My two latest favorite lunch options in Hong Kong | Hong Kong | I have been to Hong Kong a few times, and I am very outspoken about the fact, that it is one of my top five favorite cities in the world. Every time I visit I discover new options, and of course repeat over and over my favorites. During this visit, I truly enjoyed two gourmet experiences, introduced to us by local expert Food and Lifestyle Consultant Geoffrey Wu with The Forks and Spoons. Oddly enough, none of them are Chinese, but trust me we covered that during our time there, for our dinners. Both restaurants are totally different and both true hidden gems. Both restaurants can be booked online prior your arrival to Hong Kong, and I strongly advice it. Continue reading My two latest favorite lunch options in Hong Kong
Cathay 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
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 | 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
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 KhalifaWorking 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
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
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 | 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