Mar del Plata Style & Life features Carlos Melia

Mar del Plata Style & Life |  Mar del Plata, Argentina |  The most renown Style & Life Magazine of Mar del Plata (Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina) has just featured and dedicated a few lines about  Carlos Melia (ME), CM by Carlos Melia and on their 2010 November issue # 25, covering my visit last August 2010 to the destination to review their hotels, restaurants and travel highlights.
I want to specially thank Natalia Alvarez – Editor in Chief for this article and for her kind words and concepts about me and my projects. You can see and read the Full Article Online at Mar del Plata Life & Style.
Please also check all my posts and videos of Mar del Plata, reviews on Hotels, Restaurants, Attractions and Highlights. All material taken during my last visit during August 2010. Mar del Plata. Enjoy Cheers. CM

Hotel Sainte Jeanne Mar del Plata

Hotel Sainte Jeanne Mar del Plata ( Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina ) • A brand new line of Boutique Hotels at this popular Beach Resort, located only 5 hours away by car/bus from the city of Buenos Aires. Passion for details, that in this case come in a true and stylish french style.
The strategic and central location of Hotel Sainte Jeanne, makes it perfect for those looking to near all the entertainment options, beach, sports, restaurants and commercial areas, while still enjoy all the peace and relaxation.

27 comfortable rooms and suites, exquisitely decorated in ivory shades, providing four categories: Classic, Luxury, Suite and Suite Sainte Jeanne. All rooms are styled into french details offering wide bathrooms, well sized beds and over the top amenities and linens. Room fare includes breakfast. All rooms regardless of their class are equipped with: Safe, LCD 37″ Interactive, Ipod/MP3 connections, Audio System CD and DVD, Nespresso Coffee machine and Minibar. Business center, Parking, Laundry, 24 Concierge and Room Serivce.

The Indoors / Outdoors Le Bio Spa is unique in Mar del Plata, offering multiple options and treatments. Indoor/Outdoor pool, dry sauna, gym and massages.

The Sainte Jeanne Hotel also offers an coffee and restaurant area and a pastry shop, open to the public over the well known Guemes street.

(*) Check out my FULL Photo Album of MAR DEL PLATA

(**) Keep in mind that we can assist you planning your trip to Mar del Plata or any other itinerary all over Argentina and Uruguay. So if you liked it, do not hesitate to contact me. CM

Mar del Plata Gay Destination by El Atlantico Newspaper

Mar del Plata Gay Destination by El Atlantico Newspaper • (Read this Article) news keep coming out due to my last visit to the city of Mar del Plata in the south of the Province of Buenos Aires (5hs. away by BUS and 45 minutes by plane). The main purpose of my visit was to review the destination, the hotels, the restaurants and the overall gay scene. You can follow my posts on Mar del Plata with full videos, photos and tips @ Mar del Plata by Carlos Melia

Eating and Drinking in Mar del Plata

Eating and Drinking in Mar del Plata, this is a list of some of my favorite options in the city of Mar del Plata, for those visiting for a full weekend. Covering all Lunch, Tea, Dinner and after hour Drinks. Hope you enjoy it. !!!!
ANTARES Restaurant & Bar • (they are also one of the most traditional beers of Mar del Plata). Located in the neighborhood of Los Troncos, is a great option for those looking for a light dinner tasting different beers. My favorite the BARLEY Wine Beer. (Antares, Cordoba 3025, Mar del Plata)
La Cabaña del Bosque Tea House • one of the BEST tea houses I have experienced and been ever. The house, the tea the pastries are all amazing. Located within the Forest Reserve of Peralta Ramos. Sonia and all her staff are very sweet, great hosts and knowledgable of what they are doing. Tea time only on weeekends. Great tea blends, my favorite …. all of them as you can see on the picture above, lots of teapots and cups. Bookings in advance strongly suggested (0223)-467-3007. Thank you Sonia. !!!!
Waikiki Beach Restaurant • This I would recommend it for either a great late brunch, lunch time or even a tea watching the sunset and the hot guys surfing, believe me you want regret it. The restaurant is pretty basic, but the panoramic views of the coast and the city, plus the sunsetting are unmatchable. During summer/spring times you may also enjoy seating outside at the long balconies.
Hostal del Bosque Los Nobles • is a Hotel located within the Forest Reserve of Peralta Ramos, but at night they have a GREAT dinner service that will surprise you. During winter times you may enjoy seating next to the fireplace while sipping through some amazing local wines. Very Romantic and Cozy. !!!! Before coming over, please make sure to call and check if the hotel or the restaurant is open. Mar del Plata is a very seasonal destination, so you always have to be very careful with that. (0223) 467.3000.
Restaurant Casino Central • is gambling any of your interest…. NO ? Well anyhow the build by renown architeq Bustillo is worth visiting. There is a very nice and fairly reasonably priced restaurant. The room is very nice and it brings back the old style and allure of that Mar del Plata of the Belle Epoque. Only for dinner.
Viento en Popa Restaurant • wow this was great… if you are a seafood and fish lover as I am, then this is a MUST DO. Where else than Mar del Plata to have great fish. You cannot go wrong with it. Viento en Popa is a very popular restaurant so either during summer of winter BOOK in advance. (Viento en Popa, Av. Martínez de Hoz 257, (0223) 489.0220)
UI Cafeteria • for a quick coffee, salad of sandwich in the middle of you day or late lunch. The best sandwiches on vary tasty range of breads. Beautiful modern with touches of classic deco and ambience. The coffee house is located over a very commercial street great to stroll through after a nice meal. (San Lorenzo, (0223) 451.2462).
La Bodeguita del Medio • (former La Bodeguita, one of the most traditional and renown bars and restaurants of Cuba). A great place to put and end to your night or a beginning for your disco experience. Not gay but very gay friendly. I love their local and bohemian flavor, with very handsome and friendly bartenders.

So I hope you guys enjoy this listing. After all I am putting my weight and looks in danger trying all this food, drinks and restaurants…. It is a hard job. !!! CM

Monte de Pino Boutique Hotel Mar del Plata

Monte de Pino Boutique Hotel is located in the best residential area of Mar del Plata. It is an impressive English style chalet with brick walls, wood and hammered stone in the exterior and pitched roof with slates roof tiles. Built by the current owners in 1988, inspired in the architecture –both interior and exterior- of the Club House of the Centenary Mar del Plata Golf Club. It is distinguished by its sober and comfortable decoration not without the appropriate touch of comfortable modernity.
Los Troncos neighborhood, a few meters from Paseo Guemes, where you can find diverse restaurants, stores and cafeterías. It is also very near Alem and the Playa Grande area, distinguished by its gastronomic variety.

All Suites concept. Standard Suite (It is on the second floor of the hotel and has a view to the garden). Executive Suite (on the first floor of the hotel). Garden Suite (These are large and luminous rooms communicated by a bridge to the hotel and direct connection to the garden and swimming-pool). Main Suite (Exquisitely decorated, comfortable and luminous of 72 sqm).
Each room is different. Every room has: Period furniture, Exclusive decoration, Carpet or Wood floor, Egyptian cotton sheets, 32 ‘LCD satellite TV, Shoe shine service, Minibar, Safe box. International direct dialing telephone, Facilities designed for disabled, Courtesy coffee and tea, Individual cold and hot air-conditioning, Complete bathroom with hydromassage or Scottish Shower. Rooms rate from USD 90 x night on, with breakfasts included (Standard Suite). VAT not included.
Services: 24-hour bilingual reception. Valet parking, Buffet breakfast included, Reading and library area, Wi-Fi in the whole hotel, Garden with rest area, Fireplace, Outdoor heated pool, Outdoor whirlpool, Showers with changing room, Solarium, Gym, Courtesy computer with Internet, Courtesy local newspaper and magazines, DVD  player in every room, Room service, Airport transfer in/out, Laundry service, Luggage storage, Medical emergency system, Private security, Rooms for people with reduced mobility.
From the owners to the management and the staff, they are all 100% gay friendly and forward, eager to welcome you and to show you all the wonder that Mar del Plata has to offer all year round to any international traveler regardless of it sexual orientation. CM

Carlos Melia in Mar del Plata Interview

Carlos Melia in Mar del Plata Interview (by CANFRA Producciones) Carlos Melia visits Mar del Plata to promote and develop gay travel to this amazing city, one of the TOP 10 Beach Resorts in South America. This interview was for Boulevard Cero, Channel 02. The interview was conducted at the Monte de Pino Boutique Hotel.

Mar del Plata many reasons to visit

Welcome to Mar del Plata.  This is the main beach resort of Argentina and among the Top 10 in South America. Located only 450 km from the city of Buenos Aires ( 5 hours by bus / 40 minutes by plane ). There are many activities, attractions and reasons why you should come and return all year round. Mar del Plata is not only a summer spot.

Special Thanks to: Fernand Rizzi, for being my host and coordinating my agenda and press events. It has been a pleasure sharing these last few days with you. Marta and Hugo for being my drivers and putting up with the busy daily agenda.

This trip was sponsored by the courtesy of: Monte de Pino Hotel, Hostal del Bosque Los Nobles, Sainte Jeanne Boutique Hotel. La Cabaña del Bosque (Sonia), ANAMORA Boat Tour (Eduard0), Fortin Leather Store (Juan), Aquarium Mar del Plata (Oscar), Sheraton Hotel Mar del Plata, Orquesta Municipal de Mar del Plata… among many others.

(*) Read all my posts on MAR DEL PLATA

Museums and Tango of Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata is a city, that among the many seasonal tourist attractions, offers a quite interesting cultural scene. Names like Astor Piazzola, Victoria Ocampo, Jose Hernandez and Juan Carlos Castagnino were either native or have spend their most creative years in this charming city.

I would recommend you take some time to explore the Museums of: Museo Municipal Jose Hernandez (@ Sierra los Padres ), Museo Municipal de Arte Juan Carlos Castagnino, Archivo Museo Historico Municipal Roberto T. Barili and Villa Victoria Ocampo ( @ Mar del Plata ).

Museo Municipal Jose Hernandez (@ Sierra los Padres ) Former Laguna de los Padres farm “Estancia” built in 1882. The museum was founded March 11th. 1960, created to develop and maintain the local Argentinean traditions. This museum carries the name of Jose Hernandez, writer, journalist and politician, who spend several year living in this house, during mid 19’s century, time while he was writing the Don Quijote, in a way inspired by the local scenery and traditions.

Museo Municipal de Arte Juan Carlos Castagnino
(@ Colon Avenue, Mar del Plata )Castagnino (1908 – 1972 ) one of the main plastic exponents of the city of Mar del Plata. The villa, built in 1909 by Ortiz Basualdo family, and refurbished in 1919, still holds all the original art-nouveau furniture which was tailor designed and created in Belgium by Serrurier-Bovy. There you will be able to see expositions on paintings, photography, prints and sculptures such as “Cabeza de Fierro” by Juan Carlos Castagnino.

Archivo Museo Historico Municipal Roberto T. Barili (@ Barrio Los Troncos ) This museum it serves 3 multiple purposes (1). Archive, (2). Museum and (3). Newspaper Archives, holding some of the most important pieces, photos and documents that tell the story of the cultural heritage of Mar del Plata. The Villa, true Mar del Plata neocolonial style and design. So if you wish to learn a bit more on this city, this is the right place to do so.

Villa Victoria Ocampo (@ Barrio Los Troncos ) Former summer residence of Victoria Ocampo, built in 1912 for Victoria’s grandmother in a very classic British style, along with a Guest House (french style) and a side building (italian style). Victoria inherited this house around the 20’s and turned it into a hot spot with open doors to the main local and international exponents of the arts and literature of those times. (names like Jose Luis Borges, Bioy Casares, Gabriela Mistral, John Saint Perse among many others were frequent around here. Victoria Ocampo ( 1890 – 1979 ) writer, controversial in many ways for the times she was living. She founded de SUR magazine (1931) were she featured and promoted local and international writers, their work and thoughts. She was the first woman to be accepted at the Academia Argetina de Letras ( 1977 ). Some of her most renown essays are “Autobiografia” and “Testimonios”.

(*) I would like to mention the amazing job the ladies of the Villa Ocampo and their work to support and promote the diversity in Mar del Plata. Every year in October they have a week of work, lectures and events showcasing the concept of DIVERSITY. And they work day by day, same as Victoria Ocampo did in the past, to help those that are discriminated or feel different. Find out more ( OCT 22 – 23, 2010 ) @ Galli Marta

Tango plays a big role in this city, and can proudly say that one of the main referents worldwide was theirs…. Astor Piazzolla. Piazzola, has become an icon of tango (1921 ). One of my favorite tangos by Piazzolla is “ Adios Nonino “. If you are in town, please do not miss the Filiberto a Piazzolla Tango Show at Teatro Colon by the Orquesta Municipal de Mar del Plata ( City Orchestra of Mar del Plata ) where Ruben Galan and Jorge Alvarez, with the direction of Willy Wullich… sign along the history and styles of tango, with live dancers Emmanuel Marin and Leyla Antunes.

This are many other reasons why you should visit Mar del Plata all year round. !!!!. CM

Sunday morning NEWS Carlos Melia and Mar del Plata

Sunday morning news. !!!! the LA CAPITAL newspaper from Mar del Plata, features my visit to their city and my work as an International Gay Travel Tour Operator, Reported and Consultant. This during the week of my visit to this amaing city, that you need to take the time to discover to fell in love with it, any time of the year. You may read this article online @ La Capital.

Fishermen for a day at Mar del Plata

Fishermen for a day at Mar del Plata • This was, I have to admit, one of the nicest experiences I have had in a long time. Always watch this in movies like the Perfect Storm, and wanted to be part of that. Thanks to Juan Taranto, his two suns and the crew men of the MESSINA boat, to whom I am overly thankful, I spent a whole morning learning about their everyday life, work and stories.

On board of the MESSINA I and MESSINA II, surrounded by lost of seals, that spend their day lazing around the boats waiting for some fish to fall from the boats and feed from them. Juan and all his crew (approx. 10 men including the captain, cooker and all the rest of the staff), they shared with me What does it mean to be a Fishermen and How hard tough the Fishermen’s life are but how much passion and love they have for it.
This men spend over 10 days sailing away from home, which is Mar del Plata, coastal area of Argentina, approx. 450 kilometers from Buenos Aires. The boat sails at a top speed of 20 knots and they travel from Mar del Plata down to the south region of Argentina close to Comodoro Rivadavia, in search of the best fishing spots. Their days begin early around 5 in the morning and end around midnight. They go on shifts at night to control the security of the boat and the crew.
They shared with me their fears, and their devotion for this profession. How they miss their families, and the bond they create among them all, becoming this kind of Fishermen’s ELITE. You can see images of saints, crosses made out of knots that they craft on their spare time or during bad weather days, when there is nothing else to do other than wait…. And as Juan – the captain says – ” keep the boat clean and tidy, our life is on the line everyday… and order is the most important fact when you have 10 men on board and tons of fish in the hold of the ship.” (picture below is San Giorgio Saint patron).

They work under extreme conditions, with temperatures below cero degrees C. to collect, store and unload the fish from the boat. Hundred of boxes, filled with all types of fish and sea food. So I get to work and give them a hand…. or sort of… ha ha ha…. !!! I can still smell the fish in my clothes…. Just kidding.

So after a long day at work…. I decided to take control on the boat and sail back home, sipping through my Coffee. One back at the Banquina de Pescadores I will bargain the few fishes I earned, helping this guys out, to sell at its best. Things have changed a lot over the years. Now each company has its own boats, crew and factory where they process the product themselves. BUT before, all fish and sea food would have been taken to the common fish market where they will sell based on quantity, size, quality competing with the other fellow fishermen of the area.

(*) This is not a regular Tour that you will get around. So please if you wish to have this same experience, do not hesitate to Contact ME to book it. Cheers. CM