GPS Carlos Melia two AMAZING weeks in Thailand

GPS Carlos Melia two AMAZING weeks in Thailand  |  And we are back in New York, after spending two AMAZING weeks in Thailand, planning and producing Rubin Singer‘s Fashion Shows in Bangkok and Koh Samui. Always a treat to spend time in Thailand, a country I carry close to my heart and always draws a BIG smile in my face. So many old and new friends there, could not be happier. On this trip, my fifth time in Thailand, we visited and spent time in Bangkok, Golden Triangle and Koh Samui. OMG so many photos and videos to share, that will take me forever, therefore I decided to do this summary of our time there. You can read more on the individual posts I have been doing pre/post and will do after our stay at the category Thailand. (photo above at the Four Seasons Koh Samui, where we were hosted for a full relaxing day having spa treatments and lunch at the beach)  Continue reading GPS Carlos Melia two AMAZING weeks in Thailand

Hotel Check IN W Bangkok

Hotel Check IN W Bangkok   |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  Set in the pulsating heart of Bangkok, surrounded by spicy street markets, vibrant nightlife, and top shops and restaurants. Last night we Checked IN at the stunning sexy and chic W Bangkok. I was not expecting much to be honest, since the hotel just opened four month ago, but I must say the this property has just jumped to my TOP 05 favorite properties in Bangkok. W Bangkok radiates with electric energy. It is sultry inspiring debauchery on its very own Thai style. We are being hosted at the W version of the Presidential Suite, which looks taken out of a premium Gucci store. We just love the style, design, and panoramic views of Bangkok.

W Bangkok is the new playground of ambassadors, jet setters and fashionistas, a hot destination by the coolest shopping and dining. 407 rooms, you’re dreaming sweet in the signature W bed, or lazing in plush bathrobes as you enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment and fully wired technology. The only thing I am not crazy about so far are the bed linens, the feel very stiff.
Our Presidential Suite is S-I-C-K and my favorite rooms are the bar/lounge area and the bathroom. We are located on the 31st floor and have fabulous views of Bangkok.
Same classics as any other W Hotel & Retreat Worldwide, W Bangkok offers SWEAT Fitness Center, WET Pool and Pool Bar, WOOBAR located at the lobby bar and Kitchen Table. At the moment AWAY Spa is not open, but will be coming soon. This morning we had breakfast at Kitchen Table,  main breakfast lounge located on the 2nd floor and was both a great room and a with many options from Thai to Continental.
I love the contrast between the modernity of the main building and the next door house to open soon with a restaurant and ballrooms. Also the grand entrance with a round fountain, just off Sathorn Road. W Bangkok is right off the BTS – Sky Train and the underground system, and one stop away from the iconic Sala Daeng and Patpong Night Market. I will be posting more about our W Bangkok experience upon Check OUT. Unfortunately our trip is coming to an end and tomorrow morning we are heading back to New York onboard PEARL Business Class by ETIHAD Airways. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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FACEBOOK tales in Koh Samui Thailand

FACEBOOK tale in Koh Samui Thailand  |  Koh Samui, Thailand  |  The gay world is small and certainly FACEBOOK has made it even smaller. So here is a funny FACEBOOK story. Both Rubin and I were hanging at our villa at the W Retreat Koh Samui, when I get a message from friends in LAX saying …” We are having Pad Thai at the restaurant..”. My first instinct was, guys we are at the W Koh Samui in Thailand, not in West Hollywood. They replied WE TOO.!!! We saw your photos from Rubin’s Fashion Show and realized we were all at the same resort.!!! What are the odds right. In the end we spent a lovely afternoon at the beach and at our pool drinking sake with Auris, Robbie, Tony and Thomas. Thank you Facebook.!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Six Senses Koh Samui

Six Senses Koh Samui  |  Koh Samui, Thailand |  Yesterday we moved to the Six Senses property, set on a gently sloping headland at the northern tip of Samui Island. Located just six kilometres from Samui Airport, the 20-acre, or around 9-hectare estate is a 45-minute flight south of the Thai capital, Bangkok. The resort is made up of just 66 private villas, many with personal pools, which are landscaped within natural vegetation, and with glorious, sweeping panoramas out to the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding islands.
Six Senses Samui has always been at the forefront of sustainability, and was Green Globe 21 benchmarked in 20 December 2006. Specifically, they achieved best practice results in six indicators: water saving, waste recycling, community commitment, community contributions, paper products and pesticide products.

We checked IN at an Ocean View Pool Villa, located throughout the resort and offer splendid views to the Gulf of Thailand from the bedroom located on the upper level, and also from the lower level on which the private pool is located. There is a sitting area and dining setting for intimate meals either inside the villa or on the pool terrace. Guests enjoy a spacious bathroom with oversize bathtub, double vanities and an outdoor garden shower. Now you can make your own conclusions, and decide.
Unfortunately, I guess sustainability is not our thing, and I wont say the resort isn’t a good quality/value property, since I know many guests and travel agents rave about them, but it was not the type of hotel/resort experience we were looking for our two last day relaxing in Koh Samui. In a few words not the hotel for us, but it might be for you, that is why I decided to feature it into my blog and let each of you decide, in all fairness to the hotel, you my readers and all the fellow hotel properties that continuously support my blog. As I always say, this blog is based on my own experiences and points of view, and I might not always be right, what I do not find appropriate for me, you might for you. And this is the beauty to be able to show you photos and videos for you to judge.

Everyone else we saw at the resort, seemed to be enjoying their time there, relaxing, at the pool or having cocktails watching the sunset. When things like this happen, I wonder and ask myself…. am I too spoiled or jaded ? and then I answer myself… NO. I know what I like and I know that what I don’t like, does not mean is less or worst, but just not for me. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Rubin Singer Glamming up W Retreat Koh Samui

Rubin Singer's VIP Fashion Show at W Retreat Koh Samui for L'Officiel Magazine

Rubin Singer Glamming up W Retreat Koh Samui  |  Koh Samui, Thailand  |  So we finished with the production of Rubin Singer‘s VIP Fashion Show Koh Samui for L’Officiel Magazine Thailand, hosted by the sexy and chic W Retreat Koh Samui with stunning views over the Gulf of Thailand. A beautiful evening which began with 18 top looks over a floating runway, and finish with incredible fireworks.

Rubin Singer's VIP Fashion Show at W Retreat Koh Samui for L'Officiel Magazine

Breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand in Koh Samui at the W Retreat Koh Samui, were only matched yesterday by the couture designs by Rubin Singer. Eighteen looks on the runway, to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of L’Officiel Magazine Thailand, along with 150 VIP Guests. Check out the full Photo Album of Rubin Singer’s VIP Fashion Show at W Retreat Koh Samui for L’Officiel Magazine. Photo by Markus Aarstad



This was the second show Rubin Singer in Thailand for L’Officiel Magazine, plus a photo shoot and intimate interview for the next upcoming may issue. See more at Rubin Singer Fashion Show Bangkok and Backstage Photo Show at W Retreat Koh Samui.

Special thanks to: Nicholas Downing – General Manage and all the staff at the W Retreat Koh Samui. Surachai Saengsuwan – Photographer L’Officiel Magazine. Because of your professionalism and commitment, the soiree was a complete success. Official sponsors: L’Officiel Magazine Thailand, Mercedes-Benz, Thai Airways, Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere Vodka, W Retreat Koh Samui.

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PS: As for me is concerned, I got to wear to exclusive Tuxedos by Rubin Singer Men’s Collection, like the one you see on the photo below.

Hotel Check IN at W Retreat Koh Samui

Hotel Check IN at W Retreat Koh Samui  |  Koh Samui, Thailand  |  After a busy but amazing and successful stay in Bangkok, we flew this morning into Koh Samui, where we will stay for the next five days. Our first hotel stop is the sexy and hip W Retreat Koh Samui, located on a northern peninsula where Bo Phut and Mae Nam bays come together. After a brief intro to the property, we were Checked IN at our Beach front Villa.

Overlooking the glittering Gulf of Thailand, your Ocean Front Haven takes the treasures of Koh Samui and injects them with signature W style. Surrounded by a lush, manicured garden, it sits atop a huge wooden deck thoughtfully adorned with an oversized daybed, two lounge chairs and a wooden dining table for two. Plus, we also provide a beach bag stocked with W flip flops, a sun hat, water and more. Step through sliding glass doors and discover an indoor sanctuary resplendent in red, with custom sofa pillows, silk designer lamps, sideboards and wall-integrated shelves. Of course stunning floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the entire space in island sunshine. Settle into the plush sofa and enjoy the state-of-the-art entertainment, including a 46-inch Samsung LCD TV, DVD/CD player with W Library (available via Whatever/Whenever®) and Yamaha Wi-Fi sound dock. Or connect with the world using the High Speed Internet Access and cordless phone. Either way, Munchie Box snacks and Sweet Spot treats keep you energized.
Have already tried the Beach Lounge and Sweat Fitness Center and both were great. Tomorrow full morning taking Spa treatment at AWAY Spa. So more to come soon. Now off to get ready for Rubin Singer’s VIP Fashion Weekend. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Morning swimming in Bangkok Sky


Morning swimming in Bangkok Sky
 |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  Just have to say that I am obsessed with the sky pool at the 25th floor of The OKURA Prestige Hotel in Bangkok. Great views of the Bangkok Skyline. This morning I spend an hour contemplating the views and swimming a few laps. Work HARD relax HARDER. Check more on my post about Amazing ThailandCM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine

Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine  |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  Blue Elephant is one of the most traditional Restaurants and Cooking Schools of Bangkok. It has been 30 successful years since the first Blue Elephant was opened, surprisingly in Brussels, Belgium, allowing foreign customers to fully experience a real taste of Thailand.  Continue reading Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine

Elephant Polo is my new thing

Elephant Polo is my new thing  | Golden TriangleThailand |  You might say, Carlos is Argentinean, therefore Polo carries on his veins… but how about going a bit further, bigger and taller… how about Elephant Polo. It sounds quite eccentric right. Thanks to the Four Seasons Tented Camps Golden Triangle in the northern region of Thailand, I can say this this my new thing. Those of you following my blog regularly, know my weakness and devotion for Elephants, so I was quite intrigued and happy when this activity was proposed to me on my last visit to the camp.  Continue reading Elephant Polo is my new thing

Hotel Check IN at The OKURA Prestige Bangkok

Hotel Check IN at OKURA Prestige Bangkok  |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  So we keep on the move testing new hotel during our stay in Bangkok. This time I am a guest within my own reality, since this new hotel came to me through my partner Rubin Singer. He is being hosted at the stunning The OKURA Prestige Bangkok, for the Fashion Show he will be doing along with L’Officiel Magazine Thailand. So for the first time, I get to enjoy a hotel as a true guest, and wow this property is indeed to be enjoyed.
Our Suite is the perfect size for an urban apartment, with all the amenities and services to enjoy Bangkok in full. Literally, both Rubin and I, feel that now, we have arrived to Bangkok. The Okura Prestige allows you to discover and enjoy the City of Angels, in full sophistication, while only steps away from your true urban experience, and that to me, is the way to enjoy Bangkok.
The way I feel about this hotel, is the perfect balance, where Japanese style, service and attention to detail meets Thai tradition and soul. Example of that is the turn down amenity you get every night, replacing the chocolates that are so passe.

We are staying on the 33rd floor, at a lovely Suite with stunning views across the dynamic Bangkok skyline though triple-glazed panoramic windows that insulate heat and noise. Suites combine comfort and luxury with the very latest technological developments designed to impress business and leisure travelers. The OKURA Prestige Hotel offers a total of 240 rooms.

Club level rooms are located on the hotel’s highest floors and offer an exclusive level of privacy with bespoke services available.
The opening of The OKURA Prestige Hotel Bangkok, the first of its kind, makes a new phase in development for OKURA Hotels and Resorts. Established in 1958, with head office in Tokyo. The OKURA Prestige Bangkok harmonises the Japanese principle of “Wa” with Okura’s philosophy of “Best ACS” (Best Accommodation, Best Cuisine, Best Services) to create a hotel that provides unrivaled hospitality, comfort and luxury in a city well known and appreciated for its outstanding levels of customer service.

The hotel most dramatic and spectacular feature is the cantilevered infinity pool. You are right, not quite original… seen this before at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, but really…. you have to give it to them, it is quite impressive infinity pool overlooking part of Bangkok’s skyline. The outdoor pool, fitness center and spa area all located at the 25th floor. Not recommended for those scared of heights. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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