Overnight visit to Santiago de Compostela in Spain with stay at A Quinta da Auga


Overnight visit to Santiago de Compostela in Spain | Santiago de Compostela, Spain | Two weeks ago, I joined a week trip by Relais & Chateaux Hotels and Restaruants, to visit all their current properties in Galicia, Spain and all over Portugal. Our first stop was Santiago de Compostela at A Quinta da Auga Hotel & Spa. This is my report on that first night. Stay tuned for the rest in upcoming blog posts. You may see all my photos and videos at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog  Continue reading Overnight visit to Santiago de Compostela in Spain with stay at A Quinta da Auga

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

Fantastic day biking around Madrid

A day biking around MadridFantastic day biking around Madrid  |  Madrid, Spain  |  The best decision take was to rent a public bicycle by BiciMAD and biked all over Madrid. The bikes are fantastic and electrically motorized, if you choose to use that feature. Great for a city like Madrid, with so many hills. Let early from the station locate right next to my hotel, the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond. A fantastic way to explore the city, at your own pace, having access to places and landmarks in a completely different way, which happen to be a marvelous day. The process is easy, just get your BiciMAD Card, get some credit and start biking. First stop was Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral, Royal Palace and Plaza España.  Continue reading Fantastic day biking around Madrid

Some of my favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid

Some of my favorite Gourmet experience in MadridSome of my favorite Gourmet experience in Madrid | Madrid, Spain | I have been to Madrid countless times, and I even lived there for over two years. So each time I visit, it is recreating favorite gourmet experiences which include the high and lows. I always say, that my style of travel is as follows “… A backpacker during the day, exploring the city with no limits, and at night as a king, enjoying the luxury and sophistication…”. Here my list of favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid, after my recent 72 hours stay over New Year.  Continue reading Some of my favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

Majestic Hotel & Spa BarcelonaMajestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona  |   Barcelona, Spain  |  If you are on a the search for an iconic hotel in Barcelona, complimented by premium location and personalized service, Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona is the right option. 90-year-old history in excellence. The hotel is located in the middle of Paseo de Gracia, -right in the heart of the city- and close to Gaudi’s buildings, Sagrada Familia,  restaurants, exclusive shopping facilities and Barcelona’s most important historic tourist sites. The hotel is located in a historical building and therefore all rooms are unique. I spent literarly 48 hours in Barcelona, and Majestic Hotel was the perfect headquarter for my brief visit. Continue reading Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

Sagrada Familia inside out

Photo Jan 08, 6 03 20 AMSagrada Familia inside out  |  Barcelona, Spain  |  This was not my first time in Barcelona, but yes indeed the first time spending almost two hours exploring inside-out, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sagrada Familia. Right after my Facades and Architecture walk/tour along Paseo de Gracia and Av. Diagonal, I arrived right to Sagrada Familia, considered by many as the most famous landmark of Barcelona. Designed meticulously by the great architect Antoni Gaudí. This work of art has taken over 100 years to build and contains the finest architecture in the city. Construction continues and they estimate will come to full completion by 2026.  Continue reading Sagrada Familia inside out

My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona

My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to BarcelonaMy AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona  |  Spain  |  One I had to decide whether to fly or take the speed train from Madrid to Barcelona, the answer came to me right away. What did I take into consideration ? well time, comfort, price and hassle. As you might know by now, if you follow me, I am a huge fan of trains. I try to take them anywhere and everywhere around the world, either if it is for a few hours or even overnight or for an entire week. Here you can read more on my global train experiences.  Continue reading My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona

Exploring the Modernist facades and architecture of Barcelona

Exploring the facades and architecture of BarcelonaExploring the Modernist facades and architecture of Barcelona  | Barcelona, Spain  |  A morning exploring the Modernist facades, architecture and interior design of iconic on and off the beaten path of Barcelona by friends and colleagues at Rainbow Barcelona. From my hotel the Majestic Hotel & Spa all the way to Sagrada Familia by Paseo de Gracia and the Diagonal. A path I could have done by taxi or metro, I chose by their expert advise to do walking. Paying attention to unknown facts and details, I would have totally missed, if it would have been by their local perspective. From the classics Gaudi houses of La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, the  tiles I was walking on at Paseo de Gracia, which were also designed by Gaudi, the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism, to the interior designs of private residential buildings.  Continue reading Exploring the Modernist facades and architecture of Barcelona

My stay at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond

Ritz Hotel by BelmondMy stay at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond  |  Madrid, Spain  | Over a week ago, I had the opportunity to spend four days at this uber iconic hotel. A baroque palace in the heart of Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle’, Hotel Ritz by Belmond is the quintessential experience of a traditional luxury hotel, rare this days on its kind, that has managed and learnt how to remain relevant and appealing throughout time. The moment you walk through the revolving doors, a air of sophistication and royal heritage welcomes you, in the most friendly approach.  Continue reading My stay at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond

24 Hours of Barcelona Gourmet

Xiringuito Excriba24 Hours of Barcelona Gourmet   |  Barcelona, Spain  |  During my recent and brief visit to Barcelona, community of Catalunya, I managed to find some time to spend enjoying the outstanding cuisine, and also I scouted a few MUSTS for my next visit. I must say that this time, these were not my findings, but the expert suggestions of my friend and colleague Barcelona connoisseur Sònia Graupera. As I often joke with her, all this venues are Graupix Approved.  Continue reading 24 Hours of Barcelona Gourmet