New Rooftop Restaurant in New York City

Author: , June 4th, 2012

New Rooftop Restaurant in New York City  |  New York, United States  |  Las week I discovered a little spring/summer/autumn GEM in the heart of Manhattan, at the new NoMad Hotel. An spectacular intimate rooftop with incredible views of true NYC icons such us the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. Scheduled to open June 15th, this Rooftop Restaurant will cater three course dining experiences for reduced groups. (post by CarlosMeliaBlog.com) Read more…

NoMad Hotel just opened in New York City

Author: , June 3rd, 2012

NoMad Hotel just opened in New York City  |  New York, United States  |  A new hotel option is around the block and last week I came to have a look at it. NOMAD Hotel (aka, NOrth of MADison Square Park, but also playing with the words of being a traveller and moving around).  I must be fully honest, and say that while being an interesting option, I was not quite blown away by it. Located on Broadway and 28th Street, ideally situated between the East and West sides of the City, the hotel is convenient to most areas, including SoHo, Greenwich Village, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. (post by CarlosMeliaBlog.comRead more…

GoThaiBeFree.com LGBT Microsite by Tourism Thailand

Author: , May 17th, 2012

GoThaiBeFree.com LGBT Microsite by Tourism Thailand  | GoThaiBeFree.com  |  After many month of joint work and collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, local hotels, tour operators and restaurants, and several visits to Thailand, which will always stay close and dear to my heart, I am happy and proud to share and announce, that the first ever official and fully dedicated Asian destination LGBT Microsite by a Tourism Board, is up and online. This shows the interest, respect and commitment of Thailand as a destination, toward the international Gay Travelers, in a true Buddhist spirit. You will find many of my photos and collaborations on the site, like one above on the main banner, of me seating contemplating Phranang Beach from my villa at the Rayavadee Resort in Krabi. Mai Pen Rai Thailand it has been a pleasure to work with you all along this six month, and thank you for trusting CarlosMeliaBlog.com and myself for this project – www.gothaibefree.com check it out. !!! your best source of information when planning your travel experience to Thailand. CM

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American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK

Author: , May 14th, 2012

American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK   |  New York, United States  | Back in New York City after and amazing month an a half in Brazil and Argentina. The way back, well on board First Class non-stop American Airlines flight from Buenos Aires to New York City (approx. 10 hours and 30 minutes ). Yes everyone, after an exhausting week planning a Gay Wedding in Buenos Aires, I got on my almost flat bed seat, jump into my AA pijamas, enjoyed a few glasses of White Wine and Champagne, caught up with movies and slept the whole way through to wake up over a great breakfast at JFK. Read the full post @ www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Wedding Planning is officially my thing…

Author: , May 13th, 2012

Wedding Planning is officially my thing…  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  As from last night, I am officially a Wedding Planner, such an amazing and rewarding experience. Thank you Alex Greenwich and Victor Hoeld for letting me be part of your LOVE STORY. Here is a brief Photo Album of your journey here in Buenos Aires with all my love and respect. What an inspirational couple and an amazing family indeed. As Alex’s brother said last night at Estancia Villa María during his speech to the Groom+Groom… Marriage equality is more than bringing two people together… It is about bringing two families together…. Que VIVAN los novios. (Special thanks to the staff of Estancia Villa Maria, Design CE Hotel and ROJO Tango for all their help and support.)
Planning to SAY I DO…. do not hesitate to contact me, I can assist you and your Groom plan one of the most special days of your life. Argentina, Canada, Thailand, United States, …. you name it, I am there.  CM

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BEYOND Gay Martini Bar Buenos Aires sneak preview

Author: , May 8th, 2012

BEYOND Gay Martini Bar Buenos Aires sneak preview | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Will Buenos Aires get back on its feet and revamp a sophisticated, trendy and interesting Gay Night Scene, that somehow, sometime along the way, in the last two years, has totally  been lost ? Well judging from what I have seen today, the answer is YES. BEYOND, the first ever Gay Martini Bar of Argentina and of the city of
Buenos Aires, right over Juncal street, meters away from 9 de Julio Avenue in
Recoleta
. Today, Edgar its owner – original from Chicago, US – invited me to a sneak preview of what by late May 2012 will become, hopefully, Tuesdays thru Sundays, into the hub of the Gay Scene of Buenos Aires.
… A few month ago, this was a multilevel furniture store with a cafe on the top floor, explained to me Edgar. I used to come here, because I liked the old-french and art deco style furniture. I would stop by to have a look and spend sometime at the cafe, but the store was always empty. So I came with the idea to take over, furniture included and transform it into an exclusive Gay Martini Bar. Buenos Aires needs and deserves an space like this for the local and international gay community…
The venue will have three levels, a BEYOND members area, and a VIP room with a private access and elevator. They propose an innovative Martinis Menu, full bar and Tapas. To be open from 06PM till late night, six days a week. The average price of drinks will range from Pesos 45 (USD 10) on. Chill out music and randomly live DJ performances.
Personally, I am so excited about this new option, in a very depressed and almost inexistent gay night scene in Buenos Aires. A place to have a quick bite, drinks (specially my favorite Martinis), mingle with locals and foreigners in style, enjoy a sophisticated atmosphere, chill out and lounge over funky music. But well that is what I have in my head from seeing the space and listening to Edgar, but we will have to wait and see the final product, which I hope it wont become in yet another disappointment. Beyond, to be opened late May 2012. Juncal between Libertad and Talcahuano.
Hey guys, dress up, shine your shoes, a get your act together and attitude to walk down the main stairs of Beyond. I, personally, look forward to spend sometime at Beyond on my next visits to Buenos Aires, hopefully to a beyond happening, interesting and smart gay night scene. CM

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Coolest Sunday Brunch at Yotel New York

Author: , February 6th, 2012

20120205-164727.jpgCoolest Sunday Brunch at Yotel New York | New York, United States | Continuing with my posts on the trendy and funky development of the far West 42nd Street, today I came to one of my favorite hotels in New York, the Yotel to try their Sunday Brunch, hosted by Patrick Duffy. Just have to say that it will from now on be a keeper in my list. Great mixed crowd, fun, relaxed, not attitude… Heard that Chelsea Brunch restaurants, NO ATTITUDE. You pay and they treat you like a customer. USD 35 all you can eat and drink Brunch. Full post @ www.carlosmeliablog.com

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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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The OUT NYC

Author: , January 31st, 2012

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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 www.carlosmeliablog.com )

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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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