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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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 –

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BRAND NEW La Réserve Hotel & Spa

Photo Mar 06, 5 36 05 AMBRAND NEW La Réserve Hotel & Spa  | Paris, France  |  La Réserve Hotel & Spa, the brand new hotel by the Michel Reybier Hospitality, has opened its doors weeks ago in Paris, and I was lucky to be invited to do a walk-around followed by a lovely lunch at their featured restaurant Le Gabriele. Sister property to my usual headquarters in Paris, the La Réserve Luxury Apartments in Trocadero, brining a new concept of exclusivity and sophistication, located at a very peaceful and tres chic section of the city of lights, off Av des Champs-Elysees flanked by Avenue Matignon and the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore at 42 avenue Gabriel.  Continue reading BRAND NEW La Réserve Hotel & Spa

Le Bristol Hotel Paris

Le Bristol Paris by Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator Le Bristol Hotel Paris  |  Paris, France  |  A few days ago while in Paris, researching for options for a very important client of mine, the name Le Bristol Hotel came before my eyes while walking along rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Of course I knew about their existence, but honestly never paid attention to them, judging mainly by their exterior. Before contacting them, I asked around, and one dear friend told me …” it is a French cliche for American travelers…”. So I took the challenge and I did some research online. I was quite happily surprised, when I realized that I have met the sales team before at one of the international Luxury Travel events, and more so when I found out they are part of the Oetker Collection, hands down one of my favorite luxury hotel groups. Continue reading Le Bristol Hotel Paris

Le Restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Pres

L'Restaurant Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.comLe Restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Pres  |  Paris, France  | Last week while in Paris, I was invited to dinner at Le Resturant, in the Left Bank, and nothing is more tempting to me while in Paris, than Saint Germain de Pres. Le Restaurant is located at the main floor of one of the most famous hotels in Paris. L’Hotel has been a secret hideaway over the past two centuries. With quintessential French charm and glamour, L’Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Left Bank, amidst the cultural riches, bohemian soul and high fashion of St Germain-des-Prés. Oscar Wilde’s last home, and the heart of Parisian society in the swinging sixties, it has been remodelled by renowned designer Jacques Garcia. It is one of the original Hip Hotels and is home to the acclaimed one Michelin star Le Restaurant.  Continue reading Le Restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Pres

One unexpected night at Shangri-La Paris

ShangriLa Paris by One unexpected night at Shangri-La Paris |  Paris, France  | So during my last stay in Paris, I had a sudden and unpredicted stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris. My airline, La Compagnie All-Business-Class Boutique Airline, cancel our flight, and taking full responsibility of our over stay, they accommodated us at the very lovely Shangri-La Paris. I mean, if you can, who says no to an extra night at a beautiful hotel in Paris right ?  Continue reading One unexpected night at Shangri-La Paris

One night at Four Seasons Paris

Four Seasons George V Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.comOne night at Four Seasons Paris  |  Paris, France  |  Lucky enough, I have never been a stranger to the Four Seasons George V, in Paris, France. But this time, I was even luckier, since I was hosted at one of their lovely Suites. Located over Avenue George V, avenue which gives its name, in the area of Etoile, only steps away from Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Their fabulous restaurant Le Cinq and more so, both of their bars: Le Galerie and Le Bar, are classic stops to my visits to Paris. Actually, no visit to Paris is complete, without my Dirty Vodka Martini at Le Galerie while people watching. Continue reading One night at Four Seasons Paris

Prince de Galles Hotel Paris

Prince de Galles by www.carlosmeliablog.comPrince de Galles Hotel Paris  |  Paris, France  |  During my last visit to Paris, my last night stay was at the recently renovated hotel Prince de Galles, on Avenue George V, Etoile. The hotel shares the exclusive zip code and block with the iconic Four Seasons George V, Hotel de Sers and the Fouquet’s Barrière. So if you are looking for location, then you are already on the right place, right in the Golden Triangle of Paris (aka. the area bounded by Avenues des Champs-Élysées, George V, and Montaigne). Beautiful property, Prince de Galles is a bit more modest than its next door neighbor, the Four Seasons.  Member of Starwood and the Luxury Collection, Prince de Galles is a genuine Maison de Luxe of exceptional warmth. A five stars hotel, legendary jewel of the Parisian Art Deco movement. Continue reading Prince de Galles Hotel Paris

Unveiling the new Peninsula Hotel Paris

Peninsula Hotel Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.comUnveiling the new Peninsula Hotel Paris  |  Paris, France  |  Last week I had the honor and pleasure to be among the first travel bloggers to preview and experience the brand new The Peninsula Hotel Paris, which I would define as a total game changer bringing an unprecedented new level of distinction the city of lights.The Peninsula Hotels makes its grand entrance into Europe with The Peninsula Paris, setting new standards in design, luxury and comfort. Doors opened last August 1st, and I was there to witness it. I stayed for one night at one of their Premier Suites. Perfectly situated at 19 Avenue Kléber, just steps from  the Arc de Triomphe, The Peninsula sits in the heart of Paris within walking distance of some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts.  Continue reading Unveiling the new Peninsula Hotel Paris

Off to Paris in full luxury again

Off to Paris in full luxury againOff to Paris in full luxury again  |  Paris, France  |  Like Barbara Walters said once for her first fashion column many years ago… ” I hate my Job ” I have to go to Paris fly Business Class, hang around and stay at the top Luxury Hotels, eat at the best rated Restaurants … just dreadful. Off tonight for 4 days, back to France to review the brand new All-Business-Class La Compagnie Boutique Airline. Stays at Four Seasons Hotel George V ParisPrince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel and the recently inaugurated The Peninsula Paris. Scouting for locations for Fashion Designer Rubin Singer and more. Quelle tragédie !!! But someone has to do it right.? Internet access and time will be limited, therefore I might not be able to blog or post as usual. I invite you to follow my hour by hour experiences, reviews and tips on hotels, restaurants, and more at my Instagram @CarlosMeliaBlog. Let’s keep the conversation going. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – Continue reading Off to Paris in full luxury again