And we are officially MARRIED

Carlos Melia and Rubin Singer MarriageAnd we are officially MARRIED  |  New York, United States  |  Yesterday I changed my status to MARRIED. After 4 years of being together, Rubin Singer and I decided to tie the knot and formalize legally our love and commitment to each other. Early morning, we went to the City Hall in New York and got our Marriage License, follower by a lovely breakfast at Locanda Verde, hosted by our dear friend Michael Romei. That same evening we celebrated with all our dear New York friends and family, with a magical private dinner at the Wine Cellar of the 21 Club by Belmond. Continue reading And we are officially MARRIED

21 Club way beyond steak and hamburgers stereotype

21 Club beyond steak and hamburgers21 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

Private Cellar at Club 21 by Belmond

Private Cellar at Club 21 by Belmond  |  New York, United States  |  I am lucky enough to have enjoy great dinner, cocktails and evenings at Club 21 in New York City. Either having a wonderful meal at the main room, of a glass of champagne next to the fire place during cold winters over lovely conversations. But today, for the first time, following the speakeasy legendary Prohibition-era, I join a very private group of New York leading travel agents, at the wine cellar.
Just walk through the main room, by the iconic Club 21 kitchen, and down to the cellar, to find private stocks of wine bottles under names like Nixon or  Elizabeth Taylor, regulars of Club 21.
The special occasion, the official introduction to Belmond newest property, to open soon in Santa Barbara, California (March 18th. 2013), named El Encanto. This iconic hotel is being meticulously restored to capture all the original romance and glamour that endeared it to both the Santa Barbara community and vacationers in search of seclusion and charm. Ninety-two California-style bungalows dot the lush, landscaped gardens with sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. Original architectural features are being lovingly brought back to life, while modern additions include an expansive outdoor swimming pool and beautiful boutique spa. (www.elencanto.com).
We shared a lovely dinner with the management of the soon to open El Encanto, and the Belmond Regional Managing Director for the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. In such a stunning room. Low lights, vaulted walls covered with ancient wine bottles, guarded by our for private waiters.Such an unique experience, to perfectly match what El Encanto promises to offer to their guests from next March 2013 on, with the sophistication and detail that Belmond knows how to do. So stay tuned for more, cannot wait to come an visit, and I have got my invitation already YAYYYY.!!! Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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21 Club by Orient-Express in New York City

21 Club by Belmond in New York CityNew York, United States  |  Sometimes prejudice might play bad judgement on your choices, and this was the case for me. When I was invited to come to 21 Club, the first few ideas that came to my mind were stuffy, boring and red meat based menu. Well let me tell you I was wrong on all of them. Yes you must wear a jacket, and the style is very slick, but who minds to dress up for the crime. A crime for a great gourment experience signature by Belmond, right. Begin your night with a relaxin Grey Goose Vodka Martini with huge olives, and from there on enjoy a fantastic eveninig in a cozy and buzzling atmosphere. Continue reading 21 Club by Orient-Express in New York City