Carlos Melia ” The Experience of tailor-made Luxury Travel ” interview on Style & Life Magazine

Carlos Melia on Style & Life Magazine
Carlos Melia ” The Experience of tailor-made Luxury Travel ” interview on Style & Life Magazine | International Press Clipping |  THANK YOU Sol Picon and Style & Life Magazine for this lovely piece and intimate interview featuring my work, projects, background and favorite – curated by experience – destinations, hotels, restaurants and bars around the wold. Download the Interview PDF

Style & Life Magazine is a magazine published and distributed in Argentina all nationwide. Interview is in Spanish.

Sol Picon, a native Argentinean, Since moving to South Florida in 1999, she has been actively involved with many local organizations, working as a philanthropist and serving on Board of Directors including, among others, MOCA, Jackson Memorial Foundation and United Way of Miami-Dade. Currently Sol serves on the Board of Directors of the Bass Museum of Art and is the Chair of the Development Committee. She is also part of the United Way’s International Initiative Executive Committee. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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My experience on ETIHAD Airways Business Class JFK/AUH/BKK rt

My experience on ETIHAD Airways Business Class JFK/AUH/BKK rt |Abu Dhabi, UAE | Photo gallery of my last flight with ETIHAD Airways to/from Bangkok, Thailand. For the last three years, I have chosen ETIHAD – the national airline or the United Araba Emirates, as my official airline, when flying from the United States, to any point in the Middle East or Asia. And I cannot wait for the upcoming arrival of their brand new Airbus 380, starting next November 23rd, 2015 fron JFK to Abu Dhabi and connections, featuring their new Business Class configuration and the First Class Studio, First Class Apartments and the Residence, the best product on the air today, after a private jet experience. For more insight on my Abu Dhabi experience check out my Instagram Photo Gallery on my recent visit.  Continue reading My experience on ETIHAD Airways Business Class JFK/AUH/BKK rt

HotelsClick features Carlos Melia. Introducing the Man

Interview with Carlos Melia: Introducing the Man
HotelsClick features Carlos Melia. Introducing the Man
 |  Press Clipping |  Thank You HotelsClick.com for the feature Interview with our founder Carlos Melia: Introducing the Man. Few weeks ago, we got in touch with Carlos Melia, travel agent & travel blogger, concierge, hospitality consultant, wedding planner specialized in luxury travel and got totally fascinated by the amount of things he does. Besides the above mentioned activities, he is also a spokesperson for the LGTNetwork ( Luxury Gay Travel Network)… More @blog.hotelsclick.com / Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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La Compagnie Boutique Airline

La Conpagnie All-Business-Class Boutique Airline by www.carlosmeliablog.com
La Compagnie Boutique Airline  | Airlines  |  Last week I was invited by the brand new La Conpagnie All-Business-Class Boutique Airline, to be among the first travel bloggers to experience and review their services, for their flights connecting non-stop New York (EWR Newark) to/from Paris (CDG Charles de Gaulle). La Compagnie operates with several flights a week on a full 74 Business-Class-Seats configured Boeing 757-200 known for its reliability, comfort, and fuel efficiency. The aircraft was previously operated by Icelandair. At the moment this boutique airline only counts with one aircraft, but they are planning to receive their second one next November, and they are even planning adding other destinations to their service. La Compagnie enters to the competitive market of the NYC to Paris route, with very strong players and some similar concepts like OpenSkies by British Airways. Flights depart from New York at 09.50PM, arriving to Paris at 11.30AM. On the way back, departing Paris at 5.45PM arriving to New York at 08.30PM. The story of La Compagnie officially began in October 2013, when DreamJet, their parent company was founded. Thanks to the association between air transport professionnals and bold entrepreneurs, La Compagnie was born on June the 16th of 2014. Watch the video of the cabin. Continue reading La Compagnie Boutique Airline

Cathay Pacific Business Class to/from Asia

Cathay Pacific Business Class to/from Asia by www.carlosmeliablog.comCathay Pacific Business Class to/from Asia  |  I just got back to New York after two amazing weeks in Asia, producing fashion shows and events for my partner, RUBINSINGER, in Singapore and Thailand. We flew from/to New York to/from Hong Kong, connecting to Singapore, on Cathay Pacific Business Class. It was such a great, relaxing and enjoyable experience. Their attentive flight attendants are always nearby to make sure your journey is a pleasant one. New Business Class experience for a total flight time was 16 hours to Hong Kong, with a brief connection of less than two hours, and then onwards 3 hours and a half to Singapore.  Continue reading Cathay Pacific Business Class to/from Asia

OpenSkies BEST Non-Stop New York / Paris

OpenOpenSkies BEST Non-Stop New York / Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.comOpenSkies BEST Non-Stop New York / Paris  | Paris, France |  Hi there everyone. !!! I am back. I took a few weeks break from work and the blog, and ran to Paris to assist, my partner Rubin Singer during Paris Fashion Week 2014. Lots to share, kiss and tell. Fabulous hotels, restaurants and tips, so we need to catch up indeed. But on this trip I got to experience for the first time OpenSkies by British Airways. I have used this airline in the past for clients and they all raved about it, so I decided to give it a try, and I must say I AM OBSESSED with it.  Continue reading OpenSkies BEST Non-Stop New York / Paris

GermanWings my own tragic experience

20131012-165649.jpg GermanWings my own tragic experience | Airline |  So this is what happens when you decide to go cheap trying to save some money when traveling within Europe. I had to fly from Venice, Italy to Edinburgh, Scotland, my next destination. Those of you who have been to Venice, and Marco Polo Airport, know very well that it is not the most friendly nor efficient airport in the world. To top that, the airport is too small for the 23 million tourist this lovely city receives every year. For that you must always keep in mind two three things: (1) arrive to the airport way in advance, knowing that the boat ride from Venice to the Airport or the boat + shuttle, will take at least 40 minutes. Once you get there the lines for check in are endless and same with the security check points. (2) If your flight is delayed, know that most airlines use local handlers. This handlers represent at least 10 airlines each, so trying to talk to one of the agents will be a daunting, and almost impossible experience. (3) If your flight gets cancelled, ACT FAST or you will be stranded for days, or paying ridiculous prices for your flights, and if you get stranded, most airlines will make your life impossible to compensate your hotel stay, and trust me last minute hotel bookings at busy Venice, can get extremely expensive.

 

Being all these said, for my flight from Venice to Edinburgh, I researched into the many available low cost airlines, and found that the best option price-route-connection wise was GermanWings, well so I thought.

 

Always when I travel within Europe I have two huge concerns, first Baggage Weight, and second Flight Cancellations, specially when flying low cost airlines. But since I read some reviews online, and the fact that GermanWings belongs to the Lufthansa Group, one of my favorite airlines, I felt very comfortable to choose them over EasyJet, Vueling and many others in the market.

 

I must say I was quite excited to try a new airline, so this morning I got ready for a great experience… well silly me. The flight was scheduled for 8.40AM. So at 5.30AM I was picked up by a private riva at my hotel in central Venice. All was perfect, checked in and proceeded to the gate.

 

The nightmare began, and I will make it very short, not to bore you and to get the exact message straight. First announcement was that the flight was delayed. Therefore being that I had a connection, I was not making my second flight. Then I found out that Cologne to Edinburgh only flies once a day, meaning I would be stranded in Cologne. Asked the agent at the gate and she, in a very polite way told me F..K OFF that she was just a handler and that Germwings had no representatives in Venice, that I would have to wait till arriving to Cologne to have more information. PERFECT Customer Service, way to go AVIAPARTNER. Handing me next a lousy voucher for a crapy breakfast at a filthy cafeteria. But I decided to remain positive, and thought… Well if worst comes worst, I will have to sleep over in Cologne, city I do like and been there before, hoping they would take care of my transfers and accommodation. So sat close to the agents to check on them.

 

Almost two hours passed and they could not careless about the complaints and needs of my fellow passengers, specially those like me missing their connections, being stranded in Cologne, since the network of connections by GermanWings is very limited. I overheard, the flight is CANCELLED. Public announcement they did almost 30 minutes later, playing with the time, lives and opportunities of their clients.

 

I stopped for a minute, took a deep breath and said.!!! I need to get out of here now. GermanWings will not help me or any other grounded passengers, and I will be on waiting-list for the following day with only one already sold out flight and connection and many angry passengers trying to fly out. Ran to the first Internet machine at the airport. Logged into my Travel Agent booking engine, and searched for the first flight out of Venice to Edinburgh, either with optimal connections or even heading to London, Manchester or Glasgow. I would rather take a train next, than having to trust any other low cost European Airline.

 

I found a flight to Lufthansa Venice / Frankfurt / Edinburgh. It seems my fate today was tied to Lufthansa Group, the one I have always love and trusted blinded, but no so much anymore. Ran to the ticketing counter, hoping there would be seats available yet, and that my poor other fellow victims of GermanWings, wouldn’t have done the same.

 

INSIDER Travel Agent TIP: when this happens, if you can, get hold of your travel agent, he/she will know exactly what to do. If that is not an option, buy a round trip ticket. Round trips are usually cheaper than One Ways when booking last minute. This was the case with mine, saving over USD 200.

 

Thank God and the travel agent angels, there were still a few seats available. So I explained to the Lufthansa agent the situation, trying to see, being both airlines part of the same group, if they will extend any courtesy, special fare…. anything. Her answer was …” GermanWings is Lufthansa Group but it is not Lufthansa…” Hmmmmm still trying to understand what she meant with that? If you do, please let me know.

 

To end the story, EUR 275 and over 7 hours delayed from my original flight schedule, I made it to Edinburgh. The great news is, by Lufthansa being part of Star Alliance, I got miles with UNITED Airlines…. Fabulous worst US carrier. Really can it get any worst? Now I have more miles to fly United.

 

The whole point of this post is to make you aware that not usually LOW Cost ends up being HIGH Cost, read my other experience a year ago when flying AirBaltic from Paris to Stockholm. Most times cheaper is not the best option.

 

I am not complaining nor furious about the fact that the flight was first delayed and them cancelled, that happens everyday, even to the best airlines in the world. The important part is how the airline, their employees and handlers deal with it, and help travelers with their disrupted itineraries, hopes and needs. What I AM complaining about is the lack of professionalism, empathy, communication, and customer service by GermanWings. It was despicable, rude and inoperative. I am beyond surprised and disappointed, to learn that a group like Lufthansa Group is behind this negligent airline and partner.

 

That’s why I always choose, when in Europe to travel by speed trains.

 

Of course my flight with Lufthansa was perfect as usual, departing sharply on time and arriving way before schedule.

 

Stay away from GermanWings, Advise by experience, or better said lack of it. Today travel is all about experiences and GermanWings is not fitted to be part of any. GermanWings Flight 0815 – Venice / Cologne / Edinburgh. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Connextions Magazine Issue 11 is OUT

Connextions Magazine Issue 11 is OUT  |  Coup de Coeur  |  The new issue of Connextions Magazine is out and online. Read my Coup de Coeur collaboration of this month including San Antonio de Areco, Argentina – Stockholm, Sweden and and Saint Barthelemy, West French Indies. Connextions Magazine Summer – Issue 11. Check Page 11. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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T+L Asia with Carlos Melia & Rubin Singer

Behind the scenes Travel + Leisure Asia photoshoot with Rubin Singer T+L Asia with Carlos Melia & Rubin Singer  | Bangkok, Thailand | by Jeninne Lee St John at W Bangkok, Thailand. Thank you Jeninne for the mention and look forward working together in the near future again. Was fun playing Rubin Singer Dress Up with you and Nicola Chilton. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

…” Last week I spent a super-fun afternoon with hot designer-of-the-moment, Rubin Singer. The mission was ostensibly a photoshoot and interview of him for our Travel Uniform section; it turned into a fashion show for me. When I walked into his suite on the top floor of the brand-new W Bangkok, it was overflowing with insane pieces from his Autumn/Winter line, “Valkyrie’s Dominion” —all blacks and grays and reds, an asymmetrical bustle here, a bustier there. Rubin was wrapping up a meeting with buyers from a big Thai department store and—though I wish him much success with his actual business dealings—I could not wait for them to get out of there so I could dive into those dresses!

 

I sucked in my ribcage, the stylist wedged me into this red-overlayed-with-black-lace number and it was love. I spent the next few hours flouncing around in it while our amenable photographer Shinsuke Matsukawa captured Rubin’s irresistible smile and understatedly fabulous travel wardrobe on film… while Rubin’s partner, Carlos Melia (a travel expert in his own right), filled me in on the designer’s tri-generational tailoring roots that reach back to Stalin… and while we discussed his next projects, including the wardrobes for Beyonce’s upcoming concert tour and possibly the uniforms for a certain forward-thinking upscale airline.Hanging out with Rubin in his sun-dappled W bed, wearing this cocktail mini, I think I invented a new style: Lounge Couture….” – Read the full article @ T+L Asia

 

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My 72hrs Tropezienne Experience at 429 Magazine

My 72hrs Tropezienne Experience at 429 Magazine  |  429 MAGAZINE  |  My weekly column on Luxury Gay Travel for dot429 and 429 Magazine is OUT and ONLINE. Please check it out. This week on …” My 72hs. Tropezinne Experience…” in St Tropez, French Riviera, France. Hope you enjoy it and till next week in full Luxury. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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