Moonlight over Manhattan Skyline | by Troy Masters | Great video of the Moon over Mahattan Skyline, taken by friend and colleague Troy Masters – founder and Publisher of Gay City News and Director of Production for Community Media LLC, the publishing group consisting of The Villager, Downtown Express, Chelsea Now and Gay City News. Just wanted to share it with you all my followers. Thank you Troy for sharing. Please everyone feel free to send me UNIQUE material of your destinations, I would love to post them and share. CM
(*) Troy Masters has given written authorization to CarlosMeliaBlog.com for the use of this video material.
Carlos to Chelsea gays: Let me help you leave town! | Chelsea, New York | Thank you Scott Stiffler at Chelsea Now and Troy Masters at Gay City News for a great write up and profile on my business and myself. Upcoming destinations and trends are the core of the conversation. You may read the full interview at www.chelseanow.com
Only a few concepts to highlight from the full interview:…” That’s where travel expert, blogger and marketing consultant Carlos Melia comes in. The globetrotting gay culture vulture and boutique getaway guru recently spoke to us from the sunny, albeit somewhat predictable, travel destination of Ft. Lauderdale…” and ...” With a little prodding, though, Melia proudly admits that the niche within the queer niche he’s especially interested in appealing to these days is the LGBT luxury market — those who seek something more from a vacation experience than mindless consumerism and nightlife activities indistinguishable from what’s to be found on the streets (and alleys?) where they live. The Melia demographic appeals to those interested in food, wine, art, design, culture and religion…” (*) Just one little TYPO I would like to correct. The photo at the bottom of page 15 where it says Lantau Island, Your new Panama Destination? should read San Blas Island, Your new Panama Destination?. Lantau Island is located in Hong Kong and is the Island where you go to see the Buddha, actually the biggest outdoors Seated Buddha in South East Asia. CM
R Lounge at Renaissance Hotel Times Square | Times Square, New York City | Have you been looking for the most fantastic views of Times Square and Broadway.? Well stop, don’t look anymore, because I have found them for you, you must pay a visit and a drink or two, to R Lounge at the Renaissance Hotel Times Square. (FYI views are fantastic all day long, but to get the TOP experience, try to get your table book from 6PM on). Last night I was invited to the Renaissance Hotel Times Square, to assist to a private event to raise funds for the True Colors Fund (Cindy Lauper) sponsored by American Airlines, Grey Goose and my dear friend Troy Masters Founder and Publisher of Gay City News. Now I know where I want to be seating for next New Years Eve. Surprise yourself with New York’s best kept secret. No matter what time of day, the views from R Lounge (voted Best Scenic View by OpenTable diners) are spectacular both inside and out. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking panoramic views of Times Square, this new NYC lounge and bar comes as a welcome oasis and stylish escape from the hustle and bustle of Times Square. The menus by Chefs Jason Potter and Bromberg Brothers. American food, influenced by Italian and other international flavors. Items such as Blue Ribbon’s – by Bromberg Brothers recognized with a slew of “Top 10” and “Best Of” awards, northern fried chicken wings, grilled cheese paninis, BBQ pork sliders, and smoked salmon toast are available at R Lounge in addition to the hotel’s complete dinner menu. As if all this wasn’t enough, and after a few glasses of Grey Goose and enjoying the views with local friends and colleagues, the one and only Ms. Cindy Lauper came in to the room, looking AMAZING like always. She welcomed everyone and thanked us for supporting the True Colors Fund. (see her full speech below)
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 Aires: Serena 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.