10 days exploring Sri Lanka from Colombo and beyond

Cape Weligama Sri Lanka

10 days exploring Sri Lanka from Colombo and beyond | Sri Lanka | I have just returned from a 10 days trip to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Such a magical experience. But most importantly, given the latest tragic events, myself and my two clients – traveling along with me – we felt totally safe. Sri Lankan’s are such warm, welcoming and friendly people – a true feeling of a predominantly Buddhist Country.

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Glamping in Sri Lanka at Wild Coast Tented Lodge

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Ceylon Tea Trails

ITINERARY & HOTELS
During my 10 days, we moved by private land transportation. I explored Hatton and the Tea Plantations with a stay at the breathtaking Ceylon Tea Trails. From there I move on to YALA National Park with stay at Wild Coast Tented Lodge. While in Yala we did a Safari searching for Leopards, Elephants and lots of monkeys. From there we moved to the beach district of Cape Weligama with stay at Cape Weligama Resort – here was total relax and unwinding. All 3 properties mentioned above, by the Resplendent Hotels Group and under the Relais & Chateaux group. Next destination was Galle and the UNESCO World Heritage Galle Fort. There I stayed at the very charming Galle Fort Hotel, but also spent sometime at the Amangalla by Aman Resorts, both located within the fort walls. From there, before heading back home, I spent 24 hours in Colombo with a stay at the Shangrila Hotel Colombo.

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Cooking Class Sri Lanka

HIGHLIGHTS
The highlights of my visit to Sri Lanka, were the time in Hatton exploring the Tea Plantations, and the breathtaking scenery. Cape Weligama and the gorgeous beaches. The time watching the elephants roam free at YALA National Park. The private Sri Lankan Cooking Class we did on the outskirts of Galle. And my day exploring Colombo. All my 10 days exploring Sri Lanka and all the experiences can be seen on my Photo/Video Curated Instagram Travel Guide.

Qatar Airway Business Class

FLIGHTS
From the United States to Sri Lanka, I flew ETIHAD Airways Business Class via Abu Dhabi. And on the way back from Sri Lanka back to the United States on QATAR Airways Business Class Suites via Doha. The QATAR Airways experience was THE BEST.

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Sri Lanka

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Private Zen Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience in Kyoto

Private Zen Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience in Kyoto  |  Kyoto, Japan |  During my time in Kyoto, I went off the beaten path, to experience 400 years ago of Japan.  I took part of a Private Zen Japanese Tea Ceremony at a traditional Japanese house by renown Tea Master Sougo Kobayakawa. You may see all my photos and videos from my recent trip to Japan at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog  Continue reading Private Zen Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience in Kyoto

My Private Koto Class at a Teak House at the gardens of Tokyo National Museum

My Private Koto Class at a Teak House at the gardens of Tokyo National Museum  |  Tokyo, Japan | This is how I spent my afternoon at a Teak House at the lovely gardens of Tokyo National Museum, taking a private class of Koto with this two lovely – and very patient – ladies. The koto is the national instrument of Japan. You may see all my photos and videos from my recent trip to Japan at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog

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Early morning in Tokyo for an up-close SUMO Wrestling Training Session

Early morning in Tokyo for an up-close SUMO Wrestling Training Session  | Tokyo, Japan | During my last trip to Tokyo, other than the traditional visit to the Tuskiji Fish Market, the SAKE Tastings, and Tea Ceremonies, one of the most interesting tours I took, was an early morning up-close real SUMO Wrestling Training Session. Expect lots of sweat, tears, screams and yes… some blood. It is indeed a very intense and up-close experience. You may see all my photos and videos from my recent trip to Japan at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog  Continue reading Early morning in Tokyo for an up-close SUMO Wrestling Training Session

Follow my exploration trip of Japan from Tokyo to Mount Fuji and Kyoto

Follow my exploration trip of Japan from Tokyo to Mount Fuji and Kyoto  | Japan | INSTAGRAM Photo-Album on Japan as I travel from Tokyo to Mount Fuji and Kyoto for tips and recommendations. Curating unique hotels, tours, restaurants and experiences towards Tokyo Olympics 2020… Follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on Japan. Follow the link.

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Carlos Melia Recommends eNews February 2016 issue in out and online featuring Myanmar

Carlos Melia Recommends eNews February 2016 issue in out and online featuring Myanmar  | Myanmar | Carlos Melia Recommends eNews February 2016
( http://www.carlosmelia.com/#!cmr-enews-feb-2016/g4deh ) is out and online. This month featuring Yangon, Bagan, Mingun & Mandalay in MYANMAR. Hosted by Belmond Governor’s Residence and Belmond Road to Mandalay. Check it out @ CMR eNew FEB 2016. See you next month with a feature on Miami Beach.

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Afternoon exploring Old Bagan and Ananda Temple

Afternoon exploring Old Bagan and Ananda TempleAfternoon exploring Old Bagan and  Ananda Temple  |  Bagan, Myanmar  | Off the luxury and comfort of Belmond Road to Mandalay for an afternoon exploring Old Bagan and  Ananda Temple, which ended on a marvelous Sunset gazing over the Archeological Site atop a Pagoda. First we took the small boats off our luxury cruiser, and to the banks of the Ayeyarwady River and a private bus took us to the entrance of Old Bagan. From there we went on a full visit of the Ananda Phaya or Ananda Temple. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar Continue reading Afternoon exploring Old Bagan and Ananda Temple

Exploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi, Mingun Bell and more

Exploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi and Mingun Bell  |  Mandalay, Myanmar  |  Early afternoon, just after lunch, and it was time to yet another raw unique experience off-board the comfort and luxury of Belmond Road to Mandalay. This time, as we approached along the Ayeyarwady River to the coasts of the Sagaing Region, we would explore the town of Mingun, located 10km from Mandalay. Follow my Myanmar INSTAGRAM Photo GalleryContinue reading Exploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi, Mingun Bell and more

Early morning biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site

IMG_7226Early morning biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site  |  Bagan, Myanmar  | Morning Biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Sites. One of the many off-board activities in the program of my 4-nights experience onboard the Belmond Road to Mandalay Luxury Cruise. It was an early morning and it was sublime. Waking up to see Bagan come to life, was an unique experience. Thanks to our expert local guide, we venture into the Archeological Site and explored beyond the beaten path. It happens that he grew up there, and he was generous enough to share experiences and hidden gems not available to regular tourists – this is the Belmond factor. Follow my Myanmar INSTAGRAM Photo Gallery. Continue reading Early morning biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site

Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan

Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan  | BaganMyanmar  |  Quintessentially Bagan experience, planned and timed to perfection by the team at Belmond Road to Mandalay Luxury River Cruise. Nothing more simple, yet more unique – this to me is the true and mere definition of luxury travel. So we deboarded our gorgeous Road to Mandalay Cruise, mighty floating on the Ayeyarwady River, and were transferred to the shores of Old Bagan, to begin our afternoon experience, which began exploring Old Bagan and followed by our Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda expereince.  This is what you do, you look around for the highest – hopefully least crowded – pagoda, out of the over 2200 still remaining, and – to your guide’s concern – you climb and climb and climb to enjoy this breathtaking sunset over Bagan’s Archeological Site. Yes, indeed, the Buddhist Monk presence was an unexpected gift of life. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar… Continue reading Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan