my photos of my visit, plus some more of the Chateau Versailles itself. Read my previous posts on Chateau Versailles and Ville Versailles. Contact me if you would like to book this exclusive tour, same as my experience at Cathedral of Notre Dame. Hope you enjoy this post. Continue reading Private Visit of King Louis XV and XVI’s private Apartment at Chateau Versailles