Baden Baden the iconic Brenners Park Hotel & Spa and more


Baden Baden the iconic Brenners Park Hotel & Spa and more  
|  Baden Baden, Germany  | So my travel during the month of February, took me to Frankfurt, Germany on a work trip, where I managed to escape for a one night relaxing experience in Baden Baden, with as lovely stay at the Grande Dame of this spa and wellness destination, the iconic Brenners Park Hotel & Spa by Oetker Collection. Below you will be able to see and read my overall experience, of my slightly over 48 hours in Germany. The main reason of my trip, was as part of the team of Fashion Designer RUBINSINGER, to do the first ever Fashion Show 30K feet up on the air, onboard Lufthansa’s Boeing 747 Double Deck, as we crossed the Atlantic from Europe on to New York Fashion Week.  So before all this took place, I made sure to unwind in stye at Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, and enjoy a brief visit to the charming spa town of Baden Baden.   For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on Baden Baden. Continue reading Baden Baden the iconic Brenners Park Hotel & Spa and more

Willful six hours layover in Milan in full style and luxury


Willful six hours layover in Milan in full style and luxury
| Milan, Italy |  I was invited by Emirates Airlines to try their new non-stop flight from New York to Milan, Italy on their Business Class, so I decided to pit together a 10 days itinerary exploring Italy, which took me to my first visit to the Amalfi Coast, onwards to yet another lovely visit to Venice and to London, aboard the overnight luxury train Venice Simplon Orient-Express. Since I have not been in Milan for quite sometime, I’ve decided to take a suite for the day at the gorgeous Mandarin Oriental Milan, and explore a few higlights, after a lovely and relaxed lunch. Here are my comments, photos and videos. Hope you enjoy my post on this experience. You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALY. Continue reading Willful six hours layover in Milan in full style and luxury

My experience on ETIHAD Airways Business Class JFK/AUH/BKK rt

My experience on ETIHAD Airways Business Class JFK/AUH/BKK rt |Abu Dhabi, UAE | Photo gallery of my last flight with ETIHAD Airways to/from Bangkok, Thailand. For the last three years, I have chosen ETIHAD – the national airline or the United Araba Emirates, as my official airline, when flying from the United States, to any point in the Middle East or Asia. And I cannot wait for the upcoming arrival of their brand new Airbus 380, starting next November 23rd, 2015 fron JFK to Abu Dhabi and connections, featuring their new Business Class configuration and the First Class Studio, First Class Apartments and the Residence, the best product on the air today, after a private jet experience. For more insight on my Abu Dhabi experience check out my Instagram Photo Gallery on my recent visit.  Continue reading My experience on ETIHAD Airways Business Class JFK/AUH/BKK rt

The NEW American is looking pretty good

Photo Jan 09, 3 44 12 AMThe NEW American is looking pretty good  |  Airlines  |  A fews days ago on my way back from Barcelona to New York, I had the chance to try the new Business Class by American Airlines on the configuration for their Boeing 767-300ER Version 2. The first thing to mention, is that now, all seats have direct aisle access, which makes a HUGE difference. It feel to me that they have managed to create a product that goes in sync with other OneWorld members like Cathay Pacific, with a Business Class product that looks much alike.  Continue reading The NEW American is looking pretty good

La Compagnie Boutique Airline

La Conpagnie All-Business-Class Boutique Airline by www.carlosmeliablog.com
La Compagnie Boutique Airline  | Airlines  |  Last week I was invited by the brand new La Conpagnie All-Business-Class Boutique Airline, to be among the first travel bloggers to experience and review their services, for their flights connecting non-stop New York (EWR Newark) to/from Paris (CDG Charles de Gaulle). La Compagnie operates with several flights a week on a full 74 Business-Class-Seats configured Boeing 757-200 known for its reliability, comfort, and fuel efficiency. The aircraft was previously operated by Icelandair. At the moment this boutique airline only counts with one aircraft, but they are planning to receive their second one next November, and they are even planning adding other destinations to their service. La Compagnie enters to the competitive market of the NYC to Paris route, with very strong players and some similar concepts like OpenSkies by British Airways. Flights depart from New York at 09.50PM, arriving to Paris at 11.30AM. On the way back, departing Paris at 5.45PM arriving to New York at 08.30PM. The story of La Compagnie officially began in October 2013, when DreamJet, their parent company was founded. Thanks to the association between air transport professionnals and bold entrepreneurs, La Compagnie was born on June the 16th of 2014. Watch the video of the cabin. Continue reading La Compagnie Boutique Airline

Off to Paris in full luxury again

Off to Paris in full luxury againOff to Paris in full luxury again  |  Paris, France  |  Like Barbara Walters said once for her first fashion column many years ago… ” I hate my Job ” I have to go to Paris fly Business Class, hang around and stay at the top Luxury Hotels, eat at the best rated Restaurants … just dreadful. Off tonight for 4 days, back to France to review the brand new All-Business-Class La Compagnie Boutique Airline. Stays at Four Seasons Hotel George V ParisPrince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel and the recently inaugurated The Peninsula Paris. Scouting for locations for Fashion Designer Rubin Singer and more. Quelle tragédie !!! But someone has to do it right.? Internet access and time will be limited, therefore I might not be able to blog or post as usual. I invite you to follow my hour by hour experiences, reviews and tips on hotels, restaurants, and more at my Instagram @CarlosMeliaBlog. Let’s keep the conversation going. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com Continue reading Off to Paris in full luxury again

New Years Survival List to Berlin

New Years Survival List to Berlin by www.carlosmeliablog.comNew Years Survival List to Berlin | Berlin, Germany  |  We have decided to spend our New Years Eve with friends from around the world in Berlin this year, and I have been doing some research on the NYE Survival List for our time there. This is not my first time there, but it has been a year since my last visit, so I have used the expert help and recommendations of friend and colleague Henrik Tidefjaerd with Berlinagenten. We will be staying at the stunning Hotel de Rome by Rocco Forte Hotels, where I have stayed before and loved it. Anyhow, I will be doing a quick trip to Berlin next week, invited by Air Berlin to try and review their brand new Business Class. A Press Trip to Germany for 5 days which will include Berlin, Dresden and culminates in Dusseldorf for the unveiling of their special holiday livery aircraft. The trip is all about holiday traditions Germany and will visit where nut crackers are manufactured, learn how to prepare a holiday meal and some other exciting events. But back to the main purpose of this post, find below the NYE Survival List to Berlin. Hope you enjoy it and if you see me around, stop and say HI and Happy New Year. !!! BTW for those of you that do not get the photo above, is me right on the line where the Berlin Wall used to be.  Continue reading New Years Survival List to Berlin

Now you can Fly Private JETS with VICTOR

Now you can Fly Private JETS with VICTOR  |  Airlines  |  If you know me a bit already, you know that I LOVE to fly private, who doesn’t right. Avoid the huzzle of airports, delays and cancelations… If you always dreamt with flying private, well now VICTOR might be your new solution. VICTOR is revolutionizing the luxury flying industry, bringing people together that want to travel by private jet, but cannot afford their own, making luxury travel far more accessible. Travel private jets at Business Class fares. See the video below to lear more about it. Fly Smarter, Fly VICTORCM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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LAN Airlines Business Premium Class

LAN Airlines Business Premium Class  |  LAN Airlines |  Last night I had a lovely flight onboard LAN Airlines Boeing 767, southbound New York City to Buenos Aires, Argentina with connection in Santiago de Chile. Total flight time 13 hours.Was a very comfortable and pleasant experience. I got my Business Premium Class window seat, express boarding and access to the Mistral VIP Lounge during my connection in Santiago de Chile, where I was able to take a refreshing shower and enjoy some bubbles.

A configuration of 30 Business Premium Class full 180 degrees seats/beds. This class has been specially created so that you really have the chance to unwind during your flight. Its cabin has been redesigned and you’ll sleep easily and pleasantly in its seats/beds. Take advantage of the way this class has been designed, down to the smallest details, as well as its exceptional service.
Seats recline and become 100% horizontal, turning into beds that are 23 inches wide and 73 inches long. The distance between seats increases to 74 inches, 32% more per passenger and far superior to that offered by other airlines.
Excellent service. You’ll be charmed by the friendliness of our flight attendants and more than pleasantly surprised by the exquisite menu and fantastic wine list. Call me snob or old style, but I love those airlines that style roll the trolleys and served directly from there. Such a small detail, that makes a huge difference in style and service.
A special menu created by well-know chefs and which includes typical, fresh South American produce. We also offer a selection of the finest wines from this part of the world, chosen by the only Master Sommelier in Latin America, Hector Vergara. I enjoyed a lovely Artichoke Soup, with a selection of cheeses and as the main course a Salmon. All with Torrontes Argentinean wines. Multiple options for dessert.
Each seat has a high-definition screen measuring 15.4 inches and an audio-video system which can be used at the passenger’s discretion, with a choice of 30 films (6 premieres and 24 blockbusters), 52 channels with series, 350 CDs and 14 games (only on indicated flights). They do not have the Noise Canceling BOSE headsets that I like, but something similar. I watched ARGO, while I was getting ready to fall asleep using the comfortable full bed configuration. The crew provided me with a nice pillow and a immaculate soft white blanket.
After a well deserved rest, I was gently woken up with my selection of Breakfast, 1 hour prior arrival to Santiago de Chile. I chose the selection of juices, hot beverages, pastries and other items the night before, so all I heard upon waking up was Good Morning Mr Melia, here is the breakfast of your choice.
The Amenity Kit by Salvatore Ferragamo is the perfect size, and includes hands and face moisturizers, lip balm, among many other things in a nice brown shade.
The seats might look narrow, and at first I thought I was going to feel a bit claustrophobic, but once I sat down, it was the perfect size, orientation and offers total privacy in case you are traveling solo willing to either rest or work. The armrest, has a panel you can pull up and have total privacy. Seats also offer iPhone/iPod connection and electricity outlets.
The plane took off on time from JFK International Airport and landed in Santiago de Chile slightly ahead schedule. From there a short and easy connection to my final flight to Buenos Aires.
At MISTRAL Vip Lounge at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, I have time to unwind, take a refreshing shower, check my emails and enjoy some bubbles before boarding my connecting flight. VIP Salons have fridges, telephones and computers. Some have showers and a wide range of business facilities and meeting rooms.
Without a doubt, I consider LAN Airlines as one of the TOP options to fly from New York City to any South American destination. This is not my first time flying LAN Airlines Business Premium Class. Last time I flew New York to Lima, Peru, and was also a very pleasant experience. Member of the OneWorld alliance, allows you to accrue miles on many of your favorite airlines. Departure from JFK Airport is from Terminal 8. Such a relief to know that in 10 days I will be flying back to New York enjoying the same level of service and comfort. Reporting LIVE from the Premium Business Class Cabin. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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GPS Carlos Melia Christmas in the air

GPS Carlos Melia Christmas in the air  |  Buenos Aires to New York  |  Today suffocating heat in Buenos Aires, tomorrow freezing cold in New York. First time ever – believe it or not – on a plane for Christmas Dinner. New experiences. Christmas Travel TIP: During these holidays you have to put loved ones first and yourself last. So for this Christmas my goal was to make everyone I love and consider my family happy. The problem was that half are in Buenos Aires and half is in New York. So I decided for a Solomonic determination… 24th. DEC Christmas Eve lunch in Buenos Aires, Argentina with my parents. 25th DEC Christmas Day lunch in New York, United States with Rubin. And everyone Happy.!!!! As for myself, well LOVED ones first…. so I will sacrifice on American Airlines Business/First Class, zipping through champagne, watching a movie and popping half a Xanax for a great night sleep. Merry International Xmas everyone.!!!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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