Le Restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Pres

L'Restaurant Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.comLe Restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Pres  |  Paris, France  | Last week while in Paris, I was invited to dinner at Le Resturant, in the Left Bank, and nothing is more tempting to me while in Paris, than Saint Germain de Pres. Le Restaurant is located at the main floor of one of the most famous hotels in Paris. L’Hotel has been a secret hideaway over the past two centuries. With quintessential French charm and glamour, L’Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Left Bank, amidst the cultural riches, bohemian soul and high fashion of St Germain-des-Prés. Oscar Wilde’s last home, and the heart of Parisian society in the swinging sixties, it has been remodelled by renowned designer Jacques Garcia. It is one of the original Hip Hotels and is home to the acclaimed one Michelin star Le Restaurant.  Continue reading Le Restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Pres

NIRA Caledonia Luxury Boutique Hotel

NIRA Caledonia Luxury Boutique Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comNIRA Caledonia Luxury Boutique Hotel  | Edinburgh, Scotland |  NIRA Caledonia was my first hotel stay while in Edinburgh, and it was the best introduction I could have had to this lovely charming town. No tartan. No stuffed deer heads. No prints of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Nira Caledonia, this boutique hotel blends Bohemian chic with contemporary comfort. Located just minutes away from Prince Street and the main attractions, at Gloucester Place, it allows you to experience the best Edinburgh has to offer only a stroll away to retrieve to the tranquility surrounded by cobbled streets and neo-classical elegance.  Continue reading NIRA Caledonia Luxury Boutique Hotel

Back to La Bamba de Areco

La Bamba de Areco by www.carlosmeliablog.com

Back to La Bamba de Areco  |  San Antonio de Areco, Argentina  |  Because you should ALWAYS return and shared with loved ones, the best things in life, I chose to take Rubin to Estancia La Bamba de Areco, during our last visit to Buenos Aires. This is my second time at this Estancia, and believe me I have seen and experienced many, during my childhood and adult life as a native Argentinean, and this one is the one I choose to visit over and over. San Antonio de Areco, is one of my favorite retreats when visiting Buenos Aires, back to the Cradle of Gauchos culture and roots. Continue reading Back to La Bamba de Areco

Recreate the Gilded Age in the Playground of Gatsby

Recreate the Gilded Age in the Playground of Gatsby  |  Newport, Rhode Island  |  Ocean-side mansions surround the charming coastal city of Newport, which was once a playground for the rich and famous of the Gilded Age. Built in 1909 by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt of the illustrious family of the same name – prominent figures in the 1920s and who to this day remain one of the richest families in US history – Vanderbilt Grace, as it is known today, retains the history of this time with unmatched heritage, yet modern service.
 While Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, hitting theatres this May, boasts Leonardo DiCaprio in its distinguished cast, it was the 1974 adaptation of the novel that featured the grand Newport mansions. As Gatsby fever starts taking hold, Vanderbilt Grace is offering guests a chance to explore this historic city with the Grace Gatsby package, inclusive of two nights’ accommodation with Champagne breakfast, tickets to the iconic Newport mansions, a sunset sailing cruise taking in the historic sites of the city and a vintage five-course dinner for two with wine pairings at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Muse by Jonathan Cartwright. Created by Group Chef de Cuisine Jonathan Cartwright, the vintage menu is modeled on a Vanderbilt family menu from 1912 and is a tribute to the mansion’s long and celebrated history.
 The Grace Gatsby package includes:
> Two night stay at Vanderbilt Grace
> Two Newport Mansions Passports (includes admissions to any five of the following: The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, The Elms, Green Animals Topiary Garden, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Marble House and Rosecliff)
> Sunset sailing cruise for two
> Champagne breakfast for two each morning
> Vintage Vanderbilt five course dinner for two with wine pairings
> Welcome gift
Rates start at $1110 per couple.

(*) Valid from 25 April 2013 until 30 September 2013, subject to availability. This offer must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

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Eccleston Square Hotel London urban cocoon cutting-edge technology

Eccleston Square Hotel London urban cocoon cutting-edge technology  |  London, UK  |  Most of the times prejudice plays bad influences on our thought, and we tend to underestimate things based on size, first impressions and location. This is what happened with me an the lovely Eccleston Square Hotel in London. From the minute I saw it from the distance, I saw a charming boutique hotel, located across a the quiet Eccleston Square. As I walk thought the door, I saw the modern lavish designed lobby and the intimate restaurant Bistrot on the Square. So I said to myself, OK I will have a safe comfortable stay, in a traditional sophisticated English Boutique hotel, and do not get me wrong, I was more than fine and happy with that, but I am always looking for more for an edge. Continue reading Eccleston Square Hotel London urban cocoon cutting-edge technology

Bistrot On The Square by Eccleston Square Hotel London

Bistrot On The Square by Eccleston Square Hotel London  |  London, England  |  Last night I, I was so tired after my busy exciting week in Istanbul, that I crawled out of my amazing bed at the lovely chic and HIGH Tech Eccleston Square Hotel in London, and came downstairs to have dinner that the restaurant of the hotel. Bistrot On The Square is a chic petite restaurant with no more than six tables in a very intimate sophisticated environment. One of those gems in London that you find, where design, class and intimacy meet in perfect synchro. Continue reading Bistrot On The Square by Eccleston Square Hotel London

GPS Carlos Melia on my way to Europe

20120621-123233.jpgGPS Carlos Melia on my way to Europe | New York, United States | At La Guardi Airport, taking my United Airlines flight to Washington to coonect to my international flight. Yes, I am on my way to Europe right now – Berlin, Istanbul, London, Bath, Costwolds and Stratfford to review the new Business Class and state-of-the-art 747-8 by Lufthansa and a few hotels by W Hotels, Design Hotels and Rocco Forte. This trip is coordinated and sponsored in parts by Visit Britain, Aristo Tours, Istanbul Conventions and Visitors Bureau and PR&Co. All to be posted and shared here. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Berlin – Istanbul – London here I come

Berlin – Istanbul – London here I come   |  Hey dear followers, next week I am going on tour once again. This time to several destinations in Europe. Pride Season is on and I am taking of to key cities at the Old Continent.  So stay tuned since I will be reviewing several destinations, hotels, tours and restaurants. The itinerary will be:

Berlin, Germany
 – June 21/25 (special thanks to Lufthansa, United Airways and Hotel de Rome by Rocco Forte) I will be heading there to try the new Business Class by Lufthansa, for the pre-opening of the Nuremberg Airport and the Berlin Gay Pride Parade

Istanbul, Turkey
 – June 25/29 (special thanks to Aristo ToursLufthansaW Istanbul, The Sofa Hotel, Design Hotels and Istanbul Convention Visitors Bureau, Interlimousine and The House Hotel of Nisantasi and Galatasaray) This will be my first visit to Turkey and I am already uber excited about it. Was high on my Travel Bucket List.

London, Bath, Costwolds and Stratford, England
– June 29/July 09 (special thanks to Visit Britain, Boutique Marketing, Eccleston Square Hotel and PR&Co) A full week exploring my beloved London and new areas to discover. We will take part of the VIP World Pride Event.

So stay tuned, and follow all my travel chronicles, tips and reviews on all these amazing and exciting destinations. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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PRCo ranks CarlosMeliaBlog as Top Luxury Gay Travel Blog

PRCo ranks CarlosMeliaBlog as Top Luxury Gay Travel Blog  |  London, UK  |  PRCo leading international Public Relations Consultancy to the hotel, travel, fashion and luxury goods industries based in London with offices in New York, Paris, Moscow, Munich, Milan and Dubai, has ranked CarlosMeliaBlog.com as the Top Luxury Gay Travel Blog in the world, after and exhaustive search. Here is the public testimonial by Andrew Whiteside – Head of Digital PRCo.

 

…”As Head of Digital for PRCo it is my job to identify and establish relationships with the very best online influencers in the world of luxury travel, hotels and spas. There is no shortage of bloggers in this sector, many choosing to cover niche angles such as families, cuisine or design; but Carlos Melia is surely the best for the Gay Community. Apart from understanding the medium perfectly with a skilled blend of video, photography and witty, accessible copy – Carlos is a true jetsetter in every sense of the word. I believe he is uniquely placed in his chosen sector with not only a passion and appreciation of high-end hotels, but a comprehensive understanding of the industry aquired from years of experience…”

 

It is an honor for me to work along and receive such kind words of appreciation and recognition by PRCo and all their exclusive list of represented properties worldwide, and very much look forward for a future of synergies and collaborations. PRCo represents worldwide some of the top luxury hotels and travel brands such as Four Seasons, Aman Resorts, Fairmont Hotels, Sofitel, Rocco Forte Hotels, Versace , Taj Hotels, Sodashi among many many others, which I look forward to have featured and reviewed at CarlosMeliaBlog soon in the future. So a big Thank You to all of you, my readers and followers, for being there for the last two years and help me make this dream a reality. Learn more about PRco at www.prco.comCM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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