Mar del Plata Style & Life | Mar del Plata, Argentina | The most renown Style & Life Magazine of Mar del Plata (Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina) has just featured and dedicated a few lines about Carlos Melia (ME), CM by Carlos Melia and carlosmeliablog.com on their 2010 November issue # 25, covering my visit last August 2010 to the destination to review their hotels, restaurants and travel highlights. I want to specially thank Natalia Alvarez – Editor in Chief for this article and for her kind words and concepts about me and my projects. You can see and read the Full Article Online at Mar del Plata Life & Style. Please also check all my posts and videos of Mar del Plata, reviews on Hotels, Restaurants, Attractions and Highlights. All material taken during my last visit during August 2010. Mar del Plata. Enjoy Cheers.CM
Hotel Sainte Jeanne Mar del Plata ( Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina ) • A brand new line of Boutique Hotels at this popular Beach Resort, located only 5 hours away by car/bus from the city of Buenos Aires. Passion for details, that in this case come in a true and stylish french style. The strategic and central location of Hotel Sainte Jeanne, makes it perfect for those looking to near all the entertainment options, beach, sports, restaurants and commercial areas, while still enjoy all the peace and relaxation.
27 comfortable rooms and suites, exquisitely decorated in ivory shades, providing four categories: Classic, Luxury, Suite and Suite Sainte Jeanne. All rooms are styled into french details offering wide bathrooms, well sized beds and over the top amenities and linens. Room fare includes breakfast. All rooms regardless of their class are equipped with: Safe, LCD 37″ Interactive, Ipod/MP3 connections, Audio System CD and DVD, Nespresso Coffee machine and Minibar. Business center, Parking, Laundry, 24 Concierge and Room Serivce.
The Indoors / Outdoors Le Bio Spa is unique in Mar del Plata, offering multiple options and treatments. Indoor/Outdoor pool, dry sauna, gym and massages.
The Sainte Jeanne Hotel also offers an coffee and restaurant area and a pastry shop, open to the public over the well known Guemes street.
Eating and Drinking in Mar del Plata, this is a list of some of my favorite options in the city of Mar del Plata, for those visiting for a full weekend. Covering all Lunch, Tea, Dinner and after hour Drinks. Hope you enjoy it. !!!! ANTARES Restaurant & Bar • (they are also one of the most traditional beers of Mar del Plata). Located in the neighborhood of Los Troncos, is a great option for those looking for a light dinner tasting different beers. My favorite the BARLEY Wine Beer. (Antares, Cordoba 3025, Mar del Plata) La Cabaña del Bosque Tea House • one of the BEST tea houses I have experienced and been ever. The house, the tea the pastries are all amazing. Located within the Forest Reserve of Peralta Ramos. Sonia and all her staff are very sweet, great hosts and knowledgable of what they are doing. Tea time only on weeekends. Great tea blends, my favorite …. all of them as you can see on the picture above, lots of teapots and cups. Bookings in advance strongly suggested (0223)-467-3007. Thank you Sonia. !!!! Waikiki Beach Restaurant • This I would recommend it for either a great late brunch, lunch time or even a tea watching the sunset and the hot guys surfing, believe me you want regret it. The restaurant is pretty basic, but the panoramic views of the coast and the city, plus the sunsetting are unmatchable. During summer/spring times you may also enjoy seating outside at the long balconies. Hostal del Bosque Los Nobles • is a Hotel located within the Forest Reserve of Peralta Ramos, but at night they have a GREAT dinner service that will surprise you. During winter times you may enjoy seating next to the fireplace while sipping through some amazing local wines. Very Romantic and Cozy. !!!! Before coming over, please make sure to call and check if the hotel or the restaurant is open. Mar del Plata is a very seasonal destination, so you always have to be very careful with that. (0223) 467.3000. Restaurant Casino Central• is gambling any of your interest…. NO ? Well anyhow the build by renown architeq Bustillo is worth visiting. There is a very nice and fairly reasonably priced restaurant. The room is very nice and it brings back the old style and allure of that Mar del Plata of the Belle Epoque. Only for dinner. Viento en Popa Restaurant • wow this was great… if you are a seafood and fish lover as I am, then this is a MUST DO. Where else than Mar del Plata to have great fish. You cannot go wrong with it. Viento en Popa is a very popular restaurant so either during summer of winter BOOK in advance. (Viento en Popa, Av. Martínez de Hoz 257, (0223) 489.0220) UI Cafeteria • for a quick coffee, salad of sandwich in the middle of you day or late lunch. The best sandwiches on vary tasty range of breads. Beautiful modern with touches of classic deco and ambience. The coffee house is located over a very commercial street great to stroll through after a nice meal. (San Lorenzo, (0223) 451.2462). La Bodeguita del Medio • (former La Bodeguita, one of the most traditional and renown bars and restaurants of Cuba). A great place to put and end to your night or a beginning for your disco experience. Not gay but very gay friendly. I love their local and bohemian flavor, with very handsome and friendly bartenders.
So I hope you guys enjoy this listing. After all I am putting my weight and looks in danger trying all this food, drinks and restaurants…. It is a hard job. !!! CM
Monte de Pino Boutique Hotel is located in the best residential area of Mar del Plata. It is an impressive English style chalet with brick walls, wood and hammered stone in the exterior and pitched roof with slates roof tiles. Built by the current owners in 1988, inspired in the architecture –both interior and exterior- of the Club House of the Centenary Mar del Plata Golf Club. It is distinguished by its sober and comfortable decoration not without the appropriate touch of comfortable modernity. Los Troncos neighborhood, a few meters from Paseo Guemes, where you can find diverse restaurants, stores and cafeterías. It is also very near Alem and the Playa Grande area, distinguished by its gastronomic variety.
All Suites concept. Standard Suite (It is on the second floor of the hotel and has a view to the garden). Executive Suite (on the first floor of the hotel). Garden Suite (These are large and luminous rooms communicated by a bridge to the hotel and direct connection to the garden and swimming-pool). Main Suite (Exquisitely decorated, comfortable and luminous of 72 sqm). Each room is different. Every room has: Period furniture, Exclusive decoration, Carpet or Wood floor, Egyptian cotton sheets, 32 ‘LCD satellite TV, Shoe shine service, Minibar, Safe box. International direct dialing telephone, Facilities designed for disabled, Courtesy coffee and tea, Individual cold and hot air-conditioning, Complete bathroom with hydromassage or Scottish Shower. Rooms rate from USD 90 x nighton, with breakfasts included (Standard Suite). VAT not included. Services: 24-hour bilingual reception. Valet parking, Buffet breakfast included, Reading and library area, Wi-Fi in the whole hotel, Garden with rest area, Fireplace, Outdoor heated pool, Outdoor whirlpool, Showers with changing room, Solarium, Gym, Courtesy computer with Internet, Courtesy local newspaper and magazines, DVD player in every room, Room service, Airport transfer in/out, Laundry service, Luggage storage, Medical emergency system, Private security, Rooms for people with reduced mobility. From the owners to the management and the staff, they are all 100% gay friendly and forward, eager to welcome you and to show you all the wonder that Mar del Plata has to offer all year round to any international traveler regardless of it sexual orientation. CM
Carlos Melia in Mar del Plata Interview (by CANFRA Producciones) Carlos Melia visits Mar del Plata to promote and develop gay travel to this amazing city, one of the TOP 10 Beach Resorts in South America. This interview was for Boulevard Cero, Channel 02. The interview was conducted at the Monte de Pino Boutique Hotel.
Welcome to Mar del Plata. This is the main beach resort of Argentina and among the Top 10 in South America. Located only 450 km from the city of Buenos Aires ( 5 hours by bus / 40 minutes by plane ). There are many activities, attractions and reasons why you should come and return all year round. Mar del Plata is not only a summer spot.
Special Thanks to:Fernand Rizzi, for being my host and coordinating my agenda and press events. It has been a pleasure sharing these last few days with you. Marta and Hugo for being my drivers and putting up with the busy daily agenda.
This trip was sponsored by the courtesy of: Monte de Pino Hotel, Hostal del Bosque Los Nobles, Sainte Jeanne Boutique Hotel. La Cabaña del Bosque (Sonia), ANAMORA Boat Tour (Eduard0), Fortin Leather Store (Juan), Aquarium Mar del Plata (Oscar), Sheraton Hotel Mar del Plata, Orquesta Municipal de Mar del Plata… among many others.
PRESS about Carlos Melia coming to Mar del Plata to assist on Gay Tourism by PuntoNoticias • I haven’t got there and already made the news WOW…. the website www.puntonoticias.com has featured my upcoming visit to the city of Mar del Plata, to assist the local travel businesses and service, learn more about our niche of market and how to approach it in a successful way. They describe me as …” the Gay Tour Operator and Expert Travel Reporter, Carlos Melia…”. ( Read the full article HERE only Spanish Version ) Thank you so much for all the comments. CM
Carlos Melia will be visiting the city of Mar del Plata (MDQ) to support the development of International and Regional Tourism to this beautiful beach destination located only 05 hours – by bus – and 30 minutes – by plane – away from the city of Buenos Aires.
Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the Buenos Aires Province, 400 km (249 mi) south of Buenos Aires. The name “Mar del Plata” had apparently the sense of “sea of the Río de la Plata region”. Mar del Plata is one of the major fishing ports and the biggest seaside beach resort in Argentina.
( IN 04 AUG / OUT 08 AUG ) Courtesy of Fernando Rizzi, local advocate of the area interesting on developing Gay Tourism to this destination. Special thanks to the following hotels that will be sponsoring my visit: Hotel Monte Pino / Hostal del Bosque / Sainte Jeanne Boutique Hotel. Also during this four days I will be reviewing and checking out multiple Restaurants, Clubs and Bars. Some of the attractions scheduled by Fernando Rizzi involve Diving with Sharks at the Aquarium, hiking, Paragliding among many other. So stay tuned. !!!
(*) Tentative schedule:
Wednesday 04 August – Monte del Pino Hotel
> Arrival to Mar del Plata
> 05.30 PM • Press Conference and Interviews: Mirador TV / Radio Brisas / Diario El Atlántico / programa Sentidos Canal 10 TV @ Monte del Pino Hotel
> Meeting with the President and Vice President of EMTUR – CVB of Tourism of Mar del Plata.
> 09.00 PM • Diner at Antares Beer Factory.
Thursday 05 August – Monte del Pino Hotel
> Visit to the port and fisherman’s spot.
> Sight Inspection of other hotels.
> Astor Piazzolla (worldwide renown tango composer) heritage
> Casino of Mar del Plata
> 09.30 PM • Diner with local Tour Operators @ Viento en Popa
Friday 06 August – Hostal del Bosque Los Nobles
> Visit to Havanna factory
> Villa Victoria, Villa Mitre y Castagnino
> Museo del Mar – Museum of the Sea –
> Diner at Hostal del Bosque.
> Night out at Alem Street – Bars
Saturday 07 August – Sainte Jeanne Boutique Hotel
> Aquarium of Mar del Plata – Diving with Sharks
> Sierra de los Padres, Cabo Corrientes – Paragliding
> Anamora Boat trip overview the city of Mar del Plata from the distance.
> Gay Night of Mar del Plata Bars & discos
Saturday 07 August –Departure back to Buenos Aires