Buenos Aires off the beaten path Luxury

Buenos Aires off the beaten path Luxury  | 429 Magazine  |  My latest contribution for 429 Magazine is OUT and ONLINE. Check it out. This time on my recent experience in Buenos Aires, exploring the off beaten path of luxury. La Bamba de Areco, Hotel del Casco, La Becasina Delta Lodge, Club Frances, Legado Mitico and my home away from home HUB Porteño Buenos Aires. Special thanks to LAN Airlnes for being my official airline on this trip. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Phase I Gay Marriage Argentina completed

 Phase I Gay Marriage Argentina completed  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Phase one of Legal Gay Marriage for foreign couples in Argentina completed and successfull.!!! Smooth and quick they were registered, given the necessary documentation and as the law of Same Sex Marriage with the Temporary Residency add-on dictates, they have the Wedding Ceremony appointment in exactly 5 days. Phase two Medical Exams. Gay Wedding Plannig Log in Argentina by CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Hotel Check IN Club Frances Buenos Aires

Hotel Check IN Club Frances Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Today I Checked IN for the next two nights at the Club FrancesBuenos Aires, in the neighborhood Recoleta, in Buenos Aires. During it’s more than 140 years of history, the Club has hosted personalities from politics, science, culture and sports world, always with an important presence and heritage of French origin. The hotel has 28 rooms, of with only two Deluxe Executive Suites like the one I am being hosted at.

It feels like old style traditional Argentina with true French heritage. The throw on my bed is Chinchilla, the furnitures are original, beautiful balcony, and a dry sauna in my bathroom. Suites on the front of the building have a very traditional and heavy French style, original French furnitures, wood floors, gold leaf wall plaques and heavy fabrics with prints. The back of the house is more modern in a contemporary Art Nouveau style.
The Club Frances itself, is the main building of the original house, which dates from 1866. On top of  the house, they have built a tower where most of the rooms are located. Stunning pieces of art, original wood work, marble fireplaces decorate with sophistication the club and the rooms.
The Hotel Club Francés Restaurant offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in a classic building full of history. Its setting is based on the restoration of antique furniture and works of art. The arrangement of the tables simulates a luxurious private dining room. Also on the second floor, the club has three rooms for events, with stunning chandeliers as the main protagonists.

I will be posting more comments and my full review on the hotel upon check out, after my two nights experience at Club Frances, during my stay in Buenos Aires. Stay tuned. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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ULTRA Electronic Party Buenos Aires 2013

ULTRA Electronic Party Buenos Aires 2013  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  | So of course, last night, right off the door steps of my plane with LAN Airlines, my best friend Laurencio Adot calls me and gets me to the VIP Tent at this massive electronic party in Buenos Aires called ULTRA umf, happening last night and again this weekend. He was invited by PR Leo Matheu for the local magazine GENTE (aka. people version of Argetina) and Absolut Vodka.

Located at Puerto Madero, Dique I, featuring Swedish House Mafia’s Final Performances on both weekends, the return of Carl Cox & Friends and ASOT 600 to the Megastructure, and many more. The 15th Edition by far the most elaborate production and lineup to date!
Stayed with him chit chatting with models, producers, and celebrities in general for a few hours till the exhaustion from my flight plus the time difference cought on me. On top, I realized that I do not quite enjoy much this parties without my boyfriend anymore. But ALWAYS a treat to spend time with my BFF Laurencio, TOP couture fashion designer of South America.
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LAN Airlines Business Premium Class

LAN Airlines Business Premium Class  |  LAN Airlines |  Last night I had a lovely flight onboard LAN Airlines Boeing 767, southbound New York City to Buenos Aires, Argentina with connection in Santiago de Chile. Total flight time 13 hours.Was a very comfortable and pleasant experience. I got my Business Premium Class window seat, express boarding and access to the Mistral VIP Lounge during my connection in Santiago de Chile, where I was able to take a refreshing shower and enjoy some bubbles.

A configuration of 30 Business Premium Class full 180 degrees seats/beds. This class has been specially created so that you really have the chance to unwind during your flight. Its cabin has been redesigned and you’ll sleep easily and pleasantly in its seats/beds. Take advantage of the way this class has been designed, down to the smallest details, as well as its exceptional service.
Seats recline and become 100% horizontal, turning into beds that are 23 inches wide and 73 inches long. The distance between seats increases to 74 inches, 32% more per passenger and far superior to that offered by other airlines.
Excellent service. You’ll be charmed by the friendliness of our flight attendants and more than pleasantly surprised by the exquisite menu and fantastic wine list. Call me snob or old style, but I love those airlines that style roll the trolleys and served directly from there. Such a small detail, that makes a huge difference in style and service.
A special menu created by well-know chefs and which includes typical, fresh South American produce. We also offer a selection of the finest wines from this part of the world, chosen by the only Master Sommelier in Latin America, Hector Vergara. I enjoyed a lovely Artichoke Soup, with a selection of cheeses and as the main course a Salmon. All with Torrontes Argentinean wines. Multiple options for dessert.
Each seat has a high-definition screen measuring 15.4 inches and an audio-video system which can be used at the passenger’s discretion, with a choice of 30 films (6 premieres and 24 blockbusters), 52 channels with series, 350 CDs and 14 games (only on indicated flights). They do not have the Noise Canceling BOSE headsets that I like, but something similar. I watched ARGO, while I was getting ready to fall asleep using the comfortable full bed configuration. The crew provided me with a nice pillow and a immaculate soft white blanket.
After a well deserved rest, I was gently woken up with my selection of Breakfast, 1 hour prior arrival to Santiago de Chile. I chose the selection of juices, hot beverages, pastries and other items the night before, so all I heard upon waking up was Good Morning Mr Melia, here is the breakfast of your choice.
The Amenity Kit by Salvatore Ferragamo is the perfect size, and includes hands and face moisturizers, lip balm, among many other things in a nice brown shade.
The seats might look narrow, and at first I thought I was going to feel a bit claustrophobic, but once I sat down, it was the perfect size, orientation and offers total privacy in case you are traveling solo willing to either rest or work. The armrest, has a panel you can pull up and have total privacy. Seats also offer iPhone/iPod connection and electricity outlets.
The plane took off on time from JFK International Airport and landed in Santiago de Chile slightly ahead schedule. From there a short and easy connection to my final flight to Buenos Aires.
At MISTRAL Vip Lounge at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, I have time to unwind, take a refreshing shower, check my emails and enjoy some bubbles before boarding my connecting flight. VIP Salons have fridges, telephones and computers. Some have showers and a wide range of business facilities and meeting rooms.
Without a doubt, I consider LAN Airlines as one of the TOP options to fly from New York City to any South American destination. This is not my first time flying LAN Airlines Business Premium Class. Last time I flew New York to Lima, Peru, and was also a very pleasant experience. Member of the OneWorld alliance, allows you to accrue miles on many of your favorite airlines. Departure from JFK Airport is from Terminal 8. Such a relief to know that in 10 days I will be flying back to New York enjoying the same level of service and comfort. Reporting LIVE from the Premium Business Class Cabin. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Belmond Hotel Monasterio  |  Cusco, Peru |  Cusco’s most traditional luxury flagship hotel, located right beside the lively central square. A former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This delightful Belmond hotel combines its centuries-old charm and ambience with luxury hotel service, inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites. This was my first stop and overnight during my visit to Cusco and Sacred Valley, such a magical destination, only matched by the beauty, peace and sophistication of this property with an unique blend of Spanish and Inca heritage. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos. Continue reading Belmond Hotel Monasterio

LIMO Restaurant a meal with a view

LIMO Restaurant a meal with a view  |  Cusco, Peru  |  Fiery red, green, yellow, orange and violet; those are the colors of aji limo, the star ingredient of Peruvian cuisine that identifies the restaurant named in its honor. LIMO was the first restaurant I chose for my lunch in Cusco, and I am so glad I did. Not only the food was just what I wanted, including a great traditional Ceviche, but the views over Plaza de Armas is breathtaking. I could not help gazing through the windows, looking at the domes of the churches and wondering what adventures would await for me in Cusco after my meal. LIMO stimulates visually and arouses the palate with its sensuous flavors. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading LIMO Restaurant a meal with a view

Cusco perfectly shaped as a Puma

Cusco perfectly shaped as a Puma  | CuscoPeru  |   Did you know that Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and it was built in between the Huatanay and Tullumayo rivers in the exact perfect shape of a Puma. Incredible right.? The puma represented earth, the middle level between the condor (heaven) and snake (underworld).  Continue reading Cusco perfectly shaped as a Puma

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas  | CuscoPeru |  Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent is emerging from years of restoration to become one of the city’s most exclusive hotels. The newest global Belmond property in the world and their fifth hotel in Peru (which BTW I have tried them all). In search for all of this and more, I came over and spent my last fabulous night in Cusco, before heading back to New York, after a week lo luxury, unique experience and sophistication in Peru made by Belmond Hotels and Trains. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos. Continue reading Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Horseback ridding and lunch at HUAYOCCARI

Horseback ridding and lunch at HUAYOCCARI  |  Sacred Valley, Peru |  Visiting a local hacienda (aka. ranch) at the Sacred Valley, is a MUST do. Nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, at km 64 of the road-Urubamba Cusco, access to enjoy a landscape surrounded by fields of corn, eucalyptus forests and Pisonay trees. The privileged location of the ranch house, makes the views of the Sacred Valley unique. Its location is strategic because it is equidistant from the towns of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. You can see the video below, a bit out of breath due to the hight altitude and the movement of the horse. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading Horseback ridding and lunch at HUAYOCCARI