Follow my weekend in Uruguay visiting Punta del Este and Jose Ignacio

Follow my weekend in Uruguay visiting Punta del Este and Jose Ignacio  | Punta del Este | INSTAGRAM Photo-Album on Punta del Este of my latest weekend getaway at the so called ” Saint Tropez of South America “. Featuring Punta del Este and Jose Ignacio, hosted by VIK Retreats hotels. Hotels, tours, restaurants and more… Follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on Punta del Este. Follow the link.

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Colonia del Sacramento UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

Colonia del Sacramento UNESCO World Cultural Heritage  |  429 MAGAZINE  |  Dear followers and friends, my weekly column on Luxury Gay Travel for 429 MAGAZINE at the leading and world’s largest LGBTA Professional Network www.dot429.com, is OUT and ONLINE. This week on Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. Check it out and till next adventure in full luxury. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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La Vigna Country House Hotel

La Vigna Country House Hotel |  Colonia Valdense , Uruguay | New York Times TOP 41 Places to Visit 2011. In 1880, it was set up as a Winery belonging to a family of Italian immigrants from italian Piedmont dedicated to Tannat winemaking. Today, more than 120 years after that, “La Vigna” is born as a warm and exclusive Country House Hotel, rigorously restored by its current owners.
A new concept in the Art of Reception… featuring a congenial combination of indigenous country life and the exquisite comfort required by the demanding contemporary traveler.  A haven in the country offering serenity, homemade delicacies, and heavenly landscapes that invite you to relax and enjoy a balanced mixture of European rural architecture and avant-garde exotic, refined interior design.
Colonia Valdense, located in the department of Colonia, known for agricultural and livestock production, and dairy products. Only 59 kilometers from Colonia del Sacramento and 120 kilometers from Montevideo.
Rustic Rooms with all the comfort for your stay. Queen or Twin size beds, kitchenette, WiFi. Prices from USD 100 per  night including breakfast. Room Type of your choice: Master Suite “La Violeta”, Suite “Akanana”, Family Room, Single Room, Twin Room.

Casa Toscana is a house with two bedrooms, bathroom, living room, kitchenette, laundry, garage, deposit, patio, deck, roof with adobe oven and panoramic views.
Some of the activities included in the country house hotel are Mountain Bikes to get around the area and Bike tours. Art Workshop. Fishing: Catch & Throw of Tarariras Mojarras Dientudos. Ranch activities, Tambo, Organic Gardening, Birdwatching and Hiking. Swimming pool, Table Games and Library.
They offer a very interesting La Vigna + Colonia del Sacramento + Wineries of Uruguay Package (03 Days/02 Nights) from USD 660 per person on double base. The package includes: Transfers Colonia del Sacramento to Colonia Valdense, 02 nights with breakfast at La Vigna, all meals included with local produce and wines served at Bitro La Bodega. On the second day the include the Uruguay Wine Route tour including lunch at Bodega Souza and Wine Degustations at Stagnari, Bouza and Marichal Wineries.
Every  Saturday and Sundays , La Vigna Wine Art opens its doors to welcome the arts…tango, drama, fusion, photography, jazz, sculptures… Rejoice for the five senses and pleasure for the soul. Housed in that old family winery, a new concept is born: “La Vigna- Wine Art”. A versatile and heterogeneous place: At times, your living-room at home; sometimes, a mountain refuge in the Piedmont countryside (of a remote Colonia Valdense); and at other times, just a meeting place to share and enjoy with friends. A place to listen to good music, taste some of the specialty regional cheese “boards”, tapas and homemade delicacies, served with good wine, or simply a place to relax and linger at.
At “La Vigna”, they make their own food products, which are based on the care of and respect for nature and a healthy lifestyle. Their Organic Garden, their ecology-concerned and respectful breeding of farm animals, their sheep milk products made in their Dairy Farm: La Pecora Pazza, and their fruit trees provide them with the raw materials necessary to create each of the flavors offered by La Vigna’s organic gourmet cuisine, at LV Bistró. They produce traditional Jams, Liqueurs, Chutneys and Preserves, in addition to some extravagant products exclusively created by “La Vigna”. For the diner time, stylish, exotic and colorful dishes merge into those taken from Italian immigrant communities of the Piedmont region, which, for the past 130 years, have been coming here to settle down at this spot of South America, imbuing everything with their European smells and essences..

These are only some of the activities and services you can enjoy while visiting Colonia Valdense and La Vigna Country House Hotel. Not for nothing The New York Times ranked it TO 41 Places to Visit 2011, right. !!!
Easy access either from the city of Buenos Aires, by Speed Ferry to Colonia del Sacramento (50 minutes) or from Montevideo by bus services (2 hours and 30 minutes)

(*) NOTE: This is a PRESS RELEASE for La Vigna from CM by Carlos Melia. Please be aware that I have not personally visited or tested this hotel yet. Coming soon my own personal review following my main commitment of Been There Done That.

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Colonia del Sacramento by The New York Times

Colonia del Sacramento by The New York Times |  Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay |  As many of you know by reading my regular posts in my blog, Colonia del Sacramento is one of my favorite spots in the world to escape and get away from the hussle and bussle of the city when I am in Argentina. Well, it seems I am not that wrong since on the Sunday Travel section of this week of the The New York Times has been voted and ranked number 31 out of the 41 places recommended and MUST visit during this 2011.

The article was titled The 41 Places to go in 2011 and Colonia del Sacramento was featured in number 31 as The ranches beyond a historic village offer a dose of rural chic. On this short but interesting contribution by Paola Singer, they highlight two brand new boutique ranches that have recently opened La Vigna and Estancia Tierra Santa. I would add to this expert recommendation, two of my favorite hotels/guest houses in the entire world Casa los Jazmines and La Casa de los Limoneros. Both I would dare to say my own personal choice for relaxation, gourmet experience and outdoors adventure (beach, horseback ridding, wine tasting, biking, among many others) only 50 minutes away from the city of Buenos Aires.
History, beach and something else. Colonia de Sacramento, (Uruguay) capital of the county of Colonia, bathed by the waters of de Rio de la Plata, only (1hs) from the city of Buenos Aires.Listed as “World Heritage“ by the UNESCO (6-XII-1995), for its cultural and natural value.
The main points of interest are located in Historical District (or casco viejo).  Followi this propossed route, it will allow you to enjoy all the highlights you can’t miss: Puerta de Campo / Calle de los Suspiros / Museo Portugués / Convento de San Francisco / Museo Municipal / Casa de Nacarello / Casa del Virrey / Archivo Regional / Museo Indígena / Casa Portuguesa / Museo Español / Bastión del Carmen / Iglesia Matriz. Also minutes away is the Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos, the Museo Paleontológico, the Arenisca and El Calabres beaches. On sunny spring or summer days, is a must walking by the promenade “Rambla Costanera” and enjoy the sights and sunsets.

If interested on reading more on Colonia del Sacramento and following my travel post on this charming destination, please check the following links: Colonia del Sacramento / BUQUEBUS Speed Ferry / La Casa de los Limoneros / Casa los Jazmines. Also check my PHOTO Album on Colonia del Sacramento.
(*) Colonia del Sacramento. For bookings or inquiries do not hesitate to contact me. carlos@carlosmelia.com | 347.944.0026 | 212.399.6161 | Toll Free US. 800.729.7472 ext 205. CM

Colleen G. Customer Feedback

Colleen G. Customer Feedback • ( New York, United States ) Oh my goodness, we had a fantastic time! We enjoyed everything! I apologize, I wanted to email you to thank you but I came back to so much work. We were so very, very happy! Thank you so very much! I really loved the Design CE Hotel and the staff was great.  Just so you know the front of the hotel is a bit loud from street noise, I think in the future I would stay in the back but the place is fantastic and I loved their staff! Feliz Navidad!  You should come to my restaurant for New Years Eve, it’s great! xo, Colleen Hope to see you soon!

Colleen and her husband visited Buenos Aires staying at Design CE Hotel and Colonia del Sacramento staying at La Casa de los Limoneros. The took several tours like San Antonio de Areco Full Gaucho Experience Day, ROJO Tango Show and Dinner and Private City Tour of Buenos AriesCM

Craig N. Customer Feedback

Craig N. Customer Feedback • ( Washington, United States ) Hi Carlos – I want to thank you for helping organize an amazing trip to Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, and Uruguay.! Everything was perfect – people were on time, very friendly, accommodating, and helpful…everything was just as it should be. I also want to say the Casa de Limoneros as one of the highlights of the trip, particularly since it was on Thanksgiving. The property was so picturesque – we went for bike rides, runs, and enjoyed the pool. Sergio and Mario was quite a friendly pair too. I can’t say enough about the ladies at the front desk of the Design CE Hotel – they were so nice, friendly and helpful…so glad we met them and you recommended the hotel. Craig

Craig and his friend Tom visited Buenos Aires staying at Design CE Hotel and Iguazu Falls staying at Saint George Hotel and Colonia del Sacramento staying at La Casa de los LimonerosCM

CM by Carlos Melia new office New York City

CM by Carlos Melia brand new headquarters in New York City @ Rockefeller Center – 630 Fifth Av. Suite 2207. Travel Services to Buenos Aires, rest of Argentina, Uruguay and New York City.  Your own virtual office and agent in New York city. Press, Public Relations, Promotions, Events, Sale Calls… and much more. Are you a small or mid size Hotel, Short Term Apartment Rental, Tour Operator, Destination or Restaurant and wish to have a presence at the Big Apple.? Contact me NOW.

My native tongue is Gay, but I am fluent in Straight… so everyone is Welcome.!!!. CM by Carlos Melia • www.carlosmelia.com • www.carlosmeliablog.com. Carlos Melia. Gay Travel Consultant. South America Travel Specialist. Tel. (212) 399.6161. Cell. (347) 944.0026. Toll Free 800.729.7472 ext. 205. Fax. (212) 265.8753. Twitter / Facebook / Skype carlosmelia

Interview to Carlos Melia by ALFA FM • Uruguay

Radio Interview to Carlos Melia in MONTEVIDEO ( Only Spanish Version ) this interview was conducted by Gilberto Gonzalez of Radio ALFA FM in Montevideo, Uruguay during my last visit and press conference in this city. Topics: Gay Travel / Mr Gay World Uruguay among many others.

(*) You may also listen the interview with Radio Sarandi by Sergio Puglia Click HereCM

Would you like to spend the night here when in Montevideo.?

How would you like to spend the night here when in Montevideo.? • a brand NEW option in the city of MONTEVIDEO at the most traditional and iconic buildings of this charming city the Palacio Salvo.
Palacio Salvo is located at the intersection of 18 de Julio Avenue and Plaza Independencia. It was designed by the architect Mario Palanti, an Italian immigrant living in Buenos Aires, who used a similar design for his Palacio Barolo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Finished in 1925, Palacio Salvo stands 100 metres high with the antenna included.

It was built on the site where the Confiteria La Giralda was once located, a place renowned for being where Gerardo Matos Rodríguez wrote his tango La Cumparsita, in 1917.
The building was originally intended to function as a hotel, possibly mixed with some private residential units. This did not work out, and it never functioned as a hotel. There is now a mixture of offices and private residences in the building.
Located on the top floors with the best views of the city of Montevideo, with views of the Rio de la Plata. This 02 rooms apartment (01 bedroom / living room / full kitchen / foyer / bathroom  / 03 balconies ). The unit has air conditioning, WiFi, Cable TV, Elevator among many other amenities.

This is where I choose to stay when I come to Montevideo and want to experience this destination at its BEST, enjoying the great views and living the city like a local. Minutes away from the Ferry Terminal, Mercado del Puerto among many other areas and attractions. Prices run from USD 150 x night on. For bookings and requests do not hesitate to Contact ME. (minimum of 02 nights, but can be waived for special occasions).

La Casa de los Limoneros at Colonia del Sacramento

LA CASA DE LOS LIMONEROS  | Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay  | R ural Boutique Hotel ). Located only 50 minutes away from the city of Buenos Aires, by Speed Ferry, and 9 KM. away from the old city of Colonia del Sacramento.  Continue reading La Casa de los Limoneros at Colonia del Sacramento