Miami Beach photos by Carlos Melia

Miami Beach Postcards by Carlos MeliaMiami Beach photos by Carlos Melia  | MiamiUnited States |  Some photos I took during my recent trip to Miami, which I love. For more, follow my Instagram Miami Photo Gallery. Also check my posts on Hotels, Restaurants and Wynwood Walls. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – Continue reading Miami Beach photos by Carlos Melia

GPS Carlos Melia from South Beach

GPS Carlos Melia from South Beach  |  Miami, Florida  |  A short 48 hours stop in Miami Beach before heading to cold New York City. Windy and a bit chilly, but still beautiful day to do what I always do while in South Beach, running at the boardwalk by the shore line, that goes from 47th. Street to the heart of Ocean Drive.  Not into running, then take your time to go for a stroll. CM

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URGE Party at Cameo South Beach

20120116-104416.jpgURGE Party at Cameo South Beach | Miami Beach, United States | And the caption for this photo taken last night at URGE Party was “Go Carlos”, and indeed it was lots of fun. I got off my eight hours flight from Buenos Aires, checked in at the stunning Setai Hotel and got ready for a night out in SOBE, after all is MLK – Martin Luther King long weekend and everyone was out despite the chilly weather. URGE Party is the new party in SOBE with DJ Abel (MIA) and Eddie Martinez (NYC) spinning to a sold out venue. Lots of fun, although I decided to call the night early to catch some rest. CM

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Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach

Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach |  South Beach, Florida |  Canyon Ranch invites you to a Healthy Summer Getaway. An amazing package thought for your Health and Relaxation. Read my review on Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa from my last stay while in Miami Beach. Rates starting @ USD 295.- For bookings or further details please feel free to contact me at | Cel. 646.460.6045 | Tel. 212.399.6161 | Twitter | Facebook.

> MID-Week Breather
Reserve a stay of 2 nights between Sunday-Thursday and receive: USD 150 Hotel Credit + Complimentary Breakfast for two

> Your Stay, Your Way
Reserve a stay of 3 nights or more and receive the value of the paid third night in hotel credit

(*) Rates will vary according to selected suite type, time of year and length of stay. Black out days apply. Offer based on availability. Offer not combinable with other offers or promotions. Offer valid  until September 30th, 2011.

Juice & Java great affordable lunch after the beach

Juice & Java great affordable lunch after the beach |  Miami Beach, Florida |  Up for a quick tasteful and healthy lunch after the beach? Give a try to Juice & Java. From Breakfasts to salads, wraps, smoothies and Guilt Free Sweets. 100% Pure food with no artificial. 1346 Washington Avenue. For more info Juice & Java. Enjoy. CM

Spiga Ristorante Italian flavor of Miami Beach

Spiga Ristorante Italian flavor of Miami Beach |  Miami Beach, Florida | how about a nice and quite Italian flavored night while in South Beach, at one of the nicest restaurants in the area surrounding Ocean Drive? On my last trip, we discovered Spiga Ristorante, and I have to say that I was very happy with it. Reasonable prices, outdoor seating area right on Collins Avenue, great appetizers and starters. Over 13 years in South Beach, offering an intimate atmosphere, with poetic and romantic decoration. Your own version of SOBE Lady and the Tramp.
By Chefs Roberto Legrand and Seale Cantoni, my choice for the night was the true Cannoli Risotto.  (*) For more information and Boun Appetito.!!! CM

Nespresso Cafe Lincoln Road South Beach

Nespresso Cafe Lincoln Road South Beach |  Miami Beach, Florida |  For those that like a nice breakfast in style while walking by Lincoln road, I strongly recommend this venue. Charming, great coffee, sandwiches and over all style. (Indoor and Outdoor seating area). * 111 Lincoln Road, South Beach. Mon – Wed. 10AM-10PM / Thu – Sun. 11AM-11PM. CM

Interview with Lords South Beach Hotel Founder Brian Gorman

Interview with Lords South Beach Hotel Founder Brian Gorman |  South Beach, Miami |   This morning I interviewed at the Penthouse of the Lords South Beach Hotel with Brian Gorman, Founder of this almost brand new property, located in the heart of South Beach, steps away from Ocean Drive and the Gay Beach – Collins Avenue between 11th. and 12th. Street). I have also spent one night in the hotel at one of their Pies-a-terre Suites. Review, videos and photos to come soon to A few interesting concepts and things to highlight, which Brian explains during the video interview: An Appropriately Oriented Hotel Concept. Lords South Beach Gives Back to the LGBT Community. Future openings. Hope you enjoy it. CM

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Once you go SMART you never go back

Now I know why the called them SMART |  Miami, Florida |  Ok, this time I tried to be original and unpredictable. I came to Miami and decided to have my own SMART Car experience for my daily 40 minutes commute from South Beach to Fort Lauderdale. And yes you read right 40 minutes, because when renting a SMART Car, the only thing you are missing is the DRAMA of finding a free parking space in South Beach for your oversized car or SUV.
I have seen them all over Europe, but was never brave enough to try them. So this time, since I am traveling solo for most part of my trip, I said… OK give it a try. My main concerns were (1). Speed, (2). Comfort, (3) Security. Once I got my SMART from the rental company, and I was able to move from the initial …”OMG you are a CUTE daredevil…” I completely fell in love with it. And after a full day driving it around Florida State, I can day that Once you go SMART you never go back…. mmmm where have I heard this phrase before…. ? I got on the I95 this morning, and I must admit that in the beginning I felt very intimidated, but after five minutes I was so proud of my little fellow.
What can I say…. plenty of leg room, air conditioning, glass rooftop, and the most shocking, the multiple option of either stick shift or automatic. Not either or, but BOTH. Fuel efficient, and I mean very efficient.
So trust me. If you are traveling SOLO or with a plus one and not a lot of luggage, consider this option. The total value, including insurance for a FULL WEEK. USD 200. And I am not expecting to spend too much on gas, from what I have seen as for today. CM