A beautiful and unique cocktail lounge located on the second floor of a colonial building in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, right upstairs from St. Germain. The menu has a variety of classic and signature cocktails, microbrews, and some select wines – then there are our delicious tapas – all served in a speakeasy-esque environment unique to Puerto Rico’s bar scene.
Without a doubt, the best dinner I had during my last visit to Puerto Rico and Old San Juan, invited by La Terrasa de San Juan Hotel. Space, location, atmosphere, food and drinks were just perfect, in balance and compliment to Old San Juan. Located on Calle Tetuan #107, perched on the wall of the Old San Juan, along the Paseo De La Princesa. Mesa Verde is a fish and vegetarian restaurant, featuring great dishes including traditional Puerto Rican ones, which will even captivate the meat lovers.
Luxury has many shades, and some of them stand far from the mere and easy concept of opulence and richness. Travel these days, is all about life event and experience. which in one way or the other, while rough around the edges, leave an unforgettable mark. La Terraza de San Juan, is to me best described as homemade luxury. A true rustic colonial take on Puerto Rico, with impeccable charisma y local traditional camaraderie, deliver by it owners themselves and their casual but professional staff. Located in the heart of Old San Juan, over Calle Sol, La Terraza de San Juan was my ideal epicenter, to discover this charming district, unveiling a new face of Puerto Rico, full of traditions and heritage, which I truly enjoyed. A cute simple getaway trip of three days.
A charming manor house resort and spa, Belmond The Inn at Perry Cabin sits in beautiful gardens that reach down to the gentle waters of the iconic Maryland’s Eastern shore. Relaxation is the order of the day: lounge in the fabulous Linden Spa, float in the infinity pool or savor seafood in the gastronomic restaurant. Stroll into St. Michaels to discover intriguing antiques shops—or set out to sea on a yacht or heritage craft. Unfortunately I have to do all this in quite a rushed mode, since we were there only for an overnight stay. Mea Culpa, we should have stayed there at leas for an entire century, ha ha ha, no really at least two nights, to fully enjoy the property.
So one of the three properties we stayed at during our last visit to Paris, was Hotel Bel Ami. This allowed me, believe it or not after having been to Paris over 10 times, to explore and live for the first time the Left Bank and the district of St Germain des Prés or 6th arrondissement, which I must say is now my favorite. The SOHO of Paris. Hotel Bel Ami is part of the Design Hotels group. A contemporary hotel with a welcoming and restful atmosphere.
A fantastic Hdden-Gourmet-Gem, in the heart of Etoile, off Champs Elysées and meters away from Arc de Triomphe. We discovered this restaurant thanks to the advice and invitation of our friend Valerie S., who is a regular when in Paris. Trust me on this one, as we trusted her. You will walk by the door of the Plubicis Drugstore (I know you will say, Carlos went mad ?)… Go by to the end of the hallway and down the glass stairs… et Voila. !!! magic happens.
I am still catching up with my last two month of extensive travels, and this time I am reporting on my recent visit to Paris during Fashion Week and my two nights stay at the FABULOUS Hotel Raphael Paris member of LGTNetwork and Leading Hotels of the World. I mean, if we talk about style and old traditional charm. and we combine it with these three words Location Location Location, then click your hills Dorothy because you are in the heart of Paris, at a true heritage Parisian hotel. I fully get it, not the style everyone enjoys nor appreciates. It is not modern, it is stuffy and rococo, and I have to say I LOVE IT. This is my type of hotel when I want to have my true vivre dans le luxe European experience.
Last week, I spent the entire week in Miami Beach and I got to stay and preview the recently inaugurated Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotel Group. I have stayed with them before, at their sister properties in Bangkok and London, also under the Metropolitan franchise, having great stays. Metropolitan Miami is located in South Beach, off Collins Avenue between 24th and 25th. Only two blocks away from the W South Beach and the SETAI South Beach. Despite the hotel not being right on the water, the property consists on two sections divided by a charming and quiet street called Miami Beach Drive. The building over Collins Avenue is where the main building with the hotel and restaurant is located. The section next to the boardwalk, with direct access to the beach, is where the lovely pool area and outdoor lounge is located. The hotels is already the comment of the town, and is trending on site like TripAdvisor as number one option in Miami.
DAVE was indeed the best gourmet surprise during our last trip to Paris. And being 100% honest, this time, I must give full credit to Rubin Singer for this discovery. A hole in the wall off Rue Richelieu, which will surprise you once inside. One of this unique restaurants, which move from mouth to mouth, due to their friendly professional service, lead by Dave himself. No menus or set prices, just have a brief chat with Dave, tell him what you like and dislike, mention any allergies or restrictions, and you are set for a lovely and true Chinese/Vietnamese gourmet experience, dish after dish after dish. Low lights, cozy trendy semiformal environment. Spend hours like me just looking at the thousands of crocked photos pinned to the wall, featuring celebrities, mandatories and fashion people that have passed by this charming yet intriguing restaurant.
If there is and iconic F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S hotel in Paris. without a doubt and second guess, is the Four Seasons George V, off and meters away Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. I came invited to do a site inspection of the property, but of course being Fashion Week, the hotel was SOLD OUT, and I only got to glance one of their Premier Suites, which BTW was lovely. I did a walk through the spa and common areas, all ornamented by stunning flower arrangements, signature of Four Seasons, followed by drinks at Le Bar overlooking Le Galerie and lunch at two Michelin-stars restaurant Le Cinq.