Our one night stay at the NEW Rosewood Beijing | Beijing, China | Located in the district of Chaoyang, the brand new Rosewood Beijing opened its doors month ago. A very lovely option, which I would rank as my Top 3 hotel options to stay at in Beijing. We were there only for one night unfortunately, but its location was perfect to enjoy Beijing and after a long day exploring, withdraw to this urban oasis. Rosewood Beijing is the first incursion of Rosewood Hotels & Resort in Asia and the Chinese market, with two upcoming properties opening next 2017 in Sanya and Guangzhou.
St Regis Hotel Mexico City | Mexico City, Mexico | My stay at the St Regis Hotel Mexico City in photos and video. My last two days in Mexico City, I spent it with them. The St. Regis Mexico City is ensconced in the sleek, 31-story Torre Libertad. Located over Paseo de la Reforma, with stunning views of Bosques de Chapultepec and the city. The hotel felt to me more on the corporate side, than on leisure, but indeed a lovely stay, fantastic service and great way to wrap up my visit to Mexico City. My room was quite lovely and comfortable. The hotel has a great gym with panoramic views of the city. Continue reading St Regis Hotel Mexico City
Las Alcobas Boutique Hotel | Mexico City, Mexico | During my recent visit to Mexico City. my first three days, I was hosted at the very quaint and homy Las Alcobas Boutique Hotel, located at the one of the most exclusive and trendy districts, Polanco and along Avenue Presidente Masaryk, surrounded by fashion brands and restaurants, with easy access to Reforma, Condesa, Roma and Zocalo. Las Alcobas well carries the concept of ” Your Home away from Home “. Luxury service and state of art amenities in a warm and friendly setting. In homage to their name Alcobas, a former residence, has been ingeniously crafted into a series of private home-away-from-homes alcoves. Continue reading Las Alcobas Boutique Hotel
Hotel site-inspections in London | London, UK | During my last visit to London, over New Year’s Eve, I took a full day to review and visit a few hotels, what in our industry call Site-Inspections. I came to visit the following: The new Shangri-La Hotel, at London’s new iconic landmark The Shard. Followed by lovely and cozy The Connaught Hotel by the Maybourne Hotel Group in Mayfair. The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, where I also enjoyed a lovely Fashion-Themed Afternoon Tea “Pret a Portea”. And finished my day at the trendy and happening EDITION Hotel London, with a few drinks at their original and intimate Punch Room. See my day in photos below. Continue reading Hotel site-inspections in London
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona | Barcelona, Spain | If you are on a the search for an iconic hotel in Barcelona, complimented by premium location and personalized service, Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona is the right option. 90-year-old history in excellence. The hotel is located in the middle of Paseo de Gracia, -right in the heart of the city- and close to Gaudi’s buildings, Sagrada Familia, restaurants, exclusive shopping facilities and Barcelona’s most important historic tourist sites. The hotel is located in a historical building and therefore all rooms are unique. I spent literarly 48 hours in Barcelona, and Majestic Hotel was the perfect headquarter for my brief visit. Continue reading Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona
Le Bristol Hotel Paris | Paris, France | 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. Continue reading Le Bristol Hotel Paris
Brand new Park Hyatt New York | New York, US | 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 services and amenities, signature of Park Hyatt. A full-service Spa Nalai, fitness center with partial views of the Central Park and a lovely indoor pool. Fully pet friendly. Seamless check in concept, right from the entrance to your room. On the third floor there is a Guest Services and Les Clefs d’Or Concierge desk. I LOVED: Size of the rooms and bathrooms + the MiniBars which are like little jewel boxes full of surprises + the ballroom spaces for events + the balcony suites (specially the balconies) + the indoor pool + the fact that the building is fully WiFi Free of charge + being Pet Friendly Hotel w/ what I like to call VID – Very Important Dog treatment and amenities + the Beets Risotto I tried for lunch at The Back Room ONE57 + the Bar. I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE: Being such a high-rise building, I was expecting to have breathtaking 360 degrees and panoramic views of Manhattan and most particularly of the Central Park, from the public areas and most specially from the rooms and suites. But unfortunately only those at the private residences get to enjoy that part, not if you are staying at the hotel. New York needed its very own Park Hyatt property, here you have it. Book with me and enjoy the following VIP Amenities: Full Breakfast for each Guest Daily at The Back Room at One57. Also available with Room Service + $100 Hotel Credit, per Room, per Stay. Plus the following amenities subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: Upgrade + Early Check-In + Late Check-Out. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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Prince de Galles Hotel Paris | Paris, France | During my last visit to Paris, my last night stay was at the recently renovated hotel Prince de Galles, on Avenue George V, Etoile. The hotel shares the exclusive zip code and block with the iconic Four Seasons George V, Hotel de Sers and the Fouquet’s Barrière. So if you are looking for location, then you are already on the right place, right in the Golden Triangle of Paris (aka. the area bounded by Avenues des Champs-Élysées, George V, and Montaigne). Beautiful property, Prince de Galles is a bit more modest than its next door neighbor, the Four Seasons. Member of Starwood and the Luxury Collection, Prince de Galles is a genuine Maison de Luxe of exceptional warmth. A five stars hotel, legendary jewel of the Parisian Art Deco movement. Continue reading Prince de Galles Hotel Paris
My experience at Le Royal Monceau | Paris, France | During my last visit to Paris, I was invited to stay at the chic-modern and avant-garde hotel Le Royal Monceau by one of my favorite hotel chains in the world, Raffles Hotels. Been to the hotel, a few times, in the past, having drinks at the iconic Le Long Bar or enjoying a lovely dinner their one-Michelin-stared Italian restaurant Il Carpacio, but this was my first time staying overnight with them. We were hosted at one of their lovely Junior Suites. Located on the prestigious Avenue Hoche, only steps away from the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and elegant Parc Monceau, Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is ideally located for guests to fully experience the rich and vibrant atmosphere of Paris. Continue reading My experience at Le Royal Monceau
Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio | Puglia, Italy | Right after our visit to the “La Citta Bianca” of Ostuni, in Puglia, South of Italy, we carried on to our next hotel for the night, this time we not only where staying at a Masseria (local farm house) but also, a working vineyard and olives plantation, which promised a great afternoon overlooking the sunset over local wines and olives, and dinner. The estate called Le Fabriche covers about 20 hectares of grapevines, centuries-old olive trees and Mediterranean Maquis. From the panoramic position of the “Serre Tarantine”, the 17th century farmhouse, the Masseria, overlooks this rural amphitheater designed by nature and by men over the centuries. The Masseria offers stunning views of the Ionian sea which is only 4 km far.
Masseria Le Fabriche is located in the countryside near Maruggio, a small rural village whose origin are linked to the medieval chivalric order of the Knights of Malta who received the village in commendam. Maruggio is in the heart of the Ionian coast of Salento, south of Manduria, and within short driving distances from the most important south and central Puglian touristic sites like Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Taranto, Ostuni and Alberobello.
The Fabriche project starts at the end of the nineties, with the aim of using local grapes to produce quality wine within an environmentally responsible framework. Organic farming and close collaboration with the best agronomists, winemakers and Universities are part of this practice. In 2007, following careful restoration work, the estate was turned into an elegant relais. The junior suites, which are located between the grapevines and olive trees, have been designed to provide a sensory experience of peace and relaxation in a timeless place. Watch the video of my suite.
The luxury of simplicity and an atmosphere so intimate it is almost familial, a slow food cuisine made by women, keepers of the secrets of Puglian traditional cooking. The rich variety of fresh ingredients offered by a generous soil is the basis for the preparation of recipes preferably made with seasonal vegetables, keys of an healthy, balanced and natural diet which brings out the flavours of our Mediterranean shrub lands herbs. Le Fabriche cuisine leitmotivs are extra virgin olive oil and wines, organic products from farm to fork.
The wonderful panoramic terrace offers guests an opportunity to dine outside whilst contemplating the beauty of the surrounding nature and a stunning sunset. The gentle breeze from the sea is welcome on hot summer evenings.
I truly have mixed feeling about this Masseria. I really liked and enjoyed the old original main building and the stunning vineyards. BUT when it comes to the rooms, despite they were beautiful and comfortable, the modernity of them, kind of ruined my whole vineyard in the middle of the South of Italy vibe. Not sure if I explain myself. I was expecting something more rustic, more real, more Italian. But that was me, since some of my fellow travelers, really fell in love with it. My absolute favorite moments of my stay at Le Fabriche, where: watching the sunset from the terrace, zipping local wines, dinner at their restaurant, and my 6.30AM run along the vineyards. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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