My stay at the elegant Belmond Governor’s Residence redolent of Yangon’s colonial past

My stay at the Belmond Governor's Residence in Yangon MyanmarMy stay at the elegant Belmond Governor’s Residence redolent of Yangon’s colonial past |  Yangon, Myanmar  |  A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond Governor’s Residence is redolent of the days when it was home to the ruler of Myanmar’s southern states. This was my home for two nights, during my first time – long overdue –  visit to Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), largest city of Myanmar. Belmond Governor’s Residence is located within the elegant Yangon Embassy Quarter and close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. It is just ten minutes from the city centre and 30 minutes from Yangon airport. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar… Continue reading My stay at the elegant Belmond Governor’s Residence redolent of Yangon’s colonial past

A matured comeback to Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental BangkokA matured comeback to Mandarin Oriental Bangkok  |  Bangkok, Thailand | My first stay at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, or iconically known as Oriental Bangkok, was over 4 years ago. At that time I was a different person, looking for different type of experiences, as it has happened organically through out all my personal and professional life. At that time, perhaps, ranked low as my favorite experiences in Bangkok, but after my recent stay, at my 41 years of age, I have to say it was simply PERFECTION. After countless times being in Bangkok, I have grown a deep love for the Chao Phraya River, and how it defines the nature of this destination, and to stay at a hotel at the streams of this charismatic feature, was something I would have never looked for before, and today I truly appreciate. So I guess we can appropriately say, that Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, it has taken some time, but it has grown in me, to be come I would say, my top choice when visiting Bangkok. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on BangkokContinue reading A matured comeback to Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

My private pre-opening viewing of the Ritz Paris

Ritz Paris Place VendomeMy private pre-opening viewing of the Ritz Paris  | Paris, France  | Today, I was among one of the few lucky chosen ones, to enjoyed a private pre-opening behind-construction walk-around of the iconic Ritz Paris, schedule to re-open next March 2016. I was introduced to the lovely mock up suites, the traditional and brand new restaurants and bars, the new inner garden, the exclusive and unique Chanel Spa and much more…, by the hand of Monsieur Manfred Mautsch, who has been with the hotel now for over 20 years and gone through two renovations…
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Our one night stay at the NEW Rosewood Beijing

Our one night stay at the NEW Rosewood Beijing Our one night stay at the NEW Rosewood Beijing   |  BeijingChina  |  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.

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St Regis Hotel Mexico City

St Regis Hotel Mexico CitySt 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

Las Alcobas Boutique HotelLas 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 by Carlos MeliaHotel 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

Majestic Hotel & Spa BarcelonaMajestic 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

Le Bristol Paris by Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator 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

Brand new Park Hyatt New York by www.carlosmeliablog.comBrand 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 –

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