Pineapple symbol of Hospitality

Pineapple symbol of Hospitality | Did you Know | I guess everyday we lear something new, you just need to ask. Since I have got to England, I have been seeing pineapples everywhere, yes you read right, pineapples… and mostly associated to very high-end brands. Today while having my pre dinner cocktail, the silver tray had a pineapple inscription, so I there to ask. Excuse me, what’s the meaning of the Pineapple.? Well this is what I found out by the expert comments of my buttler at Hartwell House. Pineapple has been, since Christopher Columbus, a treat of the Kings mostly in the renaissance of Europe. The concept of hospitality, the warmth, charm and style with which guests were taken into the home. Rare pineapple, was a true celebrity, measured by its rarity, espense and attractiveness. Therefore to be welcomed and offered to share this exclusive fruit, would express by all means a sense of good cheer, human warmth and affection. Now I know why Hesto Blumenthal uses a pineapple as the logo of his restaurant Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, or why my friends and colleagues at Pineapple Hotels, have chosen this name. CM

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Jo Malone London Amenities

Jo Malone London Amenities   |  London, UK  |  If you choose the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London for your stay, then you will enjoy the elegant simplicity of the scents and amenities by Jo Malone. Lime Basil and Mandarin Bath Soap, Gel Douche, Shampoo, Lait pour Le Corps and Conditioner. A mist of this aromatic, citrus with the fresh and zesty scent of fresh cut limes and juicy mandarin will envelop the senses and subtly sparkle on the skin. For more information on Jo Malone @ Another reason to visit and stay at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. CM

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A Journey Like No Other by Orient-Express

A Journey Like No Other by Orient-Express  |  Worldwide  |  From the sparkling canals of Venice to the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu, join Duke, Lauren, Penelope and Max as they travel Orient-Express’ world of iconic hotels and unique experiences. This family journeys in style, seeking out adventure and enjoying their time together in their own individual ways. Check their series of videos at A Journey Like No Other, and Sign Up to WIN A Journey Like No Other by Sharing your favorite travel moments and you could enjoy a journey to remember with Orient-Express. Simply upload your photographs of special travel experiences for a chance to win an exciting trip for two to Peru. click here to enter to WIN. Continue reading A Journey Like No Other by Orient-Express


AFRICOLOGY Amenities  |  Africa  |  Africology skin care products have been developed to revitalise the skin and prevent damage done to the skin by free-radicals, stress and the harsh African climate. Almost every hotel or camp we stayed in Africa, had now this products, including the Orient Express hotels and camps. Travellers are becoming more and more informed when it comes to ingredients and beauty trends, and it is imperative for a hotel to offer their clients an amenities range that is both green and luxurious. Africology amenities range can be likened to a spa treatment in the room, and goes beyond simple amenities. It becomes a highlight of the stay, and remains with the guest long after their visit, reflecting well on the hotel and marking it as a thoughtful and well-appointed establishment. For more information and you can get them in South Africa, UK or online. CM

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 This trip to South Africa and rest of Africa, has been flawlessly put together and coordinated by the expert hands of Rhino Africa Safaris. African based tour operator, with headquarters in Cape Town. Years of hands on experience in the region precede them, reason why I chose and trust them to be the partner for this African Experience. We both share the same philosophy, experiential travel and the concept of Been There Done That. Stay tuned, soon CM by Carlos Melia, and Rhino Africa Safaris will bring to you Small Gay Groups to Africa.

The Liberty Hotel in Boston

The Liberty Hotel in Boston |  Boston, United States |  The Liberty Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is without a doubt a true gem of Boston, right at Beacon Hill with panoramic views of Charles River Basin and the Longfellow Bridge, one of the premium areas of this fantastic city. Now what makes The Liberty Hotel unique, is that originally this was the old Charles Street Jail, which after extensive $150 million acquisition, renovation and construction process, marrying historic architecture with the high standards of refined, modern travel, The Liberty Hotel has become New England’s premier luxury destination. Certainly I would not mind at all to be locked down to serve prison for a long period at The Liberty Hotel. Continue reading The Liberty Hotel in Boston

Gee how did that Towel end up in My Suitcase.?

20110410-072848.jpgGee how did that Towel end up in My Suitcase.? | New York Times Travel by Sara J. Welch | Great brief note on this Sunday’s Travel section, on how three hotels – Miami, Honolulu and Manhattan – which preferred to remain anonymous are cutting costs on Linen and Towel theft by implementing a Linen Technology Tracking system. A washable RFID Chip that can be sewn into towels, robes and bed sheets, allowing hotels to keep track on their linens. Reported savings by the Honolulu property of USD 16,000 per month. Gee I hope they do not implement the same with bathroom amenities, pens and pencils or otherwise I am in BIG trouble. CM


Holiday Inn Galleria Hotel

Holiday Inn Galleria Hotel | Manila, Philippines |  coming to Manila and looking for a comfortable, affordable and well located hotel. Then take a look at the Holiday Inn Galleria. Located in Pasig City, just right next to the Shopping Mall.

The hotel is basic, but well located, clean, offering free access to the Gold’s Gym. Outdoor Pool area, multiple restaurant options, both at the hotel and in the Mall. My favorite was the central location, the views from the rooms (try to book high floors), the gym and the full buffet breakfast. CM

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DOME Hotel – Bariloche, Argentina

DOME Hotel, rustic boutique mountain hotel ( San Carlos de Bariloche, FREY Mountain Refuge, Catedral Mountain ). I was amazed by this hotel, not only by the obvious breathtaking views… but by the unique of its concept. A rustic mountain themed hotel/tent located on the stream of the lagoon of FREY Refuge.

After walking for almost 4 hours from the base of Catedral Mountain to the top at FREY Refuge, you would never expect or believe to find a hotel there. Well YES there it is…. !!! And on my next trip to San Carlos de Bariloche, be assured that I expect to spend a night there, enjoying the clear sky views and bonding with the local people.

Prices are very low, including diner and breakfast. Bookings in advance are EXTREMELY suggested, since at the moment there is only one tent available. Plans to add extra rooms are in the near future. For bookings do not hesitate to contact me.

House of Jasmines

House of Jasmines |  Salta, Argentina | Member of Relais Chateaux. Located outside the city of Salta close to the domestic airport, surrounded by mountains and Tobacco plantations. The perfect landscape to enjoy the relaxation, service and gastronomy of this House of Charme, that you will not want to leave. Picture (above) of the suite where I stayed courtesy of the management of House of Jasmines.

Video (above) of the Junior Suite. Check also House of Jasmines Deluxe RoomHouse of Jasmines Superior Room. The difference with the Junior Suites and Suites are that these are located within the main house, while the Suites are all scattered around the property, allowing extra privacy to their guests. All rooms share the same common areas and restaurant, which gives a special touch and feeling during the breakfast, tea and dinner time when all guests gather and interact.

 La Table of House of Jasmines is characterized by its fresh cuisine, homemade style, with traditional dishes and meat such as lamb, mountain kid or the typical Argentine asado. In order to make sure food is fresh, the vegetables, fruits, green vegetables and herbs that we use are specially grown in our orchard and gardens around the House of Jasmines. The northern gastronomy style, with its tamales, humita (flavored corn paste wrapped in corn leaves), and other regional flavors are present in our options so that you can get to know the secrets of Northern Argentina cuisine guided by the Chef. You can enjoy your meals in the different rooms available in our house. The dining room, with a single, big table, is a cozy place with all the charm of a family meal where all the guests share the same space. The table close to the large window, facing the mountain range, allows you to enjoy a magnificent, relaxing view of the landscape. The Winter Garden has its own magic spell: a bright area with flowers where the candles at night add a romantic touch. You can also choose the balcony, or the garden, overlooking the park that surrounds the Estancia and where you will be provided with blankets and hot water bags so that you can enjoy the countryside air feeling comfortable.

 The Living Room, a place where you can take a rest watching Salta’s mountain range. Special care for details and decoration, matched with the Northern tradition with style and comfort, make of this space a cozy room to rest in front of a fireplace, over which there is an imposing nickel silver mirror.

 The Winter Garden, a unique, magical area. Predominantly white with cow leather on top of the tables and with the smell of the seasonal flowers and fruits that bathe the whole house, the Winter Garden is a fresh, bright place to enjoy either in the morning, afternoon, or evening.

 Enjoy the heated pool outdoors overlooking the imposing landscape of Salta’s Mountain Range.

The Spa de Charme is a 300m2 space separated from the main house and devoted to relaxation and well-being. Here you can recharge your energy choosing from an array of treatments and massage therapies we have designed to harmonize and purify your body and soul. Equipped with Dry Sauna, Hammam (steam bath), three cabinets and two relax rooms, the Spa offers treatments such as Princesa Inca (Inca Princess), Amanecer salteño (Salta’s daybreak), Flores para un rey (Flowers for a king) or Cinco sentidos (Five Senses), that use minerals and herbs from the region to help you recover your calmness and freshness. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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The NEW Hotel Miami Beach

The NEW Hotel  | Miami, United States | Is a brand new option in Miami Beach, North Beach. Not too far away from South Beach offers great design and upscale accommodation, only one block from the beach and the beach promenade with some very charming restaurants. Parking in the upcoming new historical district is not a problem like in South Beach, since you can park for free all day. Enjoy South Beach during the day and sleep at this relaxed area of Miami Beach.

 Located over Harding Ave. between 73rd and 74th. Very convenient access from the International Airport of Miami, and caught in the middle among South Beach, Bal Harbour and Aventura. This area is also known as Little Argentina, and is one block away from the Collins Ave. and the beach. Although the hotel has its own mini bistro, the area is full of cafes and restaurants.

Boutique Hotel on Miami Beach perfectly located 1 block from the Beach. Situated a few blocks from famed South Beach and a short cab ride to Bal Harbour shops. Hotel boasts all new Rooms and amenities. In room Spa treatments and popular Mediterranean-themed restaurant compliment the Hotel. Package specials and low introductory offers available. Amemities by L’Occitane + Air Conditioning + Smoke Alarms + Kichenette + Concierge Service + Gourmet Restaurant + In Room FREE WiFi + Outdoor Pool + Room Service. The hotel is personally ran by Ann and his business partner whom at the same time is the chef of the gourmet bistro of the hotel.  10 Rooms divided into Suites / Deluxe Rooms and Standard Rooms. The beds are Queen Size and the deco you see on the video and pictures is standardized in all room types.

My own Experience: (breakfast) The hotel does not provide with Breakfast. Although you have a full kitchenette to fix your own… or you are steps away there are several cafes and breakfast bars such as Manolo ( Argentinean ) and Sazon ( Cuban ). (gay factor) 100% Gay Friendly. The minute we stepped into the door they told us… THANK GOD finally we have you guys, we were dying to cater to the gay community. (rooms) All room types are off great taste and design. Privacy while they still have direct access to the pool area. The bathrooms are of a very good size, all with nice and warm green toned tiles. Full kichinette, safe deposit bow and regular services like WiFi, AC and Plasma TVs with Direct TV. Pay attention to the nice wood style floor tyles. (the bed) Oversized Queen Beds. Loved the mattresses and the the bed linens. (service) Personalized 100%. Ann and her business partner are in house 24/7. (location) Maybe not the first choice for many of you. BUT if you are planing to rent a car…. believe no second thoughts. Get the best of Miami Beach in Boutique Style at very reasonable price. Parking is not an issue at all since the whole neighborhood is 100% Free Parking all day long. Spend you day in South Beach and rest comfortably and in style at North Beach. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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