Cathay Pacific Business Class to/from Asia

Cathay Pacific Business Class to/from Asia by www.carlosmeliablog.comCathay Pacific Business Class to/from Asia  |  I just got back to New York after two amazing weeks in Asia, producing fashion shows and events for my partner, RUBINSINGER, in Singapore and Thailand. We flew from/to New York to/from Hong Kong, connecting to Singapore, on Cathay Pacific Business Class. It was such a great, relaxing and enjoyable experience. Their attentive flight attendants are always nearby to make sure your journey is a pleasant one. New Business Class experience for a total flight time was 16 hours to Hong Kong, with a brief connection of less than two hours, and then onwards 3 hours and a half to Singapore.  Continue reading Cathay Pacific Business Class to/from Asia

VISA HUNTER a great source of information online

VISA HUNTER a great source of information online  |  Travel Websites  |  Visa Hunter is an amazing source of information for those traveling and looking information about different types of Visas. Thank you Visa Hunter for quoting me Carlos Melia and www.carlosmeliablog.com at your section Travel Notes From The Web’s Best Travel and Expat Bloggers. Check it out. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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MAN ABOUT WORLD features photo by Carlos Melia

MAN ABOUT WORLD features photo by Carlos Melia  |  Man About World  |  The November Issue of Man about World is out and about. Check it out. This month with a photo I took at the Fish Market of Kowloon in Hong Kong, featured at their section PARTING SHOTS. Download the November Issue to you iPAD. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Best Roof Tops of Asia

Best Roof Tops of Asia   |  429Magazine  |  Hey everyone, my weekly column for 429Magazine is out and online. Go and check it out. My top list of Roof Tops in Asia, based on my own experiences lounging in the skies. There is a tie among Sky Bar in Bangkok, the Ku De Ta in Singapore and the Ozone Bar in Hong Kong… you decide. CLICK HERE. Till next week with another adventure. CM

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My Travel Bucket List 2012

My Travel Bucket List 2012  |  Carlos Melia  |   You know all those things you swear you’re going to do before you a period of time expires or you die.? Well Bucket List is where you go to keep track of them all, and here is my 2012 Travel Bucket List. Anyone willing to help to make them real and sponsor my adventures ?. My 2011 list fall short, since I went above and beyond the original list. Just as an example: Diving with White Sharks at Hermanus, South Africa (sponsored by Rhino Safaris), Training to become a Mahout at Golden Triangle, Thailand (sponsored by Four Seasons Hotels and Tourism Authority of Thailand), View of the Hong Kong bay from the tallest hotel in the World at Kowloon, Hong Kong (sponsored by Ritz-Carlton Hotel), Flying on a helicopter over the Okavango Delta to find the Baobab Tree at Okavango Delta, Botswana (sponsored by Orient-Express Hotels)… to name a few. Thank you to all the companies that supported my during 2011. Here is the list that I have compiled during the last few month for 2012 Carlos Melia Travel Bucket List, in no particular order, and same as in 2011 remaining open to new suggestions, adventures and destinations:

01. Visit Russia
02. Visit Mongolia
03. Short haul flight on a Private Jet  DONE.!!! Check here
04. Go back to Thailand (over and over and over) DONE.!!! Check here
05. Do an Orient-Express Train To Happen March 11 2012.!!! Check here
6. Go back to Lao PDR and Luang Prabang
07. Trip to Machu Picchu and Cuzco in Peru
08. Visit Mauritius
09. Visit the Maldives
10. An expedition on the Himalayas looking for the source of Ganges River
11. Dinner at the new Aqua Restaurant in Hong Kong
12. Overnight stay at the top floor of the Burj Khalifa Working on it.!!!
13. Visit the Republic of Turkey
14. Return and spend more time in Hong Kong
15. A long research trip to Colombia
16. Photographic Safari to  Bhutan
17. Return to Panama after over 6 years
18. Fly on First Class of Singapore Airlines, Emirates or Ethiad.
19. and yes…. flying on the Virgin Galactic which I do not think Sir Richard Branson will put me in the list anytime soon, but hey it is there on my Bucket List. Imagine CarlosMeliaBlog.com reporting from the bloody space ha ha ha…. would I be then the first gay to be in space ?

So there you go. Have you made yours.? Hotels, airlines, tourism boards, PR agencies willing to help me make my 2012 Travel Bucket List come true, please do not hesitate to contact me. Ready to start crossing items out. Happy 2012 everyone. !!! CM

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Meeting of the PR Minds at Biscotti in Bangkok

Meeting of the PR Minds at Biscotti in Bangkok  |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  Being my last two days in Bangkok… I am coming to my favorite spots to enjoy of one more time the things I have really enjoyed during my visit, and even much better if sharing it with the great friends and colleagues I have made during this last few months. This time I return not only to one of my favorite Italian restaurants, but also to one of my TOP hotels in Bangkok, the Biscotti Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel. People you must try the Focaccia with Mascarpone and Truffle Oil, and the outstanding Risotto, just beyond real. (Photo above with Nicola Chilton – Regional Director of Public Relations for Four Seasons Thailand, iconic Paul Hicks – Business Partner of Grebstad Hicks Communications Asia’s leading Luxury Travel and Lifestyle Communications and of course moi.!!!). Some great Hotel and Restaurant PR, Communications and Marketing minds, and me ha ha ha… Lots to learn from the best. Only great times. CM

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The Langham Hong Kong Hotel

The Langham Hotel Hong Kong | Kowloon, Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong |  The Langham Hong Kong, was my first stay ever at this amazing destination that completely blew me away. And I have to say that for the time I stayed with them, I truly felt I was at home. The services, their staff and the overall experience, made me feel so comfortable and welcome that I would definitely come over again. Located in the area of Tsimshatsui at Kowloon Island, liveliest and most popular area of the city with an outstanding choice of shopping and entertainment. Only meters away from the waterfront, The Peninsula Hotel. Also very conveniently located to subways, shopping areas and one of my favorites the Fish/Flower/Jade/Birds Markets, which will transport you back in time to the old times of Hong Kong. Photo above is Edward Ma – Chief Concierge and 1st. Vice President of Les Clefs d’Or of Hong Kong and myself.  Continue reading The Langham Hong Kong Hotel

Amazing THAILAND Travel Survey

Amazing THAILAND Travel Survey | CM by Carlos Melia | Amazing Thailand as they promote it!!! We want to hear what you have to say about this fantastic, captivating and open-minded destination. For those lucky ones, like me, that have already been able to visit, share what was your experience while there… Thailand is centered around Buddhism, people in Thailand have compassion and tolerance towards any religion and walks of life. If you visit a national park or one of Thailand’s beaches or islands, you will witness many different natural attractions and see a diversity of wildlife. Thailand, the only Southeast Asian nation never to have been colonized by European powers. Thailand features outstanding cuisine that’s available nearly 24 hours a day.  These restaurant listings cover the spectrum of Thai and International, budget and gourmet. Please take 2 minutes to complete this Survey. Amazing Thailand Travel Survey. Thank you in advance. CM

Carlos to Chelsea gays: Let me help you leave town!

 

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

Un Jardin sur Le Nil scent at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Un Jardin sur Le Nil scent at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong |  by Hermes | OK… !!!! I have been receiving for the last two month, compliment after compliment on my new Eau de Toilette. People looking at me and saying …” WOW what parfum are you wearing, it is amazing…”. Or saying …” Carlos you smell great, what is it…” . Well I have tried to lie about it and claim – hey it is just my natural scent – yeah right !!!!. So I think it is highly time I tell the truth on this and credit the ones that introduced me to it. The scent is by Hermes and the Eau de Toilette is Un Jardin sur Le Nil. This is part of the suite bathroom amenities at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. So yes, now is in the open. HA HA HA one of my beauty secrets is now public. Also that I am a pathological hotel amenity lover. Jardin sur Le Nil, a secret garden, hidden in the heart of the city, in Paris. A fruity, vegetal, floral eau de toilette appreciated by both women and men. So people at the Mandarin Oriental, now you know…. ha ha ha please send more, that I am running out of my “Natural Scent” or even better, I will come back to your AMAZING Hotel and Destination to get it. CM