Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva

Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva by www.carlosmeliablog.comExploring and Sailing Venice by Riva |  Venice. Italy  |  If there is a perfect way to explore and discover Venice, is by having your own private riva. This is an experience I enjoy very much, and try to do as long as it is available (have done this in the past in Paris along the Seine, Bath, UK on NarrowboatsBangkok, Thailand along the Chao Praya River on luxury rice barges, in Varanasi for the Ganga Arti, Istanbul along the Bosphorus, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico to the Islas Marietas… among many others worldwide. It gives you a different perspective, and without a doubt the Riva is indeed unique and sophisticated experience. As you can see I am a big fan of boats and specially private ones.  Continue reading Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva

The Gritti Palace Venice

The Gritti Palace Venice by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Gritti Palace Venice  |  Venice, Italy  |  I would risk to say that The Gritti Palace , by Luxury Collection, has been the best suite experience I have had in 2013. Since we are ending the year, it is worth highlighting this stay I had only a few weeks ago while in Venice. A place of exceptional art and elegance, the restored Gritti Palace retains its reassuringly intimate and familiar feel. Located at Campo Santa Maria del Giglio Square, off Calle delle Ostreghe right in the heart of Venice. Step outside to The Gritti Palace terrace over the Gran Canal and board your own private riva or gondola, off to explore this breathtaking and intriguing destination.  Continue reading The Gritti Palace Venice

Lunch at AMAN Canal Grande Venezia

Lunch at AMAN Canal Grande Venezia by www.carlosmeliablog.comLunch at AMAN Canal Grande Venezia  |  Venice, Italy  |  Today I was invited to come and see the newly inaugurated AMAN Resort in Venice, the AMAN Canal Grande. Locate only minutes away from the Ponte Rialto and the Rialto Mercato, this 24 rooms property is in the middle of everything, but still an oasis of tranquility and sophistication within the historic district. The Palazzo Papadopoli, was built in the 16th century by the architect Gian Giacomo dé Grigi. I was picked up at 11AM sharply by my own private Riva boat, and taking along the Grand Canal to the main gates of the property. This is the way all guests arrive to the hotel. Sweeping staircase rises through two levels to arrive at the reception area for the Dining Room, which overlooks the Grand Canal and serves Italian and Asian cuisines. This is situated on the piano nobile – the grandest floor of the palazzo. The main dining area is housed in the ballroom – a Rococo gilded room decorated with mirrors, frescos and the original chandeliers. The Yellow Dining Room and the Red Dining Room lie adjacent to the ballroom, with views over the Grand Canal and the resort’s Garden Terrace respectively. Of course I chose the main ballroom.  Continue reading Lunch at AMAN Canal Grande Venezia