Lust for Life Carlos Melia by DNA Magazine

Author: , January 31st, 2012

20120131-205721.jpgLust for Life Carlos Melia by DNA Magazine | Sydney, Australia | For those that asked me for the full article ran by DNA Magazine on me, here is the PDF courtesy of DNA Magazine itself. Check or download the full profile/article at Lust for Life Carlos Melia by DNA Magazine. Hope you all like it. CM

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Author: , January 31st, 2012

The OUT NYC | New York, United States |  Well it seems that West 42nd. Street area in between 10th and 11th Avenue (aka. Hells Kitchen), has lately been getting a lot of attention and happening. First the avant-garded Yotel, which I personally reviewed last week and loved, the new luxury apartments complex MiMA, and now the soon to open The OUT NYC Urban Resort which already is looking very promising and happening. The project is forecasted to open March 2012, so we will have to wait till then to see how it develops, looking forward to stay over to review it in full. Formerly to be Axel Hotel New York, today member of the Genre Hotels group, which I must say after over 20 years in this business have never heard of, but excited to learn more about. But this is not all this complex has to offer, big names are already part of this project and others to join soon. The OUT NYC hosts New York’s most highly anticipated nightlife venue XL Nightclub featuring already well established and classic events like Rock It by Fonabaiovoss and iconic New York night scene names like John Blair. Today I was briefly introduced to XL but this weekend I was invited to come and check the venue in full action, but I can say that already got my attention, a slick venue with a nice central bar and dance floor in the back. So stay tuned for more. CM (post by )

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Iceland: Reykjavik Getting Ready for Gay Festival Next Month

Author: , January 30th, 2012

Iceland’s capital city is inviting gay people from around the world to attend its International LGBT Festival from 16-19 February.

The Rainbow Reykjavik Event Team along with tour operators Pink Iceland and Reykjavik Excursions, have put together a programme of events and tours.

Audur Halldorsdottir from Visit Reykjavik said: “We are really excited about hosting Rainbow Reykjavik and welcoming the LGBT Community from across the world to our beautiful and very LGBT-friendly country!”

Full Story from Pink News

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From Athens to Istanbul

Author: , January 30th, 2012

Greece Gay TravelHistory, geography, and current events have never been my strong suits. But even I, who would rather be immersed in a plate of loukamoades (Greek doughnuts) than stumbling among the rubble of an archeological ruin, found myself inspired and humbled by the mythology, economic turmoil, and natural beauty of my journey from Athens to Istanbul.

Voyages to Antiquity, a bespoke cruise line committed to exploring ancient civilizations, was my porthole to discovering the blue waters and breathtaking vistas of the Mediterranean.

A Voyage Like None Else

For the gay traveler who is more interested in the Greek gods than looking like one, cruising on Voyages to Antiquity, is like riding the ocean waves with Poseidon at your side. A single ship cruise line conceived and founded by cruise ship innovator Gerry Herrod, the MV Aegean Odyssey recently received a Mediterranean makeover with cabins resized and reconfigured to accommodate an average of 350 passengers compared to its original 570.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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Gay Travel Miami Beach

Author: , January 30th, 2012

Miami Beach Gay TravelWhat makes your city such a great LGBT destination?

Miami is one of the most celebrated LGBT cities in the country. This is because the city is founded on diversity and excels in entertainment for all demographics. Miami embraces art, design, fashion, music, nightlife, culinary and all things that make life worth living and a city worth visiting.

What are some hotspots gay and lesbian travelers should check out when they are in the city?

Viceroy Miami, of course! However, if our guests want to go exploring, here are my suggestions:

Score on Lincoln and Twist on Washington – two great hot spots for good fun.

Casa Tua is a great restaurant with an eclectic menu and great wine list.

Miami Art Museum is pretty cutting edge and does a great job of representing local artisans as well.

Go out and see a show! The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has some excellent Broadway shows, concerts and cultural events.

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Gay & Lesbian Tourism New Zealand Launches New Website

Author: , January 29th, 2012

Gay and Lesbian Tourism New Zealand website and information source has refreshed with strong support from Gay and Lesbian owned and friendly tourism operators keen to diversify and encourage the pink dollar.

“While 2012 will continue to be a year of challenges due to the world economy, it will be a year of innovation and refined strategy to tackle those not so traditional key emerging tourism markets, said Vijay Naiker, Managing Director of Pure NZ Marketing Group. Kiwi’s are no stranger to innovation and that’s what Pure Gay New Zealand is about, it’s about promoting New Zealand worldwide as a leading Gay and Lesbian friendly tourism destination.”

According to HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey released last month and distilled by Forbes, New Zealand was placed in top spot “worlds friendliest country” with 75% of respondents reporting that they had integrated well into the local community.

Full Story from E Travel Blackboard

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MA: Provincetown’s Family Week

Author: , January 29th, 2012

When I think of Provincetown, MA, images of muscle bears, harnesses and nude beaches immediately come to mind. Indeed, the gay Mecca that is Provincetown has earned itself quite the reputation.

But consider this: Some 3% of gay men and 19% of lesbians report having a child under the age of 18 living at home. And, according to recent data published by San Francisco’s Community Marketing, Inc., “family-friendly” is the top consideration and criteria for these gay travelers.

Enter Provincetown’s annual Family Week. Back in 1996, a New Jersey couple brought their two children to Provincetown for a vacation. After meeting a number of other gay parents, the couple invited 15 families to their rented home for dinner. For the children of LGBT parents, it was an amazing opportunity to see other families like theirs. The gathering became an annual event, growing each year in size and scope.

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Amulet and Talisman Market in Bangkok

Author: , January 26th, 2012

 ( Post by Carlos Melia )  Bangkok, Thailand  |  During your visit to the ChinaTown in Bangkok, which by the way, prides itself to be the oldest ChinaTown in the entire world, you must save sometime to visit the Amulet Market. Located next to the Wat Mahathat, between Maharat Road and the river, the biggest amulet market in Bangkok. Mingle with the local crowd, monks and tourist and be amazed by the things you will find and surprised by those that people praise to. Check the full post and videos at Thailand Gay Travel Blog.

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The Hempel Hotel in West London

Author: , January 25th, 2012

The Hempel Hotel in West London  | London, England  |  Conceived by acclaimed and renown British designer Anouska Hempel, located in West London, one of the most charming areas of London by the Craven Hill Garden and overlooking the Hempel Garden Square. The Hempel Hotel defines itself as a tranquil, Zen-inspired small boutique hotel, with simple and cozy elegance, and I could not agree more. Read the full post and see a live video of the room @

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Clarance House B&B, Kelowna, British Columbia

Author: , January 23rd, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Okanagan Valley

Clarence House B&B, Kelowna, BCClarance House Bed and Breakfast is a premiere accommodation located hillside in an upscale neighborhood overlooking the City of Kelowna and Lake Oganagan. Delicious breakfasts are served in the spacious dining area or on the front patio overlooking the lake, or on the back patio overlooking the heated salt water pool.

Breakfasts are prepared from the freshest wholesome ingredients and are organically and locally sourced whenever possible. Two rooms are available with king beds and one with a queen.

See the Clarance House B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here