THAI Cooking Class at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

FullSizeRender 10THAI Cooking Class at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok  |  BangkokThailand  | After a long night out in Bangkok which began in full luxury and ended up right in the underground scene, I was awake pretty early, with a pounding headache and hangover, but determine to conquer the day ahead, which included an full morning Thai Cooking Class at The Oriental Thai Cooking School of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, follow by a 3-hours Khlong tour of Bangkok. So my first stop was shades to conceal the damage of my late night out, and ultra healthy breakfast over an ultra spicy Khao Tom soup to sweat away the many bottles of Champagne I had. After that I was ready to start my day and master the arts of Traditional Thai Cooking. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on BangkokContinue reading THAI Cooking Class at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

A night out in Bangkok from Luxury to Underground

A night out in Bangkok from Luxury to Underground | Bangkok, Thailand | A night in Bangkok, can begin and end in so many ways…. I am sure you all have heard the stories coming from deep in the Sois. But I have been there and done that, and what I do these days, is to repeat those I have enjoyed the most over the years, and open to discover new ones by the hand of my dear local friends. This was the case of my first night in Bangkok a few days ago, which began in full luxury and molecular Dirty Vodka Martinis at the legendary and recently renovated Bamboo Bar, at the iconic Grand Dame of Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on BangkokContinue reading A night out in Bangkok from Luxury to Underground

Khlong touring in Bangkok along the Chao Phraya and beyond

Khlong touring in BangkokKhlong touring in Bangkok along the Chao Phraya and beyond |  Bangkok, Thailand  | On a very hot and humid day, it was quite lovely to go on for a long sail onboard a long-tailed speedboat, along the Chao Phraya River and later penetrate the life along the khlongs of Bangkok, enjoy the breeze and every so often a cold splash of water. Our tour began right at our host hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, and from there we went on for approximately 3 hours. This is one of my many visits to Bangkok, but indeed the first time doing the tour of the khlongs, which gives of a totally different perspective of life in Bangkok in the banks of the river and its canals. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on BangkokContinue reading Khlong touring in Bangkok along the Chao Phraya and beyond

A matured comeback to Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental BangkokA matured comeback to Mandarin Oriental Bangkok  |  Bangkok, Thailand | My first stay at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, or iconically known as Oriental Bangkok, was over 4 years ago. At that time I was a different person, looking for different type of experiences, as it has happened organically through out all my personal and professional life. At that time, perhaps, ranked low as my favorite experiences in Bangkok, but after my recent stay, at my 41 years of age, I have to say it was simply PERFECTION. After countless times being in Bangkok, I have grown a deep love for the Chao Phraya River, and how it defines the nature of this destination, and to stay at a hotel at the streams of this charismatic feature, was something I would have never looked for before, and today I truly appreciate. So I guess we can appropriately say, that Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, it has taken some time, but it has grown in me, to be come I would say, my top choice when visiting Bangkok. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on BangkokContinue reading A matured comeback to Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Rubin & Carlos on Travel + Leisure Asia

Rubin & Carlos on Travel + Leisure AsiaRubin & Carlos on Travel + Leisure Asia  |  International Press |  PARADOX ? ha ha ha…. Rubin Singer featured on Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia and I Carlos Melia as a fashion designer ? Roles inverted ha ha ha…. After all we are full lifestyle. Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia asked Rubin Singer: What’s your Travel Uniform ? for their TRAVEL UNIFORM section. (special thanks to Jeninne Lee St. John – Features Editor and Nicola Chilton. Photo by: Shinsuke Matsukawa. Location: W Hotel Bangkok) CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok

The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe 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

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

Behind the scenes Travel + Leisure Asia photoshoot with Rubin Singer 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 Matsukawa captured 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.

 

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GPS Carlos Melia two AMAZING weeks in Thailand

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

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
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