Lucky enough, I have never been a stranger to the Four Seasons George V, in Paris, France. But this time, I was even luckier, since I was hosted at one of their lovely Suites. Located over Avenue George V, avenue which gives its name, in the area of Etoile, only steps away from Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Their fabulous restaurant Le Cinq and more so, both of their bars: Le Galerie and Le Bar, are classic stops to my visits to Paris. Actually, no visit to Paris is complete, without my Dirty Vodka Martini at Le Galerie while people watching.
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 Paris, Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel and the recently inaugurated The Peninsula Paris.
Following my posts on Singapore and my favorites from my recent trip there, here I present the recently inaugurated Manhattan Bar at the Regent Hotel Singapore. Manhattan is a grand hotel bar inspired by the 19th century’s Golden Age of cocktails and fine drinking. Delivering on its name with a glamorous yet modern space reminiscent of old New York, craft bartending meets artisanal spirits to pay homage to classic and forgotten cocktails that leap from the pages of history. Savour classic and forgotten cocktails crafted from the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse and a remarkable collection of house-made ingredients. Gourmet bar bites that reflect New York’s myriad of cultures complement the inspired beverages. We had a lovely evening with local friends. If I would live in Singapore, I would be a regular of this great bar.
If there is and iconic F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S hotel in Paris. without a doubt and second guess, is the Four Seasons George V, off and meters away Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. I came invited to do a site inspection of the property, but of course being Fashion Week, the hotel was SOLD OUT, and I only got to glance one of their Premier Suites, which BTW was lovely. I did a walk through the spa and common areas, all ornamented by stunning flower arrangements, signature of Four Seasons, followed by drinks at Le Bar overlooking Le Galerie and lunch at two Michelin-stars restaurant Le Cinq.
What a Fantastic way to end my trip to Italy than a Concerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi at the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro in Venice. Once finished, I walked back to my hotel on the other side of Venice, through the dark alleys, and felt transported to another world, inspired by the Concerto. Tomorrow off to Edinburgh Scotland for a full week exploring the entire country on board the Luxury Train The Royal Scotsman by Orient-Express
Dinner last night at Il Palagio by Four Seasons Florence with Rubin, was just P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N. I would call it comfortably elegant, a true gourmet experience for all senses. From the moment you walk into the Palazzo della Gherardesca, you get a sense of place, a sanctuary of sophistication and high class. Located in Borgo Pinti, only 10 minutes away from our hotel the Villa San Michele. This Michelin-starred restaurant by Executive Chef Vito Mollica and his professional team, captures the magic of Florence – authentic Italian cuisine, superb wines and an exquisite indoor-outdoor setting. Exceptional local offerings, food that’s meant to be savoured with our equally outstanding wine list – more than 400 exquisite wines, including 50 served by the glass. Inventive and authentic, stylish but relaxed, Il Palagio offers one of the most memorable dining experiences and settings of all the restaurants in Florence.
Intimate evening of Fashion previews and Dress-Ups by Rubin Singer sponsored by Four Seasons Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit , Mexico. Location: Rubin Singer Studio, Garment District, Manhattan, New York. Produced by Carlos Melia. Catering by Ofrenda NYC / More at www.rubinsinger.wordpress.com.
Thank you Four Seasons Preferred Partners Communique for featuring my review on Four Seasons Punta Mita on their last July 2013 eNewsletter. “… Click here to read a recent review of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita from Carlos Melia, a Preferred Partner Travel Consultant…” they said on their last issue. Also I got some comments of appreciation and recognition by the Four Seasons Scottsdale on my last review on them after my stay during last week. Finally, the comments that honors and fills me with pride was the mention by Four Seasons Punta Mita “… great feature Carlos! @carlosmeliablog we can’t thank you enough! You are a true @FourSeasons Ambassador!…”. I have stayed and reviewed multiple Four Seasons Hotels and Resort around the globe and I look forward to grow my list in the near future.
So the last night and day of my stay while in Phoenix/Scottsdale, I chose to spend it at on of my favorite hotel groups in the world, which never disappoints me, and on top of that was close to the pick up point of my Hot Air Ballooning experience I took the following morning, and offered the real Arizona experience I was looking to have before the end of my trip, away from the urban center of Phoenix/Scottsdale. An area rich with Native American art and an equally impressive dining and nightlife scene. Even closer are the unique rock formations of Pinnacle Peak and the highly acclaimed golf mecca at Troon North.
Four Seasons Buenos Aires has recently undergone a 30 million dollars renovation, and for that I came to spend two nights to experience first hand the before and after. Situated in the heart of Buenos Aires’ exclusive La Recoleta district, Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, is within my TOP five Must-Stay-Experiences of Buenos Aires, and after their recent face lift, they are ranking even higher, with a fresh modern look, new dinning options, and more to come soon setting themselves away from former semi-Hyatt look, owning the contemporary signature Four Seasons identity.