Last Sunday, I left Manhattan for a relaxing one-night-getaway in full style, only 30 minutes. My castle for a night at Tarrytown, in Westchester, Hudson Valley. Yes you read right, there are castles in New York, where you can explore and stay at. A world-class destination for relaxing and romantic getaways with superb cuisine. Member of the Historic Hotels of America and the Small Luxury Hotels Collection.
A few days ago while in Paris, researching for options for a very important client of mine, the name Le Bristol Hotel came before my eyes while walking along rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Of course I knew about their existence, but honestly never paid attention to them, judging mainly by their exterior. Before contacting them, I asked around, and one dear friend told me …” it is a French cliche for American travelers…”. So I took the challenge and I did some research online. I was quite happily surprised, when I realized that I have met the sales team before at one of the international Luxury Travel events, and more so when I found out they are part of the Oetker Collection, hands down one of my favorite luxury hotel groups. So I need to come to see it with my own eyes, and so very happy I did. I scheduled an appointment for a site inspection followed by lunch at 114 Faubourg. After my visit, I can say I could not disagree more with my friend. Perhaps he based his ideas on the fact that Le Bristol became from June 1940, the home of the American embassy and American nationals living in Paris. But that was way long ago.
Today I was invited to visit the brand new Park Hyatt New York, followed by a casual and wonderful lunch at The Back Room ONE57 Restaurant, American Grill with a touch of French, all prepared by the expert hand of Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault. Park Hyatt New York is located in the heart of midtown at 153 West 57th street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, across from Carnegie Hall and a short stroll from Central Park. The hotel, designed by world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, features 210 generously sized guest rooms including 92 suites, designed by Yabu Pushelberg. The state-of-the-art guest rooms are among the largest in the city, starting from 475 square feet or 44 square meters. Throughout the hotel, guests will experience an uncommon space offering sophistication and elegance. The hotel is located at New York’s tallest residential building, occupying ground floor to the 25th floor. Onwards is all private residences with the services and amenities, signature of Park Hyatt.
Thank You LuxeInACity for the feature and spotlight. “… Behind every great luxury blog, you will find a great story. Luxury bloggers are real people, not machines, and to successfully work with them, we recommend you get to know them a little better. Through our years atLuxeInACity, we have talked, collaborated and exchanged ideas with dozens of great bloggers from around the world. Today’s blogger is Carlos Melia.
Last week while in Paris, I was invited to dinner at Le Resturant, in the Left Bank, and nothing is more tempting to me while in Paris, than Saint Germain de Pres. Le Restaurant is located at the main floor of one of the most famous hotels in Paris. L’Hotel has been a secret hideaway over the past two centuries. With quintessential French charm and glamour, L’Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Left Bank, amidst the cultural riches, bohemian soul and high fashion of St Germain-des-Prés. Oscar Wilde’s last home, and the heart of Parisian society in the swinging sixties, it has been remodelled by renowned designer Jacques Garcia. It is one of the original Hip Hotels and is home to the acclaimed one Michelin star Le Restaurant.
Countdown is up.!! CarlosMeliaBlog tomorrow is off to Paris Fashion Week for RUBINSINGER Spring 2015 and Ready-to-Wear. You may follow my pass, once again through Paris, France, minute-to-minute at my Instagram @CarlosMeliaBlog. Back October 2nd. Flying OpenSkies. Stay at Hotel Vernet. More on RUBINSINGER www.rubinsinger.com. See you upon return. !!!! Checking OUT.
Here some images of my luxury weekend at NIZUC Resort & Spa, hosted by LGTNetwork. This was my second time at this resort and spa, located at the private area of Punta Nizuc, a complete different experience to Cancun. Located only fifteen minutes away from Cancun International Airport. This time I was hosted at one of their lovely Penthouse Suites, located at the Residences Towers. Some of the great activities during my three days visit were, 5-Steps Mexican imbued gourmet dinner at the Chef’s Table at RAMONA Restaurant. Paddle-Boarding along the coast of Punta Nizuc and the mangroves. Paddle board yoga, over the green crystal waters of Nizuc Bay. Spa treatments and hydrotherapy cycle at their spa by ESPA. Cocktails and starters at Terra Nostra Restaurant, follow by a full dinner at Indochine, including options from all corners of Asia. Fantastic Peruvian lunch, with gorgeous beach views at Ni Restaurant. Private party hosted by Cartier to launch their arrival of the new collections to Mexico.
Thank You HotelsClick.com for the feature Interview with our founder Carlos Melia: Introducing the Man. Few weeks ago, we got in touch with Carlos Melia, travel agent & travel blogger, concierge, hospitality consultant, wedding planner specialized in luxury travel and got totally fascinated by the amount of things he does. Besides the above mentioned activities, he is also a spokesperson for the LGTNetwork ( Luxury Gay Travel Network)
So during my last stay in Paris, I had a sudden and unpredicted stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris. My airline, La Compagnie All-Business-Class Boutique Airline, cancel our flight, and taking full responsibility of our over stay, they accommodated us at the very lovely Shangri-La Paris. I mean, if you can, who says no to an extra night at a beautiful hotel in Paris right ?
On my column as Travel Expert for Un Nuevo Dia on Telemundo NBC Universal, this week I covered the controversy over the Knee Defender gadget, that has forced several flights onto Emergency Landings and more than many fights onboard. What is the FAA saying, which airlines are banning the gadget… Take a look. Knee Defender by Carlos Melia on Telemundo Un Nuevo Dia. See you next time