The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | One of the many jewels of our last visit to Bangkok, was without a doubt our two nights stay at the picture perfect The Siam Hotel. A hotel which holds a very special feeling to me, having seen it evolve from day one till final completion and full operation, and know many of the people involved in the project. But still I went through our stay with a very critic and avid eye, true to my commitment to all of you my followers. The first question I think raises when you even think to stay at this property, is WHY should I stay at a hotel located so far from the traditional attractions and happening of Bangkok. And to my surprise this exact question is the one the management use as their strength, The Siam brings to you a different Bangkok. Serene, lush in natural beauty, yet quite simple are the nouns to describe this hotel. Continue reading The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok
HANSAR Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | During our last visit to Thailand, only a few weeks ago, we have the chance to experience and enjoy our lovely Vertigo Suite at the HANSAR Bangkok. I would describe it in a few words as Sweden meets Japan in the heart of one of Bangkok premium locations. Suites are steeped in modern comfort and amenities, contemporary yet timeless in style and adorned in Jim Thompson silk. HANSAR in sanskrit translates as Happiness and Joy, taking its inspiration from Thai culture and from the lively and generous spirit of the Thai people. Continue reading HANSAR Bangkok
T+L Asia with Carlos Melia & Rubin Singer | Bangkok, Thailand | by Jeninne Lee St John at W Bangkok, Thailand. Thank you Jeninne for the mention and look forward working together in the near future again. Was fun playing Rubin Singer Dress Up with you and Nicola Chilton. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
…” Last week I spent a super-fun afternoon with hot designer-of-the-moment, Rubin Singer. The mission was ostensibly a photoshoot and interview of him for our Travel Uniform section; it turned into a fashion show for me. When I walked into his suite on the top floor of the brand-new W Bangkok, it was overflowing with insane pieces from his Autumn/Winter line, “Valkyrie’s Dominion” —all blacks and grays and reds, an asymmetrical bustle here, a bustier there. Rubin was wrapping up a meeting with buyers from a big Thai department store and—though I wish him much success with his actual business dealings—I could not wait for them to get out of there so I could dive into those dresses!
I sucked in my ribcage, the stylist wedged me into this red-overlayed-with-black-lace number and it was love. I spent the next few hours flouncing around in it while our amenable photographer Shinsuke Matsukawacaptured Rubin’s irresistible smile and understatedly fabulous travel wardrobe on film… while Rubin’s partner, Carlos Melia (a travel expert in his own right), filled me in on the designer’s tri-generational tailoring roots that reach back to Stalin… and while we discussed his next projects, including the wardrobes for Beyonce’s upcoming concert tour and possibly the uniforms for a certain forward-thinking upscale airline.Hanging out with Rubin in his sun-dappled W bed, wearing this cocktail mini, I think I invented a new style: Lounge Couture….” – Read the full article @ T+L Asia
(*) Special thanks to Nicola Chilton Senior PR for Asia and Pacific for Four Seasons for the introductions. Stay tuned to the upcoming issue of T+L Asia featuring Rubin Singer’s Travel Uniform.
GPS Carlos Melia two AMAZING weeks in Thailand| And we are back in New York, after spending two AMAZING weeks in Thailand, planning and producing Rubin Singer‘s Fashion Shows in Bangkok and Koh Samui. Always a treat to spend time in Thailand, a country I carry close to my heart and always draws a BIG smile in my face. So many old and new friends there, could not be happier. On this trip, my fifth time in Thailand, we visited and spent time in Bangkok, Golden Triangle and Koh Samui. OMG so many photos and videos to share, that will take me forever, therefore I decided to do this summary of our time there. You can read more on the individual posts I have been doing pre/post and will do after our stay at the category Thailand. (photo above at the Four Seasons Koh Samui, where we were hosted for a full relaxing day having spa treatments and lunch at the beach) Continue reading GPS Carlos Melia two AMAZING weeks in Thailand
Hotel Check IN W Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | Set in the pulsating heart of Bangkok, surrounded by spicy street markets, vibrant nightlife, and top shops and restaurants. Last night we Checked IN at the stunning sexy and chic W Bangkok. I was not expecting much to be honest, since the hotel just opened four month ago, but I must say the this property has just jumped to my TOP 05 favorite properties in Bangkok. W Bangkok radiates with electric energy. It is sultry inspiring debauchery on its very own Thai style. We are being hosted at the W version of the Presidential Suite, which looks taken out of a premium Gucci store. We just love the style, design, and panoramic views of Bangkok.
W Bangkok is the new playground of ambassadors, jet setters and fashionistas, a hot destination by the coolest shopping and dining. 407 rooms, you’re dreaming sweet in the signature W bed, or lazing in plush bathrobes as you enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment and fully wired technology. The only thing I am not crazy about so far are the bed linens, the feel very stiff. Our Presidential Suite is S-I-C-K and my favorite rooms are the bar/lounge area and the bathroom. We are located on the 31st floor and have fabulous views of Bangkok. Same classics as any other W Hotel & Retreat Worldwide, W Bangkok offers SWEAT Fitness Center, WET Pool and Pool Bar, WOOBAR located at the lobby bar and Kitchen Table. At the moment AWAY Spa is not open, but will be coming soon. This morning we had breakfast at Kitchen Table, main breakfast lounge located on the 2nd floor and was both a great room and a with many options from Thai to Continental. I love the contrast between the modernity of the main building and the next door house to open soon with a restaurant and ballrooms. Also the grand entrance with a round fountain, just off Sathorn Road. W Bangkok is right off the BTS – Sky Train and the underground system, and one stop away from the iconic Sala Daeng and Patpong Night Market. I will be posting more about our W Bangkok experience upon Check OUT. Unfortunately our trip is coming to an end and tomorrow morning we are heading back to New York onboard PEARL Business Class by ETIHAD Airways. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends (*) To book your own travel experience, do not hesitate to contact me either by email email@example.com or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of MLGTPP, IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network. (**) Follow me around the world by subscribing to my Facebook Profile, liking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter. and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.
Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine| Bangkok, Thailand | Blue Elephant is one of the most traditional Restaurants and Cooking Schools of Bangkok. It has been 30 successful years since the first Blue Elephant was opened, surprisingly in Brussels, Belgium, allowing foreign customers to fully experience a real taste of Thailand. Continue reading Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine
Hotel Check IN at OKURA Prestige Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | So we keep on the move testing new hotel during our stay in Bangkok. This time I am a guest within my own reality, since this new hotel came to me through my partner Rubin Singer. He is being hosted at the stunning The OKURA Prestige Bangkok, for the Fashion Show he will be doing along with L’Officiel Magazine Thailand. So for the first time, I get to enjoy a hotel as a true guest, and wow this property is indeed to be enjoyed. Our Suite is the perfect size for an urban apartment, with all the amenities and services to enjoy Bangkok in full. Literally, both Rubin and I, feel that now, we have arrived to Bangkok. The Okura Prestige allows you to discover and enjoy the City of Angels, in full sophistication, while only steps away from your true urban experience, and that to me, is the way to enjoy Bangkok. The way I feel about this hotel, is the perfect balance, where Japanese style, service and attention to detail meets Thai tradition and soul. Example of that is the turn down amenity you get every night, replacing the chocolates that are so passe.
We are staying on the 33rd floor, at a lovely Suite with stunning views across the dynamic Bangkok skyline though triple-glazed panoramic windows that insulate heat and noise. Suites combine comfort and luxury with the very latest technological developments designed to impress business and leisure travelers. The OKURA Prestige Hotel offers a total of 240 rooms.
Club level rooms are located on the hotel’s highest floors and offer an exclusive level of privacy with bespoke services available. The opening of The OKURA Prestige Hotel Bangkok, the first of its kind, makes a new phase in development for OKURA Hotels and Resorts. Established in 1958, with head office in Tokyo. The OKURA Prestige Bangkok harmonises the Japanese principle of “Wa” with Okura’s philosophy of “Best ACS” (Best Accommodation, Best Cuisine, Best Services) to create a hotel that provides unrivaled hospitality, comfort and luxury in a city well known and appreciated for its outstanding levels of customer service.
The hotel most dramatic and spectacular feature is the cantilevered infinity pool. You are right, not quite original… seen this before at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, but really…. you have to give it to them, it is quite impressive infinity pool overlooking part of Bangkok’s skyline. The outdoor pool, fitness center and spa area all located at the 25th floor. Not recommended for those scared of heights. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends