The House Hotels my favorites in Istanbul

The House Hotels my favorites in Istanbul  |  Istanbul, Turkey  |  If you are looking for the premium boutique, design, chic hotel experience while in Istanbul, then you should choose The House Hotels, with their three locations in the city, all on the European side: Nisantasi, Galatasaray and Bosphorus. Each unique, and true to the area they are located and represent. During my stay, I spend my nights at the two properties in Galatasaray (my ultimate favorite) and Nisantasi. Continue reading The House Hotels my favorites in Istanbul

Istanbul bridge between Europe and Asia at dot429.com

Istanbul bridge between Europe and Asia at dot429.com  |  429MAGAZINE  |  Everyone, my weekly column on Gay Luxury Travel for 429MAGAZINE at dot429.com is out and online. Check it OUT. !!! This week based on my recent experience in Istanbul, Turkey. Inside tips on where to stay, dine, wine and must dos and sees. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

Special thanks for this trip to Aristo Tours – local Tour Operator of Turkey and to Lufthansa for flying me there in full class and style on their brand new Business Class configuration and Boeings 747-8.

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Inside look at Ayasofa Hurrem Sultan Hamami


Inside look at Ayasofa Hurrem Sultan Hamami  |  Istanbul, Turkey  | A visit to Turkey and Istanbul, without a proper tradition Hamam experience, is not a visit. Therefore I came to the Ayasofa Hurren Sultan Hamami, just across the Hagia Sofa Museum and in front of the Blue Mosque.  One of the most sensual and relaxing experiences of my life I must say. Built in 1556, Ayasofa Hurren Sultan Hamami, by Mimar Sinan by order of Hurrem Sultan, wife of Suleyman the Magnificent, near Hagia Sophia in 16. century, at the location of historical Zeuksippos Baths that was destroyed in 532 year completely. Continue reading Inside look at Ayasofa Hurrem Sultan Hamami

AWAY in Istanbul will be back shortly


AWAY in Istanbul will be back shortly  |  Istanbul, Turkey  |  Hi there everyone, greetings from Istanbul, where I have been for the last 4 days. Came all the way from Berlin, thanks to the support of Lufthansa, to explore this destination for the first time. Not being lazy, just too busy and staying away of the WiFi to further explore the area and highlights to later share it with all of you. In the meantime, time permit I will be posting some videos, like the one above from yesterday. Private yacht by Interlimousine, sailing along the Bosphorus, channel that separates Asia from Europe connected by two main bridges, and links the path in between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. I will be posting more on my late trips to Germany, Turkey and my next week in London and rest of England. In the meantime, you may follow me day to day subscribing to my Facebook Profile, where I am continuously posting photos and videos. Continue reading AWAY in Istanbul will be back shortly

GPS Carlos Melia on my way to Istanbul Turkey

GPS Carlos Melia on my way to Istanbul Turkey  |  Istanbul, Turkey  |  Once again at an Airport and heading to a new destination, shocking right. This time at Tegel Airport in Berlin, heading onboard Lufthansa to Istanbul via Munich. First time coming to Turkey and I have an amazing schedule to explore this city in five days. I will be reporting live for the Blue Mosque and the onboard a private yacht on the Bosphorus. So stay tuned. As for Germany, it has been a great visit to Berlin and I will be reporting and sharing all videos and photos soon, when I have a minute to seat down and blog about it. Calling my name to board, TTL and see you tonight at the W Hotel Istanbul, my first overnight stop. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

(*) Special thanks to those companies that are making this trip possible, in particular Aristo Tours, knowledgeable tour local tour operator in Istanbul and Lufthansa.

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GPS Carlos Melia on my way to Europe

20120621-123233.jpgGPS Carlos Melia on my way to Europe | New York, United States | At La Guardi Airport, taking my United Airlines flight to Washington to coonect to my international flight. Yes, I am on my way to Europe right now – Berlin, Istanbul, London, Bath, Costwolds and Stratfford to review the new Business Class and state-of-the-art 747-8 by Lufthansa and a few hotels by W Hotels, Design Hotels and Rocco Forte. This trip is coordinated and sponsored in parts by Visit Britain, Aristo Tours, Istanbul Conventions and Visitors Bureau and PR&Co. All to be posted and shared here. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Berlin – Istanbul – London here I come

Berlin – Istanbul – London here I come   |  Hey dear followers, next week I am going on tour once again. This time to several destinations in Europe. Pride Season is on and I am taking of to key cities at the Old Continent.  So stay tuned since I will be reviewing several destinations, hotels, tours and restaurants. The itinerary will be:

Berlin, Germany
 – June 21/25 (special thanks to Lufthansa, United Airways and Hotel de Rome by Rocco Forte) I will be heading there to try the new Business Class by Lufthansa, for the pre-opening of the Nuremberg Airport and the Berlin Gay Pride Parade

Istanbul, Turkey
 – June 25/29 (special thanks to Aristo ToursLufthansaW Istanbul, The Sofa Hotel, Design Hotels and Istanbul Convention Visitors Bureau, Interlimousine and The House Hotel of Nisantasi and Galatasaray) This will be my first visit to Turkey and I am already uber excited about it. Was high on my Travel Bucket List.

London, Bath, Costwolds and Stratford, England
– June 29/July 09 (special thanks to Visit Britain, Boutique Marketing, Eccleston Square Hotel and PR&Co) A full week exploring my beloved London and new areas to discover. We will take part of the VIP World Pride Event.

So stay tuned, and follow all my travel chronicles, tips and reviews on all these amazing and exciting destinations. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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