Emirates A380 Upper Deck Lounge and First Class | Emirates | Yesterday I have the chance to experience for the first time ever the new Airbus 380. Yes, the double deck monster of the air, in this case from Dubai to New York City by Emirates. As amazing and fabulous as it looks and feels, I must be honest and say that I was expecting more. Around 79 Business Seats and 19 First Class Suites. Continue reading Emirates A380 Upper Deck Lounge and First Class
DUBAI not my final destination | Dubai, UAE | Dubai not for me. Spend your money where our community is respected, tolerated, welcomed and accepted. I choose to cancel my stay in Dubai and the UAE. Principle and safety issues, that I will not discuss publicly have made me come to this decision, together wit the request and advice of loved ones, followers and colleagues. Being part of a first world country is more than oil, luxury brands, real state developments, and high risers. It is to learn to live in a global world with tolerance and respect to all walks of life. At least that is my attitude in life. That is way I choose not to stay in Dubai, promote it or spend my money were Gays and Lesbians are not welcomed. It is your choice. Be Loud and Be Proud. And for those companies we all know that I will not mention including an Airlines, and very well stablished hotel chain, stop taking the money of the LGBT community when you are not willing to treat them with the respect they deserve. Pink Money is overridden. Respect Dubai and UAE is the new pink. Live from DUBAI Airport. CM
GPS Carlos Melia heading back to New York | Thailand to United States | heading back to New York to see loved ones, recharge energy, do laundry and head on my way next Week to my new adventure which will include this time, Brazil ( Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis ) and Argentina. Boarding now. More tomorrow live from New York, that if I survive my almost 20 hours flight in Emirates, I know… Not the best. But well. CM
GPS Carlos Melia Back in Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Waking up this morning in Bangkok. Opening the windows of my apartment and seeing the old style Thai Houses, the perfect temperature, the smells in the air….. Now having a great breakfast next to the pool. I know now why I choose Thailand over and over. I feel like home here. Later on today, tea at Four Seasons with my my friend Nicola and Lady Gaga’s Press Conference Party at the Paragon. Bangkok ROCKS !!!! So happy to be back for a month, it feels like I never left. Continue reading GPS Carlos Melia Back in Thailand
My Travel Bucket List 2012 | Carlos Melia | You know all those things you swear you’re going to do before you a period of time expires or you die.? Well Bucket List is where you go to keep track of them all, and here is my 2012 Travel Bucket List. Anyone willing to help to make them real and sponsor my adventures ?. My 2011 list fall short, since I went above and beyond the original list. Just as an example: Diving with White Sharks at Hermanus, South Africa (sponsored by Rhino Safaris), Training to become a Mahout at Golden Triangle, Thailand (sponsored by Four Seasons Hotels and Tourism Authority of Thailand), View of the Hong Kong bay from the tallest hotel in the World at Kowloon, Hong Kong (sponsored by Ritz-Carlton Hotel), Flying on a helicopter over the Okavango Delta to find the Baobab Tree at Okavango Delta, Botswana (sponsored by Orient-Express Hotels)… to name a few. Thank you to all the companies that supported my during 2011. Here is the list that I have compiled during the last few month for 2012 Carlos Melia Travel Bucket List, in no particular order, and same as in 2011 remaining open to new suggestions, adventures and destinations:
01. Visit Russia
02. Visit Mongolia
03. Short haul flight on a Private Jet DONE.!!! Check here
04. Go back to Thailand (over and over and over) DONE.!!! Check here
05. Do an Orient-Express Train To Happen March 11 2012.!!! Check here
6. Go back to Lao PDR and Luang Prabang
07. Trip to Machu Picchu and Cuzco in Peru
08. Visit Mauritius
09. Visit the Maldives
10. An expedition on the Himalayas looking for the source of Ganges River
11. Dinner at the new Aqua Restaurant in Hong Kong
12. Overnight stay at the top floor of the Burj Khalifa Working on it.!!!
13. Visit the Republic of Turkey
14. Return and spend more time in Hong Kong
15. A long research trip to Colombia
16. Photographic Safari to Bhutan
17. Return to Panama after over 6 years
18. Fly on First Class of Singapore Airlines, Emirates or Ethiad.
19. and yes…. flying on the Virgin Galactic which I do not think Sir Richard Branson will put me in the list anytime soon, but hey it is there on my Bucket List. Imagine CarlosMeliaBlog.com reporting from the bloody space ha ha ha…. would I be then the first gay to be in space ?
So there you go. Have you made yours.? Hotels, airlines, tourism boards, PR agencies willing to help me make my 2012 Travel Bucket List come true, please do not hesitate to contact me. Ready to start crossing items out. Happy 2012 everyone. !!! CM
PRCo ranks CarlosMeliaBlog as Top Luxury Gay Travel Blog | London, UK | PRCo leading international Public Relations Consultancy to the hotel, travel, fashion and luxury goods industries based in London with offices in New York, Paris, Moscow, Munich, Milan and Dubai, has ranked CarlosMeliaBlog.com as the Top Luxury Gay Travel Blog in the world, after and exhaustive search. Here is the public testimonial by Andrew Whiteside – Head of Digital PRCo.
…”As Head of Digital for PRCo it is my job to identify and establish relationships with the very best online influencers in the world of luxury travel, hotels and spas. There is no shortage of bloggers in this sector, many choosing to cover niche angles such as families, cuisine or design; but Carlos Melia is surely the best for the Gay Community. Apart from understanding the medium perfectly with a skilled blend of video, photography and witty, accessible copy – Carlos is a true jetsetter in every sense of the word. I believe he is uniquely placed in his chosen sector with not only a passion and appreciation of high-end hotels, but a comprehensive understanding of the industry aquired from years of experience…”
It is an honor for me to work along and receive such kind words of appreciation and recognition by PRCo and all their exclusive list of represented properties worldwide, and very much look forward for a future of synergies and collaborations. PRCo represents worldwide some of the top luxury hotels and travel brands such as Four Seasons, Aman Resorts, Fairmont Hotels, Sofitel, Rocco Forte Hotels, Versace , Taj Hotels, Sodashi among many many others, which I look forward to have featured and reviewed at CarlosMeliaBlog soon in the future. So a big Thank You to all of you, my readers and followers, for being there for the last two years and help me make this dream a reality. Learn more about PRco at www.prco.com. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Carlos Melia next stops DUBAI and INDIA • ( OCT. 16th. – 22nd ) I will be visiting the DUBAI at the United Arab Emirates, invited by the Tourism Office of Dubai where I will be reviewing the destination, Emirates Airlines and the following hotels Al Bustan Rotana, Jumeirah Beack Resort. At this time I will also be conducting live interviews with: Robert Watson, Roger Bastoni and Lionel Lorans from Les Clefs d’Or, Aldo Giacomello from AMEX, Ibrahim Yaqoot – Executive Director of DTCM and Helen Konstantopolous from International Herald Tribune. Some of the plan activities by the Tourism Office of Dubai are Dubai City Tour, Desert Safari, Desert Camp Diner, Diner Cruise and visit to many other landmarks.
After this amazing week in Dubai, I will be off to INDIA (OCT. 22nd. to 31st), this time reviewing the areas of Mumbai, Deli, Udaipur and Jaipur. Reviewing the following hotels: Oberoi Hotel Mumbai, Leela Palace Kempinsky, Maurya Sheraton and Rambagh Palace.
So everyone stay tuned and follow my upcoming posts. As Julia Roberts says on her last movie Eat Pray Love, I got my 3 shots and vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Polio and Typhoid Fever. But HEY it is 100% worth it. BTW I want to congratulate the Indian Embassy in Argentina. They do an excellent work promoting the destination and making it very easy for tourists to get their VISAS set to travel. (it took me 15 minutes and 1 courtesy coffee to get my visa, which by the way is FREE). WAY TO GO. !!!!
(*) Special Thanks to Les Clefs d’Or Board of Directors for the invitation and the Dubai Tourism Office.