VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London | Luxury Trains | My journey across Western Europe continued, after lovely visits to the Amalfi Coast and a brief stay at Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy. This time, moving onwards to London, England, aboard the overnight luxury train VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express, with stops in Innsbruk, Paris, Calais and Folkestone. Step aboard and experience truly elegant travel, wrapped in timeless romance through the spectacular scenery of the Dolomite Mountains, Brenner Pass, Swiss Alps and Alberg Pass. If you follow my blog, you might know by now, that I love traveling by train, specially when they offer luxurious experiences like the VSOE. Other recent experiences you might enjoy reading about had been: The Royal Scotsman across Scotland, or the Day Luxury Train Hiram Bingham in Peru, and my absolute favorite, the Eastern-Oriental-Express from Thailand to Singapore. This is an exceptional train: a time capsule, a dream. A chance to dress up, socialize and relive the golden age of travel. For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on #GPSCarlosMeliaLUXURYTRAINS. Continue reading VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London
My stay at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond | Madrid, Spain | Over a week ago, I had the opportunity to spend four days at this uber iconic hotel. A baroque palace in the heart of Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle’, Hotel Ritz by Belmond is the quintessential experience of a traditional luxury hotel, rare this days on its kind, that has managed and learnt how to remain relevant and appealing throughout time. The moment you walk through the revolving doors, a air of sophistication and royal heritage welcomes you, in the most friendly approach. Continue reading My stay at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond
Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva | Venice. Italy | If there is a perfect way to explore and discover Venice, is by having your own private riva. This is an experience I enjoy very much, and try to do as long as it is available (have done this in the past in Paris along the Seine, Bath, UK on Narrowboats, Bangkok, Thailand along the Chao Praya River on luxury rice barges, in Varanasi for the Ganga Arti, Istanbul along the Bosphorus, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico to the Islas Marietas… among many others worldwide. It gives you a different perspective, and without a doubt the Riva is indeed unique and sophisticated experience. As you can see I am a big fan of boats and specially private ones. Continue reading Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva
Exploring Florence in four hours | Florence, Italy | During our last visit to Italy, we spent two night in Florence… well actually in Fiesole at the lovely and exclusive Villa San Michele by Belmond, we came down to Florence a few times to explore the city and also to enjoy some lovely dinners like the one we had at the Il Palaggio by Four Seasons Firenze. The fact that Villa San Michele had a regular shuttle connecting the hotel with the Piazza de la Repubblica in only 15 minutes, made our stay truly magical allowing us to enjoy the best of Florence as a traditional destination, and the peace and charm of the Fiesole, overlooking Florence from the top of the hills. For our tours, same as in Rome and Venice, we hired the expert services of Andiamo Travel and their staff of local knowledgeable and professional guides. In only a few hours, on a very tight schedule to see three main destinations in only 6 days, they managed to give us a full introduction to each of them. Continue reading Exploring Florence in four hours
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Belmond Hotel Cipriani | Venice, Italy | One of the most iconic hotels in the world, if there is one. You name it, celebrities, head of states, tycoons, religious leaders, multimillionaires, influencers… all have either stayed of visited, this very first property of Belmond Hotels in the entire world. Yes, indeed, this is where the story of sophistication and luxury all began, hidden in the exclusivity of Giudecca Island, only 7 minutes away, on your own private riva, crossing Venice‘s Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco. And this time, was our time to stay, and enjoy this oasis of finesse, savoir vivre and refinement. Continue reading Belmond Hotel Cipriani Venice
Villa San Michele Florence |Florence, Italy | The best of Florence away from Florence. Locate in Fiesole, just 15 minutes away from the center of Florence, a former monastery nestled on a hilltop amid lush trees and terrace gardens, this luxury boutique hotel enjoys unparalleled views across Florence. Fiesole, one of Florence’s most scenic regions, Villa San Michele overlooks the historic city and the Arno Valley below. A 15th-century national monument, Villa San Michele is a work of art in itself. Frescoes and ancient carvings decorate its rooms, while its formal Italian gardens are a delightful retreat. Sit on a private terrace surrounded by woodland, birdsong and the cypress-studded Chianti hills. Superb Tuscan cuisine and fine wines are served on a beautiful alfresco loggia. And yet the treasures of Florence are close at hand. Experience all the elegance of Italy’s great history and culture, while enjoying the ambience of a private home. Continue reading Villa San Michele Florence
Clay Pigeon Shooting in Scotland | Cairngorms National Park, Scotland | The morning of day four onboard the Belmond luxury train “The Royal Scotsman“, began after a wonderful lunch, with some interesting local activities. We traveled, from Boat of Garten, a short distance by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Rothiemurchus Forest is one of the largest and most important remnants of the native Caledonian pine forest which used to cover most of Scotland. We were invited to choose from a number of activities including fishing, clay pigeon-shooting and an estate tour. Guess which one I went for… Of course Clay Pigeon Shooting. Continue reading Clay Pigeon-Shooting in Scotland
Away in Italy for the next few days | Italy | Dear followers and friends, I will be away in Italy along with my partner Rubin Singer, touring around Rome, Florence and Venice on a well deserved holidays for both of us. Of course I cannot help myself and I will be sharing and reporting everything. I wont be posting much here at CarlosMeliaBlog.com during this week, but you may follow my instant posts at CarlosMeliaBlog instagram or CarlosMeliaBlog Facebook Profile. Hope you enjoy our journey. Here just a few photos of our first day exploring Rome on an excellent private tour by Andiamo Travel. Private Mercedes-Benz Car + Driver + Expert Connoisseur Roman Guide. Continue reading Away in Italy for the next few days
EDINBURGH fully Curated by Carlos Melia | Edinburgh, Scotland | I am beyond excited to announce that my visit to Edinburgh, prior board the Luxury Belmond Train “The Royal Scotsman” is ready and fully curated. I want to thank the expert advise of Visit Scotland, and all my sponsors: Belmond, Delta Airlines, Hotel NIRA Caledonia (I will be using those bikes like crazy) and The Balmoral by Rocco Forte. See the itinerary below.Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com Continue reading EDINBURGH fully Curated by Carlos Melia