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. Continue reading My two days in Hangzhou and the beautiful West Lake district
One night at Four Seasons Paris | Paris, France | 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. Continue reading One night at Four Seasons Paris
Manhattan Bar Singapore | Singapore | 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. By celebrated American Head Bartender Ricky Paiva. Featuring a Whiskies Room with over 100 American oak barrels from a small cooperage in Minnesota. Also a one-of-a-kind Ingridients Room housing a remarkable collection of unusual ingredients from around the world. The beverage menu will feature 25 seasonally rotating cocktails to take you on a journey through the rich history, cultures and flavors of Manhattan’s countless neighborhoods. One of the must-tries include Negroni and a first-of-its-kind trolley service. My choice was The Gibson – Death’s Door Gin, La Quintinye dry vermouth and celery bitters. Chef Nicholas Trosien reinvents iconic New York gastronomy, serving gourmet bites, my favorites where the Vegetarian Burgers and the Shrimp Ceviche Tacos. Two stunning private rooms compliment the sophisticated 19th century New York decor. Contemporary feel with luxuriously upholstered leather chairs and sofas and walls lined with patterned woven linen. Manhattan’s tireless attention to detail also extends to its custom cocktail glasses, handcrafted by one of the world’s oldest glass factories. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends (*) To book your own travel experience, do not hesitate to contact me either by email email@example.com or phone # 917.754.5515. Check our schedule bespoke groups, escapes and retreats at Coups de Coeur. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of LGTNetwork, IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.
LE CINQ Lunch at Four Seasons George V | Paris, France | 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 Avenue George V 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. Continue reading LE CINQ Lunch at Four Seasons George V
Concerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi | Venice, Italy | 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. CM @ Carlos Melia RecommendsContinue reading Concerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi
Il Palagio at Four Seasons Firenze | Florence, Italy | 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. Continue reading Il Palagio at Four Seasons Firenze
Carlos Melia True Four Seasons Ambassador | Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts | 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. Read all my Four Seasons Posts and Reviews Worldwide. Curating the world of Luxury Travel and Lifestyle. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
Four Seasons Scottsdale | Scottsdale, United States | 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.
Located inn the high Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, only 40 minutes drive from downtown Phoenix/Scottsdale, is a place of western lore and cosmopolitan culture, a place of awe-inspiring beauty and spectacular golf, a place unlike any other. Nestled into the foothills of Pinnacle Peak – amid towering, multi-armed saguaro cacti – the adobe casitas of Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona embody the desert’s magic through thoughtful design and the outstanding talent of regional artists and craftspeople.
Unfortunately I was there only for an overnight, as the saying goes …” Great things, come in small amounts…”. But since I got to awake quite early upon return from my tour and the time I had to head off to the airport, I got to explore and enjoy the resort, a lovely breakfast at their new Western Canteen PROOF and the comfort and views of my Premier King Casita Room. Step onto your private patio or balcony for dramatic views of serrated mountain peaks, the valley alive with sparkling city lights, the nature-inspired outdoor pool or the surrounding Sonoran Desert. Great open bathrooms to linger in the hot waters of a deep soaking tub, or reinvigorate with a brisk shower in the separate glass-enclosed stall. A double-sink vanity, L’Occitane bath products and separate WC add to the luxury of conveniences. Full complimentary WiFi access.
Embark, like I did for my breakfast, on a culinary road trip, by Sous Chef Jesse Hansen through the main street of America at PROOF American Canteen, a restaurant that draws inspiration from the area’s history as a stagecoach hitching post, the frontier spirit of the Wild West and the days of Route 66. Stunning outdoors views of Pinnacle Peak. Featuring homestyle comfort fare sourced exclusively from the 50 states, this relaxed restaurant is a casual neighbourhood hang-out, perfect for an easy dinner, an evening with friends. A railroad track runs through the dining room, while televisions, games and a bustling bar bring buzzing energy to the restaurant on a nightly basis. Four Seasons Scottsdale, is also home to the acclaimed Talavera Steakhouse. Whether you dine alfresco or indoors, take in dramatic vistas of the desert valley at Talavera, a modern take on the classic steakhouse. Menu focuses on locally and regionally sourced cuisine, emphasising prime cuts of meat, poultry and game from boutique purveyors, as well as a wide variety of seafood. To highlight the restaurant’s authenticity and sense of place, Executive Chef Mel Mecinas seeks out fresh heirloom tomatoes and vegetables from local farms, olive oil sourced from a nearby mill and Arizona ranch-raised meats
Of all our complimentary Scottsdale resort services and amenities, this are perhaps their finest, 2 outdoor pools, 2 tennis courts, 24 hours state-of-the-art Fitness Center (including sauna, steam room, weight training, studio classes and personal trainers) once again featuring majestic views overlooking Pinnacle Peak. Timing was not on my side, therefore I was not able to experience their Spa Facilities, but I can share this with you: 14 treatment rooms, 10 massages, 9 body treatments, 8 facials, 6 spa packages and 5 signature treatments, all inspired by the spirit and the ingredients of the desert. An abundance of natural and man-made wonders define Scottsdale and its surrounding region. Find the Resort ideally located near desert attractions, cultural institutions and sporting activities. Hike the scenic trails of Pinnacle Peak or view the stars through a professional telescope. Or even better, follow my path to Salt River Kayaking or Sonoran Desert Hot Air Ballooning. Not for nothing Four Seasons Scottsdale has ranked as one of the World’s Best Continental US Resort Awards 2013 by Travel + Leisure. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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