My private pre-opening viewing of the Ritz Paris | Paris, France | Today, I was among one of the few lucky chosen ones, to enjoyed a private pre-opening behind-construction walk-around of the iconic Ritz Paris, schedule to re-open next March 2016. I was introduced to the lovely mock up suites, the traditional and brand new restaurants and bars, the new inner garden, the exclusive and unique Chanel Spa and much more…, by the hand of Monsieur Manfred Mautsch, who has been with the hotel now for over 20 years and gone through two renovations… Continue reading My private pre-opening viewing of the Ritz Paris
BRAND NEW La Réserve Hotel & Spa | Paris, France | La Réserve Hotel & Spa, the brand new hotel by the Michel Reybier Hospitality, has opened its doors weeks ago in Paris, and I was lucky to be invited to do a walk-around followed by a lovely lunch at their featured restaurant Le Gabriele. Sister property to my usual headquarters in Paris, the La Réserve Luxury Apartments in Trocadero, brining a new concept of exclusivity and sophistication, located at a very peaceful and tres chic section of the city of lights, off Av des Champs-Elysees flanked by Avenue Matignon and the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore at 42 avenue Gabriel. Continue reading BRAND NEW La Réserve Hotel & Spa
Sneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York | New York, United States | If you happen to be a huge fan of Baccarat as I am, how can you not be, then you will love this brand new / soon to open first hotel by iconic luxury brand Baccarat. Heritage is the word that defines this heaven made out of glass, silk, fine textures and a galore of exquisitely curated marvelous chandeliers. Founded and commanded by King Louis XV, Baccarat is a legendary French crystal company, a true luxury brand whose renowned artisans have been producing objects of perfect craftsmanship for more than 250 years. Continue reading Sneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York
Hotel Check IN at The Siam | Bangkok, Thailand | Last night upon arrival back in Bangkok from the Golden Triangle, we Checked IN at the exclusive The Siam Hotel. Many have questioned this hotel over the last few month since opening, due to its remote location compared to other luxury hotel options in Bangkok. Well my full position on this and more to come soon upon check out.
In the meantime enjoy the video of our suite and my photo album. One thing is for sure, The Siam Hotel in Bangkok is picture detail perfect. Without a doubt a very photogenic property. Feels like being at a Moroccan riad, with a strong heritage of Thai culture, architecture and art. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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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
The Siam Hotel Bangkok almost ready to open | Bangkok, Thailand | The soon to be open The Siam Hotel Bangkok is almost finished and ready to welcome their first guests in less than 63 days. Yesterday Jason Friedman – General Manager, welcomed me and a selected group of the LGBT Press and Travel Professionals to show us this stunning hotel which will change the concept of luxury and hospitality in Bangkok. Rooms will range from USD 400 on. The Siam Hotel is the first hotel in Asia to be signed by Virtuoso previous opening, mostly due to Friedman’s successful career as a hotelier and administration of previous leading properties, such as the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. Continue reading The Siam Hotel Bangkok almost ready to open
Hotel Check IN at Siam City Hotel in PhayaThai Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | Another great four-stars property in Bangkok, I would say with a big plus heading to five, this time by the Siam Group. Great value for price, right in the area of PhayaThai, with direct access to the BTS SkyTrain and to the Airport Express Link. If you can stretch a bit your budget, hit for the special Executive floors, and enjoy panoramic views of the city of Bangkok, and use of the Executive lounge for breakfast, lounge and afternoon cocktails. Free WiFi access. Continue reading Hotel Check IN at Siam City Hotel in PhayaThai Bangkok
Sneak peak at the new The Siam Hotel | Bangkok, Thailand | The Siam Hotel and experience and destination itself, a boutique hotel that will change and revolutionize the concept of lodging in Bangkok, and become the South East Asia hub for luxury travelers, looking for a bespoke and unique experience of the City of Angels, Thailand and surrounding countries. Today, escorted Jason Friedman – General Manager, I was introduced by the property which is scheduled to open next March 2012, and I have to say from what I saw, that this will be my new home when passing by Bangkok. Continue reading Sneak peak at the new The Siam Hotel
Carlos Melia at Beit Simchat Torah Synagogue | New York | Yes you read right, no I have not fell and smack my head against the floor ha ha ha…. This sunday I went to the Synagogue without even being Jewish. Commissioned by VIRTUOSO – Specialists in the Art of Travel – and invited by Stan of The Moldovan Group I did a brief presentation on Luxury Gay Travel, as well as an introduction to destinations in South America at Beit Simchat Torah Synagogue for a group of New York Jewish senior members. CBST – Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Synagogue is a powerful voice within Judaism in the world-wide discourse on the nature of religious community and in the movement to secure basic civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States and throughout the world. My opening line to get into the groove with them was… ” SHALOM my friends. Please don’t PLOTZ, but although I am GOY I am going to try a few words in YIDDISH, hope not to offend anyone and after all the research I made, to get BUPKES and sound KOSHER. My name is Carlos Melia and I am a MAVEN also consider a MENTSH in LGBT Luxury Travel worldwide. I have SHLEP myself around this morning to SCHMOOZE with you about my SHTICK on Gay & Lesbian Travel. I know…. after my whole SPIEL you are going to say MAZEL TOB this SHEYGETS is finished NU…” Along with me, my colleague from Pied Piper Travel, Bruce Levy – Director Sales and Marketing company with which I have worked in the past promoting gay hosted group on mainstream mayor cruise lines. MAZEL TOB for the experience. (picture above from left to right Stanley Moldovan, Bruce Levy and myself). CM
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong | Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong | Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is not just a hotel, it is a legend of luxury and service, a full experience that combines the best of Hong Kong, the tradition of Asia, the best practices of hospitality and top of the class service for which Hong Kong is worldwide renown. I had the opportunity to stay two full days with them and I have to say that from their Les Clefs d’Or Concierge to the management of the hotel, they make sure that every single detail is taken care to assure your stay to be unforgettable. | Virtuoso Property + Les Clefs d’Or Concierge + Michelin Restaurants. Continue reading Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong