Customer Feedback Chris & Christine

Customer Feedback Chris & Christine  |  Trip to Argentina  |  This is the email I got yesterday from two of my clients which spent a few weeks touring around Argentina, under my bespoke supervision and travel services. Two friends traveling together, one for the United States and her from the UK. Read through their feedback and recommendations. Always striving for better service and true Haute Experiences.

 

Hi Carlos:

Sorry it has taken me weeks to get back to you on this, but I’m finally resettled, back at work, and have time to do it properly. I’ve copied Christine in the event that she has anything to add.

Bayres Cars and Drivers in Buenos Aires – One driver shuttled us numerous times, and though his English was limited, we were able to communicate quite well. He was always prompt, polite, and helpful with bags. We did have a delay with our pick up from Iguazu. He arrived half an hour late.

4 hour private tour of Buenos Aires – This was a great activitiy for our first afternoon in the city and allowed us to figure out where we wanted to return and do some further exploring. The young woman who was our guide was great (I don’t remember her name, but maybe Christine did). Rather than use a rehearsed script, she was able to tailor some of her commentary based on our knowledge of the history of the city and country (or lack thereof), and was able to answer all of our questions.

Rojo Tango Show and Dinner – I have to admit I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy the evening, but it was far better than I could have anticipated. First off, the food and the service was fantastic, particularly the part where the wine glasses were constantly refilled. I’d seen some brochures for other Tango show venues, but found this one to be far more intimate, which made it much easier to take it in and not feel like it was a mindless Disney-like production. I would recommend this to anyone visiting the town.

Iguazu Argentina Side tour and Adventure Ride – Great guide….I wish I remembered his name, but I thought he did a great job of getting us through the park and crowds without too much difficulty. The trip into the falls was the highlight of the day and I think both of us would do it again given the opportunity.

Iguazu Brazil Side tour – Didn’t seem to be quite as smooth as the Argentine side, but enjoyed the views we got from the other side….and the close encounter with the coatis.

Iguazu Hotel Orquiedas – Good location, and being in a freestanding cabin made the visit very quiet. The location next door to the animal rescue facility allowed us to see lots of bird species and other animals up close that we may not have seen otherwise.

Estancia visit and San Antonio de Areco – We really enjoyed the time both in San Antonio de Areco, which Christine was thrilled to discover was the largest Irish population in Argentina. Guillermo went out of his way to show the commemmoration of the Irish President’s visit, and Christine took many photos of Irish names like O’Malley showing up in a sea of Martinez, Sanchez and other local surnames. The estancia was very nice, and the hospitality shown was fantastic. At least for me, lunch was the highlight.

Mendoza – Winery Tour – We were very happy that the staff at Hon Travel were able to arrange to meet us at the airport when the general strike disrupted our plans. Francisco was an excellent driver and guide and even arranged for us to visit a fourth winery which wasn’t on the original agenda. I think we both enjoyed the Piatelli winery the best, as it seemed to be a much smaller, intimate environment. I know we purchased the most wine there, and the guide provided an excellent restaurant for our Thanksgiving Dinner (Azafran) which was spectacular.

In addition, the restaurant recommendations were great, not a bad one in the lot. We can also recommend for you to check out Azafran in Mendoza and Aqua in Iguazu for your other clients.

Overall we were very pleased with all of the activities and arrangements. We were both too busy to plan our time in Argentina, but in turning over our itinerary over to you we ended up at places and doing things we would have never even thought were available, like the trip out to San Antonio de Areco. We also appreciated your availability and support when the driver in Iguazu didn’t provide us with our pick up times, and in particular getting the winery tour saved while we enjoyed the effects of an Argentine general strike. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your service to anyone traveling to Argentina, and would call on you again for areas you’ve been to and have experienced.

We both thank you very much for the experiences.

Again, sorry for the feedback delay. ¡Feliz Navidad!

Chris

 

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Casa de Uco preview at SOHO House in New York City

Casa de Uco preview at SOHO House New York  |  New York, United States  |  The soon to be opened luxury Vineyard and Wine Hotel Casa de Uco, in Mendoza, Argentina did its preview in New York City yesterday at the exclusive SOHO House. The event was organized by MJL Select a Hotel PR firm, that represents most luxurious properties in the world, with whom I have been working for the last few years. Casa de Uco, a private and silent way of transcendence, in touch with the magnificence of nature and the fascinating culture of wine. Continue reading Casa de Uco preview at SOHO House in New York City

Hotel Openings 2012 you MUST Try at 429MAGAZINE

Hotel Openings 2012 you MUST Try at 429MAGAZINE  |  429MAGAZINE  |  Dear followers, my weekly column at 429MAGAZINE for the dot429 LGBT Social Professionals Network is OUT and online. This week on … “Hotel opening 2012 you MUST Try…”. This is how they posted it on their Facebook Wall: dot429‘s luxury travel expert Carlos Melia shares his must see hotels opening in 2012 for 429MAGAZINE. Till next week where I will share with you my 4 day and 3 night magical experience on board the Orient-Express Train from Bangkok to Singapore. A journey like no other. Have a great week. (click on the image above to see the full article). CM

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Algodon Masion small luxury Buenos Aires Check IN

Algodon Masion small luxury Buenos Aires  Check IN |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Just checked in at Algodon Mansion, landmark 1912 building fashioned in French Classical design, at the residential neighborhood of Recoleta. This is my second time at the hotel, the first was over two years ago when they were just opening, and I am happy to see that they are very well settled and entrenched as small luxury boutique option in the city.  Continue reading Algodon Masion small luxury Buenos Aires Check IN

05 Great Outdoor Tours ARGENTINA

# 01. Iguazu Great Adventure ( Iguazu National Park, Iguazu Falls ) • With motor-boats, visitors are taken 6 km through the Canyon of the Iguazu River, until the falls, from these total, 2 km are river rapids. After enjoying the view from the calm side of San Martin Island we sail to the “Tres Mosqueteros” waterfall, at that point, the Brazilian and Argentinean sides and the Devil’s Throat can be clearly appreciated. After that, we sail along the shore of the island until we get to the most exciting part where we face the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience, for it’s the largest waterfall any motor-boat can approach safely. Get ready to get wet. !!  Continue reading 05 Great Outdoor Tours ARGENTINA

El Aguamiel Hotel Rural Mendoza, Argentina

El Aguamiel Hotel Rural  |  Mendoza, Argentina  | El Aguamiel is found in Lunlunta, a small town in the Maipu district. Only at 20 minutes away from Mendoza City. The zone is responsible for most of the wine making in Argentina, olive oil farms and some honey production. El Aguamiel is situated in a 5 acre property surrounded by organic Malbec vineyards and a cherry garden. The resort is gifted by a singular view of the Cordon Del Plata in the Andes mountain range.

 The hotel resembles the old European warehouses that were first constructed in the zone. Having the Andes Mountains as a background setting, the project generates a relation between nature and the unique personal experience through the diverse existing materials that shape the resort.

 Concerned in respecting the environment and by our interest in the traditional constructive methods that can add to this vision, wood was chosen as the predominant building material. Wood is ecologically sustainable due to the fact that originates from renewable and native plantations found in the area and needs the smallest amount of energy to manufacture in comparison with others options like concrete, steel or aluminium. When exposing elements in the simplest and clearest way, they appeal directly to the senses.

Cafe – Restaurant, Outdoors Pool, Satellite TV, Individual Air Conditioner – Heating Unit per room, Golf  Two 9 hole courses in adjacent La Vacherie Country Club, Relaxation Therapy, Excursions, Visits coordination.

 Luxury is measured more by its quality standards than by quantity. This is the way of thinking that is behind el Aguamiel. A hideaway world located in a singular environment were every detail is  characterized by the will of simplification in a functional and conceptual way, Resulting in spaces that offer more than a bed where to rest after a long trip. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

 

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Spring Barry Stephen Customer Feedback

Spring Barry Stephen Customer Feedback |   Canada   |  You are by far the best travel agent I have ever had the pleasure of working with Carlos. Thank you, have a great weekend. I have fallen in love with Argentina… Am so happy with everything that you are doing for me Carlos, you obviously are very good at discerning the best from each destination… Barry visited the following areas in both Argentina and Uruguay. Mendoza, Colonia del Sacramento, Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Customer’s Feedback APR 2010

Spring Barry Stephen – Canada – Destinations: Buenos Aires + Mendoza + Colonia del Sacramento + Iguazu Falls  ( picture: Spring Barry Stephen. Canopy in Mendoza ) You are by far the best travel agent I have ever had the pleasure of working with Carlos. Thank you, have a great weekend. I have fallen in love with Argentina…
Am so happy with everything that you are doing for me Carlos, you obviously are very good at discerning the best from each destination…

Richard Naylor • Australia • Destinations: Buenos Aires + Mendoza
Carlos. Wineries were amazing. We both had an excellent time.
Thanks for your help. Richard

Thommas Wood • US, Atlanta • Destinations: Buenos Aires + Mendoza
LOVING THIS TRIP!!!!!!   The men here are astonishingly gorgeous!!  I may never leave.  thank you so much for all your help.

 

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Tommas Wood Customer Feedback

Tommas Wood Customer Feeback |  Atlanta, United States  |  LOVING THIS TRIP!!!!!!   The men here are astonishingly gorgeous!!  I may never leave.  thank you so much for all your help Carlos. Tommas visited the following areas during his trip to Argentina. Mendoza and Buenos Aires. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Richard Naylor Customer Feedback

Richard Naylor Customer Feedback |  from Sydney, Australia  | Carlos. Wineries were amazing. We both had an excellent time. Thanks for your help. Richard. Richard used my services at CM by Carlos Melia while visiting the following destinations in Argentina: Mendoza and Buenos Aires. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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