BRAND NEW La Réserve Hotel & Spa

Photo Mar 06, 5 36 05 AMBRAND 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.

Photo Mar 06, 5 19 28 AMMy morning began at the door steps of my apartment in Trocadero at La Réserve Paris Apartments with the lovely view of the Eiffel Tower. Only 20 minutes took me walking along Avenue Kleber, Champs-Elysees and Avenue Montaigne, on a GORGEOUS Spring morning. 
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La Réserve Hotel & Spa – Hotel and Spa overlooks the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, the Pantheon and the Concorde obelisk. Just in front, a majestic curtain of trees preserves the intimacy of this place, like an echo of the Elysée gardens nearby. A 19th century private apartment, transformed into a luxury hotel by Leading Hotels of the World and the expertise of Michel Reybier Hospitality, where ultra-personalized services can be enjoyed in complete simplicity and discretion.
Photo Mar 06, 5 35 16 AMPhoto Mar 06, 5 36 15 AM Photo Mar 06, 5 37 41 AMSpaces bathed in light, barely muted by the rich fabrics of the hangings. Scattered here and there are beautiful marble fireplaces, and everywhere the joy of vast indoor spaces, typical of Haussmann-style apartments. The noble and generous materials exude a forgotten spirit of generosity. More suites than rooms, a library reserved for guests and their friends, a smoking lounge, a 16-meter indoor pool (a rarity in Paris), wine cellars in the suites, an inner courtyard with lush greenery echoing the landscaped entrance. At La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa, you experience the quintessence of Parisian chic in the Belle Époque.
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Photo Mar 06, 5 43 28 AM Photo Mar 06, 5 49 58 AM Photo Mar 06, 5 50 03 AM Photo Mar 06, 5 53 06 AM The 26 suites and 14 rooms at La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa offer a refined reflection of the quintessence of 19th century Parisian chic. Silk hung walls, damascene brocade taffeta, velvet drapes, waffle weave fabrics, herringbone oak parquet, unique pieces of antique furniture… Rooms are spacious and the atmosphere can be adapted at will thanks to an interactive tablet that controls the TV, the temperature and the lighting. The bathrooms in Carrara and Turquin blue marble are equally spacious and mostly bathed in natural light.
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Photo Mar 06, 5 54 11 AM Photo Mar 06, 5 54 55 AM Photo Mar 06, 5 56 10 AM Photo Mar 06, 5 56 50 AM Photo Mar 06, 5 56 54 AM Photo Mar 06, 5 57 54 AMThe Grand Palais Suite, the largest suite in this urban mansion offers a magical panoramic view over the most beautiful buildings in Paris. Beyond the gardens of the Champs-Elysées, the glass dome of the Grand Palais, the golden gleam of the Alexander III Bridge, the Eiffel Tower… to be admired from one of the many windows or the balcony of the suite. This over 225 m2 suite consists of two spacious sitting rooms, two private bars, a wine cellar offering great vintages, two bedrooms each equipped with a dressing room and bathroom entirely made of Carrara marble and featuring a bath tub overlooking the most prestigious Parisian landmarks, along with an Italian shower and double basin.

Photo Mar 06, 5 59 08 AM Photo Mar 06, 5 59 11 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 01 09 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 01 22 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 03 16 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 05 24 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 07 09 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 07 59 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 08 16 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 08 20 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 08 23 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 09 08 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 09 30 AMAll common and private areas are beautifully conceptualized and decorated. Beginning by the stunning and rich Lobby area. Following to the private library, and the smoking/cigar room, both only available for hotel guests. 
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Photo Mar 06, 6 10 13 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 12 14 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 12 18 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 12 23 AMSet around the 16-meter indoor pool are just three treatment rooms, a fitness area with a sports coach and a steam room, creating a peaceful atmosphere. Disconnecting from the daily grind, preserving youthfulness… In the spa, the Nescens-Swiss Anti-aging Science brand offers an exclusive range of treatments for men and women, including better-aging massages and anti- age cosmeceutics.
La Reserve Hotel & SpaIn a capital as stimulating as Paris when it comes to gastronomy, La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa rises ably to the challenge with its restaurant, Le Gabriel, offering contemporary French cuisine inspired by the seasons. Your first stop will be Le Bar, where you can enjoy and impressive collection of wines, vintage and customized cocktails by the fireplace. Like I did with my classic Filthy Vodka Martini.

Photo Mar 06, 6 14 51 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 14 53 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 18 28 AMPhoto Mar 07, 3 06 53 PMPhoto Mar 07, 3 13 01 PMPhoto Mar 06, 6 16 16 AMRestaurant Le Gabriel, in homage to Avenue Gabriel, offers reinterpretation of the great classics. The French contemporary cuisine of Le Gabriel restaurant borrows culinary inspiration from all over the world, to offer an exquisite take on the great classics.

Photo Mar 06, 6 16 11 AMPhoto Mar 06, 6 16 45 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 16 47 AMPhoto Mar 06, 6 34 52 AM Photo Mar 06, 6 56 52 AM Photo Mar 06, 7 10 29 AM Photo Mar 06, 7 33 35 AM Photo Mar 06, 8 04 22 AMAs member of VIRTUOSO, leading international network of Luxury Travel Advisors, when booking La Réserve Hotel & Spa with me, you will enjoy the following extra VIP Amenities: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability + Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests + 100 EUR Spa or Food credit to be utilized during stay per room, per stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value, not valid on spa products) + Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability  + For Deluxe Suite category and above and a minimum of 3 nights: Return transfer to the airport (Mercedes Class E) additionally to the above amenity. I think I have planned your next upcoming stay in Paris, haven’t I ? One of my TOP 5 Hotel options at the City of Lights. As for me, time to head back to my apartment and back to work at RUBINSINGER’s Showroom. Ready for a nice walk back by Av des Champs-Elysees. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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Sneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York

Sneak-Preview of the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New YorkSneak-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

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

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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The Siam Hotel Bangkok almost ready to open

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

Thailand welcomes LGBT Press & Travel Professionals in Luxury

Thailand welcomes LGBT Press & Travel Professionals in Luxury  |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  The Tourism Authority of Thailand – New York office and CarlosMeliaBlog.com are proud and pleased to welcome and announce the first ever, official Gay and Lesbian Media and Travel educational/promotional trip to Thailand the Land of Smiles. Leading members of the LGBT Press and Travel Professionals from United States and Canada will arrive tomorrow to Bangkok to experience Thailand and all its highlights in a ten days itinerary that will cover Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle. Go Thai Be Free. !!!! Sawadee. Thailand Gay Travel / Thailand Gay Travel Blog. Some of the leading media outlets where you will be able to read about this trip are: GayTravel.com, Passport Magazine, DOT429.com, Xtra.com, Queerty.com and GayCities.com. We are also very proud count among our travel professionals members of IGLTA, Virtuoso and Signature Travel. Safe travels to everyone and see you in Thailand. CM

(*) Special Thanks to all our sponsors all over Thailand for their support and commitment to the International LGBT Travel Community. Sponsoring Hotels: Four Seasons Hotels Thailand, (Bangkok) The Muse Hotel, Le Meridien, St. Regis Hotel, Oriental Residences, Banyan Tree and SIAM Hotel. (Phuket) Paresa Resort, Andara Resort, Trisara Resort. (Krabi) Rayavadee Resort, Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay. (Chiang Mai) Tamarin Village, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. Sponsoring Restaurnts: (Bangkok) Issaya Siamese Club, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Ruen Urai, Biscotti. APSARA Dining Cruise. (Phuket) LIM’s Restaurant.

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Hotel Check IN at Siam City Hotel in PhayaThai Bangkok

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

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

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

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 RestaurantsContinue reading Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong