Eating like a local in Mexico City | Mexico City, Mexico | You know me most for lavish gourmet experiences, which I did plenty at Dulce Patria, Rosetta, Quintonil and Anatol, but I do greatly enjoy eating like a local, away from the award-winning restaurants and chefs. During my recent visit to Mexico City, I went out of the beaten path and enjoyer more than one option… Continue reading Eating like a local in Mexico City
My bespoke Tuxedo tailoring experience by RUBINSINGER | New York, United States | Getting ready for my upcoming trip to San Francisco, to assist the Mid-Winter Gala 2015, I came to RUBINSINGER Studio in New York to have my new Tuxedo tailored by two master bespoke couture designers, Rubin Singer and his father, Alik Singer. Alik is the former designer of the Circus of Moscow and the Bolshoi Theater. I am not stranger to wear bespoke tailored Tuxedos by Rubin Singer in Bangkok and Cannes. Such an unique and interesting experience, spending the morning along Alik Singer, having my measurements taken, picking the fabrics, the lining, the shape…. and seeing and learning the full process, behind-the-scenes of a Tuxedo made-to-tailor in New York. Continue reading My bespoke Tuxedo tailoring experience by RUBINSINGER
Sunday Brunch at the iconic Rainbow Room | New York, United States | Sunday Brunch in Manhattan along my partner Rubin Singer and my dear friend Michael Romei, took place at the iconic and famous upscale rooftop restaurant and events space, the Rainbow Room. Located at the 65th floor of the NBC Tower, atop the 30 Rockefeller Plaza. I was so excited to explore and experience Rainbow Room, influenced by many stories of such unique New York landmark. We had a lovely afternoon celebrating the end my my Birthday week. Continue reading Sunday Brunch at the iconic Rainbow Room
Birthday celebration at ELEVEN MADISON PARK Restaurant | New York, United States | Celebrating my 41st Birthday, last night my partner Rubin Singer, took me for a fabulous fine dinning experience out in New York. His line was, you are so jaded and you have experience almost all in terms or cuisine and hospitality, but I will yet surprise you. And so he did. 3-Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park by Chef Daniel Humm under the Relais & Chateaux portfolio, was quite outstanding and indeed a great discovery. Continue reading Birthday celebration at ELEVEN MADISON PARK Restaurant
21 Club way beyond steak and hamburgers stereotype | New York, United States | Last night I joined my dear friend Michael Romei, for a distinguished evening hosted by the 21 Club by Belmond. Our night began, of course, over Martinis and continue over a few fantastic bottles of Sancere, along with the Menu by their new Executive Chef Sylvain Delpique. Continue reading 21 Club way beyond steak and hamburgers stereotype
Sneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York | New York, United States | If you happen to be a huge fan of Baccarat as I am, how can you not be, then you will love this brand new / soon to open first hotel by iconic luxury brand Baccarat. Heritage is the word that defines this heaven made out of glass, silk, fine textures and a galore of exquisitely curated marvelous chandeliers. Founded and commanded by King Louis XV, Baccarat is a legendary French crystal company, a true luxury brand whose renowned artisans have been producing objects of perfect craftsmanship for more than 250 years. Continue reading Sneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York
Anniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York | New York, Unites States | For our third year anniversary, with Rubin Singer, we choose this time to celebrate it with an intimate private dinner at Arabelle Restaurant at The Plaza Athenee New York. Mondays, the restaurant remains closed, therefore it is the perfect time to have your one-on-one private dinning experience. We chose the small room next to, my absolute favorite bar in New York, the Seine Bar. Very cozy, intimate and old time chic. For a minute you forget about being in New York, and you are transported to a petit bistro in France. Continue reading Anniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York
Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown | New York, United States | Last Sunday, I left Manhattan for a relaxing one-night-getaway in full style, only 30 minutes. My castle for a night at Tarrytown, in Westchester, Hudson Valley. Yes you read right, there are castles in New York, where you can explore and stay at. A world-class destination for relaxing and romantic getaways with superb cuisine. Member of the Historic Hotels of America and the Small Luxury Hotels Collection. The castle was taken over three years ago by the Japanese group Sankara. Continue reading Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown
Brand new Park Hyatt New York | New York, US | Today I was invited to visit the brand new Park Hyatt New York, followed by a casual and wonderful lunch at The Back Room ONE57 Restaurant, American Grill with a touch of French, all prepared by the expert hand of Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault. Park Hyatt New York is located in the heart of midtown at 153 West 57th street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, across from Carnegie Hall and a short stroll from Central Park. The hotel, designed by world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, features 210 generously sized guest rooms including 92 suites, designed by Yabu Pushelberg. The state-of-the-art guest rooms are among the largest in the city, starting from 475 square feet or 44 square meters. Throughout the hotel, guests will experience an uncommon space offering sophistication and elegance. The hotel is located at New York’s tallest residential building, occupying ground floor to the 25th floor. Onwards is all private residences with services and amenities, signature of Park Hyatt. A full-service Spa Nalai, fitness center with partial views of the Central Park and a lovely indoor pool. Fully pet friendly. Seamless check in concept, right from the entrance to your room. On the third floor there is a Guest Services and Les Clefs d’Or Concierge desk. I LOVED: Size of the rooms and bathrooms + the MiniBars which are like little jewel boxes full of surprises + the ballroom spaces for events + the balcony suites (specially the balconies) + the indoor pool + the fact that the building is fully WiFi Free of charge + being Pet Friendly Hotel w/ what I like to call VID – Very Important Dog treatment and amenities + the Beets Risotto I tried for lunch at The Back Room ONE57 + the Bar. I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE: Being such a high-rise building, I was expecting to have breathtaking 360 degrees and panoramic views of Manhattan and most particularly of the Central Park, from the public areas and most specially from the rooms and suites. But unfortunately only those at the private residences get to enjoy that part, not if you are staying at the hotel. New York needed its very own Park Hyatt property, here you have it. Book with me and enjoy the following VIP Amenities: Full Breakfast for each Guest Daily at The Back Room at One57. Also available with Room Service + $100 Hotel Credit, per Room, per Stay. Plus the following amenities subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: Upgrade + Early Check-In + Late Check-Out. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond | St Michaels, Maryland | My parents were in town, in New York, visiting from Argentina, for my 40th Birthday. After that we were all going to spend a week in Miami Beach… so I had this crazy idea, all targeting for quality bonding time. Driving all the way from New York City down to Miami, Florida. Yes many might thought I was crazy, and yes, was long driving sessions, BUT we did had a fantastic time and enjoyed great stays at lovely hotels by Belmond. Our firs stop was the lovely and charming town of St. Michaels, Virigina at the stunning The Inn at Perry Cabin.
The drive from central Manhattan to the Victorian town of St. Michaels, Virginia took us approximately four hours, including a few stops along the way. Door to door, from the Big Apple to this quaint – out of a movie set – town, which consists on a main street and a few cute stores and restaurants. Few steps away, The Inn at Perry Cabin, a 19th century restored Manor house, sits embracing all the charm of this town. Steeped in history and style, this colonial mansion is the perfect rural retreat. While just a pleasant drive from Washington, D.C. and less than two hours from Baltimore and Philadelphia, it could be a world away.
A charming manor house resort and spa, Belmond The Inn at Perry Cabin sits in beautiful gardens that reach down to the gentle waters of the iconic Maryland’s Eastern shore. Relaxation is the order of the day: lounge in the fabulous Linden Spa, float in the infinity pool or savor seafood in the gastronomic restaurant. Stroll into St. Michaels to discover intriguing antiques shops—or set out to sea on a yacht or heritage craft. Unfortunately I have to do all this in quite a rushed mode, since we were there only for an overnight stay. Mea Culpa, we should have stayed there at leas for an entire century, ha ha ha, no really at least two nights, to fully enjoy the property.
I was hosted, well we were hosted, since Mademoiselle Bruna was with me (pet-friendly) at the most beautiful Grand Master Waterview Suite, only to be matched or over shined by the stunning 180 degrees panoramic views of Maryland’s Eastern shore and the Miles River. Watch the video of my suite.
Their grand Master Suites offer unparalleled comfort in graceful, heritage style. Stretch out on king-sized beds. Unwind in the spacious lounge. Seek sanctuary in the exquisite Italian marble bathrooms complete with dual vanities and deep tubs. Since I was there only for one night, and I truly wanted to experience and enjoy my suite, I stayed there the entire time. Gorgeous sunset dinner, over red wine and real fireplace.
So I did passed on dinning at their romantic restaurant Sherwood’s Landing. Start the day down by the shore with a delicious breakfast at Sherwood’s Landing. Or enjoy a light al fresco lunch under the midday sun on the terrace. The finest seafood restaurant on Maryland’s shore, dinner is a tantalising treat. An eclectic menu features fresh seasonal specialities. Watch the moonlight dance across the Miles River as you savor every mouthful. Fine wines and discreet service offer the perfect accompaniment. Also (and just between us, travelers, try the Crab Claw Restaurant. You will love it).
The following morning, I hosted a breakfast for my parents at my suite, right before we hit the road once again, to our next destination. And after that we went for a nice walk to the lake, and the pier on the stream of Miles River.
Before leaving the property, I made sure to stop by and have a look at the Linden Spa, named after the linden trees that grace the resort, but most importantly for its resplendent manicured gardens. The Entry Garden features teak furniture, slate floor and plants placed to create privacy. Take the meandering path to the Woodland Garden. A magnificent canopy of old magnolia, holly and cypress trees awaits.
Ideal destination for a romantic getaway, friend or family reunion, but most importantly, a dream come true destination for a buy out or small wedding. Get ready for picture perfect images that will last for an eternity, or at least till divorce do us part. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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