The Venetian Resort & Casino

The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Venetian Resort & Casino  |  Las Vegas, United States  |  Last week during my stay in Las Vegas for the YLC 2013 Conference and the LTX 2013 Convention, I was hosted at The Venetian Resort & Casino. Reviewing and experiencing hotels in Las Vegas, is always a daunting task, due to the size and number of outlets, attractions and restaurants within each property. So I decided to keep it simple and to just comment on what I’ve got to experience and see.  Since I was busy with the convention and conference, I was not able to enjoy much of the resort, featuring signature Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Venetian Pool Deck (which I tried but it was way too overcrowded for my taste), and the TAO Beach.

The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.comLet’s say that all I got to experience, was my suite on The Venetian Tower, a few of their restaurants, their featured show Rock of Ages and some strolls along the streets of Venice (which by the way were dry!!!).

I was hosted at a Suite at The Venetian Tower. 36-story four-stats resort, The Venetian features all suites accommodation, I would say being the biggest entry level suites in The Strip. I was very happy with my suite, although of course, me being me, I would have preferred to stay at their Palazzo Tower. I was hosted (video above) at a Luxury King Suite  – 650 square feet – Roman tub, plush king-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets to the sunken living area complete with HD TVs and plush furnishings. My concerns with this suite were: Lightning concept: I could not see anything. Low lights, I assume to save energy. Color Palette: too rustic, sad and outdated to my own taste. You can pretend to be in a Tuscan Villa, but even those have been refurbished. Bathroom amenities were a total disappointment for such an all-suite property. Unfortunately I was never able to see the suites at The Palazzo Tower, but I heard great things about them. TIP. !!! If you go Palazzo, the way to go is PRESTIGE. You will thank me.

The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.comWhen booking The Venetian or Palazzo through Carlos Melia Network you will receive the following extra amenities: Continental Breakfast for two Daily at Grand Lux Café  + Two Complimentary Indoor Gondola Tickets per Stay (approx. saved value of USD 300 calculated on a 2 nights stay). 
The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.comAs for my gourmet experiences within The Venetian Resort, I must highlight three of them. Pinot Brasserie (photo above), located on the Restaurant Row. Classic French bistro fare with a West Coast accent, by celebrity chef Joachim Splichal. Intimate setting, exquisite cuisine.
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Now if you are a regular follower of my blog, you will know by now that I am a huge fan of Noodle Soups at any time/meal of the day. I was beyond myself when I found out that The Venetian hosted not one, but two Noodle Soup restaurants in property …” Thank God for the ongoing on growing Asian market…”. So most of my meals were are either Noodle Asia, and ZINE Noodle Dim Sum.  The second more formal that the first one, but I strongly recommend both. Finally I must admit that two mornings I did cheated over my soup breakfasts, having some Bouchon croissants and coffee, come on, who can blame me right.
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I would say it was a great stay. Not my favorite resort in Las Vegas, but I must say that room size, location and service wise was a very pleasant experience. I still have the crave to return and to experience and be pampered at the PRESTIGE levels over at the Palazzo Tower, to have a well rounded and final verdict over the entire resort DNA. Gambling wise, well let’s say I am not a huge fan of it, and as much as I would love to wear my Tuxedo and play all night thought filthy vodka martinis I feel this is not really my crowd. Therefore I sticked to the shows, brasseries and walking up and down The Strip. CM @ Carlos Melia RecommendsThe Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.com The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.com The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.com The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.com
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Rock of Ages Las Vegas

Rock of Ages Las Vegas by www.carlosmeliablog.comRock of Ages Las Vegas  |  Las Vegas, United States  |  Following my four reports on the shows I saw during my last visit to Las Vegas, Rock of Ages ranked second as my favorite production along the Vegas Strip. Fun, engaging, well performed, and entertaining, although being the longest show I’ve seen ever in Las Vegas. Rock of Ages plays at The Venetion Resort & Casino. For those of you not familiar with the story,  Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! See my reviews on the other shows: Michael Jackson ONE, ZARKANA and ANSINTHE. Just a little warning and constructive criticism to all Las Vegas Strip shows, in particular to Cirque du Soleil. Sometimes having seven OK shows at the same time, does not equal to having one that is GREAT. And to the rest in general, well I felt most shows lacked of energy, and they all felt over-rehearsed, where you could tell the cast had to perform twice a day, at least 6 days a week. You know like when you go horseback ridding, and the horse walks knowing by hard the way to go, and you are just there pretending…. well that is how I felt. But hey shaded me right. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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ABSINTHE Las Vegas

ABSINTHE Las Vegas by www.carlosmeliablog.com ABSINTHE  |  Las Vegas, United States  |  I must say after having seen four shows along the strip during my stay in Las Vegas, last week, I must say this was the one with the least production, and the one with the most excitement and entertaining of them all. Naughty, fun, exotic, erotic, wild and wacky are just a few words to describe this acro-Burlesque cabaret show, recommended only for adults over 18+.  Sassy and debauching comedy, sexy cast and wild acts happening merely feet away from the audience. I will let the videos say the rest. TIP is you are black, asian or white, gay or straight…. regardless what you are, be ready to be the center of the jokes, and they are ruthless with a very sharp but funny sense of humor. ABSINTHE plays in front of Caesars Palace in the Roman Plaza. For more information visit their website – www.absinthevegas.com. Enjoy the show. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends







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Young Travel Leaders with Know How

Young Travel Leaders with Know How  |  Las Vegas, United States  |  Young Leaders have the Know-How to Make it Big!!! “…The fourth annual Young Leaders Conference (YLC) kicked off in Las Vegas September 9, with gusto and enthusiasm from the travel industry’s rising stars. What has become apparent is that this new class of agents is no longer the fresh-faced, naive neophyte eager to sop up as many basic tips as they can. Not anymore. This generation of travel agent is now seasoned, experienced and knowledgeable enough to rub elbows with the big kids of travel. They’ve got the basics down pat. They are ready, and have already begun, to excel…” said Meagan Drillinger for Travel Agent Central Magazine. I am honored to have been part of one of their expert panels “What’s your Niche?“, along three other colleagues, in my case sharing my inside knowledge on the Luxury Gay Travel segment. …” Of course, it is impossible to be a specialist in everything. The difference between a good agent and a great agent is one who has a specialization and can be an expert in a certain area. The right way to specialize depends on your personal goals, clients and agency. … Carlos Melia of CarlosMeliaBlog.com, … came together to discuss finding a niche…”  Thank you YLC, LTX International, Questex Media and Travel Agent Central Magazine for featuring me as a referent on my niche and for having me join this panel. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Travel YLC and LTX 2013

Travel YLC and LTX 2013 Travel YLC and LTX 2013  |  Las Vegas, United States  |  Happy to have been invited and considered to attend both the Travel YLC 2013 – Young Travel Leaders Conference 2013, and the LTX 2013 – Luxury Travel Exchange International. Yesterday I join a panel of expert Niche Travel Advisors, on a guest speaking over ” What is your Niche?” providing my insight as an expert Gay Travel Advisor and Marketing Consultant. Other niches covered were: Pet Friendly, Special Needs and Disabilities and Adventure Travel. Today the LTX International 2013 began, and I have attended several Educational Sessions and meeting with key contacts from the world of Luxury Travel and Hospitality. What has been the inspirational highlight of my day, to understand why clients book their Travel Experiences through me? to find out it is because… I am Lovable, Trustable, I go over the top and I know my stuff based on years of experience and work. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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ZARKANA by Cirque du Soleil

Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil Las VegasZARKANA by Cirque du Soleil  |  Las Vegas, United States  |  Last night I went to see ZARKANA, after a previous night of Michael Jackson ONE also produced by Cirque du Soleil, which left me wanting more acrobatics and signature WOW moments. Both the last and newest productions/shows by Cirque. Zark, the ringmaster of an extraordinary circus coming back to life, guides us in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats. Among other attractions, he introduces the Mutants, four sirens as sinister as they are fabulous. Zarkana,  playing at the Aria Resort & Casino, an acrobatic rock experience that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the strange. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil

Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil by www.carlosmeliablog.comMichael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil  |  Las Vegas, Nevada, United States  |  So today I arrived to Las Vegas, and right after checking in at my hotel, invited by Cirque du Soleil and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, I got myself to the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino right on time to enjoy my first show while in town. Michael Jackson ONE, is one of the six current productions by Cirque de Soleil, being performed along The Strip. Developed between Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson.  ONE is heartfelt tribute to the work, innovative spirit, and legacy of Michael Jackson – the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One.


The producers claim to be a reinterpretation of the King of Pop’s influence, infused with theatrics and acrobatics for which Cirque du Soleil is known. During and hour and a half, you will go through the entire repertoire of Michael Jackson’s classics. So if you are a fan, you will love it and have a blast. Now if you are like me, who likes the artist enough, but more the show he used to deliver on stage, perhaps ONE fell a bit short on acrobatics, dance and a few rather dull moments with excess of paraphernalia, basic visuals and flying acrobats. My favorite moments of the show were Beat itBillie Jean and Man in the Mirror when the spirit of Michael is brought to the stage to dance with the the cast. And of course, the moment everyone was waiting for in the crowd, Thriller. Worst moments, were to me, every single time the Guitarist dress in yellow showed on stage, looking as fake as the wind blowing her wig.

Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil by www.carlosmeliablog.comMy verdict is… if you are a fan and/or come to listen to Michael Jackson and have a great time, then DO NOT MISS IT. If you are looking to see the best exponent of Cirque du Soleil acrobats, dance and performance, then keep your options open to the other five Cirque productions along The Strip. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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SEP/OCT13 Jet-Setting the World

SEP/OCT13 Jet-Setting the World

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SEP/OCT13 Jet-Setting the World | SEP/OCT 2013 my next two month jet- setting around the world covering the world of Luxury Travel and Hospitality. Stay tuned to my Instagram. NewYork to/from LasVegas for YLC and LTX 2013, MEXICO RivieraMaya ARGENTINA BuenosAires ITALY w/ Rubin Singer Rome Florence Venice SCOTLAND Edinburgh ENGLAND London. Carlos Melia curating the world of Luxury Travel & Lifestyle by experience. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Las Vegas: Young Leaders Conference + Luxury Travel Exchange 2013 + The Venitian Hotel
Mexico: ILTM Americas + Rosewood Mayakoba
Italy: The First Luxury Hotel + Hassler Hotel + Villa San Michelle + Four Seasons Firenze + Hotel Cipriani + The Gritti Palace + Westin Europe & Regina.
Scotland: Nira Caledonia + The Balmoral + The Royal Scotsman Orient Express Train
UK: The Goring Hotel

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Niche & Luxury Travel by Carlos Melia

Niche & Luxury Travel by Carlos MeliaNiche & Luxury Travel  by Carlos Melia   |  Guest Speaking  |  Las Vegas bound next week to attend, as a Guest Speaker and Travel Advisor, the Young Leaders Conference Travel Event, being part of the expert panel on Niche Travel Marketing ” What’s Your Niche ?” ( September 8th – 9th, 2013). After that I have been invited as a full hosted Platinum Buyer to attend the Luxury Travel Exchange International 2013 event, a networking and educational luxury experience by Questex Travel Group (September 10th – 12th, 2013).  It is always an honor, reaffirming and reassuring to be recognized by the mainstream Luxury Travel Trade and Media, as a referent on Niche Travel, Niche Marketing and Luxury Gay Travel. As part of this event, I will be spending four nights at The Venitian Hotel, at a Venitian Suite, and of course I will be showing you all the photos and videos.  CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Interview with Jeanne Mills President Les Clefs d’Or USA

Interview with Jeanne Mills President Les Clefs d’Or USA  |  Boston, Massachusetts  |  During the last USA National Congress of Les Clefs d’Or, held in Boston, Massachusetts, I have the pleasure to interview for BeenThereDoneThat Video series, Jeanne Mills, recently appointed President of Les Clefs d’Or USA and Chef Concierge at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. CM

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