48 Hours re-discovering Hong Kong for my second time | Hong Kong | This was my second time in Hong Kong, and this time I was there along my partner Rubin Singer, being his first time. We had ahead of us a full month of traveling along China, so for our first 48 hours, after a long flight, I wanted to re-discover the city and show him, the highlights mind the 48 hours limit. So basically to took it very easy, and we decided to explore Central, Kowloon, Wan Chai, The Peak and Aberdeen. Unfortunately, this time, we didn’t have time to go all the way to Lantau Island and the Big Buddha. Continue reading 48 Hours re-discovering Hong Kong for my second time
VIP Gala Dinner 45 minutes out of Paris curated by Carlos Melia | Paris, France | One of the many services I offer to my clients worldwide, is producing event and weddings. Here an example of the last event I hosted 45 minutes outside of Paris, to end our VIP French Open Roland Garros Week to a very select group of executives. The Gala took place at a lovely Chateau, located in the district of Bouffemont, which we privatized fully. Sunset cocktails at the outdoor terrace, gala dinner indoors with live performances and band, which included among others, an impersonator of Edith Piaf. A lovely soiree and the perfect curated end to their trip. Here other experiences I also created for this same group: Sunset sailing and dinning along the Seine River. Private off-hours visit to the tower of Notre Dame. Guy Savoy Restaurant at La Monnaie de Paris. Private visit to Louis XV and XVI’s Apartment, Behind-the-Scences tour of the Eiffel Tower… among many others. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
Eiffel Tower behind-the-scenes tour by Gustave Eiffel | Paris, France | Most of us, that have been to Paris before, have like other many millions, gone to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Now, there are other sides of this iconic landmark to explore, living an off the beaten track experience of the Eiffel Tower like you’ve never seen it before! and after that, enjoy a fast track access to the top of the tower, to enjoy panoramic bird eye views of Paris. This is what I planned and curated for my recent VIP Group to Paris, being that I had a mixed crow of first timers and regular Paris visitors in my company. (Re) discover the Eiffel Tower by the hand of no other than Gustave Eiffel. Continue reading Eiffel Tower behind-the-scenes tour by Gustave Eiffel
My two days in Hangzhou and the beautiful West Lake district | Hangzhou, China | Our short visit to Hangzhou, also known as the West Lake, was rather short but marvelous. We came from Shanghai ( over an hour ride by speed train ). One of eastern China’s natural jewels, the 650-hectare (1,600-acre) lake is surrounded by a lush green shoreline, with views of majestic mountains, ancient temples, traditional pagodas and graceful bridges.
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Morning Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Guaratiba 45 minutes out of Rio de Janeiro | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | One of the many experiences I’ve curated, during my recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, for my VIP clients coming next year for the 2016 Summer Olympics, is the Stand Up Paddle Boarding. This can be done at many location in Rio de Janeiro, but I was told one of the best was in Guaratiba – approx. 45 minutes away from Copacabana and Ipanema. Continue reading Morning Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Guaratiba 45 minutes out of Rio de Janeiro
My latest Restaurant Experiences in Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires, Argentina | After my week in Rio de Janeiro, I decided to take four days off and head to my native city of Buenos Aires, to visit my family, before heading back to, my new home, New York. One of my favorite activities, as you may know by now, is eating and checking out restaurants of all kinds, and that is what I did. I went to some of my classic ones like the Rodi Bar in Recoleta. I tried a new one in San Telmo and was invited by the Park Hyatt Hotel Buenos Aires, to enjoy their winter Fondue Nights at the Duhau Restaurant. See my comments and photos below. Continue reading My latest Restaurant Experiences in Buenos Aires
Evening exploring Vidigal Favela to the very top | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | I would say that one of the best experiences I did, during my recent visit to Rio de Janeiro, to curate unique travel experiences for my VIP clients coming to the 2016 Summer Olympics next year, was something was ranking high in my travel bucket list, after being in Rio for many times in the past. Venturing into the intriguing world of a Favela, was quite interesting, and what I found atop Morro do Vidigal – which gives name to the Favela Vidigal – was indeed unexpected.
Behind-the-scenes Samba Experience | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | If there is an experience you must have when in Rio de Janeiro, it is SAMBA, and what best than doing a behind-the-scenes tour to the world of the “samba schools” of Rio, which has remained mysterious and hidden. Let’s open the doors to reveal the secrets behind it. For this I came to the Samba City in the district called Little Africa, A beautiful, ancient and historical part of the port of Rio, where samba and the very first samba school was born. Hosted by one of the last year winning Escola de Samba Mirim Pimpolhos da Grande Rio ” Samba School “. Continue reading Behind the scenes Samba Experience
Not to Miss and Should Miss restaurant experiences in Rio de Janeiro | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Rio de Janeiro, same a London, was never known to be a gourmet destination. But over the years and since my last visit, this has changed and developed drastically. Six One-Michelin starred restaurants, lots of fine and informal Brazilian Cuisine options have taken over the Carioca cuisine scene, and more will come coping with the pulse of the 2016 Summer Olympics in the horizon. For this reason, I came to Rio de Janeiro for a full week, to experience, review and curate the best on the radar and tucked away gourmet gem and experiences, to offer to my VIP clients/guests coming to Rio next August 2016 to attend the Olympics. Nowadays, my savvy travelers demand more than just celebrity Chefs, international awards and glamorous locations. Overall experience, food quality, local influence and friendly service rank high to select the best gourmet options. See below my list by experience of Not to Miss, Undecided and Should Miss restaurants. Bon Appetite. !!! Continue reading Not to Miss and Should Miss restaurant experiences in Rio de Janeiro
Private sailing and dining in Paris along the Seine River | Paris, France | One of the experiences that I curated and hosted for my recent VIP Group to Paris for the Roland Garros French Open event, was a private sunset sailing along the Seine River, which included an outdoor cocktail, followed by a 3-Courses Gourmet dinner by Lenôtre. We were picked up at our hotels Le Bristol, and driven for 10 minutes to their Terminal/Lounge to board our private boat, the ACTE III. Not much more to say, so I will let you enjoy the photos and judge by them. All I can add, is that our sailing was supposed to end by 10PM, and guests were enjoying their time so much, that we decided to extend for another 2 hours to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle right from the heart of the Seine River. This was not my first time doing a Private Sailing in Paris along the Seine River. I have done it a few times before, but on a smaller scale and more private. See my post on Private Champagne Sunset RIVA Sailing along the Seine River. BTW Post today July 14th 2015 in honor of Bastille Day. HAPPY Bastille Day. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com