48 Hours in London curating new hotels and restaurants

48 Hours in London curating new hotels and restaurants | London, England | My journey aboard the VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express luxury train, came to an end, and it was time to enjoy London for 48 hours, before heading home. I know London, quite well, been there many times, and even lived in this lovely city for a while. So when I visit London, I spend my time mostly seeing friends, and exploring new hotels, restaurants and tourist highlights and attractions, to later curate the best options to offer my clients, based on my own personal experiences. Below you can read my 48 Hours in London curating new hotels and restaurants. For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on #GPSCarlosMeliaLONDON  Continue reading 48 Hours in London curating new hotels and restaurants

VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London


VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London | Luxury Trains | My journey across Western Europe continued, after lovely visits to the Amalfi Coast and a brief stay at Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy. This time, moving onwards to London, England, aboard the overnight luxury train VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express, with stops in Innsbruk, Paris, Calais and Folkestone. Step aboard and experience truly elegant travel, wrapped in timeless romance through the spectacular scenery of the Dolomite Mountains, Brenner Pass, Swiss Alps and Alberg Pass. If you follow my blog, you might know by now, that I love traveling by train, specially when they offer luxurious experiences like the VSOE. Other recent experiences you might enjoy reading about had been: The Royal Scotsman across Scotland, or the Day Luxury Train Hiram Bingham in Peru, and my absolute favorite, the Eastern-Oriental-Express from Thailand to Singapore.  This is an exceptional train: a time capsule, a dream. A chance to dress up, socialize and relive the golden age of travel. For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on #GPSCarlosMeliaLUXURYTRAINS.   Continue reading VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London

Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style


Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style | Venice, Italy | My visit to Amalfi Coast came to an end in Ravello. Early morning wake up, and my private car was waiting for at the front of the Belmond Hotel Caruso, to drive me to Naples Train Station to catch my Frecciarossa High-Speed train to my next destination Venice and the crowning jewel among Venice hotels, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani. You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALY. Continue reading Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style

TRAVEL WEEKLY features Carlos Melia as a Travel Social Media Leader

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TRAVEL WEEKLY features Carlos Melia as a Travel Social Media Leader  
|  Press Clipping  | Thank You TRAVEL WEEKLY for featuring me as one of the pioneering Top Travel Agents taking over Social Media for travel, hospitality and tourism. The feature – part of this week’s printed and digital version – is entitled ” MISSING THE BIG PICTURE ” Social Media Leaders, share their own ideas and experiences. TRAVEL WEEKLY, the travel industry’s trusted voice. Click here to Download the PDF of this article. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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Experiencing magical Ravello by no other than Belmond Hotel Caruso


Experiencing magical Ravello by no other than Belmond Hotel Caruso | Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy | Following the footsteps of Richard Wagner, being the very end of my five days exploring the Amalfi Coast, I felt and thought to end it at the very lovely, very quiet and charming town of Ravello. UNESCO World Heritage Site, this resort town, is set 365 meters above the Tyrrhenian Sea by Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Home to iconic cliffside gardens and magnificent panoramic views. You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALY. Continue reading Experiencing magical Ravello by no other than Belmond Hotel Caruso

A full day discovering the many charming towns of the Amalfi Coast


A full day discovering the many charming towns of the Amalfi Coast | Amalfi Coast, Italy | My day took me from my base at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento, all the way to Ravello and back along the stunning panoramic road of the Amalfi Coast, with stops in Amalfi, Praiano and Positano. From the distance, I was also able to catch a view of Maiori and Minori, and drive by Atrani, which I thought I was very charismatic. You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALYContinue reading A full day discovering the many charming towns of the Amalfi Coast

Two hours exploring the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii


Two hours exploring the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii | Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, Italy | Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples, in the Campania region of Italy. Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the most visited atractions of Italy. You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALY. Continue reading Two hours exploring the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii

A day following the steps of Emperor Augustus exploring Capri, Anacapri and Monte Solaro


A day following the steps of Emperor Augustus exploring Capri, Anacapri and Monte Solaro
| Capri, Amalfi Coast, Italy | Emperor Augustus might have been the first to land in Capri, but I was determined to conquer my day experience exploring the Island upside down in five hours. so I had to commit to my pace, and have a quick glimpse of the main atractions. and of course, find an amazing local restaurant to enjoy true Italian flair. This was my first time visit to Capri. For those of you unfamiliar with the island, it is divided in three regions, by elevations – Capri, Anacapri and Monte Solaro. How do you get from one point to the other on the Island of Capri? There are four main modes of transportation: bus or taxi, funicular, single chairlift and if you have the time… by foot.  You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALY. Continue reading A day following the steps of Emperor Augustus exploring Capri, Anacapri and Monte Solaro

La Dolce Vita in Sorrento at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria


La Dolce Vita in Sorrento at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
| Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Italy | After my brief and willful layover in Milan, I flew into Naples and in less than one hour my private transfer – organized by the hotel – wisked me into heaven in Sorrento at – what I would like to refer as the Grande Dame hotel of the Amalfi Coast – the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria. This was my first time visit to the Amalfi Coast, and I was lucky enough to have a wonderful three nights stay, ahead of me, and I surely enjoyed every single moment of it. Hope you enjoy my post on this experience. You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALY. Continue reading La Dolce Vita in Sorrento at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Willful six hours layover in Milan in full style and luxury


Willful six hours layover in Milan in full style and luxury
| Milan, Italy |  I was invited by Emirates Airlines to try their new non-stop flight from New York to Milan, Italy on their Business Class, so I decided to pit together a 10 days itinerary exploring Italy, which took me to my first visit to the Amalfi Coast, onwards to yet another lovely visit to Venice and to London, aboard the overnight luxury train Venice Simplon Orient-Express. Since I have not been in Milan for quite sometime, I’ve decided to take a suite for the day at the gorgeous Mandarin Oriental Milan, and explore a few higlights, after a lovely and relaxed lunch. Here are my comments, photos and videos. Hope you enjoy my post on this experience. You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALY. Continue reading Willful six hours layover in Milan in full style and luxury