Life onboard The Royal ScotsmanTrain | Scotland | Traditional style and elegant comfort provide an unparalleled way to explore the very best of Scotland and the Highlands.. Here is my photo album and videos of the daily life onboard the luxury train “The Royal Scotsman” by Orient-Express, traveling from/to Edinburgh across the Highlands. I spent 5 fabulous days onboard, and I have to say, it is without a doubt a true travel experience. The train itself becomes your destination, and the most sophisticated and comfortable way to explore the breathtaking wonders of this amazing country.
This was my fourth time onboard Orient-Express trains, and I look forward to my next. I have tried before the iconic Eastern Oriental Express (from Thailand to Singapore), the Hiram Bingham (from Cusco to Machu Picchu, Peru), dinner onboard the Orient-Express from London to Manchester, and now I have added The Royal Scotsman.
Embark on a truly unique journey on board The Royal Scotsman. As the train draws out of Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, your journey into a magical place of history, nature and romance begins. Watch the sun chase the last of the mist from the mountaintops as you sip your coffee. Enjoy a morning in the great outdoors with an exhilarating clay pigeon shoot or a highland safari before lunch, followed by a visit to a ruined castle or a whisky distillery. Indulge in afternoon tea while sharing stories with fellow guests as the train journeys on. Nightfall brings cocktails and candlelit dinners before sinking into your comfortable cabin to dream of the next day’s adventures. A Journey Like no Other. !!!
Here you can see my Cabin. This was a Double Twin Cabin. Compared to my previous experience on the Eastern Oriental Express, this rooms were slightly bigger, same with the bathroom. Traveling solo, I had the option to use one bed as my sofa, and the other one to sleep. Lounging and Dinning on the move is beyond and a highlight. Served in their mahogany-panelled Dining Cars, enjoy your meals in groups of fours, or on larger tables of six or eight. A range of fine wines, liqueurs and malt whiskies is available from our extensive cellar. Things I have missed on this train, that I experienced on the other trains are: (1). Private seating at the restaurants either if you are a single traveler or a couple. (2). The option to select your own wines from the menu, of course at an extra cost, if you choose to do so, instead of the proposed pairing suggested by the Sommelier. Other than these, each meal was an experience itself, specially the formal ones. I mean, I am a big fan of black tie and formal, bringing the old school sexy back. With game-rich glens, Aberdeen Angus beef, a wealth of seafood and rivers of wild salmon, our chefs use the best local produce. All are served with regional specialities. Enjoy a hearty Highland breakfast or start the day continental style. Lunch may be a bowl of steamed mussels overlooking a romantic harbour or seared salmon served on the train. As evening falls, take your seat in the Dining Car. Expect sensational dishes, like warm pigeon salad accompanied by blackcurrant dressing, spiced roast halibut, and sumptuous apple mousse. And BTW, any food restrictions or allergies will be taken with extra attention and accommodated. There are formal and informal dinners aboard The Royal Scotsman, usually on alternate nights. For formal dinners, it is encouraged a tuxedo or kilt for gentlemen and a cocktail dress or similar for ladies. For informal dinners, a jacket and tie is recommended. One of my main concerns, was the fact that we were a group of 10 gay guys, on our mid to late 3o’s, and h0w we would be welcomed by the rest of the 26 passengers on the train. Indeed is a very tight and private environment. Well same as I was proven on my trip on the Eastern Oriental Express with my partner, everyone got along EXTREMELY well, and by the second day, each of us was being asked to join different tables. Interesting people from around the world, fantastic conversations, and new friends to stay in contact. I must not omit to mention, the excellent work and outreach that Orient-Express, as a global brand, has been doing for the last three years to the international LGBT community, supporting organizations, individuals and investing money, time and efforts in the community. DIVERSITY is welcomed and informed onboard the Orient-Express.
The staff was beyond warm, friendly and professional. Always attentive to our needs, and always addressing each of us by our names and last names. So young and so well trained and professionals. The perfect way to discover Scotland in full luxury, from the soaring Highlands to fine whisky distilleries, Scotland’s heritage, wildlife and landscapes make it a perfect destination. As for the overall experience, I would recommend it to most of my clients, with the only mention that, unlike the Eastern Oriental Express, this train overnights still at different train stations, not sleeping with the train in monition, which for most of you, this might be a positive sign, but I must admit I really enjoyed the rocking movement of the train at night, during my journey through South East Asia. Just a matter of taste. Everyday is an experience. Everyday new excursions, Whiskey Tasting, Castles, Royal families to visits and many more alternative experiences. I am posting one by one, day by day. Here you can find some of them, which I will be updating as I include them. So much to share and blog about: Day #03 A Royal Day Exploring Castles of Scotland. Day #04 Shooting Clay-Pigeons… more to come.
I feel so blessed and fortunate to have this amazing experiences, traveling worldwide along such amazing companies, over and over again. Just by looking at the videos and photos, I get emotional and long to soon return to this experiences, and this time share it with loved ones, friends and clients. Thank you Orient-Express, for allowing me to see the world through your own eyes, and experiences worldwide Journeys Like no Other. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Hub Porteño homemade luxury made in Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina | A few things these days get my full interest and attention. I can be a bit jaded when it comes to hotels and travel services, specially when the word Boutique Hotel, or Experience is involved. But every so often, thanks to my network of colleagues around the world, I get to find this hidden gems that remind me why I love this métier. There is nothing that I like most, than to see a hotel being conceived, and be invited to give my comments and suggestions based on my long proven experience. Continue reading Hub Porteño homemade luxury made in Argentina
Hotel Check IN Copacabana Palace by Orient-Express | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Just arrived to Brazil and Checked IN at the amazing Copacabana Palace by Orient-Express. Only been here a few hours now, but knowing and having travelled by Orient-Express Hotels and Trains in the past all over the world, I know in advance that it will be A Journey Like no Other. Check the video of my Suite below, with a balcony overlooking the iconic pool and the beach of Copacabana. The most iconic, chic and sophisticated hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading Hotel Check IN Copacabana Palace by Orient-Express
The Siam Hotel Bangkok almost ready to open | Bangkok, Thailand | The soon to be open The Siam Hotel Bangkok is almost finished and ready to welcome their first guests in less than 63 days. Yesterday Jason Friedman – General Manager, welcomed me and a selected group of the LGBT Press and Travel Professionals to show us this stunning hotel which will change the concept of luxury and hospitality in Bangkok. Rooms will range from USD 400 on. The Siam Hotel is the first hotel in Asia to be signed by Virtuoso previous opening, mostly due to Friedman’s successful career as a hotelier and administration of previous leading properties, such as the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. Continue reading The Siam Hotel Bangkok almost ready to open
My Birthday onboard the Orient-Express Train in South East Asia | Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore | Getting my TUXEDO and suits ready. YEAH. !!!!! My Birthday (March 12) onboard of the Orient-Express Train for four nights crossing South East Asia, from Bangkok to Malaysia and Singapore is CONFIRMED !!!! Another aspect of Luxurious travel. Can’t wait !!!! Dress Code FORMAL. I love it. Indeed A Journey Like no Other by Orient-Express. A total of 4 days and 3 nights onboard the Epic Orient-Express Train. Travel from Bangkok across the beautiful scenery that Thailand offers, past the legendary River Kwai and onwards to Malaysia. Enjoy the sights of colonial Georgetown and Fort Cornwallis, before crossing the causeway over the Straits of Johor to the elegant city of Singapore. Items #04 and #05 from 2012 Carlos Melia Travel Bucket List Checked out. Still 16 more to go. CM
GPS Carlos Melia at Plage de Saline in St. Barth | St. Barth, West French Indies | There are just no words to describe this island, and coming to see Plage de Saline yesterday, has left me speechless. Stunning natual beauty, that images will speak by themselves. All I have to add is that Saline is know to be the Gay Hotspot of the Island, specilly to the left side as you walk to the water. At the far end, also in a very European style, you have the fully clothing optional area. Continue reading GPS Carlos Melia at Plage de Saline in St. Barth
My day driving around Saint Barthelemy | St. Barth, West French Indies | So this morning I woke up and my hotel, the beautiful Le Sereno Hotel informed me that they had arranged for at MINI Cooper Convertible for me to, to explore and drive around the Island. So after a great breakfast, overlooking the Baie Grand Cul de Sac I jumped on my perfect island transportation, and ventured to explore St. Barth for the first time. Stops at Gustavia (aka. downtown), Plage des Salines, Gouverneur Beach and Loirent. A stunning sunny day, striking natural beauty and vibrant colors that only unspolied nature can produce. Continue reading My day driving around Saint Barthelemy
Four Season Tented Camp Thailand | Golden Triangle, Thailand | If there was a hotel I visited in 2011, that went above and beyond any expectations, was the Four Seasons Tented Camp at Golden Triangle in the northern region of Thailand, right on the border with Lao and Burma. How about combining the best of Four Seasons signature luxury, style and customer service, with the exuberant beauty of the bamboo jungles of Chiang Rai province in the outdoors, surrounded by a local Elephants camp, Burmese chanting monks in the mornings and serene waters of the Mekong River. How would I define and summarize this experience, simply like this… train to become a Mahout, live with the elephants in full luxury, enjoy all-inclusive adventures, spoil yourself at their full service outdoor spa and dine like a king or queen. Continue reading Four Season Tented Camp Thailand