Hot Air Ballooning at Sonoran Desert

Hot Air Ballooning at Sonoran Desert by www.carlosmeliablog.comHot Air Ballooning in Scottsdale Arizona  |  Scottsdale, Arizona  |  Today I crossed out of my Travel Bucket List, one of the items was ranking high, and this was Hot Air Ballooning. Early morning (5AM) pick up at the Four Seasons Scottsdale, to go chasing winds among other fellow tourist, to be able to make a reality our wish to fly. This was my second chance, during my week stay in Arizona. First one failed due to weather and winds conditions, reason why our pilot, Captain Patrick, decided to cancel the first flight, which made me feel very comfortable about safety. So after an hour of riding across the Sonoran Desert, looking for the perfect flying spot, we reached the area of Lake Pleasant and Wild Horse, within the region of Scottsdale, approximately 45 minutes away from the city of Phoenix. I will not bore you with much more details, and I will allow my photos and videos to document this spectacular, quite daunting, experience, which took me on a basket, along with other 15 people, to a maximum height of 9000 Feet (crazy and lots of adrenaline). The flight was of over 45 minutes, and upon landing we enjoyed a lovely champagne breakfast, for the official ceremony of Hot Air Ballooning graduation. Yet another certificate to add to my life travel and adventure around the world, along the Elephants Mahout Driver License, Tigers Up-Close Encounter among many others. If you are not too scared of heights, and do not mind an early morning, Hot Air Ballooning, is a life experience you must try. I chose Hot Air Expeditions for my flight, based in Phoenix. As I always say, when doing these types of activities, is ALWAYS very important to do exhaustive research on the provider you will book. Hope you enjoy how I have documented this spectacular experience. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Marieta Islands National Park Mexico

Marieta Islands National Park Mexico  |  Riviera Nayarit, Mexico  |  Today I spent my full morning exploring the area of Bahia Banderas, and Marieta Islands National Park in the state of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, waters of the Pacific Ocean. A group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast with two main volcanic formations dating from 60K years ago, each called Redonda (Rounded) and Larga (Long). The photo above is an aereal photo (not taken by me) of the hidden beach located on the rounded main island. The access is only through a very narrow tunnel, since nobody is allow on the island anymore these days. Just SPECTACULAR. The beach was under a formation of volcanic rock which served as a sort of a roof, which collapsed long time ago, leaving this unusual beach out to be admired by all of us. Boats stop at the main entrance of the tunnel and you have to snorkel and swim your way into it.  Continue reading Marieta Islands National Park Mexico

A Beach Day in Saint Martin

A Beach Day in Saint Martin  |  Saint Martin  |  If there is something that made me stay in Saint Martin, other than the lovely La Samanna by Orient-Express, was the incredible white sanded, blue transparent waters over both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. My favorites were all those on the Caribbean bay, since they are rather quiet, although with a strong current, great temperature and stunning vivid colors. Quite a daunting task, to explore an entire island in just four days, so I did what I know best when it comes to getting a global idea of a new destination, I hired a local guide to take me around and show me his favorite places…  Continue reading A Beach Day in Saint Martin

Golden Triangle Asian Elephants Foundation


Interview Golden Triangle Asian Elephants Foundation  | Golden TriangleThailand |  Dear followers, yes I am alive and back. Been away for a few well deserved days, at the Golden Triangle in the north of Thailand – Lanna District – at the fabulous Four Seasons Tented Camps. You know me, when I camp I do it in style. The Golden Triangle is located in the border between Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, and for the last few years, thanks to Four Seasons and two other main foundations, has served as the refugee and paradise, for elephants rescued from the streets of Bangkok. Both Mahouts and elephants were given a second chance, and this is one of the main areas in Thailand, to come and experience living up close with the elephants. See my brief interview with John Roberts – Director of Elephants for Golden Triangle Asian Elephants Foundation. Also visit and give your support to Think Elephants International. Congratulations and my full support in all the great work they are doing. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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Green Turtles nesting at Mansanillo Beach

Green Turtles nesting at Mansanillo Beach Nicaragua   |  Mansanillo Beach, Nicaragua  | So today while walking along the beachfront at MUKUL Resort & Spa, we saw the tracks on the sand of what it seemed to be a sea turtle. And OMG it was… a huge beautiful Green Turtle laying her eggs.  Continue reading Green Turtles nesting at Mansanillo Beach

The Nutcracker in Buenos Aires

The Nutcracker in Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Invited by the authorities of the Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Ministry of Culture & Tourism of the City of Buenos Aires, this evening I came to see live Eleonora Cassano’s open air farewell over 9 de Julio Avenue. The Nutcracker with Herman Cornejo and the close supervision by international dance icon, Julio Boca.

Eleonora Cassano, an Argentine ballet dancer and teacher. She’s known for being the dancing partner of Julio Bocca since 1989. Cassano studied in the Teatro Colón’s Advanced Arts Institute. In the year 2000 she participated in the international Millennium Day event, dancing in Ushuaia with Bocca and the Ballet Argentino in a performance broadcast to the whole world.


Herman Cornejo, young Argentinean dancer and member of the American Ballet Theater, a classical ballet company based in New York City. Promise to become the next iconic dancer from Argentina, following the steps of Julio Bocca.

Julio Bocca, is one of the most important ballet dancers of the later part of the 20th century and arguably the most important Argentine dancer of all time.


A lovely way to end my trip to Argentina. Thank your for the invitation to the VIP Lounge. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Traveling across Peru please stay tuned

Traveling across Peru please stay tuned  |  Peru  |  I am traveling extensively around and across Peru till next Monday, and WiFi access is very scattered and slow, so please bare with me. I will be posting all my adventures, hotels and restaurant recommendations, photos, videos and my haute experiences in Peru soon upon arrival back to New York. In the meantime, here some photos and videos I managed to upload. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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Château du Breuil CALVADOS distillery in Deauville

Château du Breuil CALVADOS distillery in Deauville  |  Deauville, France  |  One of the many things I enjoy doing when I visit a new destination, is to try local spirits or classic drinks from the region. What more typical from the area of Deauville than Calvados and all its sub products like Pommeau and Cider.  Calvados is an apple brandy from the French region of Lower Normandy. My hosts, at Tourisme Deauville, brought me to one of the best place to do a degustation and visit a true working distillery, at Château du Breuil.

Calvados is distilled from cider made from specially grown and selected apples, of which there are over 200 named varieties. The fruit is harvested and pressed into a juice that is fermented into a dry cider. It is then double or single distilled into eau de vie. After two years aging in oak casks, it can be sold as Calvados. The longer it is aged, the smoother the drink becomes. Usually the maturation goes on for several years.
At Château du Breuil for only EUR 4, you can experience and learn about the whole process and after that do a little degustation. The whole visit takes approximately 45 minutes. Château du Breuil is still a working distillery, therefore the best place to see the whole process take place.


In the cellars, Calvados ages only in oak casks. The Château du Breuil company chooses its barrels carefully, because the kind, size and age play a very important part in the quality of ageing. The subtle exchanges between wood, air and alcohol give Calvados its smooth flavour and bouquet. Each Calvados is different, each cellar master has his own jealously guarded secret. The delicate and perfect tastes of our Calvados depend less on their old age than on the success of its blending, created by Château du Breuil’s cellar master.

As said, the firs step of producing Calvados, is to press the apples and get a dry cider. This is a moment of truth, and I must confess that I LOVE Cider. Yes, I must own it, specially when it is draft Cider. So my trip to Deauville was all about Cider, I could not get enough. But then I discovered Pommeau, which has the base of Cider, with the kick of Calvados, a killer combination.
Pommeau is an alcoholic drink made in northern France, result of mixing apple juice with Calvados (apple brandy). Most of the local Calvados distilleries produce Pommeau. I tried it several times during my visit, both at the distillery and at the restaurants as an apéritif and really liked it. Considered a mistelle, it goes very well with blue cheese, chocolate and any apple based dishes.
Château du Breuil is open daily. For more information visit their website at www.chateau-breuil.com, and remember if you plan to drive, go easy on the degustation, since my head was spinning around when I left the distillery, thank God I had my own guide/driver. A votre sante. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Private Riva and Champagne along the Seine in Paris

Private Riva and Champagne along the Seine in Paris  |  Paris, France  |  Are you looking for the ultimate romantic experience of Paris, seeing the Eiffel Tower, Alexander III Bridge and many more attractions along the Seine River, onboard your own private Riva while zipping champagne… well this is all possible and so we did in search for the Paris Haute Experience.  Continue reading Private Riva and Champagne along the Seine in Paris

Quai de Valmy flowing to the River Seine

Quai de Valmy flowing to the Seine   |  Paris, France  |  Been to Paris over 15 times, therefore I have decided that this visit will be different. I want to really see Paris, beyond the tourist point eyes. Seat at the cafes on the streets, and while zipping a glass of rose, see  see life unfold before me. Will I succeed….? today on my first day, don’t ask me how, but so far I managed to stayed away from the Eiffel Tower and the Arch of Triumph, true that the weather did not help much either. We will see how it progresses. Back to Quai de Valmy, I guess I would like to say that every Quai lead to the River Seine. Continue reading Quai de Valmy flowing to the River Seine