GPS Carlos Melia heading back to Argentina

GPS Carlos Melia heading back to Argentina  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  GPS Carlos Melia, heading to back to Argentina in two weeks, planning a new Gay Wedding for a Groom+Groom couple from San Francisco. During my stay I will be reviewing and staying overnight at the following hotels in Buenos Aires: Hotel Club Frances (www.hotelclubfrances.com.ar) Recoleta. El Casco (www.hoteldelcasco.com.ar) San Isidro. La Becasina (www.labecasina.com) Delta del Tigre. Legado Mitico Buenos Aires (www.legadomitico.com). Also if time permits I would be visiting Estancia La Bamba (www.labambadeareco.com) and Estancia La Fortuna (www.estancialafortuna.com). Finally a full day in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay having lunch with a group of six tourist from the US I am bringing to Buenos Aires along with me, by the expert hands of Marcial at Casa Los Jazmines(www.casalosjazmineshotel.com). Busy stay in Buenos Aires this time. Working late getting all ready and finalizing details to secure a Haute Experiences. And MORE GPS Carlos Melia.!!!! Upon my return from Argentina, Guess where I will be celebrating my Birthday this year…. and spending almost half of the month of March and beginning of April. ????? Well where else than in my beloved Thailand. !!!! Cannot wait to finalize my dates and get going. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

(*) Special thanks to Agustina Trucco at The Best Boutique Hotels for coordinating all my stays while in Buenos Aires.

 

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Arnold P. Customer Feedback Argentina and Uruguay

Arnold P. Customer Feedback Argentina and Uruguay  |  Germany  |  Hi Carlos, thanks for checking – still shell shocked here after arriving back in winter but it seems to be getting warmer so there is hope 😉 A quick summary of my view points/feedback: Overall we are very happy with the holiday…Buenos Aires was excellent. An amazing city with lots of things to do and experience. The apartments we had were great – perfect location and with the pool we could relax a bit as well. The tour operator you picked was excellent – really knowledgeable and fun & relaxed guys! We definitely recommend them. In terms of restaurants we liked Green Bamboo and also Divinas in San Telmo. But overall we have been very lucky with food anywhere we went really… Design CE hotel was a nice basic hotel (not sure what they mean by design it is certainly peculiar 😉 in a nice location. We felt Recoleta was more like a European city with all the infrastructure etc. compared to Palermo. The hotel staff was very friendly but a pool was dearly missed. We ended up in the public pool by the airport on our last weekend where our feet where checked for fungus 😉 Luckily we all got in 🙂 We all loved Casa los Jasmines and had a nice time in Colonia del Sacramento.The host did an amazing job to make us feel at home. It is definitely one of the best days of the holidays! We would have like to stay another night there but considering it is very pricey we skipped that. Punta del Este is not a destination I/we would pick again. In fact I think most Europeans will be disappointed with it. It reminded us of Miami but without the diverse atmosphere at Norwegian price levels. We still had a very nice time there and our hotel (Kala boutique) located in La Barra was a great choice and we felt comfortable and relaxed there. It is set at the back of LaBarra a bit away from the shabby main road (only highlight there Cafe Flo). The area we really liked (and where we found the nicest restaurants too) was Jose Iganacio. The Juanito beach there is also nice. You did a great job with organizing everything and picking the right places.

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TravelAgent Magazine Latin America for Gay Clientele

TravelAgent Magazine Latin America for Gay Clientele |  New York |  by Joe Pike for TravelAgent Magazine. Here is a copy of the interview I gave for TravelAgent Magazine in New York City about Latin America for Gay Clientele, Growing a Niche Market. Travel agent / consultant Carlos Melia offers tips on selling South America to gay travelers… (read the full interview). You may also watch the LIVE Video interview at TravelAgent. Enjoy…  CM
Travel Agent Magazine is the preferred trade publication of the agent community*  and boasts not only a powerful readership but one that’s active and engaged.Its readers are responsible for driving nearly half of all agent bookings!** Because of its reputation in the industry, Travel Agent Magazine has become the publication of choice for agents nationwide.

Troy Masters from Gay City News Customer Feedback

Troy Masters Customer Feedback | New York City, United States |  Troy Masters is the Founder and Publisher of Gay City News. My trip to Argentina, Uruguay and the Rio de la Plata region, thanks to Carlos Melia‘s outstanding organizational skills, went off without a hitch. We trusted him with everything and relied on him to make sure we saw Buenos Aires as it is meant to be eperienced; he hit all the right notes and we were never disappointed. It was like a well-executed Tango.

After assessing our personality Carlos matched our desire for stylish accomodations with our wish to see the city from different perspectives; the result was a privilidged stay in a selection of Buenos Aires’ top boutique hotels.

Carlos’ attention to detail was simply amazing. He provided us with an indepth intineray both in print and online, fulll of details and contact information that we were able to follow. Every step was planned. When we arrived at the airport in Buenos Aires our driver was waiting and whisked us to our hotel. The concierge at every hotel was an extension of Carlos and so the reception was always familar and extremely welcoming. His name brought perks, like late check outs and bottles of wine.

Every hotel we stayed in was exceptionally well designed, modern, very clean and exquisitely located.

Carlos remained available to us the entire time by Skype or email and provided us assistance when we wanted ideas on things to do. If you are traveling to the Rio del la Plata region Carlos is the only travel agent that can provide the service a high-end luxury traveler demainds. He will make your vacation seamless and incredibly functional. All in all, 5 Stars plus.

Soon you will be able to read Troy’s full review on his trip to Buenos Aires and Uruguay, online and printed on the March edition of Gay City News.

(*) During his trip Troy and his partner visited Argentina: Buenos Aires and San Antonio de Areco. Uruguay: Colonia del Sacramento and Montevideo. They experienced the following hotels: Buenos AiresSerena Hotel Buenos Aires, Design CE, Legado Mitico, Vitrum Hotel, BE Hollywood Hotel. San Antonio de Areco: Patio de Moreno. Colonia del Sacramento: Casa los Jazmines. Montevideo: La Puerta Negra. Special Thanks to the Tourism Office of Montevideo (Uruguay) for taking such good care of both Troy and his partner. Also to Nicolas Iwanuzska (Gay Guide of Buenos Aires), Guillermo Guereño (Guide of San Antonio de Areco) and El Querandi Tango Show.

Colonia del Sacramento by The New York Times

Colonia del Sacramento by The New York Times |  Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay |  As many of you know by reading my regular posts in my blog, Colonia del Sacramento is one of my favorite spots in the world to escape and get away from the hussle and bussle of the city when I am in Argentina. Well, it seems I am not that wrong since on the Sunday Travel section of this week of the The New York Times has been voted and ranked number 31 out of the 41 places recommended and MUST visit during this 2011.

The article was titled The 41 Places to go in 2011 and Colonia del Sacramento was featured in number 31 as The ranches beyond a historic village offer a dose of rural chic. On this short but interesting contribution by Paola Singer, they highlight two brand new boutique ranches that have recently opened La Vigna and Estancia Tierra Santa. I would add to this expert recommendation, two of my favorite hotels/guest houses in the entire world Casa los Jazmines and La Casa de los Limoneros. Both I would dare to say my own personal choice for relaxation, gourmet experience and outdoors adventure (beach, horseback ridding, wine tasting, biking, among many others) only 50 minutes away from the city of Buenos Aires.
History, beach and something else. Colonia de Sacramento, (Uruguay) capital of the county of Colonia, bathed by the waters of de Rio de la Plata, only (1hs) from the city of Buenos Aires.Listed as “World Heritage“ by the UNESCO (6-XII-1995), for its cultural and natural value.
The main points of interest are located in Historical District (or casco viejo).  Followi this propossed route, it will allow you to enjoy all the highlights you can’t miss: Puerta de Campo / Calle de los Suspiros / Museo Portugués / Convento de San Francisco / Museo Municipal / Casa de Nacarello / Casa del Virrey / Archivo Regional / Museo Indígena / Casa Portuguesa / Museo Español / Bastión del Carmen / Iglesia Matriz. Also minutes away is the Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos, the Museo Paleontológico, the Arenisca and El Calabres beaches. On sunny spring or summer days, is a must walking by the promenade “Rambla Costanera” and enjoy the sights and sunsets.

If interested on reading more on Colonia del Sacramento and following my travel post on this charming destination, please check the following links: Colonia del Sacramento / BUQUEBUS Speed Ferry / La Casa de los Limoneros / Casa los Jazmines. Also check my PHOTO Album on Colonia del Sacramento.
(*) Colonia del Sacramento. For bookings or inquiries do not hesitate to contact me. carlos@carlosmelia.com | 347.944.0026 | 212.399.6161 | Toll Free US. 800.729.7472 ext 205. CM

Casa los Jazmines Colonia del Sacramento

Casa los Jazmines Colonia del Sacramento | Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay |  Only an hour away from the city of Buenos Aires, there is this quite and picturesque Rural Boutique Hotel called Casa los Jazmines. Located 10 minutes away from the Old Courts and the Ferry Terminal of Colonia del Sacramento, surrounded by farms and vineyards that capture the true spirit of the Rio de la Plata destination.  Continue reading Casa los Jazmines Colonia del Sacramento

CM by Carlos Melia visiting URUGUAY


CM by Carlos Melia visiting URUGUAY • Invited by local Hotels and other Travel Services I am heading to Uruguay tomorrow morning via Speed Ferry. So stay tuned for my posts, videos and photos. My schedule COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO ( Jul 24 – 26 ) Casa los Jazmines and La Casa de los Limoneros / MONTEVIDEO ( Jul 26 – 27 ) Hotel Regency Suites / PUNTA DEL ESTE ( Jul 27 – 28 ) Estancia VIK at Jose Ignacio.


(*) Also and most important on MONDAY JUL 26th. at 06PM I will be giving a Press Conference at the Hotel Regency Suites in Montevideo. The topics will be: CM by Carlos Melia, Gay Travel & Tourism, Gay Marketing and Mr Gay World America. CM

This trip is also to ultimate the itinerary for my upcoming Gay Weekends Gateway to Colonia del Sacramento. See the proposed itinerary below: First group planned for the 3rd. week of September. Chosen hotel is La Casa de los Limoneros.

Package #01 – 02 Nights / 03 Days
– Speed Ferry BUE/COLONIA/BUE Economy Class
– Transfer IN/OUT
– Room with breakfast x 02 nights
– 02 Lunchs with 04 steps each
– Horseback Ridding x 02 hs
– Bicycles
> Price (SGL) USD 450 /(DBL) USD 310 /(TPL) USD 280

Package #02 – 01 Nights / 02 Days
– Speed Ferry BUE/COLONIA/BUE Economy Class
– Transfer IN/OUT
– Room with breakfast x 01 nights
– 01 Lunch with 04 steps each
– Horseback Ridding x 02 hs
– Bicycles
> Price (SGL) USD 280 / (DBL) USD 210 / (TPL) USD 200

Package #03 – Full Day
– Speed Ferry BUE/COLONIA/BUE Economy Class
– 01 Lunch with 04 steps each
– Horseback Ridding x 02 hs
– Bicycles
> Price (SGL) USD 150

Optional Tours:
01. City Tour of Colonia del Sacramento with Transfers
02. Dinners at restaurant with Transfers
03. Wineries with Degustation